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The Epona Stakes is a Group 3 staying race for fillies and mares run at Rosehill Gardens on Golden Slipper Day in March.

2017 Epona Stakes Results

  • 1st: Consommateur
  • 2nd: Ambience
  • 3rd: Top Of My List



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.

Epona Stakes
Date: March 18,
Track: Rosehill Racecourse
Distance: 1900m
Race Type: SW+P / F&M 3YO&Up
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $150,000

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.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
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
2 x850202x09 AMBIENCE M 4 John O’Shea 2 57kg 99
3 15137×8911 ELLE LOU M 5 Chris Waller 3 56kg 98
4 42x9533x32 ALEGRIA M 5 John O’Shea 4= 54kg 93
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
9 224611×457 SOFIN M 6 Shannon Fry 9 54kg 83
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.

Year Place Horse Time
2018
Epona Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2017
Epona Stakes
1st Consommateur 2 minutes 06.45 seconds
2nd Ambience
3rd Top Of My List
2016
Epona Stakes
1st Vergara 1 minute 56.8 seconds
2nd Heavens Above
3rd Sweet Fire
2015
Epona Stakes
1st Scratchy Bottom 1 minute 57.3 seconds
2nd Rising Romance
3rd Telepathic
2014
Epona Stakes
1st Intimate Moment 2 minutes 7.0 seconds
2nd Any Day Will Do
3rd Epingle
2013
Epona Stakes
1st Aliyana Tilde 1 minute 55.8 seconds
2nd Epingle
3rd Dolly Dolly
2012
Epona Stakes
1st Fibrillation 1 minute 57.6 seconds
2nd Crafty Irna
3rd Once Were Wild
2011
Epona Stakes
1st Galizani 1 minute 57.0 seconds
2nd Vivid Vixen
3rd Vintedge
2010
Epona Stakes
1st Messenger 1 minute 59.8 seconds
2nd Pagan Princess
3rd Jessicabeel
2009
Epona Stakes
1st Divine Rebel 1 minute 58.5 seconds
2nd Prima Nova
3rd Risayla
2008
Epona Stakes
1st Ready To Lift 1 minute 57.69 seconds
2nd My Lady’s Chamber
3rd Reggie
2007
Epona Stakes
1st Safwa 1 minute 55.62 seconds
2nd Grey Stream
3rd Upper Echelon
2006
Epona Stakes
1st Kosi Bay 1 minute 57.78 seconds
2nd Fantasia
3rd Sun Song
2005
Epona Stakes
1st Natural Woman 1 minute 55.06 seconds
2nd Cincinnati Gal
3rd Clevedon
2004
Epona Stakes
1st Great Anna 1 minute 56.55 seconds
2nd Vereza
3rd Thundarosa
2003
Epona Stakes
1st Airlie Bird 1 minute 55.8 seconds
2nd Talista Belle
3rd Honor Babe
2002
Epona Stakes
1st Ilze 1 minute 58.43 seconds
2nd Floridays
3rd Call Me Lily
2001
Epona Stakes
1st Market Price 1 minute 57.85 seconds
2nd Poppett
3rd The Druidess
2000
Epona Stakes
1st Our Erin 2 minutes 00.16 seconds
2nd Eye Spy
3rd Dalquareen

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