Blue Sapphire Stakes

The Blue Sapphire Stakes is a 1200m event held at Caulfield Racecourse for 3YO sprinters run on the Wednesday before Caulfield Cup Day each October as part of Thousand Guineas Day.

2021 Blue Sapphire Stakes Results

  • 1st: #9 Extreme Warrior
  • 2nd: #1 Profieteer
  • 3rd: #8 Minsk Moment



The Blue Sapphire Stakes is a lucrative Group 3 race for three-year-olds run on a Wednesday in mid-October, three days before the Caulfield Cup.

The meeting is now headlined by the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m), moved in 2021 from the previous Saturday’s Caulfield Guineas Day card.

Part of the three day Caulfield Cup Carnival, the Blue Sapphire Stakes is a relatively new race that has recently had its prize money reduced to $200,000. Raced over 1200m, the Blue Sapphire Stakes is restricted to three year olds and is run under set weights conditions, upgraded from a Listed event to Group 3 status.

The three day Caulfield Cup Carnival features a host of massive events, with the Blue Sapphire Stakes falling on the Wednesday in the middle. The first day of the Caulfield Cup Carnival is the Caulfield Guineas Day that features four Group 1 events, and the third day, held on Saturday after Blue Sapphire Stakes Day, is the renowned Caulfield Cup Day.

Along with the Thousand Guineas, the Blue Sapphire Stakes shares a race program with two other spring features including the Group 3 Ladies Day Vase (1600m) and the Group 3 Coongy Cup (2000m) offering a ballot exemption into the Caulfield Cup field seven days later.

The Blue Sapphire Stakes has grown in stature to overcome the Ladies Day Vase as the feature event at the midweek meeting. It is rapidly becoming an important three year old feature.

The Blue Sapphire Stakes can act as a good lead up to feature events such as the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) run at Flemington during the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Flying Artie (2016) was the last horse to do the Blue Sapphire Stakes – Coolmore Stud Stakes double.

The Golden Rose Stakes, held at Sydney towards the beginning of the Spring Racing Carnival, often features a few horses that later contest the Blue Sapphire Stakes including in 2017 when the Blue Sapphire Stakes winning filly Formality atoned for her lead-up 11th in the Golden Rose. In 2018 the autumn’s Blue Diamond Stakes winner Written By won the Blue Sapphire Stakes before a fourth in the Coolmore Stud Stakes.

The Blue Sapphire Stakes 2021 ran on Wednesday October 13, 2021 as part of Thousand Guineas Day at Caulfield and was won in dominant fashion by the Coolmore Stud Stakes-bound Extreme Warrior.

2021 Blue Sapphire Stakes
Date: Wednesday October 13, 2021
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 3YOs Set Weights
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2021Blue Sapphire Stakes Results

  • 1st: #9 Extreme Warrior ($4.80)
  • 2nd: #1 Profiteer
  • 3rd: #8 Minsk Moment

Extreme Choice colt Extreme Warrior ($4.80) is new favourite for the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes after a nearly four-length demolition job over the beaten favourite Profiteer in Wednesday’s Blue Sapphire Stakes 2021 results at Caulfield.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 9 EXTREME WARRIOR Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Zac Spain 4 57kg $4.80
2 1 PROFITEER Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jye McNeil 3.75L 2 57kg $3.20F
3 8 MINSK MOMENT Chris Waller Brett Prebble 7L 8 57kg $3.80
4 3 SCISSOR STEP Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 7.5L 9 57kg $11
5 11 GROWL Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Linda Meech 7.6L 6 57kg $18
6 12 CARDINAL GEM Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 8.6L 3 57kg $101
7 10 PROWLING Greg Eurell Michael Dee 9.1L 5 57kg $26
8 4 PORT LOUIS Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Damien Oliver 10.35L 1 57kg $9
9 6 RANVEER Matt Laurie Luke Currie 13.1L 7 57kg $17
7 ATHELRIC James Cummings Damien Oliver 0
2 JIGSAW Cindy Alderson Craig Williams 0
5 MYNUMEROUNO Nick Ryan Rhys McLeod 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Blue Sapphire Stakes Betting

The latest Blue Sapphire Stakes 2021 odds will be listed below complete with links to Ladbrokes.com.au so you can back your Blue Sapphire Stakes tips in at the right price this Caulfield Cup Carnival.

2021 Blue Sapphire Stakes Field

The Blue Sapphire Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of sprinting three-year-olds that could be eyeing a Flemington run during the Melbourne Cup Carnival in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m), a double Flying Artie (2016) achieved.

The 2021 Blue Sapphire Stakes field is released Racing Victoria (RV) on the Monday of race week and will be provided for punters below as soon as announced.

The Blue Sapphire Stakes 2021 final field features a smart line-up of potential Coolmore Stud Stakes hopefuls including the rails-drawn Maurice colt Port Louis.

