The Spring Stakes is a Group 3 weight-for-age race that takes place annually each August at Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, South Australia. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres and worth $120,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Spring Stakes was won by Dollar For Dollar from Hard Empire with Inn Keeper third.
The Spring Stakes is first group race of the new racing season in Adelaide and the only group race held outside the Adelaide autumn racing carnival in South Australia.
|Date:||Saturday 18th August 2018|
|Track:||Morphettville racecourse, Adelaide|
|2018 Winner:||Dollar For Dollar|
The Spring Stakes is run at weight-for-age and typically attracts the best available local gallopers suited by the race conditions, while interstate horses may also make the trek to Adelaide in the hope of picking up an easier group race to add to their resume.
It's the only group race offered in Adelaide for the second half of the calendar year and the level weights conditions provide a decided advantage for the better gallopers. The race is run under the same conditions as the Gr3 RN irwin Stakes in March, but the Spring Stakes is an extra 100m in distance.
Some more than handy gallopers have saluted in this event over the years, including Super Elegant (2005), Flavour (2001), Will Fly (1998), Hero Wind (1994-95 & 1997) and brlliant sprinter Redelva in three consecutive years from 1988 to 1990.
Dollar For Dollar (2018) resumed from a spell to win this race in impressive fashion for the Tony McEvoy stable. The consistent galloper finished unplaced in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield before heading to the paddock.
Recent Spring Stakes winners include Mio Dio (2017) and Beirut (2016).
1. $4.40 Dollar For Dollar 58.5 Jamie Kah
2. $10.00 Hard Empire 58.5 Justin Huxtable
3. $3.10 Inn Keeper 58.5 Dom Tourneur
4. $21.00 Tatoosh 58.5 Ms Emily Finnegan
5. $9.00 Exalted Adam 58.5 Jason Holder
6. $3.00 Steel Frost 58.5 Todd Pannell
7. $151.00 Silent Warrior 58.5 Craig Newitt
8. $41.00 Pretty Punk 56.5 Raquel Clark
9. $61.00 Mubakkir 58.5 Paul Gatt
Margins: 0.5 len, 2.6 len
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|2018||Dollar For Dollar||Hard Empire||Inn Keeper||1:12.0|
|2017||Mio Dio||Lord Aspen||Casino Wizard||1:13.6|
|2015||Red Eclipse||Whitlam||Richie's Vibe||1:12.7|
|2014||Riziz||Light It Up||Karacatis||1:13.1|
|2013||Just Discreet||Meliora||Golden Penny||1:12.7|
|2012||Happy Trails||Gossip Girl||Southern Speed||1:11.9|
|2010||Rebel Raider||Xaieta||Likable Will||1:15.1|
|2009||Midnight Mustang||Magical Pearl||Cerberus Gal||1:09.7|
|2008||El Maze||Sensational Toy||Niconero||1:13.2|
|2007||Zupaone||Amyjaye Power||El Maze||1:11.8|
|2005||Super Elegant||Fly For Me||Squillani||1:09.9|
|2004||Sky Cuddle||Squillani||Zip Zip Aray||1:09.6|
|2002||Strategic Image||Romilada||Star Hit||1:11.1|
|2001||Flavour||Spice Doll||Star Hit||1:16.2|
|2000||Spice Doll||Hand Pass||Euclase Pat||1:15.2|
|1999||Star Joe||Sports||Lake Villa||1:12.6|
|1997||Hero Wind||Port Watch||Minegold||1:13.7|
|1995||Hero Wind||Blue Boss||Scrupulous||1:09.8|
|1992||Black Rouge||Dark Ksar||Squire Gray||1:14.9|
|1991||Beau George||Feeling||Bar Flyer||1:11.6|
|1989||Redelva||Pressmans Choice||Prince Anton||1:12.2|
|1988||Redelva||Lockleys Tradition||Eastern Classic||1:10.7|