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.
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.
- #4 Great House
- #7 Mankayan
- #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
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
- Login at neds.com.au
- Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
- 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).
- Select the horse(s) for the race.
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:
- Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m);
- Group 1 Kennedy Cantala Stakes (1600m);
- Group 1 Empire Rose Stakes (1600m);
- Group 2 Salinger Stakes (1200m);
- Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m);
- Group 3 Begonia Belle Stakes (1100m); and the
- Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m).
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.
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
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.
|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|