Sapphire Stakes

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.

2024 Sapphire Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Wee Nessy
  • 2nd: #15 Ballroom Bella
  • 3rd: #7 Miss Hellfire



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.

The autumn’s richest race – the Group 1 $5 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) and Zapateo (2023).

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 form of the 2021 Sapphire Stakes was franked with the runner-up Entriviere going on to win the Group 2 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) in Sydney that spring and the New Zealand’s Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) the following January.

The 2022 Sapphire Stakes form was franked with the winner Bella Nipotina returning in the spring to win the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley.

The Sapphire Stakes 2023 winner Zapateo went on to run third in both the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes and Group 1 The Goodwood results in Adelaide at her next two starts. She went on to run well in a host of other events including her Group 1 The Galaxy victory in Sydney in the autumn of 2024.

The ATC Sapphire Stakes 2024 ran on Saturday April 13, 2024 at Royal Randwick as part of Day 2 of The Championships and was won in style by the Mick Price & Michael Kent Jnr-trained Wee Nessy ($4.80). 

2024 Sapphire Stakes
Date: Saturday April 13, 2024
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1200m
Conditions: Fillies & Mares, Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $300,000
Inaugurated: 1998

2024 Sapphire Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Wee Nessy ($4.80)
  • 2nd: #15 Ballroom Bella
  • 3rd: #7 Miss Hellfire
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 WEE NESSY Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Ms Jamie Kah 3 54kg $4.80
2 15 BALLROOM BELLA Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Zac Lloyd (a) 1.16L 14 53kg $21
3 7 MISS HELLFIRE Peter & Paul Snowden Michael Dee 1.74L 7 54kg $17
4 2 C’EST MAGIQUE Grahame Begg Tim Clark 1.8L 8 54kg $9
5 1 RED CARD James Cummings Adam Hyeronimus 2.78L 13 55kg $4.40F
6 4 TASHI Peter & Paul Snowden Tom Sherry 4.19L 10 54kg $4.80
7 12 EVERYONE’S A STAR Marc Chevalier Louis Beuzelin 4.6L 5 54kg $101
8 6 PIPPALI Jason Coyle Tyler Schiller 4.69L 6 54kg $81
9 14 SALTAIRE John O’Shea Craig Williams 4.94L 2 53kg $5
10 8 DALCHINI Lee & Cherie Curtis Jay Ford 5.45L 1 54kg $31
11 11 MISS FABERGE John Sargent Ms Rachel King 6.67L 11 54kg $81
12 9 MIRRA VIEW Peter & Paul Snowden Andrew Adkins 7.27L 9 54kg $81
13 10 RAINBIEL Joseph Pride Tommy Berry 7.7L 4 54kg (cd 54.5kg) $19
14 13 WOLVES Benjamin Smith Dylan Gibbons (a) 9.11L 12 54kg $151
5 MUMBAI MUSE Michael Freedman Tommy Berry 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Sapphire Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Sapphire Stakes 2024 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.

Zapateo ($2.30 in 2023) was the last Sapphire Stakes favourite to win.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2024 SAPPHIRE STAKES ODDS (Final Field)

2024 Sapphire Stakes Form

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2024 Sapphire Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Sapphire Stakes 2024 Tips on the Randwick sprint this April.

  • To Win: #4 Tashi ($6.50 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Open Sapphire Stakes field and Tashi present an attractive value bet based on her current form. Team Snowden’s four-year-old Sebring mare has been remarkably consistent, placing two two in her last six starts and boasting a strong record at Randwick. She’s fresh off a victory at this track and distance two back, followed by a narrow second in the Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes. While this is a step up in class, the form from that race has proven strong, with the winner going on to win the prestigious Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes in a significant upset. Tashi carries a bit more weight this time around, but her ability suggests she can handle it. Look for her to be a contender.

2024 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 2024 field and barriers will be published in full below on the Wednesday of race week so stay tuned.

The 2024 Sapphire Stakes final field features a bumper line-of of sprinting fillies and mares led in betting by the James Cummings-trained Red Card chasing a hat-trick after back-to-back Group 3 Rosehill wins in the lead-up.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 11x1476x11 RED CARD James Cummings Adam Hyeronimus 14 55kg 105
2 x43957x329 C’EST MAGIQUE Grahame Begg Tim Clark 9 54kg 93
3 82224x0x33 WEE NESSY Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Ms Jamie Kah 3 54kg 93
4 23412×1212 TASHI Peter & Paul Snowden Tom Sherry 11 54kg 92
5 5x43911x04 MUMBAI MUSE Michael Freedman Tommy Berry 6 54kg 87
6 0300x6498x PIPPALI Jason Coyle Tyler Schiller 7 54kg 87
7 7122×33126 MISS HELLFIRE Peter & Paul Snowden Michael Dee 8 54kg 85
8 7903x5375x DALCHINI Lee & Cherie Curtis Jay Ford 1 54kg 84
9 514881356x MIRRA VIEW Peter & Paul Snowden Andrew Adkins 10 54kg 83
10 x8264x6348 RAINBIEL Joseph Pride Jason Collett 4 54kg 83
11 20×1521144 MISS FABERGE John Sargent Ms Rachel King 12 54kg 80
12 3×31928311 EVERYONE’S A STAR Marc Chevalier Louis Beuzelin 5 54kg 71
13 49×3249212 WOLVES Benjamin Smith Dylan Gibbons (a) 13 54kg 54kg 66
14 624x7223x3 SALTAIRE John O’Shea Craig Williams 2 53kg 84
15 7x1122x433 BALLROOM BELLA Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Zac Lloyd (a) 15 53kg 53kg 78

