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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.
2023 Epona Stakes Results
- 1st: #6 Gin Martini
- 2nd: #2 Thalassophile
- 3rd: #8 Douceur
Epona Stakes News
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- Heavy Track for Winx on 2018 Golden Slipper Day: Rosehill Scratchings
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 with the running of 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 $200,000 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, while in 2023 Gin Martini ran sixth in the Aspiration Quality before her upset Epona Stakes victory.
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).
In 2021 the Epona Stakes third placed She’s Ideel franked the form running second next-up in the Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) before a fourth in that autumn’s Sydney Cup results.
The 2022 Epona Stakes form was franked with the runner-up Nerve Not Verve winning the Group 2 Chairman’s Stakes next-up that April.
The Epona Stakes 2023 ran at Rosehill Racecourse on Saturday March 18, 2023 as part of Golden Slipper Day card in Sydney and was won narrowly by the John Sargent-trained Gin Martini ($9.50).
|2023 Epona Stakes|
|Date:||Saturday March 18, 2023|
|Race Type:||SW+P / F&M 3YO&Up|
2023 Epona Stakes Results & Finishing Order
- 1st: #6 Gin Martini ($9.50)
- 2nd: #2 Thalassophile
- 3rd: #8 Douceur
The John Sargent-trained Sandown Cup winning mare Gin Martini ($9.50) was good second-up at a a price given a perfectly-timed ride by jockey Damian Lane to score her maiden Group victory in the 2023 Epona Stakes results.
|1||6||GIN MARTINI (NZ)||John Sargent||Damian Lane||10||55kg||$9.50|
|2||2||THALASSOPHILE||Chris Waller||James McDonald||0.37L||2||56kg||$4F|
|3||8||DOUCEUR||John Thompson||Brock Ryan||1.26L||6||54kg||$19|
|4||7||PINK IVORY (NZ)||John Sargent||Brenton Avdulla||2.05L||5||54kg||$4.40|
|5||9||SUPAGIRL (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||5.31L||4||54kg||$5|
|6||4||BELLATRIX BLACK (NZ)||Kris Lees||Hugh Bowman||5.81L||9||56kg||$19|
|7||3||HONEYCREEPER||James Cummings||Kerrin McEvoy||6.96L||13||56kg||$18|
|8||1||GLINT OF HOPE (JPN)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Nash Rawiller||7.04L||3||59kg||$19|
|9||12||ARAVENE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Jye McNeil||8.51L||8||54kg||$20|
|10||11||HOMETRUTHS (IRE)||Chris Waller||Michael Dee||8.65L||1||54kg||$41|
|11||14||QUEENMAKER||Edward Cummings||Tyler Schiller (a)||10.64L||12||54kg||$91|
|12||10||SANSTOC (NZ)||Mark Newnham||Tom Sherry||10.66L||7||54kg||$10|
|13||15e||SUNCHASER (NZ)||Robert Quinn||Ms Rachel King||11.12L||11||54kg||$101|
|14||13||CAROLINA FIRE||Lee & Cherie Curtis||Jay Ford||13.7L||14||54kg||$81|
|5||BISCAYNE BAY||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Dylan Gibbons (a)||0|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2023 Epona Stakes Betting Odds
The updated Epona Stakes 2023 betting odds on the staying fillies & mares racing in the Group 3 this Golden Slipper Day will be available below.
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2023 Epona Stakes Form
2023 Epona Stakes Tips
Stay tuned for our insider Epona Stakes 2023 Tips on the Golden Slipper Day support act this autumn.
- To Win: #2 Thalassophile ($4.20 at time of publish)
Hard to tip against Chris Waller’s in-form Not A Single Doubt four-year-old who chases her third win on the trot this prep. Comes off a nose win in the Group 3 Aspiration Quality over a mile when working her way well to the line from midfield. Goes up in distance and weight (53kg to 56kg), but defeated a few of these last time out and is on the improve. James McDonald in the saddle from a nice inside barrier two draw. Previous winner here with more weight at 2000m so Rosehill and 1900m are a non-issue. She rates well and looks a hard to beat favourite.
