Arrowfield 3YO Sprint

The 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.

2020 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Results

  • 1st: #3 Splintex
  • 2nd: #9 Flit
  • 3rd: #10 Anaheed



The 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.

For 2020 the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint race was worth a reduced $500,000 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 2020 ran on Saturday April 11, 2020 and was won by the Mark Newnham-trained colt Splintex. 

2020 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint
Date: Saturday April 11, 2020
Track: Royal Randwick
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 3YO – Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $600,000 ($500,000 in 2020 due to COVID-19)

2020 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Results

  • 1st: #3 Splintex
  • 2nd: #9 Flit
  • 3rd: #10 Anaheed

Splintex proved his 1200m ability with a gutsy on-speed win in the 2020 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint, Mark Newnham’s now valuable Snitzel colt holding off a fast-finishing Group 1 winning filly in Flit to take out the Group 2 on Day 2 of The Championships.

Click here to read more on the fighting win by Splintex over Flit in the Arrowfield Sprint 2020 results.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 3 SPLINTEX Mark Newnham Robbie Dolan (a) 1 56.5kg $9.50
2 9 FLIT James Cummings Ms Rachel King 0.1L 8 54.5kg $7
3 10 ANAHEED Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 1.4L 9 54.5kg $6.50
4 6 HAWKER HURRICANE Michael Moroney Opie Bosson 2.3L 12 56.5kg $41
5 2 ELEVEN ELEVEN Gregory Hickman Nash Rawiller 2.6L 11 56.5kg $15
6 7 TRUE DETECTIVE Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 3.2L 7 56.5kg $26
7 1 COSMIC FORCE Peter & Paul Snowden James McDonald 3.4L 6 56.5kg $3F
8 4 DAWN PASSAGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 4.4L 10 56.5kg $7.50
9 8 HUMAN NATURE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Sam Clipperton 6.4L 3 56.5kg $41
10 12 CALIFORNIA ZIMBOL Peter & Paul Snowden Brenton Avdulla 11.3L 4 54.5kg $7.50
5 GROUNDSWELL Anthony Freedman Kerrin McEvoy 0
11 VILLAMI Gerald Ryan Jay Ford 0

2020 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Odds

The updated Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2020 betting odds across the autumn leading up to The Championships in April will be updated below once announced by Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Field

The Royal Sovereign Stakes – now known as the 2020 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint field will be published below on Tuesday April 7, 2020 as soon as released by Racing NSW.

The Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2020 final field drew a dozen youngsters led in betting by Cosmic Force and Flit drawn in barriers six and eight respectively.

Click here to read more on the 2020 Arrowfield Sprint field and betting markets.

Update: #5 Groundswell (2) and #11 Villami (5) have come out of the line-up.

Click here for the full 2020 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day Scratchings & Track Report.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 218x216x20 COSMIC FORCE Peter & Paul Snowden James McDonald 6 56.5kg 95
2 5111x3232x ELEVEN ELEVEN Gregory Hickman Nash Rawiller 11 56.5kg 86
3 311×33191 SPLINTEX Mark Newnham Robbie Dolan (a) 1 56.5kg 84
4 13x156x2 DAWN PASSAGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 10 56.5kg 83
5 4x1333x67 GROUNDSWELL Anthony Freedman Kerrin McEvoy 2 56.5kg 80
6 0x38231x75 HAWKER HURRICANE Michael Moroney Opie Bosson 12 56.5kg 78
7 x22176x337 TRUE DETECTIVE Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 7 56.5kg 75
8 1x3427x312 HUMAN NATURE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Sam Clipperton 3 56.5kg 73
9 2x2914x160 FLIT James Cummings Ms Rachel King 8 54.5kg 105
10 x93513x100 ANAHEED Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 9 54.5kg 102
11 83x4233x16 VILLAMI Gerald Ryan Jay Ford 5 54.5kg 90
12 152x113x31 CALIFORNIA ZIMBOL Peter & Paul Snowden Brenton Avdulla 4 54.5kg 87

2020 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint First Acceptances

The official Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2020 First Acceptances close on a Tuesday in mid-March along with all the other first acceptances for The Championships races and will be available below once announced by Racing NSW.

