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Newcastle Spring Stakes

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 Gr3 Newcastle Gold Cup, Gr3 Cameron Handicap and Gr3 Tibbie Stakes are all held alongside the Newcastle Spring Stakes Handicap on the opening day of the carnival.

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.

2017 Newcastle Spring Stakes info

Date: Friday 15th September 2017
Track: Newcastle racecourse, Newcastle
Distance: 1600 metres
Race Type: 3yo Set Weights
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $150,000
2017 Winner: Astoria

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).

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Newcastle Track Map

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.

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2017 Newcastle Spring Stakes result

1. $4.20 Astoria 56.5 Tye Angland
2. $2.50 Merovee 56.5 Hugh Bowman
3. $17.00 Primitivo 56.5 Blake Shinn

then followed
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
Time: 1:37.03

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Newcastle Spring Stakes recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2017 Astoria Merovee Primitivo 1:37.0
2017 Invincible Gem Faraway Town Salsonic 1:36.4
2015 Devil Hawk Tatoosh Gold Ambition 1:37.3
2014 Sweynesse Pounamu Monteux 1:38.2
2013 Savvy Nature Wordplay Happy Clapper 1:36.3
2012 Proisir Trophies Proverb 1:35.7
2011 Darci Be Good Rekindled Alliance Ambidexter 1:36.6
2010 Ilovethiscity Gireson Heartsareforlove 1:37.0
2009 Lovemelikearock Viking Legend Euphemism 1:38.9
2008 Sousa Rhyno Chaser Back Off 1.37.5
2007 Race not held Equine Flu
2006 Mearas Magic Jet Teranaba 1:36.0
2005 Hotel Grand Manton Flora Danica 1:36.3
2004 Lotteria Wenceslas Square Dane Shadow 1:35.2
2003 Allgunadoit Niello Danbird 1:34.8
2002 Clangalang Recruiting Takas 1:37.7
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
1997 Encounter Adam El Mirada 1:37.0
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
1993 Mistador Mahogany Clever Victory 1:42.1
1992 Coronation Day Irish Rort Shoeshine Henry 1:37.0
1991 Enjoy Dancing Skilful Star Subzero 1:37.5
1990 Bright Kite Stradmore Integra 1:37.2
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
1984 Blazing Devil Castanillia Konedobu 1:38.2

The 2016 edition of this race was held in February 2017 at Randwick racecourse in Sydney.