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Southern Cross Stakes

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.

Southern Cross Stakes info

Date: Saturday 15th February 2020
Track: Randwick racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1200 metres
Race Type: Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $150,000
2019 Winner: Eckstein

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).

2020 Southern Cross Stakes result

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

then followed
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
Time: 1:10.02

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Southern Cross Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2019 Eckstein Dothraki Brutal 1:09.1
2018 Kaepernick Dothraki Boss Lane 1:10.5
2017 Le Romain Big Money Snippets Land 1:10.4
2016 Big Money Decision Time Rich Enuff 1:09.4
2015 Heart Testa Driefontein Territory 1:09.6
2014 Terravista Albrecht My Destiny 1:08.6
2013 Skytrain Streama Onthelookout 1:13.5
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
2009 Marchinski Kenny's World Raise 1:10.1
2008 Hoystar Hoystar Danleigh 1.10:0
2007 The Free Stater The Jackal Century Serb 1.08:7
2006 Collate Utzon Damigos 1.09.5
2005 Cool Front Utzon Patezza 1:10.2
2004 Britt's Best Fiery Venture Shags 1:10.0
2003 Gordo Presently Salgado 1:10.2
2002 Lord Essex Crawl Dottoressa 1:10.3
2001 Ab Initio Strabane Pittance 1:09.0
2000 Pimpala Prince Spying Iglesia 1:09.8
1999 Ab Initio Landsighting Little Lucifer 1:09.8
1998 Confiscate Batwing Iron Horse 1:09.0
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
1993 Big Dreams Spearman Deposition 1:09.4
1992 Friend's Venture Phantom's Hero Generous Prince 1:10.0
1991 Joanne Spot The Rock Century Reign 1:09.5
1990 Comrade Prince Trialia Regiment 1:11.1
1989 Diamond Benny Wong Flotilla 1:09.5
1988 Wong Full Page Francette 1:15.0