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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.
2018 Epona Stakes Results
- 1st: #8 The Pinnacle
- 2nd: #11 Domed
- 3rd: #7 Nettoyer
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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 five Group 1 races: the Golden Slipper Stakes, Ranvet Stakes, The Galaxy, George Ryder Stakes 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 2018 ran at Rosehill Racecourse on Saturday March 24, 2018 . and was won by the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained The Pinnacle (2017).
|2018 Epona Stakes|
|Date:||Saturday March 24, 2018|
|Race Type:||SW+P / F&M 3YO&Up|
2018 Epona Stakes Results & Finishing Order
- 1st: #8 The Pinnacle
- 2nd: #11 Domed
- 3rd: #7 Nettoyer
See below for the full Epona Stakes 2018 Results & Finishing Order, the race won by Team Snowden’s last start Aspiration Quality runner-up The Pinnacle, the So You Think four-year-old appreciating the step-up in distance for a smart one and a quarter-length victory over Domed ($14). Race favourite, the Wendy Roche-trained Nettoyer ran third for the second time on the trot also out of the Aspiration Quality.
|1||8||THE PINNACLE||Peter & Paul Snowden||Christian Reith||–||7||54kg||$9|
|2||11||DOMED||John P Thompson||Craig Williams||1.3L||11||54kg||$14|
|3||7||NETTOYER||Wendy Roche||Kerrin McEvoy||1.5L||8||54kg||$3.70F|
|4||10||CEYLON (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Dwayne Dunn||2.7L||5||54kg||$18|
|5||6||PERFECT RHYME||Ron Leemon||Tim Clark||3.2L||2||54kg||$9.50|
|6||5||OKLAHOMA GIRL||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||3.9L||10||54kg||$17|
|7||2||CONSOMMATEUR (NZ)||Michael Kent||Hugh Bowman||5.4L||1||56kg||$5|
|8||3||KARAVALI (NZ)||Kris Lees||Jason Collett||7.8L||3||56kg||$8|
|9||12||LA COURBETTE (FR)||Matthew Smith||Jay Ford||16.4L||4||54kg||$91|
|10||9||PIONEERING||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||17.6L||9||54kg||$21|
|11||13||ARDANZA||Wendy Roche||Josh Adams||18.4L||12||54kg||$81|
|LR||4||HARLOW GOLD (NZ)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Damian Lane||–||6||54kg||–|
|SB||1||MONTOYA’S SECRET||Leon & Troy Corstens||Luke Currie||–||0||59kg||–|
2018 Epona Stakes Odds & Betting
The updated Epona Stakes 2018 betting odds on the staying fillies & mares racing in the Group 3 this Golden Slipper Day will be available below.
2018 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 2018 Epona Stakes field and barriers are set for release on Wednesday March 21, 2018 and will be published below as soon as available.
The Epona Stakes 2018 Final Field features 13 female gallopers including the progressive Nettoyer who is tipped to handle the predicted Heavy-rated track and improve on her close third in the Aspiration Quality last start. Aspiration Quality winner Karavali is also engaged for the rematch and is effective on rain-affected ground, while Lindsay Park’s 2016 Crown Oaks runner-up Harlow Gold is also a proven wet track performer.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||11x080x939||MONTOYA’S SECRET||Leon & Troy Corstens||Luke Currie||8||59kg||96|
|2||116x5986x5||CONSOMMATEUR (NZ)||Michael Kent||Hugh Bowman||1||56kg||91|
|3||x173314x21||KARAVALI (NZ)||Kris Lees||Jason Collett||3||56kg||86|
|4||340x4687x4||HARLOW GOLD (NZ)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Damian Lane||6||54kg||90|
|5||323x37x877||OKLAHOMA GIRL||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||11||54kg||85|
|6||22x6278x85||PERFECT RHYME||Ron Leemon||Tim Clark||2||54kg||85|
|7||631×743||NETTOYER||Wendy Roche||Kerrin McEvoy||9||54kg||81|
|8||211329×232||THE PINNACLE||Peter & Paul Snowden||Christian Reith||7||54kg||81|
|9||59×8025564||PIONEERING||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||10||54kg||80|
|10||79239×1711||CEYLON (NZ)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Dwayne Dunn||5||54kg||79|
|11||x2115x3321||DOMED||John P Thompson||Craig Williams||12||54kg||71|
|12||11x0230x76||LA COURBETTE (FR)||Matthew Smith||Jay Ford||4||54kg||71|
|13||7x05278x14||ARDANZA||Wendy Roche||Josh Adams||13||54kg||66|
2018 Epona Stakes Nominations
The Epona Stakes 2018 nominations close on the Monday leading-up to Golden Slipper Day and will be announced below as soon as released by Racing NSW.
The official 2018 Epona Stakes Nominations attracted 14 fillies and mares with staying potential including Kris Lees’ last start Aspiration Quality winner over the Randwick mile Karavali and the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained runner-up out of the same race, So You Think four-year-old The Pinnacle.
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||The Pinnacle||1 minute 58.51 seconds|
|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|