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Adrian Knox Stakes

The Adrian Knox Stakes is a Group 3 quality handicap race for three-year-old fillies that takes place annually each April at Randwick racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales.The race is run over a distance of 2000 metres and worth $200,000 in prize money. The 2020 Adrian Knox Stakes was won by Colette from Toffee Tongue with Quintessa third.

With the advent of the newly formed The Championships for this year's Sydney Autumn racing carnival, the Adrian Knox Stakes finds itself on the first day of the two-day extravaganza, alongside the feature race of the day, the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap. The winner of this race is exempt from a ballot on the Group 1 ATC Australian Oaks for fillies the following week.

Adrian Knox Stakes info

Date: Saturday 3rd April 2021
Track: Randwick racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 2000 metres
Race Type: 3yo Fillies - Quality
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000
2020 Winner: Colette

The Adrian Knox Stakes takes place seven days before the AJC Australian Oaks over 2400m at Randwick and gives three-year-old fillies a final hit out at 2000m in preparation for the extra 400 metres of the Oaks the following Saturday. The Adrian Knox Stakes is generally a race for more than handy fillies rather than the silk department.

The Adrian Knox Stakes has proven to be a more than handy guide to the ATC Oaks in recent years with Royal Descent (2013), Rena's Lady (2007), Wild Iris (2004) and Republic Lass (2002) all managing to claim the Adrian Knox Stakes & ATC Oaks double. Gust Of Wind (4th in 2015) managed to win the ATC Australian Oaks at her next start, while Candlebra (2015) & Miss Darcey (2009) both went on to finish third in the ATC Oaks.

A race like the Group 3 Frank Packer Plate on the last day of the autumn carnival at Randwick may also be next on the agenda for any fillies that want to take on the males, and Arabian Gold (2014) is the last galloper to claim the Adrian Knox & Frank Packer Plate double.

Aliferous (2019) ran second in a BM64 race over 1600m at Kembla Grange before finishing strongly to win this event for Newcastle trainer Kris Lees.

Recent Adrian Knox Stakes winners include Luvaluva (2018) and Walking Moment (2017).

2020 Adrian Knox Stakes result

1. $3.00 Colette 54.5 James McDonald
2. $9.50 Toffee Tongue 53.5 Sam Clipperton
3. $21.00 Quintessa 53.5 Ms Rachel King

then followed
4. $7.00 Betcha Flying 53.5 Tommy Berry
5. $61.00 Stick ’Em Up 53.5 Glen Boss
6. $4.60 Paradee 56.5 Hugh Bowman
7. $201.00 Satin Rain 53.5 Jean Van Overmeire
8. $201.00 Cosmic Haze 54.0 Blake Spriggs
9. $81.00 Ready’S Girl 54.0 Jason Collett
10. $10.00 Dorothy Of Oz 54.0 Adam Hyeronimus
11. $101.00 Donnachiara 54.0 Robbie Dolan
12. $81.00 Elisa Carolina 54.0 Brenton Avdulla
13. $31.00 Rathvilly Miss 53.5 Ms Kathy O'Hara
14. $31.00 Maia Nebula 53.5 Glyn Schofield
15. $301.00 Sorridere 53.5 Jay Ford
FF $9.50 Fascino 58.0 Nash Rawiller

Margins: 2.8 len, 0.8 len
Time: 2:07.10

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Adrian Knox Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Colette Toffee Tongue Quintessa 2:07.1
2019 Aliferous Amangiri Maracaibo 2:07.7
2018 Luvaluva Pretty To Sea Chilly Cha Cha 2:03.9
2017 Waking Moment Perfect Rhyme Fallacy 2:12.3
2016 Diamond Made Alaskan Rose Zasorceress 2:08.0
2015 Candelara Rustic Melody Maastricht 2:09.0
2014 Arabian Gold Missvinn Lady Cumquat 2:11.9
2013 Royal Descent Express Power Unimpeachable 2:04.0
2012 Full Of Spirit Plumm Secret Liaison 2:03.1
2011 Crafty Irna Raspberries Becerra 2:04.6
2010 Speedy Natalie Status Quo Spinnawitch
2009 Miss Darcey Above Perfection Nothin' Leica Cat 2:04.0
2008 Raise Dandee Topwin Hey Pretty Katie 2:08.8
2007 Rena's Lady Perfect Drop Upper Echelon 2:09.9
2006 Operetta Lass Anapine Alberghetti 2:03.9
2005 Don't Tell Clang Ponte Piccolo Clevedon 2:07.6
2004 Wild Iris Revolutions Saporito 2:07.5
2003 Crianca Ain't Seen Nothin' Flidais 2:03.7
2002 Republic Lass Factional Moonflute 2:03.6
2001 Lady Mulan Calm Smytzer Life is Beautiful 2:05.8
2000 Dottoressa Avilde Kirkstall Lane 2:05.4
1999 Starry Way Carmelina La Moulin 2:05.3
1998 Star Alight Lahar Novanediym 2:08.4
1997 Sybeel Danceabeel Inshallah 2:02.9
1996 Eureka Jewel Usha Ester Kelly 2:04.7
1995 Circles Of Gold Staying Alive Lament 2:07.7
1994 Seto Flowerian Booked Oaks Day 2:09.0
1993 Lady Agnes Filament Astrolarb 2:04.5
1992 Alma Mater Many Hands Kalamarco 2:06.2
1991 Lee's Bid Marinella Holyport Lass 2:05.9
1990 Dual Treasures Hysterical Aretha 2:08.1
1989 Chaleyer Bay Tree Sober Dancer 2:04.6
1988 Lady Liberty Bravery Palace Revolt 2:07.8