Robert Sangster Stakes

The $1 million Robert Sangster Stakes is a Group 1 race for fillies and mares held at Morphettville in South Australia.

2024 Robert Sangster Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Climbing Star
  • 2nd: #13 Learning To Fly
  • 3rd: #4 Benedetta



The Robert Sangster Stakes is one of only four Group 1 races held in South Australia at Morphettville Racecourse as part of the esteemed Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival.

Conducted by the South Australia Jockey Club (SAJC) the other Group 1 races run are the Australasian Oaks (2000m) also held on Robert Sangster Stakes day, The Goodwood (1200m), and the South Australian Derby (2500m).

The Robert Sangster Stakes is the elite fillies and mares event of the carnival and is run under weight-for-age conditions. Raced over a sprint distance of 1200m the event is now worth $1 million in prize money as of 2024.

The contending females may have just contested the Group 3 RN Irwin Stakes (1100m) previous month at the Morphettville track, so keep an eye on the dominant fillies and mares in this other weight-for-age event. Driefontein (2014) was the last mare to do the RN Irwin Stakes – Robert Sangster Stakes double.

As the premier fillies and mares’ race in Adelaide, the event attracts all the best local gallopers and quite often an impressive interstate female will make the trip and claim victory in the Robert Sangster.

The most famous Robert Sangster Stakes winner was the world’s highest-rated mare Black Caviar who took out the 2012 edition in her Adelaide debut.

In 2021 the Robert Sangster Stakes form was franked with the winner Instant Celebrity going on to run second next-up in that year’s The Goodwood results. Platelet (2013) and Black Caviar (2012) both completed the Robert Sangster Stakes – The Goodwood double.

The 2022 Robert Sangster Stakes form was franked with the winner Snapdancer heading to Brisbane for a next-up second in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) before winning the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) in Melbourne that spring.

In 2023 Another Award ran second in both the Robert Sangster and The Goodwood, while Zapateo ran third in both events before heading to Sydney the following autumn to claim the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) in 2024.

The Robert Sangster Stakes 2024 ran on Saturday April 27, 2024 during the Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival and was won in an impressive upset up the inside by the local Phillip Stokes-trained Climbing Star ($26). 

2024 Robert Sangster Stakes
Date: Saturday April 27, 2024
Track: Morphettville Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Conditions: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,000,000
Inaugurated: 1983

2024 Robert Sangster Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Climbing Star ($26)
  • 2nd: #13 Learning To Fly
  • 3rd: #4 Benedetta

Click here to read more on the impressive local upset by the Phillip Stokes-trained Climbing Star in the Robert Sangster Stakes 2024 results.

2024 Robert Sangster Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 7 CLIMBING STAR (NZ) Phillip Stokes Lachlan Neindorf 14 56.5kg $26
2 13 LEARNING TO FLY Annabel Neasham Chad Schofield 0.3L 13 54.5kg $10
3 4 BENEDETTA Jason Warren Daniel Stackhouse 0.4L 1 56.5kg $9
4 2 I AM ME Ciaron Maher Blake Shinn 1.4L 2 56.5kg $5
5 12 ESTRIELLA Ciaron Maher Mark Zahra 2.5L 11 54.5kg (cd 55kg) $2.80F
6 14 STRETAN ANGEL Phillip Stokes Damian Lane 2.9L 10 54.5kg $26
7 11 WALTZ ON BY Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Billy Egan 4.1L 8 56.5kg $26
8 10 SNAPPED Anthony & Sam Freedman Todd Pannell 4.4L 7 56.5kg $81
9 1 ZAPATEO James Cummings Ms Jamie Kah 4.5L 3 56.5kg $8
10 9 WONDERFUL TONIGHT Sam Mynott Craig Williams 5L 12 56.5kg $101
11 3 PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 5.1L 6 56.5kg $9
12 8 LEMPICKA Ken & Kasey Keys Blaike McDougall 6.9L 4 56.5kg $81
13 6 SKEW WIFF (NZ) Mark Walker Michael Dee 6.9L 5 56.5kg $81
14 5 ROOTS Chris Waller James McDonald 8L 9 56.5kg $26

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Robert Sangster Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Robert Sangster Stakes 2024 odds including futures all-in betting on the Adelaide Group 1 autumn race will be available below as soon as markets are out at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Mares traditionally dominate Robert Sangster Stakes betting as since since Rostova in 2010 only three fillies have won with Shoals (2018), Instant Celebrity (2021), and Ruthless Dame (2023).

There were huge $41 Robert Sangster Stakes odds on offer for the upset 2020 champion Bella Vella and more value to be had again in 2022 with Snapdancer winning at $17.

Ruthless Dame also enjoyed an upset at Robert Sangster odds of $14 in 2023.

