Colin Stephen Quality

The Colin Stephen Quality is a Group 3 event held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on Golden Rose Stakes Day offering the winner a ballot exemption for the Group 1 The Metropolitan the following weekend.

2021 Colin Stephen Quality Results

  • 1st: #2 Entente
  • 2nd: #4 Young Rascal
  • 3rd: #3 Fun Fact



The Colin Stephen Quality is a Group 3 staying event held at Sydney’s Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in late September during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

Raced under quality handicap conditions, the Colin Stephen Quality is worth $160,000 total prize money. Open to horses aged three years and older, the Colin Stephen Quality attracts an exciting field each year. Run over 2400m it attracts local Sydney and interstate stayers, but often runs under capacity.

The Colin Stephen Quality is held on Golden Rose Stakes Day alongside a number of other Group events. The meeting’s marquee race is the Group 1 $1 million Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) for three-year-olds, while the $400,000 Group 2 Golden Pendant (1400m) for fillies and mares is the second richest event on the program.

The Colin Stephen Quality winner is exempt from ballot for the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) run over the same distance at Royal Randwick the following Saturday on Epsom Handicap Day. Railings (2005) was the last horse to do the Colin Stephen / The Metropolitan Handicap double. Railings also continued on to win the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) in Melbourne.

As part of their lead-up to the Colin Stephen Quality, horses may have run in the previous Friday’s Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m) or the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) run at Randwick the Saturday before Golden Rose Day.

The 2021 Colin Stephen Quality was held on Saturday September 25, 2021 and won by the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Entente. 

Colin Stephen Quality
Date: Saturday September 25, 2021
Track: Rosehill Gardens
Distance: 2400m
Conditions: 3YO&UP Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $160,000

2021 Colin Stephen Quality Results

  • 1st: #2 Entente
  • 2nd: #4 Young Rascal
  • 3rd: #3 Fun Fact

The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained improver Entente ($4.60EF) secured a ballot exemption into the following weekend’s Group 1 The Metropolitan with a powerful victory in the 2021 Colin Stephen Quality results at Rosehill.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 ENTENTE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 4 56.5kg $4.60EF
2 4 YOUNG RASCAL (FR) Richard & Michael Freedman Sam Clipperton 1.66L 7 55.5kg $20
3 3 FUN FACT Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 2.81L 8 56.5kg $4.60EF
4 5 DICK WHITTINGTON (FR) Matthew Smith Jason Collett 3L 2 54kg $12
5 7 CRIMINAL CODE Chris Waller Brock Ryan (a) 3.07L 9 53kg $7
6 8 SKYMAX (GER) Mark Newnham Ms Rachel King 3.14L 1 53kg $8.50
7 11 SOUND OF CANNONS (GB) John O’Shea Glen Boss 5.14L 6 53kg $9
8 1 TAIKOMOCHI Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Nash Rawiller 7.64L 10 59kg $10
9 10 TORRENS Lauri Parker James Innes Jnr 8.38L 5 53kg $16
10 12 MASTER SHUHOOD (IRE) Richard Litt Robbie Dolan 8.54L 3 53kg $15
6 NO COMPROMISE (NZ) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 0
9 PESTO (GB) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Andrew Adkins 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Colin Stephen Quality Odds

Stay tuned for the up-to-date Colin Stephen Quality 2021 betting odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the Group 3 lead-up into The Metropolitan race.

Julienas ($2.60 in 2013) and Entente ($4.60 in 2021) are the latest favourites in Colin Stephen Quality betting to salute for the punters.

2021 Colin Stephen Quality Field

The 2021 Colin Stephen Quality final field and barrier draw are released on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

The Colin Stephen Quality 2021 field features a dozen stayers including Kingston Town Stakes third placegetter from last weekend Entente from the Waterhouse/Bott stable.

  • Scratched: #9 Pesto (11)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x23141x805 TAIKOMOCHI Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Nash Rawiller 12 59kg 103
2 x241265x83 ENTENTE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 5 56.5kg 98
3 634100×667 FUN FACT Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 9 56.5kg 98
4 x780x9x599 YOUNG RASCAL (FR) Richard & Michael Freedman Sam Clipperton 8 55.5kg 96
5 1143×956 DICK WHITTINGTON (FR) Matthew Smith Jason Collett 2 54kg 75
6 x333112163 NO COMPROMISE (NZ) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 3 53kg 91
7 4×39142428 CRIMINAL CODE Chris Waller Brock Ryan (a) 10 53kg 90
8 5x014140x6 SKYMAX (GER) Mark Newnham Ms Rachel King 1 53kg 89
9 24x2x22x58 PESTO (GB) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Andrew Adkins 11 53kg 76
10 120×097010 TORRENS Lauri Parker Ms Ellen Hennessy (a) 6 53kg 75
11 0x68205327 SOUND OF CANNONS (GB) John O’Shea Glen Boss 7 53kg 68
12 56×9682443 MASTER SHUHOOD (IRE) Richard Litt Robbie Dolan 4 53kg 74

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Colin Stephen Quality Nominations

