Premiere Stakes

The Premiere Stakes is a Group 2 sprint held at Royal Randwick Racecourse as part of the Epsom Handicap Day line-up and is a nice lead-up into the $15 million The Everest.

2021 Premiere Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Masked Crusader
  • 2nd: #6 Standout
  • 3rd: #8 Embracer



The Premiere Stakes is a Group 2 1200m sprint race held at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse on either the last Saturday in September or the first Saturday in October, traditionally run the day before the NRL Grand Final.

Worth $500,000 in prize money, the weight for age event attracts several horses which have already competed in the weight-for-age Missile Stakes. The Premiere Stakes is held on Epsom Handicap Day and shares a race program with the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m), Group 1 Metropolitan Handicap (2400m) and Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m).

The Premiere Stakes now serves as a nice lead-up race for star sprinters set to return to the track and distance in a fortnight’s time for the $15 million The Everest race.

In 2020 Classique Legend ran second in the Premiere Stakes before winning The Everest, the Premiere Stakes winner Libertini improved on his The Everest eighth to run a subsequent third in Flemington’s Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic that Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The Premiere Stakes winner is also exempt from ballot for the following year’s Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes held at the same track and distance during the autumn in Sydney.

The Premiere Stakes 2021 ran on Saturday October 2, 2021, as part of the bumper Epsom Handicap Day line-up of races, and was won by The Everest-bound favourite Masked Crusader. 

2021 Premiere Stakes
Date: Saturday October 2, 2021
Track: Royal Randwick
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $500,000

2021 Premiere Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Masked Crusader
  • 2nd: #6 Standout
  • 3rd: #8 Embracer

The Hawkes Racing-trained Masked Crusader ($2.50F) was brave coming with a shifting run late to salute for the punters in the 2021 Premiere Stakes results ahead of his shot at the $15 million The Everest race.

Click here to read more on the narrow victory by Masked Crusader in the 2021 Premiere Stakes.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 MASKED CRUSADER Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 2 58.5kg $2.50F
2 6 STANDOUT Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Kerrin McEvoy 0.43L 1 58.5kg $21
3 8 EMBRACER Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Regan Bayliss 1.26L 8 58.5kg $21
4 7 LOST AND RUNNING (NZ) John O’Shea Hugh Bowman 1.44L 6 58.5kg $6.50
5 3 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) Peter & Paul Snowden James McDonald 2.04L 4 58.5kg $11
6 4 JONKER Tony Gollan Nash Rawiller 3.27L 3 58.5kg $11
7 5 ROTHFIRE Robert Heathcote Tim Clark 3.98L 7 58.5kg $3.40
8 9 ADELONG Brad Widdup Glen Boss 4.16L 5 56.5kg $41
2 SPLINTEX Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Premiere Stakes Betting

The latest Premiere Stakes 2021 betting odds and market links on the gun sprinters in the race will be listed below as soon as available, pricing from Ladbrokes.com.au.

Masked Crusader ($2.50 in 2021) was the last favourite in Premiere Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

2021 Premiere Stakes Field

Each spring the Premiere Stakes, now worth half a million in prize money, attracts a star-studded line-up of sprinters. Gallopers may contest the Premiere Stakes field via lead-up runs in races including the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) at Randwick a fortnight earlier or be kicking off their carnival campaigns first-up in the event.

The official Premiere Stakes 2021 field and barrier draw will be released by Racing NSW on the Wednesday of race week and listed in full below once announced.

The 2021 Premiere Stakes field features just eight sprinters engaged in The Everest lead-up led in betting by Masked Crusader already confirmed for the $15 million feature. 

  • Scratched: #2 Splintex (2)

Click here to read more on the key runners in the Premiere Stakes 2021 field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 8x13125x15 MASKED CRUSADER Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 3 58.5kg 114
2 8x40168x41 SPLINTEX Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 2 58.5kg 108
3 1107x4100x I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) Peter & Paul Snowden James McDonald 5 58.5kg 106
4 x121x3x2x7 JONKER Tony Gollan Nash Rawiller 4 58.5kg 106
5 12x11x14x4 ROTHFIRE Robert Heathcote Tim Clark 8 58.5kg 104
6 x5528x00x6 STANDOUT Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Kerrin McEvoy 1 58.5kg 101
7 11x11211x8 LOST AND RUNNING (NZ) John O’Shea Hugh Bowman 7 58.5kg 100
8 x30x177x22 EMBRACER Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Regan Bayliss 9 58.5kg 99
9 7x93311x56 ADELONG Brad Widdup Glen Boss 6 56.5kg 101

