2016 Birthday Card Stakes Field, Barriers & Odds

Birthday Card Stakes News

A talented field has been confirmed to line up for Saturday’s 2016 Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several opportunities to place a winning wager. Brook Road has continued to receive plenty of support in 2016 Birthday…


Birthday Card Stakes

The 2016 ATC Birthday Card Stakes is an exciting Group 3 race held as part of the prestigious Sydney Autumn Carnival. The Carnival is host to a plethora of elite group races held by the Australian Turf Club (ATC) at the esteemed Rosehill Gardens and Royal Randwick racecourses.

Midway through the Carnival the Rosehill Guineas Day takes place towards the end of March, and the feature race of the meeting is the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas. But the eager spectators and punters are also entertained by a range of other excellent group races including the Group 2 Ajax Stakes, Magic Night Stakes and the Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes.

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The 2016 Birthday Card Stakes will feature as part of the racing line up on Rosehill Guineas Day on Saturday 19th March 2016.

The Birthday Card Stakes is worth $125,000 and is a 1200 metre sprint for fillies and mares under quality handicap conditions.

It is considered an excellent lead-up towards some of the other richer and higher status races for the quality female runners, including the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes held the following week.

The handicap weights ensure a level racing field and gives the lower seeded females a chance of victory. It also means that betting on the Birthday Card Stakes is an exciting affair, as many long priced entries have claimed victory for the happy punters going against the favourites! Watch out for fillies and mares who may not be at the elite level of some of the other carnival contenders, but who have shown improvement over their past race starts.

Although the final field for the Birthday Card Stakes is not usually made up of the leading females of the season, they are higher than standard types and many will continue their autumn campaigns with a run in the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes at Randwick’s Derby Day.

The best lead-up race to the Birthday Card Stakes is the Group 3 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) held at Rosehill in late February.

Upcoming Races

Group 2

Karrakatta Plate

(1200m)

Ascot

$500,000

2YO SW

Group 3

Western Australian Oaks

(2400m)

Ascot

$250,000

3YO SW

Group 3

Victorian Handicap

(1400m)

Caulfield

$125,000

Hcp

Group 3

Easter Cup

(2000m)

Caulfield

$125,000

Hcp

Group 1

Golden Slipper

(1200m)

Rosehill

$3,500,000

2YO SW

Group 1

The BMW

(1200m)

Rosehill

$2,250,000

3YO & Up WFA

History

The Birthday Card Stakes began in 1986 as a Listed race run over 1280 metres under the name Birthday Card Quality Handicap.

The following year in 1987 the race distance was changed to 1100 metres. In 1992 the race had a change of name and was known as the Clyde Kennedy Quality. Two years later the distance was again changed to 1200 metres, and the original name was reinstated. Still a Listed race at this stage, in 2000 the name as it is now known by the Birthday Card Stakes was registered. The name went back to the Birthday Quality Handicap the following year, until the race was again known as the Birthday Card Stakes in 2001 until now. The race reached Group 3 status in 2006.

All major online bookmakers have odds on offer for the Birthday Card Stakes and it is an excellent opportunity for punters to place a bet on a fast paced race contended by some speedy entries.

At the next Sydney Autumn Carnival don’t overlook the lower status races like the Birthday Card Stakes when seeking out the best betting opportunities. They provide some truly excellent value odds and terrific payouts as well as the Group 1 and 2 races!

On the 1st of November, the 2016 Melbourne Cup races off! Don’t forget to check out the Melbourne Cup Odds & Melbourne Cup Field.