Sweet Embrace Stakes

The Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes is a 1200m sprint for 2YO fillies held on Chipping Norton Stakes Day leading up to the Golden Slipper Stakes.

2021 Sweet Embrace Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Four Moves Ahead
  • 2nd: #1 She's All Class
  • 3rd: #3 Mallory



The Sweet Embrace Stakes is a Group 2 sprint for two-year-old fillies run over 1200m at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Chipping Norton Stakes Day in late February or early March during the autumn.

The Sydney meeting is headlined by the weight-for-age Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) and the recently upgraded Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m) for three-year-old fillies. Chipping Norton Stakes Day also features a number of other Group status support races including the Sweet Embrace Stakes and the colts & geldings equivalent – the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m).

Both the Skyline Stakes and the Sweet Embrace Stakes offer $200,000 in prize money and a ballot exemption to the winner into the Group 1 $3.5 million Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m). The last filly to win the Sweet Embrace Stakes – Golden Slipper double was Crystal Lily (2010).

Fillies may come into the Sweet Embrace Stakes field via other two-year-old autumn races including the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) run at Rosehill the Saturday before or the Group 3 Canonbury Stakes (1100m) also held at Rosehill but in late January.

After the Sweet Embrace Stakes Stakes the two-year-old fillies may have another Golden Slipper Stakes lead-up in the following Saturday’s Group 2 Reisling Stakes (1200m) run at Royal Randwick.

In 2018 the Sweet Embrace Stakes winner Seabrook went on to win the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) later that autumn.

The 2021 Sweet Embrace Stakes ran on Saturday February 27, 2021 and was won by the favourite Four Moves Ahead. 

Sweet Embrace Stakes 2021
Date: Saturday February 27, 2021
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Set Weights / 2YO Fillies
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2021 Sweet Embrace Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Four Moves Ahead
  • 2nd: #1 She’s All Class
  • 3rd: #3 Mallory

The John Sargent-trained four Moves Ahead ($2.70) narrowly saluted for the punters in the 2021 Sweet Embrace Stakes results retaining her undefeated career start ahead of the Golden Slipper this autumn.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 5 FOUR MOVES AHEAD John Sargent Nash Rawiller 7 55.5kg $2.70F
2 1 SHE’S ALL CLASS Chris Waller James McDonald 0.3L 12 55.5kg $4.60
3 3 MALLORY Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Jason Collett 2.3L 11 55.5kg $4.80
4 6 ROBODIRA John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 2.5L 9 55.5kg $18
5 12 CENTRO STORICO Richard Litt Robbie Dolan 2.7L 4 55.5kg $101
6 7 JAMAEA Robert & Luke Price Brock Ryan (a) 3.2L 1 55.5kg $11
7 2 NICE FOR WHAT Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Hugh Bowman 4.6L 6 55.5kg $16
8 8 HI HI HI Gary Portelli Ms Kathy O’Hara 4.9L 2 55.5kg $19
9 14 NORTHULDRA Annabel Neasham Tommy Berry 7.7L 8 55.5kg $17
10 9 MISTAKEN IDENTITY Matthew Smith Glen Boss 9.6L 5 55.5kg $101
11 13 EMERALD BAY Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 18.9L 10 55.5kg $41
12 10 COLLIER BAY Anthony Cummings Andrew Adkins 19.1L 3 55.5kg $101
15 CAP ESTEL Anthony Cummings 0
11 TESTIMONIAL James Cummings Tom Marquand 0
4 SLIDERS James Cummings Ms Rachel King 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Sweet Embrace Stakes Odds

The current season’s Sweet Embrace Stakes 2021 betting odds on the fillies heading towards the Golden Slipper Stakes field will be available below as soon as released.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2021 SWEET EMBRACE STAKES ODDS (Final Field)

2021 Sweet Embrace Stakes Field

Each autumn the Sweet Embrace Stakes field attracts a line-up of promising two-year-old fillies eyeing a run in the Golden Slipper Stakes field in a fortnight’s time.

The official 2021 Sweet Embrace Stakes field and barriers are set for release by Racing NSW on Wednesday February 24, 2021 and will be published in full below.

The Sweet Embrace Stakes 2021 final field features 15 young fillies led by Chris Waller’s $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic third placegetter She’s All Class looking to overcame a wide barrier 14 draw again.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 3×13 SHE’S ALL CLASS Chris Waller James McDonald 14 55.5kg
2 2×4 NICE FOR WHAT Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Hugh Bowman 6 55.5kg
3 2×1 MALLORY Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Jason Collett 12 55.5kg
4 12x SLIDERS James Cummings Ms Rachel King 8 55.5kg
5 1 FOUR MOVES AHEAD John Sargent Nash Rawiller 7 55.5kg
6 1x ROBODIRA John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 10 55.5kg
7 12 JAMAEA Robert & Luke Price Brock Ryan (a) 1 55.5kg
8 16 HI HI HI Gary Portelli Ms Kathy O’Hara 2 55.5kg
9 5×07 MISTAKEN IDENTITY Matthew Smith Glen Boss 5 55.5kg
10 665×3 COLLIER BAY Anthony Cummings Andrew Adkins 3 55.5kg
11 6×3 TESTIMONIAL James Cummings Tom Marquand 13 55.5kg
12 46x CENTRO STORICO Richard Litt Robbie Dolan 4 55.5kg
13 9×2 EMERALD BAY Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 11 55.5kg
14 4 NORTHULDRA Annabel Neasham Tommy Berry 9 55.5kg
15 CAP ESTEL Anthony Cummings 15 55.5kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Sweet Embrace Stakes Nominations

Early nominations for the Sweet Embrace Stakes in 2021 close the Monday of race week and will be updated here once announced.

