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The Sapphire Stakes is a Group 2 race held at Royal Randwick in April on Day 2 of 'The Championships' during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
2021 Sapphire Stakes Results
- 1st: #6 Fasika
- 2nd: #3 Entriviere
- 3rd: #11 Wandabaa
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The ATC Sapphire Stakes – not to be confused with Melbourne’s Group 3 Blue Sapphire Stakes – is a quality Group 2 race held towards the tail end of the esteemed Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival on Day 2 of ‘The Championships’ at Royal Randwick Racecourse.
Run on the second Saturday of April* the Sapphire Stakes is a 1200m sprint run under set weights plus penalties by a field of fillies and mares. Offering $300,000 in prize money the race is conducted on the same day as four Group 1 autumn features.
*In 2021 the Sapphire Stakes 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.
Punters should not confuse this race with the $500,000 Group 3 Queensland Sapphire Stakes (1600m) held at Eagle Farm on Queensland Oaks Day over the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.
The autumn’s richest race – the Group 1 $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) – headlines the meeting and is joined by the Sydney Cup (3200m), ATC Oaks (2400m), the Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) plus a host of Group 2 and 3 status support races.
Female sprinters may come into the Sapphire Stakes field via an earlier autumn run in the Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m) held at Rosehill in March on Golden Slipper Stakes Day. Held on Day 1 of ‘The Championships’ just a week before the Sapphire Stakes, the Group 3 PJ Bell Stakes (1200m) is another good lead-up.
The Birthday Card Stakes – Sapphire Stakes double was most recently completed by Quilista (2018).
A nice next-up option for Sapphire Stakes graduates could be the Group 3 Hawkesbury Crown (1300m) later in the month, a race the 2016 Sapphire Stakes winner Two Blue finished runner-up in. Fillies and mares may also come back and contest a harder race like the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) over the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival or head to Adelaide for the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m). Secret Agenda (2017) was the last mare to do the Sapphire Stakes – Robert Sangster Stakes double.
The ATC Sapphire Stakes 2021 ran on Saturday April 17, 2021 and was won in a brave first-up effort by Fasika.
|2021 Sapphire Stakes|
|Date:||Saturday April 17, 2021|
|Track:||Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney|
|Conditions:||Fillies & Mares, Set Weights + Penalties|
2021 Sapphire Stakes Results
- 1st: #6 Fasika
- 2nd: #3 Entriviere
- 3rd: #11 Wandabaa
A perfectly-timed ride by jockey Brenton Avdulla saw the Joe Pride-trained Fasika narrowly hold on and deny the late challengers with a first-up win in the 2021 Sapphire Stakes results. Racing for the first time in over six months, Fasika was too good for the fast-finishing favourite Entriviere from New Zealand with Wandabaa in third.
|1||6||FASIKA||Joseph Pride||Brenton Avdulla||9||55kg||$7.50|
|2||3||ENTRIVIERE (NZ)||Jamie Richards||James McDonald||0.2L||14||55.5kg||$3.20F|
|3||11||WANDABAA||Kris Lees||Jason Collett||0.7L||4||54kg||$10|
|4||2||SWEET DEAL||John Thompson||Glen Boss||0.9L||5||55.5kg||$26|
|5||4||FIESTA||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||2L||6||55.5kg (cd 56kg)||$10|
|6||16||AIR TO AIR||Jason Coyle||Robbie Dolan||2.2L||11||54kg||$51|
|7||1||TOFANE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Mark Zahra||2.4L||13||58kg||$8|
|8||14||JEN RULES||Peter & Paul Snowden||Sam Clipperton||2.8L||12||54kg||$41|
|9||12||ADELONG||Brad Widdup||Andrew Adkins||3.2L||7||54kg||$26|
|10||7||SEASONS||Les Bridge||Kerrin McEvoy||3.3L||1||55kg||$8.50|
|11||8||TRICKY GAL||Matthew Smith||Craig Williams||5.1L||8||54kg||$18|
|12||5||CALIFORNIA ZIMBOL||Peter & Paul Snowden||Tommy Berry||5.3L||10||55.5kg||$13|
|13||15||ALISON OF TUFFY||Peter Robl||Ron Stewart||6L||3||54kg||$101|
|14||9||BAVELLA||Lance Noble||Tim Clark||8.4L||2||54kg||$51|
|13||EMANATE||James Cummings||Ms Rachel King||0|
|10||EVALINA||Kris Lees||Jay Ford||0|
2021 Sapphire Stakes Odds
The latest Sapphire Stakes 2021 betting odds on the Randwick Group 2 for fillies and mares this autumn will be available below as soon as released by Ladbrokes.com.au.
2021 Sapphire Stakes Field
The ATC Sapphire Stakes field attracts a class line-up of fillies and mares looking to see out their prep with a lucrative Group 2 win or wind-up for a Group 1 target in Brisbane over the winter.
