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Robert Sangster Stakes

The Robert Sangster Stakes is a Group 1 fillies & mares race held in May at Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, South Australia, during the Adelaide autumn racing carnival. The race is a weight-for-age event for females only and run over a distance of 1200 metres with $1,000,000 in prize money. The 2020 Robert Sangster Stakes was won by Bella Vella from Lyre with Bam's On Fire third.

Held on the same day as the Group 1 Australasian Oaks, the Robert Sangster Stakes has been run as the 'Úbet Classic' in recent years and is held alongside the Group 2 Queen Of The South Stakes & Group 3 DC Mckay Stakes.

Robert Sangster Stakes info

Date: Saturday 2nd May 2020
Track: Morphettville racecourse, Adelaide
Distance: 1200 metres
Race Type: Fillies & Mares - Weight for age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,000,000
2020 Winner: Bella Vella

The Robert Sangster Stakes is the premier sprint event for females during the Adelaide autumn racing carnival and being a Group 1 race for fillies & mares, it typically attracts good class interstate gallopers searching for group one glory. The race tends to assemble a field of mostly local gallopers and some above average types from other states.

Quite often a top class horse will make the trip to Adelaide for this race, such as Black Caviar (2012) and Miss Andretti (2008), and the Robert Sangster Stakes has been won by some more than handy types over the years. The Group 3 RN Irwin Stakes is a good lead-up event to the Sangster Stakes and Driefontein (2014) was the last galloper to take out both races in the same year.

Top mares Alinghi (2005), Our Egyptian Raine (2003), Apple Danish (1997) and With Me (1991) were all successful in this race, while champion mare Black Caviar & Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock mare Platelet (2013) went on to win the Group 1 Goodwood at their next after winning the Sangster Stakes. Platelet returned the following year to finish runner-up behind Driefontein, following a second place finish in the Irwin Stakes beforehand.

Spright (2019) ran seventh in the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes over 1200m at Randwick in Sydney before travelling to Adelaide to capture this event for Hawkesbury trainer Garry Frazer.

Recent Robert Sangster Stakes winners include Shoals (2018) and Secret Agenda (2017).

2018 Robert Sangster Stakes result

1. $12.00 Shoals 55.0 Tim Clark
2. $9.50 Secret Agenda 56.5 Damien Oliver
3. $91.00 Mica Lil 56.5 Shayne Cahill

then followed
4. $151.00 True Excelsior 55.0 Stephen Baster
5. $8.00 Whispering Brook 56.5 Dean Yendall
6. $151.00 Mystified 56.5 Damien Thornton
7. $6.50 Catchy 55.0 Dwayne Dunn
8. $15.00 Missrock 56.5 Ben Melham
9. $4.80 Quilista 56.5 Damian Lane
10. $31.00 Legless Veuve 56.5 Chris Parnham
11. $13.00 Super Cash 56.5 Craig Williams
12. $31.00 Pedrena 56.5 Michael Dee
13. $12.00 Dainty Tess 56.5 Jamie Kah
14. $9.00 Formality 55.0 Kerrin McEvoy
15. $26.00 Tulip 55.0 Regan Bayliss
16. $61.00 Miss Gunpowder 56.5 Jason Holder
17. $101.00 It's Been A Battle 56.5 Justin Potter

Margins: 1.7 len, 0.9 len
Time: 1:09.19

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Robert Sangster Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Bella Vella Lyre Bam's On Fire 1:11.0
2019 Spright Cool Passion Bella Martini 1:09.2
2018 Shoals Secret Agenda Mica Lil 1:09.1
2017 Secret Agenda Viddora I Am A Star 1:09.1
2016 Precious Gem Sheidel I Love It 1:09.4
2015 Miracles Of Life Gregers I Love It 1:09.7
2014 Driefontein Platelet Gregers 1:09.2
2013 Platelet Angelic Light Yosei 1:11.0
2012 Black Caviar Sistine Angel Power Princess 1:10.6
2011 Response Beaded Miss Octopussy 1:09.0
2010 Rostova Velocitea Sister Madly 1:09.4
2009 Bel Mer Hidden Energy Impressive Eagle 1:09.5
2008 Juste Momente Zipanese Serious Speed 1:09.7
2007 Universal Queen Media Flying Object 1:08.3
2006 Ellicorsam Social Glow Truly Wicked 1:09.7
2005 Alinghi Glamour Puss Solar Antiquity 1:08.7
2004 French Bid Fly For Me Social Glow 1:09.0
2003 Our Egyptian Raine Brief Embrace Dama De Noche 1:08.7
2002 Suzy Grey Regal Kiss Lady Belvedere 1:13.2
2001 Umaline Fayrouz Crixia 1:08.1
2000 Rain Dance Lady Tapalinga Daninkling 1:09.1
1999 Dantelah My Millennium Speedy Kids 1:07.9
1998 Spirit Of Love Will Fly Rose Of Danehill 1:09.9
1997 Apple Danish Bionic Bess Zeya 1:10.5
1996 Mad Shaviri Twilight Precieux Viminaria 1:10.9
1995 Viminaria Peebinga Princess Procrastinate 1:08.9
1994 Tarare Gatana Bourverie Mist 1:09.5
1993 True Spirit Kibaha Star Tarare 1:09.4
1992 Western Chorus In The Bahamas Take The Road 1:08.4
1991 With Me Beachside Dunyasha 1:09.9
1990 Leica Western Heavenly View Tropine Queen 1:09.8
1989 Tree Of Renown Iolani Bay Mardisi 1:10.9
1988 Even True Strawberry Fair Spirit Of Emily 1:11.0