The Sapphire Stakes is a Group 2 race for fillies & mares that takes place each April at Randwick racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres under set weight & penalty conditions and worth $300,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Sapphire Stakes was won by Quilista from Ravi with White Moss third.
Held alongside the $4 Million Group 1 ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes on the second day of The Championships, the Sapphire Stakes is one of a number of group races on a huge day of feature racing action for the Australian Turf Club.
|Date:||Saturday 13th April 2019|
|Track:||Randwick racecourse, Sydney|
|Race Type:||Fillies & Mares - Set Weights + Penalty|
The Sapphire Stakes is a race for fillies & mares only that will attract more than handy types who may come via the Gr3 Birthday Card Stakes held on Rosehill Guineas Day in late March at Rosehill. Two Blue (2016) ran sixth in the Birthday Card Stakes before winning this race at her next start.
In recent times Quilista (2018) and Arinosa (2013) have claimed the Birthday Card Stakes & Sapphire Stakes double, while Beaded (2nd in 2010) and Miss Stellabelle (2nd in 2013) placed in both races. Court (2009) ran third in the Birthday Card Stakes prior to winning the Sapphire Stakes.
Female gallopers that previously contested a stronger mares race like the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Classic earlier in the carnival at Rosehill may also consider tackling this event. A capacity field of in form mares generally assembles for the Sapphire Stakes, making it a tough job for punters trying find the winner.
Interestingly enough, Aerobatics (5th in 2014), Plucky Belle (4th in 2014) and Cosmic Endeavour (2014) all went on to run 1-2-3 in the Gr3 Hawkesbury Crown at Hawkesbury on Gr3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup day.
Quilista (2018) won the Gr3 Birthday Card Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill on her way to an impressive victory in this event and recent Sapphire Stakes winners include Secret Agenda (2017) and Two Blue (2016).
1. $5.50 Quilista 55.0 Damian Lane
2. $7.50 Ravi 55.0 Kerrin McEvoy
3. $13.00 White Moss 55.0 Michael Dee
4. $12.00 Invincibella 54.0 Brenton Avdulla
5. $15.00 Lubiton 55.0 Blake Shinn
6. $14.00 Ghisoni 56.0 Hugh Bowman
7. $17.00 Nieta 54.0 Corey Brown
8. $26.00 Slow Burn 54.5 Michael Walker
9. $61.00 Shazee Lee 55.0 Christian Reith
10. $71.00 Hetty Heights 54.0 Andrew Adkins
11. $13.00 Spright 55.5 Jay Ford
12. $26.00 Faraway Town 55.0 Tim Clark
13. $4.40 Sugar Bella 55.0 Jason Collett
14. $41.00 Fragonard 54.0 Craig Williams
15. $51.00 Danish Twist 55.0 Ben Melham
16. $19.00 Raiment 55.5 Glyn Schofield
Margins: 1.8 len, 0.2 len
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|2016||Two Blue||Secret Agenda||Brook Road||1:10.8|
|2015||Avoid Lightning||Griante||Fine Bubbles||1:12.1|
|2014||Cosmic Endeavour||Avoid Lightning||Belle De Coeur||1:10.7|
|2012||Atlantic Jewel||Mid Summer Music||Ladys Angel||1:08.9|
|2009||Court||Belong To Many||Cajou||1:10.8|
|2008||Belong to Many||Tenant's Tiara||Fritz's Princess||1:11.1|
|2007||Fire Song||Whoever||Splashing Out||1:12.9|
|2006||Coolroom Candidate||Imana||Shalimar Sky||1:10.6|
|2005||Glamour Puss||With My||Wild Queen||1:12.0|
|2002||Fair Embrace||Spinning Hill||Hot Riff||1:09.2|
|2001||Spinning Hill||Nanny Maroon||Marlina||1:10.3|
|2000||Spinning Hill||Snippets' Lass||Heather||1:09.7|
|1999||Little Pattie||Snippets' Lass||Sash||1:10.6|
|1998||What Can I Say||Airs 'n' Graces||Bridled Chance||1:12.3|