Spring Stakes

The 2017 Spring Stakes is a Group 3 event held at Morphettville Racecourse.



The 2017 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 2017 will be run on August 19th.

Spring Stakes
Date: August 19th
Track: Morphettville
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: WFA
Status: Group Three
Prize Money: $120,000

2017 Spring Stakes Field

All details have been finalised and the 2017 Spring Stakes field is published here.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 169x3x34x2 LANKAN RUPEE Mick Price Craig Newitt 1 58.5kg 112
2 341x17493x CASINO WIZARD Lee Creek Jason Holder 9 58.5kg 100
3 11121612×9 CHOCOLATE HOLIC Darren Weir 11 58.5kg 97
4 x6x211948x LORD ASPEN Mick Huxtable Matthew Neilson 14 58.5kg 97
5 047x49155x SANTA ANA LANE Lee & Anthony Freedman Mark Pegus 13 58.5kg 96
6 351556×524 DAYTONA GREY Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Clare Lindop 7 58.5kg 94
7 14x21795x1 KARLOVASI Richard Jolly Paul Gatt 5 58.5kg 94
8 4233110076 RIZIZ Ken Sweeney Simon Price 6 58.5kg 94
9 11453×4312 MIO DIO Will Clarken Todd Pannell 10 58.5kg 90
10 x122x758x2 LOPE DE CAPIO Wayne Francis & Glen Kent Joe Bowditch 8 58.5kg 89
11 4015443185 SIR CHARLESTON (NZ) Grant Young Victor Wong (a) 3 58.5kg 65
12 1211x1380x RISQUE (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jake Duffy 4 56.5kg 95
13 0270x2766x I AM ZELADY Phillip Stokes Dom Tourneur 2 56.5kg 91
14 x164x3408x HERMOSA BEACH Phillip Stokes Ms Emily Finnegan (a) 12 56.5kg 80

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

Year Place Horse Time
2017
Spring Stakes
1st Mio Dio 1 minute 13.6 seconds
2nd Lord Aspen
3rd Casino Wizard
2016
Spring Stakes
1st Beirut 1 minute 13.5 seconds
2nd Riziz
3rd Rocket Commander
2015
Spring Stakes
1st Red Eclipse 1 minute 12.7 seconds
2nd Whitlam
3rd Richie’s Vibe
2014
Spring Stakes
1st Riziz 1 minute 13.2 seconds
2nd Light It Up
3rd Karacatis
2013
Spring Stakes
1st Just Discreet 1 minute 12.8 seconds
2nd Meliora
3rd Golden Penny
2012
Spring Stakes
1st Happy Trails 1 minute 11.9 seconds
2nd Gossip Girl
3rd Southern Speed
2011
Spring Stakes
1st Uxorious 1 minute 13.6 seconds
2nd Periduki
3rd Valentine Miss
2010
Spring Stakes
1st Rebel Raider 1 minute 15.1 seconds
2nd Xaieta
3rd Likable Will
2009
Spring Stakes
1st Midnight Mustang 1 minute 09.7 seconds
2nd Magical Pearl
3rd Cerberus Gal
2008
Spring Stakes
1st El Maze 1 minute 13.2 seconds
2nd Sensational Toy
3rd Niconero
2007
Spring Stakes
1st Zupaone 1 minute 11.8 seconds
2nd Amyjaye Power
3rd El Maze
2006
Spring Stakes
1st Royal Ida 1 minute 09.9 seconds
2nd Shablec
3rd Bruges
2005
Spring Stakes
1st Super Elegant 1 minute 09.9 seconds
2nd Fly For Me
3rd Squillani
2004
Spring Stakes
1st Sky CUddle 1 minute 11.2 seconds
2nd Squillani
3rd Zip Zip Aray
2003
Spring Stakes
1st Squillani 1 minute 11.5 seconds
2nd Nadema
3rd Lawsons Storm
2002
Spring Stakes
1st Strategic Image 1 minute 11.1 seconds
2nd Romilada
3rd Star Hit
2001
Spring Stakes
1st Flavour 1 minute 16.2 seconds
2nd Spice Doll
3rd Star Hit
2000
Spring Stakes
1st Spice Doll 1 minute 15.2 seconds
2nd Hand Pass
3rd Euclase Pat

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