There was another upset in 2024 with locally-trained mare Climbing Star saluting at Robert Sangster odds of $26.

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2024 Robert Sangster Stakes Form

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2024 Robert Sangster Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our exclusive Robert Sangster Stakes 2024 Tips on the Adelaide Group 1 showdown this May.

  • To Win: #1 Zapateo ($8.50 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Swapping favouritism and siding with Zapateo at a good price. She impressed in her last start victory and there’s no reason to abandon her now. James Cummings’ Brazen Beau mare is primed for a big run, third-up from a spell and brimming with confidence after her narrow win in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m). While the weight difference may have been a factor there, her 1200m record is good. Drawn perfectly in barrier three with the in-form Jamie Kah in the saddle, this is her chance to shine at Morphettville. She’s already shown promise here with two third-place finishes, narrowly missing out in last year’s Robert Sangster and The Goodwood. Look for her to improve and potentially claim victory.

2024 Robert Sangster Stakes Field

The Robert Sangster Stakes field attracts strong locally-trained mares as well as interstate raiders that are starting to dominate the event. South Australian Racing announce the field the Tuesday of race week. The race also offers a SABOIS Breeders Super Bonus for qualified horses.

The official 2024 Robert Sangster Stakes field and barriers are set for release on Tuesday May 23, 2024 and will be published in full below as soon as announced.

The Robert Sangster Stakes 2024 final field is now out featuring a smart line-up of fillies and mares led in betting by the Ciaron Maher-trained three-year-old Estriella out wide in gate 11 looking for her fourth win on the trot.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the 2024 Robert Sangster Stakes field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 3x3506x321 ZAPATEO James Cummings Ms Jamie Kah 3 56.5kg 112
2 17x16122x3 I AM ME Ciaron Maher Blake Shinn 2 56.5kg 110
3 1x4x108x16 PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 6 56.5kg 110
4 3x1134x441 BENEDETTA Jason Warren Daniel Stackhouse 1 56.5kg 108
5 x52x5010x3 ROOTS Chris Waller James McDonald 9 56.5kg 108
6 x21615x007 SKEW WIFF (NZ) Mark Walker Michael Dee 5 56.5kg 104
7 9x29825x12 CLIMBING STAR (NZ) Phillip Stokes Lachlan Neindorf 14 56.5kg 97
8 7x1117x012 LEMPICKA Ken & Kasey Keys Blaike McDougall 4 56.5kg 96
9 1×14243031 WONDERFUL TONIGHT Sam Mynott Craig Williams 12 56.5kg 93
10 353218×014 SNAPPED Anthony & Sam Freedman Todd Pannell 7 56.5kg 92
11 143x645x21 WALTZ ON BY Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Billy Egan 8 56.5kg 91
12 1226×111 ESTRIELLA Ciaron Maher Mark Zahra 11 54.5kg 100
13 111Lx24 LEARNING TO FLY Annabel Neasham Chad Schofield 13 54.5kg 95
14 21x217x42 STRETAN ANGEL Phillip Stokes Damian Lane 10 54.5kg 92

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Robert Sangster Nominations

The Robert Sangster Stakes nominations for the race close the week prior and attract a better class of mares each season attracted to the big prize money on offer as an end-of-autumn run or as a nice lead-up into the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

The 2024 Robert Sangster Stakes nominations close on Thursday the 18th of April, 2024. 

The Robert Sangster Stakes 2024 nominations attracted 18 fillies and mares led in all-in betting by the flying Ciaron Maher-trained filly Estriella who has won her past three on the trot at time of publish.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 x1122x4332 BALLROOM BELLA F 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 90
2 3x1134x441 BENEDETTA M 4 Jason Warren 108
3 1222213×71 BEOUR BAY M 5 Shane Nichols 81
4 9x29825x12 CLIMBING STAR (NZ) M 4 Phillip Stokes 97
5 1226×111 ESTRIELLA F 3 Ciaron Maher 100
6 3x11x415 GUMDROPS F 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 83
7 24221×4268 HYPOTHETICAL M 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 103
8 17x16122x3 I AM ME M 5 Ciaron Maher 110
9 111Lx24 LEARNING TO FLY F 3 Annabel Neasham 95
10 7x1117x012 LEMPICKA M 5 Ken & Kasey Keys 96
11 1x4x108x16 PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE M 5 Grahame Begg 110
12 x52x5010x3 ROOTS M 5 Chris Waller 108
13 1x61548x64 SHESALLSHENANIGANS F 3 Simon Zahra 79
14 x21615x007 SKEW WIFF (NZ) M 4 Mark Walker 104
15 1113×5 SKYBIRD F 3 Mitchell Freedman 87
16 353218×014 SNAPPED M 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 92
17 21x217x42 STRETAN ANGEL F 3 Phillip Stokes 92
18 143x645x21 WALTZ ON BY M 4 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 91
19 1×14243031 WONDERFUL TONIGHT M 5 Sam Mynott 93
20 3x3506x321 ZAPATEO M 5 James Cummings 112

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Robert Sangster Stakes History

The Robert Sangster is one of the younger Australian thoroughbred races, first run in 1983 when Ranee’s Palace claimed victory.