The 2021 Sweet Embrace Stakes nominations feature 18 two-year-old fillies led by Chris Waller’s She’s All Class who ran third in the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast last month.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 CAP ESTEL F 2 Anthony Cummings
2 46x CENTRO STORICO F 2 Richard Litt
3 665×3 COLLIER BAY F 2 Anthony Cummings
4 9×2 EMERALD BAY F 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
5 1 FOUR MOVES AHEAD F 2 John Sargent
6 16 HI HI HI F 2 Gary Portelli
7 12 JAMAEA F 2 Robert & Luke Price
8 2×1 MALLORY F 2 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou
9 5×07 MISTAKEN IDENTITY F 2 Matthew Smith
10 2×4 NICE FOR WHAT F 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
11 4 NORTHULDRA F 2 Annabel Neasham
12 PEACEFUL AFFAIR F 2 Anthony Cummings
13 1x ROBODIRA F 2 John O’Shea
14 3×13 SHE’S ALL CLASS F 2 Chris Waller
15 12x SLIDERS F 2 James Cummings
16 6×3 TESTIMONIAL F 2 James Cummings
17 11 TILIANAM (NZ) F 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
18 YATSUMI F 2 Peter & Paul Snowden

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Sweet Embrace Stakes History

The Sweet Embrace Stakes is named in honour of the 1967 Golden Slipper Stakes winner Sweet Embrace who scored an upset breaking her maiden status in the classic at odds of 40/1. The race was first run in 1979 as a Listed event. It gained Group 3 status in 1987 before being elevated to its current Group 2 status from 2013 onwards.

The event has taken place at a number of different race tracks around Sydney including Canterbury Park, Rosehill Gardens and Royal Randwick.

Notable Sweet Embrace Stakes winners include subsequent Golden Slipper winners Dark Eclipse (1980), Ha Ha (2001), Crystal Lily (2010) and Seabrook (2018).

Recent Sweet Embrace Stakes Winners

See below for a list of Sweet Embrace Stakes winners and placegetters dating back to 2000.

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Sweet Embrace Stakes
1st Four Moves Ahead 1 minute 10.50 seconds
2nd She’s All Class
3rd Mallory
2020 

Sweet Embrace Stakes 

Hungry Heart 1 minute 9.64 seconds
2nd Stellar Pauline
3rd Dismissal
2019
Sweet Embrace Stakes
1st Anaheed 1 minute 9.72 seconds
2nd Still Single
3rd Let It Pour
2018
Sweet Embrace Stakes
1st Seabrook 1 minute 10.96 seconds
2nd Fiesta
3rd Into The Abyss
2017
Sweet Embrace Stakes
1st One More Honey 1 minute 12.28 seconds
2nd Arctic Angel
3rd Teaspoon
2016
Sweet Embrace Stakes
1st Scarlet Rain 1 minute 9.5 seconds
2nd In The Vanguard
3rd Tale Of Choice
2015
Sweet Embrace Stakes
1st Always Allison 1 minute 10.7 seconds
2nd Speak Fondly
3rd Tibrogargan Miss
2014
Sweet Embrace Stakes
1st Believe Yourself 1 minute 11.2 seconds
2nd Twirl
3rd Tetsuko
2013
Sweet Embrace Stakes
1st Romantic Moon 1 minute 10.0 seconds
2nd Thump
3rd Greytfilly
2012
Sweet Embrace Stakes
1st Jade Marauder 1 minute 11.2 seconds
2nd Valerio
3rd Kyria
2011
Sweet Embrace Stakes
1st Shared Reflections 1 minute 9.5 seconds
2nd Streama
3rd Pane In The Glass
2010
Sweet Embrace Stakes
1st Crystal Lily 1 minute 9.0 seconds
2nd Ambers Waltz
3rd Zutara
2009
Sweet Embrace Stakes
1st Headway 1 minute 11.1 seconds
2nd Lovemelikearock
3rd Horizons
2008
Sweet Embrace Stakes
1st Stripper 1 minute 11.0 seconds
2nd Glowlamp
3rd Samantha Miss
2007
Sweet Embrace Stakes
1st Chinchilla Rose 1 minute 10.1 seconds
2nd Vecchia Roma
3rd Moonboat
2006
Sweet Embrace Stakes
1st Universal Queen 1 minute 11.4 seconds
2nd Tuesday Joy
3rd Pure Energy
2005
Sweet Embrace Stakes
1st Carry On Cutie 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Media
3rd Flion Fenea
2004
Sweet Embrace Stakes
1st Burning Sands 1 minute 11.9 seconds
2nd All Knowledge
3rd Written By Xaar
2003
Sweet Embrace Stakes
1st Legally Bay 1 minute 10.0 seconds
2nd How Funny
3rd Bella Corona
2002
Sweet Embrace Stakes
1st Victory Vein 1 minute 9.9 seconds
2nd Chuckle
3rd Calaway Gal
2001
Sweet Embrace Stakes
1st Ha Ha 1 minute 11.0 seconds
2nd Moonflute
3rd Palais
2000
Sweet Embrace Stakes
1st Dynamic Love 1 minute 11.7 seconds
2nd Tyrolean
3rd Ateates

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