Colin Stephen Quality

The 2016 Colin Stephen Quality is a Group 3 event held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.

Colin Stephen Quality News

2016 Colin Stephen Winner Allergic Considered for Metropolitan

2016 Colin Stephen Winner Allergic Considered for Metropolitan

The Metropolitan next Saturday, October 1, could be on the cards for the John O’Shea-trained Colin Stephen Quality 2016 winner Allergic if there’s give in the ground according to jockey James McDonald. McDonald was pleased with the efforts of the Godolphin-raced gelding at Rosehill Gardens on Golden Pendant Day, but said the favourite didn’t love…

The 2016 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. The 2016 edition is known as the Queen’s Cup.

Raced under quality handicap conditions, the Colin Stephen Quality is worth $125,000 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 Pendant Day alongside five other black type events. These are the Group 2 Golden Pendant (1400m), the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m), the Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m), the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m) and the Listed Reginald Allen Quality (1400m).

The Colin Stephen Quality (Queen’s Cup) winner is exempt from ballot for the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) run over the same distance at Royal Randwick a fortnight later on Epsom Handicap Day. Quite a few horses have taken out the Colin Stephen Quality/The Metropolitan double.

As part of their lead-up to the Colin Stephen Quality, horses might contend the Listed Premier’s Cup (1800m) at the same track three or four weeks prior. The Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m) also provides a decent stepping stone for horses on their way to the Colin Stephen Quality.

The 2016 Colin Stephen Quality will be held on September 24th.

Colin Stephen Quality
Date: September 24th, 2016
Track: Rosehill Gardens
Distance: 2400m
Conditions: 3YO&UP Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $125 000

2016 Colin Stephen Quality Field

The 2016 Queen’s Cup field and barrier draw were released on Wednesday September 21 and features just five final acceptors including early favourite in the Queen’s Cup (Colin Stephen Quality) odds, the John O’Shea-trained Allergic.

See below for the official Queen’s Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw complete with Queen’s Cup betting provided by

2016 Colin Stephen Quality Nominations

The 2016 Queen’s Cup nominations were taken by Racing NSW on Monday September 19 and feature just seven runners including the Chris Waller-trained top weight Junoob.

Check out the full Colin Stephen Quality 2016 nominations below.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x046382353 JUNOOB (GB) G 9 Chris Waller 1 59kg 102
2 61122×6153 ALLERGIC G 5 John O’Shea 2 58kg 100
3 3352342×95 ALEGRIA M 5 John O’Shea 3= 54kg 92
4 46x3269x22 DEE I CEE (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 3= 54kg 92
5 2×52514111 CHAQUINTA (NZ) M 5 Joe Cleary 5 54kg 71
6 x004019456 ZERO TO TEN G 7 Jim Scobie 6 54kg 64
7 1x0x009159 AUTHORITARIAN G 5 Lee & Anthony Freedman 7 54kg 74

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
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2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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1st Amelie’s Star 2 minutes 30.84 seconds
2nd Bohemian Lily
3rd Reigning
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1st Deane Martin 2 minutes 29.5 seconds
2nd Iggi Pop
3rd Celtic Prince
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1st Julienas 2 minutes 30.5 seconds
2nd I’m Imposing
3rd Planet Purple
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1st Kelinni 2 minutes 30.4 seconds
2nd Julienas
3rd Strawberry Boy
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1st Lamasery 2 minutes 29.9 seconds
2nd Red Eye Special
3rd Two For Tea
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1st No Wine No Song 2 minutes 30.4 seconds
2nd Get Up Jude
3rd Legsman
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1st Mr Clangtastic 2 minutes 29.8 seconds
2nd Bellagio Wynn
3rd Indikator
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1st Get Up Jude 2 minutes 31.1 seconds
2nd Tangalooma
3rd Fiumicino
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Race Not Held
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1st Exinite 2 minutes 28.8 seconds
2nd Scattergun
3rd Activation
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1st Railings 2 minutes 32.6 seconds
2nd Run Rita Run
3rd Cross Bar
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1st Don Raphael 2 minutes 29.8 seconds
2nd Dame Mapperley
3rd November Dreaming
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1st Outlaws 2 minutes 29.2 seconds
2nd Fawaz
3rd Dashing Away
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1st Red Trinket 2 minutes 30.5 seconds
2nd Prince Hal
3rd National Treasure
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1st Dress Circle 2 minutes 14.9 seconds
2nd Swiss Echo
3rd Rapida
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1st Coco Cobanna 2 minutes 31.4 seconds
2nd Dashing Scene
3rd Bias Bay