The Southern Cross Stakes is a Group 3 Quality Handicap race held annually each February at Randwick racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres and is worth $150,000 in prize money. The 2019 Southern Cross Stakes was won by Eckstein from Dothraki with Brutal third.
Formerly known as the 'Frederick Clissold Stakes', this race became the 'Southern Cross Stakes' in 2009 and takes place on Group 2 Apollo Stakes day.
|Date:||Saturday 15th February 2020|
|Track:||Randwick racecourse, Sydney|
|Race Type:||Quality Handicap|
The Southern Cross Stakes is a quality handicap event that tends to attract above average sprinting types rather than the topliners, as recent history shows. Occasionally a high quality type may tackle this race and top class gallopers Terravista (2014), Danewin (1996) and Joanne (1991) have all won this event. Le Romain (2017) went on to win the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes at Randwick after taking out the Southern Cross Stakes.
The natural progression for sprinters contesting this race is the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup at Warwick Farm on Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes day in March, as it is raced under similar conditions but rises an extra 100 metres in distance. Dreamscape (2nd in 2010) went on to win the Liverpool City Cup after finishing second in this event.
Special Reward (2020) ran second to Southern Lad over 1200m at Randwick before scoring a solid victory in this event for Newcastle trainer Kris Lees.
Recent Southern Cross Stakes winners include Eckstein (2019) and Kaepernick (2018).
1. $3.00 Special Reward 54.0 Brenton Avdulla
2. $3.30 Cascadian 57.5 Glen Boss
3. $7.00 Jungle Edge 59.0 Ms Jade Darose
4. $10.00 Ashlor 53.0 Zac Spain
5. $4.00 Desert Lord 54.0 Tommy Berry
6. $101.00 Reiby's Regent 53.0 Ms Kathy O'Hara
7. $101.00 Press Box 53.0 Jay Ford
Margins: 0.4 len, 1 len
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|2017||Le Romain||Big Money||Snippets Land||1:10.4|
|2016||Big Money||Decision Time||Rich Enuff||1:09.4|
|2012||No Evidence Needed||Neeson||Secret Admirer||1:10.0|
|2011||Sister Madly||Pinwheel||Cardinal Virtue||1:08.5|
|2010||Kenny's World||Dreamscape||Geared Up||1:11.0|
|2007||The Free Stater||The Jackal||Century Serb||1.08:7|
|2004||Britt's Best||Fiery Venture||Shags||1:10.0|
|1999||Ab Initio||Landsighting||Little Lucifer||1:09.8|
|1997||Secret Savings||Magic Road||Shame||1:08.5|
|1996||Danewin||Sprint By||Light Up The World||1:09.2|
|1995||Alert Me||All Our Mob||Legal Agent||1:09.6|
|1994||Deposition||The Perfume Garden||Silver Flyer||1:11.4|
|1992||Friend's Venture||Phantom's Hero||Generous Prince||1:10.0|
|1991||Joanne||Spot The Rock||Century Reign||1:09.5|