Colin Stephen Quality

The Colin Stephen Quality is a Group 3 event held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on Golden Rose Stakes Day offering the winner a ballot exemption for the Group 1 The Metropolitan the following weekend.

2019 Colin Stephen Quality Results

  • 1st: #1 Stampede
  • 2nd: #7 Master Of Arts
  • 3rd: #4 Maurus



The Colin Stephen Quality is a Group 3 staying event held at Sydney’s Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in late September during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

Raced under quality handicap conditions, the Colin Stephen Quality is worth $160,000 total prize money. Open to horses aged three years and older, the Colin Stephen Quality attracts an exciting field each year. Run over 2400m it attracts local Sydney and interstate stayers, but often runs under capacity.

The Colin Stephen Quality is held on Golden Rose Stakes Day alongside four other Group events. The meeting’s marquee race is the Group 1 $1 million Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) for three-year-olds, while the $400,000 Group 2 Golden Pendant (1400m) for fillies and mares is the second richest event on the program.

The Colin Stephen Quality winner is exempt from ballot for the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) run over the same distance at Royal Randwick the following Saturday on Epsom Handicap Day. Railings (2005) was the last horse to do the Colin Stephen / The Metropolitan Handicap double.

As part of their lead-up to the Colin Stephen Quality, horses may have run in the previous Friday’s Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m) or the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) run at Randwick the Saturday before Golden Rose Day.

The 2019 Colin Stephen Quality was held on Saturday September 28, 2019 and won by the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Stampede. 

Colin Stephen Quality
Date: Saturday September 28, 2019
Track: Rosehill Gardens
Distance: 2400m
Conditions: 3YO&UP Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $160,000

2019 Colin Stephen Quality Results

  • 1st: #1 Stampede
  • 2nd: #7 Master Of Arts
  • 3rd: #4 Maurus

The official Colin Stephen Quality 2019 Results saw the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained topweight Stampede handle the kilos and his first look at the 2400m to post a dominant two length victory over Master Of Arts. He could next back-up on his third successive Saturday with a run in the Group 1 The Metropolitan, won by Waterhouse eight times previously.

Read more on the 2019 Colin Stephen Quality win by The Metropolitan hopeful Stampede.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 1 STAMPEDE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 9 59kg $4.60
2 7 MASTER OF ARTS (NZ) Richard & Michael Freedman Brenton Avdulla 2L 4 53kg (cd 54kg) $8.50
3 4 MAURUS (GB) John Thompson Ms Rachel King 2.8L 8 54kg $26
4 10 DABIYR (IRE) Chris Waller Robbie Dolan (a) 4.1L 1 53kg $2.60F
5 9 GAYATRI Chris Waller Tommy Berry 7.1L 3 53kg $3.60
6 11 MRS MADRID Anthony Cummings Glen Boss 8.9L 2 53kg $14
7 2 DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride Joshua Parr 17.8L 7 56.5kg $26
8 12 CURATA PRINCESS Robert & Luke Price Andrew Adkins 29.3L 5 53kg $101
9 6 BLUE BREEZE (NZ) Allan Morley Jay Ford 41L 6 53kg $41
8 SCARLET DREAM Mark Newnham Tim Clark 0
3 SWEET THOMAS (GER) Matthew Smith Kerrin McEvoy 0
5 NAVAL WARFARE (IRE) Chris Waller James McDonald 0

2019 Colin Stephen Quality Odds

Stay tuned for the up-to-date Colin Stephen Quality 2019 betting odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the Group 3 lead-up into The Metropolitan race.

2019 Colin Stephen Quality Field

The 2019 Colin Stephen Quality final field and barrier draw are released on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

The early scratching of Naval Warfare (11) from the Colin Stephen Quality 2019 field leaves 11 hopeful stayers with Chris Waller’s rails-drawn Dabiyr the red hot favourite getting in on just 53kg after carrying 59.5kg for a second over this distance last time out.

Update: There are a total of three scratchings from the 2019 Colin Stephen Quality field: #3 Sweet Thomas (3), #5 Naval Warfare (11) and #8 Scarlet Dream (5) leaving nine runners led in betting at Ladbrokes.com.au by the rails-drawn Dabiyr ($2.25).

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 55x1x00202 STAMPEDE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 12 59kg 105
2 3×08618909 DESTINY’S KISS Joseph Pride Joshua Parr 9 56.5kg 100
3 3013215×60 SWEET THOMAS (GER) Matthew Smith Kerrin McEvoy 3 56.5kg 100
4 0x02062x00 MAURUS (GB) John Thompson Ms Rachel King 10 54kg 95
5 12223×6043 NAVAL WARFARE (IRE) Chris Waller James McDonald 11 53.5kg 94
6 3647623×10 BLUE BREEZE (NZ) Allan Morley Jay Ford 8 53kg 92
7 00700×6694 MASTER OF ARTS (NZ) Richard & Michael Freedman Brenton Avdulla (late alt) 6 53kg (probable 54kg) 92
8 1x23727x27 SCARLET DREAM Mark Newnham Tim Clark 5 53kg 91
9 3112×90921 GAYATRI Chris Waller Tommy Berry 4 53kg 83
10 210×81312 DABIYR (IRE) Chris Waller Robbie Dolan (a) 1 53kg 78
11 564264×814 MRS MADRID Anthony Cummings Glen Boss 2 53kg 71
12 34917×8667 CURATA PRINCESS Robert & Luke Price Andrew Adkins 7 53kg 65

2019 Colin Stephen Quality Nominations

The 2019 Colin Stephen Quality nominations are taken by Racing NSW on the Monday leading-up to Golden Rose Stakes Day and will be available in full below.

