Tesio Stakes News
A classy field of 17 has been nominated for this weekend’s Group 3 Tesio Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley Racecourse, highlighted by the inclusion of several of the 2014 racing calendar’s standout mares. Steadily building to the task over four starts this time in, trainers Peter and Paul Snowden have…
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The 2014 Tesio Stakes (also known as the 2014 Eliza Park International Stakes) is a Group 3 race for mares aged four and over and takes place annually in October as part of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
The 2015 Tesio Stakes will be held on Saturday, October 24th, 2015.
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The Tesio Stakes is a 1600-metre handicap held at Moonee Valley Racecourse offering $150,000 in prize money.
In 2014, the Tesio Stakes was sponsored by Eliza Park. Previously, Inglis had sponsored the event.
Established in 1990, the Tesio Stakes was originally classified as a Listed level event but gained Group 3 status in 1993 and has maintained this ever since.
Runners often come into the Tesio Stakes on the back of other mares-only events including the Group 3 How Now Stakes and the Group 2 Rose Of Kingston Stakes.
Taking place on one of the biggest days of the year in Australian racing, Cox Plate Day, the Tesio Stakes always attracts keen interest from both on and off course punters.
The Tesio Stakes often serves as a lead-up event to more prestigious races later in the spring and races that may be targeted include the Group 1 Myer Classic, the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes and the Group 1 Emirates Stakes.
Over the years, the Tesio Stakes has been known variously as the BMW Australia Stakes, Dalgety Breeders’ Plate, BMW Plate, Eliza Park International Stakes, Trojan Hand Tools Stakes and Inglis Mile. Future name changes are likely as the race attracts different sponsors.
Cox Plate Day
The Tesio Stakes is held on Cox Plate Day, one of the biggest days on racing in Victoria. Cox Plate Day draws champion thoroughbreds and racing fans from around the entire world. There is a massive card of seven black type races on Cox Plate Day. The Cox Plate Day race program includes:
- Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m)
- Group 2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic (1600m)
- Group 2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m)
- Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m)
- Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m)
- Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes (1200m)
- Group 3 Tesio Stakes (1600m)
Moonee Valley Racecourse
Host of the Tesio Stakes is Moonee Valley Racecourse, one of three premier racecourses in Melbourne.
Located just six kilometres from the Melbourne CBD, Moonee Valley has a unique tight-turning track with a circumference of just 1805 metres and a 173-metre straight.
Apart from hosting the Tesio Stakes, Moonee Valley Racecourse also holds the famous Cox Plate, the Group 1 Manikato Stakes, Group 1 William Reid Stakes, Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes and the Group 2 Sunline Stakes.