Scratched:

  • #2 Jigsaw (2)
  • #5 Mynumerouno (9)
  • #7 Athelric (4)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1127×6 PROFITEER Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Jye McNeil 3 57kg 82
2 138×1325 JIGSAW Cindy Alderson Craig Williams 2 57kg 74
3 3133×51 SCISSOR STEP Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 12 57kg 70
4 32536×2 PORT LOUIS Ciaron Maher & David Eustace John Allen 1 57kg 76
5 1311 MYNUMEROUNO Nick Ryan Rhys McLeod 9 57kg 74
6 2x1x28 RANVEER Matt Laurie Luke Currie 10 57kg 72
7 48x441x325 ATHELRIC James Cummings Damien Oliver 4 57kg 69
8 1×1 MINSK MOMENT Chris Waller Brett Prebble 11 57kg 72
9 2x25x1 EXTREME WARRIOR Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Zac Spain 6 57kg 67
10 314 PROWLING Greg Eurell Michael Dee 7 57kg 62
11 241 GROWL Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Linda Meech 8 57kg 62
12 8x215x CARDINAL GEM Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 5 57kg 62

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Blue Sapphire Stakes Nominations

Nominations on the Blue Sapphire Stakes in 2021 are taken the Thursday prior to the race and will be detailed below once announced.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x721610x5 SHAQUERO C 3 Chris Waller 1 57kg 92
2 1127×6 PROFITEER C 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 2 57kg 82
3 1x ACROBAT C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 3 57kg 80
4 0x1225x143 HE’S XCEPTIONAL G 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 4 57kg 76
5 3133×51 SCISSOR STEP G 3 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 5 57kg 70
6 32536×2 PORT LOUIS C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 6 57kg 76
7 138×1325 JIGSAW C 3 Cindy Alderson 7 57kg 74
8 120160×453 DAILY BUGLE C 3 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 8 57kg 73
9 11×33 GENERATION C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 9 57kg 73
10 1311 MYNUMEROUNO G 3 Nick Ryan 10 57kg 74
11 2x1x28 RANVEER C 3 Matt Laurie 11 57kg 72
12 1×1 MINSK MOMENT C 3 Chris Waller 12 57kg 72
13 0x1135x18 DARCEANDERMILL C 3 Jason Warren & Dean Krongold 13 57kg 73
14 1×1 NEW YORK BABY F 3 Leon & Troy Corstens 14 55kg 71
15 2x25x1 EXTREME WARRIOR C 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 15 57kg 67
16 48x441x325 ATHELRIC C 3 James Cummings 16 57kg 69
17 441430×1 CHEERFUL LEGEND C 3 John Sadler 17 57kg 71
18 23×1 SPINNING F 3 Tom Dabernig 18 55kg 63
19 2x8x40 FORBES C 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman 19 57kg 64
20 314 PROWLING G 3 Greg Eurell 20 57kg 62
21 241 GROWL C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 21 57kg 62
22 1×745 SMYTZER C 3 Peter G Moody 22 57kg 64
23 8x215x CARDINAL GEM G 3 Grahame Begg 23 57kg 62
24 237 SPIRIT OF PEPIN G 3 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 24 57kg 59

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Blue Sapphire Stakes History

The Blue Sapphire Stakes was inaugurated in 2012. Part of the impetus for the establishment of the event came from a growing need in Victoria for more feature events for three year olds. Sydney has for many years boasted the Golden Rose Stakes and associated races, also run under the same conditions over similar distances.

In a rapid push to grow the race into a major feature, the Blue Sapphire Stakes was upgraded to Listed status in 2014, just two years after it launched. Possibly reflecting the strong desire to broaden the quality of three year old events, the ARB made the Blue Sapphire Stakes the only race to be upgraded immediately this year, with all other upgrades taking force as of January 1st, 2015.

In the future, there is a very strong chance that the Blue Sapphire Stakes will become a Group 1 event, and possibly remain at its current slot in the middle of the Caulfield Cup Carnival. The Golden Rose first ran in 2003 and gained Group 1 status in 2009, establishing a precedent for the rapid advancement of new three year old features.

The Blue Sapphire Stakes bears no relation to the previously existing Listed Blue Sapphire Stakes, also held at Caulfield over 1200m.

The 2020 edition of the Blue Sapphire Stakes featured just three runners and was won in an upset by Ranting ($11), while the odds-on fancy Anders finished third.

In 2021 the race was reduced from $400,000 to $200,000.

Blue Sapphire Stakes Results

Below you will find Blue Sapphire Stakes results and winning times since 2012.

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Blue Sapphire Stakes
1st Extreme Warrior 1 minute 10.07 seconds
2nd Profiteer
3rd Minsk Moment
2020
Blue Sapphire Stakes
1st Ranting 1 minute 11.12 seconds
2nd Hanseatic
3rd Anders
2019
Blue Sapphire Stakes
1st Anaheed 1 minute 10.42 seconds
2nd Li’l Kontra
3rd Brooklyn Hustle
2018
Blue Sapphire Stakes
1st Written By 1 minute 11.54 seconds
2nd Encryption
3rd Tony Nicconi
2017
Blue Sapphire Stakes
1st Formality 1 minute 10.62 seconds
2nd Jukebox
3rd Lone Eagle
2016
Blue Sapphire Stakes
1st Flying Artie 1 minute 9.76 seconds
2nd Dalradian
3rd Derryn
2015
Blue Sapphire Stakes
1st Keen Array 1 minute 11.08 seconds
2nd Mogador
3rd Haptic
2014
Blue Sapphire Stakes
1st Eloping 1 minute 9.54 seconds
2nd Sultry Feeling
3rd Husson Eagle
2013
Blue Sapphire Stakes
1st Lion Of Belfort 1 minutes 11.03 seconds
2nd Safeguard
3rd Diamond Oasis
2012
Blue Sapphire Stakes
1st Snitzerland 1 minutes 10.09 seconds
2nd Fire Thunderbolt
3rd Lankan Rupee

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