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.

2020 Sapphire Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 White Moss
  • 2nd: #7 Fasika
  • 3rd: #14 Bangkok



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 Group 1 $4 million 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.

The Birthday Card Stakes – Sapphire Stakes double was most recently completed by Quilista (2018).

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 or head to Adelaide for the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m). Secret Agenda (2017) was the last mare to do the Sapphire Stakes – Robert Sangster Stakes double.

The ATC Sapphire Stakes 2020 ran on Saturday April 11, 2020 and saw the reigning champ White Moss successfully defend her crown. 

2020 Sapphire Stakes
Date: Saturday April 11, 2020
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1200m
Conditions: Fillies & Mares, Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $300,000
Inaugurated: 1998

2020 Sapphire Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 White Moss
  • 2nd: #7 Fasika
  • 3rd: #14 Bangkok

The Sapphire Stakes 2020 results again went the way of the Jason Coyle-trained White Moss ($10) who, at double-figures, overcame a wide barrier 15 draw to successfully defend her title. After a third in 2018, White Moss won last year’s Sapphire Stakes and returned with a one length upset over the 2020 favourite Fasika ($3.40) to become the first back-to-back winner since Spinning Hill (2000-2001).

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 4 WHITE MOSS Jason Coyle Nash Rawiller 15 58kg $10
2 7 FASIKA Joseph Pride Brenton Avdulla 1L 14 56kg $3.40F
3 14 BANGKOK Allan Denham Robbie Dolan (a) 2.5L 5 55kg $26
4 6 WINTER BRIDE Toby & Trent Edmonds Glyn Schofield 3L 13 56.5kg $14
5 1 I AM EXCITED David Pfieffer Tim Clark 3.1L 16 59kg $21
6 3 SAVATIANO James Cummings James McDonald 3.2L 3 58kg $3.50
7 8 MADAM ROUGE Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 4.5L 12 56kg $51
8 12 SOOTHING James Cummings Jason Collett 4.7L 8 55kg $21
9 10 MOSS TRIP Peter & Paul Snowden Joshua Parr 5.3L 1 56kg $61
10 13 CONNEMARA Bjorn Baker Adam Hyeronimus 5.5L 10 55kg $81
11 9 MANICURE James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 5.7L 2 56kg $9
12 16 NICCI’S GOLD Gary Portelli Jean Van Overmeire (a) 7.2L 7 55kg $101
13 11 MISS EXFACTOR Joseph Pride Jay Ford 8.5L 9 56kg $31
14 5 PRETTY IN PINK John O’Shea Ms Rachel King 8.8L 6 57kg $26
15 15 GREY SHADOW Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Tom Marquand 9.1L 4 55kg $31
16 17e YAMAZAKI David Pfieffer Glen Boss 9.3L 11 55kg $81
18e JEN RULES Peter & Paul Snowden Jean Van Overmeire (a) 0
2 BOOKER Gerald Ryan Nash Rawiller 0

2020 Sapphire Stakes Odds

The latest Sapphire Stakes 2020 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.

2020 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 2020 field and barriers will be published in full below on the Wednesday of race week so stay tuned.

The 2020 Sapphire Stakes final field attracted a capacity line-up of fillies and mares led in betting by the Godolphin-raced Savatiano in gate three looking to atone for her last start seventh when only 2.5 lengths off the winner in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m).

Update: The widely-drawn Booker (17) and the second emergency Jen Rules (8) have been scratched from the last on Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day

