Sapphire Stakes

The Sapphire Stakes is a Group 2 race held at Royal Randwick in April on Day 2 of 'The Championships' during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

2017 Sapphire Stakes Results

  • 1st: Secret Agenda
  • 2nd: Missrock
  • 3rd: Artistry

Sapphire Stakes News

2017 Sapphire Stakes Winner Secret Agenda in Upset

2017 Sapphire Stakes Winner Secret Agenda in Upset

Victorian horseman Mick Price picked the perfect Sydney target for his progressive mare Secret Agenda who saluted in the last at Royal Randwick on Saturday in an upset Sapphire Stakes 2017 result. The lead-up form from the Not A Single Doubt four-year-old was questionable with Secret Agenda coming off an unplaced fifth in the Listed…

The  ATC Sapphire Stakes – not to be confused with Melbourne’s Group 3 Blue Sapphire Stakes – is a quality Group 2 race held towards the tail end of the esteemed Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival on Day 2 of ‘The Championships’ at Royal Randwick Racecourse.

Run on the second Saturday of April the Sapphire Stakes is a 1200m sprint run under set weights plus penalties by a field of fillies and mares. Offering $300,000 in prize money the race is conducted on the same day as four Group 1 autumn features.

The autumn’s richest race – the $4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) – headlines the meeting and is joined by the Sydney Cup (3200m), ATC Oaks (2400m), the Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) plus a host of Group 2 and 3 status support races.

Female sprinters may come into the Sapphire Stakes field via an earlier autumn run in the Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m) held at Rosehill in March on Golden Slipper Stakes Day. Held on Day 1 of ‘The Championships’ just a week before the Sapphire Stakes, the Group 3 PJ Bell Stakes (1200m) is another good lead-up.

A nice next-up option for Sapphire Stakes graduates could be the Group 3 Hawkesbury Crown (1300m) later in the month, a race the 2016 Sapphire Stakes winner Two Blue finished runner-up in. Fillies and mares may also come back and contest a harder race like the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) over the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

The ATC Sapphire Stakes 2017 ran on April 8, 2017. 

Sapphire Stakes
Date: April 8, 2017
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1200m
Conditions: Fillies & Mares, Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $300,000
Inaugurated: 1998

2017 Sapphire Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Secret Agenda
  • 2nd:#13 Missrock
  • 3rd: #2 Artistry

Read the full 2017 Sapphire Stakes Results won by Secret Agenda who improved on a second in the same race last autumn.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 3 SECRET AGENDA Mick Price Damien Oliver 11 55.5kg $9.50
2 13 MISSROCK Robbie Laing Damian Lane 1.3L 1 54kg $21
3 2 ARTISTRY Peter & Paul Snowden Hugh Bowman 1.5L 6 55.5kg $4.80
4 11 RAVI Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 2.9L 13 54kg $3.60F
5 7 SAVOUREUX Kris Lees Sam Clipperton 3.1L 12 55kg $51
6 5 THAMES COURT David Brideoake Christian Reith 3.7L 7 55kg $11
7 12 HIEROGLYPHICS Anthony & Edward Cummings Craig Williams 4.3L 14 54kg $31
8 14 UNEQUIVOCAL Noel Mayfield-Smith Jay Ford 5.6L 5 54kg $41
9 9 TEMPT ME NOT James Cummings Tim Clark 5.8L 3 55kg $21
10 6 ZESTFUL Kris Lees Jason Collett 6.1L 8 55kg $17
11 15 PAINTED FIRETAIL John O’Shea Tommy Berry 7.1L 2 54kg $15
12 1 TYCOON TARA Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 7.2L 10 57kg $6
13 16 LEAMI ASTRAY Robert & Luke Price Ms Kathy O’Hara 7.7L 4 54kg $71
14 4 OCEAN EMBERS Shea Eden Luke Nolen 8.5L 9 55.5kg $15
8 SERENE MAJESTY Peter & Paul Snowden 0
10 DENMAGIC David Pfieffer Corey Brown 0

2017 Sapphire Stakes Odds

The latest Sapphire Stakes 2017 betting odds on the Randwick Group 2 for fillies and mares this autumn will be available below as soon as released by Ladbrokes.com.au.

2017 Sapphire Stakes Field

The ATC Sapphire Stakes field attracts a class line-up of fillies and mares looking to see out their prep with a lucrative Group 2 win or wind-up for a Group 1 target in Brisbane over the winter.

The official Sapphire Stakes 2017 field and barriers will be published in full below on Wednesday April 5, 2017.

The 2017 Sapphire Stakes Final Field features a number of quality fillies and mares including three for Peter & Paul Snowden – Tycoon Tara, Artistry and the early favourite Ravi. The stable also accepted for Serene Majesty, but withdrew her from the line-up.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 600x11412x TYCOON TARA Peter & Paul Snowden Blake Shinn 11 57kg 108
2 85520x21x1 ARTISTRY Peter & Paul Snowden Hugh Bowman 7 55.5kg 105
3 7024x167x5 SECRET AGENDA Mick Price Damien Oliver 12 55.5kg 100
4 121140×818 OCEAN EMBERS Shea Eden Luke Nolen 10 55.5kg 98
5 0x2248x428 THAMES COURT David Brideoake Christian Reith (late alt) 8 55kg 99
6 1438×10135 ZESTFUL Kris Lees Jason Collett 9 55kg 97
7 19x30380x9 SAVOUREUX Kris Lees Sam Clipperton 14 55kg 96
8 31x5740x67 SERENE MAJESTY Peter & Paul Snowden 13 55kg 89
9 2x3610x0x7 TEMPT ME NOT James Cummings Tim Clark 4 55kg 87
10 x44434x240 DENMAGIC David Pfieffer Corey Brown 2 54kg 96
11 1x11x2451x RAVI Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 15 54kg 92
12 54x24x1128 HIEROGLYPHICS Anthony & Edward Cummings Craig Williams 16 54kg 90
13 1x66735x19 MISSROCK Robbie Laing Damian Lane 1 54kg 86
14 5x6576222x UNEQUIVOCAL Noel Mayfield-Smith Jay Ford 6 54kg 85
15 640x15734x PAINTED FIRETAIL John O’Shea Tommy Berry 3 54kg 75
16 23x12237x5 LEAMI ASTRAY Robert & Luke Price Ms Kathy O’Hara 5 54kg 71

2017 Sapphire Stakes Nominations

The ATC Sapphire Stakes nominations 2017 close on Monday April 3, 2017 and will be released here as soon as announced by Racing NSW.

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 Group 2 status in 2006. Up until 2016 it ran as a Group 2 race before being downgraded back to a Group 3 autumn event for 2017.

Plenty of quality mares have won the Sapphire Stakes including Court (2009), Atlantic Jewel (2012) and Cosmic Endeavour (2014).

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).

Recent Sapphire Stakes Winners

See below for a full list of Sapphire Stakes winners and results going back to 2000.

Year Place Horse Time
2018
Sapphire Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2017
Sapphire Stakes
1st Secret Agenda 1 minute 13.2 seconds
2nd Missrock
3rd Artistry
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