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Belle Of The Turf Stakes

The Belle Of The Turf Stakes is a Group 3 fillies & mares quality handicap race held in December at Gosford racecourse in provincial New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres and worth $150,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Belle Of The Turf Stakes was won by Sexy Eyes from Irithea with Zumbelina third.

Previously a listed spring race, the Belle Of The Turf Stakes was upgraded to Group 3 status for the 2013/2014 racing season and now runs in late December during the recently formed Central Coast Carnival.

The Gosford Race Club announced a new racing initiative for the 2017-18 racing season, the Central Coast Carnival. It replaced the previous 'Summer Series' and offered around $1.4 million in prizemoney. The series commenced on Belle of the Turf Stakes Day in December and finishes on Gosford Gold Cup Day in mid January.

The Belle Of The Turf Stakes was held twice in 2017 after being moved from January to December as part of the Central Coast Carnival.

Belle Of The Turf Stakes info

Date: Friday 27th December 2019
Track: Gosford racecourse, Gosford
Distance: 1600 metres
Race Type: Fillies & Mares Quality
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $150,000
2018 Winner: Sexy Eyes

The Belle Of The Turf Stakes is a more than handy provincial race for fillies & mares only that tends to attract average gallopers to Gosford for a crack at the black type status on offer.

City stables may find the prizemoney and Group 3 status an attractive proposition for a country feature race and may target their city class fillies or mares for this event, especially as a 'black type' victory would be an added bonus as far as future breeding is concerned.

Smart galloper Pecan (2017 Dec) went on to win the Gr3 Hawkesbury Crown at Hawkesbury the following April after taking out this race.

Sexy Eyes (2018) ran fourth in a BM88 race over 1500m at Rosehill before heading to Gosford to win this event in narrow fashion for trainer Chris Waller.

Recent Belle Of The Turf Stakes winners include Pecans (2017 Dec) and Imposing Lass (2017 Jan).

2018 Belle Of The Turf Stakes result

1. $4.60 Sexy Eyes 54.0 Jay Ford
2. $6.00 Irithea 55.0 Jason Collett
3. $3.10 Zumbelina 56.0 James McDonald

then followed
4. $5.00 Organza 54.0 Glyn Schofield
5. $8.00 Pecans 60.0 Corey Brown
6. $17.00 Sweet Victory 54.0 Tom Marquand
7. $10.00 Hussterical 54.0 Adam Hyeronimus

Margins: 0.1 len, 0.23 len
Time: 1:37.03

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Belle Of The Turf Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 Sexy Eyes Irithea Zumbelina 1:37.0
2017 Pecans Sedanzer Positive Problems 1:36.3
2017 Imposing Lass Queen Of Wands Sewreel 1:35.7
2016 Ammirata Mary Lou K'ville Flyer/Holy Del 1:38.4
2015 Mamwaazel Peace Force Mary Lou 1:37.2
2014 Myamira Pleiades La Pieta 1:35.7
2013 Cathay Lady Babel Shamardini 1:36.2
2012 Move to Jan 2013
2011 Skyerush Quidnunc Miss Keepsake 1:37.3
2010 Hidden Wonder Devils Arcade Kimillsy 1:37.5

The Belle Of The Turf Stakes was run twice in 2017, in January and December.