The Newcastle Spring Stakes is a Group 3 race for three-year-olds that takes place on a Friday afternoon in September each year at Newcastle racecourse in Newcastle, New South Wales, during the Sydney spring racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres and worth $150,000 in prizemoney. The 2017 Newcastle Spring Stakes was won by Astoria from Merovee with Primitivo third.
>Newcastle is located about 200km north of Sydney on the Hunter Coast and the two-day Newcastle Gold Cup Carnival is the Newcastle Jockey Club's major meeting of the year, hosting four group races on the first day.
The Newcastle Gold Cup carnival was previously held midweek on Wednesday & Thursday but was moved to Friday & Saturday from the 2015/2016 racing season to give locals a better chance to come along and join in the festivities.
Due to extreme weather conditions last spring, the 2016 edition of this race was postponed until earlier this year in February at Randwick racecourse in Sydney. It's back to the usual spring date for the 2017/2018 racing season.
|Date:||Friday 15th September 2017|
|Track:||Newcastle racecourse, Newcastle|
|Race Type:||3yo Set Weights|
The Newcastle Spring Stakes is the feature three-year-old race held during the two day Newcastle spring carnival and quite often attracts good quality gallopers who may bypass the bigger 3yo races on offer at Rosehill and Randwick for an easier group race to tackle.
Some more than handy gallopers have won this event over the years including Clangalang (2002), Universal Prince (2000), Shogun Lodge (1999) and Encounter (1997).
Previous winners and placegetters of the Spring Stakes have gone on to perform well in the Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes over the years and also the listed Dulcify Quality to a lesser extent.
In recent times Sousa (2008), Hotel Grand (2005), Universal Prince (2000), Coronation Day (1992) and Imprimatur (1986) all managed to go on and win the Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick on Epsom Handicap day after winning the Spring Stakes. Prosir (2012) and Darci Be Good (2011) both finished runner-up in the Spring Champion Stakes after taking out this race.
Smart galloper Sweynesse (2014) claimed the Gr2 Gloaming Stakes at Rosehill after winning this event.
Astoria (2017) finished third in the Gr3 Ming Dynasty Quality over 1400m at Rosehill before scoring an impressive victory in this event and recent Newcastle Spring Stakes winners include Invincible Gem (2016) and Devil Hawk (2015).
Newcastle race track is a flat track which has a circumference of 2000m and horses race in a clockwise direction. The track surface is turf and the straight length is 415m.
1. $4.20 Astoria 56.5 Tye Angland
2. $2.50 Merovee 56.5 Hugh Bowman
3. $17.00 Primitivo 56.5 Blake Shinn
4. $11.00 Hypnotist 56.5 Kerrin McEvoy
5. $5.00 Runaway 56.5 Joshua Parr
6. $11.00 Dissolution 56.5 Brenton Avdulla
7. $41.00 Luvaluva 54.5 Jeff Penza
8. $15.00 Whispered Secret 54.5 Corey Brown
Margins: 0.84 len, 0.02 len
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|2017||Invincible Gem||Faraway Town||Salsonic||1:36.4|
|2015||Devil Hawk||Tatoosh||Gold Ambition||1:37.3|
|2013||Savvy Nature||Wordplay||Happy Clapper||1:36.3|
|2011||Darci Be Good||Rekindled Alliance||Ambidexter||1:36.6|
|2008||Sousa||Rhyno Chaser||Back Off||1.37.5|
|2007||Race not held||Equine Flu|
|2005||Hotel Grand||Manton||Flora Danica||1:36.3|
|2004||Lotteria||Wenceslas Square||Dane Shadow||1:35.2|
|2001||Magic Albert||Viscount||Viking Ruler||1:37.0|
|2000||Universal Prince||Phoenix Park||Picholine||1:35.9|
|1999||Shogun Lodge||Perfect Paradise||Angling||1:38.0|
|1998||Dracula||Dignity Dancer||Paris Dream||1:37.2|
|1996||Ebony Grosve||Adventurous||Late Night Fun||1:35.2|
|1995||Vernal||Star Defence||Nothin' Leica Dane||1:35.8|
|1994||Obsessed||Law Of The Land||Le Melezin||1:37.0|
|1992||Coronation Day||Irish Rort||Shoeshine Henry||1:37.0|
|1991||Enjoy Dancing||Skilful Star||Subzero||1:37.5|
|1989||Procol Harum||Select Prince||Party Mood||1:37.3|
|1988||Royal Pardon||Pradnapper||Wonder Dancer||1:39.6|
|1987||All Ashore||Count Henri||Impoverish||1:36.0|
|1986||Imprimatur||Top Avenger||Big Zapple||1:38.3|
|1985||Easter||Splendid Speed||Silver Champagne||1:36.3|
The 2016 edition of this race was held in February 2017 at Randwick racecourse in Sydney.