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The Epona Stakes is a Group 3 staying race for fillies and mares run at Rosehill Gardens on Golden Slipper Day in March.
2020 Epona Stakes Results
- 1st: #12 Missybeel
- 2nd: #7 Gayatri
- 3rd: #2 Greysful Glamour
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The Epona Stakes is a Group 3 race for fillies and mares held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on Golden Slipper Day in March.
Golden Slipper Day is one of the highlights of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival and features five Group 1 races: the Golden Slipper Stakes, Ranvet Stakes, The Galaxy, George Ryder Stakes and Rosehill Guineas. There are also a number of key support acts on the card that hold Group status including the Epona Stakes.
Run under set weights plus penalties conditions the Epona Stakes is contested over 1900m by female stayers and offers $160,000 in prize money. Fillies and mares may come into the Epona Stakes field via a number of lead-ups including a tougher run in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) the weekend before or the Group 3 Aspiration Quality (1600m) at the start of the month. In 2018 the Epona Stakes winner The Pinnacle improved on a lead-up second in the Aspiration Quality.
Possible later autumn targets for Epona Stakes graduates including the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) and the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m). In 2016 Heavens Above ran second in both the Epona Stakes and Queen Of The Turf Stakes.
Mares looking for longer distance targets may contest the Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) at Royal Randwick on Day 1 of ‘The Championships’ or even the following weekend’s Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m).
The Epona Stakes 2020 ran at Rosehill Racecourse on Saturday March 21, 2020 and was won in an upset by the Bjorn Baker-trained Missybeel ($21).
|2020 Epona Stakes|
|Date:||Saturday March 21, 2020|
|Race Type:||SW+P / F&M 3YO&Up|
2020 Epona Stakes Results & Finishing Order
- 1st: #12 Missybeel
- 2nd: #7 Gayatri
- 3rd: #2 Greysful Glamour
The Epona Stakes 2020 results saw a narrow upset by the well-bred Bjorn Baker-trained Savabeel five-year-old Missybeel ($21) who broke through with a nice Group 3 victory adding to her future value as a broodmare. She beat home the Chris Waller-trained Gayatri ($8.50) by a neck, with Greysful Glamour ($7) a further two lengths back third.
At the price, Missybeel was the longest-priced Epona Stakes winner since Scratchy Bottom (2015).
|1||12||MISSYBEEL (NZ)||Bjorn Baker||Tim Clark||–||1||54kg||$21|
|2||7||GAYATRI||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||0.2L||5||54kg||$8.50|
|3||2||GREYSFUL GLAMOUR||Mark Newnham||Ms Rachel King||2L||9||56kg||$7|
|4||4||ALIFEROUS||Kris Lees||Brenton Avdulla||2.1L||4||56kg||$7.50|
|5||1||LUVALUVA (NZ)||John Sargent||Damian Lane||3.9L||13||56.5kg||$4.60F|
|6||6||SAVACOOL (NZ)||Chris Waller||Ms Kathy O’Hara||4L||11||54kg||$9.50|
|7||8||ALL TOO SOON||David Payne||Glyn Schofield||4.2L||2||54kg||$21|
|8||3||PAINT THE TOWN TWO (NZ)||Bevan Laming||James McDonald||4.4L||8||56kg||$7|
|9||13||MRS MADRID||Anthony Cummings||Jean Van Overmeire (a)||4.5L||3||54kg||$81|
|10||5||ANOTHER DOLLAR (NZ)||Chris Waller||Jason Collett||4.7L||12||54kg||$9.50|
|11||14||CRYPTIC JEWEL (NZ)||Brent Stanley||Kerrin McEvoy||8.7L||7||54kg||$10|
|–||10||PUMPKIN PIE||Richard & Michael Freedman||–||–||0||–||–|
|–||9||ON THE WHITE TURF (NZ)||Richard & Michael Freedman||Craig Williams||–||0||–||–|
|–||11||KILLER INSTINCT||John O’Shea||Tom Marquand||–||0||–||–|
2020 Epona Stakes Odds & Betting
The updated Epona Stakes 2020 betting odds on the staying fillies & mares racing in the Group 3 this Golden Slipper Day will be available below.
2020 Epona Stakes Field
The Epona Stakes field features a smart line-up of fillies and mares either proven at staying distances or testing the waters over more metres during the autumn.
The official 2020 Epona Stakes field and barriers are set for release on Wednesday March 18, 2020 and will be published below as soon as available.
