The BMW Winners

Originally named the H.E. Tancred Stakes, The BMW Stakes has also been known as the Tancred Cup and the Mercedes Classic, and was first won by Maidenhead in 1963. Initially a 12 furlong race until 1972, The BMW is the only Group 1 weight-for-age 2400m race in Australia. With Tie The Knot (1999-2000) and Octagonal (1996-97) as the only double winners of the race, it is clear that the staying event is not for the light hearted. Many great horses have tried to win this race and have failed however there are two particular which have gone on from The BMW to have an extraordinary racing season. After winning the BMW Stakes in 1973, Apollo Eleven went on to win Sydney Cup, Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Chipping Norton Stakes and Auckland Cup. Racing legend Makybe Diva went on to win the Memsie Stakes, Turnbull Stakes, Cox Plate and the Melbourne Cup after her 2005 victory.

The race was held as a 10 furlong event in 1964 and remained a Principal race until 1979 when it then became a Group 1 race. Dominated by colts and geldings, the race has only had seven mares cross the finish line first. Tuesday Joy was the most recent winning mare in 2008 followed by Makybe Diva (2005), Ethereal (2002), Miltak (1994), My Blue Denim (1981), Bright Shadow (1970), and Maidenhead (1963).

The BMW Records

Fastest Winning Time (excluding 1964): 2:25.78 – Grand Zulu (2004).

Slowest Winning Time: 2:38.12 – Sydeston (1990).

Most Wins By A Jockey: Four – Derren Beadman (1996, 2003, 2008 and 2009) and Mick Dittman (1977, 1985, 1990 and 1993).

Most Wins By A Trainer: Four – John R. Hawkes (1996, 1997, 2001 and 2003).

BMW Stakes Winners

Year Winner
2016 Preferment
2015 Hartnell
2014 Silent Achiever
2013 Fiveandahalfstar
2012 Manighar
2011 Cedarberg
2010 Littorio
2009 Fiumicino
2008 Tuesday Joy
2007 Blutigeroo
2006 Eremein
2005 Makybe Diva
2004 Grand Zulu
2003 Freemason
2002 Ethereal
2001 Curata Storm
2000 Tie the Knot
1999 Tie the Knot
1998 Might and Power
1997 Octagonal
1996 Octagonal
1995 Stony Bay
1994 Miltak
1993 Kaaptive Edition
1992 Heroicity
1991 Dr. Grace
1990 Sydeston
1989 Our Poetic Prince
1988 Beau Zam
1987 Myocard
1986 Bonecrusher
1985 Alibhai
1984 Hayai
1983 Trissaro
1982 Prince Majestic
1981 Blue Denim
1980 Kingston Town
1979 Shivaree
1978 Hyperno
1977 Our Cavalier
1976 Major Battle
1975 Sovereign Yacht
1974 Knee High
1973 Apollo Eleven (NZ)
1972 Tails
1971 Natural Trump
1970 Bright Shadow