The Sweet Embrace Stakes is a Group 2 race for two-year-old fillies that takes place each year in late February or early March at Randwick racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales during the Sydney autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres under set weight conditions and worth $200,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Sweet Embrace Stakes was won by Seabrook from Fiesta with Into The Abyss third.
The winner of the Sweet Embrace Stakes is exempt from ballot for the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes and the race was upgraded to Group 2 status for the 2013/2014 racing season.
|Date:||Saturday 2nd March 2019|
|Track:||Randwick racecourse, Sydney|
|Race Type:||2yo Fillies - Set Weights|
The Sweet Embrace Stakes is for 2yo fillies only and allows young female gallopers the chance to step up to 1200m for the first time in a group race during autumn. Quite often the extra 100 metres of this race from previous 2yo open races like the Gr2 Silver Slipper Stakes and Gr3 Kindergarten Stakes over 1100m will find some fillies out, while others will be coming home strongly looking for more ground.
This race is the female equivalent of the Gr2 Skyline Stakes for colts & geldings which is held on the same day, Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes day, and will sort out those gallopers who are strong at 1200m and may have a realistic chance in the upcoming Gr1 Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill in April.
The ill-fated Crystal Lily (2010) was the last filly to win this race and then go on to win the Golden Slipper, while Headway (2009) finished second in the Slipper after scoring here.
Two-year-olds tackling this race have the option of heading to Rosehill for the Gr2 Reisling Stakes or the Gr2 Magic Night Stakes and both races are for 2yo fillies over the same course & distance as the $3.5M Golden Slipper Stakes, providing the ideal final tune up for Australia's richest two-year-old race. Speak Fondly (2nd in 2015) won the Magic Night Stakes at her next start and Italy (5th in 2015) ran third in the same race.
Seabrook (2018) ran third in the Gr2 Blue Diamond Prelude Fillies over 1100m at Caulfield in melbourne before heading to Sydney to win this event and recent Sweet Embrace Stakes winners include One More Honey (2017) and Scarlet Rain (2016).
1. $7.50 Seabrook 55.5 Hugh Bowman
2. $4.40 Fiesta 55.5 Kerrin McEvoy
3. $19.00 Into The Abyss 55.5 Christian Reith
4. $9.50 Setsuna 55.5 Adam Hyeronimus
5. $7.50 Sweet Ava 55.5 Brenton Avdulla
6. $101.00 Perfect Pitch 55.5 Ms Rachel King
7. $19.00 Futooh 55.5 Jason Collett
8. $9.00 Adamina 55.5 Tim Clark
9. $16.00 Couvre Lit 55.5 Glyn Schofield
10. $11.00 Casadiva 55.5 Glen Boss
11. $151.00 Now Or Never 55.5 Jay Ford
12. $5.50 Satin Slipper 55.5 Andrew Adkins
Margins: 0.5 len, 0.5 len
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|2018||Seabrook||Fiesta||Into The Abyss||1:10.9|
|2017||One More Honey||Arctic Angel||Teaspoon||1:12.2|
|2016||Scarlet Rain||In The Vanguard||Tale Of Choice||1:09.5|
|2015||Always Allison||Speak Fondly||Tibrogargan Miss||1:10.7|
|2011||Shared Reflections||Streama||Pane In The Glass||1:09.5|
|2010||Crystal Lily||Ambers Waltz||Zutara||1:09.0|
|2007||Chinchilla Rose||Vecchia Roma||Moonboat||1:10.1|
|2006||Universal Queen||Tuesday Joy||Pure Energy||1:11.4|
|2005||Carry On Cutie||Media||Flion Fenena||1:10.5|
|2004||Burning Sands||All Knowledge||Written By Xaar||1:11.9|
|2003||Legally Bay||How Funny||Bella Corona||1:10.0|
|2002||Victory Vein||Chuckle||Calaway Gal||1:09.9|
|1999||Countess Christie||Forest Express||Miss Zoe||1:10.5|
|1997||All The Chat||Adeewin||Snapshots||1:09.5|
|1996||Flapper||Stoneyfell Road||Dane Ripper||1:11.9|
|1995||Millrich||Show Of Force||Ginzano||1:10.4|
|1994||Shadowy Outline||Discreet Lady||Warning Siren||1:10.9|
|1993||Rock Review||Bint Marscay||Blue Fields||1:11.4|
|1992||Skating||Slight Chance||My Marilyn||1:10.0|
|1990||Paklani||With Me||Wrap Around||1:12.0|
|1989||A Little Kiss||Dazzling Flyer||Marrouge||1:11.1|