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Premiere Stakes Nominations

The early Premiere Stakes nominations for 2021 close the Monday of race week and will be updated below.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 7x93311x56 ADELONG M 6 Brad Widdup 101
2 1107x4100x I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 106
3 x121x3x2x7 JONKER H 6 Tony Gollan 106
4 11x11211x8 LOST AND RUNNING (NZ) G 5 John O’Shea 100
5 8x13125x15 MASKED CRUSADER G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 114
6 x111x5574x ROCKETING BY H 4 Matthew Dunn 94
7 12x11x14x4 ROTHFIRE G 4 Robert Heathcote 104
8 730x15433x SIGNORE FOX H 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 105
9 8x40168x41 SPLINTEX H 5 Mark Newnham 108
10 x5528x00x6 STANDOUT H 5 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 101

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Premiere Stakes History

First won by Outback in 1972, the Premiere Stakes has a history of double winners including Mr. Innocent in 1999-00 and Joanne in 1991-92. Other notable Premiere Stakes winners include Kingston Town (1981), Emancipation (1983) and Terravista (2015). In 2018 Santa Ana Lane set a record time of 1:07.45 winning the Premiere Stakes ahead of a Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic win in Melbourne later that spring.

The Premiere Stakes gained Group 2 status in 1997 and has been run and won at Royal Randwick since 2011.

Premiere Stakes results since 2000, along with winning times, are listed below.

Premiere Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2021 Premiere Stakes 1st Masked Crusader 1 minute 8.33 seconds
2nd Standout
3rd Embracer
2020 Premiere Stakes 1st Libertini 1 minute 7.60 seconds
2nd Classique Legend
3rd Deprive
2019 Premiere Stakes 1st Brutal 1 minute 10.00 seconds
2nd Home Of The Brave
3rd Classique Legend
2018 Premiere Stakes 1st Santa Ana Lane 1 minute 7.45 seconds (R)
2nd Shoals
3rd In Her Time
2017 Premiere Stakes 1st In Her Time 1 minute 8.2 seconds
2nd English
3rd Clearly Innocent
2016 Premiere Stakes 1st Takedown 1 minute 8.2 seconds
2nd Our Boy Malachi
3rd Danish Twist
2015 Premiere Stakes 1st Terravista 1 minute 9.10 seconds
2nd Rebel Dane
3rd That’s A Good Idea
2014 Premiere Stakes 1st Famous Seamus 1 minute 9.86 seconds
2nd Charlie Boy
3rd Wouldn’t It Be Nice
2013 Premiere Stakes 1st Arinosa 1 minute 9.37 seconds
2nd Dystopia
3rd Famous Seamus
2012 Premiere Stakes 1st Red Tracer 1 minute 9.67 seconds
2nd Satin Shoes
3rd Emotional Circus
2011 Premiere Stakes 1st Neeson 1 minute 10.2 seconds
2nd Hurtle Myrtle
3rd Love Conquers All
2010 Premiere Stakes 1st Hot Danish 1 minute 09.87 seconds
2nd Trader
3rd Cardinal Virtue
2009 Premiere Stakes 1st Mentality 1 minute 10.46 seconds
2nd Kroner
3rd Phelan Ready
2008 Premiere Stakes 1st Triple Honour 1 minute 10.13 seconds
2nd Captain Bax
3rd Reigning To Win
2007 Premiere Stakes 1st German Chocolate 1 minute 9.87 seconds
2nd Solo Flyer
3rd Fashions Afield
2006 Premiere Stakes 1st Paratroopers 1 minute 10.29 seconds
2nd Imana
3rd Johan’s Toy
2005 Premiere Stakes 1st Shania Dane 1 minute 8.83 seconds
2nd Dance Hero
3rd Spark Of Life
2004 Premiere Stakes 1st Spark Of Life 1 minute 9.8 seconds
2nd Into The Night
3rd Century Kid
2003 Premiere Stakes 1st Thorn Park 1 minute 9.02 seconds
2nd Patezza
3rd Excellerator
2002 Premiere Stakes 1st Century Kid 1 minute 9.35 seconds
2nd Ancient Song
3rd Shogun Lodge
2001 Premiere Stakes 1st On Type 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Padstow
3rd Century Kid
2000 Premiere Stakes 1st Mr. Innocent 1 minute 8.97 seconds
2nd Celestial Choir
3rd Adam

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