The 2017 Belle Of The Turf Stakes is a Group 3 race held at Gosford Racecourse in early to mid January each year.
Raced over 1600m, the Belle Of The Turf Stakes is an exciting mile event that pays a total of $125,000 prize money. It is restricted to fillies and mares aged three years and older, and is held under handicap conditions.
The Belle Of The Turf Stakes is held on Gosford Cup Day alongside two listed events, the Gosford Cup (2100m) and Takeover Target Stakes (1200m).
Those horses which target the Belle Of The Turf Stakes generally do so following a few sporadic starts towards the end of the previous year. Although the grade has been elevated recently, there are still a few local types that contest the Belle Of The Turf Stakes.
The short final straight at Gosford ensures that only top finishers come through in this race.
The Belle Of The Turf Stakes has a fairly decent history, stretching back to at least 1988. It was previously a listed event, but was upgraded to Group 3 in 2013.
Notable Belle Of The Turf Stakes winners include St Klaire (1988), Macrosa (1995), Rosa Marada (2002), Messenger (2009) and Myamira (2014).
2017 Belle Of The Turf Stakes Field
The Belle Of The Turf Stakes field is usually announced on the Wednesday prior to the race. Because of it’s slot in the middle of summer, several decent talents line up in the Belle Stakes field as a means of getting back into the swing of things leading up to Autumn, or merely as a race to keep in shape.
The 2017 Belle Of The Turf Stakes field will be published below.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp Rating|
|1||120x000x88||ALL CERISE||Chris Waller||Adam Hyeronimus||8||59kg||85|
|2||57321×0843||KHUTULUN||Luke Oliver||Damien Oliver||10||58.5kg||84|
|3||1x11136x62||IMPOSING LASS (NZ)||Bjorn Baker||Jason Collett||12||58kg||83|
|4||102110×167||SEWREEL (NZ)||Bjorn Baker||James Doyle||5||58kg||83|
|5||44224611×4||SOFIN||Shannon Fry||Ben Looker||4||58kg||83|
|6||x11610x545||HETTY HEIGHTS||Kim Waugh||Tim Clark||9||57kg||81|
|7||223214×624||HARLEM LADY (NZ)||Chris Waller||–||2||56kg||79|
|8||43740×8664||ASINARA||John O’Shea||Craig Williams||11||54kg||75|
|9||1132600×84||QUEEN OF WANDS||Clarry Conners||Christian Reith||7||54kg||75|
|10||7x10x87212||ALL IN THE REFLEXS||Jason Coyle||Jay Ford||6||54kg||71|
|11||45x353x112||ANISHA||Mark Newnham||Robert Thompson||3||54kg||70|
|12||x1x42x7233||QUEEN MISTY||Les Bridge||Grant Buckley||13||54kg||69|
|13||5755754514||BETTABET RED||Fred Cowell||James Innes Jnr (a)||1||54kg||63|
2016 Belle Of The Turf Stakes Nominations
In recent years, the Belle Of The Turf Stakes nominations have begun to list more impressive horses from greater pedigrees and preparation. Commonly released on the Monday before the race, the Belle Of The Turf Stakes nominations usually generate quite a bit of interest.
The 2016 Belle Of The Turf Stakes nominations will be provided here.
Belle Of The Turf Stakes Results
Belle Of The Turf Stakes results and winning times since 2005 are listed below.
|2016||1 TBD||2 TBD||3 TBD||TBD|
|2015||1 Mamwaazel||2 Peace Force||3 Mary Lou||1:37.3|
|2014||1 Myamira||2 Pleiades||3 La Pieta||1:35.7|
|2013||1 Cathay Lady||2 Babel||3 Shamardini||1:36.2|
|2012||1 Race Not Held||2 –||3 –||–|
|2011||1 Skyerush||2 Quidnunc||3 Miss Keepsake||1:37.3|
|2010||1 Hidden Wonder||2 Devils Arcade||3 Kimillsy||1:37.5|
|2009||1 Messenger||2 Bernicia||3 Illuminates||1:37.3|
|2008||1 Prima Nova||2 Alverta||3 Lustre Lady||1:36.4|
|2007||1 Race Not Held||2 –||3 –||–|
|2006||1 Pekalan||2 Interche||3 Martiniforus||1:38.6|
|2005||1 Wild Queen||2 Johan’s Toy||3 A Fairy’s Kiss||1:38.6|