Desert Gold Stakes

The Desert Gold Stakes is a horse race held by the Wellington Racing Club at Trentham Racecourse named in honor of the great filly, Desert Gold. The horses taking part are 3 year-old fillies which race over 1600 metres.

HistoryEdit

The race was first held in 1947 when there was two Desert Gold Stakes, the first in January won by Indian Dawn and then another in October won by Regal Gem.[1]

It is now held on Wellington Cup day in late January. The race was previously held in March (2003-2005) and late October (up to 2001).

The Desert Gold Stakes was raced over a 1500m journey from 2000 - 2005. The 1998 event was raced over 1600m at Hastings.

The race is currently a Group 3 event. In the 1980s it held Group 2 status.

Race resultsEdit

Year
Winner
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Sire
Dam
Time
Second
Third
2022[2] La Crique 56.5 Craig Grylls Simon & Katrina Alexander Mrs J K & J T Cassin Vadamos Destiny Cove 1:35.88. (Dead) Sassy Merlot 56.5 Love Letter 56.5
2021 Force Of Will 56.5 Craig Grylls Lance O'Sullivan & Andrew Scott Go Bloodstock Australia Pty Ltd Power (GB) Sade 1:37.84 Victorem 56.5 Passione 56.6
2020 [3] Showbeel 56.5 [4] Opie Bosson[5] Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman, Cambridge WG Candy & WH Luff Savabeel Showileo (Aust) 1:36.91 Loire 56.5 Jennifer Eccles 56.5
2019 Secret Allure 56.5[6] Leith Innes Lisa Latta AJ Rennie, TD Tomlins, P Finlayson, KTJ Dixon, M Passey, DA Masters, LM Latta Zacinto (GB) Secret Scene 1:37.12 Jakkalbomb 56.5 Valalie (AUS) 56.5
2018 Dijon Bleu 56.5 Leith Innes Lisa Latta KTJ Dixon, P Finlayson, LM Latta, DA Masters, MG Passey, AJ Rennie, TD Tomlins Burgundy Pristino 1:37.88 Blanco Belle 56.5 Milseain 56.5
2017 Nicoletta 56.5 Michael T Coleman Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman JML Bloodstock Ltd (L Petagna, manager) Savabeel Celtic Crown (USA) 1:37.46 Devise 56.5 Bonneval 56.5
2016 Duchess Kate 56.5 Matt Cameron Stephen Autridge & Jamie Richards Whitby Bloodstock Trust Savabeel Royal Prize 1:36.92 Bella Court 56.5 Strada Cavallo 56.5
2015 Platinum Witness Darryl G Bradley Lisa Latta Lincoln Farms Ltd & N J McAlister California Dane (AUS) Chartreuse 1:36.04 Attention Seeker Exquisite Jewel
2014 Moozoon Mark Sweeney Stephen McKee Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum Perfectly Ready(AUS) Mizzna 1:35.76 Miss Selby Costa Viva (AUS)
2013 High Fashion Hayden Tinsley Kevin Gray H M & Mrs P M Forbes O'Reilly Pin High 1:36.34 Soriano Lucky Country
2012 Quintessential Lisa Allpress John Sargent Nearco Stud Ltd (Mgr A E Clark) Fast ‘N’ Famous Florette (USA) 1:37.62 Capital Diamond Artistic
2011 Dating James McDonald Graeme & Debbie Rogerson Waikato Stud 2001 Ltd O'Reilly Mandate 1:37.34 Angel Del Dinero L’Armour
2010 Keep The Peace Jason L Waddell Shaune Ritchie P E Bellingham, L R & L R D Dittman Keeper (AUS) Peace of Mind 1:37.73 Marsh Harbour Katie Lee
2009 Glamorous Girl Andrew J Calder Roger James & Paul Mirabeli Kingsclere Filly Syndicate 2007 Thorn Park (AUS) J’Lo 1:36.85 Puttanesca Awesome Planet (Aus)
2008 Keepa Cruisin 56 Leith G Innes Stephen McKee, Ardmore Karreman Bloodstock Ltd Keeper (AUS) Just Cruising (Aus), by Broad Beach 1:35.8 Kaatoon 56 Bella Valentina 56
2007 Princess Coup 56 Opie Bosson Mark Walker Bromley Bloodstock Ltd & R A Coupland Encosta De Lago (AUS) Stoneyfell Road (AUS) 1:37.99 Veloce Bella 56 Shira 56
2006 Out of Align 56 Scott Seamer Gary Vile CD Allison, CV & JA Barnao, DV & Mrs HR Gilliard & TP Heptinstall Align (AUS) Limerick Lea 1:36.48 Legs 56 Pulcinella 56
2005 Senorita Dane 56 Jamie S Bullard Paul Harris, Rangiora Bend The Arm Syndicate No 3 & The Ratpack Syndicate Senor Pete (USA) Snadame 1:31.14 (1500m) Sista 56 Ladykin 56
2004 Pride Of The Class Mark Barnsley Michael Moroney & Andrew Scott Class of 2002 Syndicate Volksraad Grosvenor's Pride 1:31.89 (1500m) Rapid Kay Vision
2003 Lonestar Lady 56 Hayden S Tinsley S Mitchell MA & Mrs PH Brenton-Rule Deputy Governor (USA) My Good Omen (AUS) 1:29.0 (1500m) Luscious Lady 56 Fontaine 56
2002 not raced
