Lexus Stakes, Flemington Racecourse

Looking for early info on this year’s Lexus Stakes? The expert tipsters at Neds have put together everything you need to know before this year’s race.

Registered as the Hotham Handicap, the Lexus Stakes is a Group 3 race taking place on VRC Derby Day at Flemington on the opening day of the coveted Melbourne Cup Carnival. 

Currently run as the Lexus Hotham Handicap, the quality handicap runs over 2500m and the winner of this race gains exemption from the Melbourne Cup run three days later. Shocking (2009) was the last horse to complete the Lexus Stakes – Melbourne Cup double. 

Lead in races include the Moonee Valley Gold Cup and the Geelong Cup, while internationals have a strong recent record in the race including the 2020 win by Ashrun. 

Lexus Stakes 2021 – Quick Information

  • 2021 Race Name: Lexus Hotham Handicap
  • Race Day: Saturday, October 30, 2021
  • Track Location: Flemington Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Left-handed
  • Race Distance: 2,500 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Quality handicap
  • Qualification: Three year olds and over (excludes maidens)
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 3
  • Operator: Victoria Racing Club
  • Prize Purse: $300,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1869
  • 2021 Lexus Hotham Handicap Winner: Great House

lexus Stakes 2021 RESULTS

The official 2021 Lexus Stakes results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday October 30, 2021. 

  1. #4 Great House
  2. #7 Mankayan
  3. #6 Emissary

The Melbourne Cup calls for Great House from the Chris Waller stable with the gun Caulfield Cup fifth-placegetter too strong claiming the 2021 Lexus Stakes results three days out from the $8 million two-mile classic.

Lexus Stakes Betting 2021

New Ways to Bet at neds

There are many different ways to bet on the Lexus Stakes, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Lexus Stakes
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Lexus Stakes.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Lexus Stakes. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the Lexus Stakes, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the Lexus Stakes, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Lexus Stakes to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Lexus Stakes to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Lexus Stakes to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the Lexus Stakes, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Lexus Stakes in 2021

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  2. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  3. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Lexus Stakes Betting above).
  4. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Lexus Hotham Handicap 2022 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Lexus Hotham Handicap will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

Which Horse Will Win The Lexus Stakes in 2021?

The best way to pick which horse will win the Lexus Stakes in 2021 is to take into account their lead-up form, the horse’s record over the distance and any previous Flemington race experience. 

Additional factors to consider when picking the Lexus Stakes winner include: 

  • Stayers – Look for a proven track record at distances between 2,500 and 3,200 metres.
  • Internationals – Winners often come from overseas, using this race as a stepping stone towards a potential Melbourne Cup entry.

Lexus Stakes 2021 Favourites

Early favourites in Lexus Stakes 2021 betting include Great House who is far from a confirmed runner after securing a slot in next Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup field already and the rails-drawn Mankayan from the Maher/Eustace stable. 

Downdraft ($5.50 in 2019) was the last Lexus Stakes favourite to win.

Lexus Stakes 2021 Field

The official Lexus Stakes 2021 field of final acceptances is announced the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below. 

The 2021 Lexus Hotham Stakes field features an open line-up of potential Melbourne Cup horses with the favourite Great House potentially coming out after securing a start in the ‘race that stops a nation’ with the confirmed non-acceptance into the Melbourne Cup of Mosh Music.

Lexus Stakes 2021 Tips

Favourite: #4 Great House ($2.60 at time of publish)

Best Bet: #3 Le Don De Vie ($10 at time of publish)

Best Roughie: #1 Mirage Dancer ($16 at time of publish)

Our Neds’ exclusive Lexus Stakes 2021 tips will be detailed above the week of the race and a full betting preview available on the Neds Blog.


Lexus Stakes Race Day 2021

The Lexus Hotham Stakes 2021 takes place on Saturday, the 30th of October, 2021. The Lexus Stakes is held on Victoria Derby Day, which is the first of the famous four-day Melbourne Cup Carnival. Along with the Lexus Hotham Stakes and the Group 1 $2 million Victoria Derby (2500m) the other key races on the Derby Day card include:

Lexus Stakes 2021 Barrier Draw

The 2021 Lexus Stakes barrier draw will be released to the public before the weekend of the race and published in our above Lexus Stakes Field section. 

