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.

2020 Sweet Embrace Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Hungry Heart
  • 2nd: #2 Stellar Pauline
  • 3rd: #10 Dismissal



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 2020 Sweet Embrace Stakes ran on Saturday February 29, 2020 and was won in an upset by the Chris Waller-trained Hungry Heart. 

Sweet Embrace Stakes 2020
Date: Saturday February 29, 2020
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Set Weights / 2YO Fillies
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2020 Sweet Embrace Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Hungry Heart
  • 2nd: #2 Stellar Pauline
  • 3rd: #10 Dismissal

Chris Waller is in with a shot at his first Golden Slipper win with the trainer’s well-bred Frankel filly Hungry Heart ($9.50) rounding up the field late to score an upset three-quarter length victory over the beaten favourite Stellar Pauline ($2.30) in this year’s 2020 Sweet Embrace Stakes results.

Click here to read more on the impressive Sweet Embrace Stakes 2020 winner Hungry Heart.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 7 HUNGRY HEART Chris Waller James McDonald 7 55.5kg $9.50
2 2 STELLAR PAULINE Peter & Paul Snowden Brenton Avdulla 0.8L 5 55.5kg $2.30F
3 10 DISMISSAL Gary Portelli Ms Rachel King 3.1L 2 55.5kg $41
4 1 BELLA NIPOTINA David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jye McNeil 3.4L 1 55.5kg $11
5 8 HARMONIUM Richard & Michael Freedman Tim Clark 3.6L 4 55.5kg $3.80
6 5 TILIA ROSE Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 5L 3 55.5kg $5.50
7 3 QUEEN KAY Toby & Trent Edmonds Jason Collett 8.3L 6 55.5kg $17
4 SUPREME IDEA Anthony Freedman Ben Melham 0
9 CLOSE TO ME Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 0
6 DUBAI STAR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 0

2020 Sweet Embrace Stakes Odds

The current season’s Sweet Embrace Stakes 2020 betting odds on the fillies heading towards the Golden Slipper Stakes field will be available below as soon as released.

2020 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 2020 Sweet Embrace Stakes field and barriers are set for release by Racing NSW on Wednesday February 26, 2020 and will be published in full below.

The Sweet Embrace Stakes 2020 field is down to nine fillies after the early withdrawal of Anthony Freedman’s last start Lonhro Plate winner Supreme Idea. The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Stellar Pauline is hot favourite tipped to break her maiden status after three second place efforts including behind Away Game in the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic last month.

Click here to read more on the 2020 Sweet Embrace Stakes field led by Stellar Pauline.

Update: Just seven fillies remain in the mix following the scratchings of #4 Supreme Idea (5), #6 Dubai Star (6) and #9 Close To Me (8)

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 42×42 BELLA NIPOTINA David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Jye McNeil 1 55.5kg
2 2×22 STELLAR PAULINE Peter & Paul Snowden Brenton Avdulla 6 55.5kg
3 12 QUEEN KAY Toby & Trent Edmonds Jason Collett 7 55.5kg
4 171 SUPREME IDEA Anthony Freedman Ben Melham 5 55.5kg
5 1x TILIA ROSE Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 3 55.5kg
6 26x DUBAI STAR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 9 55.5kg
7 2 HUNGRY HEART Chris Waller James McDonald 10 55.5kg
8 1 HARMONIUM Richard & Michael Freedman Tim Clark 4 55.5kg
9 50x CLOSE TO ME Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 8 55.5kg
10 84 DISMISSAL Gary Portelli Ms Rachel King 2 55.5kg

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
2020
Sweet Embrace Stakes
1st 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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