Newcastle Spring Stakes

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

2019 Spring Stakes Results

  • 1st: #9 Asiago
  • 2nd: #11 Game Of Thorns
  • 3rd: #3 Donandkim



The Newcastle 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 new seven-figure races introduced by Racing NSW as part of the wider The Everest Carnival.

The 2019 NJC Spring Stakes ran on Saturday November 16, 2019 and was won by the Godolphin-raced filly Asiago in an upset. 

Newcastle Spring Stakes
Date: Saturday November 16, 2019
Track: Newcastle Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO Set Weights
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2019 Newcastle Spring Stakes Results

  • 1st: #9 Asiago
  • 2nd: #11 Game Of Thrones
  • 3rd: #3 Donandkim

There was a notable upset in the Newcastle Spring Stakes 2019 results with three double-figure roughies filling the trifecta. Godolphin-raced filly Asiago ($21) enjoyed a narrow win over the Kris Lees-trained Game Of Thorns ($21), while Donandkim for Gerald Ryan was another $21 outsider who placed third.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 9 ASIAGO James Cummings Ms Rachel King 10 54.5kg $21
2 11 GAME OF THORNS Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 0.24L 7 54.5kg $21
3 3 DONANDKIM Gerald Ryan James Innes Jnr 0.84L 4 56.5kg $21
4 4 CONVINCED Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 1.67L 11 56.5kg $18
5 1 RULE THE WORLD Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 2.11L 8 56.5kg $2.10F
6 5 JUST SOCIETY (NZ) John O’Shea James McDonald 2.82L 12 56.5kg $20
7 10 BRIGHT RUBICK John Ramsey Darryl McLellan 3.91L 1 54.5kg $21
8 6 INDY CAR Anthony Cummings Tommy Berry 4.05L 3 56.5kg $8
9 2 ROCK AMORE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Nash Rawiller 4.13L 2 56.5kg $15
10 7 KAVALMO (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 5.9L 6 56.5kg $5
11 12 SKY DIAMONDS Gary Portelli Robbie Dolan (a) 6.53L 5 54.5kg $101
12 8 ELVEZIO Clarry Conners Ms Kacie Adams 10.7L 9 56.5kg $201

2019 NJC 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.

2019 NJC 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 2019 final field and barriers are announced the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

The 2019 Newcastle Spring Stakes field attracted a dozen three-year-olds including a number of last start winners such as the undefeated Rule The Word for Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, and Gerald Ryan’s flying Donandkim chasing a fourth straight win this campaign.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 11×1 RULE THE WORLD Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 8 56.5kg 76
2 574×147 ROCK AMORE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Nash Rawiller 2 56.5kg 68
3 0x0x111 DONANDKIM Gerald Ryan James Innes Jnr 4 56.5kg 66
4 331×31 CONVINCED Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 11 56.5kg 65
5 8×312 JUST SOCIETY (NZ) John O’Shea James McDonald 12 56.5kg 62
6 14 INDY CAR Anthony Cummings Tommy Berry 3 56.5kg 60
7 8×515 KAVALMO (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 6 56.5kg 60
8 26175 ELVEZIO Clarry Conners Ms Kacie Adams 9 56.5kg 59
9 3x587x1118 ASIAGO James Cummings Ms Rachel King 10 54.5kg 70
10 28×73111 BRIGHT RUBICK John Ramsey Darryl McLellan 1 54.5kg 68
11 154×83 GAME OF THORNS Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 7 54.5kg 65
12 93×53311 SKY DIAMONDS Gary Portelli Robbie Dolan (a) 5 54.5kg 65

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
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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