Thoroughbred Club Stakes

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Thoroughbred Club Stakes
Group 3 race
Location Caulfield Racecourse, Melbourne, Australia
Inaugurated 1957 (as Maroona Handicap)
Race type Thoroughbred
Race information
Distance 1,200 metres
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three year old fillies
Weight Set weights with penalties
Purse $150,000 (2017)

The Thoroughbred Club Stakes is a Melbourne Racing Club Group 3 Thoroughbred horse race, for three-year-old fillies, at set weights with penalties, over a distance of 1200 metres, held annually at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne, Australia in October. [1] Total prize money for the race is A$150,000.

The Melbourne Racing Club is one of three metropolitan horse racing clubs in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It began life as the Victoria Amateur Turf Club in 1875 with Mr. E.C. Moore as the Club's first Secretary. The Dowling Forest Racecourse in Ballarat was the location for the first VATC race meeting on Friday, 24 March 1876. Within six months the VATC were granted use of Crown land at Caulfield as a permanent home in Melbourne.

Group races, also known as Pattern races, or Graded races in some jurisdictions, are the highest level of races in Thoroughbred horse racing. They include most of the world's iconic races, such as, in Europe, The Derby, Irish Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, in Australia, the Melbourne Cup and in the United States, the Kentucky Derby and Breeders' Cup races. Victory in these races marks a horse as being particularly talented, if not exceptional, and they are extremely important in determining stud values. They are also sometimes referred to as Black type races, since any horse that has won one of these races is printed in bold type in sales catalogues.

Thoroughbred Horse breed developed for racing

The Thoroughbred is a horse breed best known for its use in horse racing. Although the word thoroughbred is sometimes used to refer to any breed of purebred horse, it technically refers only to the Thoroughbred breed. Thoroughbreds are considered "hot-blooded" horses that are known for their agility, speed, and spirit.

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History

The race was first run as the Maroona Handicap in 1957 by New Light, who was ridden by the champion jockey George Moore. [2] The race has since been held on the first day of the MRC Spring Carnival. [1]

George Thomas Donald MooreOBE was an Australian jockey and Thoroughbred horse trainer. He began his career in racing in 1939 in Brisbane where he quickly became one of the top apprentice jockeys and where in 1943 he won the Senior Jockeys' Premiership. He then relocated to Sydney and in 1949 went to work for trainer Tommy J. Smith with whom he would have considerable success.

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