The official Colin Stephen Quality 2019 Nominations drew 16 The Metropolitan hopefuls including Joe Pride’s veteran 11-year-old Destiny’s Kiss having his potential 102nd career start, and last weekend’s Kingston Town Stakes runner-up Stampede.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 1116x821x7 BIG BLUE (GB) G 8 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 97
2 3647623×10 BLUE BREEZE (NZ) G 6 Allan Morley 92
3 1167×52633 COSTELLO G 4 David Payne 74
4 34917×8667 CURATA PRINCESS M 6 Robert & Luke Price 65
5 210×81312 DABIYR (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 78
6 3×08618909 DESTINY’S KISS G 11 Joseph Pride 100
7 6x2x0x6928 EXEMPLAR (IRE) G 6 Liam Howley 82
8 3112×90921 GAYATRI M 5 Chris Waller 83
9 00700×6694 MASTER OF ARTS (NZ) G 8 Richard & Michael Freedman 92
10 0x02062x00 MAURUS (GB) G 9 John Thompson 95
11 564264×814 MRS MADRID M 4 Anthony Cummings 71
12 12223×6043 NAVAL WARFARE (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 94
13 1x23727x27 SCARLET DREAM M 4 Mark Newnham 91
14 55x1x00202 STAMPEDE H 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 105
15 3013215×60 SWEET THOMAS (GER) G 8 Matthew Smith 100
16 x506212501 TERWILLIKER G 5 Anthony Cummings 66

Colin Stephen Quality History

The Colin Stephen Quality is an integral feature of NSW racing, having existed in some format since 1890. Inaugurated then as the AJC Spring Stakes, the race was known by that name for nearly half a century. In 1938, the AJC Spring Stakes was renamed the Colin Stephen Quality in honour of the former chairman of the Australian Jockey Club Sir Colin Stephen, who passed away in 1937.

Upon renaming, the Colin Stephen Quality began to be run under weight for age conditions. It remained at these conditions between 1938 and 1972. The Colin Stephen Quality was known as the AJC Queens Cup in 1976, 1988 and 2006. In 1989 and 1995, the race was known as the AJC The Japan Trophy. For a single year in 1977 it was named the AJC Jubilee Handicap.

During its extensive history there have been multiple notable winners of the Colin Stephen Quality Handicap. Some of the well-recognised Colin Stephen Quality winners include Carbine (1890), Wakeful (1902), Gloaming (1924), Phar Lap (1930, 31), Rogilla (1933, 34), Peter Pan (1935), Russia (1945, 47), Gunsynd (1972), Railings (2005) and countless other star gallopers. The Colin Stephen Quality results since 2000 are provided below.

Colin Stephen Quality Results

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Stampede 2 minutes 29.87 seconds
2nd Master Of Arts
3rd Maurus
2018
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Miss Admiration 2 minutes 29.55 seconds
2nd Shalmaneser
3rd Sin To Win
2017
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Auvray 2 minutes 30.35 seconds
2nd Admiral Jello
3rd Broadside
2016
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Allergic 2 minutes 30.8 seconds
2nd Junoob
3rd Alegria
2015
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Amelie’s Star 2 minutes 30.84 seconds
2nd Bohemian Lily
3rd Reigning
2014
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Deane Martin 2 minutes 29.5 seconds
2nd Iggi Pop
3rd Celtic Prince
2013
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Julienas 2 minutes 30.5 seconds
2nd I’m Imposing
3rd Planet Purple
2012
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Kelinni 2 minutes 30.4 seconds
2nd Julienas
3rd Strawberry Boy
2011
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Lamasery 2 minutes 29.9 seconds
2nd Red Eye Special
3rd Two For Tea
2010
Colin Stephen Quality
1st No Wine No Song 2 minutes 30.4 seconds
2nd Get Up Jude
3rd Legsman
2009
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Mr Clangtastic 2 minutes 29.8 seconds
2nd Bellagio Wynn
3rd Indikator
2008
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Get Up Jude 2 minutes 31.1 seconds
2nd Tangalooma
3rd Fiumicino
2007
Colin Stephen Quality
Race Not Held
2006
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Exinite 2 minutes 28.8 seconds
2nd Scattergun
3rd Activation
2005
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Railings 2 minutes 32.6 seconds
2nd Run Rita Run
3rd Cross Bar
2004
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Don Raphael 2 minutes 29.8 seconds
2nd Dame Mapperley
3rd November Dreaming
2003
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Outlaws 2 minutes 29.2 seconds
2nd Fawaz
3rd Dashing Away
2002
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Red Trinket 2 minutes 30.5 seconds
2nd Prince Hal
3rd National Treasure
2001
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Dress Circle 2 minutes 14.9 seconds
2nd Swiss Echo
3rd Rapida
2000
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Coco Cobanna 2 minutes 31.4 seconds
2nd Dashing Scene
3rd Bias Bay

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