The 2016 Spring Stakes is a Group 3 sprinting event run at the picturesque Morphettville Racecourse in August each year. Since 2014, the Spring Stakes has also been referred to as the David R Coles AM Stakes.
Kicking off the minor Spring Racing Carnival in Adelaide, the Spring Stakes is an exciting weight-for-age sprint raced over 1200m for a total purse of $120,000.
For months after the Spring Stakes there are no races with status higher than listed level, so the Spring Stakes tends to attract a fairly decent local field. While some interstate horses make the trek, it is the local sprinters who really step up to the plate. A good lead up race to observe is the Group 3 RN Irwin Stakes (1100m). Although it is usually held around five months prior to the Spring Stakes, picking a good runner from the Irwin Stakes who can also perform well first-up after a winter spell definitely gives you a punting edge.
The Spring Stakes 2016 will be run on August 6th.
2016 Spring Stakes Field
All details have been finalised and the 2016 Spring Stakes field is published here.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||80×1623515||DAYTONA GREY||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Clare Lindop||10||58.5kg||97|
|2||104x290x94||RIZIZ||Ken Sweeney||Todd Pannell||3||58.5kg||95|
|3||321511246x||TASHBEEH||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Matthew Neilson||12||58.5kg||95|
|4||46x030x389||CONSERVATORIUM||Gary Kennewell||Joe Bowditch||2||58.5kg||93|
|5||607x22360x||GAMBLIN’ GURU||Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas||Jason Holder||9||58.5kg||93|
|6||355×055244||KARACATIS||Richard Jolly||Jake Toeroek||6||58.5kg||87|
|7||4×38202054||SOOBOOG||Darren Weir||John Allen||4||58.5kg||79|
|8||4x423136x1||KARLOVASI||Richard Jolly||Paul Gatt||11||58.5kg||74|
|9||222×123315||IT’S NO JOKE||Grant Kluske||Justin Potter||1||58.5kg||71|
|10||856622333x||ROCKET COMMANDER||Wayne Francis & Glen Kent||Dom Tourneur||7||56.5kg||89|
|11||93×8281111||BEIRUT||Henry Dwyer||Jacob Rule||5||56.5kg||83|
|12||03x4638x11||CAVALOCE||Will Clarken||Ms Jamie Kah||8||56.5kg||82|
Spring Stakes History
Redelva won the inaugural edition of the Spring Stakes in 1988, and then went on to win the race for the next two years. Redelva remains the only horse to seize three straight victories in the Spring Stakes. This compares to Hero Wind, who has also won three Spring Stakes, but not consecutively (1994, 1995, 1997).
There is a Group 3 race held in Newcastle that shares its name with the Morphettville Spring Stakes, although that is a mile event for three year olds run under set weight conditions.
Punters use Spring Stakes results for form guidance during the remainder of the spring in Adelaide. Because major racing tapers off, those quality sprinters who will be staying home for the season tend to seek nomination in the Spring Stakes.
Notable Spring Stakes winners include Black Rouge (1992), Super Elegant (2005), Rebel Raider (2010) and Happy Trails (2012). Spring Stakes results since 2000 are listed below.
Spring Stakes Results
|1st||Beirut||1 minute 13.5 seconds|
|1st||Red Eclipse||1 minute 12.7 seconds|
|1st||Riziz||1 minute 13.2 seconds|
|2nd||Light It Up|
|1st||Just Discreet||1 minute 12.8 seconds|
|1st||Happy Trails||1 minute 11.9 seconds|
|1st||Uxorious||1 minute 13.6 seconds|
|1st||Rebel Raider||1 minute 15.1 seconds|
|1st||Midnight Mustang||1 minute 09.7 seconds|
|1st||El Maze||1 minute 13.2 seconds|
|1st||Zupaone||1 minute 11.8 seconds|
|1st||Royal Ida||1 minute 09.9 seconds|
|1st||Super Elegant||1 minute 09.9 seconds|
|2nd||Fly For Me|
|1st||Sky CUddle||1 minute 11.2 seconds|
|3rd||Zip Zip Aray|
|1st||Squillani||1 minute 11.5 seconds|
|1st||Strategic Image||1 minute 11.1 seconds|
|1st||Flavour||1 minute 16.2 seconds|
|1st||Spice Doll||1 minute 15.2 seconds|