Spring Stakes

The Spring Stakes is a Group 3 event held at Morphettville Racecourse in August as a potential Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival lead-up.

2020 SAJC Spring Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Behemoth
  • 2nd: #1 Dalasan
  • 3rd: #3 Kemalpasa



The Spring Stakes (SAJC) is a Group 3 sprinting event held at Adelaide’s Morphettville Racecourse in August each year and is run by the South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC).

Kicking off the minor Spring Racing Carnival in Adelaide, the Spring Stakes is an exciting weight-for-age sprint raced over 1200m for a total purse of $120,000.

For months after the Spring Stakes attracts a quality line-up of mainly local hopefuls mixed with interstate visitors looking for an early Black-Type to kick off their spring campaigns in. While increasingly the interstate horses make the trek, it is the local sprinters who really step up to the plate and boast a commanding record in the Spring Stakes results.

Recently the form out of the Morphettville Spring Stakes held up in Melbourne when local hope Dollar For Dollar (2018) went on to to run second in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m). The 2018 Spring Stakes winner Dollar For Dollar also placed third in the following year’s Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) in Brisbane.

In 2019 the Spring Stakes winner Dalasan traveled to Melbourne next start and won the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington. He also went on to run second in the following year’s Group 1 SA Derby in 2020. Further franking the form out of the Spring Stakes results in 2019 was the runner-up Scales Of Justice who won Caulfield’s Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) next start.

The Spring Stakes 2020 ran on Saturday August 15, 2020 and was won by the David Jolly-trained favourite Behemoth ($2.50).

Spring Stakes
Date: Saturday August 15, 2020
Track: Morphettville
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: WFA
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $120,000

2020 Spring Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Behemoth 
  • 2nd: #1 Dalasan
  • 3rd: #3 Kemalpasa

The punters had it right in the 2020 Spring Stakes results with David Jolly’s The Goodwood fourth placegetter Behemoth ($2.50) saluting as the favourite with a nearly two length win over last year’s champion Dalasan ($3.50).

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 BEHEMOTH David Jolly Todd Pannell 4 58.5kg $2.50F
2 1 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jason Holder 1.8L 11 58.5kg $3.50
3 3 KEMALPASA Richard & Chantelle Jolly Jake Toeroek 3.3L 3 58.5kg $12
4 6 FOX HALL Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 3.5L 7 58.5kg $31
5 11 RAINMOTH Richard & Chantelle Jolly Caitlin Jones (a) 4L 5 56.5kg $26
6 8 BALF’S CHOICE Ryan Balfour Dom Tourneur 5.9L 10 58.5kg $101
7 7 CROWN FONTEIN John Hickmott Sairyn Fawke 6.1L 2 58.5kg $61
8 12 EXTRA TIME Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Ms Jessica Eaton (a) 6.4L 8 51.5kg $6
9 9 MASTER CHUM Rob Wilkinson Ms Eran Boyd 7.7L 6 58.5kg $71
10 4 MORE THAN EXCEED (NZ) Phillip Stokes Ms Kayla Crowther 8.5L 1 58.5kg $9
11 5 MORVADA Peter Jolly Shayne Cahill 12L 9 58.5kg $51
10 ARKHAM KNIGHT John Macmillan Paul Gatt 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Spring Stakes Odds

The season’s leading Spring Stakes 2020 betting odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below the week of the race.

Behemoth ($2.50 in 2020) was the last favourite in Spring Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

2020 Spring Stakes Field

The official Spring Stakes 2020 Field & Barriers will be published below once final acceptances are taken on the Wednesday of race week.

Defending champion and last start SA Derby runner-up Dalasan leads a talented 12-horse 2020 Spring Stakes field in Adelaide on Saturday, the gun galloper drawn the far outside for his first-up run of the spring.

Click here to read about the favourites in 2020 Spring Stakes betting in Adelaide this weekend.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1x3555112x DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jason Holder 12 58.5kg 103
2 x24184x24x BEHEMOTH David Jolly Todd Pannell 5 58.5kg 103
3 31111x4x8x KEMALPASA Richard & Chantelle Jolly Jake Toeroek 4 58.5kg 99
4 92×4015721 MORE THAN EXCEED (NZ) Phillip Stokes Ms Kayla Crowther 1 58.5kg 94
5 441121208x MORVADA Peter Jolly Shayne Cahill 10 58.5kg 92
6 x10200x57x FOX HALL Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 8 58.5kg 87
7 146x0x4083 CROWN FONTEIN John Hickmott Sairyn Fawke 2 58.5kg 86
8 915203808x BALF’S CHOICE Ryan Balfour Dom Tourneur 11 58.5kg 85
9 x34211120x MASTER CHUM Rob Wilkinson Ms Eran Boyd 7 58.5kg 81
10 0497013742 ARKHAM KNIGHT John Macmillan Paul Gatt 3 58.5kg 80
11 1110x612x2 RAINMOTH Richard & Chantelle Jolly Caitlin Jones (a) 6 56.5kg 76
12 2x271x EXTRA TIME Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Ms Jessica Eaton (a) 9 51.5kg 72

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Spring Stakes Nominations

Early SAJC Spring Stakes 2020 nominations close the Monday of race week with the full entries to be published below.

