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2016 Sapphire Stakes Results: Two Blue Wins the Last

2016 Sapphire Stakes Results: Two Blue Wins the Last

Wyong trainer Kristen Buchanan celebrated the first Group win of her career thanks to a gutsy all-the-way victory in the last at Randwick Racecourse on Day 2 ‘The Championships’ with Two Blue in the Sapphire Stakes 2016.

Trainer Kristen Buchanan celebrated her first Group 3 win with Two Blue in the 2016 Sapphire Stakes at Randwick. Photo: ...

The 2016 Sapphire Stakes is a quality Group 2 thoroughbred race held towards the tail end of the esteemed Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival on Australian Derby Day in April.

Conducted at the prestigious Royal Randwick Racecourse, there are four other fantastic Group races at the meeting; the Group 1 AJC Australian Derby (2400m), Group 1 Galaxy (1100m), Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) and Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes (2000m).
The Sapphire Stakes is a 1200m sprint open to fillies are mares. Run under set weight plus penalty conditions, it is worth $300 000 in prizemoney. The race usually attracts above average runners that may have previously run in the Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m) two weeks before or in some of the carnival?s more prestigious and challenging female races like the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Classic (1500m) or Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1500m).

The Sapphire Stakes 2016 will be run on Saturday April 9th, 2016.

Sapphire Stakes
Date: April 9th, 2016
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1200m
Conditions: Fillies & Mares, Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $300 000
Inaugurated: 1998

2016 Sapphire Stakes Field

The Sapphire Stakes field regularly features some of the top fillies and mares from Sydney stables. Often, some horses from Victorian and Queensland stables will contest the event, as well as those from New Zealand.

The 2016 Sapphire Stakes field is provided here.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x202x13x95 BOUNDING Peter & Paul Snowden 6 58kg 107
2 9932587×01 GRIANTE David Brideoake Craig Williams 8 58kg 107
3 2497x380x0 BRING ME THE MAID Ciaron Maher Damien Oliver 4 57kg 96
4 4x14394x11 SULTRY FEELING James Cummings Hugh Bowman 14 55.5kg 99
5 2x21x2930x PEACE FORCE Gerald Ryan Tim Clark 18 55kg 98
6 545x511x54 CRADLE ME David Pfieffer Jason Collett 7 54kg 103
7 1180×35338 I’VE GOT THE LOOKS Peter & Paul Snowden 10 54kg 99
8 171x793x27 BROOK ROAD Kris Lees Chad Schofield 3 54kg 97
9 21227222×6 TWO BLUE Kristen Buchanan Paul King 11 54kg 96
10 8x13641x05 VEZALAY Leon & Troy Corstens 1 54kg 95
11 116617×622 PRIVATE SECRETARY Gregory Hickman Brenton Avdulla 15 54kg 94
12 211108370x BERRY DELICIOUS Jason Coyle 16 54kg 91
13 0x1221x270 SECRET AGENDA Mick Price Dwayne Dunn 12 54kg 87
14 291x374x76 OTTOMAN John O’Shea James McDonald 13 54kg 86
15e 1×4195141 NO MORE TEARS (NZ) Stephen Marsh Tommy Berry 9 54kg 86
16e 603278×249 PRESS REPORT Lee Curtis Ms Winona Costin (a) 5 54kg 84
17e 1x1274x562 LUCKY CAN BE Ron Quinton Sam Clipperton 2 54kg 82
18e 6x12254x24 HIEROGLYPHICS Anthony Cummings Damian Lane 17 54kg 71

2016 Sapphire Stakes Nominations

The Sapphire Stakes nominations tend to draw fillies and mares with plenty of experience across distances close to the 1200m mark.

The 2016 Sapphire Stakes nominations is published below.

No Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 AVOID LIGHTNING Les Bridge 1 55.5kg 107
2 EARTHQUAKE John O’Shea 2= 57kg 102
3 VILLA VERDE Anthony Cummings 2= 56kg 102
4 GRIANTE David Brideoake 4= 55.5kg 100
5 ESTONIAN PRINCESS Gerald Ryan 4= 55kg 100
6 ATMOSPHERICAL David Pfieffer 6 54kg 99
7 POLITENESS Robert Smerdon 7 55.5kg 98
8 CHLOE IN PARIS Ciaron Maher 8 54kg 97
9 BRING ME THE MAID Peter G Moody 9= 56kg 96
10 PERON Peter G Moody 9= 54kg 96
11 SHAMALIA Bart & James Cummings 11 55kg 95
12 BOUND FOR EARTH David Vandyke 12 56kg 92
13 FINE BUBBLES Kris Lees 13 55kg 91
14 BELLE DE COEUR Chris Waller 14 54kg 87
15 ONEMOREZETA Kris Lees 15 54kg 85
16 YGRITTE Gerald Ryan 16 53kg 84
17 FINE MIST Bede Murray 17 53kg 82
18 PRIVATE SECRETARY Gregory Hickman 18 54kg 78
19 DOUBLE DEE Jason Warren 19 54kg 76

Sapphire Stakes History

First run in 1998 the inaugural Sapphire Stakes was won by What Can I Say. It began as a Listed race run over 1200m. The event gained Group 3 status in 2002 and not long after reached its current Group 2 status in 2006.

Sapphire Stakes Records:
Race Record: 1:09.23 set by Fair Embrace in 2002
Most Successful Jockey: R.S. Dye claimed three successive Sapphire Stakes with What Can I Say (1998), Little Pattie (1999) and Spinning Hill (2000).
Multiple Winners: Spinning Hill (2000 & 2001).

Sapphire Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2016
Sapphire Stakes
1st Two Blue 1 minute 10.8 seconds
2nd Secret Agenda
3rd Brook Road
2015
Sapphire Stakes
1st Avoid Lightning 1 minute 12.12 seconds
2nd Griante
3rd Fine Bubbles
2014
Sapphire Stakes
1st Cosmic Endeavour 1 minute 10.72 seconds
2nd Avoid Lightning
3rd Belle De Coeur
2013
Sapphire Stakes
1st Arinosa 1 minute 08.9 seconds
2nd Miss Stellabelle
3rd Forarainyday
2012
Sapphire Stakes
1st Atlantic Jewel 1 minute 08.9 seconds
2nd Mid Summer Music
3rd Lady’s Angel
2011
Sapphire Stakes
1st Hurtle Myrtle 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Kimillsy
3rd Marquardt
2010
Sapphire Stakes
1st Renaissance 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Beaded
3rd Jersey Lily
2009
Sapphire Stakes
1st Court 1 minute 10.84 seconds
2nd Belong To Many
3rd Cajou
2008
Sapphire Stakes
1st Belong To Many 1 minute 11.15 seconds
2nd Tenant?s Tiara
3rd Fritz?s Princess
2007
Sapphire Stakes
1st Fire Song 1 minute 12.98 seconds
2nd Whoever
3rd Splashing Out
2006
Sapphire Stakes
1st Coolroom Candidate 1 minute 10.61 seconds
2nd Imana
3rd Shalimar Sky
2005
Sapphire Stakes
1st Glamour Puss 1 minute 12.02 seconds
2nd With My
3rd Wild Queen
2004
Sapphire Stakes
1st Recurring 1 minute 10.47 seconds
2nd Fair Embrace
3rd Cataclysm
2003
Sapphire Stakes
1st Fatoon 1 minute 11.43 seconds
2nd Provokes
3rd Miss Helterskelter
2002
Sapphire Stakes
1st Fair Embrace 1 minute 9.23 seconds
2nd Spinning Hill
3rd Hot Riff
2001
Sapphire Stakes
1st Spinning Hill 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Nanny Maroon
3rd Marlina
2000
Sapphire Stakes
1st Spinning Hill 1 minute 9.79 seconds
2nd Snippets? Lass
3rd Heather