Silver Shadow Stakes

The Silver Shadow Stakes is a Group 2 event held at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Winx Stakes Day.

2023 Silver Shadow Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Autumn Ballet
  • 2nd: #11 Estriella
  • 3rd: #5 Kimochi



The Silver Shadow Stakes is a Group 2 event for new season three-year-old fillies held annually during August on Winx Stakes Day, which now hosts the opening Group 1 event of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

Hosted at the prestigious Royal Randwick Racecourse, the Silver Shadow Stakes is one of the major opening events of the carnival for young fillies heading towards a run through the Princess Series of races that culminates with the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) on Epsom Day.

Run under set weights plus penalties conditions, the Silver Shadow Stakes offers $300,000 in total prize money as of 2023 and takes place over 1200m on Winx Stakes Day.

The Silver Shadow Stakes 2023 took place on Saturday August 19, 2023 at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Winx Stakes Day and was won in a narrow upset by the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Flight Stakes-bound Autumn Ballet ($16). 

Silver Shadow Stakes
Date: Saturday August 19, 2023
Track: Royal Randwick
Distance: 1200m
Conditions: 3YO Fillies SWP
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000
Inaugurated: 1980

The Silver Shadow Stakes shares a program with the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) – formerly the Warwick Stakes – and three Group 3 events: the Show County Quality (1200m), the Toy Show Quality (1300m) and the Premier’s Cup (2000m). The Silver Shadow Stakes is named in honour of the 1975 Warwick Stakes winner Silver Shadow.

Often fillies in the Silver Shadow Stakes field are resuming racing for the season. The Silver Shadow Stakes field usually attracts horses that had fairly decent two-year-old campaigns. Most entrants have a decent amount of black-type experience from their two-year-old season running in events including the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) in the autumn.

Fillies that see success in the Silver Shadow Stakes results tend to push on to later races such as the Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) or the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) before stepping up to a mile in the Flight Stakes.

The 2018 Silver Shadow Stakes winner Fiesta ran second in Furious, Tea Rose and Flight Stakes, while the year before Formality completed the Silver Shadow – Furious Stakes double. The following year, Libertini also completed the Silver Shadow – Furious Stakes double before a third in the Tea Rose Stakes. She also went on to run third to the boys in Flemington’s Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes that Melbourne Cup Carnival.

In 2020 Dame Giselle completed the Silver Shadow – Furious – Tea Rose Stakes treble before running fourth in that year’s Flight Stakes results.

Zougotcha (2022) was the last filly to complete the Silver Shadow Stakes – Tea Rose Stakes double.

Zougotcha further franked the Silver Shadow Stakes form also going on to win that year’s Flight Stakes.

The Silver Shadow Stakes 2022 form also produced In Her Secret (2nd) who went on to win the Run To The Rose, finish second in the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes and then salute in Melbourne’s Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington that spring. She would also return to headquarters in the autumn of 2023 and take out the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m).

2023 Silver Shadow Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Autumn Ballet ($16)
  • 2nd: #11 Estriella
  • 3rd: #5 Kimochi

Returning Black Opal Stakes winning filly Autumn Ballet ($16) was impressive late with a narrow first-up win in the 2023 Silver Shadow Stakes results with improvement to come with more distance as she targets the Group 1 Flight Stakes next month over the mile.

Click here to read more on the eye-catching win fresh by Autumn Ballet in the Silver Shadow Stakes 2023.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 4 AUTUMN BALLET Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 3 56kg $16
2 11 ESTRIELLA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Jamie Kah 0.13L 4 55kg $3.90F
3 5 KIMOCHI Gary Portelli Jason Collett 0.18L 10 55kg $5.50
4 15 MUMBAI MUSE Michael Freedman Brett Prebble 1.09L 1 55kg $21
5 9 AMAZONIAN LASS Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Sam Clipperton 1.71L 9 55kg $61
6 12 SUMMER LOVING Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King 1.73L 13 55kg $31
7 3 PLATINUM JUBILEE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1.92L 5 56kg $7
8 14 PRIVATE LEGACY Gregory Hickman Tyler Schiller 2.07L 7 55kg $151
9 10 FRENCH ENDEAVOUR Matthew Smith Dylan Gibbons (a) 2.68L 6 55kg $26
10 8 TAORMINA Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Regan Bayliss 4.07L 2 55kg $14
11 1 LAZZAGO Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 6.42L 12 57kg $41
12 7 ZARDOZI James Cummings Chad Schofield 12.51L 11 55kg $11
13 2 KRISTILLI Annabel Neasham James McDonald 19.32L 8 57kg $4.60
6 INHIBITIONS James Cummings Jean Van Overmeire 0
13 AUGUST BLOOM Peter & Paul Snowden Tom Sherry 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 Silver Shadow Stakes Betting Odds

The top Silver Shadow Stakes 2023 betting odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Dame Giselle ($3.60 in 2020) was the last favourite in Silver Shadow Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

There was an upset in 2022 with subsequent Group 1 Flight Stakes winner Zougotcha taking out the event at Silver Shadow Stakes odds of $13.

