Vain Stakes

Vain Stakes, Caulfield

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 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. 

Other races on the same program at Caulfield on this date include the PB Lawrence Stakes, the Quezette Stakes and the Regal Roller Stakes.

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.

  1. #3 Ingratiating
  2. #1 General Beau
  3. #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

New Ways to Bet at neds

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

  1. Join up at
  2. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  3. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  4. 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).
  5. 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

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
3 12x21253x INGRATIATING C 3 James Cummings 3 57kg 94
4 114x STARRY LEGEND C 3 John Sadler 4 56kg 72
5 138×13 JIGSAW C 3 Cindy Alderson 5 56kg 73
6 11x GENERATION C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 6 56kg 70
7 2x36x2 DIRECT C 3 Lloyd Kennewell 7 56kg 65
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.

Place Prize Money
1st $120,000
2nd $36,000
3rd $18,000
4th $9,000
5th $5,000
6th $4,000
7th $4,000
8th $4,000

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. 

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Weight Time
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