The RN Irwin Stakes is a Group 3 weight-for-age race for sprinters that takes place each year in April at Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, South Australia during the Adelaide autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1100 metres and worth $120,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 RN Irwin Stakes was won by Dainty Tess from Viddora with Secret Agenda third.
Held on the same day as the Group 3 Auraria Stakes, the RN Irwin Stakes is the only weight-for-age group race of the Adelaide autumn carnival.
|Date:||Saturday 21st April 2018|
|Track:||Morphettville racecourse, Adelaide|
|2018 Winner:||Dainty Tess|
The RN Irwin Stakes tends to attract above average gallopers due to the level weights playing field and has been won by some nice sprinting types over the years including Avenue (2011), Here De Angels (2008), Bomber Bill (2003), Sports (1999), Street Ruffian (1992), Jet Fighter (1989) and champion SA galloper Redelva (1988).
Sprinters contesting this event may go on to races such as the Gr3 DC Mckay Stakes or the feature Adelaide autumn sprint, the Gr1 Goodwood, later in the carnival. Essay Raider (4th in 2014) went on to win the DC Mckay Stakes after running fourth in this race, while Blahnik (3rd in 2009) finished third in both the Irwin Stakes and Mckay Stakes.
Classy Gai Waterhouse trained sprinter Driefontein (2014) managed to go on and win the Gr1 Robert Sangster Stakes after winning this event, claiming the Irwin Stakes & Sangster Stakes double in the process.
Classy mare Platelet (2nd in 2013) finished runner up in this race before claiming both the Sangster Stakes and Goodwood at her next two starts, she then returned in 2014 to finish second behind Driefontein (2014) in both the Irwin & Sangster Stakes.
Dainty Tess (2018) took out the Marjorie Stakes over 1200m at Ascot in Perth before making the trip east to win this event in stylish fashion and recent RN Irwin Stakes winners include Viddora (2017) and Nostradamus (2016).
1. $9.50 Dainty Tess 56.5 Jamie Kah
2. $2.45 Viddora 56.5 Joe Bowditch
3. $5.50 Secret Agenda 56.5 Dom Tourneur
4. $3.70 Snitty Kitty 56.5 Beau Mertens
5. $15.00 Flamberge 58.5 Ms Linda Meech
6. $26.00 Casino Wizard 58.5 Jason Holder
7. $20.00 It's Been A Battle 56.5 Justin Potter
8. $71.00 Lord Aspen 58.5 Harry Coffey
9. $81.00 Lope De Capio 58.5 Ms Kayla Crowther
10. $101.00 Bay Road 58.5 Jake Toeroek
Margins: 0.6 len, 0.1 len
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|2018||Dainty Tess||Viddora||Secret Agenda||1:03.5|
|2017||Viddora||Illustrious Lad||I Am Gypsy||1:03.9|
|2016||Nostradamus||I Am Gypsy||Runway Star||1:02.9|
|2015||Daytona Grey||Riziz||The Messina Nymph||1:05.0|
|2012||We're Gonna Rock||First Command||Catapulted||1:03.6|
|2011||Avenue||Diplomatic Force||Morgan Dollar||1:02.5|
|2010||Augusta Proud||Commanding Hope||Cerberus Gal||1:04.0|
|2009||Diplomatic Force||Let Go Thommo||Blahnik||1:02.4|
|2008||Here De Angels||Flying Object||Terango||1:03.5|
|2007||Flying Object||Sipowicz||Mt Billy||1:03.0|
|2006||Leone Chiara||Shablec||Swiss Vault||1:03.6|
|2005||Super Elegant||Bomber Bill||Chatelaine||1:03.1|
|2004||Stand By Me||Cosmic Strike||Skewiff||1:03.0|
|2003||Bomber Bill||Regal Kiss||Crest Of Gold||1:03.1|
|2002||Regal Kiss||Suit||Cosmic Strike||0:56.2|
|2001||Stand By Me||Lezayre||Flurrys Gem||0:55.8|
|2000||Suit||My Millenium||Lord Kingston||1:02.7|
|1999||Sports||St Clemens Belle||Amber Gaze||1:02.4|
|1998||La Baraka||Will Fly||Lord Shiraz||1:03.7|
|1997||Scorn Bold||Excel Pilot||Magic Ribbon||1:03.7|
|1996||Scorn Bold||Voguessa||Stealing Heaven||1:04.2|
|1995||Hero Wind||St Covet||Fighter Bay||1:03.5|
|1993||Hot Arch||Better Loosen Up||Fappianos Girl||1:03.7|
|1992||Street Ruffian||Zephyr Art||Squire Gray||1:04.1|
|1991||Beau George||Steel Sculptress||Prince Anton||1:04.3|
|1990||Leica Western||Worthy Regent||Heavenly View||1:05.1|
|1989||Jet Fighter||Spirit Of Emily||Storm Wedge||1:04.4|