The Sweet Embrace Stakes is a Group 3 race for two-year-old fillies that takes place each March at Warwick Farm racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales during the sutumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres under set weight conditions and worth $125,000 in prizemoney. The 2013 Sweet Embrace Stakes was won by Romantic Moon from Thump with Greytfilly third.
The winner of the Sweet Embrace Stakes is exempt from ballot for the Golden Slipper Stakes and the race will be held at Warwick Farm for the 2012/2013 racing season.
The Sweet Embrace Stakes is for 2yo fillies only and allows young female gallopers the chance to step up to 1200m for the first time in a group race during autumn. Quite often the extra 100 metres of this race from previous 2yo open races like the Gr2 Silver Slipper Stakes and Gr3 Kindergarten Stakes over 1100m will find some fillies out, while others will be coming home strongly looking for more ground.
This race is the female equivalent of the Gr3 Skyline Stakes for colts & geldings, held on the same day, and will sort out those gallopers who are strong at 1200m and may have a realistic chance in the upcoming Gr1 Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill in April.
The ill fated Crystal Filly (2010) was the last filly to win this race and go on to win the Golden Slipper, while Headway (2009) finished runner-up in the Slipper after scoring in this event.
Two-year-olds tackling this race have the option of heading to Rosehill for the Gr2 Reisling Slipper Trial or the Gr2 Magic Night Stakes and both races are for 2yo gallopers over the same course & distance as the $3.5M Golden Slipper Stakes, providing the ideal final tune up for Australia's richest two-year-old race.
Romantic Moon (2013) finished eighth in the Silver Slipper over 1100m at Rosehill on her way to winning this race and recent Sweet Embrace Stakes winners have been Jade Maruader (2012) and Shared Reflections (2011).
2012 Sweet Embrace Stakes result
1. $15.00 Romantic Moon 55.5 James Mcdonald
2. $26.00 Thump 55.5 Christian Reith
3. $8.00 Greytfilly 55.5 Tommy Berry
4. $26.00 Vocalise 55.5 Corey Brown
5. $4.60 Calming Influence 55.5 Jim Cassidy
6. $1.90 Assail 55.5 Peter Robl
7. $26.00 Most Joyful 55.5 Hugh Bowman
8. $51.00 Tropical Force 55.5 Brenton Avdulla
9. $41.00 Serious Fun 55.5 Jay Ford
Margins: Len, neck Time: 1:10.08
The Sweet Embrace Stakes is held on the same day as the Gr1 Randwick Guineas for three-year-old gallopers.
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