Newcastle Spring Stakes

The Newcastle 3YO Spring Stakes is a Group 3 race for three-year-olds held in November on the same day as the $1 million The Hunter.

2021 Spring Stakes Results

  • 1st: #10 Festival Dancer
  • 2nd: #5 War Eternal
  • 3rd: #4 Arnaqueur



The Newcastle Jockey Club 3YO Spring Stakes is a Group 3 event run at Newcastle Racecourse in mid-November at the tail-end of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

Open only to three year olds and run under set weights conditions over a mile (1600m), the NJC (Newcastle Jockey Club) Spring Stakes offers $160,000 in prize money and now takes place on the same day as the $1 million The Hunter – one of the newer seven-figure races introduced by Racing NSW as part of the wider The Everest Carnival.

The 2021 NJC Spring Stakes ran on Saturday November 13, 2021 and was won by the favourite Festival Dancer ($5). 

Newcastle Spring Stakes
Date: Saturday November 13, 2021
Track: Newcastle Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO Set Weights
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2021 Newcastle Spring Stakes Results

  • 1st: #10 Festival Dancer ($5F)
  • 2nd: #5 War Eternal
  • 3rd: #4 Arnaqueur
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 10 FESTIVAL DANCER Matthew Smith Dylan Gibbons (a) 9 54.5kg $5F
2 5 WAR ETERNAL (NZ) Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 2.44L 2 56.5kg $10
3 4 ARNAQUEUR Jean Dubois Tommy Berry 2.75L 11 56.5kg $6.50
4 2 LEASE Anthony Cummings Nash Rawiller 2.8L 5 56.5kg (cd 57kg) $6
5 3 HOLSTEIN Matthew Dunn Andrew Adkins 3.69L 8 56.5kg $14
6 7 KOKORO John O’Shea Hugh Bowman 4.05L 10 56.5kg $6.50
7 8 LOCH EAGLE Kris Lees James McDonald 4.57L 4 56.5kg $10
8 9 MOON STORIES Theresa Bateup Brock Ryan (a) 6.29L 7 56.5kg $61
9 1 DUFRESNE Anthony Cummings Jason Collett 8.48L 12 56.5kg $11
10 6 CONTRIBUTINGFACTOR David Atkins Tim Clark 11.85L 6 56.5kg $9
11 12 IRONIC MISS Rodney Ollerton Kerrin McEvoy 14.3L 1 54.5kg $101
12 11 RED BOULEVARD (SAF) Paul Messara Robbie Dolan 14.8L 3 54.5kg $101

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Newcastle Jockey Club Spring Stakes Betting

Betting on the Newcastle Spring Stakes opens the week of the race with links to the full markets at Ladbrokes.com.au made available below as soon as released.

Festival Dancer ($5 in 2021) is the last Newcastle Spring Stakes favourite to win.

2021 Newcastle 3YO Spring Stakes Field

The NJC Spring Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of in-form three-year-olds many coming off good lead-up campaigns over the spring at Sydney’s metropolitan tracks.

The official Newcastle Spring Stakes 2021 final field and barriers are announced the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 262162 DUFRESNE Anthony Cummings Jason Collett 12 56.5kg 70
2 350×814232 LEASE Anthony Cummings Nash Rawiller 5 56.5kg 57kg 70
3 1×0471 HOLSTEIN Matthew Dunn Andrew Adkins 8 56.5kg 68
4 147×14485 ARNAQUEUR Jean Dubois Tommy Berry 11 56.5kg 67
5 521×79 WAR ETERNAL (NZ) Bjorn Baker Joshua Parr 2 56.5kg 67
6 51×211 CONTRIBUTINGFACTOR David Atkins Tim Clark 6 56.5kg 66
7 41 KOKORO John O’Shea Hugh Bowman 10 56.5kg 58
8 22 LOCH EAGLE Kris Lees James McDonald 4 56.5kg
9 31 MOON STORIES Theresa Bateup Brock Ryan (a) 7 56.5kg 54
10 0x50423111 FESTIVAL DANCER Matthew Smith Dylan Gibbons (a) 9 54.5kg 66
11 441 RED BOULEVARD (SAF) Paul Messara Robbie Dolan (late alt) 3 54.5kg 56
12 35×041 IRONIC MISS Rodney Ollerton Kerrin McEvoy 1 54.5kg 55

2021 Newcastle 3YO Spring Stakes Nominations

Early nominations for the Newcastle Spring Stakes 2021 close the Monday of race week and will be updated below once available.

Note: Nominations have been extended until 11:00AM (AEDT) on Tuesday November 9, 2021. 

