Arrowfield 3YO Sprint

The Arrowfield 3YO Sprint is a Group 2 race run at Randwick on Day 2 of Sydney's The Championships and is also known as the Royal Sovereign Stakes.

2021 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Results

  • 1st: #1 Wild Ruler
  • 2nd: #9 Isotope
  • 3rd: #2 Prague




The Royal Sovereign Stakes – now known as the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint – is a Group 2 sprint race for three-year-old short-distance specialists. Once again held at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse, having previously had a stint at Warwick Farm Racecourse, in April each year the 1200m race is run under set weights conditions.

Worth $1 million in prize money, the Royal Sovereign Stakes – Arrowfield 3YO Sprint is a key feature for this age of runners each Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

For 2020 the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint race was worth a reduced $500,000 due to the COVID-19 pandemic before being boosted to $1 million in 2021.

The race takes place on the second Saturday of April* on Day 2 of Sydney’s ‘The Championships. The meeting is headlined by four Group 1 races: the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes, the Australian Oaks, the Queen Of The Turf Stakes and the coveted Sydney Cup run over the same two mile distance as the Melbourne Cup.

*In 2021 the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint ran on the third Saturday of April with all race meetings of the autumn in Sydney from Slipper Day onwards postponed a week due to the weather.

The Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2021 ran on Saturday April 17, 2021 and was won by Randwick specialist Wild Ruler. 

2021 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint
Date: Saturday April 17, 2021
Track: Royal Randwick
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 3YO – Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $1,000,000

2021 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Results

  • 1st: #1 Wild Ruler
  • 2nd: #9 Isotope
  • 3rd: #2 Prague

The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Wild Ruler ($6) relished a return to Randwick to make it four-from-four at the track, atoning for his unplaced The Galaxy run at Rosehill with a narrow victory over Isotope ($3.20F) in the 2021 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint results.

Click here to read more on the exciting Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2021 win by Wild Ruler.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 WILD RULER Peter & Paul Snowden James McDonald 10 56.5kg $6
2 9 ISOTOPE Tony Gollan Ryan Maloney 0.1L 3 54.5kg $3.20F
3 2 PRAGUE Annabel Neasham Tom Marquand 0.3L 7 56.5kg $12
4 6 AMISH BOY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Hugh Bowman 2.4L 5 56.5kg $21
5 3 ROCKETING BY David Pfieffer Kerrin McEvoy 2.7L 8 56.5kg $16
6 5 WISDOM OF WATER Annabel Neasham Jason Collett 4.8L 6 56.5kg $20
7 10 DAME GISELLE Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 5L 2 54.5kg $8.50
8 8 SEPTEMBER RUN Chris Waller Craig Williams 5.1L 1 54.5kg $4.80
9 4 AIM Peter & Paul Snowden Mark Zahra 5.3L 4 56.5kg $31
10 7 THE FACE Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou James Innes Jnr 5.5L 9 56.5kg $16

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Odds

The updated Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2021 betting odds across the autumn leading up to The Championships in April will be updated below once announced by Ladbrokes.com.au.

2021 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Field

The Royal Sovereign Stakes – now known as the 2021 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint field will be published below on Tuesday April 13, 2021 as soon as released by Racing NSW.

Ten three-year-olds make-up the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2021 field including ultra-consistent Deep Field filly Isotope, Group 1 runner-up Prague and the upset Inglis Sprint winner Rocketing By returning off a two month break.

Click here to read more on the key chances in the 2021 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 238x113x16 WILD RULER Peter & Paul Snowden James McDonald 10 56.5kg 99
2 6162x48x34 PRAGUE Annabel Neasham Tom Marquand 7 56.5kg 95
3 3x183x111x ROCKETING BY David Pfieffer Kerrin McEvoy 8 56.5kg 95
4 58x647x61x AIM Peter & Paul Snowden Mark Zahra 4 56.5kg 92
5 4x115x08x2 WISDOM OF WATER Annabel Neasham Jason Collett 6 56.5kg 89
6 3x226x8223 AMISH BOY Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Hugh Bowman 5 56.5kg
7 13x2212x THE FACE Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou James Innes Jnr 9 56.5kg 86
8 1x5111x204 SEPTEMBER RUN Chris Waller Craig Williams 1 54.5kg 111
9 120x211Lx1 ISOTOPE Tony Gollan Ryan Maloney 3 54.5kg 98
10 4x1114x493 DAME GISELLE Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 2 54.5kg 96

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint First Acceptances

The official Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2021 First Acceptances closed on Tuesday the 9th of March, 2021 along with all the other first acceptances for The Championships races and will be available below once announced by Racing NSW.