There were 63 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2020 first acceptances this autumn including Peter & Paul Snowden’s Group 2 winning colt Cosmic Force and the exciting filly Flit.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 26x550x756 ACCESSION G 3 Chris Waller 81
2 x93513x100 ANAHEED F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 102
3 5x2114x325 BANQUO C 3 Danny O’Brien
4 22×2 BATTLEGROUND C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
5 1x20x0x BELLA ROSA F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
6 21162×6136 BIVOUAC C 3 James Cummings 115
7 32×40 BORN A WARRIOR G 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
8 1139×742 BOTTEGA C 3 Gerald Ryan 76
9 152x113x31 CALIFORNIA ZIMBOL F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 87
10 18x614220x CARDIFF G 3 Gerald Ryan 71
11 221142×566 CONDO’S EXPRESS G 3 Richard Laming
12 218x216x20 COSMIC FORCE C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 95
13 1×5 DARLEB C 3 Kris Lees 60
14 13x156x2 DAWN PASSAGE C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 83
15 x32441x548 DIRTY WORK C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 69
16 2x2671x DISRUPTOR G 3 Gary Portelli 66
17 5111x3232x ELEVEN ELEVEN G 3 Gregory Hickman 86
18 3x1331x669 EXCEEDANCE C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 108
19 81x01000x4 EXETER G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
20 11x FELICIA F 3 Dean Binaisse
21 03x113x1 FISTICUFFS G 3 Toby & Trent Edmonds
22 2x2914x160 FLIT F 3 James Cummings 105
23 212×8 GEO C 3 Kris Lees 66
24 4x1333x67 GROUNDSWELL C 3 Anthony Freedman 80
25 75 HAVEN F 3 John Thompson
26 0x38231x75 HAWKER HURRICANE G 3 Michael Moroney 78
27 11x39x20 HEIRBORN (NZ) G 3 Anthony Freedman
28 2114×4 HEYINGTON STATION G 3 Phillip Stokes
29 1x3427x312 HUMAN NATURE G 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
30 148×1 INDY CAR G 3 Anthony Cummings 66
31 4x212x6 INSTANT ATTRACTION F 3 John O’Shea 65
32 30x05x3964 KIAMICHI F 3 James Cummings 92
33 2226×2 KILLIN C 3 Kris Lees
34 2x4501x858 KUBRICK C 3 Chris Waller
35 9x74959x40 LANKAN STAR F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
36 11x1133x49 LIBERTINI F 3 Anthony Cummings 100
37 12×1 LORD KENSINGTON G 3 Archie Alexander
38 x1212x3210 LOVING GABY F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 116
39 31133x143x LUCICELLO F 3 Chris Waller 80
40 121x3x6132 MICROPHONE C 3 James Cummings 104
41 11×1 OPEN MINDED (NZ) G 3 Anthony Freedman
42 21×11 OVERKILL C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
43 1143×144 PANDEMIC G 3 James Cummings 82
44 2x1653x020 REGIMENTAL BAND F 3 Kris Lees 69
45 21040x RIVA CAPRI (NZ) F 3 Kris Lees
46 6237x7x406 ROMAN WOLF G 3 Gary Portelli 69
47 2124×123 RUN TO PERFECTION C 3 Danny O’Brien
48 3x123x080 SAAS FEE F 3 Gerald Ryan 69
49 3011×1816 SANGRIA F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 79
50 2x2319x967 SARTORIAL SPLENDOR C 3 John Sadler
51 114×578 SCREENAGER F 3 James Cummings
52 1×44 SHILO LASS F 3 Michael Moroney
53 310x SORRENTINA (NZ) F 3 Kris Lees 69
54 1×43194 SPEND C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 78
55 311×33191 SPLINTEX C 3 Mark Newnham 84
56 2116×10639 STAR SURPRISE G 3 Michael Moroney
57 x1651x1278 SUPER SETH C 3 Anthony Freedman 107
58 1x TAILLEUR F 3 James Cummings 63
59 0x53076x24 TENLEY F 3 James Cummings 85
60 167×18 TEXAS FOREVER C 3 David Pfieffer 64
61 x22176x337 TRUE DETECTIVE G 3 Chris Waller 75
62 83x4233x16 VILLAMI F 3 Gerald Ryan 90
63 1x11355x22 WAYUPINTHESKY F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 85

2020 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Nominations

The official 2020 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint nominations – formerly the Royal Sovereign Stakes nominations – will be published below as soon as released in early February around two months out from the race date and will be followed by the first acceptances in early March.

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
2020
Arrowfield 3YO Sprint
1st Splintex 1 minute 12.37 seconds
2nd Flit
3rd Anaheed
2019
Arrowfield 3YO Sprint
1st Classique Legend 1 minute 09.18 seconds
2nd Jonker
3rd Avantage
2018
Arrowfield 3YO Sprint
1st Catchy 1 minute 10.22 seconds
2nd Showtime
3rd I Am Excted
2017
Arrowfield 3YO Sprint
1st Derryn 1 minute 12.6 seconds
2nd Global Glamour
3rd Impending
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

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