Premiere Stakes

The Premiere Stakes is a Group 2 sprint held at Royal Randwick Racecourse as part of the Epsom Handicap Day line-up and is a nice lead-up into the $10 million The Everest.

2017 Premiere Stakes Results

  • 1st: #10 In Her Time
  • 2nd: #9 English
  • 3rd: #2 Clearly Innocent

The Premiere Stakes is a Group 2 1200m sprint race held at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse on either the last Saturday in September or the first Saturday in October, the same day as Melbourne’s AFL Grand Final.

Worth $500,000 in prize money, the weight for age event attracts several horses which have already competed in the weight-for-age Missile Stakes two weeks earlier. The Premiere Stakes is held on Epsom Handicap Day and shares a race program with the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m), Group 1 Metropolitan Handicap (2400m) and Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m).

The Premiere Stakes now serves as a nice lead-up race for star sprinters set to return to the track and distance in a fortnight’s time for the $10 million The Everest race.

The Premiere Stakes 2017 ran on Saturday September 30, 2017 as part of the bumper Epsom Handicap Day line-up of races.

2017 Premiere Stakes
Date: Saturday September 30, 2017
Track: Royal Randwick
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $500,000

2017 Premiere Stakes Results

  • 1st: #10 In Her Time
  • 2nd: #9 English
  • 3rd: #2 Clearly Innocent

See below for the official Premiere Stakes 2017 Results & Finishing Order, following the link to read more on the gutsy win by returning mare In Her Time who held-off The Everest-bound English.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 10 IN HER TIME Benjamin Smith Corey Brown 1 56.5kg $4.80
2 9 ENGLISH Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Blake Shinn 0.2L 8 56.5kg $5.50
3 2 CLEARLY INNOCENT Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 1.2L 4 58.5kg $8.50
4 3 TAKEDOWN Gary Moore Tim Clark 1.6L 5 58.5kg $19
5 7 BALL OF MUSCLE Joseph Pride Glyn Schofield 2.2L 7 58.5kg $15
6 1 CHAUTAUQUA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 2.8L 3 58.5kg $2.80F
7 5 KURO (NZ) John O’Shea Joao Moreira 3.2L 2 58.5kg $31
8 4 FELL SWOOP Matthew Dale Tye Angland 3.3L 9 58.5kg $17
9 11 NIETA John P Thompson Damian Lane 3.7L 11 56.5kg $21
10 12 PUMPKIN PIE Danny Williams Jay Ford 3.8L 10 56.5kg $151
11 8 MOHER James Cummings Jason Collett 6L 6 58.5kg $81
SB 6 THE MONSTAR Brett Cavanough Tommy Berry 0 58.5kg

2017 Premiere Stakes Tips

  • 1st: #7 Ball Of Muscle
  • 2nd: #10 In Her Time
  • 3rd: #5 Kuro

At $9.50 Joe Pride’s veteran sprinter Ball Of Muscle represents great value. He comes off a first-up second behind Redzel in the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m), which could prove the form line to follow into this. He’s done it plenty of times at Randwick (8-2-3-1) and his record at the 1200m is good (10-3-2-3). He’ll be improved second-up and has plenty to like looking back over previous runs second time in. It’s been a really long time between drinks (May 2015), but he’s been so good in this class over the previous seasons so think he can break the drought. In Her Time is a first-up flyer resuming off two good Rosehill trials, has done it at this track / distance before and gets the rails run. Big price for the returning Kuro at around $19 for the upset. First run since the Expressway Stakes (1200m) in late January, but think he can surprise if he’s back to his best fresh.

Premiere Stakes Betting

The latest Premiere Stakes betting odds and market links on the gun sprinters in the race will be listed below as soon as available, pricing from

2017 Premiere Stakes Field

Each spring the Premiere Stakes, now worth half a million in prize money, attracts a star-studded line-up of sprinters. Gallopers may contest the Premiere Stakes field via lead-up runs in races including the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) at Randwick a fortnight earlier or be kicking off their carnival campaigns first-up in the event.

The official Premiere Stakes field and barrier draw will be released by Racing NSW on the Wednesday of race week and listed in full below once announced.

The 2017 Premiere Stakes Final Field has drawn a gun line-up of 12 sprinters led by the clear favourite in Premiere Stakes betting Chautauqua who heads towards the $10 million The Everest race at the track on October 14 before a possible shot at Flemington’s Darley Classic during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x47x3231x7 CHAUTAUQUA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 3 58.5kg 122
2 x640x9113x CLEARLY INNOCENT Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 5 58.5kg 111
3 2516x847x5 TAKEDOWN Gary Moore Tim Clark 6 58.5kg 110
4 323x6639x6 FELL SWOOP Matthew Dale Tye Angland 10 58.5kg 107
5 60x221712x KURO (NZ) John O’Shea Joao Moreira 2 58.5kg 105
6 18×0312234 THE MONSTAR Brett Cavanough Tommy Berry 4 58.5kg 105
7 65x63394x2 BALL OF MUSCLE Joseph Pride Glyn Schofield 8 58.5kg 104
8 141x82433x MOHER James Cummings Jason Collett 7 58.5kg 95
9 70x17266x4 ENGLISH Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Blake Shinn 9 56.5kg 113
10 11115x523x IN HER TIME Benjamin Smith Corey Brown 1 56.5kg 108
11 0112x14x33 NIETA John P Thompson Damian Lane 12 56.5kg 99
12 x411945x48 PUMPKIN PIE Danny Williams 11 56.5kg 78

2017 Premiere Stakes Nominations

The Premiere Stakes nominations are taken by Racing NSW on the Monday leading-up to Epsom Handicap Day and will be published right here as soon as released.

