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.

2022 Southern Cross Stakes Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD



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).

In 2021 Masked Crusader won the Southern Cross Stakes before a next-up third in the Canterbury Stakes. He went on to win the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) after that at Moonee Valley and place second in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) during that year’s ‘The Championships’. Masked Crusader further franked the autumn’s Southern Cross Stakes form over the spring, his campaign headlined by a second in the $15 million The Everest behind Nature Strip.

The Southern Cross Stakes 2022 runs on Saturday February 12, 2022. 

2022 Southern Cross Stakes
Date: Saturday February 12, 2022
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 3YO&Up / Open / Qlty Hcp.
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2022 Southern Cross Stakes Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

2022 Southern Cross Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Southern Cross Stakes 2022 odds and betting market links courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au will be available right here once announced the week of Apollo Stakes Day.

Special Reward ($3 in 2020) and Masked Crusader ($2.25 in 2021) are the latest favourites in Southern Cross Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

2022 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 2022 Southern Cross Stakes Field & Barriers are set for release on Wednesday February 9, 2022 and will be published in full below.

2022 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 2022 nominations close on Monday February 7, 2022 and will be released below as soon as available.

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
2022
Southern Cross Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2021
Southern Cross Stakes
1st Masked Crusader 1 minute 10.62 seconds
2nd Southern Lad
3rd Victorem
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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