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Blue Sapphire Stakes

The Blue Sapphire Stakes is a Group 3 race for three-year-olds that takes place midweek in October at Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres and worth $350,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 Blue Sapphire Stakes was won by Formality from Jukebox with Lone Eagle third.

Held on a Wednesday on the middle day of the Melbourne Racing Club's three-day Caulfield Cup Carnival, the Blue Sapphire Stakes features alongside the Group 3 Ladies Day Vase.

The Carnival's first day is highlighted by the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas and Group 1 Thousand Guineas the previous Saturday, while the Group 1 Caulfield Cup takes centre stage the following Saturday.

2017 Blue Sapphire Stakes info

Date: Wednesday 18th October 2017
Track: Caulfield racecourse, Melbourne
Distance: 1200 metres
Race Type: 3yo - Set Weights
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $350,000
2017 Winner: Formality

The Blue Sapphire Stakes is a good quality three-year-old race during Caulfield Cup week and has attracted clasy types over the past few seasons. The raise to group three status has resulted in better fields and higher quality horses contesting the event.

Earlier Caulfield three-year-old races such as the Gr3 Quezette Stakes, Gr 3 Vain Stakes and Gr 3 H.D.F. McNeil Stakes are ideal lead-up races, but have not proven much of a guide in recent times.

Lesser lights who tackled the Gr3 Danehill Stakes at Flemington may also be worth keeping an eye on when doing the form for this race. The drop in class and return to racing around a bend can make a big difference to how they perform. Speedy filly Snitzerland (2012) was the last galloper to win the Danehill Stakes & Blue Sapphire Stakes double.

It's worth noting that that past five winners have all gone on to tackle the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington on the first day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Flying Artie (2016) was good enough to win the Coolmore Stud Stakes, while the others were more than competitive.

Formality (2017) finished down the track in the Gr1 Golden Rose over 1400m at Randwick in Sydney before proving too classy for her rivals in this event and recent Blue Sapphire Stakes winners include Flying Artie (2016) and Keen Array (2015).

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Classy galloper Flying Artie (2016) went on to win the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes on Derby Day at Flemington, while Keen Array (2015) and Lion Of Belfort (2013) both went on to place in the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes.

Eloping (2014) headed to Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day to finish runner-up in the Gr3 Red Roses Stakes for fillies.

Star galloper Lankan Rupee (3rd in 2012) ran third to Sntzerland in this race before rising to stardom with multiple group one victories as an older galloper.

The Blue Sapphire Stakes tends to produce unheralded three-year-olds who often go on to be more than competitive at the highest level.

2017 Blue Sapphire Stakes result

1. $5.00 Formality 55 Kerrin McEvoy
2. $4.20 Jukebox 57 Craig Williams
3. $31.00 Lone Eagle 57 Dwayne Dunn

then followed
4. $3.80 Crown Witness 55 Ben Melham
5. $19.00 Muraaqeb 57 Mark Zahra
6. $5.50 Summer Passage 57 Hugh Bowman
7. $101.00 Indian Thunder 57 Damian Lane
8. $31.00 Over Exposure 57 Luke Currie
9. $6.50 I Did It Again 57 Damien Oliver

Margins: 0.4 len, 1.65 len
Time: 1:10.62

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Blue Sapphire Stakes recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2017 Formality Jukebox Lone Eagle 1:10.6
2016 Flying Artie Dalradian Derryn 1:09.7
2015 Keen Array Mogador Haptic 1:11.0
2014 Eloping Sultry Feeling Husson Eagle 1:09.5
2013 Lion of Belfort Safeguard Diamond Oasis 1:11.0
2012 Snitzerland Fire Thunderbolt Lankan Rupee 1:10.0