Epona Stakes

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



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

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.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
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.

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Epona Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2018
Epona Stakes
1st The Pinnacle 1 minute 58.51 seconds
2nd Domed
3rd Nettoyer
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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