Epona Stakes

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



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
Track: Rosehill Racecourse
Distance: 1900m
Race Type: SW+P / F&M 3YO&Up
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

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).

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
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.

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Epona Stakes
1st Missybeel 1 minute 57.64 seconds
2nd Gayatri
3rd Greysful Glamour
2019
Epona Stakes
1st Semari 2 minutes 02.30 seconds
2nd I’m A Princess
3rd All Too Soon
2018
Epona Stakes
1st The Pinnacle 1 minute 58.51 seconds
2nd Domed
3rd Nettoyer
2017
Epona Stakes
1st Consommateur 2 minutes 06.45 seconds
2nd Ambience
3rd Top Of My List
2016
Epona Stakes
1st Vergara 1 minute 56.8 seconds
2nd Heavens Above
3rd Sweet Fire
2015
Epona Stakes
1st Scratchy Bottom 1 minute 57.3 seconds
2nd Rising Romance
3rd Telepathic
2014
Epona Stakes
1st Intimate Moment 2 minutes 7.0 seconds
2nd Any Day Will Do
3rd Epingle
2013
Epona Stakes
1st Aliyana Tilde 1 minute 55.8 seconds
2nd Epingle
3rd Dolly Dolly
2012
Epona Stakes
1st Fibrillation 1 minute 57.6 seconds
2nd Crafty Irna
3rd Once Were Wild
2011
Epona Stakes
1st Galizani 1 minute 57.0 seconds
2nd Vivid Vixen
3rd Vintedge
2010
Epona Stakes
1st Messenger 1 minute 59.8 seconds
2nd Pagan Princess
3rd Jessicabeel
2009
Epona Stakes
1st Divine Rebel 1 minute 58.5 seconds
2nd Prima Nova
3rd Risayla
2008
Epona Stakes
1st Ready To Lift 1 minute 57.69 seconds
2nd My Lady’s Chamber
3rd Reggie
2007
Epona Stakes
1st Safwa 1 minute 55.62 seconds
2nd Grey Stream
3rd Upper Echelon
2006
Epona Stakes
1st Kosi Bay 1 minute 57.78 seconds
2nd Fantasia
3rd Sun Song
2005
Epona Stakes
1st Natural Woman 1 minute 55.06 seconds
2nd Cincinnati Gal
3rd Clevedon
2004
Epona Stakes
1st Great Anna 1 minute 56.55 seconds
2nd Vereza
3rd Thundarosa
2003
Epona Stakes
1st Airlie Bird 1 minute 55.8 seconds
2nd Talista Belle
3rd Honor Babe
2002
Epona Stakes
1st Ilze 1 minute 58.43 seconds
2nd Floridays
3rd Call Me Lily
2001
Epona Stakes
1st Market Price 1 minute 57.85 seconds
2nd Poppett
3rd The Druidess
2000
Epona Stakes
1st Our Erin 2 minutes 00.16 seconds
2nd Eye Spy
3rd Dalquareen

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