Looking for early info on this year’s Neds Vain Stakes? The experts at Neds have put together everything you need to know before this year’s race.
Run over 1,100 metres, the Vain Stakes is a Group 3 race taking place at Caulfield Racecourse in August each year currently sponsored by top online bookmaker Neds.com.au. With a $200,000 prize purse as of 2021, it is open to three-year-old colts and geldings and is run at set weights plus penalties.
Horses that do well in this race may step-up in distance for Sydney’s Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) or contest the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) back down the Flemington straight on VRC Derby Day during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
In 2019 Bivouac became the last horse to do the Vain Stakes – Golden Rose Stakes double. The Vain Stakes – Coolmore Stud Stakes meanwhile was most recently achieved by Sepoy (2011).
This race gets its name from former champion racehorse Vain. From the races inaugural race until 2012, this race was run as Principal race. Ever since then, it has been run as a Group 3 race.
Vain Stakes 2021 – Quick Information
- Race Day: Saturday, August 14th, 2021
- Track Location: Caulfield Racecourse
- Track Surface: Turf
- Track Direction: Left-handed
- Race Distance: 1,100 metres
- Weight Conditions: Set weights (plus penalties)
- Qualification: Three year olds (colts and geldings)
- Type: Thoroughbred
- Grade: Group 3
- Operator: Melbourne Racing Club
- Prize Purse: $200,000
- Inaugural Race: 1992
- 2021 Vain Stakes Winner: Ingratiating
vain Stakes 2021 RESULTS
The official 2021 Neds Vain Stakes results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday August 14, 2021.
- #3 Ingratiating
- #1 General Beau
- #5 Generation
The returning Blue Diamond (2nd) and Golden Slipper (3rd) placegetter from the autumn, the James Cummings-trained Ingratiating ($3.20) was eye-catching first-up dominating the 2021 Vain Stakes ahead of tougher Group 1 spring targets including the Coolmore Stud Stakes on VRC Derby Day.
Vain Stakes Betting 2021
There are many different ways to bet on the Vain Stakes, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:
|Bet Type||How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Vain Stakes|
|Win Bet||Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Vain Stakes.|
|Place Bet||Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Vain Stakes. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.|
|Each-Way Bet||If your runner finishes 1st in the Vain 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 Vain 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 Vain Stakes to win the Exacta.|
|Trifecta Bet||You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Vain Stakes to win the Trifecta.|
|First Four||You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Vain 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 Vain Stakes, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.|
How To Bet On The Vain Stakes in 2021
- Join up at neds.com.au
- Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
- 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 Vain Stakes Betting above).
- Select the horse(s) for the race.
Vain Stakes 2021 Odds
Early market betting odds on the 2021 Vain Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit neds.com.au.
Which Horse Will Win The Vain Stakes in 2021
The best way to pick which horse will win the Neds Vain Stakes in 2021 is to take into account the form, assess the barriers, consider the weight the horse will carry, among other factors.
Additional factors to take into consideration are as follows:
- Fresh Start – A lot of horses use this race to mark their return before Spring. Look for horses that had a strong season before they were spelled.
- Local Youngsters – Look for a horse that did a good campaign as a two year old, preferably on Melbourne soil.
- Favourites – Top position has been dominated by favourites and single figure runners in recent years past.
Vain Stakes Favourites 2021
Early 2021 Neds Vain Stakes favourites include Blue Diamond (2nd) and Golden Slipper (3rd) placegetter Ingratiating and undefeated Snitzel colt Generation coming off a three length win at the track back in May.
Bivouac ($3 in 2019) was the last favourite in Vain Stakes betting to salute for the punters.
Vain Stakes 2021 Field
The official 2021 Neds Vain Stakes field of final acceptances will be released on the Wednesday of race week and published in full below.
The Vain Stakes 2021 final field features eight hopeful three-year-olds including the undefeated Generation to be ridden first-up by Jamie Kah in gate one and dual Group 1 placed Frosted colt Ingratiating.
- Scratchings Update: #4 Jigsaw (6)
Vain Stakes 2021 Tips
Favourite: #5 Generation ($3 at time of publish)
Best Bet: #1 General Beau ($4.60 at time of publish)
Best Roughie: #2 Lightsaber ($13 at time of publish)
Our insider 2021 Vain Stakes betting tips will be detailed here the week of the race and a full betting preview for P.B. Lawrence Stakes Day available on the Neds Blog.
Vain Stakes Race Day 2021
The Vain Stakes takes place as part of the P.B. Lawrence Stakes Day card at Caulfield on Saturday August 14, 2021. The other Group status features held at the meeting are the:
Vain Stakes 2021 Barrier Draw
The 2021 Neds Vain Stakes barrier draw will be released to the public a few days before the race and published in our above Vain Stakes Field section.
Vain Stakes 2021 Nominations
Nominations close by 12:00 PM on Monday, the 9th of August, 2021.
