Sandown Stakes

The Sandown Stakes is a Group 3 handicap held at Ladbrokes Park. Traditionally run in November on Zipping Classic Day, the 2021 edition took place in late September on Underwood Stakes Day.

2021 Sandown Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Elephant
  • 2nd: #4 Romancer
  • 3rd: #3 Harbour Views



The 2021 Sandown Stakes is a 1500m Group 3 event traditionally held at Sandown Racecourse – now Ladbrokes Park – in mid-November* on the Saturday after Mackinnon Stakes Day closes the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

*Note: The 2021 Sandown Stakes ran on Underwood Stakes Day on Saturday September 25, 2021 Ladbrokes Park Hillside. 

Run under quality handicap conditions, the Sandown Stakes is open to all horses and pays $200,000 prize money as of 2021

The Sandown Stakes is traditionally held on Zipping Classic Day run at Ladbrokes Park. It is the biggest day of racing at Sandown Racecourse and also marks the end of spring group racing in Melbourne. Other races held on the same program include the Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m), Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m), Group 3 Eclipse Stakes (1800m), Group 3 Summoned Stakes (1500m), Group 3 Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m) and three listed events, one of which is the 3200m Sandown Cup.

Horses typically target the Sandown Stakes towards the end of their spring campaign. Look to other handicaps held over similar distances for form leading into this race including the Sale Cup (1600m) held at the end of October. Gold Fields (2019) was the last horse to complete the Sale Cup – Sandown Stakes double.

Following the Sandown Stakes, many runners head to the paddock for a break before the autumn. Some choose to head west and compete in races at Ascot and Belmont Park in Perth.

The 2021 Sandown Stakes ran on Saturday September 25, 2021 as part of Underwood Stakes Day having been moved from Zipping Classic Day for the 2021 edition and was won by the favourite Elephant. 

Sandown Stakes 2021
Date: Saturday September 25, 2021
Track: Sandown Racecourse
Distance: 1500m
Race Type: Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2021 Sandown Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Elephant
  • 2nd: #4 Romancer
  • 3rd: #3 Harbour Views

New Zealand-trained Shocking gelding Elephant ($2.35) atoned for his only career loss to date (2nd in the Group 2 Feehan Stakes) to return to winning form in the Sandown Stakes 2021 results on Underwood Stakes Day.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 ELEPHANT (NZ) Emma-Lee & David Browne Damian Lane 3 58.5kg $2.35F
2 4 ROMANCER (NZ) Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 1.25L 6 57kg $11
3 3 HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) Matthew Williams Dean Yendall 3.25L 5 57.5kg $7.50
4 6 CHERRY TORTONI Patrick Payne Jye McNeil 3.45L 2 55kg $3
5 1 LUNAR FOX Paul Preusker Brett Prebble 3.65L 4 59kg $19
6 5 ZIEGFELD (GB) James Cummings Damien Oliver 10.65L 1 55.5kg $9.50
7 WORSFOLD Nick Smart Will Price (a) 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Sandown Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Sandown Stakes 2021 betting odds will be listed below complete with links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au for you to take advantage of your Sandown Stakes Tips at the best spring odds.

Elephant ($2.35 in 2021) was the last favourite in Sandown Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

2021 Sandown Stakes Field

*Note: For 2021 the Sandown Stakes field faced off on Underwood Stakes Day in late September.

The Sandown Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of middle-distance sprinters coming off a variety of different earlier Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival events. Good lead-up races into the Sandown Stakes field include the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) in early October, the Group 1 Kennedy Cantala (1600m) on VRC Derby Day a fortnight earlier or the Group 3 Chatham Stakes (1400m).

The official Sandown Stakes 2021 Field & Barriers will be announced on the Wednesday before race and published in full below once released by Racing Victoria.

The 2021 Sandown Stakes final field features a small line-up of horses led in betting by Group 1 place-getter and Adelaide Guineas winner Cherry Tortoni

  • Scratched: #7 Worsfold (2)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 457x0140x9 LUNAR FOX Paul Preusker Brett Prebble 5 59kg 104
2 1x111x12 ELEPHANT (NZ) Emma-Lee & David Browne Damian Lane 4 58.5kg 103
3 314x3640x1 HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) Matthew Williams Dean Yendall 6 57.5kg 101
4 4346×18250 ROMANCER (NZ) Grahame Begg Jordan Childs 7 57kg 100
5 12x5x42429 ZIEGFELD (GB) James Cummings Damien Oliver 1 55.5kg 97
6 14x42451x2 CHERRY TORTONI Patrick Payne Jye McNeil 3 55kg 96
7 136×11243 WORSFOLD Nick Smart Will Price (a) 2 54kg 70

