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RN Irwin Stakes

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 2017 RN Irwin Stakes was won by Viddora from Illustrious Lad with I Am Gypsy 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.

2018 RN Irwin Stakes info

Date: Saturday 21st April 2018
Track: Morphettville racecourse, Adelaide
Distance: 1100 metres
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $120,000
2017 Winner: Viddora

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.

Viddora (2017) ran second in the Listed Manihi Stakes over 1100m at Morphettville before taking out this event and recent RN Irwin Stakes winners include Nostradamus (2016) and Daytona Grey (2015).

2017 RN Irwin Stakes result

1. $3.50 Viddora 56.5 Chris Parnham
2. $3.20 Illustrious Lad 58.5 Anthony Darmanin
3. $19.00 I Am Gypsy 56.5 Ryan Hurdle

then followed
4. $10.00 Casino Wizard 58.5 Jason Holder
5. $3.80 Petits Filous 56.5 Ms Jamie Kah
6. $9.00 Sooboog 58.5 John Allen
7. $26.00 Lope De Capio 58.5 Damien Thornton
8. $81.00 Calianco 56.5 Paul Gatt
9. $12.00 Atmospherical 56.5 Daniel Moor

Margins: 1 len, 0.8 len
Time: 1:03.93

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RN Irwin Stakes recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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
2014 Driefontein Platelet Just Discreet 1:03.9
2013 Kulgrinda Platelet Avoid Lightning 1:03.9
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
1994 Kenvain Tarare St Rory 1:02.8
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
1988 Redelva Kaapstad Cameronic 1:07.0