Southern Cross Stakes

The Southern Cross Stakesis a Group 3 sprint held at Royal Randwick on Apollo Stakes Day in February during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

2020 Southern Cross Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Special Reward
  • 2nd: #2 Cascadian
  • 3rd: #1 Jungle Edge



The Southern Cross Stakes is a Group 3 race run at Royal Randwick on Apollo Stakes Day in February during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

The race is open to horses aged three-years-old and over and the open quality handicap is run over a 1200m sprint distance. The event offers $160,000 in prize money and is run on the same day as the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) and the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m), as well as the Group 3 Triscay Stakes (1200m).

Sprinters may come into the Southern Cross Stakes field via an earlier autumn run in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill a fortnight before. Many Southern Cross Stakes graduates will go on to run in the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) at Warwick Farm two weeks later.

Some of the better sprinters may head south for a shot at the Group 1 sprints of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival such as the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Blue Diamond Stakes Day or the Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington in March.

Later in Sydney the top horses could shoot for a run in April’s Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick during ‘The Championships’.

The Southern Cross Stakes also provides a nice first-up autumn run for horses eyeing a start in the following month’s Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) on Randwick Guineas Day, a double last completed by Le Romain (2017).

The Southern Cross Stakes 2020 ran on Saturday February 15, 2020 and was won by the Kris Lees-trained favourite Special Reward. 

2020 Southern Cross Stakes
Date: Saturday February 15, 2020
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 3YO&Up / Open / Qlty Hcp.
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2020 Southern Cross Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Special Reward
  • 2nd: #2 Cascadian
  • 3rd: #1 Jungle Edge

The Kris Lees-trained Special Reward ($3) may not have wanted to go into the gates pre-race, but once there the horse was too good for his rivals charging home for a quarter-length win over the well-backed market mover Cascadian ($3.30) who flew home late down the outside but just couldn’t get there in time. Veteran wet tracker Jungle Edge ($7) led early before being run down to eventually finish a brave third.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 6 SPECIAL REWARD Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 4 53kg (cd 54kg) $3F
2 2 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Glen Boss 0.4L 6 57.5kg $3.30
3 1 JUNGLE EDGE Mick Bell Ms Jade Darose 1.4L 5 59kg $7
4 4 ASHLOR Dan McCarthy Zac Spain 1.5L 7 53kg $10
5 5 DESERT LORD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 3.2L 2 53kg (cd 54kg) $4
6 8 REIBY’S REGENT Jason Attard & Lucy Keegan-Attard Ms Kathy O’Hara 4.5L 3 53kg $101
7 7 PRESS BOX Dean Mirfin Jay Ford 7.1L 1 53kg $101
3 LANCIATO (NZ) Mark Newnham Ms Rachel King 0

2020 Southern Cross Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Southern Cross Stakes 2020 odds and betting market links courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au will be available right here once announced the week of Apollo Stakes Day.

2020 Southern Cross Stakes Field

The Southern Cross Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of usually local Sydney sprinters at the start of their autumn racing campaigns and is released by Racing NSW on the Wednesday before the race.

The official 2020 Southern Cross Stakes Field & Barriers are set for release on Wednesday February 12, 2020 and will be published in full below.

The Southern Cross Stakes 2020 final field features just the eight sprinters with Mick Bell’s evergreen veteran Jungle Edge favourite to continue his excellent form after the WJ Adams Stakes win first-up in the wet.

Update: There are just seven remaining runners in the 2020 Southern Cross Stakes field after top horseman Mark Newnham withdrew his runner #3 Lanciato (4).

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 413226x7x1 JUNGLE EDGE Mick Bell Ms Jade Darose 6 59kg 107
2 128x54713x CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Glen Boss 7 57.5kg 104
3 4805x5409x LANCIATO (NZ) Mark Newnham Ms Rachel King 4 54kg 97
4 74x4560x65 ASHLOR Dan McCarthy Zac Spain 8 53kg 94
5 31x1x4399x DESERT LORD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 2 53kg (Probable weight 54kg) 90
6 x1111x56x2 SPECIAL REWARD Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 5 53kg (Probable weight 54kg) 90
7 111x316x56 PRESS BOX Dean Mirfin Jay Ford 1 53kg 71
8 7x53418x52 REIBY’S REGENT Jason Attard & Lucy Keegan-Attard Ms Kathy O’Hara 3 53kg 60

2020 Southern Cross Stakes Nominations

The Southern Cross Stakes nominations are a first look at the possible sprinters to run in the Apollo Stakes Day support act and close on the Monday before race day.

The Southern Cross Stakes 2020 nominations close on Monday February 10, 2020 and will be released below as soon as available.