2023 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 2023 Epona Stakes field and barriers are set for release on Wednesday March 15, 2023 and will be published below as soon as available.
The Epona Stakes 2023 final field features a capacity line-up of fillies and mares with markets on the staying showdown led by Chris Waller’s last start Group 3 Aspiration Quality winner Thalassophile.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Probable Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||10x6545x09||GLINT OF HOPE (JPN)||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||Nash Rawiller||3||59kg||96|
|2||27×3862611||THALASSOPHILE||Chris Waller||James McDonald||2||56kg||92|
|3||6x52946x85||HONEYCREEPER||James Cummings||Kerrin McEvoy||14||56kg||87|
|4||422118×69||BELLATRIX BLACK (NZ)||Kris Lees||Hugh Bowman||10||56kg||85|
|5||833x8560x2||BISCAYNE BAY||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Dylan Gibbons (a)||8||56kg||82|
|6||8x064314x6||GIN MARTINI (NZ)||John Sargent||Damian Lane||11||55kg||92|
|7||59x51627x2||PINK IVORY (NZ)||John Sargent||Brenton Avdulla||5||54kg||90|
|8||55x060x088||DOUCEUR||John Thompson||Brock Ryan||6||54kg||82|
|9||151471324x||SUPAGIRL (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||4||54kg||82|
|10||17x8139x11||SANSTOC (NZ)||Mark Newnham||Tom Sherry||7||54kg||75|
|11||1x3441x8x||HOMETRUTHS (IRE)||Chris Waller||Michael Dee||1||54kg||74|
|12||1x5110x756||ARAVENE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Jye McNeil||9||54kg||73|
|13||204×851363||CAROLINA FIRE||Lee & Cherie Curtis||Jay Ford||15||54kg||62|
|14||207128×922||QUEENMAKER||Edward Cummings||Tyler Schiller (a)||13||54kg||61|
|15e||326x12x45||SUNCHASER (NZ)||Robert Quinn||Ms Rachel King||12||54kg||57|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2023 Epona Stakes Nominations
Early Epona Stakes nominations in 2023 are taken the Monday of race week and will be updated below once released.
|Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp Rating|
|1||21×41||AMPERE (NZ)||M||5||Michael Kent||66|
|2||1x5110x756||ARAVENE||M||4||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||73|
|3||422118×69||BELLATRIX BLACK (NZ)||M||4||Kris Lees||85|
|4||833x8560x2||BISCAYNE BAY||M||4||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||82|
|5||204×851363||CAROLINA FIRE||M||5||Lee & Cherie Curtis||62|
|6||45415||CRIMSON LIGHT (NZ)||M||4||Michael Kent||61|
|8||4619×24159||DENY KNOWLEDGE (IRE)||M||5||Michael Kent||84|
|10||8x064314x6||GIN MARTINI (NZ)||M||4||John Sargent||92|
|11||10x6545x09||GLINT OF HOPE (JPN)||M||4||Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young||96|
|12||1x3441x8x||HOMETRUTHS (IRE)||M||4||Chris Waller||74|
|14||x211714x94||LEFT REELING (NZ)||M||4||John Sargent||69|
|15||332×786122||LOVELY ESTEEM (GB)||M||5||Chris Waller||81|
|16||59x51627x2||PINK IVORY (NZ)||M||4||John Sargent||90|
|19||17x8139x11||SANSTOC (NZ)||M||4||Mark Newnham||75|
|20||326x12x45||SUNCHASER (NZ)||M||4||Robert Quinn||57|
|21||151471324x||SUPAGIRL (IRE)||M||4||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||82|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
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.
In 2021 the original Golden Slipper Stakes race day including the Epona Stakes was abandoned due to heavy rainfall and unsafe track conditions and postponed to the following Saturday.
Recent Epona Stakes Winners
See below for the full Epona Stakes results and winners going back to the year 2000.
|1st||Gin Martini||1 minute 56.12 seconds|
|1st||Monegal||2 minutes 00.62 seconds|
|2nd||Nerve Not Verve|
|3rd||Feel The Rush|
|1st||Polly Grey||1 minute 57.80 seconds|
|1st||Missybeel||1 minute 57.64|
|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|