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The International Stakes is a Thoroughbred horse race run at Te Rapa Racecourse in Hamilton in early February every year. The 2010 running was sponsored by the connections of stallion Darci Brahma, after being sponsored for many years by Whakanui Stud. The race is now run as the Herbie Dyke Stakes.

New Zealand International Stakes
Group I race
LocationTe Rapa Racecourse
Hamilton, New Zealand
Inaugurated1970
Race typeThoroughbred - Flat racing
Race information
Distance2000 m (10 furlongs)
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationThree-year-olds and up
WeightWeight for Age
PurseNZ$400,000

In the early years the Waikato Racing Club invited jockeys from overseas to ride in the race, that being the reason for the name, and in 1972 Lester Piggott rode Sailing Home to victory in the race. At that time it was run every two years; it became an annual event from 1978.

In 2017 the purse was increased to $400,000, making it the richest Weight for Age race in New Zealand.

The race is one of two Group 1 weight-for-age events run on the same day, the other being the 1400 m Waikato Sprint.

Winners of the International StakesEdit

Year
Winner
2019 On The Rocks
2018 Lizzie L'Amour
2017 Volkstok'n'Barrell
2016 Valley Girl
2015 Soriano
2014 Costume
2013 Sangster
2012 Shez Sinsational
2011 Red Ruler
2010 Veloce Bella
2009 MacO'Reilly
2008 Mission Critical
2007 Sir Slick
2006 Snazzy
2005 The Jewel
2004 Lashed
2003 Greene Street
2002 Emerald Dream
2001 Giovana
2000 Bluebird The Word
1999 Aerosmith
1998 Fayreform
1997 Great Command
1996 Lord Majestic
1995 All In Fun
1994 The Phantom
1993 The Phantom Chance
1992 Captain Cook
1991 Fun On The Run
1990 Not Held
1989 Regal City
1988 Sounds Like Fun
1987 Abit Leica
1986 Bonecrusher
1985 Commissionaire
1984 Commissionaire
1983 Commissionaire
1982 Bound To Honour
1981 Speculation
1980 Solo's Dream
1979 Shivaree
1978 La Mer
1976 Oopik
1974 Battle Heights
1972 Sailing Home
1970 Far Time