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.

2021 SAJC Spring Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Behemoth (on protest)
  • 2nd: #3 Beau Rossa
  • 3rd: #4 Ritratto



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 $127,250.

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.

In 2020 the Spring Stakes winner Behemoth went on to win both the Memsie Stakes and Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Group 1 level in Melbourne.

Behemoth returned in 2021 to officially secure back-to-back Spring Stakes victories after claiming the Group 3 on protest.

The Spring Stakes 2021 ran on Saturday August 14, 2021 and saw the odds-on favourite and defending champion Behemoth win on protest.

Spring Stakes
Date: Saturday August 14, 2021
Track: Morphettville
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: WFA
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $127,250

2021 Spring Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Behemoth
  • 2nd: #3 Beau Rossa
  • 3rd: #3 Ritratto

The David Jolly-trained Behemoth ($1.60F) officially secured back-to-back wins in the Spring Stakes 2021 results, the defending champion crossing second after copping interference only to win the race on protest over original first past the post Beau Rossa ($2.70).

The 2019 champion and last year’s runner-up Dalasan meanwhile broke free from the barriers and took off and was officially scratched.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 BEHEMOTH David Jolly Ms Kayla Crowther 3 58.5kg $1.60F
2 3 BEAU ROSSA Will Clarken Todd Pannell 0.1L 1 58.5kg $2.70
3 4 RITRATTO Mick Huxtable Karl Zechner 4L 4 58.5kg $31
4 6 ONE MORE JACK Shane Oxlade Justin Potter 5.4L 2 58.5kg $20
5 8 WURLIES LASTCHANCE Lindsay Cadzow Ms Eran Boyd 6.1L 5 56.5kg $101
6 7 PERFECT ROUTE Mick Huxtable Ms Jessica Eaton 6.2L 6 58.5kg $21
SB 2 DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jason Holder 0 58.5kg
5 SECOND SLIP (NZ) Will Clarken Jake Toeroek 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Spring Stakes Odds

The season’s leading Spring Stakes 2021 betting odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below the week of the race.

Behemoth ($2.50 in 2020 and $1.65 in 2021) was the last favourite in Spring Stakes betting to salute for the punters going back-to-back after winning his second on protest.

2021 Spring Stakes Field

The official Spring Stakes 2021 Field & Barriers will be published below once final acceptances are taken on the Wednesday of race week.

The 2021 Spring Stakes final field features eight sprinters led by the defending champion and subsequent dual Group 1 winner in Melbourne last spring Behemoth along with the race’s 2019 winner Dalasan.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 110x143x7x BEHEMOTH David Jolly Ms Kayla Crowther 5 58.5kg 113
2 5407x0733x DALASAN Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas Jason Holder 4 58.5kg 107
3 17x11210x1 BEAU ROSSA Will Clarken Todd Pannell 2 58.5kg 90
4 1311x1224x RITRATTO Mick Huxtable Karl Zechner 6 58.5kg 84
5 431x11125x SECOND SLIP (NZ) Will Clarken Jake Toeroek 1 58.5kg 80
6 14x31614x7 ONE MORE JACK Shane Oxlade Justin Potter 3 58.5kg 80
7 211112x PERFECT ROUTE Mick Huxtable Ms Jessica Eaton 8 58.5kg 73
8 56616406×1 WURLIES LASTCHANCE Lindsay Cadzow Ms Eran Boyd 7 56.5kg 60

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Spring Stakes Nominations

Early SAJC Spring Stakes 2021 nominations close the Monday of race week.

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), Dalasan (2019) and subsequent Group 1 Memsie Stakes – Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes double winner Behemoth (2020, 2021).

Behemoth won the 2021 Spring Stakes on protest over first-past-the-post Beau Rossa after copping interference.

Spring Stakes results since 2000 are listed below.

Spring Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Spring Stakes
1st Behemoth (On Protest) 1 minute 13.24 seconds
2nd Beau Rossa
3rd Ritratto
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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