Southern Cross Stakes

The Southern Cross Stakesis a Group 3 sprint held at Royal Randwick on Apollo Stakes Day in February during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

2018 Southern Cross Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Kaepernick
  • 2nd: #3 Dothraki
  • 3rd: #4 Boss Lane

The Southern Cross Stakes is a Group 3 race run at Royal Randwick on Apollo Stakes Day in February during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

The race is open to horses aged three-years-old and over and the open quality handicap is run over a 1200m sprint distance. The event offers $150,000 in prize money and is run on the same day as the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) and the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m), as well as the Group 3 Triscay Stakes (1200m).

Sprinters may come into the Southern Cross Stakes field via an earlier autumn run in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill a fortnight before. Many Southern Cross Stakes graduates will go on to run in the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) at Warwick Farm two weeks later.

Some of the better sprinters may head south for a shot at the Group 1 sprints of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival such as the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Blue Diamond Stakes Day or the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington in March.

Later in Sydney the top horses could shoot for a run in April’s Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick during ‘The Championships’.

The Southern Cross Stakes also provides a nice first-up autumn run for horses eyeing a start in the following month’s Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) on Randwick Guineas Day, a double last completed by Le Romain (2017).

The Southern Cross Stakes 2018 ran on Saturday February 17, 2018 and was won narrowly by the John O’Shea-trained Kaepernick.

2018 Southern Cross Stakes
Date: Saturday February 17, 2018
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 3YO&Up / Open / Qlty Hcp.
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $150,000

2018 Southern Cross Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Kaepernick
  • 2nd: #3 Dothraki
  • 3rd: #4 Boss Lane

Check out the full Southern Cross Stakes 2018 Results & Finishing Order below, the sprint race won by the John O’Shea-trained six-year-old Kaepernick ($7.50) who narrowly held out Dothraki ($6) o his inside while the Ron Quinton-trained roughie Boss Lane ($21) ran on well for third. Hot favourite and Randwick track record holder Deploy ($2.05) meanwhile dropped right out to finish last.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 6 KAEPERNICK John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 7 55.5kg $7.50
2 3 DOTHRAKI Peter & Paul Snowden Joshua Parr 0.2L 4 57.5kg $6
3 4 BOSS LANE Ron Quinton Andrew Adkins 0.6L 6 57kg $21
4 8 OXFORD POET Kim Waugh Tim Clark 1.1L 8 53kg (cd 53.5kg) $9.50
5 5 DUCA VALENTINOIS (IRE) James Cummings Glyn Schofield 1.6L 5 57kg $21
6 1 CLEARLY INNOCENT Kris Lees Jason Collett 2.4L 3 60.5kg $9
7 7 BIG MONEY Rodney Northam Jay Ford 2.9L 1 54kg $31
8 2 DEPLOY Gerald Ryan Tye Angland 4.9L 2 59.5kg $2.05F

2018 Southern Cross Stakes Tips

  • 1st: #2 Deploy
  • 2nd: #4 Boss Lane
  • 3rd: #6 Kaepernick

DEPLOY ($2.80) is the firming and hard-to-beat favourite in Southern Cross Stakes betting drawn well in barrier three, the field down to just eight runners. Gerald Ryan’s five-year-old has a notable weight to overcome first-up (59.5kg) but has good form fresh (4:1-2-1) and is a genuine Randwick specialist (5:3-1-0). Won back-to-back Group races here in the spring, including the Theo Marks Stakes by four lengths over Chris Waller’s dual Group 1 winner Egg Tart, before a very tough run against Redzel in The Everest. Much easier assignment here.

2018 Southern Cross Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Southern Cross Stakes 2018 odds and betting market links courtesy of will be available right here once announced the week of Apollo Stakes Day.

2018 Southern Cross Stakes Field

The Southern Cross Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of usually local Sydney sprinters at the start of their autumn racing campaigns and is released by Racing NSW on the Wednesday before the race.

The official 2018 Southern Cross Stakes Field & Barriers are set for release on Wednesday February 14, 2018 and will be published in full below.

The Southern Cross Stakes 2018 Final Field features nine sprinters including dual Group 2 winner Deploy who is favourite to win his autumn kick-off on way to a possible Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes bid in April. Clearly Innocent carries the 60.5kg top weight but is also being kept safe in betting, while the rails run belongs to roughie hope Big Money.

Read more on the Deploy-led 2018 Southern Cross Stakes Field.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x9113x385x CLEARLY INNOCENT Kris Lees Jason Collett 4 60.5kg 111
2 11x214119x DEPLOY Gerald Ryan Tye Angland 3 59.5kg 109
3 42x326x927 DOTHRAKI Peter & Paul Snowden Joshua Parr 5 57.5kg 105
4 0x7101Dx02 BOSS LANE Ron Quinton Andrew Adkins 7 57kg 104
5 x2012x631x DUCA VALENTINOIS (IRE) James Cummings Glyn Schofield 6 57kg 104
6 5390x160x4 KAEPERNICK John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 8 55.5kg 101
7 42000x376x BIG MONEY Rodney Northam Jay Ford 1 54kg 98
8 7019184×35 OXFORD POET Kim Waugh Tim Clark 9 53kg 96
9 7x3412x429 SUPREME EFFORT Kim Waugh 2 53kg 95

2018 Southern Cross Stakes Nominations

The Southern Cross Stakes nominations are a first look at the possible sprinters to run in the Apollo Stakes Day support act and close on the Monday before race day.

