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.

2018 Sapphire Stakes Results

  • 1st: #10 Quilista
  • 2nd: #5 Ravi
  • 3rd: #8 White Moss



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 2018 ran on Saturday April 14, 2018 and saw Quilista lead all-the-way.

2018 Sapphire Stakes
Date: Saturday April 14, 2018
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1200m
Conditions: Fillies & Mares, Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $300,000
Inaugurated: 1998

2018 Sapphire Stakes Results

  • 1st: #10 Quilista
  • 2nd: #5 Ravi
  • 3rd: #8 White Moss

Check out the official Sapphire Stakes 2018 Results & Finishing Order below, Darren Weir’s last start Birthday Card Stakes winner franking the form with a dominant all-the-way win from an outside barrier.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 10 QUILISTA Darren Weir Damian Lane 13 55kg $5.50
2 5 RAVI Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 1.8L 2 55kg $7.50
3 8 WHITE MOSS Jason Coyle Michael Dee 2L 4 55kg $13
4 14 INVINCIBELLA Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 2.3L 5 54kg $12
5 7 LUBITON Bjorn Baker Blake Shinn 2.5L 1 55kg $15
6 2 GHISONI James Cummings Hugh Bowman 2.7L 3 56kg $14
7 13 NIETA John P Thompson Corey Brown 3L 15 54kg $17
8 18e SLOW BURN Les Bridge Michael Walker 3.1L 9 54kg (cd 54.5kg) $26
9 17e SHAZEE LEE Scott Singleton Christian Reith 3.9L 11 55kg $61
10 15 HETTY HEIGHTS Kim Waugh Andrew Adkins 4L 10 54kg $71
11 3 SPRIGHT Garry Frazer Jay Ford 4.4L 7 55.5kg $13
12 9 FARAWAY TOWN Matthew Smith Tim Clark 4.6L 16 55kg $26
13 11 SUGAR BELLA Kris Lees Jason Collett 5L 12 55kg $4.40F
14 16 FRAGONARD James Cummings Craig Williams 6.2L 14 54kg $41
15 6 DANISH TWIST Kris Lees Ben Melham 8.2L 8 55kg $51
16 4 RAIMENT James Cummings Glyn Schofield 10.1L 6 55.5kg $19
1 SECRET AGENDA Mick Price Damien Oliver 0
12 PECANS Joseph Pride Joao Moreira 0

2018 Sapphire Stakes Odds

The latest Sapphire Stakes 2018 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.

2018 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 2018 field and barriers will be published in full below on the Wednesday of race week so stay tuned.

The 2018 Sapphire Stakes Final Field attracted the full 18 starters plus two emergencies including last start Birthday Card Stakes winner Quilista and the defending Sapphire Stakes winner Secret Agenda with work to do from the outside barrier carrying 58kg top weight.

Read more on the Sapphire Stakes 2018 Field & Odds.

Sapphire Stakes 2018 Field Update: The field will now include the two emergency runners after Secret Agenda (18) and Pecans (12) were scratched from the field.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 67x5114x19 SECRET AGENDA Mick Price Damien Oliver 18 58kg 111
2 6515x02x6x GHISONI James Cummings Hugh Bowman 3 56kg 100
3 38483x90x1 SPRIGHT Garry Frazer Jay Ford 7 55.5kg 99
4 x17159x320 RAIMENT James Cummings Glyn Schofield 6 55.5kg 98
5 x493x134x4 RAVI Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 2 55kg 102
6 0x7490x390 DANISH TWIST Kris Lees Ben Melham 8 55kg 100
7 0x1184216x LUBITON Bjorn Baker Blake Shinn 1 55kg 98
8 71112x110x WHITE MOSS Jason Coyle Michael Dee 4 55kg 97
9 23x444x118 FARAWAY TOWN Matthew Smith Tim Clark 17 55kg 95
10 13347×2811 QUILISTA Darren Weir Damian Lane 14 55kg 95
11 117×11112 SUGAR BELLA Kris Lees Jason Collett 13 55kg 95
12 x22x21121x PECANS Joseph Pride Joao Moreira 12 55kg 87
13 4x33934x64 NIETA John P Thompson Corey Brown 16 54kg 99
14 6x1132741x INVINCIBELLA Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 5 54kg 97
15 38355330×3 HETTY HEIGHTS Kim Waugh Andrew Adkins 10 54kg 85
16 65512x1x42 FRAGONARD James Cummings Craig Williams 15 54kg 84
17e 171x90765x SHAZEE LEE Scott Singleton Christian Reith 11 55kg 82
18e 36x1312x77 SLOW BURN Les Bridge Michael Walker 9 54kg 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).

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).

Recent Sapphire Stakes Winners

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

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Sapphire Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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 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

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