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 prizemoney. The 2017 Southern Cross Stakes was won by Le Romain from Big Money with Snippets Land 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 17th February 2018|
|Track:||Randwick racecourse, Sydney|
|Race Type:||Quality Handicap|
|2017 Winner:||Le Romain|
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 Gr1 Canterbury Stakes at Randwick after taking out the Southern Cross Stakes.
The natural progression for sprinters contesting this race is the Gr3 Liverpool City Cup at Warwick Farm on Gr1 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.
Le Romain (2017) resumed from a spell to score a narrow victory in this event and recent Southern Cross Stakes winners include Big Money (2016) and Heart Testa (2015).
1. $4.20 Le Romain 61.0 Hugh Bowman
2. $11.00 Big Money 57.0 Robert Thompson
3. $21.00 Snippets Land 56.5 Christian Reith
4. $3.50 Dothraki 58.0 Tye Angland
5. $12.00 His Majesty 53.0 Tim Clark
6. $3.50 Impending 53.5 Brenton Avdulla
7. $9.00 Supreme Effort 53.5 Jason Collett
8. $51.00 Wouldnt It Be Nice 53.0 Jay Ford
9. $91.00 Aomen 53.0 Ms Kathy O'Hara
Margins: 0.1 len, 0.8 len
|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|