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.

2021 Epona Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Polly Grey
  • 2nd: #4 Aliferous
  • 3rd: #7 She's Ideel



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

2021 Epona Stakes Results & Finishing Order

  • 1st: #5 Polly Grey
  • 2nd: #4 Aliferous
  • 3rd: #7 She’s Ideel
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
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.

Year Place Horse Time
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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