Blue Sapphire Stakes

The Blue Sapphire Stakes is a 1200m event held at Caulfield Racecourse for 3YO sprinters run on the Wednesday before Caulfield Cup Day each October.

2019 Blue Sapphire Stakes Results

  • 1st: #11 Anaheed
  • 2nd: #12 Li'l Kontra
  • 3rd: #14 Brooklyn Hustle



The Blue Sapphire Stakes is a lucrative Group 3 race for three-year-olds run on a Wednesday in mid-October, three days before the Caulfield Cup.

Part of the three day Caulfield Cup Carnival, the Blue Sapphire Stakes is a relatively new race that continues to grow in prestige and prize money. Paying $500,000 prize money and raced over 1200m, the Blue Sapphire Stakes is a very wealthy sprint for those horses which gain entry. The Blue Sapphire Stakes is restricted to three year olds and is run under set weights conditions, upgraded from a Listed event to Group 3 status.

The three day Caulfield Cup Carnival features a host of massive events, with the Blue Sapphire Stakes falling on the Wednesday in the middle. The first day of the Caulfield Cup Carnival is the Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas Day that features four Group 1 events, and the third day, held on Saturday after Blue Sapphire Stakes Day, is the renowned Caulfield Cup Day. The Blue Sapphire Stakes shares a race program with two other spring features including the Group 3 Ladies Day Vase (1600m) and the Group 3 Ladbrokes Coongy Cup (2000m) offering a ballot exemption into the Caulfield Cup field seven days later.

The Blue Sapphire Stakes has grown in stature to overcome the Ladies Day Vase as the feature event at the midweek meeting. It is rapidly becoming an important three year old feature.

The Blue Sapphire Stakes can act as a good lead up to feature events such as the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) run at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Flying Artie (2016) was the last horse to do the Blue Sapphire Stakes – Coolmore Stud Stakes double.

The Golden Rose Stakes, held at Sydney towards the beginning of the Spring Racing Carnival, often features a few horses that later contest the Blue Sapphire Stakes including in 2017 when the Blue Sapphire Stakes winning filly Formality atoned for her lead-up 11th in the Golden Rose. In 2018 the autumn’s Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes winner Written By won the Blue Sapphire Stakes before a fourth in the Coolmore Stud Stakes.

The Blue Sapphire Stakes 2019 ran on Wednesday October 16, 2019 and was won by the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Anaheed. 

2019 Blue Sapphire Stakes
Date: Wednesday October 16, 2019
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 3YOs Set Weights
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $500,000

2019 Blue Sapphire Stakes Results

  • 1st: #11 Anaheed
  • 2nd: #12 Li’l Kontra
  • 3rd: #14 Brooklyn Hustle

Just a length separated the first three fillies over the line in the Blue Sapphire Stakes 2019 results with the inside run getting the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Anaheed ($7.50) past the post first.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 11 ANAHEED Peter & Paul Snowden Damian Lane 2 55kg $7.50
2 12 LI’L KONTRA Ryan Balfour Jamie Kah 1L 9 55kg $14
3 14 BROOKLYN HUSTLE Jason Warren Luke Nolen 1.1L 5 55kg $8
4 4 CONDO’S EXPRESS Richard Laming Ben Melham 2.85L 4 57kg $7.50
5 13 NICCOVI Simon A Miller Luke Currie 3.35L 3 55kg $21
6 1 DUBIOUS Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 4.1L 6 57kg $5.50
7 10 EXHILARATES James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 4.3L 7 55kg $3.30F
8 9 EXCESS FUNDS Levi Kavanagh Brett Prebble 4.8L 11 57kg $21
9 8 VIKING WARRIOR David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Nash Rawiller 5.3L 8 57kg $31
10 2 STRASBOURG Peter & Paul Snowden Damien Oliver 6.05L 10 57kg $21
11 3 CZARSON Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 7.8L 1 57kg $19
7 GROOT Tim Hughes Craig Williams 0
6 THE EXECUTIONER Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Jordan Childs 0
5 BARCALI Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Damien Oliver 0

Blue Sapphire Stakes Betting

The latest Blue Sapphire Stakes odds will be listed below complete with links to Ladbrokes.com.au so you can back your Blue Sapphire Stakes tips in at the right price this Caulfield Cup Carnival.

