Racingbase.com.au is your home of the 2019 Memsie Stakes. The race will take place on Saturday, August 31, 2019, and is the first Group 1 in Melbourne for the new season.

The Memsie Stakes is the first of the big races at the start of the Melbourne Spring Carnival.

We provide you with Memsie Stakes tips as well as an in depth guide into the runners, horses, final field, barrier draw, news, betting odds and information, and how you can watch a live Memsie Stakes stream to watch the race unfold.

Memsie Stakes Tips

When trying to find the winner of the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield, keeping some important factors on your side can help you.

Our experts assess all the Memsie Stakes runners, their form, barrier draws, speedmap and more to help come up with our betting pointers and 2019 Memsie Stakes tips to help you back the winner.

Will we see more dominance from favourites in the race? Or will there be a boilover in this year’s running of the first Group 1 of the new season?

Tipster Aaron Hamilton has provided his 2019 Memsie Stakes tips and selections.

Memsie Stakes Odds

Leading bookmakers Ladbrokes and Neds have the latest 2019 Memsie Stakes betting odds available. There will be plenty of movements in the Memsie Stakes betting markets in the days leading up to the race. See the latest market below or click on the links to take you direct to the bookmakers.


Australia’s leading bookmakers offer you the chance to watch the Memsie Stakes (and all other races from Victorian tracks) free of charge. You can watch all Caulfield races including the Memsie Stakes streamed live online at Ladbrokes, CrownBet, Sportsbet or bet365. To find out how to stream the 2019 Memsie Stakes live, see our guide to watch the race.

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Memsie Stakes History

The Memsie Stakes is a Group 1 race staged at Caulfield Racecourse in late August each year at the start of the Melbourne Spring Carnival.

The race was first held in 1899, but was previously a Group 2 and was not elevated to Group 1 status by the Australian Pattern Committee until the 2013-14 racing season.

The move made the Memsie Stakes the first Group 1 event of the new racing season in Australia.

The 1400m race is worth $400,000 and is subject to weight conditions and is eligible for horses aged three years and over – although it is rare to see three-year-olds compete due to the race being scheduled so early in spring.

Positioned on the season calendar as a lead into the Spring Carnival, the Memsie Stakes attracts a varied field of runners. Some trainers seek to use it as a first up run from a spell, although this has not discouraged entries in the past of less-renowned sprinter-milers that have been trained specifically for the faster paced 1400m race.

Past Memsie Stakes winners include many noteworthy and highly acclaimed horses which have gone on to win various other Group 1s and a handful even going on to win the Memsie Stakes a second (and sometimes third) time.

Among the list of winners are Heroic (1925 and 1926), Phar Lap (1931), Ajax (1938, 1939 and 1940), Comic Court (1949 and 1950), Rising Fast (1954), Dane Ripper (1998), Sunline (2000 and 2001), Makybe Diva (2005) So You Think (2010) and Atlantic Jewel (2013), who was the first to win the race after it was elevated to Group 1 status.

Sunline is the most recent multiple winner of the Memsie Stakes and those wins led to strong performances in the Cox Plate, which she took out in 2000.

Victory in the 2014 Memsie Stakes kicked off a memorable campaign for Dissident, who went on to win a total of four Group 1 races throughout the season, and subsequently listed a contender for Australian racehorse of the year.

Several other horses have managed win the event multiple times with Lord (1958, 1959, 1960, 1961) even proving a champion four years in a row. Eurythmic (1920, 1921, 1922), Waltzing Lily (1933, 1934), Coppice (1955, 1954) and Yangtze (1965, 1966) are others, while Sunline is the only horses to successfully back up consecutive wins in the past forty years.

As the first Group 1 of the season, the Memsie Stakes has shown to be an important preliminary for several Spring Racing Carnival events such as the Manikato Stakes with Dane Ripper and Sunline excelling in both events. Sunline also went on to complete the triple by taking out the Cox Plate in 2000.

Other winners of the Memsie Stakes/Cox Plate double include Heroic, Phar Lap, Ajax, Rising Fast and most recently Makybe Diva, who was victorious in three consecutive Melbourne Cups (2003-2005) before returning to win the Memsie Stakes in 2006.

So You Think (2010) kicked off an outstanding spring when winning the Memsie Stakes as he went on to win the Group 1 Underwood Stakes and Caulfield Stakes prior to winning his second Cox Plate.

Memsie Stakes Winners (Since 2000)

2000 Sunline
2001 Sunline
2002 Magical Miss
2003 Le Zagaletta
2004 Regal Roller
2005 Makybe Diva
2006 El Segundo
2007 Miss Finland
2008 Weekend Hussler
2009 Mic Mac
2010 So You Think
2011 King's Rose
2012 Sincero
2013 Atlantic Jewel
2014 Dissident
2015 Boban
2016 Black Heart Bart
2017 Vega Magic
2018 Humidor


Founded in 1859, Caulfield Racecourse hosts around 20 race days every year, headlined by the Caulfield Cup.

The track is commonly known at ‘The Heath’ following the early days in which jockeys would ride through rough bush, heath and sand hills during races.

The name is now renowned across Australia and New Zealand for representing Caulfield’s superb racing and entertainment venue.

The first Caulfield Cup was run in the autumn of 1879, and was transferred to the spring in 1881.

The track was closed during the war and was used as an army camp, with the Caulfield Cup being run at Flemington.

Following the 1995 Caulfield Cup, the course underwent a significant reconstruction and reopened in 1996. The track’s circumference was widened to 30m and lengthened inside the home straight by around 43m.


Racing is contested in a left-handed direction at Caulfield and features long, sweeping turns. As a result, there can be a slight draw bias for those drawn low over distances further than seven-furlongs.

The course has a total circumference of 2080m including a home straight of just over 360m.

In terms of the Caulfield Cup, records throughout the 21st century have showcased a slight advantage for single digit stalls due to the course’s swift anti-clockwise bends.

Favourable positioning at Caulfield can be crucial to a contenders’ winning claims, as the setting has a short home straight of less than 400m. It means hold-up performers routinely encounter trouble in-running, resulting in many hard-luck stories.

Over shorter distances, the emphasis is placed on speed as horses seek a prominent position before turning for home. A below-par start in Caulfield’s sprint races usually results in a poor finishing position for horses, showcasing the need for sharp early pace.