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Sandown Stakes Nominations

The Sandown Stakes 2021 nominations are released on the Monday prior to the race and the full list of early entries will be available below as soon as announced.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 457x0140x9 LUNAR FOX H 4 Paul Preusker 1 59kg 104
2 1x111x12 ELEPHANT (NZ) G 5 Emma-Lee & David Browne 2 58.5kg 103
3 314x3640x1 HARBOUR VIEWS (FR) G 7 Matthew Williams 3 57.5kg 101
4 4346×18250 ROMANCER (NZ) G 8 Grahame Begg 4 57kg 100
5 x09x1111x9 IRONCLAD (GB) G 6 Will Clarken 5 56.5kg 99
6 12x5x42429 ZIEGFELD (GB) G 5 James Cummings 6 55.5kg 97
7 14x42451x2 CHERRY TORTONI G 4 Patrick Payne 7 55kg 96
8 16×0211224 KING MAGNUS G 6 Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock 8 54kg 93
9 61x0214x7x TAVIDANCE (NZ) G 6 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 9 54kg 91
10 x11042x081 MILTON PARK G 4 John Moloney 10 54kg 80
11 1615x0485x EMBOLISM G 4 Danny O’Brien 11 54kg 80
12 12x1235x1 SIRILEO MISS M 4 Symon Wilde 12 54kg 79
13 281×931211 SO YOU ASSUME M 4 Shane Nichols 13 54kg 78
14 1721×00944 DO YOU RECKON G 6 Julius Sandhu 14 54kg 78
15 33112x26x5 PRIDE OF JENNI M 4 Symon Wilde 15 54kg 72
16 136×11243 WORSFOLD G 5 Nick Smart 16 54kg 70

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Sandown Stakes History

Inaugurated in 1981, the Sandown Stakes has a relatively brief history, but one that is filled with quality racing. It was initially known as the GJ Coles Stakes. It has also been known as the Coles New World Stakes.

Given Group 3 status in 1984, the Sandown Stakes has played an important role in Sandown racing.

Notable recent Sandown Stakes winners include Swick (2006), Pornichet (2014) and Redkirk Warrior who went on to win the following autumn’s Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) down the Flemington straight.  Sandown Stakes results, winners and placegetters since 2000 are provided below.

In 2021 the Sandown Stakes ran at Ladbrokes Park on Underwood Stakes Day in late September.

Sandown Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Sandown Stakes
1st Elephant 1 minute 30.16 seconds
2nd Romancer
3rd Harbour Views
2020
Sandown Stakes
1st Junipal 1 minute 29.71 seconds
2nd Kenya
3rd Buffalo River
2019
Sandown Stakes
1st Gold Fields 1 minute 30.29 seconds
2nd Mr Exclusive
3rd Travimyfriend
2018
Sandown Stakes
1st Fifty Stars 1 minute 31.08 seconds
2nd Holy Snow
3rd Fastnet Tempest
2017
Sandown Stakes
1st Dollar For Dollar 1 minute 29.94 seconds
2nd Hellova Street
3rd Moss ‘N’ Dale
2016
Sandown Stakes
1st Redkirk Warrior 1 minute 30.66 seconds
2nd Stratum Star
3rd Un De Sceaux
2015
Sandown Stakes
1st Charmed Harmony 1 minute 29.4 seconds
2nd Tashbeeh
3rd Burning Point
2014
Sandown Stakes
1st Pornichet 1 minute 29.6 seconds
2nd General Groove
3rd Spacecraft
2013
Sandown Stakes
1st Mahisara 1 minute 23.5 seconds
2nd Go The Knuckle
3rd Galah
2012
Sandown Stakes
1st Mahisara 1 minute 29.2 seconds
2nd Morant
3rd Raspberries
2011
Sandown Stakes
1st Under The Eiffel 1 minute 32.4 seconds
2nd Sistine Angel
3rd Orbit Express
2010
Sandown Stakes
1st Larry’s Never Late 1 minute 33.2 seconds
2nd Demerit
3rd Rockpecker
2009
Sandown Stakes
1st Nine Tales 1 minute 30.6 seconds
2nd Jungle Ruler
3rd Itsamonty
2008
Sandown Stakes
1st Chasm 1 minute 31.8 seconds
2nd Marching
3rd Orbit Express
2007
Sandown Stakes
1st Gotta Have Heart 1 minute 24.9 seconds
2nd Royal Ida
3rd Great Is Great
2006
Sandown Stakes
1st Swick 1 minute 22.0 seconds
2nd Anwaar
3rd Cargo Cult
2005
Sandown Stakes
1st Titanic Jack 1 minute 31.5 seconds
2nd Zankel
3rd Chickaloo
2004
Sandown Stakes
1st Amtrak 1 minute 27.8 seconds
2nd Smart And Mighty
3rd Shadowmaker
2003
Sandown Stakes
1st Chong Tong 1 minute 23.5 seconds
2nd Lord Volksraad
3rd Green Pick
2002
Sandown Stakes
1st Salgado 1 minute 22.7 seconds
2nd Mr Magoo
3rd Lord Erin
2001
Sandown Stakes
1st Little Dozer 1 minute 23.2 seconds
2nd Le Zagaletta
3rd Dynamic Love
2000
Sandown Stakes
1st Normal Practice 1 minute 21.4 seconds
2nd Ab Initio
3rd Cellar

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