The Royal Sovereign Stakes is a Group 2 race for three-year-old colts & geldings that takes place in April at Randwick racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres under set weight conditions and is worth $1,000,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Royal Sovereign Stakes was won by Catchy from Showtime with I Am Excited third.
Held alongside the Group 1 ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes on the second day of The Championships, the Royal Sovereign Stakes is the autumn sprint championship for three-year-old sprinters
|Date:||Saturday 13th April 2019|
|Track:||Randwick racecourse, Sydney|
|Race Type:||3yo - Set Weights|
The Royal Sovereign Stakes is a set weights race for three-year olds that has been moved to later in the autumn carnival to attract the best 3yo sprinters going around. With the rise in prizemoney to $500,000 for the Sydney autumn racing carnival, the Royal Soveriegn Stakes will become a target race for quality three-year-olds in the years ahead.
Top class gallopers Lonhro (2002), Guineas (1998), Danewin (1995) and Shaftesbury Avenue (1990) have all won this race and the Gr2 Light Fingers Stakes earlier in the carnival at Rosehill is the fillies equivalent of this race.
Lesser lights may consider tackling a race like the Gr3 Hawkesbury Guineas at Hawkesbury on Gr3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup day and both Spill The Beans (8th in 2016) and Chautauqua (7th in 2014) managed to take out the Hawkesbury Guineas after finishing unplaced in this race.
Interestingly enough, both Nostradamus (6th in 2015) and Dothraki (5th in 2014) went on to win the Gr3 Gold Coast Guineas in Queensland after finishing just behind the placegetters in the Royal Sovereign Stakes.
Catchy (2018) ran third in the Gr3 PJ Bell Stakes before scoring a classy win in this event and recent Royal Sovereign Stakes winners include Derryn (2017) and Japonisme (2016).
1. $9.00 Catchy 54.5 Joao Moreira
2. $14.00 Showtime 56.5 Corey Brown
3. $5.00 I Am Excited 54.5 Kerrin McEvoy
4. $7.50 Booker 54.5 Dwayne Dunn
5. $14.00 She Will Reign 54.5 Ben Melham
6. $5.00 Houtzen 54.5 Glyn Schofield
7. $9.50 Pariah 56.5 Mark Zahra
8. $4.20 Viridine 56.5 Hugh Bowman
9. $26.00 Perast 56.5 Damian Lane
Margins: 1.5 len, 0.3 len
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|2018||Catchy||Showtime||I Am Excited||1:10.2|
|2015||Delectation||Bring Me The Maid||Rekindled Power||1:11.7|
|2012||Hot Snitzel||Manawanui||Moment Of Change||1:08.9|
|2011||Master Harry||Audacious Spirit||Skilled||1:10.2|
|2010||Shoot Out||More Than Great||Viking Legend||1:10.7|
|2009||Youthful Jack||Over the Wicket||Desuetude||1:11.3|
|2008||El Cambio||Kingda Ka||Solo Flyer||1:10.3|
|2006||Flying Pegasus||Racing To Win||De Beers||1:10.0|
|2005||Dance Hero||Eremein||Star Cat||1:10.0|
|2004||Exceed and Excel||Ambulance||Impaler||1:08.2|
|2001||Assertive Lad||Continum||Century Kid||1:09.9|
|1998||Guineas||Return To Go||Tricove||1:03.6|
|1997||Sovereign State||Monet's Cove||Clang||1:05.0|
|1995||Danewin||Brave Warrior||Ivory's Irish||1:10.1|
|1994||Rouslan||The Heavyweight||Clearly Chosen||1:09.7|
|1992||Big Dreams||Belas Knap||Tierce||1:10.4|
|1990||Shaftesbury Avenue||Majestic Boy||Coconut Shy||1:10.2|
|1989||Ima Carpenter||Swiftly Carson||Bill||1:08.9|
|1988||Dream Faith||Don't Play||Pleasant Express||1:09.9|