Another upset in 2023 saw Autumn Ballet win the race first-up at Silver Shadow Stakes odds of $16 from the Waterhouse/Bott stable.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2023 SILVER SHADOW STAKES ODDS (Final Field)

2023 Silver Shadow Stakes Form

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2023 Silver Shadow Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Silver Shadow Stakes 2023 Tips on the Flight Stakes lead-up this season.

  • To Win: #3 Platinum Jubilee ($5.50 at time of publish) – BET NOW

The Princess Series’ is underway with the Flight Stakes pending on Epsom Day, and to win the opening leg Platinum Jubilee looks at a backable price fresh for the spring. The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Zoustar filly was a bit of a bridesmaid last prep stringing together a trio of placings (including the $2M Magic Millions Classic in January) before her 12th in the Golden Slipper. Group 3 Gimcrack winner previously fresh at this track and gets an easier go of it than the autumn’s top race for juveniles. Winning lead-up trial success and can salute here on way to bigger targets.

2023 Silver Shadow Stakes Field

The official Silver Shadow Stakes 2023 final field and barriers are released by Racing NSW on the Wednesday leading-up to Winx Stakes Day and will be published in full below.

The 2023 Silver Shadow Stakes field features a quality line-up of potential Flight Stakes-bound fillies led in betting by the lightly-raced Annabel Neasham-trained Group 2 Percy Sykes Stakes winning filly from the autumn Kristilli

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 141P8x LAZZAGO Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 14 57kg 88
2 21x KRISTILLI Annabel Neasham James McDonald 10 57kg 84
3 1x2220x PLATINUM JUBILEE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 6 56kg 82
4 15x AUTUMN BALLET Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 3 56kg 78
5 2x13x KIMOCHI Gary Portelli Jason Collett 12 55kg 78
6 412326×3 INHIBITIONS James Cummings Jean Van Overmeire 4 55kg 77
7 111x ZARDOZI James Cummings Chad Schofield 13 55kg 74
8 11 TAORMINA Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Regan Bayliss 2 55kg 71
9 19x AMAZONIAN LASS Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Sam Clipperton 11 55kg 66
10 2×1 FRENCH ENDEAVOUR Matthew Smith Dylan Gibbons (a) 8 55kg 66
11 12 ESTRIELLA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Jamie Kah 5 55kg 64
12 3330×2 SUMMER LOVING Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King 15 55kg
13 443x AUGUST BLOOM Peter & Paul Snowden Tom Sherry 7 55kg
14 242 PRIVATE LEGACY Gregory Hickman Tyler Schiller 9 55kg
15 35x MUMBAI MUSE Michael Freedman Brett Prebble 1 55kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 Silver Shadow Stakes Nominations

The early Silver Shadow Stakes 2023 nominations are taken on the Monday leading-up to the race, the full list of potential runners to be announced below.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 21x KRISTILLI F 3 Annabel Neasham 1 57kg 84
2 1x2220x PLATINUM JUBILEE F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 2 56kg 82
3 52514×98 INFATUATION F 3 Bjorn Baker 3 55kg 71
4 141P8x LAZZAGO F 3 Chris Waller 4 57kg 88
5 3330×2 SUMMER LOVING F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 5 55kg
6 2x13x KIMOCHI F 3 Gary Portelli 6 55kg 78
7 15x AUTUMN BALLET F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 7 56kg 78
8 31x6x CHARM STONE F 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 8 56kg 72
9 111x ZARDOZI F 3 James Cummings 9 55kg 74
10 11 TAORMINA F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 10 55kg 71
11 412326×3 INHIBITIONS F 3 James Cummings 11 55kg 77
12 12 ESTRIELLA F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 12 55kg 64
13 242 PRIVATE LEGACY F 3 Gregory Hickman 13 55kg
14 2×1 FRENCH ENDEAVOUR F 3 Matthew Smith 14 55kg 66
15 443x AUGUST BLOOM F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 15 55kg
16 714 VOS SAVANT F 3 Anthony Cummings 16 55kg 61
17 19x AMAZONIAN LASS F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 17 55kg 66
18 35x MUMBAI MUSE F 3 Michael Freedman 18 55kg
19 46×5 UNTOUCHABLE LEGEND F 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 19 55kg
20 SIOVY DANE F 3 Robert Quinn 20 55kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Silver Shadow Stakes History

The Silver Shadow Stakes was inaugurated in 1980, with Moabite seizing the very first victory. Initially a Group 3 race, the Silver Shadow Stakes was upgraded to Group 2 in 1993. After enjoying more than a decade at the improved status, the race was reduced to Group 3 in 2005. For the 2013 edition, the Silver Shadow Stakes was again upgraded to Group 2, where it has remained since.

