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Memsie Stakes 2023 Barrier Draw & Final Field

Last updated: 30 Aug 2023
Bets.com.au Staff 30 Aug 2023
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  • The barrier draw has been completed for the Memsie Stakes
  • The 2023 edition will be run at Caulfield on Saturday, September 2
  • The Memsie Stakes is the first Group 1 of the season in Melbourne
  • Final field is included below
Memsie Stakes Barriers
Alligator Blood has drawn barrier 14 in the Memsie Stakes. (Getty)

The Memsie Stakes is the first Melbourne Group 1 of the new season, a 1400m standard WFA feature run at Caulfield that's worth $750,000.

While he's been targeted towards the 1200m of The Everest later this spring, I Wish I Win (barrier 1) is set to resume in the Memsie Stakes, with this year's TJ Smith Stakes winner a chance of heading to the $20 million Randwick feature on October 14 straight from this Group 1.

I Wish I Win was an impressive Australian debut winner over this track/trip at this meeting last year, with the son of Savabeel rounding out that prep with victory in the Golden Eagle.

Mr Brightside (barrier 15) defended his PB Lawrence Stakes crown stylishly a fortnight ago, with the two-time Group 1 winner now unbeaten from two attempts over the Caulfield seven furlongs.

He rounded out his autumn campaign in fine fashion, with victory in the All-Star Mile at Moonee Valley before making it back-to-back Doncaster Mile triumphs on the opening day of The Championships as Randwick.

Alligator Blood (barrier 14) recorded a fifth Group 1 victory when winning the Futurity Stakes first-up in autumn, which is also a 1400m Group 1 weight-for-age event.

The Waterhouse & Bott-trained gelding completed only three runs in a short autumn campaign, while the seven-year-old was the comeback story of 2022, having won three Group 1's in that calendar year following setbacks and two stable changes.

Annavisto (barrier 4) has a terrific fresh record, with the daughter of Reliable Man having won four of six first-up attempts and the last two have come over this 1400m journey.

She has been well held via her last two tries at Group 1 level, however.

Chris Waller has a decent hand, with Osipenko (barrier 2) and Princess Grace (barrier 3) both arriving off strong returns in the Group 1 Winx Stakes on August 19.

A total of 15 runners make up the final field for the 2023 Memsie Stakes.

Memsie Stakes 2023 Barriers & Final Field

1Mr Brightside (NZ)Ben, Will & JD HayesCraig Williams1559kg$3.95
2I Wish I Win (NZ)Peter G Moody & Katherine ColemanLuke Nolen159kg $4.05
3Alligator BloodGai Waterhouse & Adrian BottTim Clark1459kg $4.60
4NonconformistGrahame BeggHarry Coffey659kg $53
5Aegon (NZ)Andrew ForsmanMichael Dee1359kg $30
6The InevitableTegan KeysDavid Pires1159kg $32
7Western Empire (NZ)John Leek (Jnr)Arron Lynch959kg $111
8BandersnatchMichael, Wayne & John HawkesJordan Childs1059kg $69
9Duke De Sessa (IRE)Ciaron Maher & David EustaceEthan Brown559kg $18.20
10OsipenkoChris WallerMark Zahra258.5kg$10.20
11Bank MaurRichard LamingJye McNeil758.5kg$61
12AmenableMick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)Jamie Kah1258.5kg$19.60
13Princess Grace (USA)Chris WallerBlake Shinn357kg$10.20
14Annavisto (NZ)Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Damian Lane457kg $10.40
15Steinem (GB)Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen857kg $53
Odds courtesy of BoomBet & correct at 12am on 31/08/2023.

Memsie Stakes Winners

The Memsie Stakes is a spring-shaping race leading into the Melbourne Spring Carnival, with runners often targeting this race before tilts at the Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup.

First run in 1899, the Memsie Stakes has seen several high-profile horses delivering wins before going onto greater success with, Makybe Diva, Humidor and Sunline all recording Memsie Stakes wins before going on to claim a bigger prize later in the spring.

Behemoth (2020, 2021) and Snapdancer (2022) have won the last three editions of the Memsie Stakes.

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