The Winter Stakes is a Gr 1 Australian horse race at set
weights for thoroughbred fillies and mares three-years-old and
above. Organized by the Queensland Turf Club, the race is contested
in June each year over a distance of 1400m at Eagle Farm Racecourse
in Brisbane, and carries a purse of AUD$500,000.
Inaugurated in 1989, the Winter Stakes has become one of the premier
races for fillies and mares in the Australian horseracing calendar
and, as such, regularly attracts many of the nation's top runners,
jockeys and trainers. As the last Gr 1 race of the Brisbane winter
racing carnival, it also usually draws large crowds.
In preparation for the Winter Stakes, trainers often enter their
charges in the 1400m AUD$200,000 Dane Ripper Quality (Gr 3) two
weeks earlier at Eagle Farm. How they perform in this race is
usually a good indication of how they'll do in the Winter Stakes, or
if they'll be entered into the lucrative race at all.
Over the years the Winter Stakes has produced its fair share of
deserving winners, including Bonovo, who won the race in 1999 and
2000, Piper's Belle in 1990, Zetoile in 1994, Tripping in 1996, Dane
Ripper in 1997, Miss Potential in 2004, Nova Star in 2007 and
Absolut Glam, who ran a great race to win in 2008.
Ridden by Melbourne-based jockey James Winks for Melbourne-based
trainer Danny O'Brien, superb filly Absolute Glam dazzled from start
to finish in the race, in which she was the youngest runner.