, Sapphire Stakes - Randwick Racecourse - Sydney Autumn Carnival
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Sapphire Stakes

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 prize money. The 2020 Sapphire Stakes was won by White Moss from Fasika with Bangkok 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.

Sapphire Stakes info

Date: Saturday 10th April 2021
Track: Randwick racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1200 metres
Race Type: Fillies & Mares - Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000
2020 Winner: White Moss

The Sapphire Stakes is a race for fillies & mares only that will attract more than handy types who may come via the Group 3 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 Group 1 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 Group 3 Hawkesbury Crown at Hawkesbury on Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup day.

White Moss (2019) finished down the track in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Classic over 1500m at Rosehill before scoring a stylish win in this event for the Jason Coyle stable.

Recent Sapphire Stakes winners include Quilista (2018) and Secret Agenda (2017).

2020 Sapphire Stakes result

1. $10.00 White Moss 58.0 Nash Rawiller
2. $3.40 Fasika 56.0 Brenton Avdulla
3. $26.00 Bangkok 55.0 Robbie Dolan

then followed
4. $14.00 Winter Bride 56.5 Glyn Schofield
5. $21.00 I Am Excited 59.0 Tim Clark
6. $3.50 Savatiano 58.0 James McDonald
7. $51.00 Madam Rouge 56.0 Ms Kathy O'Hara
8. $21.00 Soothing 55.0 Jason Collett
9. $61.00 Moss Trip 56.0 Joshua Parr
10. $81.00 Connemara 55.0 Adam Hyeronimus
11. $9.00 Manicure 56.0 Kerrin McEvoy
12. $101.00 Nicci’S Gold 55.0 Jean Van Overmeire
13. $31.00 Miss Exfactor 56.0 Jay Ford
14. $26.00 Pretty In Pink 57.0 Ms Rachel King
15. $31.00 Grey Shadow 55.0 Tom Marquand
16. $81.00 Yamazaki 55.0 Glen Boss

Margins: 1 len, 1.5 len
Time: 1:11.81

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Sapphire Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 White Moss Fasika Bangkok 1:11.8
2019 White Moss Irithea Winter Bride 1:09.0
2018 Quilista Ravi White Moss 1:09.3
2017 Secret Agenda Missrock Artistry 1:13.2
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
2013 Arinosa Miss Stellabelle Forarainyday 1:10.5
2012 Atlantic Jewel Mid Summer Music Ladys Angel 1:08.9
2011 Hurtle Myrtle Kimillsy Marquardt 1:10.6
2010 Renaissance Beaded Jersey Lily 1:10.5
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
2004 Recurring Fair Embrace Cataclysm 1:10.4
2003 Fatoon Provokes Miss Helterskelter 1:11.4
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