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.

2018 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Results

  • 1st: #7 Catchy
  • 2nd: # 2 Showtime
  • 3rd: #10 I Am Excited



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.

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 2018 ran on Saturday April 14, 2018 .

2018 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint
Date: Saturday April 14, 2018
Track: Royal Randwick
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 3YO – Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $600,000

2018 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Results

  • 1st: #7 Catchy
  • 2nd: #2 Showtime
  • 3rd: #10 I Am Excited

See below for the full Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2018 Results & Finishing Order, following the link to read more on the win by former Blue Diamond winning filly Catchy for Lindsay Park who worked her way from last to first ahead of a Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes run against the older mares in Adelaide next month.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 7 CATCHY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Joao Moreira 9 54.5kg $9
2 2 SHOWTIME Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Corey Brown 1.5L 1 56.5kg $14
3 10 I AM EXCITED David Pfieffer Kerrin McEvoy 1.8L 4 54.5kg $5
4 8 BOOKER Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Dwayne Dunn 2.6L 6 54.5kg $7.50
5 6 SHE WILL REIGN Gary Portelli Ben Melham 2.8L 2 54.5kg $14
6 9 HOUTZEN Toby Edmonds Glyn Schofield 3.4L 3 54.5kg $5
7 3 PARIAH Peter & Paul Snowden Mark Zahra 3.5L 5 56.5kg $9.50
8 1 VIRIDINE James Cummings Hugh Bowman 3.8L 7 56.5kg $4.20F
9 4 PERAST Paul Perry Damian Lane 4.7L 8 56.5kg $26
5 ISAURIAN James Cummings Brenton Avdulla 0

2018 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Tips

  • 1st: #1 Viridine
  • 2nd: #2 Showtime
  • 3rd: #6 She Will Reign

Check out our exclusive Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2018 Betting Tips & Preview now.

2018 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Odds

The updated Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2018 betting odds across the autumn leading up to The Championships in April will be updated below once announced by Ladbrokes.com.au.

2018 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Field

The Royal Sovereign Stakes – now known as the 2018 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint field will be published below on Tuesday April 10, 2018 as soon as released by Racing NSW.

The official Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2018 Final Field attracted just 10 runners led by Godolphin’s last start The Galaxy third placed colt Viridine.

Read more on the 2018 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Field & Odds.

2018 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Field Update:  Just nine runners remain after the early scratching of the Godolphin-raced Isaurian (6).

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 11x115x43 VIRIDINE James Cummings Hugh Bowman 8 56.5kg 100
2 x21510x237 SHOWTIME Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Corey Brown 1 56.5kg 100
3 1220x129x7 PARIAH Peter & Paul Snowden Mark Zahra 5 56.5kg 91
4 x673715x57 PERAST Paul Perry Damian Lane 9 56.5kg 81
5 1×12 ISAURIAN James Cummings Brenton Avdulla 6 56.5kg 80
6 121x10x108 SHE WILL REIGN Gary Portelli Ben Melham 2 54.5kg 110
7 21330×6037 CATCHY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Joao Moreira 10 54.5kg 102
8 2x2316x147 BOOKER Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Dwayne Dunn 7 54.5kg 102
9 15x3179x31 HOUTZEN Toby Edmonds Glyn Schofield 3 54.5kg 98
10 x53772x111 I AM EXCITED David Pfieffer Kerrin McEvoy 4 54.5kg 88

2018 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint First Acceptances

The official Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2018 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 are 76 three-year-olds still in the mix following the 2018 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint First Acceptances that are dominated by the likes of the David Pfieffer-trained I Am Excited who has won his past two starts this autumn and the Randwick Guineas champion Kementari who is more likely to contest the previous Saturday’s Doncaster Mile (1600m) taking on the holder horses.

2018 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Nominations

The official 2018 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.

The Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2018 Nominations attracted 131 hopefuls including early favourite Menari last seen running third in the Golden Rose Stakes last September, the Golden Slipper winning filly from last autumn She Will Reign and Coolmore Stud Stakes winning colt Merchant Navy who caught the eye first-up running third to Super Cash in the Rubiton Stakes.

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
2019
Arrowfield 3YO Sprint
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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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