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Sapphire Stakes Nominations

The Sapphire Stakes 2024 nominations are taken on the Monday of race week with the full list of early entries to be published below.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 11x1476x11 RED CARD M 4 James Cummings 1 55kg 105
2 92x14821x4 GHAANATI M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 2 54kg 99
3 x27415x078 QUEEN OF THE BALL M 4 Michael Freedman 3 55.5kg 96
4 x43957x329 C’EST MAGIQUE M 4 Grahame Begg 4= 54kg 93
5 82224x0x33 WEE NESSY M 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 4= 54kg 93
6 23412×1212 TASHI M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 6 54kg 92
7 5x43911x04 MUMBAI MUSE F 3 Michael Freedman 7= 54kg 87
8 0300x6498x PIPPALI M 6 Jason Coyle 7= 54kg 87
9 7122×33126 MISS HELLFIRE M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 9 54kg 85
10 7903x5375x DALCHINI M 5 Lee & Cherie Curtis 10= 54kg 84
11 624x7223x3 SALTAIRE F 3 John O’Shea 10= 53kg 84
12 514881356x MIRRA VIEW M 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 12= 54kg 83
13 x8264x6348 RAINBIEL M 6 Joseph Pride 12= 54kg 83
14 20×1521144 MISS FABERGE M 4 John Sargent 14= 54kg 80
15 11x61548x6 SHESALLSHENANIGANS F 3 Simon Zahra 14= 53kg 80
16 7x1122x433 BALLROOM BELLA F 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 16 53kg 78
17 3×31928311 EVERYONE’S A STAR M 4 Marc Chevalier 17 54kg 71
18 49×3249212 WOLVES M 5 Benjamin Smith 18 54kg 66

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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 place-getter 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.

Year Place Horse Time
2024
Sapphire Stakes
1st Wee Nessy 1 minute 9.04 seconds
2nd Ballroom Bella
3rd Miss Hellfire
2023
Sapphire Stakes
1st Zapateo 1 minute 11.28 seconds
2nd Never Talk
3rd Princess Grace
2022
Sapphire Stakes
1st Bella Nipotina 1 minute 14.55 seconds
2nd Tricky Gal
3rd Belluci Babe
2021
Sapphire Stakes
1st Fasika 1 minute 9.88 seconds
2nd Entriviere
3rd Wandabaa
2020
Sapphire Stakes
1st White Moss 1 minute 11.81 seconds
2nd Fasika
3rd Bangkok
2019
Sapphire Stakes
1st White Moss 1 minute 9.02 seconds
2nd Irithea
3rd Winter Bride
2018
Sapphire Stakes
1st Quilista 1 minute 9.38 seconds
2nd Ravi
3rd White Moss
2017
Sapphire Stakes
1st Secret Agenda 1 minute 13.2 seconds
2nd Missrock
3rd Artistry
2016
Sapphire Stakes
1st Two Blue 1 minute 10.8 seconds
2nd Secret Agenda
3rd Brook Road
2015
Sapphire Stakes
1st Avoid Lightning 1 minute 12.12 seconds
2nd Griante
3rd Fine Bubbles
2014
Sapphire Stakes
1st Cosmic Endeavour 1 minute 10.72 seconds
2nd Avoid Lightning
3rd Belle De Coeur
2013
Sapphire Stakes
1st Arinosa 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Miss Stellabelle
3rd Forarainyday
2012
Sapphire Stakes
1st Atlantic Jewel 1 minute 08.9 seconds
2nd Mid Summer Music
3rd Lady’s Angel
2011
Sapphire Stakes
1st Hurtle Myrtle 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Kimillsy
3rd Marquardt
2010
Sapphire Stakes
1st Renaissance 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Beaded
3rd Jersey Lily
2009
Sapphire Stakes
1st Court 1 minute 10.84 seconds
2nd Belong To Many
3rd Cajou
2008
Sapphire Stakes
1st Belong To Many 1 minute 11.15 seconds
2nd Tenant?s Tiara
3rd Fritz?s Princess
2007
Sapphire Stakes
1st Fire Song 1 minute 12.98 seconds
2nd Whoever
3rd Splashing Out
2006
Sapphire Stakes
1st Coolroom Candidate 1 minute 10.61 seconds
2nd Imana
3rd Shalimar Sky
2005
Sapphire Stakes
1st Glamour Puss 1 minute 12.02 seconds
2nd With My
3rd Wild Queen
2004
Sapphire Stakes
1st Recurring 1 minute 10.47 seconds
2nd Fair Embrace
3rd Cataclysm
2003
Sapphire Stakes
1st Fatoon 1 minute 11.43 seconds
2nd Provokes
3rd Miss Helterskelter
2002
Sapphire Stakes
1st Fair Embrace 1 minute 9.23 seconds
2nd Spinning Hill
3rd Hot Riff
2001
Sapphire Stakes
1st Spinning Hill 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Nanny Maroon
3rd Marlina
2000
Sapphire Stakes
1st Spinning Hill 1 minute 9.79 seconds
2nd Snippets? Lass
3rd Heather

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