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.
|Date:||Monday February 13, 2017|
|Track:||Royal Randwick Racecourse|
|Race Type:||3YO Set Weights|
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.
|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
|1st||Invincible Gem||1 minute 36.43 seconds|
|1st||Race Not Run (Schedule change to February)||–|
|1st||Devil Hawk||1 minute 37.3 seconds|
|1st||Sweynesse||1 minute 38.2 seconds|
|1st||Savvy Nature||1 minute 36.4 seconds|
|1st||Proisir||1 minute 35.8 seconds|
|1st||Darci Be Good||1 minute 36.6 seconds|
|1st||Ilovethiscity||1 minute 37.0 seconds|
|1st||Lovemelikearock||1 minute 38.9 seconds|
|1st||Sousa||1 minute 37.6 seconds|
|Race Not Held|
|1st||Mearas||1 minute 36.1 seconds|
|1st||Hotel Grand||1 minute 36.3 seconds|
|1st||Lotteria||1 minute 35.3 seconds|
|1st||Allgunadoit||1 minute 34.8 seconds|
|1st||Clangalang||1 minute 37.7 seconds|
|1st||Magic Albert||1 minute 37.1 seconds|
|1st||Universal Prince||1 minute 35.95 seconds|