With the exception of 1989, the Silver Shadow Stakes has always been raced over 1200m. In 1989 the race distance was reduced to 1160m for one year. The Silver Shadow Stakes has a reputation for changing locations, and has been held variously at Warwick Farm Racecourse, Canterbury Park Racecourse and its current location Royal Randwick Racecourse over the years.

Silver Shadow Stakes Location

Period Location
1980-92 Warwick Farm
1993 Royal Randwick
1994-99 Warwick Farm
2000 Canterbury Park
2001-04 Warwick Farm
2005-06 Royal Randwick
2008 Warwick Farm
2009 Royal Randwick
2010-13 Warwick Farm
2014 – onwards Royal Randwick

Horses that see success in the Silver Shadow Stakes have usually experienced it elsewhere. A solid two -year-old campaign is almost a prerequisite for entry to the Silver Shadow Stakes field, particularly since the grade and prize upgrade in 2014.

Notable winners of the Silver Shadow Stakes include Startling Lass (1988), Angst (1993), Ha Ha (2001), Gold Edition (2006), Samantha Miss (2008), Formality (2017), Fiesta (2018), Dame Giselle (2020), and the latest Silver Shadow – Flight Stakes double winner Zougotcha (2022).

Silver Shadow Stakes results since 2000 are below.

Silver Shadow Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2023
Silver Shadow Stakes
1st Autumn Ballet 1 minute 10.89 seconds
2nd Estriella
3rd Kimochi
2022
Silver Shadow Stakes
1st Zougotcha 1 minute 11.11 seconds
2nd In Secret
3rd North Star Lass
2021
Silver Shadow Stakes
1st Swift Witness 1 minute 10.07 seconds
2nd Latino Blend
3rd Four Moves Ahead
2020
Silver Shadow Stakes
1st Dame Giselle 1 minute 11.22 seconds
2nd Thermosphere
3rd Miss Canada
2019
Silver Shadow Stakes
1st Libertini 1 minute 7.93 seconds
2nd Flit
3rd Let It Pour
2018
Silver Shadow Stakes
1st Fiesta 1 minute 9.1 seconds
2nd Outback Barbie
3rd Futooh
2017
Silver Shadow Stakes
1st Formality 1 minute 8.8 seconds
2nd Alizee
3rd Champagne Cuddles
2016
Silver Shadow Stakes
1st Omei Sword 1 minute 09.6 seconds
2nd Bacarella
3rd Quick Feet
2015
Silver Shadow Stakes
1st Speak Fondly 1 minute 09.4 seconds
2nd Kimberley Star
3rd Lake Geneva
2014
Silver Shadow Stakes
1st Bring Me The Maid 1 minute 12.4 seconds
2nd Memorial
3rd Clover Lane
2013
Silver Shadow Stakes
1st Thump 1 minute 09.7 seconds
2nd Sweet Idea
3rd Montsegur
2012
Silver Shadow Stakes
1st Nechita 1 minute 09.7 seconds
2nd Meidung
3rd Ichihara
2011
Silver Shadow Stakes
1st Pane In The Glass 1 minute 13.4 seconds
2nd Florentina
3rd Streama
2010
Silver Shadow Stakes
1st Parables 1 minute 09.9 seconds
2nd Solar Charged
3rd Chance Bye
2009
Silver Shadow Stakes
1st Deer Valley 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Melito
3rd Hurtle Myrtle
2008
Silver Shadow Stakes
1st Samantha Miss 1 minute 12.4 seconds
2nd Glowlamp
3rd Love And Kisses
2007
Silver Shadow Stakes
1st Race Not Held
2nd
3rd
2006
Silver Shadow Stakes
1st Gold Edition 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Montmelo
3rd Heat Of The Fire
2005
Silver Shadow Stakes
1st Mnemosyne 1 minute 09.6 seconds
2nd Fashions Afield
3rd Paulini
2004
Silver Shadow Stakes
1st Our Sweet Moss 1 minute 10.7 seconds
2nd Wager
3rd Trezevant
2003
Silver Shadow Stakes
1st Regimental Gal 1 minute 12.0 seconds
2nd Legally Bay
3rd Dorky
2002
Silver Shadow Stakes
1st Victory Vein 1 minute 09.9 seconds
2nd Chantelaine
3rd Calaway Gal
2001
Silver Shadow Stakes
1st Ha Ha 1 minute 11.3 seconds
2nd Hosannah
3rd Oomph
2000
Silver Shadow Stakes
1st Ateates 1 minute 09.9 seconds
2nd Dynamic Love
3rd Unworldly

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