The 2021 Colin Stephen Quality nominations are taken by Racing NSW on the Monday leading-up to Golden Rose Stakes Day and will be available in full below.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 9x11400x90 DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 1= 59kg 59kg 103
2 x23141x805 TAIKOMOCHI G 8 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 1= 59kg 59kg 103
3 22×5415116 HARPO MARX (IRE) G 6 Bjorn Baker 3 57kg 57kg 99
4 x241265x83 ENTENTE G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 4= 56.5kg 56.5kg 98
5 634100×667 FUN FACT G 6 Bjorn Baker 4= 56.5kg 56.5kg 98
6 x780x9x599 YOUNG RASCAL (FR) G 7 Richard & Michael Freedman 6 55.5kg 55.5kg 96
7 x333112163 NO COMPROMISE (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 7 54kg 53kg 91
8 4×39142428 CRIMINAL CODE G 5 Chris Waller 8 54kg 53kg 90
9 5x014140x6 SKYMAX (GER) G 6 Mark Newnham 9 54kg 53kg 89
10 2732110×07 ALAKAHAN (IRE) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman 10 54kg 53kg 86
11 24x2x22x58 PESTO (GB) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 11 54kg 53kg 76
12 1143×956 DICK WHITTINGTON (FR) G 5 Matthew Smith 12= 54kg 53kg 75
13 120×097010 TORRENS H 5 Lauri Parker 12= 54kg 53kg 75
14 4135P2x483 MAYFAIR SPIRIT (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 14 54kg 53kg 72
15 0x68205327 SOUND OF CANNONS (GB) G 5 John O’Shea 15 54kg 53kg 68
16 56×9682443 MASTER SHUHOOD (IRE) G 7 Richard Litt 16 54kg 53kg 74
17 05×4643811 UNAMERICAN G 5 Richard & Michael Freedman 17 54kg 53kg 71

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Colin Stephen Quality History

The Colin Stephen Quality is an integral feature of NSW racing, having existed in some format since 1890. Inaugurated then as the AJC Spring Stakes, the race was known by that name for nearly half a century. In 1938, the AJC Spring Stakes was renamed the Colin Stephen Quality in honour of the former chairman of the Australian Jockey Club Sir Colin Stephen, who passed away in 1937.

Upon renaming, the Colin Stephen Quality began to be run under weight for age conditions. It remained at these conditions between 1938 and 1972. The Colin Stephen Quality was known as the AJC Queens Cup in 1976, 1988 and 2006. In 1989 and 1995, the race was known as the AJC The Japan Trophy. For a single year in 1977 it was named the AJC Jubilee Handicap.

During its extensive history there have been multiple notable winners of the Colin Stephen Quality Handicap. Some of the well-recognised Colin Stephen Quality winners include Carbine (1890), Wakeful (1902), Gloaming (1924), Phar Lap (1930, 31), Rogilla (1933, 34), Peter Pan (1935), Russia (1945, 47), Gunsynd (1972), Railings (2005) and countless other star gallopers. The Colin Stephen Quality results since 2000 are provided below.

Colin Stephen Quality Results

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Entente 2 minutes 27.36 seconds
2nd Young Rascal
3rd Fun Fact
2020
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Atorney 2 minutes 29.90 seconds
2nd Djukon
3rd Grey Lion
2019
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Stampede 2 minutes 29.87 seconds
2nd Master Of Arts
3rd Maurus
2018
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Miss Admiration 2 minutes 29.55 seconds
2nd Shalmaneser
3rd Sin To Win
2017
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Auvray 2 minutes 30.35 seconds
2nd Admiral Jello
3rd Broadside
2016
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Allergic 2 minutes 30.8 seconds
2nd Junoob
3rd Alegria
2015
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Amelie’s Star 2 minutes 30.84 seconds
2nd Bohemian Lily
3rd Reigning
2014
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Deane Martin 2 minutes 29.5 seconds
2nd Iggi Pop
3rd Celtic Prince
2013
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Julienas 2 minutes 30.5 seconds
2nd I’m Imposing
3rd Planet Purple
2012
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Kelinni 2 minutes 30.4 seconds
2nd Julienas
3rd Strawberry Boy
2011
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Lamasery 2 minutes 29.9 seconds
2nd Red Eye Special
3rd Two For Tea
2010
Colin Stephen Quality
1st No Wine No Song 2 minutes 30.4 seconds
2nd Get Up Jude
3rd Legsman
2009
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Mr Clangtastic 2 minutes 29.8 seconds
2nd Bellagio Wynn
3rd Indikator
2008
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Get Up Jude 2 minutes 31.1 seconds
2nd Tangalooma
3rd Fiumicino
2007
Colin Stephen Quality
Race Not Held
2006
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Exinite 2 minutes 28.8 seconds
2nd Scattergun
3rd Activation
2005
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Railings 2 minutes 32.6 seconds
2nd Run Rita Run
3rd Cross Bar
2004
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Don Raphael 2 minutes 29.8 seconds
2nd Dame Mapperley
3rd November Dreaming
2003
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Outlaws 2 minutes 29.2 seconds
2nd Fawaz
3rd Dashing Away
2002
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Red Trinket 2 minutes 30.5 seconds
2nd Prince Hal
3rd National Treasure
2001
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Dress Circle 2 minutes 14.9 seconds
2nd Swiss Echo
3rd Rapida
2000
Colin Stephen Quality
1st Coco Cobanna 2 minutes 31.4 seconds
2nd Dashing Scene
3rd Bias Bay

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