2001 Blackrock College 56 Hayden S Tinsley John Wheeler JG & Mrs TA Donovan, JR & Mrs LJ Wheeler Volksraad(GB) Marscade 1:35.71 (1500m) Elfonze 56 Kapiston (AUS) 56
2000 Singalong 56 Noel Harris Stephen Autridge Miss WL & Lady Hogan & Mrs NK Hunt Danasinga (AUS) Echostatic 1:30.63 (1500m) La Bella Dama 56 Mine D’Or 56
1999 Thee Old Dragon 56 Tony Allan Alan Jones & Brett McDonald, Cambridge Thee Old Dragon Syndicate Desert Sun (GB) Lady Kintyre 1:36.34 Party Queen 56 Jetline 56
1998 Pace Invader 56 David Walsh PR Dickinson, AR & EJ Johnson & CT Wintle Westminster Grey Invader 1:36.09 Mi Babe 56 Luvtonoah 56
1997 Alavana 55 GJ Grylls G K Sanders, Te Awamutu CL and Mrs RL McKay Christmas Tree Morgaine 1:39.74 Tycoon Lil (AUS) 55 Rivatar 55
1996 Tartan Belle 55 Vincent Colgan Roger James & Lance Noble Mrs BN, Messrs D & ID & Mrs V Campbell Kreisler Argyll Dazzler 1:37.77 Gold Cloud 55 Sawatdee 55
1995 Clear Rose 55.5 Noel Harris Laurie Laxon, CL Leong, PJ & PM Vela Deputy Governor Thosada Rose 1:39.21 Miss Tree 56 Sojourner 56
1994 Moonshine 55.5 Shane R Udy Stephen & Trevor McKee, Takanini W Heathcote & Trevor McKee Sound Reason Sister Moonshine 1:37.16 Helen’s Pride 55.5 Tidal Rhythm 55.5
1993 October Facing The Music 55.5 DP Smith M B Ingram M B Ingram Sackford Composing 1:39.35 Silver Chalice 55.5 Real Success 55.5
1992 Larrikan Lady 55.5 Lisa D McGregor A L Good K Betty, KV Robinson, EJ Pratt & G Rotherham Icelandic Zoomer 1:58.19 (heavy) Star Of Tudor 55.5 Slanchyvah 55.5
1991 Staring 55.5 Larry Cassidy Murray Baker MM Andersen & MJ Gyde Fiesta Star Sweet Violet 1:42.99 Normandy River 55.5 Colours 55.5
1990 October Morning Rise 55.5 GL Cooksley Colin Jillings & Richard Yull Karaka Verandah Racing Ltd & Co Straight Strike Rivermist 1:44.11 Auburn Blaze 55.5 Cupri Rosa 55.5
1989 Madame Bardot 55.5 Larry Cassidy D N Couchman & P S Belsham DG & GD & Mrs P Smart Little Brown Jug Bashful Row 1:47.22 Princess Rojuan 56 Our Hawk 56
1988 Olga's Pal 55.5 Brian Hibberd HJ Fleming Straight Strike Tinawin 1:39.42 Imperialaire 55.5 Kate’s Myth (AUS) 55.5
1987 October Impasada 55.5 Brian Hibberd EW Hopson Imperial Seal Charsada 1:38.74 Serestrina 55.5 Candide 55.5
1986 October Tri Belle 55.5 MR Campbell Ray Verner Estate of J Sarten Sir Tristram Stellar Belle 1:41.83 Never Winter 55.5 Radiate 55.5
1985 Josette Nicole 55.5 G Elliott E W Rayner Mr & Mrs KIA Taylor Three Legs Diatrelic 1:42.93 Seadreamer 55.5 Classic Ace 55.5
1984 Avana 55.5 Noel Harris R T Cleaver, Cambridge PJ Holman & AG Kostanich Avaray Lyn Hanan 1:38.14 Jayell's Pride 55.5 Princess Dram 55.5
1983 Eastern Bay 55.5 David Walsh W J Bromby, Cambridge HL Briggs, J McCartie & Mrs K Whitely Princely Note Ashling 1:45.57 Heavy Otola Belle 55.5 Walksfar 55.5
1982 Our Flight M R Campbell
1981 Swell Deal M R Campbell
1980 Polar Air Peter D Johnson
1979 Gay Sharon Des H Harris
1978 Springtide 55.5 Robert Vance Colin Jillings, Takanini Karayar Eskimo Princess 1:42.5 Soft Tang 55.5 Musical Lady 55.5
1977 Tudor Quest 55.5 J W Walker D Grubb, Feilding Pass The Bottle Star Quest 1:39 Firm Mun Lee 55.5 Braless 55.5
1976 La Mer Des H Harris Copenhagen II Royal Charger, by Worden Regal Band Rina
1975 Mop Grenville Hughes
1974 Persuasion BP Thomson
1973 Prepak David Peake
1972 Peg's Pride Des H Harris
1971 Young Ida HN Rauhihi
1970 Brookby Hill KS Cullen
1969 Ruelle Grenville Hughes
1968 Brazil BS Dodds
1967 High Delight Bill Skelton
1966 Star Belle Bob Skelton
1965 Fairfleet R Fisher
1964 Trial Offer KS Cullen
1963 Cicada Grenville Hughes
1962 Blyton JF Grylls
1961 Key KS Cullen
1960 Challen Des J Wyatt
1959 Sigh Bob Skelton
1958 Jaina J T Anderson
1957 Saecelle N E Eastwood
1956 Passive W J Broughton
1955 Gentle Lu J W Harris
1954 Glenlee C A Bowry
1953 Sweet Wren Grenville Hughes
1952 Hello Pam N B Holland
1951 Princess Loch V J Sellars
1950 Zenith W R Hooten
1949 Dixie J A McFarlane
1948 Flying Sovereign C T Wilson
1947 (October) Regal Gem J A McFarlane
1947 (January) Indian Dawn J A McFarlane

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "Race 5 NEW ZEALAND BLOODSTOCK DESERT GOLD STAKES at WELLINGTON RC on 18 JAN 2020 | LOVERACING.NZ".
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