Sapphire Stakes

The 2017 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.

Sapphire Stakes News

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 2017 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 is set to run 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 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.

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
2017
Sapphire Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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