Sapphire Stakes 2013 – Nominations Released

Nominations have been announced for the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes, which is scheduled to take place at Royal Randwick Racecourse this Saturday April 13, 2013.

24 fillies and mares are nominated for a run in the 2013 Sapphire Stakes, including Mrs Onassis.

Mrs Onassis

Mrs Onassis is nominated for the 2013 Sapphire Stakes. Photo by Steve Hart.

Mrs Onassis has won eight of her 19 career starts and has earned more than $500,000 in prize money.

The General Nediym mare will be having her third autumn race start in the 2013 Sapphire Stakes after mixed success this campaign.

Mrs Onassis won the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield Racecourse first-up on February 23, 2013, before finishing eighth in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes last run.

The five-year-old is trained by Gerald Ryan at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse and is owned by Gerry Harvey.

Also included in the 2013 Sapphire Stakes nominations is Karuta Queen.

Karuta Queen has won six of her 17 race starts and has earned more than $1.76 million in prize money during her career.

The Not A Single Doubt filly placed third in the Listed ATA/BOB Hoysted Handicap first-up, before finishing second to Black Caviar in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley last start.

Trained by Peter Moody, Karuta Queen will be searching for her first win since October , 2011, when she won the Group 3 Australia Stakes.

Satin Shoes and Shamal Wind are also part of the 2013 Sapphire Stakes nominations.

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2013 Sapphire Stakes Nominations

No. Horse Trainer Hcp Rating
1 ALTAR Peter Snowden 95
2 ANNABELS Joseph Pride 73
3 ARCTIC FLIGHT Anthony Cummings 77
4 ARINOSA Chris Waller 100
5 BLACK MAGIC Bruce Brown 74
6 BOUND TO BLUSH John O’Shea 90
7 DETOURS Peter Snowden 95
8 DYSTOPIA Chris Waller 103
9 EMMALENE Liam Birchley 86
10 EVER THE SAME Anthony Cummings 90
11 FORARAINYDAY Guy Walter 75
12 FORFEITURE Peter Snowden 86
13 GAI’S CHOICE David Pfieffer 93
14 GYBE David Hayes 96
15 HONEY FLOWER Ross McDonald 93
16 JUST A GIRL Scott Aspery 74
17 KARUTA QUEEN Peter G Moody 99
18 LADYS ANGEL Joseph Pride 99
19 MISS STELLABELLE Gai Waterhouse 98
20 MRS ONASSIS Gerald Ryan 107
21 NEW BEGINNING John P Thompson 85
22 SATIN SHOES Clarry Conners 102
23 SHAMAL WIND Robert Smerdon 95
24 SOFT SAND Paul Messara 96