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.

2022 Epona Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Monegal
  • 2nd: #5 Nerve Not Verve
  • 3rd: #13 Feel The Rush



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).

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 Epona Stakes 2022 ran at Rosehill Racecourse on Saturday March 19, 2022 as part of Golden Slipper Day card in Sydney and was won by Monegal ($7). 

2022 Epona Stakes
Date: Saturday March 19, 2022
Track: Rosehill Racecourse
Distance: 1900m
Race Type: SW+P / F&M 3YO&Up
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2022 Epona Stakes Results & Finishing Order

  • 1st: #4 Monegal ($7)
  • 2nd: #5 Nerve Not Verve
  • 3rd: #13 Feel The Rush
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 4 MONEGAL Theresa Bateup Ms Rachel King 7 54kg $7
2 5 NERVE NOT VERVE (NZ) Michael Moroney William Pike 2.17L 5 54kg $9
3 13 FEEL THE RUSH (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Linda Meech 6.47L 10 54kg $26
4 9 BEDFORD SQUARE (NZ) Matthew Smith Ms Kathy O’Hara 6.89L 9 54kg $21
5 1 LE LUDE John Thompson Brock Ryan 8.84L 11 56kg $3.80F
6 2 HARMONY ROSE Mark Newnham Tom Sherry (a) 11.32L 1 54kg $4.80
7 6 GALAXY BELLE (NZ) Kris Lees Jason Collett 12.86L 6 54kg $4.80
8 8 FILL OF FUN Anthony Cummings Tyler Schiller (a) 13.42L 4 54kg $31
9 12 AZARMIN Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 16L 3 54kg (cd 54.5kg) $17
10 11 WILD SHEILA Kris Lees Regan Bayliss 33.38L 2 54kg $91
11 10 TWICE ON SUNDAY Bjorn Baker Tim Clark 43.42L 8 54kg $21
7 WELSH LEGEND Chris Waller Tommy Berry 0
3 OUR INTRIGUE (NZ) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2022 Epona Stakes Betting Odds

The updated Epona Stakes 2022 betting odds on the staying fillies & mares racing in the Group 3 this Golden Slipper Day will be available below.

2022 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 2022 Epona Stakes field and barriers are set for release on Wednesday March 16, 2022 and will be published below as soon as available.

2022 Epona Stakes Scratchings: 

  • #3 Our Intrigue (5)
  • #7 Welsh Legend (12)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x055829x31 LE LUDE John Thompson Brock Ryan 13 56kg 97
2 327x6030x7 HARMONY ROSE Mark Newnham Tom Sherry (a) 1 54kg 95
3 448125132x OUR INTRIGUE (NZ) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 5 54kg 92
4 4042416515 MONEGAL Theresa Bateup Ms Rachel King 8 54kg 88
5 0836×72251 NERVE NOT VERVE (NZ) Michael Moroney William Pike 6 54kg 80
6 17111×0132 GALAXY BELLE (NZ) Kris Lees Jason Collett 7 54kg 77
7 94559x524x WELSH LEGEND Chris Waller Tommy Berry 12 54kg 77
8 x9049x1135 FILL OF FUN Anthony Cummings Tyler Schiller (a) 4 54kg 68
9 0x41222144 BEDFORD SQUARE (NZ) Matthew Smith Ms Kathy O’Hara 10 54kg 67
10 7×81543322 TWICE ON SUNDAY Bjorn Baker Tim Clark 9 54kg 66
11 96244×9464 WILD SHEILA Kris Lees Chad Schofield 2 54kg 63
12 177×571031 AZARMIN Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 3 54kg 54.5kg 75
13 0x053840x5 FEEL THE RUSH (NZ) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Ms Linda Meech 11 54kg 75

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2022 Epona Stakes Nominations

Early Epona Stakes nominations in 2022 are taken the Monday of race week and will be updated below once released.

  • Nominations Extended Until: 15/03/2022 11:00:00 AM
Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 6×61331312 ANGEL ROCK M 5 Tom Dabernig 76
2 0x41222144 BEDFORD SQUARE (NZ) M 4 Matthew Smith 67
3 x9049x1135 FILL OF FUN M 5 Anthony Cummings 68
4 17111×0132 GALAXY BELLE (NZ) M 4 Kris Lees 77
5 56×3312392 GIRLS ARE READY M 5 Joe Cleary 62
6 327x6030x7 HARMONY ROSE M 4 Mark Newnham 95
7 x055829x31 LE LUDE M 6 John Thompson 97
8 6404241651 MONEGAL M 6 Theresa Bateup 88
9 0836×72251 NERVE NOT VERVE (NZ) M 6 Michael Moroney 80
10 448125132x OUR INTRIGUE (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 92
11 7×81543322 TWICE ON SUNDAY M 4 Bjorn Baker 66
12 94559x524x WELSH LEGEND M 6 Chris Waller 77
13 96244×9464 WILD SHEILA M 6 Kris Lees 63

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.

Year Place Horse Time
2022
Epona Stakes
1st Monegal 2 minutes 00.62 seconds
2nd Nerve Not Verve
3rd Feel The Rush
2021
Epona Stakes
1st Polly Grey 1 minute 57.80 seconds
2nd Aliferous
3rd She’s Ideel
2020
Epona Stakes
1st Missybeel 1 minute 57.64
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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