The race distance has remained the same from the inaugural race, but the status and race name have seen a number of changes.

It began as a special race but became a listed race the next year in 1934. Two years later it gained Group 3 status until 2004 when it was installed as a Group 2 event. The following year in 2005 it became a prestigious Group 1 event.

Originally registered and known as the Swettenham Stud Stakes, the race was renamed when it received Group 1 status as the Robert Sangster Stakes in honour of the legendary owner and breeder Robert Sangster who passed away the year before in 2004.

The Robert Sangster Stakes record was set by Dantelah in 1999 with a time of 1:07.9.

Robert Sangster Stakes Recent Winners

Year

Place

Horse

Time

2024
Robert Sangster Stakes
1st Climbing Star 1 minute 9.75 seconds
2nd Learning To Fly
3rd Benedetta
2023
Robert Sangster Stakes
1st Ruthless Dame 1 minute 9.85 seconds
2nd Another Award
3rd Zapateo
2022
Robert Sangster Stakes
1st Snapdancer 1 minute 10.14 seconds
2nd Away Game
3rd September Run
2021
Robert Sangster Stakes
1st Instant Celebrity 1 minute 9.62 seconds
2nd Subpoenaed
3rd Rubisaki
2020
Robert Sangster Stakes
1st Bella Vella 1 minute 11.07 seconds
2nd Lyre
3rd Bam’s On Fire
2019
Robert Sangster Stakes
1st Spright 1 minute 9.28 seconds
2nd Cool Passion
3rd Bella Martini
2018
Robert Sangster Stakes
1st Shoals 1 minute 9.19 seconds
2nd Secret Agenda
3rd Mica Lil
2017
Robert Sangster Stakes
1st Secret Agenda 1 minute 09.15 seconds
2nd Viddora
3rd I Am A Star
2016
Robert Sangster Stakes
1st Precious Gem 1 minute 09.4 seconds
2nd Sheidel
3rd I Love It
2015
Robert Sangster Stakes
1st Miracles Of Life 1 minutes 09.7 seconds
2nd Gregers
3rd I Love It
2014
Robert Sangster Stakes
1st Driefontein 1 minutes 09.2 seconds
2nd Platelet
3rd Gregers
2013
Robert Sangster Stakes
1st Platelet 1 minutes 11.0 seconds
2nd Angelic Light
3rd Yosei
2012
Robert Sangster Stakes
1st Black Caviar 1 minutes 10.6 seconds
2nd Sistine Angel
3rd Power Princess
2011
Robert Sangster Stakes
1st Response 1 minutes 09.0 seconds
2nd Beaded
3rd Miss Octopussy
2010
Robert Sangster Stakes
1st Rostova 1 minute 9.42 seconds
2nd Velocitea
3rd Sister Madly
2009
Robert Sangster Stakes
1st Bel Mer 1 minute 9.5 seconds
2nd Hidden Energy
3rd Impressive Eagle
2008
Robert Sangster Stakes
1st Juste Momente 1 minute 9.7 seconds
2nd Zipanese
3rd Serious Speed
2007
Robert Sangster Stakes
1st Universal Queen 1 minute 8.3 seconds
2nd Media
3rd Flying Object
2006
Robert Sangster Stakes
1st Ellicorsam 1 minute 9.7 seconds
2nd Social Glow
3rd Truly Wicked
2005
Robert Sangster Stakes
1st Alinghi 1 minute 8.7 seconds
2nd Glamour Puss
3rd Solar Antiquity
2004
Robert Sangster Stakes
1st French Bid 1 minute 9 seconds
2nd Fly For Me
3rd Social Glow
2003
Robert Sangster Stakes
1st Our Egyptian Raine 1 minute 8.7 seconds
2nd Brief Embrace
3rd Dama De Noche
2002
Robert Sangster Stakes
1st Suzy Grey 1 minute 13.2 seconds
2nd Regal Kiss
3rd Lady Belvedere
2001
Robert Sangster Stakes
1st Umaline 1 minute 8.1 seconds
2nd Fayrouz
3rd Crixia
2000
Robert Sangster Stakes
1st Rain Dance Lady 1 minute 9.1 seconds
2nd Tapalinga
3rd Daninkling

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