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 147×14485 ARNAQUEUR C 3 Jean Dubois 67
2 51×211 CONTRIBUTINGFACTOR G 3 David Atkins 66
3 137×147 COTEHELE (NZ) C 3 John O’Shea 73
4 262162 DUFRESNE G 3 Anthony Cummings 70
5 0x50423111 FESTIVAL DANCER F 3 Matthew Smith 66
6 1×0471 HOLSTEIN G 3 Matthew Dunn 68
7 35×041 IRONIC MISS F 3 Rodney Ollerton 55
8 350×814232 LEASE C 3 Anthony Cummings 70
9 22 LOCH EAGLE C 3 Kris Lees
10 441 RED BOULEVARD (SAF) F 3 Paul Messara 56
11 521×79 WAR ETERNAL (NZ) C 3 Bjorn Baker 67

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Newcastle Spring Stakes History

The Newcastle Spring Stakes was first won by Blazing Devil at its inaugural edition in 1984. Since then, the race has been claimed by a number of handy runners and the event has gradually developed into an important spring staging point for many horses and trainers.

Initially a listed race, the Spring Stakes received an upgrade to Group 3 in 1999 and has retained that status ever since. There is also a Group 3 event called the Spring Stakes that is run by the SAJC, however that is not to be confused with the Newcastle Spring Stakes.

The Newcastle Spring Stakes was not held in 2007 due to the equine influenza outbreak.

Notable Newcastle Spring Stakes winners include Royal pardon (1988), Shogun Lodge (1999), Universal Prince (2000), Clangalang (2002) and Darci Be Good (2011). Spring Stakes results and winning times since 2000 are listed below.

The race was not run in 2016 and known simply as the Spring Stakes 2017 having been moved to Royal Randwick in February as part of the autumn due to construction at Newcastle’s Broadmeadow Racecourse.

Newcastle Spring Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Spring Stakes
1st Festival Dancer 1 minute 38.30 seconds
2nd War Eternal
3rd Arnaqueur
2020
Spring Stakes
1st The Elanora 1 minute 35.73 seconds
2nd High Supremacy
3rd Ellsberg
2019
Spring Stakes
1st Asiago 1 minute 36.85 seconds
2nd Game Of Thorns
3rd Donandkim
2018
Spring Stakes
1st Aramayo 1 minute 37.21 seconds
2nd Cloak
3rd Greysful Glamour
2017 (September)
Spring Stakes
1st Astoria 1 minute 37.03 seconds
2nd Merovee
3rd Primitivo
2017 (February at Randwick)
Spring Stakes
1st Invincible Gem 1 minute 36.43 seconds
2nd Faraway Town
3rd Salsonic
2016
Spring Stakes
1st Race Not Run (Schedule change to February)
2nd
3rd
2015
Spring Stakes
1st Devil Hawk 1 minute 37.3 seconds
2nd Tatoosh
3rd Gold Ambition
2014
Spring Stakes
1st Sweynesse 1 minute 38.2 seconds
2nd Pounamu
3rd Monteux
2013
Spring Stakes
1st Savvy Nature 1 minute 36.4 seconds
2nd Wordplay
3rd Happy Clapper
2012
Spring Stakes
1st Proisir 1 minute 35.8 seconds
2nd Trophies
3rd Proverb
2011
Spring Stakes
1st Darci Be Good 1 minute 36.6 seconds
2nd Rekindled Alliance
3rd Ambidexter
2010
Spring Stakes
1st Ilovethiscity 1 minute 37.0 seconds
2nd Giresun
3rd Heartsareforlove
2009
Spring Stakes
1st Lovemelikearock 1 minute 38.9 seconds
2nd Viking Legend
3rd Euphemism
2008
Spring Stakes
1st Sousa 1 minute 37.6 seconds
2nd Rhyno Chaser
3rd Back Off
2007
Spring Stakes
Race Not Held  
2006
Spring Stakes
1st Mearas 1 minute 36.1 seconds
2nd Magic Jet
3rd Teranaba
2005
Spring Stakes
1st Hotel Grand 1 minute 36.3 seconds
2nd Manton
3rd Flora Danica
2004
Spring Stakes
1st Lotteria 1 minute 35.3 seconds
2nd Wenceslas Square
3rd Dane Shadow
2003
Spring Stakes
1st Allgunadoit 1 minute 34.8 seconds
2nd Niello
3rd Danbird
2002
Spring Stakes
1st Clangalang 1 minute 37.7 seconds
2nd Recruiting
3rd Takas
2001
Spring Stakes
1st Magic Albert 1 minute 37.1 seconds
2nd Viscount
3rd Viking Ruler
2000
Spring Stakes
1st Universal Prince 1 minute 35.95 seconds
2nd Phoenix Park
3rd Picholine

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