Blue Sapphire Stakes

The 2016 Blue Sapphire Stakes is a 1200m event held at Caulfield Racecourse.

Blue Sapphire Stakes News

Blue Sapphire Winner Flying Artie onto Coolmore Stud Stakes

Blue Sapphire Winner Flying Artie onto Coolmore Stud Stakes

Trainer Mick Price confirmed plans to head to Flemington on Derby Day chasing the 2016 Coolmore Stud Stakes win with Flying Artie who did everything wrong but still won the Blue Sapphire Stakes first-up on Wednesday.

Blue Sapphire Stakes winner Flying Artie (pictured) heads towards a 2016 Coolmore Stud Stakes clash with stablemate Extreme Choice on Derby Day. Photo: Ultimate ...

The 2016 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 $350,000 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 Caulfield Guineas Day which 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 black type events, the Group 3 Ladies Day Vase (1600m) and the Listed Caulfield Village Stakes (1200m).

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. 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.

The Blue Sapphire Stakes 2016 will run on Wednesday, October 12.

2016 Blue Sapphire Stakes
Date: October 12, 2016
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 3YO Set Weights
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $350,000

2016 Blue Sapphire Stakes Results

Flying Artie saluted for the punters with a win in the 2016 Blue Sapphire Stakes first-up defeating roughie-hope Dalradian (2nd) and Derryn (3rd).

Check out the full 2016 Blue Sapphire Stakes Results & Finishing Order below, following the link for more on how the race panned out.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 1 FLYING ARTIE Mick Price Damien Oliver 4 57kg $2F
2 3 DALRADIAN Darren Weir Blake Shinn 1.25L 10 57kg $81
3 6 DERRYN David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss (a) 1.75L 2 57kg $7.50
4 4 KEN’S DREAM Darren Weir Dean Yendall 2.75L 5 57kg $4.80
5 7 MANOLO BLAHNIQ (NZ) Tony Noonan Steven Arnold 2.85L 8 57kg $61
6 13 CALL ME TESS John Moloney Jordan Childs (a) 3.85L 3 55kg $101
7 2 HIGHLAND BEAT David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damian Lane 4.85L 12 57kg $31
8 8 RADCLIFFE John O’Shea Craig Williams 6.6L 7 57kg $31
9 12 MERRIEST Danny O’Brien Nicholas Hall 6.7L 6 55kg $9.50
10 5 BARTHELONA Michael Moroney Ryan Maloney 6.8L 9 57kg $21
11 10 HEPTAGON (NZ) Mick Price Craig Newitt 9.05L 1 57kg $31
12 11 MR TICKLER John Salanitri Stephen Baster 9.55L 11 57kg $201
9 PALLADIAN Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 0

2016 Blue Sapphire Stakes Betting

The latest Blue Sapphire Stakes 2016 odds are 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.

2016 Blue Sapphire Stakes Field

The Blue Sapphire Stakes field regularly attracts some of the more talented three year olds on the racing circuit. Raced under set weight conditions, the Blue Sapphire Stakes field competes at a relatively even level, allowing the stronger sprinters to come to the fore.

The 2016 Blue Sapphire Stakes field has been released Racing Victoria (RV) and orginally drew 13 final acceptors. The line-up is down to a dozen hopeful three-year-olds led by Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper placegetter Flying Artie.

View the full 2016 Blue Sapphire Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw below and click on the link for a more detailed race preview.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 2x123x FLYING ARTIE Mick Price Damien Oliver 4 57kg 88
2 020212×220 HIGHLAND BEAT David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damian Lane 13 57kg 73
3 17x765x476 DALRADIAN Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 10 57kg 68
4 112 KEN’S DREAM Darren Weir Dean Yendall 5 57kg 74
5 1×11 BARTHELONA Michael Moroney Ryan Maloney 9 57kg 74
6 6×120 DERRYN David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Regan Bayliss (a) 2 57kg 74
7 210×58 MANOLO BLAHNIQ (NZ) Tony Noonan Steven Arnold 8 57kg 74
8 013×54 RADCLIFFE John O’Shea Craig Williams 7 57kg 67
9 26×22 PALLADIAN Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 12 57kg 60
10 1x HEPTAGON (NZ) Mick Price Craig Newitt 1 57kg 63
11 9 MR TICKLER John Salanitri Stephen Baster 11 57kg 61
12 16×813 MERRIEST Danny O’Brien Nicholas Hall 6 55kg 77
13 1504x CALL ME TESS John Moloney Jordan Childs (a) 3 55kg 63

Blue Sapphire Stakes Nominations

A number of quality runners enter the Blue Sapphire Stakes nominations in an endeavour to get their names on the honour roll of a future feature event. The $350,000 prize money also acts as a considerable lure for classy three year olds who can really run over shorter distances. The Blue Sapphire Stakes nominations are announced a month in advance and attact huge numbers before a number of acceptance stages whittle down the entries.

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
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