The 2017 Sapphire Stakes is a Group 2 contest held annually in April at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. The race is specifically for fillies and mares over a trip of 1200m. The Sapphire Stakes runs under set weight conditions and has prize money totalling $300,000.
The event takes place on one of the most important cards during Sydney’s autumn racing carnival, Derby Day. Headlining this days racing is the Group 1 AJC Australian Derby as well as the TJ Smith Stakes and AJC Sires Produce Stakes.
The Sapphire Stakes continually attracts a field with good depth and you can usually expect a high number of entries.
Looks for horses coming into this event that have already performed at black type level, especially the Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes in the weeks before at Rosehill.
There’s also a chance horses may have come here from Group 1 level earlier on with both the Coolmore Stud Stakes and Queen Of The Turf Stakes having provided runners in the past.
The Listed Wiggle Stakes at Warwick Farm is also a possible lead in for horses rising in grade.
The Sapphire Stakes has history back to 1998 with previous winners including Spinning Hill which claimed a double in 2000 and 2011 as well as Glamour Puss in 2005 and recently Hurtle Myrtle in 2011.
2017 Sapphire Stakes Field
The 2017 Sapphire Stakes Field can be seen below.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||600x11412x||TYCOON TARA||Peter & Paul Snowden||–||11||57kg||108|
|2||85520x21x1||ARTISTRY||Peter & Paul Snowden||–||7||55.5kg||105|
|3||7024x167x5||SECRET AGENDA||Mick Price||Damien Oliver||12||55.5kg||100|
|4||121140×818||OCEAN EMBERS||Shea Eden||Luke Nolen||10||55.5kg||98|
|5||0x2248x428||THAMES COURT||David Brideoake||Mark Zahra||8||55kg||99|
|6||1438×10135||ZESTFUL||Kris Lees||Jason Collett||9||55kg||97|
|7||19x30380x9||SAVOUREUX||Kris Lees||Sam Clipperton||14||55kg||96|
|8||31x5740x67||SERENE MAJESTY||Peter & Paul Snowden||–||13||55kg||89|
|9||2x3610x0x7||TEMPT ME NOT||James Cummings||Tim Clark||4||55kg||87|
|10||x44434x240||DENMAGIC||David Pfieffer||Corey Brown||2||54kg||96|
|11||1x11x2451x||RAVI||Peter & Paul Snowden||–||15||54kg||92|
|12||54x24x1128||HIEROGLYPHICS||Anthony & Edward Cummings||Craig Williams||16||54kg||90|
|13||1x66735x19||MISSROCK||Robbie Laing||Damian Lane||1||54kg||86|
|14||5x6576222x||UNEQUIVOCAL||Noel Mayfield-Smith||Jay Ford||6||54kg||85|
|15||640x15734x||PAINTED FIRETAIL||John O’Shea||Tommy Berry||3||54kg||75|
|16||23x12237x5||LEAMI ASTRAY||Robert & Luke Price||–||5||54kg||71|
2017 Sapphire Stakes Nominations
Here are the 2016 Nominations for the Sapphire Stakes.
Sapphire Stakes Winners & Results
Winners and placers in the Sapphire Stakes since 2000 with winning times.
|2017||1 Secret Agenda||2 Missrock||3 Artistry||1:13.2|
|2016||1 Two Blue||2 Secret Agenda||3 Brook Road||1:10.8|
|2015||1 Avoid Lightning||2 Griante||3 Fine Bubbles||1:12.1|
|2014||1 Cosmic Endeavour||2 Avoid Lightning||3 Belle De Coeur||1:10.7|
|2013||1 Arinosa||2 Miss Stellabelle||3 Forarainyday||1:08.9|
|2012||1 Atlantic Jewel||2 Mid Summer Music||3 Lady’s Angel||1:08.9|
|2011||1 Hurtle Myrtle||2 Kimillsy||3 Marquardt||1:10.6|
|2010||1 Renaissance||2 Beaded||3 Jersey Lily||1:10.5|
|2009||1 Court||2 Belong To Many||3 Cajou||1:10.8|
|2008||1 Belong to Many||2 Tenant’s Tiara||3 Fritz’s Princess||1:11.1|
|2007||1 Fire Song||2 Whoever||3 Splashing Out||1:12.9|
|2006||1 Coolroom Candidate||2 Imana||3 Shalimar Sky||1:10.6|
|2005||1 Glamour Puss||2 With My||3 Wild Queen||1:12.0|
|2004||1 Recurring||2 Fair Embrace||3 Cataclysm||1:10.4|
|2003||1 Fatoon||2 Provokes||3 Miss Helterskelter||1:11.4|
|2002||1 Fair Embrace||2 Spinning Hill||3 Hot Riff||1:09.2|
|2001||1 Spinning Hill||2 Nanny Maroon||3 Marlina||1:10.3|
|2000||1 Spinning Hill||2 Snippets’ Lass||3 Heather||1:09.7|