2019 Blue Sapphire Stakes Field

The Blue Sapphire Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of sprinting three-year-olds that could be eyeing a Flemington run during the Melbourne Cup Carnival in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m), a double Flying Artie (2016) achieved.

The 2019 Blue Sapphire Stakes field is released Racing Victoria (RV) on the Monday of race week and will be provided for punters below as soon as announced.

The Blue Sapphire Stakes 2019 Final Field is down to 13 after the early scratching of Groot. Godolphin’s flying filly Exhilarates is the favourite after a lead-up second to Loving Gaby in the Group 3 MVRC Champagne Stakes, while Group 2 winner Dubious is a danger third-up.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x123015x42 DUBIOUS Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 7 57kg 87
2 x528218x50 STRASBOURG Peter & Paul Snowden Dwayne Dunn 11 57kg 81
3 114x2240x CZARSON Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1 57kg 78
4 22211 CONDO’S EXPRESS Richard Laming Ben Melham 4 57kg 76
5 613×41 BARCALI Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Damien Oliver 14 57kg 74
6 1524×228 THE EXECUTIONER Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Jordan Childs 6 57kg 64
7 437×631 GROOT Tim Hughes Craig Williams 13 57kg 64
8 12×1 VIKING WARRIOR David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Nash Rawiller 9 57kg 68
9 4×1356 EXCESS FUNDS Levi Kavanagh Brett Prebble 12 57kg 67
10 221120×112 EXHILARATES James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 8 55kg 97
11 x51461x935 ANAHEED Peter & Paul Snowden Damian Lane 2 55kg 90
12 22213131×2 LI’L KONTRA Ryan Balfour Jamie Kah 10 55kg 78
13 5x2166x2 NICCOVI Simon A Miller Luke Currie 3 55kg 69
14 1x55x5 BROOKLYN HUSTLEJason Warren Luke Nolen 5 55kg 72

Blue Sapphire Stakes History

The Blue Sapphire Stakes was inaugurated in 2012. Part of the impetus for the establishment of the event came from a growing need in Victoria for more feature events for three year olds. Sydney has for many years boasted the Golden Rose Stakes and associated races, also run under the same conditions over similar distances.

In a rapid push to grow the race into a major feature, the Blue Sapphire Stakes was upgraded to Listed status in 2014, just two years after it launched. Possibly reflecting the strong desire to broaden the quality of three year old events, the ARB made the Blue Sapphire Stakes the only race to be upgraded immediately this year, with all other upgrades taking force as of January 1st, 2015.

In the future, there is a very strong chance that the Blue Sapphire Stakes will become a Group 1 event, and possibly remain at its current slot in the middle of the Caulfield Cup Carnival. The Golden Rose first ran in 2003 and gained Group 1 status in 2009, establishing a precedent for the rapid advancement of new three year old features.

The Blue Sapphire Stakes bears no relation to the previously existing Listed Blue Sapphire Stakes, also held at Caulfield over 1200m.

Blue Sapphire Stakes Results

Below you will find Blue Sapphire Stakes results and winning times since 2012.

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Blue Sapphire Stakes
1st Anaheed 1 minute 10.42 seconds
2nd Li’l Kontra
3rd Brooklyn Hustle
2018
Blue Sapphire Stakes
1st Written By 1 minute 11.54 seconds
2nd Encryption
3rd Tony Nicconi
2017
Blue Sapphire Stakes
1st Formality 1 minute 10.62 seconds
2nd Jukebox
3rd Lone Eagle
2016
Blue Sapphire Stakes
1st Flying Artie 1 minute 9.76 seconds
2nd Dalradian
3rd Derryn
2015
Blue Sapphire Stakes
1st Keen Array 1 minute 11.08 seconds
2nd Mogador
3rd Haptic
2014
Blue Sapphire Stakes
1st Eloping 1 minute 9.54 seconds
2nd Sultry Feeling
3rd Husson Eagle
2013
Blue Sapphire Stakes
1st Lion Of Belfort 1 minutes 11.03 seconds
2nd Safeguard
3rd Diamond Oasis
2012
Blue Sapphire Stakes
1st Snitzerland 1 minutes 10.09 seconds
2nd Fire Thunderbolt
3rd Lankan Rupee

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