The Hawkesbury Crown is a Group 3 race for fillies & mares only that takes place each year in August at Hawkesbury racecourse in New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres and worth $200,000 in prize money. The 2019 Hawkesbury Crown was won by Archedemus from Tom Melbourne with Sixties Groove third.
The Hawkesbury track is located around 65km west of Sydney, between Richmond and Windsor, situated opposite the Richmond Air Force Base. The Hawkesbury Crown is held on Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup day, alongside the Group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas, and was afforded Group 3 status for the 2013/2014 racing season.
|Date:||Saturday 25th April 2020|
|Track:||Hawkesbury racecourse, Hawkesbury|
|Race Type:||Open Handicap|
The Hawkesbury Crown is a race for fillies & mares only that can be a bit of a minefield for punters, although the set weights & penalties conditions tends to favour the better performed mares engaged.
A race such as the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes, on the second day of 'The Championships' at Randwick in Sydney, provides a good lead up race to the Hawkesbury Crown, while the upcoming Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic at Scone may be on the agenda for fillies & mares contesting this event.
Aerobatics (2014) finished runner-up in the Dark Jewel Classic following success in this race, with Daysie Doom (2nd in 2016) and Seaside (6th in 2014) going on to win the Dark Jewel Classic after running second & sixth respectively in this race.
Any capable fillies or mares may head to Queensland for the Brisbane winter racing carnival and Peace Force (2nd in 2015) took out the Group 3 Lady Of The Turf Stakes after a good second in the Hawkesbury Crown. Others may head south to Melbourne, such as Manicure (3rd in 2019), who went on to win the Group 2 How Now Stakes at Caulfield after finishing third in this race.
Irithea (2019) finished runner-up in the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes over 1200m at Randwick before leading all the way to win this event in impressive style for trainer Bjorn Baker.
Recent Hawkesbury Crown winners include Pecans (2018) and Shillelagh (2017).
Hawkesbury race track has a circumference of 2070m and there is a slight rise from the home turn to the winning post. The track surface is turf and the straight length is 380m and horses race in a clockwise direction.
1. $3.70 Irithea 56.0 Joshua Parr
2. $3.00 Multaja 56.0 James McDonald
3. $4.40 Manicure 57.0 Jason Collett
4. $21.00 Zumbelina 56.0 Jay Ford
5. $7.50 Pecans 58.0 Corey Brown
6. $15.00 Aqua D’Ivina 56.0 Ms Kathy O'Hara
7. $15.00 Miss Que 56.0 Glyn Schofield
8. $61.00 Aeecee Tong De 56.0 Tim Clark
Margins: 0.96 len, 3.68 len
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|2019||Archedemus||Tom Melbourne||Sixties Groove||1:34.4|
|2016||Amovatio||Mighty Lucky||Casino Dancer||1:34.8|
|2015||Sons Of John||Tales Of Grimm||Rugged Cross||1:38.4|
|2013||Coup Ay Tee||Julienas||Darci Be Good||1:35.6|
|2012||Darci Be Good||Isopach||Praecido||1.35.3|
|2011||Somepin Anypin||Willy Jimmy||Renewed Vitality||2:39.3|
|2009||Keepin The Dream||Spinney||Bernicia||1:35.3|
|2007||Race not held||Equine Flu|
|2006||Beauty Watch||Friday Creek||Prince Arthur||1:34.4|
|2004||Court's In Session||Magsaya||Salgado||1:33.2|
|2002||This Manshood||Huge Demand||Evander||1:33.1|
|2001||Carael Boy||Play Station||Ra Eclipse||1:34.9|
|2000||Huge Demand||Grey And Gold||Lanolin||1:33.8|
|1999||Huge Demand||Chinhoyi||So Precise||1:34.3|
|1997||Quick Flick||Wakool Ash||Stony Bay||1:33.8|
|1996||Magic Road||Headstrong||Classy Fella||1:33.1|
|1995||Magic Road||Rouslan||Social Rule||1:35.3|
|1994||Jack Attack||Cohort||Another Victor||1:34.7|
|1993||Thrifty Reserve||Square The Circle||Play Or Pay||1:32.9|
|1992||Mr Impose||Thrifty Reserve||Belas Knap||1:35.1|
|1991||Shining Wind||Pre Record||Thrifty Reserve||1:34.1|
|1990||Rancho Classic||Livistona Lane||Post Elect||1:35.3|
|1988||Regal Native||Toscanini||It's Lunchtime||2:01.1|
|1987||My Parade||Palmyra Bay||Commercial Balance||1:59.3|
|1986||Gold Zama||Jogger||Reuter's News||2:01.6|
|1983||Almond Valley||Noble Ambition||Viva Bali||1:59.2|
|1982||Knight's Affair||Artist Man||Ambushed||2:02.2|
|1981||King's Ideal||Round The Horn||River D'Or||2:02.6|
|1980||Peninsula||March To Glory||Howie||2:28.7|
The 2015 Hawkesbury Crown was held at Rosehill the following Saturday after the standalone Hawkesbury meeting was washed out.