The 2020 Southern Cross Stakes nominations attracted a dozen gallopers led by veteran nine-year-old mudlark Jungle Edge coming off a first-up upset in the Listed WJ Healy Stakes.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Hcp. Rating
1 x11x12714x DEPRIVE G 5 James Cummings 1= 59kg 59kg 107
2 413226x7x1 JUNGLE EDGE G 9 Mick Bell 1= 59kg 59kg 107
3 368105x77x I AM EXCITED M 5 David Pfieffer 3 56.5kg 56.5kg 106
4 128x54713x CASCADIAN (GB) G 5 James Cummings 4 57.5kg 57.5kg 104
5 2x85403x71 CRADLE MOUNTAIN G 6 Clare Cunningham 5 54.5kg 54.5kg 98
6 4805x5409x LANCIATO (NZ) G 7 Mark Newnham 6 54kg 54kg 97
7 74x4560x65 ASHLOR G 6 Dan McCarthy 7 53kg 53kg 94
8 31x1x4399x DESERT LORD G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 8= 53kg 53kg 90
9 x11127420x NOTATION M 4 Matthew Dale 8= 53kg 53kg 90
10 x1111x56x2 SPECIAL REWARD G 4 Kris Lees 8= 53kg 53kg 90
11 111x316x56 PRESS BOX M 4 Dean Mirfin 11 53kg 53kg 71
12 7x53418x52 REIBY’S REGENT G 4 Jason Attard & Lucy Keegan-Attard 12 53kg 53kg

Southern Cross Stakes History

The Southern Cross Stakes was first run in 1940 and won by Gold Rod. A number of genuine turf sprint stars have added their names to the Southern Cross Stakes winners’ list since then including Gunsynd (1972), Terravista (2014) and the previous year’s Randwick Guineas champ Le Romain (2017).

The race started out as a Principal race, gained Listed status in 1980 and has been run as a Group 3 event since 1989. It has gone by a number of different race names over the years including the Frederick Clissold Handicap, Anniversary Cup and has been known as the Southern Cross Stakes since 2009. The race has also been conducted at a number of Sydney’s racecourses including Canterbury Park and Rosehill Gardens.

Recent Southern Cross Stakes Winners

See below for a full list of Southern Cross Stakes winners and results going back to the year 2000.

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Southern Cross Stakes
1st Special Reward 1 minute 10.02 seconds
2nd Cascadian
3rd Jungle Edge
2019
Southern Cross Stakes
1st Eckstein 1 minute 9.16 seconds
2nd Dothraki
3rd Brutal
2018
Southern Cross Stakes
1st Kaepernick 1 minute 10.53 seconds
2nd Dothraki
3rd Boss Lane
2017
Southern Cross Stakes
1st Le Romain 1 minute 10.39 seconds
2nd Big Money
3rd Snippets Land
2016
Southern CrossStakes
1st Big Money 1 minute 9.4 seconds
2nd Decision Time
3rd Rich Enuff
2015
Southern CrossStakes
1st Heart Testa 1 minute 9.6 seconds
2nd Driefontein
3rd Territory
2014
Southern CrossStakes
1st Terravista 1 minute 8.6 seconds
2nd Albrecht
3rd My Destiny
2013
Southern CrossStakes
1st Skytrain 1 minute 13.5 seconds
2nd Streama
3rd Onthelookout
2012
Southern CrossStakes
1st No Evidence Needed 1 minute 10.0 seconds
2nd Neeson
3rd Secret Admirer
2011
Southern CrossStakes
1st Sister Madly 1 minute 8.5 seconds
2nd Pinwheel
3rd Cardinal Virtue
2010
Southern Cross Stakes
1st Kenny’s World 1 minute 11.0 seconds
2nd Dreamscape
3rd Geared Up
2009
Southern CrossStakes
1st Marchinski 1 minute 10.1 seconds
2nd Kenny’s World
3rd Raise
2008
Frederick Clissold Stakes
1st Hoystar 1 minute 10.0 seconds
2nd Friday Creek
3rd Danleigh
2007
Frederick Clissold Stakes
1st The Free Stater 1 minute 8.7 seconds
2nd The Jackal
3rd Century Serb
2006
Frederick Clissold Stakes
1st Collate 1 minute 9.5 seconds
2nd Utzon
3rd Damigos
2005
Frederick Clissold Stakes
1st Cool Front 1 minute 10.2 seconds
2nd Utzon
3rd Patezza
2004
Frederick Clissold Stakes
1st Britt’s Best 1 minute 10.0 seconds
2nd Fiery Venture
3rd Shags
2003
Premier Express Freight Stakes
1st Gordo 1 minute 10.2 seconds
2nd Presently
3rd Salgado
2002
Frederick Clissold Stakes
1st Lord Essex 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Crawl
3rd Dottoressa
2001
Frederick Clissold Stakes
1st Ab Initio 1 minute 9.0 seconds
2nd Strabane
3rd Pittance
2000
Frederick Clissold Stakes
1st Pimpala Prince 1 minute 9.8 seconds
2nd Spying
3rd Iglesia

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