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.

2020 Blue Sapphire Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Ranting
  • 2nd: #1 Hanseatic
  • 3rd: #2 Anders



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.

Part of the three day Caulfield Cup Carnival, the Blue Sapphire Stakes is a relatively new race that continues to grow in prestige and prize money. Paying $400,000 prize money and raced over 1200m, the Blue Sapphire Stakes is a very wealthy sprint for those horses which gain entry. 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. 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 2020 ran on Wednesday October 14, 2020 and saw Ranting score the upset over just two other runners. 

2020 Blue Sapphire Stakes
Date: Wednesday October 14, 2020
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 3YOs Set Weights
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $400,000

2020 Blue Sapphire Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Ranting
  • 2nd: #1 Hanseatic
  • 3rd: #2 Anders

The Blue Sapphire Stakes 2020 results saw the three horses in the event run in the opposite order of betting with an upset by the Leon & Troy Corstens-trained Ranting ($11) who narrowly defeated Hanseatic ($3.90) in a huge run from behind, while the hot favourite Anders ($1.35) ran third still only a quarter-length beaten in a thrilling finish.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 RANTING (NZ) Leon & Troy Corstens Ben Melham 3 57kg $11
2 1 HANSEATICSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Anthony & Sam Freedman Luke Currie 0.2L 2 57kg $3.90
3 2 ANDERS Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 0.3L 1 57kg $1.35F

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Blue Sapphire Stakes Betting

The latest Blue Sapphire Stakes 2020 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.

2020 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 2020 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.

There will be no trifecta payouts on Wednesday’s 2020 Blue Sapphire Stakes field with just three final acceptors in the event including odds-on fancy, the flying San Domenico Stakes winner Anders drawn the inside alley.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x1120x49 HANSEATICSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme Anthony & Sam Freedman Luke Currie 2 57kg 92
2 436x211x11 ANDERS Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 1 57kg 90
3 23×253 RANTING (NZ) Leon & Troy Corstens Ben Melham 3 57kg 74

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Blue Sapphire Stakes Nominations

Nominations on the Blue Sapphire Stakes in 2020 are taken the Thursday prior to the race and will be detailed below once announced.

The 2020 Blue Sapphire Stakes nominations attracted 15 three-year-olds led by the all-in Coolmore Stud Stakes favourite Anders.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 2x42424x10 BELLA NIPOTINASuper Vobis Bonus Scheme F 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 1 55kg 82
2 1x1120x49 HANSEATICSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme C 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman 2 57kg 92
3 10×21 SWATS THATSuper Vobis Bonus Scheme F 3 Leon & Troy Corstens 3 55kg 82
4 116×4 LETZBEGLAM F 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 4 55kg 76
5 110×33 MINHAAJ F 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 5 55kg 78
6 21x25208x1 MUNTASEERA F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 6 55kg 77
7 436x211x11 ANDERS C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 7 57kg 90
8 1x644x1322 DESTINATION C 3 James Cummings 8 57kg 75
9 2727×624 OSAMU C 3 Chris Waller 9 57kg 71
10 23×253 RANTING (NZ) C 3 Leon & Troy Corstens 10 57kg 74
11 0x527x2125 RIVER TWAIN G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 11 57kg 63
12 6139×63 PIONEER RIVER C 3 Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes 12 57kg 67
13 026×91 TARCOOLA DIVASuper Vobis Bonus Scheme F 3 Gemma Rielly 13 55kg 63
14 154 PORTLAND SKY C 3 Matt Laurie 14 57kg 65
15 6×1 RHODE SCHOLAR C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 15 57kg 62

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.

Blue Sapphire Stakes Results

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

Year Place Horse Time
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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