Bobbie Lewis Quality News

Lone Rock won the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality at Flemington on Saturday September 3, 2011, ahead of previously unbeaten gelding Bel Sprinter. The Robert Smerdon-trainer Lone Rock stole the race away from Bel Sprinter who led the rest of the horse racing field for the majority of the race….


Bobbie Lewis Quality

Conducted by the Victoria Racing Club, the Bobbie Lewis Quality is a top class Group 3 thoroughbred race held at the picturesque Flemington Racecourse at one of the first feature meetings of the annual Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

The Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality is a quality handicap event run over a 1200m sprint distance in early September and is worth a lucrative $200,000 in prizemoney and trophies.

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The race is one of four group status events at Makybe Diva Stakes Day. The headline race of this meeting is the Group 2 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m), but excellent betting opportunities for punters wanting to get in on the action of the spring season early include the Group 2 Lets Elope Stakes (1400m) for mares and the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) for three-year-olds.

Suiting sprinters with experience at Flemington’s ‘Straight Six’ track, the Bobbie Lewis Quality is a good preparatory race for horses heading towards other handicap races during the spring including the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield and the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m).

History

Citadel won the inaugural Bobbie Lewis Quality when the race was first conducted in 1974.

Originating as a Principal Race, the event gradually moved up in status becoming a Listed event in 1979 and then obtaining its Group 3 listing in 1986.

A number of quality gallopers have won the Bobbie Lewis Quality including Hareeba (1994), Scenic Peak (2001), Titanic Jack (2003) and Swift Alliance (2009).

Past Winners

Below is a list of the recent Bobbie Lewis Quality winners.

Year

Horse

2009
SWIFT ALLIANCE
2008
BON HOFFA
2007
BON HOFFA
2006
BEL DANORO
2005
WILDLY
2004
FACE VALUE
2003
TITANIC JACK
2002
CHONG TONG
2001
SCENIC PEAK
2000
RUTHLESS TYCOON