ATC Spring Stakes

The Newcastle Spring Stakes is a Group 3 event not known simply as the ATC Spring Stakesafter being moved from September (Newcastle) to February (Randwick) as part of Apollo Stakes Day.

2017 Spring Stakes Results

  • 1st: Invincible Gem
  • 2nd: Faraway Town
  • 3rd: Salsonic



The Spring Stakes – formerly the Newcastle Spring Stakes – is a Group 3 event previously run at Newcastle Racecourse in September but now part of Royal Randwick’s Apollo Stakes Day in early-mid February.

Open only to three year olds and run under set weights conditions, the  Spring Stakes is part of an early Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival meeting that is headlined by the $250,000 Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m).

Raced over 1600m, the Spring Stakes serves as a nice lead-up run to some of the tougher autumn races for three-year-olds including the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) at the same track and distance a fortnight later.

The 2017  Spring Stakes ran on Monday February 13, 2017 after the rescheduled Apollo Stakes Day meeting was postponed due to a heatwave.

Spring Stakes
Date: Monday February 13, 2017
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO Set Weights
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $150,000

2017 Spring Stakes Results

View the official 2017 Spring Stakes Results & Finishing Order below – following the link for more on the four length romp home by the filly Invincible Gem.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 13 INVINCIBLE GEM Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 9 54.5kg $3.80F
2 12 FARAWAY TOWN Matthew Smith Tim Clark 3.8L 5 54.5kg $7.50
3 10 SALSONIC Jason Coyle Andrew Adkins (a) 4.2L 4 56.5kg $41
4 7 GAUGUIN (NZ) James Cummings Glyn Schofield 4.1L 2 56.5kg $5.50
5 3 FIRST APPROVAL Peter & Paul Snowden Tye Angland 6.6L 1 56.5kg $4.80
6 9 NEPEAN James Cummings Joshua Parr 7.3L 7 56.5kg $26
7 5 RIGHTEOUS MATE (NZ) Mark Newnham Tommy Berry 8.7L 3 56.5kg $17
8 4 ROYAL NAVY Peter & Paul Snowden Corey Brown 10.1L 8 56.5kg $5
9 1 CAPTAIN DUFFY Bjorn Baker Hugh Bowman 10.7L 10 56.5kg $12
10 8 THE GRANDSON (NZ) John P Thompson Jason Collett 12.7L 6 56.5kg $31
6 ALL IN RHYTHM Amanda Turner & Mauro Poletti Peter Wells 0
2 HENRY THE CREATETH Michael Freedman James Doyle 0
11 SEZANNE Chris Waller Jay Ford 0

2017 ATC Spring Stakes Field

The ATC Spring Stakes field is made up of a good selection of three-year-old autumn milers and is announced the Wednesday before Apollo Stakes Day.

2017 ATC Spring Stakes Nominations

The ATC Spring Stakes nominations are released the Monday of race week and will be published below as soon as available.

Newcastle Spring Stakes History

The Newcastle Spring Stakes was first won by Blazing Devil at its inaugural edition in 1984. Since then, the race has been claimed by a number of handy runners and the event has gradually developed into an important spring staging point for many horses and trainers.

Initially a listed race, the Spring Stakes received an upgrade to Group 3 in 1999 and has retained that status ever since. There is also a Group 3 event called the Spring Stakes that is run by the SAJC, however that is not to be confused with the Newcastle Spring Stakes. The SAJC event was renamed to the David R Coles AM Stakes in 2014.

The Newcastle Spring Stakes was not held in 2007 due to the equine influenza outbreak.

Notable Newcastle Spring Stakes winners include Royal pardon (1988), Shogun Lodge (1999), Universal Prince (2000), Clangalang (2002) and Darci Be Good (2011). Spring Stakes results and winning times since 2000 are listed below.

The race was not run in 2016 and known simply as the Spring Stakes 2017 having been moved to Royal Randwick in February as part of the autumn.

Newcastle Spring Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2018
Spring Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2017
Spring Stakes
1st Invincible Gem 1 minute 36.43 seconds
2nd Faraway Town
3rd Salsonic
2016
Spring Stakes
1st Race Not Run (Schedule change to February)
2nd
3rd
2015
Spring Stakes
1st Devil Hawk 1 minute 37.3 seconds
2nd Tatoosh
3rd Gold Ambition
2014
Spring Stakes
1st Sweynesse 1 minute 38.2 seconds
2nd Pounamu
3rd Monteux
2013
Spring Stakes
1st Savvy Nature 1 minute 36.4 seconds
2nd Wordplay
3rd Happy Clapper
2012
Spring Stakes
1st Proisir 1 minute 35.8 seconds
2nd Trophies
3rd Proverb
2011
Spring Stakes
1st Darci Be Good 1 minute 36.6 seconds
2nd Rekindled Alliance
3rd Ambidexter
2010
Spring Stakes
1st Ilovethiscity 1 minute 37.0 seconds
2nd Giresun
3rd Heartsareforlove
2009
Spring Stakes
1st Lovemelikearock 1 minute 38.9 seconds
2nd Viking Legend
3rd Euphemism
2008
Spring Stakes
1st Sousa 1 minute 37.6 seconds
2nd Rhyno Chaser
3rd Back Off
2007
Spring Stakes
Race Not Held  
2006
Spring Stakes
1st Mearas 1 minute 36.1 seconds
2nd Magic Jet
3rd Teranaba
2005
Spring Stakes
1st Hotel Grand 1 minute 36.3 seconds
2nd Manton
3rd Flora Danica
2004
Spring Stakes
1st Lotteria 1 minute 35.3 seconds
2nd Wenceslas Square
3rd Dane Shadow
2003
Spring Stakes
1st Allgunadoit 1 minute 34.8 seconds
2nd Niello
3rd Danbird
2002
Spring Stakes
1st Clangalang 1 minute 37.7 seconds
2nd Recruiting
3rd Takas
2001
Spring Stakes
1st Magic Albert 1 minute 37.1 seconds
2nd Viscount
3rd Viking Ruler
2000
Spring Stakes
1st Universal Prince 1 minute 35.95 seconds
2nd Phoenix Park
3rd Picholine

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