The 2017 Hawkesbury Crown – also known as the Darley Crown – is a Group 3 race for fillies and mares held on Hawkesbury Gold Cup Day in late April during the autumn.
The event is run over 1300m at set weights plus penalties and offers $150,000 in total prize money. It is one of three Group 3 status races on the card along with the Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) and the Hawkesbury Guineas (1400m) for three-year-olds.
There is a host of lead-up races held earlier in the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival for fillies and mares to come into the Hawkesbury Crown field via including the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Randwick a fortnight before. Following the race many mares come back during the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival for a shot at a race such as the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) in May and the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m).
The other key follow-up for horses out of the Hawkesbury Crown is the Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic (1400m) at Scone a fortnight later and in 2016 Press Report ran third in both events.
The Hawkesbury Crown 2017 is set to run on Saturday April 29, 2017.
|Date:||April 29, 2017|
|Race Type:||F&M / SW+P|
2017 Hawkesbury Crown Field
The Hawkesbury Crown field attracts a quality line-up of fillies and mares each autumn and is released by Racing NSW on the Wednesday before the race.
The official 2017 Hawkesbury Darley Crown Field & Barriers will be released below on Wednesday April 26, 2017.
2017 Hawkesbury Crown Nominations
The Hawkesbury Crown 2017 nominations close on Monday April 24, 2017 and will be published in full below as soon as available.
Hawkesbury Crown History
The Hawkesbury Crown is one of the youngest races in New South Wales having first been run in 2010 and won by Serenissima. Since then Aerobatics (2013-14) is the only dual winner and Solicit (2015) is the most well-known of the Hawkesbury Darley Crown winners.
It started out as a Listed race before gaining Group 3 status in 2014. For one year in 2015 it and the other Hawkesbury Gold Cup Day races were held at Rosehill Racecourse. The event has been previously known as the Darley Crown and Godolphin Crown for sponsorship purposes.
Hawkesbury Crown Winners
Below is a full list of Hawkesbury Crown results and winners dating back to the first edition of the race in 2010.
|1st||Nancy||1 minute 15.62 seconds|
|1st||Solicit||1 minute 19.87 seconds|
|1st||Aerobatics||1 minute 16.44 seconds|
|1st||Aerobatics||1 minute 16.95 seconds|
|1st||More Strawberries||1 minute 16.36 seconds|
|1st||Kanzan||1 minute 17.82 seconds|
|1st||Serenissima||1 minute 17.23 seconds|