Seventeen potential Group 1-bound three-year-old colts and geldings make-up the 2021 Vain Stakes nominations this season led in all-in betting by the returning Godolphin-raced Ingratiating last seen running third in the autumn’s $3.5 million Golden Slipper Stakes in Sydney.
|Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||12x115x||GENERAL BEAU||C||3||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||1||58kg||82|
|2||21119x||LIGHTSABER||C||3||Peter G Moody||2||58kg||77|
|4||114x||STARRY LEGEND||C||3||John Sadler||4||56kg||72|
|6||11x||GENERATION||C||3||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||6||56kg||70|
|8||6x14x6||PREDETERMINED||G||3||Leon & Troy Corstens||8||56kg||66|
|9||21×5||LLOYD’S CROWN||G||3||Rebecca Waymouth||9||56kg||66|
|10||7x9x0x1||BEAUDACITY||G||3||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||10||56kg||63|
|11||14x||MR MOZART||C||3||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||11||56kg||65|
|12||15||CECIL STREET LAD||G||3||Richard Laming||12||56kg||66|
|13||18x||EXCEED EXPECT||C||3||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||13||56kg||63|
|14||30×1||BRUCKNER||C||3||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||14||56kg||62|
|15||8×15||SAINT TROPEZ||C||3||Lloyd Kennewell||15||56kg||63|
|16||PHONE A FRIEND||C||3||Grahame Begg||16=||56kg||61|
|17||6||WONDER LEGEND||G||3||John Sadler||16=||56kg||61|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
Vain Stakes 2021 Weights
Set weight plus penalties apply to this race. Final weights will be announced by 4:00 PM on Monday, the 9th of August, 2021 with weights on the final acceptors to be published in our above Vain Stakes Field section.
2021 Vain Stakes Top Weights:
- #1 General Beau (58kg)
- #2 Lightsaber (58kg)
Vain Stakes 2021 Acceptances
Acceptances must be declared before 9:30 AM on Wednesday, the 11th of August, 2021 and published in our above Vain Stakes Field section.
Vain Stakes 2021 Jockeys
The final riders announcement is at 1 PM on Wednesday, the 11th of August, 2021 and will be published in our above Vain Stakes Field section.
Vain Stakes 2021 Scratchings
Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 14th of August, 2021.
2021 Vain Stakes Scratchings:
- #4 Jigsaw (6)
Vain Stakes Prize Money 2021
The Vain Stakes prize purse is worth $200,000 in total, distributed from places first through to eighth.
Vain Stakes Race Number 2021
The 2021 Neds Vain Stakes is set to run as Caulfield Race 6 at 3:15pm (AEST) on Saturday the 14th of August, 2021. There are nine races in total that day at Caulfield Racecourse.
Vain Stakes Form Guide 2021
The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2021 Vain Stakes Form Guide following final acceptances.
Vain Stakes Live 2021
You can watch or listen to the 2021 Vain Stakes live, across the following mediums.
Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)
Radio: Radio Sport National
Vain Stakes Winners
Winners of the Vain Stakes going back to 2000 are displayed in the table below.
|2021||Ingratiating||James Cummings||Damien Oliver||57 kgs||1:03.97|
|2020||Our Playboy||Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr.||Ben Melham||56 kgs||1:04.91|
|2019||Bivouac||James Cummings||Hugh Bowman||57 kgs||1:03.42|
|2018||Tony Nicconi||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Luke Nolen||55 kgs||1:04.85|
|2017||Jukebox||Ciaron Maher||Craig Williams||56.5 kgs||1:04.87|
|2016||Russian Revolution||Peter & Paul Snowden||Mark Zahra||55 kgs||1:05.14|
|2015||Gold Symphony||Peter Moody||Glen Boss||55 kgs||1:04.42|
|2014||Get The Nod||Lloyd Kennewell||Joe Bowditch||55 kgs||1:03.88|
|2013||Safeguard||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||56.5 kgs||1:04.87|
|2012||Psychic Mick||Clarken||Chris Symons||55 kgs||1:06.13|
|2011||Sepoy||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||58.5 kgs||1:03.99|
|2010||Toorak Toff||Rick Hore-Lacy||Damien Oliver||57.5 kgs||1:07.12|
|2009||Starspangledbanner||Leon Corstens||Danny Nikolic||56.5 kgs||1:04.10|
|2008||Fernandina||Leon Corstens||Vlad Duric||55 kgs||1:05.14|
|2007||Shrewd Rhythm||Greg Eurell||Chris Symons||57.5 kgs||1:03.40|
|2006||Haradasun||Tony Vasil||Nash Rawiller||54 kgs||1:03.51|
|2005||Red Dazzler||Mick Price||Danny Nikolic||56 kgs||1:13.73|
|2004||Zankel||Brian Mayfield-Smith||Steven King||54 kgs||1:12.69|
|2003||Lisboa Stand||Rick Hore-Lacy||Greg Childs||55 kgs||1:10.38|
|2002||Delago Brom||Tommy Hughes (Snr)||Steven Arnold||55 kgs||1:10.10|
|2001||North Boy||Tony McEvoy||Damien Oliver||57 kgs||1:12.88|
|2000||Surtees||Jan Bowman||Bruce MacDonald||54 kgs||1:12.95|
|1999||Dandy Kid||Robbie Griffiths||Rikki Cartwright||56 kgs||1:13.80|