The 2021 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint first acceptances have left 66 young sprinters including September Run for Chris Waller and Tony Gollan’s Deep Field filly Isotope who hasn’t raced since losing her rider in the $2 million Magic Millions Guineas at the Gold Coast in January.

2021 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Nominations

The official 2021 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint nominations – formerly the Royal Sovereign Stakes nominations – will be published below as soon as released in early February around two months out from the race date and will be followed by the first acceptances in early March.

The 2021 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint nominations are now out featuring a bumper 112 hopefuls led in early betting by Coolmore Stud Stakes winning filly September Run who ran a brave second first-up against the older horses in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning in Melbourne.

Royal Sovereign Stakes History

First won by Acamar in 1979, the Royal Sovereign Stakes quickly changed to Group 3 status in 1981. In 1996 the Royal Sovereign Stakes was elevated to be a Group 2 event.

Since its inauguration in 1979, the fastest winning time for the Royal Sovereign Stakes was recorded by Guineas in 1998 with 1 minute 3.66 seconds. The slowest winning time was recorded in 1981 by Trench Digger with 1 minute 15.8 seconds.

The race has been run at Royal Randwick, Warwick Farm Racecourse and for one year it took place at Rosehill Gardens (2013) when Rebel Dane won. Up until 2006 the event was restricted to colts and geldings, but fillies are now also eligible to line-up in the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint field. It was known as the Royal Sovereign Stakes from 1979 – 2013 before changing names to the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint in 2014.

Recent Royal Sovereign Stakes / Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Arrowfield 3YO Sprint
1st Wild Ruler 1 minute 10.12 seconds
2nd Isotope
3rd Prague
2020
Arrowfield 3YO Sprint
1st Splintex 1 minute 12.37 seconds
2nd Flit
3rd Anaheed
2019
Arrowfield 3YO Sprint
1st Classique Legend 1 minute 09.18 seconds
2nd Jonker
3rd Avantage
2018
Arrowfield 3YO Sprint
1st Catchy 1 minute 10.22 seconds
2nd Showtime
3rd I Am Excted
2017
Arrowfield 3YO Sprint
1st Derryn 1 minute 12.6 seconds
2nd Global Glamour
3rd Impending
2016
Arrowfield 3YO Sprint
1st Japonisme 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Counterattack
3rd Takedown
2015
Arrowfield 3YO Sprint
1st Delectation 1 minute 11.7 seconds
2nd Bring Me The Maid
3rd Rekindled Power
2014
Arrowfield 3YO Sprint
1st Sidestep 1 minute 10.2 seconds
2nd Bounding
3rd In Cahoots
2013
Royal Sovereign Stakes
1st Rebel Dane 1 minute 10.8 seconds
2nd Urquidez
3rd Taxmeifyoucan
2012
Royal Sovereign Stakes
1st Hot Schnitzel 1 minute 08.9 seconds
2nd Manawanui
3rd Moment of Change
2011
Royal Sovereign Stakes
1st Master Harry 1 minute 10.2 seconds
2nd Audacious Spirit
3rd Skilled
2010
Royal Sovereign Stakes
1st Shoot Out 1 minute 10.74 seconds
2nd More Than Great
3rd Viking Legend
2009
Royal Sovereign Stakes
1st Youthful Jack 1 minute 11.32 seconds
2nd Over The Wicket
3rd Desuetude
2008
Royal Sovereign Stakes
1st El Cambio 1 minute 10.33 seconds
2nd Kingda Ka
3rd Solo Flyer
2007
Royal Sovereign Stakes
1st Mutawaajid 1 minute 9.58 seconds
2nd Sniper’s Bullet
3rd Mearas
2006
Royal Sovereign Stakes
1st Flying Pegasus 1 minute 10.01 seconds
2nd Racing To Win
3rd De Beers
2005
Royal Sovereign Stakes
1st Dance Hero 1 minute 10.05 seconds
2nd Eremein
3rd Star Cat
2004
Royal Sovereign Stakes
1st Exceed And Excel 1 minute 8.27 seconds
2nd Ambulance
3rd Impaler
2003
Royal Sovereign Stakes
1st Athelnoth 1 minute 10.18 seconds
2nd Planchet
3rd Charlie Bub
2002
Royal Sovereign Stakes
1st Lonhro 1 minute 11.06 seconds
2nd Viking Ruler
3rd Shags
2001
Royal Sovereign Stakes
1st Assertive Lad 1 minute 9.91 seconds
2nd Continum
3rd Century Kid
2000
Royal Sovereign Stakes
1st Hire 1 minute 9.92 seconds
2nd Easy Rocking
3rd Condotti

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