2018 Autumn Stakes Field, Barriers & Odds

Autumn Stakes

The 2018 Autumn Stakes is a premier Group 2 thoroughbred showdown conducted in late February each year as part of the elite racing action of the Melbourne Autumn Carnival.

Run over a middle-sprint distance of 1400m under set weight plus penalty conditions, the Group 2 Autumn Stakes is open to three-year-old horses and is worth $200,000 in prize money.Autumn Stakes

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The Autumn Stakes was traditionally conducted at the major meeting of the autumn season, Blue Diamond Stakes Day at the esteemed Caulfield Racecourse, but is now held on CF Orr Stakes Day.

The Autumn Stakes is great, but the Melbourne Cup is now coming up. So don’t miss out on your chance to bet on the Melbourne Cup 2017.

The 2018 Autumn Stakes will run on Saturday February 10, 2018.

The Autumn Stakes is held on CF Orr Stakes Day, and runs alongside the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes, Group 2 Rubiton Stakes, Group 3 Carlyon Cup, both Group 3 Blue Diamond Preludes, the Group 3 Geoffrey Belmaine Stakes and the Group 3 Kevin Hayes Stakes.

Upcoming Races

Group 3

Rubiton Stakes





Group 3

Blue Diamond Prelude





Group 3

Carlyon Cup





Group 2

Expressway Stakes




3YO & Up

Group 3

Hobart Cup





Group 2

Breeders Classic


Warwick Farm


4YO & Up SWP


Autumn Stakes History

First run in 1968 when Anvil claimed victory, the Autumn Stakes began as a Principal race held over six furlongs and was registered as the Manfred Stakes.

In 1972 and 1973 there were two editions of the race held and in 1973 the race distance was converted to 1400m.

In 1974 the length was increased to 1600m and the event was known as the Schweppes Cup from 1979 – 2005.

Gaining Group 3 status in 1980, for one year in 1983 the race was registered as the Schweppes Centenary Cup.

In 1991 the event was downgraded to a Listed race before being reinstated as a Group 3 event again in 2005 when the distance was cut to 1400m, and then eventually being awarded its current Group 2 status in 2008.

From 2006 – 2008 the race was registered as the Schweppervescence Cup before being changed to the Autumn Stakes in 2009.

Autumn Stakes Betting

There are a number of earlier races held in February that serve as a good lead-up to the Autumn Stakes including the Group 3 Carlyon Cup (1400m), the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1200m) for colts and geldings, and the Group 3 The Vanity Stakes (1200m) for fillies.

These races can serve as a good Autumn Stakes betting guide for punters as are the Listed Wellington R.C. Stakes (1400m) and the Listed Zeditave Stakes (1200m) that 2010 Autumn Stakes winner Denman took out on way to his Group 2 victory.

The Autumn Stakes is often used as the final preparatory run for three-year-olds heading towards the prestigious Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) held a fortnight later at Flemington, so watch for the top performers in the Autumn Stakes as an indicator for your Australian Guineas betting.

The best autumn betting tip is to place your wagers online through a trusted bookmaker such as bookmaker.com.au or Ladbrokes.com.au who have more competitive odds and bonuses on offer for punters than the TAB.

Autumn Stakes News

Eight three-year-olds have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s 2017 Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield; offering punters exc3eptional value from a betting perspective and several key opportunities to place a winning wager. Attention is sure to have taken plenty of benefit from a first-up run a…