The Epona Stakes is a Group 3 race for fillies and mares held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on Golden Slipper Day in March.
Golden Slipper Day is one of the highlights of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival and features four Group 1 races: the Golden Slipper Stakes, Ranvet Stakes, The Galaxy and Rosehill Guineas. There are also a number of key support acts on the card that hold Group status including the Epona Stakes.
Run under set weights plus penalties conditions the Epona Stakes is contested over 1900m by female stayers and offers $150,000 in prize money. Fillies and mares may come into the Epona Stakes field via a number of lead-ups including a tougher run in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) the weekend before or the Group 3 Aspiration Quality (1600m) at the start of the month.
Possible later autumn targets for Epona Stakes graduates including the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) and the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m). In 2016 Heavens Above ran second in both the Epona Stakes and Queen Of The Turf Stakes. Mares looking for longer distance targets may contest the Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) at Royal Randwick on Day 1 of ‘The Championships’ or even the following weekend’s Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m).
The Epona Stakes 2017 ran at Rosehill Racecourse on March 18, 2017.
|Date:||March 18, 2017|
|Race Type:||SW+P / F&M 3YO&Up|
2017 Epona Stakes Results
See below for the full Epona Stakes 2017 Results & Finishing Order – the race won by the Michael Kent-trained Consommateur, while the race favourite Alegria crossed four lengths back in fourth.
|1||10||CONSOMMATEUR (NZ)||Michael Kent||Dwayne Dunn||–||10||54kg||$8.50|
|2||1||AMBIENCE||John O’Shea||William Buick||2.8L||9||57kg||$17|
|3||9||TOP OF MY LIST||Anthony & Edward Cummings||Regan Bayliss||3.2L||11||54kg||$11|
|4||4||ALEGRIA||John O’Shea||Corey Brown||4.3L||6||54kg||$4.80F|
|5||8||SOFIN||Shannon Fry||Tim Clark||8.6L||4||54kg||$17|
|6||7||VANDANCER (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Tommy Berry||8.7L||3||54kg||$5|
|7||2||ELLE LOU||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||14.5L||1||56kg||$5|
|8||6||SONG AND LAUGHTER||Richard Litt||Jason Collett||17.6L||5||54kg||$7.50|
|9||3||GABELLA (FR)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Craig Williams||18.6L||2||55kg||$11|
|10||12||O’REILLY’S ANGEL (NZ)||Bryce Heys||Jay Ford||23.3L||8||54kg||$101|
|11||13||LAMMA HILTON||Anthony & Edward Cummings||Ms Katelyn Mallyon||38L||7||53kg||$71|
|–||11||ROSE’S SONG||Steven O’Brien||Christian Reith||–||0||–||–|
|–||5||HAPPY HANNAH||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||–||0||–||–|
2017 Epona Stakes Odds & Betting
The updated Epona Stakes 2017 betting odds on the staying fillies & mares racing in the Group 3 this Golden Slipper Day will be available below.
2017 Epona Stakes Field
The Epona Stakes field features a smart line-up of fillies and mares either proven at staying distances or testing the waters over more metres during the autumn.
The official 2017 Epona Stakes field and barriers are set for release on Wednesday March 15, 2017 and will be published below as soon as available.
View the 2017 Epona Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw below – the thirteen-starter field shaping-up as an open affair with the likes of the consistent Michael Moroney-trained Vandancer coming off a Group 3 placing over the Randwick mile and the in-form Alegria who was runner-up in the same lead-up early favourites in betting.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weigth||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x850202x09||AMBIENCE||John O’Shea||William Buick||11||57kg||99|
|2||15137×8911||ELLE LOU||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||1||56kg||98|
|3||1x740870x6||GABELLA (FR)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Craig Williams||2||55kg||89|
|4||42x9533x32||ALEGRIA||John O’Shea||Corey Brown||7||54kg||93|
|5||130x6333x6||HAPPY HANNAH||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||4||54kg||93|
|6||480×335234||SONG AND LAUGHTER||Richard Litt||Jason Collett||6||54kg||89|
|7||318×193123||VANDANCER (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Tommy Berry||3||54kg||85|
|8||224611×457||SOFIN||Shannon Fry||Tim Clark||5||54kg||83|
|9||142×218||TOP OF MY LIST||Anthony & Edward Cummings||Regan Bayliss||13||54kg||74|
|10||213×31||CONSOMMATEUR (NZ)||Michael Kent||Dwayne Dunn||12||54kg||68|
|11||70×5892510||ROSE’S SONG||Steven O’Brien||Christian Reith||10||54kg||64|
|12||x424184x13||O’REILLY’S ANGEL (NZ)||Bryce Heys||Jay Ford||9||54kg||61|
|13||2741600×36||LAMMA HILTON||Anthony & Edward Cummings||Ms Katelyn Mallyon||8||53kg||62|
2017 Epona Stakes Nominations
The Epona Stakes 2017 nominations close on Monday March 13, 2017 and will be announced below as soon as released by Racing NSW.
