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Epona Stakes

The Epona Stakes is a Group 3 race for fillies & mares only that takes place in March each year at Rosehill racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales during the Sydney autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1900 metres under set weight & penalty conditions and offers prizemoney of $150,000. The 2018 Epona Stakes was won by The Pinnacle from Domed with Nettoyer third.

Upgraded to Group 3 status for the 2011/2012 racing season, the Epona Stakes is held on the second day of the three-day Golden Slipper Festival at Rosehill Gardens, featuring the Gr1 Golden Slipper Stakes.

Epona Stakes info

Date: Saturday 23rd March 2019
Track: Rosehill racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1900 metres
Race Type: Fillies & Mares - Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $150,000
2018 Winner: The Pinnacle

The Epona Stakes is a middle distance race for 3yo & upward females and suits those fillies who may be heading on to the better black type races ahead such as the Gr1 Storm Queen Stakes, the Gr3 Adrian Knox Stakes, or the premier fillies distance race of the autumn, the Gr1 ATC Australian Oaks.

Generally a race for more than handy staying types rather than the elite, the better mares contesting this event might use the Epona Stakes as a lead-up race to the major distance event of the Sydney autumn carnival, the Gr1 Sydney Cup over 3200m at Randwick on the second day of 'The Championships'.

In recent times Aliyana Tilde (2013) ran third in the Sydney Cup after winning this race, while Once Were Wild (3rd in 2012) came third in both races. Divine Rebel (2009) finished runner-up in the Sydney Cup in consecutive years (2009 & 2010), and Jessicabeel (3rd in 2010) managed to go on and take out the Sydney Cup after finishing third in this race.

The Pinnacle (2018) finished runner-up in the Gr3 Aspiration Quality over 1600m at Randwick before scoring in this event and recent Epona Stakes winners include Consommateur (2017) and Vergara (2016).

2018 Epona Stakes result

1. $9.00 The Pinnacle 54.0 Christian Reith
2. $14.00 Domed 54.0 Craig Williams
3. $3.70 Nettoyer 54.0 Kerrin McEvoy

then followed
4. $18.00 Ceylon 54.0 Dwayne Dunn
5. $9.50 Perfect Rhyme 54.0 Tim Clark
6. $17.00 Oklahoma Girl 54.0 Tommy Berry
7. $5.00 Consommateur 56.0 Hugh Bowman
8. $8.00 Karavali 56.0 Jason Collett
9. $91.00 La Courbette 54.0 Jay Ford
10. $21.00 Pioneering 54.0 Brenton Avdulla
11. $81.00 Ardanza 54.0 Josh Adams
LR Harlow Gold 54.0 Damian Lane

Margins: 1.3 len, 0.2 len
Time: 1:58.51

Other group races held on Golden Slipper Day alongside the Epona Stakes include the Gr1 The Galaxy, Gr1 Ranvet Stakes, Gr1 George Ryder Stakes & Gr1 Rosehill Guineas.

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Epona Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 The Pinnacle Domed Nettoyer 1:58.5
2017 Consommateur Ambience Top Of My List 2:06.4
2016 Vergara Heavens Above Sweet Fire 1:56.8
2015 Scratchy Bottom Rising Romance Telepathic 1:57.3
2014 Intimate Moment Any Day Will Do Epingle 2:07.0
2013 Aliyana Tilde Epingle Dolly Dolly 1:55.8
2012 Fibrillation Crafty Irna Once Were Wild 1:57.6
2011 Galizani Vivid Vixen Vintedge 1:57.0
2010 Messenger Pagan Princess Jessicabeel 1:59.8
2009 Divine Rebel Prima Nova Risayla 1:58.5