Robert Sangster Stakes

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

2020 Robert Sangster Stakes Results

  • 1st: #10 Bella Vella
  • 2nd: #15 Lyre
  • 3rd: #6 Bam's On Fire



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) on the same day as the Robert Sangster, 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 a lucrative $1 million in total prize money. In 2020 the event was worth a reduced $400,000 due to COVID-19.

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.

The Robert Sangster Stakes 2020 ran on Saturday May 2, 2020 and was won in an upset by 40/1 shot Bella Vella. 

2020 Robert Sangster Stakes
Date: Saturday May 2, 2020
Track: Morphettville Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Conditions: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1 million ($400,000 in 2020 due to COVID-19)
Inaugurated: 1983

2020 Robert Sangster Stakes Results

  • 1st: #10 Bella Vella
  • 2nd: #15 Lyre
  • 3rd: #6 Bam’s On Fire

Local horseman Will Clarken celebrated the biggest win of his career with the stable’s $20,000 bargain buy – tried mare Bella Vella – posting a gutsy all-the-way win at $41 odds in the 2020 Robert Sangster Stakes results. She held off a fast-finishing former Blue Diamond champion in Lyre ($11), while Bam’s On Fire ($19) rounded out a juicy trifecta. In fourth at $151 was the race roughie Amberdi, while the beaten favourite Sunlight dropped right out to finish dead last.

Click here to read more on the huge 2020 Robert Sangster Stakes boilover.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 10 BELLA VELLA Will Clarken Todd Pannell 11 56.5kg $41
2 15 LYRE Anthony Freedman Damien Thornton 0.2L 10 55kg $11
3 6 BAM’S ON FIRE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jake Toeroek 2L 5 56.5kg $19
4 11 AMBERDI Sue Jaensch Paul Gatt 2L 6 56.5kg $151
5 16 AWAY GAME Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Dean Holland 2.9L 3 47kg $3.80
6 3 SAVATIANO James Cummings Jason Holder 3.2L 7 56.5kg $7.50
7 2 I AM EXCITED David Pfieffer Dom Tourneur 3.5L 4 56.5kg $13
8 13 STREET ICON Kevin Corstens Ryan Hurdle 3.9L 2 56.5kg $51
9 7 SPANISH WHISPER David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Ethan Brown 4.2L 13 56.5kg $71
10 8 HUMMA HUMMA John McArdle Zac Spain 4.2L 9 56.5kg $31
11 4 MADAM ROUGE Chris Waller Ms Kayla Crowther (a) 4.2L 8 56.5kg $41
12 14 BEAUTIFUL FLYER Mick Kluske Justin Potter 5L 12 56.5kg $201
13 12 EVERYDAY LADY Will Clarken Ms Georgina Cartwright (a) 5.7L 16 56.5kg $201
14 9 EMBRACE ME (NZ) Danny O’Brien John Allen 6.7L 15 56.5kg $21
15 5 TELEPLAY Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Shayne Cahill 6.9L 1 56.5kg $21
16 1 SUNLIGHT Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 7.6L 14 56.5kg $3.20F
18e KENYAN WONDER Ryan Balfour Caitlin Jones (a) 0
17e MYSTERY LOVE Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 0

2020 Robert Sangster Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Robert Sangster Stakes 2020 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.

There were huge $41 Robert Sangster Stakes odds on offer for the upset 2020 champion Bella Vella.

2020 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 2020 Robert Sangster Stakes field and barriers are set for release on Tuesday April 28, 2020 and will be published in full below as soon as announced.

The Robert Sangster Stakes 2020 final field features a capacity line-up of fillies and mares including the early favourite Sunlight drawn wide in barrier 16.

Click here to read more on the Sunlight-led Robert Sangster Stakes field for 2020.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 13x53102x2 SUNLIGHT Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 16 56.5kg 116
2 05x77x5215 I AM EXCITED David Pfieffer Dom Tourneur 5 56.5kg 112
3 x4101x1276 SAVATIANO James Cummings Jason Holder 9 56.5kg 111
4 2x41011x97 MADAM ROUGE Chris Waller TBA 10 56.5kg 105
5 380x6011x3 TELEPLAY Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Shayne Cahill 2 56.5kg 105
6 x332172221 BAM’S ON FIRE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jake Toeroek 6 56.5kg 100
7 x21930x565 SPANISH WHISPER David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Ethan Brown 15 56.5kg 100
8 66x116x502 HUMMA HUMMA John McArdle Zac Spain 11 56.5kg 99
9 x4498x3328 EMBRACE ME (NZ) Danny O’Brien John Allen 17 56.5kg 93
10 1510152×11 BELLA VELLA Will Clarken Todd Pannell 13 56.5kg 93
11 1487124×29 AMBERDI Sue Jaensch Paul Gatt 8 56.5kg 90
12 40x6650x67 EVERYDAY LADY Will Clarken Ms Georgina Cartwright (a) 18 56.5kg 89
13 993×574212 STREET ICON Kevin Corstens Ryan Hurdle 3 56.5kg 87
14 D2225x3130 BEAUTIFUL FLYER Mick Kluske Justin Potter 14 56.5kg 86
15 3x4274x244 LYRE Anthony Freedman Damien Thornton 12 55kg 101
16 4111421 AWAY GAME Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Dean Holland 4 47kg 94
17e 111x30x1 MYSTERY LOVE Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Zac Spain 7 56.5kg 85
18e 3951624215 KENYAN WONDER Ryan Balfour Caitlin Jones (a) 1 56.5kg 74

2020 Robert Sangster Nominations

The Robert Sangster Stakes nominations for the now $1 million 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.

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

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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