Lexus Stakes 2021 Nominations

Nominations close 12 PM, Monday the 25th of October, 2021.

Lexus Stakes 2021 Weights

Quality handicap conditions apply to this race. Weights on the final acceptors will be listed in our above Lexus Stakes Field section. 

Ashrun (61kg in 2020) was the last Lexus Stakes top-weight to salute.

2021 Lexus Hotham Stakes Top-Weight:

  • #1 Mirage Dancer (59kg)

Lexus Stakes 2021 Acceptances

Acceptances must be declared before 9:30 AM on Wednesday, the 27th of October, 2021 and will be published in our above Lexus Stakes Field section. 

Lexus Stakes 2021 jockeys

Riders must be declared by 1 PM on Wednesday, the 27th of October, 2021 and will be published in our above Lexus Stakes Field section. 

Lexus Stakes Scratchings 2021

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 30th of October, 2021. 

Lexus Stakes Prize Money 2021

The Lexus Stakes prize purse is worth $300,000 in total, distributed from places first through to eighth.

Place Prize Money
1st $180,000
2nd $54,000
3rd $27,000
4th $13,500
5th $7,500
6th $6,000
7th $6,000
8th $6,000

Lexus Stakes Race Number 2021

The 2021 Lexus Stakes is set to run as Flemington Race 2 at 1:00pm (AEDT) on Saturday October 30, 2021. It takes place on the Victoria Derby Day. There are nine races in total that day at Flemington Racecourse.

Lexus Stakes 2021 Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2021 Lexus Hotham Handicap Form Guide following final acceptances. 


Lexus Stakes Live 2021

You can watch or listen to the 2021 Lexus Stakes live, across the following mediums.

Telecast: Channel Seven

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Radio: Radio Sport National

Streaming: 7Live

Lexus Stakes Winners

Winners of the Lexus Stakes going back to 1999 are displayed in the table below. If you would like to view the full list of Lexus Stakes winners, going all the way back to 1869, please visit our Lexus Stakes Winners page.

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Weight Time
2021 Great House Chris Waller James McDonald 57.5kg 2:34.56
2020 Ashrun Andreas Wohler Kerrin McEvoy 61kg 2:37.94
2019 Downdraft Joseph O’Brien John Allen 59kg 2:38.85
2018 Prince Of Arran Charlie Fellowes  Michael Walker 57.5kg 2:37.46
2017 Cismontane Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Stephen Baster 54kg 2:35.41
2016 Oceanographer Charlie Appleby Kerrin McEvoy 54kg 2:35.68
2015 Excess Knowledge Gai Waterhouse Dwayne Dunn 56.5kg 2:36.89
2014 Signoff Darren Weir Joao Moreira 56.5kg 2:37.85
2013 Ruscello Ed Walker Kerrin McEvoy 54kg 2:39.87
2012 Kelinni Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 57kg 2:37.67
2011 Niwot Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dean Yendall 55kg 2:37.53
2010 Maluckyday Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jim Cassidy 53kg 2:35.10
2009 Shocking Mark Kavanagh Michael Rodd 53.5kg 2:38.32
2008 Moatize Bart Cummings Michael Rodd 53.5kg 2:37.78
2007 Sculptor Peter Mckenzie Lisa Cropp 55kg 2:35.49
2006 Maybe Better Brian Mayfield-Smith Steven Arnold 57kg 2:35.86
2005 Strasbourg Bart Cummings Luke Nolen 52kg 2:40.39
2004 Don Raphael Kerry Parker Glen Boss 53.5kg 2:36.69
2003 Big Pat Robbie Griffiths Peter Mertens 53.5kg 2:39.40
2002 Requiem Tony McEvoy Greg Childs 52.5kg 2:35.37
2001 Maythehorsebewithu Michael Moroney Jason Patton 54kg 2:35.84
2000 Brew Michael Moroney Chris Munce 56.5kg 2:37.15
1999 The Warrior Richard Otto Gary Grylls 51kg 2:35.26