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.

2021 Sapphire Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Fasika
  • 2nd: #3 Entriviere
  • 3rd: #11 Wandabaa



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
Distance: 1200m
Conditions: Fillies & Mares, Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $300,000
Inaugurated: 1998

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.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
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
   Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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
   Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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.

Year Place Horse Time
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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