2014 Dark Jewel Classic to Run as Group 3

May 17, 2013

2014 Dark Jewel Classic to Run as Group 3

Tomorrow at Scone on the second day of the Scone Cup Carnival the fillies and mares’ Dark Jewel Classic will run as a Listed feature but has received an upgrade to Group 3 status from 2014 on.


Mouro is favourite for today's 2013 Scone Cup. Photo: Steve Hart.

One of five black types on the program at the country NSW course, this year’s $200,000 Listed Darley Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) has attracted a full field of quality hopefuls from Sydney’s best stables.

Among the headline runners representing the big gun trainers are the Gai Waterhouse-trained Miss Stellabelle ($4.60F), Peter Snowden’s Shannara ($7.50) and Pipette ($7) for premiership winning horseman Chris Waller.

The consistent class of the contenders in recent years has seen the Australian Pattern Committee confirm the race’s upgrade to a Group 3 event next year which will be the Scone Racing Club’s first Group-class event.

“The Dark Jewel Classic has been afforded Group 3 status for next year so the meeting is going from strength to strength,” SRC’s chief executive Sarah Wills said.

There is also a chance one of Saturday’s other features, the newly renamed $140,000 Listed Ortensia Stakes (1100m) will also be considered for an advancement after rank sprinters including its multiple Group 1 performing namesake Ortensia ($6), the Kris Lees’ duo Anise ($9) and Motspur ($7) and the Peter Snowden-trained Anise ($9) were among the acceptors.

“If the Ortensia Stakes keeps attracting the quality of field we have got for (tomorrow) then the race would have to be knocking on the door for an upgrade, too,” Wills said.

Tomorrow will be the first time three of the meeting’s other big races run as Listed races boosting the card’s total prize money to over $1.43 million showing the progressive nature of the Scone Carnival.

“The two-year-old fillies race, the Woodlands Stakes and the three-year-old fillies race, the Denise’s Joy Stakes, and the open sprint, the Luskin Star Stakes, all have Listed status for the first time tomorrow,” Wills said.

In total there were 274 final acceptors for the Friday and Saturday race days at Scone this weekend, a unexpectedly high figure that pleased the club.

“We are over-joyed at the number of runners for both days it is unbelievable,” Wills said.

“We have not had the numbers and quality of entries before.

“The Scone Cup has attracted a great field, too, and if it continues to get such good quality horses, then the club will have a case to push for it to be upgraded, too.”

The $200,000 Listed Scone Cup (1600m) is scheduled as Race 7 at 4:02pm (AEST) this afternoon.

The favourites in the latest Scone Cup odds include last start Rowley Mile winner Mouro ($5.50), the Peter Snowden-trained Raspberries ($8) and Gai Waterhouse’s Epsom Handicap winning 61kg top-weight Fat Al ($9).

To get behind your favourites at Scone today in the 2013 Scone Cup and at tomorrow’s Saturday meet at the best prices visit bookmaker.com.au who will also reward you with a bonus $500 bet as a new depositing player!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup Betti...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting U...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting Update

The Chris Waller domination of the 2018 Queensland Winter Racing Carnival will...

Baker snug about Champagne Cud...

Baker snug about Champagne Cuddles chances in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup

Trainer Bjorn Baker is snug about the chances of his three year old filly...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 Queensland Oaks: Waller has 5

A capacity field of sixteen fillies will line up in the 2018 Group 1 $500,000...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field