Bondi Stakes

 

Bondi Stakes Winners (Peltzer, 2019) | Photo: Steve Hart | Neds.com.au

Looking for info on the now defunct Bondi Stakes that ran from 2019-21? The expert tipsters at Neds have put together everything you need to know on the race that has now been replaced by the Group 2 $1 million Callander-Presnell (1600m) – formerly the Stan Fox Stakes.

The Bondi Stakes was a Sydney Spring Racing Carnival special conditions event that ran for the first time in 2019 and was held for only three years before being replaced by the new-look Stan Fox Stakes / Callander-Presnell. The $1 million feature inaugurated was 2019 as part of the wider The Everest Carnival that now offers in excess of $50 million in overall prize money.

A set weights race for three-year-olds, the $1 million Bondi Stakes took place over a mile (1600m) and made the perfect end-of-spring target in Sydney for graduates out of the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) held at Rosehill in late September.

Run and won and Randwick Racecourse, Bondi Stakes Day was held in late October on then same date Melbourne hosts the coveted $5 million W.S. Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.

From 2021, Bondi Stakes Day also featured the $2 million The Invitation for fillies and mares.

The winner of the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) held a fortnight earlier – now run as a replacement for the defunct Bondi Stakes as the Callander-Presnell – was exempt from Bondi Stakes ballot and Peltzer (2020) and Hilal (2021) both did the double.

bondi Stakes – Fast Facts

  • Race Replaced By: Group 2 $1 million Callander-Presnell (1600m)
  • Track Location: Randwick Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Right-handed
  • Race Distance: 1,600 metres
  • Weight Class: Set weights (colts and geldings: 57 kg, fillies: 55 kg)
  • Qualification: Three year olds
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Special Conditions
  • Operator: Australian Turf Club
  • Prize Purse: $1,000,000
  • Inaugural Race: 2019
  • Final Race: 2021

bondi Stakes Form facts

Which horse was to win the Bondi Stakes came down to a number of key form factors including the barriers, form over the 1600m distance, record the Sydney way of going and their previous Group race experience in the lead-up.

When selecting the Bondi Stakes winner it was also important to consider:

  • Stan Fox Lead-Up: The Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes provided a Bondi Stakes ballot exemption and Peltzer (2020) and Hilal (2021) both recently completed the double.
  • Favourite Factor: All three Bondi Stakes favourites in betting all saluted for the punters.

bondi STAKES FAVOURITES

Bondi Stakes favourites had a flawless record in the event to date with the inaugural edition won by Kubrick ($3.70 in 2019) followed by the top elect Peltzer ($2.80 in 2020) and Hilal ($2.35 in 2021).

bondi Stakes Field

The official Bondi Stakes field of final acceptances was released by Racing NSW the week of race week. 

bondi Stakes Race Day

Bondi Stakes Day ran on a Saturday in late October up between 2019 and 2021.

bondi STAKES BARRIER DRAW

The official Bondi Stakes barrier draw took place the week of the race.

bondi Stakes Weights

The race was run with set weights. Colts and geldings at 57 kg, with fillies at at 55 kg.

bondi Stakes Acceptances

Acceptances were declared before 9 AM on the Wednesday ahead of the event. 

bondi stakes PRIZE MONEY

The Bondi Stakes prize money was set at a total of $1,000,000 with prize money paid from first to tenth.

Place Prize Money
1st $580,000
2nd $190,000
3rd $98,000
4th $44,000
5th $22,000
6th $10,000
7th $10,000
8th $10,000
8th $8,000
8th $8,000

bondi Stakes winners

Winners of the Bondi Stakes going back to the event’s inaugural edition in 2019 until the final running in 2021 are displayed in the table below.

YEAR WINNER 2ND 3RD TIME
2021 Hilal Keefy Lease 1:35.02
2020 Peltzer Prime Star Real Peace 1:36.81
2019 Kubrick Pancho Colada 1:34.75

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