Ranvet Stakes

For many racing enthusiasts Autumn doesn’t just mean cool fresh mornings or leaves dropping from trees, for the racing industry it is one of the busiest times of the year and also the most exciting. Trainers and staff work long hours getting their stars ready for some of the most prestigious races in the world.  

One of those races is the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes, to be held this year on the 18th  March at Rosehill Gardens racecourse. For Sydney racing this on one of the biggest days on the racing calendar. Five group one races will be run on the day including the biggest 2-year-old race of the year, the Golden Slipper.  

The history of the Ranvet Stakes goes all the way back to 1902 when the race was first run and won by a mare called Lady Grafton. Back then it was originally called the Rawson stakes, named after the Governor of NSW at the time Sir Harry Holdsworth Rawson. In 1991 the race was renamed the Ranvet Stakes and has remained unchanged since.  The Ranvet stakes is a 2000 metre race for horses aged 3-year-old and upwards, it is a Group 1 race run under weight for age conditions. Over the years the race has been run over varying distances and even once was staged at Canterbury racecourse but for most part it has remained at the 2000 metres.  

The Ranvet stakes is steeped in history and has been won by some of Australia’s greatest trainers, TJ Smith won the race an incredible 12 times, and his daughter Gai Waterhouse has won 7 times, together with many equine legends of the turf past and present which have saluted the judge in this famous race 

  • Peter Pan 1935 
  • Bernborough 1946 
  • Tulloch 1958 
  • Gunsynd 1971 and 1973 
  • Beau Zam 1988 and 1989 
  • Better Loosen Up 1990 
  • Super Impose 1991 
  • Tie The Knot 2000 and 2001 
  • Verry Elleegant 2021 

Just to name a few 

The Ranvet stakes is one of racing most time-honoured and revered races, who will win this year and pick up a share in the $1 Million prize purse, only time will tell. We wish all horses and connections the best of luck and a safe journey. 

Who will you be cheering on? 


Written by Selena.P 


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