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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.
2021 Epona Stakes Results
- 1st: #5 Polly Grey
- 2nd: #4 Aliferous
- 3rd: #7 She's Ideel
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Note: The 2021 Epona Stakes was postponed until Saturday March 27th, 2021 due to heavy rainfall and unsafe track conditions at Rosehill Gardens.
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 2021 ran at Rosehill Racecourse on Saturday March 27, 2021 as part of the rescheduled Golden Slipper Day card in Sydney and was won by the Chris Waller-trained Polly Grey.
|2021 Epona Stakes|
|Date:||Saturday March 27, 2021|
|Race Type:||SW+P / F&M 3YO&Up|
2021 Epona Stakes Results & Finishing Order
- 1st: #5 Polly Grey
- 2nd: #4 Aliferous
- 3rd: #7 She’s Ideel
|1||5||POLLY GREY (NZ)||Chris Waller||James McDonald||9||55kg||$6.50|
|2||4||ALIFEROUS||Kris Lees||Craig Williams||0.5L||4||56kg||$26|
|3||7||SHE’S IDEEL||Bjorn Baker||Jason Collett||1L||2||54kg||$2.30F|
|4||12||LE LUDE||John Thompson||Robbie Dolan||1.1L||13||54kg||$26|
|5||6||RONDINELLA (NZ)||John O’Shea||Regan Bayliss||2.4L||12||54kg||$26|
|6||1||MISS SENTIMENTAL (NZ)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||2.5L||3||59kg||$61|
|7||3||MISSYBEEL (NZ)||Bjorn Baker||Tim Clark||3.8L||7||56.5kg||$21|
|8||9||ATTENTION RUN (GER)||Kris Lees||Brenton Avdulla||4L||1||54kg||$8.50|
|9||11||WELSH LEGEND||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||5.1L||8||54kg||$6.50|
|10||13||SELICA (NZ)||Annabel Neasham||Ms Kathy O’Hara||6.1L||10||54kg||$41|
|11||14||LAMU (GB)||Gabrielle Englebrecht||Damien Thornton||6.3L||11||54kg||$201|
|12||10||WILLO TITTO||Michael Costa||Ms Rachel King||9.1L||14||54kg||$31|
|13||8||GIRL TUESDAY||Clarry Conners||Kerrin McEvoy||17.8L||5||54kg||$26|
|14||2||MISS SISKA||Matthew Smith||Nash Rawiller||39.2L||6||57kg||$21|
|17e||AMICA||Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou||0|
|16e||ICEBATH (NZ)||Brad Widdup||0|
|15e||FILL OF FUN||Anthony Cummings||0|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2021 Epona Stakes Odds & Betting
The updated Epona Stakes 2021 betting odds on the staying fillies & mares racing in the Group 3 this Golden Slipper Day will be available below.
2021 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 2021 Epona Stakes field and barriers are set for release on Wednesday March 24, 2021 and will be published below as soon as available.
The updated Epona Stakes 2021 final field features a capacity line-up of fillies and mares led in betting by the consistent She’s Ideel coming off back-to-back Group placings in Sydney.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Probable Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||150x000x60||MISS SENTIMENTAL (NZ)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||3||59kg||95|
|2||80x07x0x20||MISS SISKA||Matthew Smith||Nash Rawiller||6||57kg||102|
|3||9040836951||MISSYBEEL (NZ)||Bjorn Baker||Tim Clark||7||56.5kg||97|
|4||4x33387x40||ALIFEROUS||Kris Lees||Craig Williams||4||56kg||86|
|5||2524549×35||POLLY GREY (NZ)||Chris Waller||James McDonald||10||55kg||92|
|6||x695082x80||RONDINELLA (NZ)||John O’Shea||Regan Bayliss||14||54kg||97|
|7||5361325×32||SHE’S IDEEL||Bjorn Baker||Jason Collett||2||54kg||96|
|8||8725679×87||GIRL TUESDAY||Clarry Conners||Kerrin McEvoy||5||54kg||95|
|9||7x1925308x||ATTENTION RUN (GER)||Kris Lees||Brenton Avdulla||1||54kg||92|
|10||1118×25482||WILLO TITTO||Michael Costa||Ms Rachel King||17||54kg||84|
|11||325212×821||WELSH LEGEND||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||8||54kg||82|
|12||564513×144||LE LUDE||John Thompson||Robbie Dolan||15||54kg||81|
|13||8747×43439||SELICA (NZ)||Annabel Neasham||Ms Kathy O’Hara||11||54kg||74|
|14||x430x48567||LAMU (GB)||Gabrielle Englebrecht||Damien Thornton||13||54kg||67|
|15e||x829421535||FILL OF FUN||Anthony Cummings||12||54kg||66|
|16e||242512×335||ICEBATH (NZ)||Brad Widdup||16||54kg||104|
|17e||14x518114x||AMICA||Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou||9||54kg||79|
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||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|