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.

2017 Blue Sapphire Stakes Results

  • 1st: #9 Formality
  • 2nd: #2 Jukebox
  • 3rd: #5 Lone Eagle

Blue Sapphire Stakes News

Blue Sapphire Stakes Winner Formality onto Coolmore Stud Stakes 2017

Blue Sapphire Stakes Winner Formality onto Coolmore Stud Stakes 2017

Lindsay Park head trainer David Hayes has confirmed Melbourne Cup Carnival ambitions to run their filly Formality in the 2017 Coolmore Stud Stakes down the Flemington straight after her Blue Sapphire Stakes win on Wednesday. The daughter of Fastnet Rock bounced back to winning form at Caulfield Racecourse in the Group 3 $350,000 Blue Sapphire…

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 $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 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 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. Flying Artie (2017) 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.

The Blue Sapphire Stakes 2017 ran on Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

2017 Blue Sapphire Stakes
Date: October 18, 2017
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 3YO Set Weights
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $350,000

2017 Blue Sapphire Stakes Results

  • 1st: #9 Formality
  • 2nd: #2 Jukebox
  • 3rd: #5 Lone Eagle

See below for the official Blue Sapphire Stakes 2017 Results & Finishing Order, following the link to read more on the brave win by the Lindsay Park-trained filly Formality ($5) who atoned for a luckless run up front in the Golden Rose Stakes. Flying The Everest winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy got Formality into a lovely position second of the speed, pulling ahead to hold off the fast-finishing colt Jukebox ($4.20) who ran a neck back second as the beaten favourite. Lone Eagle ($31) added value to the winning Blue Sapphire Stakes Trifecta in third. The Blue Sapphire Stakes winner Formality is now headed to Flemington on Victoria Derby Day to take on the colts and geldings again, this time down the straight in the Coolmore Stud Stakes field.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 9 FORMALITY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 4 55kg $5
2 2 JUKEBOX Aaron Purcell Craig Williams 0.4L 9 57kg $4.20
3 5 LONE EAGLE Mick Price Dwayne Dunn 1.65L 5 57kg $31
4 10 CROWN WITNESS Stuart Webb Ben Melham 2.15L 1 55kg $3.80F
5 3 MURAAQEB David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 2.25L 8 57kg $19
6 1 SUMMER PASSAGE Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Hugh Bowman 2.75L 7 57kg $5.50
7 4 INDIAN THUNDER Darren Weir Damian Lane 3.25L 2 57kg $101
8 8 OVER EXPOSURE Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 3.65L 6 57kg $31
9 6 I DID IT AGAIN Greg Eurell Damien Oliver 3.75L 3 57kg $6.50
7 CHOISBORDER Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 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.

2017 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 (2017) achieved.

The 2017 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.

In 2017 the official Blue Sapphire Stakes Final Field & Barriers attracted just 10 three-year-olds including Group 1 winner Summer Passage who was scratched from the Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas last Saturday, the talented Jukebox who has won all but one of his career starts to date after a second to Catchy in the Danehill Stakes and the undefeated Stuart Webb-trained filly Crown Witness drawn barrier one.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 2112×82 SUMMER PASSAGE Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott Hugh Bowman 8 57kg 90
2 11×12 JUKEBOX Aaron Purcell Craig Williams 10 57kg 85
3 133×91 MURAAQEB David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Mark Zahra 9 57kg 74
4 21×6735 INDIAN THUNDER Darren Weir Damian Lane 2 57kg 68
5 26189 LONE EAGLE Mick Price Dwayne Dunn 5 57kg 69
6 1×2 I DID IT AGAIN Greg Eurell Damien Oliver 3 57kg 70
7 221 CHOISBORDER Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 7 57kg 63
8 13 OVER EXPOSURE Tony McEvoy Luke Currie 6 57kg 65
9 11302×110 FORMALITY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 4 55kg 90
10 111x CROWN WITNESS Stuart Webb Ben Melham 1 55kg 80

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
2018
Blue Sapphire Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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