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 prize money. The 2019 Royal Sovereign Stakes was won by Classique Legend from Jonker with Avantage 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 11th April 2020|
|Track:||Randwick racecourse, Sydney|
|Race Type:||3yo - Set Weights|
|2019 Winner:||Classique Legend|
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 prize money 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 Group 2 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 Group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas at Hawkesbury on Group 3 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 Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas in Queensland after finishing just behind the placegetters in the Royal Sovereign Stakes.
Classique Legend (2019) ran third in the Listed Dabry Munro Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill before proving too classy in this event for trainer Les Bridge.
Recent Royal Sovereign Stakes winners include Catchy (2018) and Derryn (2017).
1. $3.70 Classique Legend 56.5 Kerrin McEvoy
2. $41.00 Jonker 56.5 Sam Clipperton
3. $4.60 Avantage 54.5 Opie Bosson
4. $6.00 Encryption 56.5 Hugh Bowman
5. $31.00 Causeway Girl 54.5 Damien Oliver
6. $16.00 Spanish Whisper 54.5 Craig Williams
7. $6.50 Trope 56.5 Tommy Berry
8. $21.00 Prophet's Thumb 54.5 Jason Collett
9. $51.00 Sheriff 56.5 Damian Lane
10. $10.00 Baller 56.5 Mark Zahra
11. $14.00 Lean Mean Machine 56.5 Michael Walker
12. $91.00 Legend Of Condor 56.5 Brett Prebble
Margins: 1.3 len, 0.4 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|