See below for the official 2017 Epona Stakes Nominations led by the likes of former Perth Cup winning mare Real Love and Chris Waller’s Aspirating Quality champion in the mud last start Elle Lou.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x27156x555||REAL LOVE||M||6||Darren Weir||1||57kg||106|
|3||15137×8911||ELLE LOU||M||5||Chris Waller||3||56kg||98|
|5||130x6333x6||HAPPY HANNAH||M||4||Peter & Paul Snowden||4=||54kg||93|
|6||1x740870x6||GABELLA (FR)||M||7||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||6=||55kg||89|
|7||480×335234||SONG AND LAUGHTER||M||7||Richard Litt||6=||54kg||89|
|8||318×193123||VANDANCER (NZ)||M||4||Michael Moroney||8||54kg||85|
|10||142×218||TOP OF MY LIST||M||4||Anthony & Edward Cummings||10||54kg||74|
|11||5141115×30||CHAQUINTA (NZ)||M||5||Joe Cleary||11||54kg||71|
|12||213×31||CONSOMMATEUR (NZ)||M||4||Michael Kent||12||54kg||68|
|13||70×5892510||ROSE’S SONG||M||7||Steven O’Brien||13||54kg||64|
|14||2741600×36||LAMMA HILTON||F||3||Anthony & Edward Cummings||14||53kg||62|
|15||x424184x13||O’REILLY’S ANGEL (NZ)||M||4||Bryce Heys||15||54kg||61|
Epona Stakes History
The Epona Stakes was first run in 1998 and won by Burning Embers. Since then some nice types have taken out the race including Fibrillation (2012) and Scratchy Bottom (2015). It only gained black-type status in 2001 as a Listed race before a Group 3 upgrade in 2012. The race is named after Celtic-Roman god Epona known as the protector of horses.
Known by a number of different names over the years the Epona Stakes has run as the Epona Mares Quality Plate, De Bortoli Wines Stakes and Percy Sykes Tribute Stakes in recent years. From 2000 – 2002 the race took place at Canterbury Park and from 1998 – 1999 it was contested over 2000m instead of the current 1900m distance.
Recent Epona Stakes Winners
See below for the full Epona Stakes results and winners going back to the year 2000.
|1st||Consommateur||2 minutes 06.45 seconds|
|3rd||Top Of My List|
|1st||Vergara||1 minute 56.8 seconds|
|1st||Scratchy Bottom||1 minute 57.3 seconds|
|1st||Intimate Moment||2 minutes 7.0 seconds|
|2nd||Any Day Will Do|
|1st||Aliyana Tilde||1 minute 55.8 seconds|
|1st||Fibrillation||1 minute 57.6 seconds|
|3rd||Once Were Wild|
|1st||Galizani||1 minute 57.0 seconds|
|1st||Messenger||1 minute 59.8 seconds|
|1st||Divine Rebel||1 minute 58.5 seconds|
|1st||Ready To Lift||1 minute 57.69 seconds|
|2nd||My Lady’s Chamber|
|1st||Safwa||1 minute 55.62 seconds|
|1st||Kosi Bay||1 minute 57.78 seconds|
|1st||Natural Woman||1 minute 55.06 seconds|
|1st||Great Anna||1 minute 56.55 seconds|
|1st||Airlie Bird||1 minute 55.8 seconds|
|1st||Ilze||1 minute 58.43 seconds|
|3rd||Call Me Lily|
|1st||Market Price||1 minute 57.85 seconds|
|1st||Our Erin||2 minutes 00.16 seconds|