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

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 105x77x521 I AM EXCITED David Pfieffer Tim Clark 18 59kg 112
2 19x0x807x8 BOOKER Gerald Ryan Nash Rawiller 17 59kg 106
3 3x4101x127 SAVATIANO James Cummings James McDonald 3 58kg 112
4 10190×3240 WHITE MOSS Jason Coyle Glen Boss 16 58kg 106
5 x510x060x0 PRETTY IN PINK John O’Shea Ms Rachel King 6 57kg 97
6 430x07x25x WINTER BRIDE Toby & Trent Edmonds Glyn Schofield 14 56.5kg 105
7 111x229x18 FASIKA Joseph Pride Brenton Avdulla 15 56kg 106
8 22x41011x9 MADAM ROUGE Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 13 56kg 105
9 303x1246x2 MANICURE James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 2 56kg 104
10 4009x0420x MOSS TRIP Peter & Paul Snowden Joshua Parr 1 56kg 99
11 703396×261 MISS EXFACTOR Joseph Pride Jay Ford 10 56kg 98
12 34x02151x0 SOOTHING James Cummings Jason Collett 9 55kg 104
13 22133×4992 CONNEMARA Bjorn Baker Adam Hyeronimus 11 55kg 94
14 0211267×53 BANGKOK Allan Denham Robbie Dolan (a) 5 55kg 92
15 x103x10x35 GREY SHADOW Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Tom Marquand 4 55kg 92
16 x51439x59x NICCI’S GOLD Gary Portelli Opie Bosson 7 55kg 89
17e 2443×21769 YAMAZAKI David Pfieffer Glen Boss 12 55kg 82
18e 676x46116x JEN RULES Peter & Paul Snowden Jean Van Overmeire (a) 8 55kg 79

2020 Sapphire Stakes Nominations

The Sapphire Stakes 2020 nominations are taken on the Monday of race week with the full list of early entries to be published below.

The 2020 Sapphire Stakes nominations attracted 29 fillies and mares including flying four-year-old Diamond Effort chasing a fifth win on the trot, last start Group 1 The Galaxy winner I Am Excited and the defending champion White Moss who also ran third in 2018.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 0211267×53 BANGKOK M 5 Allan Denham 92
2 19x0x807x8 BOOKER M 5 Gerald Ryan 106
3 22133×4992 CONNEMARA M 5 Bjorn Baker 94
4 25180×1111 DIAMOND EFFORT M 4 Clinton McDonald 103
5 111x229x18 FASIKA M 4 Joseph Pride 106
6 x103x10x35 GREY SHADOW M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 92
7 105x77x521 I AM EXCITED M 5 David Pfieffer 112
8 2x16x93x68 IN HER TIME M 7 Kris Lees 113
9 676x46116x JEN RULES M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 79
10 223x32212x L’COSMO F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 67
11 1x2242x225 LI’L KONTRA F 3 Ryan Balfour 80
12 22x41011x9 MADAM ROUGE M 4 Chris Waller 105
13 303x1246x2 MANICURE M 5 James Cummings 104
14 1x4x3411x MISS EINSTEIN M 4 Bjorn Baker 72
15 703396×261 MISS EXFACTOR M 5 Joseph Pride 98
16 540x14131x MISS INVINCIBLE M 4 Bjorn Baker 85
17 4009x0420x MOSS TRIP M 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 99
18 241949x50x NAANTALI (NZ) M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 93
19 x51439x59x NICCI’S GOLD M 5 Gary Portelli 89
20 x510x060x0 PRETTY IN PINK M 4 John O’Shea 97
21 2112×11111 RUBISAKI F 3 Patrick Payne
22 3x4101x127 SAVATIANO M 5 James Cummings 112
23 34x02151x0 SOOTHING M 5 James Cummings 104
24 15x513x110 SYLVIA’S MOTHER M 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 101
25 83x4233x16 VILLAMI F 3 Gerald Ryan 90
26 10190×3240 WHITE MOSS M 6 Jason Coyle 106
27 430x07x25x WINTER BRIDE M 5 Toby & Trent Edmonds 105
28 x53322x162 WITHERSPOON M 4 Kris Lees 76
29 2443×21769 YAMAZAKI M 4 David Pfieffer 82

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, and then returned to Group 2 status for 2018.

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

In 2020 White Moss continued her excellent record in the race, the 2018 third placegetter and 2019 champion becoming the second two-time Sapphire Stakes winner in the race’s history.

Sapphire Stakes Records:
Race Record: 1:08.9 set by Atlantic Jewel in 2012
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), White Moss (2019 & 2020)

Recent Sapphire Stakes Winners

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

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Sapphire Stakes
1st White Moss 1 minute 11.81 seconds
2nd Fasika
3rd Bangkok
2019
Sapphire Stakes
1st White Moss 1 minute 9.02 seconds
2nd Irithea
3rd Winter Bride
2018
Sapphire Stakes
1st Quilista 1 minute 9.38 seconds
2nd Ravi
3rd White Moss
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 10.5 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

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