Blue Sapphire Stakes

The Blue Sapphire Stakes is now a 1400m event held at Caulfield Racecourse for 3YO sprinters currently run in late November.

2023 Blue Sapphire Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Run Harry Run
  • 2nd: #2 Brave Mead
  • 3rd: #1 Arkansaw Kid



The Blue Sapphire Stakes is a lucrative Group 3 race for three-year-olds that now takes place in mid to late November at the tail-end of the Melbourne Spring racing Carnival.

The meeting is now headlined by the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) and the Group 2 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m).

The Blue Sapphire Stakes offers a lucrative $500,000 and is now raced over 1400m after the distance was increased from 1200m ahead of the 2023 edition. The Group 3 event is open only to three year olds and is run under set weights conditions.

Before being moved to its later time slot ahead of the 2023 edition, the Blue Sapphire Stakes previously acted as a good lead up to 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 2022 Blue Sapphire Stakes form was franked with the third place-getter Lofty Strike returning the following autumn to run second in both the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate and Group 1 Newmarket Handicap in 2023.

The Blue Sapphire Stakes 2023 ran on Saturday November 18, 2023 as part of Thousand Guineas Day that has moved to the end of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and was won in an impressive upset by the progressive Run Harry Run ($13). 

2023 Blue Sapphire Stakes
Date: Saturday November 18, 2023
Track: Caulfield Racecourse
Distance: 1400m (as of 2023)
Race Type: 3YOs Set Weights
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $500,000

2023 Blue Sapphire Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Run Harry Run ($13)
  • 2nd: #2 Brave Mead
  • 3rd: #1 Arkansaw Kid

Michael Moroney’s in-form Written Tycoon gelding Run Harry Run ($13) was excellent up in grade to post his third win on the trot with an upset victory in the 2023 Blue Sapphire Stakes results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 6 RUN HARRY RUN Michael Moroney Daniel Stackhouse 3 57kg $13
2 2 BRAVE MEAD Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Mark Zahra 0.75L 8 57kg $3.70
3 1 ARKANSAW KID Ben, Will & JD Hayes Damien Oliver 2.25L 6 57kg $3.60F
4 11 RIVERINA POWER Tom Dabernig Michael Dee 3.5L 2 55kg $101
5 10 SUNSET DREAMING Tony & Calvin McEvoy Harry Coffey 4.75L 9 55kg $15
6 9 TREASURWAY Jason Warren Craig Williams 5.15L 1 55kg $31
7 5 EUGENIUS Shane Nichols Zac Spain 7.65L 4 57kg $41
8 7 DON’T HOPE DO Simon Zahra Blaike McDougall 9.15L 10 57kg $18
9 3 SNAPBACK Peter & Paul Snowden James McDonald 11.4L 7 57kg $4.80
10 4 THE INSTRUCTOR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jordan Childs 12.4L 5 57kg $6
8 MONT SAINT MICHEL Shane Nichols Jye McNeil 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 Blue Sapphire Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Blue Sapphire Stakes 2023 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.

Grand Impact ($4.80 in 2022) was the last favourite in Blue Sapphire Stakes betting to salute for the punters after the original top elect, Economics, was scratched at the gates throwing the race wide open.

There was a notable upset in 2023 with Run Harry Run winning at Blue Sapphire Stakes odds of $13.

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2023 Blue Sapphire Stakes Form Guide

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2023 Blue Sapphire Stakes Tips

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2023 Blue Sapphire Stakes Field

The Blue Sapphire Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of sprinting three-year-olds that, prior to the race moving to late November in 2023, may have been eying a run in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m), a double Flying Artie (2016) achieved.

The 2023 Blue Sapphire Stakes field is released Racing Victoria (RV) on the Wednesday of race week and will be provided for punters below as soon as announced.

2023 Blue Sapphire Stakes Nominations

Nominations on the Blue Sapphire Stakes in 2023 are taken the Monday of race week and will be detailed below once announced.

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.

In 2023 the event moved to late November with prize money increased to $500,000.

Blue Sapphire Stakes Results

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

Year Place Horse Time
2023
Blue Sapphire Stakes
1st Run Harry Run 1 minute 23.15 seconds

(Run over 1400m)

2nd Brave Mead
3rd Arkansaw Kid
2022
Blue Sapphire Stakes
1st Grand Impact 1 minute 12.63 seconds
2nd Shalailed
3rd Lofty Strike
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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