2017 RA Lee Stakes Field, Barriers & Odds

RA Lee Stakes

Held at Adelaide’s premier racing venue, Morphettville Racecourse, the RA Lee Stakes is one of the eight black type features of The Goodwood Day.

The Goodwood Day is one of the highlight meetings of the popular South Australian Autumn Racing Carnival and lights up the track on a Saturday in early May each year.RA Lee Stakes

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The 2017 RA Lee Stakes will take place on May 20.

Headlining the racing action on the day is the meeting’s marquee race, the $500,000 Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m).

A trio of Group 3 features also present punters with some ace autumn betting opportunities with the $115,000 group 3 SA Fillies Classic (2500m), the $115,000 Group 3 The Jansz (1200m) and the RA Lee Stakes.

The RA Lee Stakes offers a lucrative $250,000 in total prize money and is run over 1600-metres under set weights plus penalties.

RA Lee Stakes Facts

  • Racecourse: Morphettville Racecourse, Adelaide, SA
  • Racing Carnival: South Australian Racing Carnival
  • Date: Saturday in early May
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $250,000
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Set weights plus penalties
  • Next Edition: 2017 RA Lee Stakes – 20/05/2017

Horses that race in the RA Lee Stakes field may have come via a number of early Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival features including the $80,000 Listed CS Hayes Stakes (1600m) in March, the $80,000 Listed City Of Adelaide Handicap (1400m) in April, or the three-year-olds via the $80,000 Listed Adelaide Guineas (1600m) the Saturday before.

For Victorian raiders looking to add to their autumn score before the season’s out a nice lead-up that 2011 RA Lee Stakes winner Budriguez came via is the Group 3 Victoria Handicap (1400m) at Caulfield in late April.

The RA Lee Stakes is usually the last South Australian race run by the horses in the field that preparation.

RA Lee Stakes History

First run in 1979 the race’s official title up until 1994 was the Robert A. Lee Stakes.

From 1995 to 1999 the event was known as the City Of Adelaide Handicap and then underwent a number of name changes due to sponsorship.

Abbreviated to the RA Lee Stakes it reverted back to its traditional name from 2006 onwards.

Up until 2005 the RA Lee Stakes only held Listed status before gaining its current Group 3 ranking.

RA Lee Stakes Results

The RA Lee Stakes winners’ list doesn’t exactly read like the who’s who of racing but a number of quality milers and middle distance gallopers have won the event including dual Group 2 winner Linton (2012), Autumn Jeuney (2008), Sylvaner (2002-2003), and Blast The Glass (1998-1989).

Year Winner Runner-Up Third Time
2016 Tonopah Prince of Penzance Rocket Commander 1:39.9
2015 The Bowler Excites Zelady Metaphorical 1:35.9
2014 Rhythm To Spare Starkiato Gig 1:39.1
2013 Linton Lucky Penny General Peekay 1:37.7
2012 Linton Hawks Bay Verco Road 1:38.4
2011 Budriguez Majestic Music Red Colossus 1:36.4
2010 Majestic Music Life To The Full Tagus 1:35.2
2009 Serious Speed Chasm Pinnacles 1:37.8
2008 Autumn Jeuney Goin To Jackson Peacemaker 1:38.2
2007 Brockmans Lass Red For Lou Lord Of The Dance 1:36.8
2006 Lifes A Bounty Smart And Mighty Tawqeet 1:38.9
2005 Sassbee Barabba Road Merlot Now 1:35.3
2004 Fly For Me Sylvaner Grundys Crossing 1:37.6
2003 Sylvaner None For The Road Circumnavigating 1:38.1
2002 Sylvaner Oliver Beer Market Price 1:39.1
2001 Typhoon Barney Gold Crystal Roralism 1:38.3
2000 More Action Burning Clay Our Guided Missile 1:41.8

RA Lee Stakes News

Twelve runners have been confirmed in the final field for the 2016 Group 3 RA Lee Stakes (1600m) at Morphettville Racecourse; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager. Alpine Eagle ($3.10) remains outright favourite in 2016 RA Lee Stakes betting…