BMW Stakes 2017 – Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival
Group 1 $2.25 million The BMW Stakes – Rosehill, Saturday 25 March 2017
The WS Cox Plate of the Autumn Racing!
The BMW is a Group 1 weight-for-age race held annually over at Rosehill racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. The race is run over a distance of 2400 metres and is worth $2,250,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 The BMW was won by Preferment.
The BMW was previously known as the ‘The Tancred Stakes and takes place the week after the Golden Slipper Day and a week before “The Championships”.
The BMW is the premier distance race of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival over 2400m and the assembled field is generally of high quality, with New Zealand horses often making their presence felt. The race is run at weight-for-age and has grown into one of the most anticipated races on the Australian racing calendar each year during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Many classy gallopers have won The BMW including outstanding mare Makybe Diva (2005), Ethereal (2002), Tie The Knot (1999-2000), Might And Power (1998), Octagonal (1996-97) and New Zealander Our Poetic Prince (1989).
In recent times the Group1 Ranvet Stakes has been a reasonable guide to this race, with Silent Achiever (2014), Manighar (2012), Tuesday Joy (2008), Eremein (2006) and Tie The Knot (2000) all winning the Ranvet Stakes & BMW double in the same year.
It’s worth noting that It’s A Dundeel went on to win the Group 1 ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick after finishing second in this event, while Niwot (4th in 2012) won the Group 1 Sydney Cup following his fourth placing finish here. Silent Achiever (2014) won the Ranvet Stakes over 2000m at Rosehill prior to her fast finishing victory in this event and BMW winners also include Fiveandahalfstar (2013) and Manighar (2012).