The Bow Mistress Stakes is a Group 3 race for fillies and mares, held each year at Hobart Racecourse in Tasmania. This race takes place under weight for age conditions over a distance of 1200 metres, and is battled out every February for $150,000 in prize money.
The Bow Mistress Stakes is an important part of the growing Tasmanian summer racing carnival, and is held one week before the Hobart Cup. This event takes place on the same day as the Listed Tasmanian Derby, and was only recently been upgraded from a Listed event itself during the 2011/2012 racing season.
The Bow Mistress Stakes is one of only three Group 3 races held in Tasmania each year, along with the Hobart Cup and the Launceston Cup. This race has managed to attract a good quality field in recent years, which is one of the reasons why it was elevated to Group 3 status.
Recent winners of the Bow Mistress Stakes include Diamond Cove in 2008, Flying Ruby in 2009, Dollops in 2010, Lady Lynette in 2011, and Rebel Bride in 2012. Rebel Bride won the 2012 edition of this event ahead of Lady Lynette in second place and Avionics in third. Lady Lynette is the best performing horse in recent years, after winning the 2011 event and placing second in 2012.
The Bow Mistress Stakes began back in 2006, making it a new inclusion on the Tasmanian racing calendar. The elevation of this event to Group 3 status is likely to bring more quality horses to Tasmania over the next few years, and help uplift the growing horse racing culture of Tasmania.