2016 Matron Stakes Field, Barriers & Odds


The Matron Stakes is one of Australia’s quality Group 3 thoroughbred races and is conducted in early March at the famous Flemington racecourse.

It is held on one of the final race meetings for the Melbourne Autumn Carnival and is on the same day as the Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m).Matron Stakes

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Open to mares and run under set weight plus penalty conditions, the Matron Stakes is a middle-distance run of 1600m worth $150, 000.

Lead-Up Races

There are a number of earlier mares-only races held during the autumn in Melbourne that serve as an ideal lead-up to the Matron Stakes including the Group 3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Blue Diamond Stakes Day and the Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley.


The Matron Stakes is one of the country’s younger races and was first conducted in 1994.

Excited Angel won the inaugural race and since then a number of strong mares have won the Matron Stakes including Dance The Night (2000), Umber (2006) and Fifth Avenue (2009).

Originating as a Listed event the Matron Stakes reached its current Group 3 status in 2006.

For the first seven years, the Matron Stakes was run over numerous distances until in 2000 the distance became 1600m, which it still remains today.

Matron Stakes News

Impressive young filly Response claimed her second career win on Saturday at Flemington when she defeated a classy field of rivals in the $150, 000 Group 3 Volunteers Matron Stakes (1600m). Response started the 2010 Matron Stakes as the $2.80 equal favourite and lived up to her potential Prepared by…