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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.

Year Results Winning Time
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

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