The Southern Cross Stakes 2018 nominations close on Monday February 12, 2018 and will be released below as soon as available.

The official 2018 Southern Cross Stakes Nominations attracted just 10 early entries and are extended until 11am (AEDT) 13/02/2018. Of the current entries standouts include the Gerald Ryan-trained Randwick specialist (5:3-1-0) racing for the first time since his ninth in The Everest results last October and the John O’Shea-trained Kaepernick coming off a lead-up fourth in the Gold Coast’s Magic Millions Sprint from mid-January.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 121x22027x AIDE MEMOIRE (NZ) M 6 Kris Lees 102
2 42000x376x BIG MONEY G 8 Rodney Northam 98
3 0x7101Dx02 BOSS LANE G 7 Ron Quinton 104
4 x9113x385x CLEARLY INNOCENT G 6 Kris Lees 111
5 11x214119x DEPLOY G 5 Gerald Ryan 109
6 42x326x927 DOTHRAKI G 7 Peter & Paul Snowden 105
7 x2012x631x DUCA VALENTINOIS (IRE) G 6 James Cummings 104
8 5390x160x4 KAEPERNICK G 6 John O’Shea 101
9 7019184×35 OXFORD POET G 7 Kim Waugh 96
10 7x3412x429 SUPREME EFFORT G 7 Kim Waugh 95

Southern Cross Stakes History

The Southern Cross Stakes was first run in 1940 and won by Gold Rod. A number of genuine turf sprint stars have added their names to the Southern Cross Stakes winners’ list since then including Gunsynd (1972), Terravista (2014) and the previous year’s Randwick Guineas champ Le Romain (2017).

The race started out as a Principal race, gained Listed status in 1980 and has been run as a Group 3 event since 1989. It has gone by a number of different race names over the years including the Frederick Clissold Handicap, Anniversary Cup and has been known as the Southern Cross Stakes since 2009. The race has also been conducted at a number of Sydney’s racecourses including Canterbury Park and Rosehill Gardens.

Recent Southern Cross Stakes Winners

See below for a full list of Southern Cross Stakes winners and results going back to the year 2000.

Year Place Horse Time
Southern Cross Stakes
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
Southern Cross Stakes
1st Kaepernick 1 minute 10.53 seconds
2nd Dothraki
3rd Boss Lane
Southern Cross Stakes
1st Le Romain 1 minute 10.39 seconds
2nd Big Money
3rd Snippets Land
Southern CrossStakes
1st Big Money 1 minute 9.4 seconds
2nd Decision Time
3rd Rich Enuff
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1st Heart Testa 1 minute 9.6 seconds
2nd Driefontein
3rd Territory
Southern CrossStakes
1st Terravista 1 minute 8.6 seconds
2nd Albrecht
3rd My Destiny
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1st Skytrain 1 minute 13.5 seconds
2nd Streama
3rd Onthelookout
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1st No Evidence Needed 1 minute 10.0 seconds
2nd Neeson
3rd Secret Admirer
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1st Sister Madly 1 minute 8.5 seconds
2nd Pinwheel
3rd Cardinal Virtue
Southern Cross Stakes
1st Kenny’s World 1 minute 11.0 seconds
2nd Dreamscape
3rd Geared Up
Southern CrossStakes
1st Marchinski 1 minute 10.1 seconds
2nd Kenny’s World
3rd Raise
Frederick Clissold Stakes
1st Hoystar 1 minute 10.0 seconds
2nd Friday Creek
3rd Danleigh
Frederick Clissold Stakes
1st The Free Stater 1 minute 8.7 seconds
2nd The Jackal
3rd Century Serb
Frederick Clissold Stakes
1st Collate 1 minute 9.5 seconds
2nd Utzon
3rd Damigos
Frederick Clissold Stakes
1st Cool Front 1 minute 10.2 seconds
2nd Utzon
3rd Patezza
Frederick Clissold Stakes
1st Britt’s Best 1 minute 10.0 seconds
2nd Fiery Venture
3rd Shags
Premier Express Freight Stakes
1st Gordo 1 minute 10.2 seconds
2nd Presently
3rd Salgado
Frederick Clissold Stakes
1st Lord Essex 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Crawl
3rd Dottoressa
Frederick Clissold Stakes
1st Ab Initio 1 minute 9.0 seconds
2nd Strabane
3rd Pittance
Frederick Clissold Stakes
1st Pimpala Prince 1 minute 9.8 seconds
2nd Spying
3rd Iglesia

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