2020 Sapphire Stakes Winner Sure Knee Hands Waller a Double

June 27, 2020

2020 Sapphire Stakes Winner Sure Knee Hands Waller a Double

Chris Waller celebrated a feature race double at Doomben on Saturday with his mare Sure Knee winning the 2020 Sapphire Stakes, adding to the stable’s Group 3 Premier’s Cup success with Another Dollar earlier in the day.

Sure Knee. Photo: Steve Hart.

Sure Knee (pictured at Flemington) wins the 2020 Sapphire Stakes for Chris Waller at Doomben. Photo: Steve Hart.

Race 5 saw Waller taker out the meeting’s staying feature in Brisbane with Another Dollar before her stablemate, four-year-old Snitzel mare Sure Knee, came with a late surge to salute in the Group 3 $125,000 Sapphire Stakes (1630m).

Both Waller-trained mares were ridden to victory by jockey Luke Dittman who did a great job on Sure Knee getting her to the outside in the closing stages to storm home in the Sapphire Stakes over the mile.

“It was (a good win). She looked to be in a difficult spot mid-race. Luke did a great job,” Waller’s assistant trainer Paul Shailer said.

“She was really strong late reeling off some strong sectionals.

“It’s good to get a Listed, Black-Type for this filly.”

Scratched from the Civic Stakes at Rosehill in favour of the run in Brisbane, Sure Knee further franked the form out of the Benchmark 94 race over 1300m run at Rosehill on June 13 won by True Detective.

The Kim Waugh-trained Trumbull ran a luckless second in that before atoning with a Civic Stakes victory in Sydney on Saturday, while Sure Knee improved on her sixth placing in that same lead-up to take out the Group 3 in Brisbane.

Relishing the step-up to a mile, Sure Knee sat back in the Sapphire Stakes settled third last in the run as eventual last-past-the-post Shuhood led the way.

Once on the straight, Krone down the outside was finishing strongly before Dittman hooked to the extreme outside on Sure Knee, grabbing the lead inside the final 50m and getting up to win.

The Tony Gollan-trained local Krone was good again holding for second, while the Sapphire Stakes trifecta was rounded out by David Vandyke’s beaten favourite Baccarat Baby.

2020 Sapphire Stakes Results

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 5 SURE KNEE Chris Waller Luke Dittman 10 57kg $9
2 6 KRONE Tony Gollan Brad Stewart 1L 6 57kg $4.80
3 2 BACCARAT BABY David Vandyke Ryan Maloney 1.2L 11 57kg $2.70F
4 11 BAREFOOT Tony & Maddysen Sears James Orman 1.3L 1 57kg $26
5 8 RED STINA Rex Lipp Tegan Harrison 2.8L 9 57kg $31
6 7 STROME Gary Portelli Ms Stephanie Thornton 3.1L 7 57kg $41
7 9 TRICKY GAL Matthew Smith Baylee Nothdurft (a) 4.1L 5 57kg $8
8 3 DELECTATION GIRL (GB) Kris Lees Andrew Mallyon 5.35L 3 57kg $15
9 4 PAINT THE TOWN TWO (NZ) Bevan Laming Sean Cormack 6.1L 12 57kg $41
10 10 MEWSTONE ROCK (NZ) John Symons & Sheila Laxon Larry Cassidy 6.3L 2 57kg $41
11 12 SHUHOOD Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Robbie Fradd 6.4L 4 55kg $9.50
12 1 TELEPLAY Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Michael Cahill 8.15L 8 57kg $18

*Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2021 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Sandown Guineas 2020 Field �...

2020 Zipping Classic Field �...

2020 Zipping Classic Field & Odds Update: Avilius Firming Favourite

Despite a last start failure in the Melbourne Cup the Godolphin-raced Avilius...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Results: Oli...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Results: Oliver Rides Sixth Winner on Personal

Jockey Damien Oliver celebrated his sixth success in the 162nd running of the...

Kennedy Oaks Day Results 2020:...

Kennedy Oaks Day Results 2020: Personal Wins The Oaks

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day continues the racing action of the Melbourne Cup...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day: Fleming...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day: Flemington Scratchings & Track Report

Day 3 of the Melbourne Cup Carnival takes place at Flemington Racecourse...

Horse Racing Today

2021 Stradbroke Handicap Resul...

2021 J.J. Atkins Results: Conv...

2021 J.J. Atkins Results: Converge Scores Third Win for Gai Waterhouse

Saturday turned into a profitable day for punters at Eagle Farm as Gai...

2021 Kingsford-Smith Cup Resul...

2021 Kingsford-Smith Cup Results: Vega One Beats Jonker In Gollan Quinella

Queensland horseman Tony Gollan celebrated a huge result in the...

Queensland Derby 2021 Results:...

Queensland Derby 2021 Results: Waller Runs Quinella With Kukeracha & Senor Toba

Master trainer Chris Waller celebrated his 21st career Group 1 quinella with...

2021 JJ Atkins Next for BRC Si...

2021 JJ Atkins Next for BRC Sires’ Winner Tiger Of Malay

The good run of two-year-olds this season for the Golden Slipper winning...

Race Results

2021 Stradbroke Handicap Results: Tofane Upsets Vega One, Signore Fox Third

2021 J.J. Atkins Results: Converge Scores Third Win for Gai Waterhouse

2021 Kingsford-Smith Cup Results: Vega One Beats Jonker In Gollan Quinella

Queensland Derby 2021 Results: Waller Runs Quinella With Kukeracha & Senor Toba

2021 JJ Atkins Next for BRC Sires’ Winner Tiger Of Malay

Race Previews

2021 Brisbane Cup Field & Betting: Top Three Hard to Split

Stradbroke Handicap 2021 Barriers & Betting Update: Vega One Draws 4

2021 The Q22 Field & Betting: Zaaki Odds-On

Converge Leads 2021 JJ Atkins Field & Odds

Vega One Heads 2021 Stradbroke Handicap Field & Odds

Fields & Form

2021 Brisbane Cup Field & Betting: Top Three Hard to Split

Stradbroke Handicap 2021 Barriers & Betting Update: Vega One Draws 4

2021 The Q22 Field & Betting: Zaaki Odds-On

Converge Leads 2021 JJ Atkins Field & Odds

Vega One Heads 2021 Stradbroke Handicap Field & Odds