Top 5 Vinery Stud Stakes Winners
The Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) is a Group 1 for the three-year-old fillies and has been won by some champion gallopers over the years. See who made our list of top 5 Vinery Stud Stakes winners since 2000.
In modern times, the feature race has been taken out by some outstanding gallopers.
Top 5 Vinery Stud Stakes winners.
1. MISS FINLAND (2007)
Miss Finland won the Vinery Stud Stakes in 2007 and was just about unstoppable as a three-year-old. After winning the Golden Slipper by nearly five lengths as a two-year-old, she became the first eve horse to win the Slipper and the VRC Oaks (2500m) before returning to take out this race in the autumn. Her form tapered off somewhat as a four-year-old after she won the Memsie Stakes (1400m) at her first run back from a spell. The five-time Group 1 winner retired after 26 starts, winning 11 in total.
2. VERRY ELLEEGANT (2019)
Verry Elleegant was transferred from the Darren Weir stables to Chris Waller early in 2019 and picked up her first Group 1 at just her third run for the Sydney trainer when defeating Frankely Awesome on a Heavy track in the Vinery Stud in 2019. Following that, she was too good for them on a firmer track in the Australian Oaks 2400m) and at the time of writing she is one of the best gallopers in Australia following a superb 2020 spring that saw her take out three Group 1 races including the Winx Stakes (1400m), Turnbull Stakes (2000m) and the Caulfield Cup (2400m) ahead of Anthony Van Dyck.
3. SPECIAL HARMONY (2004)
Another that tapered off a bit as an older horse, Special Harmony was a winning machine in 2003 and 2004. In the Melbourne spring she claimed the Thousand Guineas and the VRC Oaks before winning five in a row in the autumn of 2004, culminating with a win in this race. She took on the boys in the Australian Derby but could only manage 6th behind Starcraft in that race and eventually retired with 10 wins from 23 starts.
4. LUCIA VALENTINA (2014)
The high-class Lucia Valentina headed over from New Zealand in the autumn of 2014 and missed out in the Surround Stakes (1400m) and the Coolmore Classic (1500m) before showing an appreciation for the 2000m when rocketing home from the back of the field to take out this race on a Heavy track in 2014. She ran 3rd behind Rising Romance in the Australian Oaks a fortnight later but secured a couple more Group 1 races in her career. They were the Turnbull Stakes (2000m) in 2015 and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) when dodging Winx in 2016.
5. MOSHEEN (2012)
Another brilliant filly, Mosheen won three Group 1 races in a row in the autumn of 2012. The were the Australian Guineas (1600m) and the Randwick Guineas (1600m) against the boys before proving to be too good for her own sex in this race. In the spring she won the VRC Oaks (2500m) by a lazy nine length margin.