The official Sapphire Stakes 2021 field and barriers will be published in full below on the Wednesday of race week so stay tuned.
The 2021 Sapphire Stakes field is down to 15 runners after the early withdrawal of Evalina (14) with betting led by Jamie Richards’ flying Kiwi raider Entriviere, the Tavistock mare coming off three straight wins back home including back-to-back Group 3 victories.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Probable Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||7351x3597x||TOFANE (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Mark Zahra||15||58kg||112|
|2||x19941x508||SWEET DEAL||John Thompson||Glen Boss||5||55.5kg||105|
|3||112111||ENTRIVIERE (NZ)||Jamie Richards||James McDonald||16||55.5kg||103|
|4||92x3117x59||FIESTA||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||6||55.5kg||56kg||103|
|5||310x215x14||CALIFORNIA ZIMBOL||Peter & Paul Snowden||Tommy Berry||11||55.5kg||101|
|6||9x1823x86x||FASIKA||Joseph Pride||Brenton Avdulla||10||55kg||104|
|7||64x3300x21||SEASONS||Les Bridge||Kerrin McEvoy||1||55kg||98|
|8||15522×2202||TRICKY GAL||Matthew Smith||Craig Williams||9||54kg||100|
|9||224x3x10x2||BAVELLA||Lance Noble||Tim Clark||2||54kg||98|
|10||6x745753x6||EVALINA||Kris Lees||Jay Ford||14||54kg||96|
|11||2122324×43||WANDABAA||Kris Lees||Jason Collett||4||54kg||94|
|12||2111x6507x||ADELONG||Brad Widdup||Andrew Adkins||8||54kg||91|
|13||72111×3130||EMANATE||James Cummings||Ms Rachel King||7||54kg||89|
|14||34x2396x40||JEN RULES||Peter & Paul Snowden||Sam Clipperton||13||54kg||89|
|15||x86714371x||ALISON OF TUFFY||Peter Robl||Ron Stewart||3||54kg||88|
|16||x2800642x4||AIR TO AIR||Jason Coyle||Robbie Dolan||12||54kg||74|
2021 Sapphire Stakes Nominations
The Sapphire Stakes 2021 nominations are taken on the Monday of race week with the full list of early entries to be published below.
Sapphire Stakes History
First run in 1998 the inaugural Sapphire Stakes was won by What Can I Say. It began as a Listed race run over 1200m. The event gained Group 3 status in 2002 and not long after reached Group 2 status in 2006. Up until 2016 it ran as a Group 2 race before being downgraded back to a Group 3 autumn event for 2017, and then returned to Group 2 status for 2018.
Plenty of quality mares have won the Sapphire Stakes including Court (2009), Atlantic Jewel (2012) and Cosmic Endeavour (2014).
In 2020 White Moss continued her excellent record in the race, the 2018 third placegetter and 2019 champion becoming the second two-time Sapphire Stakes winner in the race’s history.
|Sapphire Stakes Records:|
|Race Record:||1:08.9 set by Atlantic Jewel in 2012|
|Most Successful Jockey:||R.S. Dye claimed three successive Sapphire Stakes with What Can I Say (1998), Little Pattie (1999) and Spinning Hill (2000).|
|Multiple Winners:||Spinning Hill (2000 & 2001), White Moss (2019 & 2020)|
Recent Sapphire Stakes Winners
See below for a full list of Sapphire Stakes winners and results going back to 2000.
|1st||Fasika||1 minute 9.88 seconds|
|1st||White Moss||1 minute 11.81 seconds|
|1st||White Moss||1 minute 9.02 seconds|
|1st||Quilista||1 minute 9.38 seconds|
|1st||Secret Agenda||1 minute 13.2 seconds|
|1st||Two Blue||1 minute 10.8 seconds|
|1st||Avoid Lightning||1 minute 12.12 seconds|
|1st||Cosmic Endeavour||1 minute 10.72 seconds|
|3rd||Belle De Coeur|
|1st||Arinosa||1 minute 10.5 seconds|
|1st||Atlantic Jewel||1 minute 08.9 seconds|
|2nd||Mid Summer Music|
|1st||Hurtle Myrtle||1 minute 10.6 seconds|
|1st||Renaissance||1 minute 10.5 seconds|
|1st||Court||1 minute 10.84 seconds|
|2nd||Belong To Many|
|1st||Belong To Many||1 minute 11.15 seconds|
|1st||Fire Song||1 minute 12.98 seconds|
|1st||Coolroom Candidate||1 minute 10.61 seconds|
|1st||Glamour Puss||1 minute 12.02 seconds|
|1st||Recurring||1 minute 10.47 seconds|
|1st||Fatoon||1 minute 11.43 seconds|
|1st||Fair Embrace||1 minute 9.23 seconds|
|1st||Spinning Hill||1 minute 10.3 seconds|
|1st||Spinning Hill||1 minute 9.79 seconds|