In 2017 the Premiere Stakes Nominations attracted 13 early entries led by triple TJ Smith Stakes winner Chautauqua. The Everest-bound Chautauqua is joined in the possible race line-up by fellow hopefuls heading towards the inaugural edition of the $10 million feature including the mare English and Fell Swoop.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x47x3231x7 CHAUTAUQUA G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 1 58.5kg 122
2 70x17266x4 ENGLISH M 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 2 56.5kg 113
3 x640x9113x CLEARLY INNOCENT G 6 Kris Lees 3 58.5kg 111
4 2516x847x5 TAKEDOWN G 5 Gary Moore 4 58.5kg 110
5 11115x523x IN HER TIME M 5 Benjamin Smith 5 56.5kg 108
6 323x6639x6 FELL SWOOP G 6 Matthew Dale 6 58.5kg 107
7 60x221712x KURO (NZ) G 6 John O’Shea 7= 58.5kg 105
8 18×0312234 THE MONSTAR G 7 Brett Cavanough 7= 58.5kg 105
9 0112x14x33 NIETA M 5 John P Thompson 9 56.5kg 99
10 11115×3 HOUTZEN F 3 Toby Edmonds 10 50kg 96
11 1310x4810x SWEET SHERRY M 4 Brent Stanley 11 56.5kg 90
12 x48x052820 LORD VON COSTA G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 12 58.5kg 80
13 x411945x48 PUMPKIN PIE M 4 Danny Williams 13 56.5kg 78

Premiere Stakes History

First won by Outback in 1972, the Premiere Stakes has a history of double winners including Mr. Innocent in 1999-00 and Joanne in 1991-92. Other notable Premiere Stakes winners include Kingston Town (1981), Emancipation (1983) and Terravista (2015). The Premiere Stakes gained Group 2 status in 1997 and has been run and won at Royal Randwick since 2011.

Premiere Stakes results since 2000, along with winning times, are listed below.

Premiere Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2018 Premiere Stakes 1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2017 Premiere Stakes 1st In Her Time 1 minute 8.2 seconds
2nd English
3rd Clearly Innocent
2016 Premiere Stakes 1st Takedown 1 minute 8.2 seconds
2nd Our Boy Malachi
3rd Danish Twist
2015 Premiere Stakes 1st Terravista 1 minute 9.10 seconds
2nd Rebel Dane
3rd That’s A Good Idea
2014 Premiere Stakes 1st Famous Seamus 1 minute 9.86 seconds
2nd Charlie Boy
3rd Wouldn’t It Be Nice
2013 Premiere Stakes 1st Arinosa 1 minute 9.37 seconds
2nd Dystopia
3rd Famous Seamus
2012 Premiere Stakes 1st Red Tracer 1 minute 9.67 seconds
2nd Satin Shoes
3rd Emotional Circus
2011 Premiere Stakes 1st Neeson 1 minute 10.2 seconds
2nd Hurtle Myrtle
3rd Love Conquers All
2010 Premiere Stakes 1st Hot Danish 1 minute 09.87 seconds
2nd Trader
3rd Cardinal Virtue
2009 Premiere Stakes 1st Mentality 1 minute 10.46 seconds
2nd Kroner
3rd Phelan Ready
2008 Premiere Stakes 1st Triple Honour 1 minute 10.13 seconds
2nd Captain Bax
3rd Reigning To Win
2007 Premiere Stakes 1st German Chocolate 1 minute 9.87 seconds
2nd Solo Flyer
3rd Fashions Afield
2006 Premiere Stakes 1st Paratroopers 1 minute 10.29 seconds
2nd Imana
3rd Johan’s Toy
2005 Premiere Stakes 1st Shania Dane 1 minute 8.83 seconds
2nd Dance Hero
3rd Spark Of Life
2004 Premiere Stakes 1st Spark Of Life 1 minute 9.8 seconds
2nd Into The Night
3rd Century Kid
2003 Premiere Stakes 1st Thorn Park 1 minute 9.02 seconds
2nd Patezza
3rd Excellerator
2002 Premiere Stakes 1st Century Kid 1 minute 9.35 seconds
2nd Ancient Song
3rd Shogun Lodge
2001 Premiere Stakes 1st On Type 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Padstow
3rd Century Kid
2000 Premiere Stakes 1st Mr. Innocent 1 minute 8.97 seconds
2nd Celestial Choir
3rd Adam

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