The 2020 Spring Stakes nominations drew 14 hopefuls including the defending champion Dalasan whose last start produced a Group 1 SA Derby second, and Golden Eagle and The Goodwood fourth placegetter Behemoth.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 0497013742 ARKHAM KNIGHT G 7 John Macmillan 80
2 915203808x BALF’S CHOICE G 8 Ryan Balfour 85
3 2252144235 BEEOKAY G 6 Grant Young 64
4 x24184x24x BEHEMOTH G 5 David Jolly 103
5 146x0x4083 CROWN FONTEIN G 6 John Hickmott 86
6 1x3555112x DALASAN H 4 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 103
7 2x271x EXTRA TIME G 3 Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas 72
8 x10200x57x FOX HALL G 7 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 87
9 31111x4x8x KEMALPASA G 5 Richard & Chantelle Jolly 99
10 x34211120x MASTER CHUM G 6 Rob Wilkinson 81
11 92×4015721 MORE THAN EXCEED (NZ) G 5 Phillip Stokes 94
12 441121208x MORVADA G 7 Peter Jolly 92
13 1110x612x2 RAINMOTH M 6 Richard & Chantelle Jolly 76
14 4504263564 STAR OF MONSOON G 7 Grant Young 66

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Spring Stakes History

Redelva won the inaugural edition of the Spring Stakes in 1988, and then went on to win the race for the next two years. Redelva remains the only horse to seize three straight victories in the Spring Stakes. This compares to Hero Wind, who has also won three Spring Stakes, but not consecutively (1994, 1995, 1997).

There is a Group 3 race held in Newcastle that shares its name with the Morphettville Spring Stakes, although that is a mile event for three year olds run under set weight conditions.

Punters use Spring Stakes results for form guidance during the remainder of the spring in Adelaide. Because major racing tapers off, those quality sprinters who will be staying home for the season tend to seek nomination in the Spring Stakes.

Notable Spring Stakes winners include Black Rouge (1992), Super Elegant (2005), Rebel Raider (2010), Happy Trails (2012), Dollar For Dollar (2018) and Dalasan (2019).

Spring Stakes results since 2000 are listed below.

Spring Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Spring Stakes
1st Behemoth 1 minute 10.80 seconds
2nd Dalasan
3rd Kemalpasa
2019
Spring Stakes
1st Dalasan 1 minute 10.43 seconds
2nd Scales Of Justice
3rd Waging War
2018
Spring Stakes
1st Dollar For Dollar 1 minute 12.02 seconds
2nd Hard Empire
3rd Inn Keeper
2017
Spring Stakes
1st Mio Dio 1 minute 13.6 seconds
2nd Lord Aspen
3rd Casino Wizard
2016
Spring Stakes
1st Beirut 1 minute 13.5 seconds
2nd Riziz
3rd Rocket Commander
2015
Spring Stakes
1st Red Eclipse 1 minute 12.7 seconds
2nd Whitlam
3rd Richie’s Vibe
2014
Spring Stakes
1st Riziz 1 minute 13.2 seconds
2nd Light It Up
3rd Karacatis
2013
Spring Stakes
1st Just Discreet 1 minute 12.8 seconds
2nd Meliora
3rd Golden Penny
2012
Spring Stakes
1st Happy Trails 1 minute 11.9 seconds
2nd Gossip Girl
3rd Southern Speed
2011
Spring Stakes
1st Uxorious 1 minute 13.6 seconds
2nd Periduki
3rd Valentine Miss
2010
Spring Stakes
1st Rebel Raider 1 minute 15.1 seconds
2nd Xaieta
3rd Likable Will
2009
Spring Stakes
1st Midnight Mustang 1 minute 09.7 seconds
2nd Magical Pearl
3rd Cerberus Gal
2008
Spring Stakes
1st El Maze 1 minute 13.2 seconds
2nd Sensational Toy
3rd Niconero
2007
Spring Stakes
1st Zupaone 1 minute 11.8 seconds
2nd Amyjaye Power
3rd El Maze
2006
Spring Stakes
1st Royal Ida 1 minute 09.9 seconds
2nd Shablec
3rd Bruges
2005
Spring Stakes
1st Super Elegant 1 minute 09.9 seconds
2nd Fly For Me
3rd Squillani
2004
Spring Stakes
1st Sky CUddle 1 minute 11.2 seconds
2nd Squillani
3rd Zip Zip Aray
2003
Spring Stakes
1st Squillani 1 minute 11.5 seconds
2nd Nadema
3rd Lawsons Storm
2002
Spring Stakes
1st Strategic Image 1 minute 11.1 seconds
2nd Romilada
3rd Star Hit
2001
Spring Stakes
1st Flavour 1 minute 16.2 seconds
2nd Spice Doll
3rd Star Hit
2000
Spring Stakes
1st Spice Doll 1 minute 15.2 seconds
2nd Hand Pass
3rd Euclase Pat

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