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.

2022 Sapphire Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Bella Nipotina
  • 2nd: #9 Tricky Gal
  • 3rd: #4 Belluci Babe



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.

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 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 ATC Sapphire Stakes 2022 ran on Saturday April 9, 2022 and was won by Bella Nipotina ($7) for the Maher/Eustace stable. 

2022 Sapphire Stakes
Date: Saturday April 9, 2022
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1200m
Conditions: Fillies & Mares, Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $300,000
Inaugurated: 1998

2022 Sapphire Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Bella Nipotina ($7)
  • 2nd: #9 Tricky Gal
  • 3rd: #4 Belluci Babe
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 BELLA NIPOTINA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace James McDonald 7 55.5kg $7
2 9 TRICKY GAL Matthew Smith Regan Bayliss 0.28L 12 54kg $18
3 4 BELLUCI BABE (NZ) Bjorn Baker Tim Clark 1.01L 3 55kg $3.40F
4 5 WANDABAA Kris Lees Damien Oliver 1.37L 2 55kg $8
5 12 MAJESTIC SHOT Grant Allard Mitchell Bell 3.09L 4 54kg $12
6 7 MARBOOSHA Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 4.3L 11 55kg $16
7 14 MORE SECRETS Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Damien Thornton 4.4L 5 54kg $41
8 10 RUBY TUESDAY Gary Portelli Ms Alysha Collett 4.96L 8 54kg $61
9 3 MINHAAJ John O’Shea Ms Jamie Kah 5.01L 9 55.5kg $9
10 13 NICCI’S FLING Gary Portelli Ms Kathy O’Hara 5.99L 10 54kg $61
11 15 PANDORA BLUE Kristen Buchanan Kerrin McEvoy 9.61L 1 54kg $51
12 8 EMANATE James Cummings Sam Clipperton 12.9L 6 55kg $4.80
1 FOUR MOVES AHEAD John Sargent Nash Rawiller 0
6 FITUESE John Thompson Brenton Avdulla 0
11 JUMP THE BROOM Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes William Pike 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2022 Sapphire Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Sapphire Stakes 2022 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.

2022 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 2022 field and barriers will be published in full below on the Wednesday of race week so stay tuned.

The 2022 Sapphire Stakes final field features a quality line-up of fillies and mares including Belluci Babe coming off back-to-back Group 1 fourths in The Galaxy and TJ Smith Stakes. 

  • Scratched: #6 Fituese (2), #11 Jump The Broom (12)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 44x3516x07 FOUR MOVES AHEAD John Sargent Nash Rawiller 9 56kg 92
2 3121323×58 BELLA NIPOTINA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace James McDonald 8 55.5kg 107
3 9x164x11x0 MINHAAJ John O’Shea Ms Jamie Kah 11 55.5kg 103
4 38×2442144 BELLUCI BABE (NZ) Bjorn Baker Tim Clark 4 55kg 103
5 4x0420x716 WANDABAA Kris Lees Damien Oliver 3 55kg 101
6 55x1256x40 FITUESE John Thompson Brenton Avdulla 2 55kg 100
7 21x377x442 MARBOOSHA Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 14 55kg 98
8 0x6440x421 EMANATE James Cummings Sam Clipperton 7 55kg 97
9 25x27584x2 TRICKY GAL Matthew Smith Regan Bayliss 15 54kg 93
10 45x10412x6 RUBY TUESDAY Gary Portelli Ms Alysha Collett 10 54kg 82
11 1x11x1 JUMP THE BROOM Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes William Pike 12 54kg 80
12 x11421x4x3 MAJESTIC SHOT Grant Allard Mitchell Bell 5 54kg 80
13 421x332x88 NICCI’S FLING Gary Portelli Ms Kathy O’Hara 13 54kg 80
14 11x46x1 MORE SECRETS Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Damien Thornton 6 54kg 72
15 11x8119x54 PANDORA BLUE Kristen Buchanan Kerrin McEvoy 1 54kg 71

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2022 Sapphire Stakes Nominations

The Sapphire Stakes 2022 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 Hcp Rating
1 0x8849567x BAM’S ON FIRE M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 88
2 3121323×58 BELLA NIPOTINA M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 107
3 38×2442144 BELLUCI BABE (NZ) M 5 Bjorn Baker 103
4 0x6440x421 EMANATE M 5 James Cummings 97
5 55x1256x40 FITUESE M 5 John Thompson 100
6 44x3516x07 FOUR MOVES AHEAD F 3 John Sargent 92
7 x211x1821x GRACEFUL GIRL M 4 Danny O’Brien 110
8 1111×68 IT’S ME M 5 Brett Cavanough 94
9 1x11x1 JUMP THE BROOM M 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 80
10 x11421x4x3 MAJESTIC SHOT M 4 Grant Allard 80
11 21x377x442 MARBOOSHA M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 98
12 9x164x11x0 MINHAAJ M 4 John O’Shea 103
13 11x46x1 MORE SECRETS M 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 72
14 218×417523 MOUSE ALMIGHTY M 5 George Dimitropoulos 60
15 118x47000x NAJMATY F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 72
16 421x332x88 NICCI’S FLING M 4 Gary Portelli 80
17 11x8119x54 PANDORA BLUE M 4 Kristen Buchanan 71
18 45x10412x6 RUBY TUESDAY M 5 Gary Portelli 82
19 3x11525x17 SAMOOT (IRE) M 4 Kris Lees 80
20 25x27584x2 TRICKY GAL M 6 Matthew Smith 93
21 4x0420x716 WANDABAA M 5 Kris Lees 101
22 1x169x555x WRITTEN BEAUTY M 4 Chris Waller 93

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
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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