Arrowfield 3YO Sprint

The 2017 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint is a Group 2 race run at Randwick on Day 2 of Sydney's The Championships and is also known as the Royal Sovereign Stakes.

Arrowfield 3YO Sprint News

2016 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Results: Japonisme Beats Counterattack

2016 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Results: Japonisme Beats Counterattack

Group 1 winner Japonisme led the all Chris Waller-trained quinella in the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2016 at Royal Randwick Racecourse this Saturday in Sydney holding on by a nose to beat stablemate Counterattack in the half-a-million-dollar feature.

Chris Waller scored the 2016 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Quinella with Japonisme (centre, pink cap) beating home stablemate Counterattack (outside). Photo: Steve Hart....

The 2017 Royal Sovereign Stakes – now known as the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint – is a Group 2 sprint race for three-year-old short-distance specialists. Once again held at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse, having previously had a stint at Warwick Farm Racecourse, in April each year the 1200m race is run under set weights conditions.

Worth $600,000 in prize money, the Royal Sovereign Stakes – Arrowfield 3YO Sprint is a key feature for this age of runners each Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

The race takes place on the second Saturday of April on Day 2 of Sydney’s ‘The Championships. The meeting is headlined by four Group 1 races: the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the Australian Oaks, the Queen Of The Turf Stakes and the coveted Sydney Cup run over the same two mile distance as the Melbourne Cup.

The Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2017 will be run on Saturday April 8, 2017.

2017 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint
Date: April 8, 2017
Track: Royal Randwick
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 3YO – Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $600,000

2017 Royal Sovereign Stakes Field

The Royal Sovereign Stakes – now known as the 2017 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint field will be published below on Wednesday April 5, 2017 as soon as released by Racing NSW.

2017 Royal Sovereign Stakes Nominations

The official 2017 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint nominations – formerly the Royal Sovereign Stakes nominations – will be published below as soon as released in early February around a month out from the race date.

Royal Sovereign Stakes History

First won by Acamar in 1979, the Royal Sovereign Stakes quickly changed to Group 3 status in 1981. In 1996 the Royal Sovereign Stakes was elevated to be a Group 2 event.

Since its inauguration in 1979, the fastest winning time for the Royal Sovereign Stakes was recorded by Guineas in 1998 with 1 minute 3.66 seconds. The slowest winning time was recorded in 1981 by Trench Digger with 1 minute 15.8 seconds.

The race has been run at Royal Randwick, Warwick Farm Racecourse and for one year it took place at Rosehill Gardens (2013) when Rebel Dane won. Up until 2006 the event was restricted to colts and geldings, but fillies are now also eligible to line-up in the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint field. It was known as the Royal Sovereign Stakes from 1979 – 2013 before changing names to the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint in 2014.

Recent Royal Sovereign Stakes / Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2017
Arrowfield 3YO Sprint
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2016
Arrowfield 3YO Sprint
1st Japonisme 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Counterattack
3rd Takedown
2015
Arrowfield 3YO Sprint
1st Delectation 1 minute 11.7 seconds
2nd Bring Me The Maid
3rd Rekindled Power
2014
Arrowfield 3YO Sprint
1st Sidestep 1 minute 10.2 seconds
2nd Bounding
3rd In Cahoots
2013
Royal Sovereign Stakes
1st Rebel Dane 1 minute 10.8 seconds
2nd Urquidez
3rd Taxmeifyoucan
2012
Royal Sovereign Stakes
1st Hot Schnitzel 1 minute 08.9 seconds
2nd Manawanui
3rd Moment of Change
2011
Royal Sovereign Stakes
1st Master Harry 1 minute 10.2 seconds
2nd Audacious Spirit
3rd Skilled
2010
Royal Sovereign Stakes
1st Shoot Out 1 minute 10.74 seconds
2nd More Than Great
3rd Viking Legend
2009
Royal Sovereign Stakes
1st Youthful Jack 1 minute 11.32 seconds
2nd Over The Wicket
3rd Desuetude
2008
Royal Sovereign Stakes
1st El Cambio 1 minute 10.33 seconds
2nd Kingda Ka
3rd Solo Flyer
2007
Royal Sovereign Stakes
1st Mutawaajid 1 minute 9.58 seconds
2nd Sniper’s Bullet
3rd Mearas
2006
Royal Sovereign Stakes
1st Flying Pegasus 1 minute 10.01 seconds
2nd Racing To Win
3rd De Beers
2005
Royal Sovereign Stakes
1st Dance Hero 1 minute 10.05 seconds
2nd Eremein
3rd Star Cat
2004
Royal Sovereign Stakes
1st Exceed And Excel 1 minute 8.27 seconds
2nd Ambulance
3rd Impaler
2003
Royal Sovereign Stakes
1st Athelnoth 1 minute 10.18 seconds
2nd Planchet
3rd Charlie Bub
2002
Royal Sovereign Stakes
1st Lonhro 1 minute 11.06 seconds
2nd Viking Ruler
3rd Shags
2001
Royal Sovereign Stakes
1st Assertive Lad 1 minute 9.91 seconds
2nd Continum
3rd Century Kid
2000
Royal Sovereign Stakes
1st Hire 1 minute 9.92 seconds
2nd Easy Rocking
3rd Condotti