John Sargent’s four-time Group winner Luvaluva sits top of the 2020 Epona Stakes field and odds despite drawing wide (13) in line-up and set to carry the 56.5kg topweight.
Update: #9 On The White Turf (14), #10 Pumpkin Pie (10) and #11 Killer Instinct (6) have all come out of the Epona Stakes field for 2020
Click here for all the 2020 Golden Slipper Day scratchings.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||854×256116||LUVALUVA (NZ)||John Sargent||Damian Lane||13||56.5kg||107|
|2||9x02514x10||GREYSFUL GLAMOUR||Mark Newnham||Ms Rachel King||9||56kg||99|
|3||42124×1121||PAINT THE TOWN TWO (NZ)||Bevan Laming||James McDonald||8||56kg||97|
|4||3x05420x24||ALIFEROUS||Kris Lees||Brenton Avdulla||4||56kg||88|
|5||1x75293x79||ANOTHER DOLLAR (NZ)||Chris Waller||Jason Collett||12||54kg||95|
|6||x852255x53||SAVACOOL (NZ)||Chris Waller||Ms Kathy O’Hara||11||54kg||89|
|7||x9092154x8||GAYATRI||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||5||54kg||83|
|8||40077×4569||ALL TOO SOON||David Payne||Glyn Schofield||2||54kg||77|
|9||211490×163||ON THE WHITE TURF (NZ)||Richard & Michael Freedman||Craig Williams||14||54kg||74|
|10||5×32853130||PUMPKIN PIE||Richard & Michael Freedman||–||10||54kg||74|
|11||311×141307||KILLER INSTINCT||John O’Shea||Tom Marquand||6||54kg (probable weight 55kg)||73|
|12||254Px71256||MISSYBEEL (NZ)||Bjorn Baker||Tim Clark||1||54kg||73|
|13||264x8146x0||MRS MADRID||Anthony Cummings||Jean Van Overmeire (a)||3||54kg||71|
|14||412x16x505||CRYPTIC JEWEL (NZ)||Brent Stanley||Kerrin McEvoy||7||54kg||69|
Epona Stakes History
The Epona Stakes was first run in 1998 and won by Burning Embers. Since then some nice types have taken out the race including Fibrillation (2012) and Scratchy Bottom (2015). It only gained black-type status in 2001 as a Listed race before a Group 3 upgrade in 2012. The race is named after Celtic-Roman god Epona known as the protector of horses.
Known by a number of different names over the years the Epona Stakes has run as the Epona Mares Quality Plate, De Bortoli Wines Stakes and Percy Sykes Tribute Stakes in recent years. From 2000 – 2002 the race took place at Canterbury Park and from 1998 – 1999 it was contested over 2000m instead of the current 1900m distance.
Recent Epona Stakes Winners
See below for the full Epona Stakes results and winners going back to the year 2000.
|1st||Missybeel||1 minute 57.64 seconds|
|1st||Semari||2 minutes 02.30 seconds|
|2nd||I’m A Princess|
|3rd||All Too Soon|
|1st||The Pinnacle||1 minute 58.51 seconds|
|1st||Consommateur||2 minutes 06.45 seconds|
|3rd||Top Of My List|
|1st||Vergara||1 minute 56.8 seconds|
|1st||Scratchy Bottom||1 minute 57.3 seconds|
|1st||Intimate Moment||2 minutes 7.0 seconds|
|2nd||Any Day Will Do|
|1st||Aliyana Tilde||1 minute 55.8 seconds|
|1st||Fibrillation||1 minute 57.6 seconds|
|3rd||Once Were Wild|
|1st||Galizani||1 minute 57.0 seconds|
|1st||Messenger||1 minute 59.8 seconds|
|1st||Divine Rebel||1 minute 58.5 seconds|
|1st||Ready To Lift||1 minute 57.69 seconds|
|2nd||My Lady’s Chamber|
|1st||Safwa||1 minute 55.62 seconds|
|1st||Kosi Bay||1 minute 57.78 seconds|
|1st||Natural Woman||1 minute 55.06 seconds|
|1st||Great Anna||1 minute 56.55 seconds|
|1st||Airlie Bird||1 minute 55.8 seconds|
|1st||Ilze||1 minute 58.43 seconds|
|3rd||Call Me Lily|
|1st||Market Price||1 minute 57.85 seconds|
|1st||Our Erin||2 minutes 00.16 seconds|