Arrowfield Sprint 2020

Saturday April 11, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: In-form Chris Waller trained three-year-olds have a gun record in the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint

Formerly known as the Royal Sovereign Stakes, the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint is a lucrative Group 2 feature race for three-year-old sprinters held at Royal Randwick Racecourse during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

It is a key support act on the Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day meeting on the second Saturday in April, which is also Day 2 of ‘The Championships’. Four Group 1 races headline the card with the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m), the Sydney Cup (3200m), the Australian Oaks (2400m) and the Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m). The Arrowfield 3YO Sprint meanwhile is contested over 1200m, offers a juicy $600,000 in total prize money and is run at set weights.

The 2020 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint race was worth a reduced $500,000 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Australian racing.

Since the earlier increase in prize money the race has attracted the best three-year-old sprinters getting around during the carnival and many Group 1 winners have won the event including Japonisme (2016) who took out the previous year’s Coolmore Stud Stakes in Melbourne and the 2017 Blue Diamond Stakes winning filly Catchy (2018).

The latest edition of the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint ran on Saturday April 11, 2020 and was won in a photo finish by Splintex. 

Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 11, 2020
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: 3YO – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $600,000 ($500,000 in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic)
  • First Run: 1979

2020 Arrowfield Sprint Results

The Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2020 Results & Finishing Order will be known on Saturday April 11, 2020 and updated right here so stay tuned.

  • 1st: #3 Splintex
  • 2nd: #9 Flit
  • 3rd: #10 Anaheed

Trainer Mark Newnham celebrated a nice Group 2 win on Day 2 of The Championships with his progressive sprinter Splintex ($9.50) fighting off the fast finishing Thousand Guineas winner Flit ($7) in a thrilling 2020 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint result.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 3 SPLINTEX Mark Newnham Robbie Dolan (a) 1 56.5kg $9.50
2 9 FLIT James Cummings Ms Rachel King 0.1L 8 54.5kg $7
3 10 ANAHEED Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 1.4L 9 54.5kg $6.50
4 6 HAWKER HURRICANE Michael Moroney Opie Bosson 2.3L 12 56.5kg $41
5 2 ELEVEN ELEVEN Gregory Hickman Nash Rawiller 2.6L 11 56.5kg $15
6 7 TRUE DETECTIVE Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 3.2L 7 56.5kg $26
7 1 COSMIC FORCE Peter & Paul Snowden James McDonald 3.4L 6 56.5kg $3F
8 4 DAWN PASSAGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 4.4L 10 56.5kg $7.50
9 8 HUMAN NATURE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Sam Clipperton 6.4L 3 56.5kg $41
10 12 CALIFORNIA ZIMBOL Peter & Paul Snowden Brenton Avdulla 11.3L 4 54.5kg $7.50
5 GROUNDSWELL Anthony Freedman Kerrin McEvoy 0
11 VILLAMI Gerald Ryan Jay Ford 0

Arrowfield Sprint Odds

Arrowfield 3YO Sprint betting odds are dominated by in-form three-year-old sprinters with proven ability over 1200m in Sydney and Melbourne.

Those youngsters that ran well in the previous November’s Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) over the distance in Melbourne often feature high up the Arrowfield markets.

Most recently in 2018 the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint winner Catchy improved on her unplaced Coolmore Stud Stakes (18th) run from the spring prior. The 2017 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint winner Derryn improved on a seventh in the Coolmore Stud Stakes the year before. In 2015-16 Japonisme completed the double while stablemate Counterattack ran third in the Coolmore Stud Stakes (2015) before his second in the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint (2016).

The previous season another Chris Waller-trained three-year-old, Delectation, ran second in the 2014 Coolmore Stud Stakes before winning the 2015 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint. Group 1 performers then sit high up the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint odds as do those with winning form over the track / distance and those that come off tougher runs in Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

2020 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Betting

The updated Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2020 odds will be available below as soon as markets on the lucrative autumn Group 2 race are open.

Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Field

The Arrowfield 3YO Sprint field attracts the autumn’s best short-distance performing three-year-olds. Many contested the biggest sprint races of the previous spring including Flemington’s Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) for the same age group held down the famous straight the November before.

The Coolmore Stud Stakes – Arrowfield 3YO Sprint double was achieved by Japonisme in 2015-2016 who came off a string of Melbourne Group 1 runs in the autumn as well.

If not top-level company, three-year-olds in the Arrowfield Sprint field may come off a lead-up run in races like the Listed Darby Munro Stakes (1200m) the previous month – that double last completed by Sidestep (2014) and Derryn (2017).

The Arrowfield 3YO Sprint nominations are released two months out from the race in February when Group 1 feature nominations for ‘The Championships’ races are taken by Racing NSW. The final field and barriers are released the week of the race, which is also when all-in Arrowfield 3YO Sprint betting closes and the Fixed Win odds are out.

Arrowfield 3yo Sprint betting open at Ladbrokes.com.au

Japonisme won the Coolmore Stud Stakes in the spring before coming back to take out the 2016 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint the next autumn. Photo Credit: Ultimate Racing Photos.

2020 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Field

The Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2020 field and barrier draw are set for release on Tuesday April 7, 2020 and will be available in full below.

There are 12 three-year-olds in the 2020 Arrowfield Sprint final field this season with Cosmic Force and Flit battling for top spot in betting.

  • Scratchings: #5 Groundswell (2), #11 Villami (5)
# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 218x216x20 COSMIC FORCE Peter & Paul Snowden James McDonald 6 56.5kg 95
2 5111x3232x ELEVEN ELEVEN Gregory Hickman Nash Rawiller 11 56.5kg 86
3 311×33191 SPLINTEX Mark Newnham Robbie Dolan (a) 1 56.5kg 84
4 13x156x2 DAWN PASSAGE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 10 56.5kg 83
5 4x1333x67 GROUNDSWELL Anthony Freedman Kerrin McEvoy 2 56.5kg 80
6 0x38231x75 HAWKER HURRICANE Michael Moroney Opie Bosson 12 56.5kg 78
7 x22176x337 TRUE DETECTIVE Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 7 56.5kg 75
8 1x3427x312 HUMAN NATURE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Sam Clipperton 3 56.5kg 73
9 2x2914x160 FLIT James Cummings Ms Rachel King 8 54.5kg 105
10 x93513x100 ANAHEED Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 9 54.5kg 102
11 83x4233x16 VILLAMI Gerald Ryan Jay Ford 5 54.5kg 90
12 152x113x31 CALIFORNIA ZIMBOL Peter & Paul Snowden Brenton Avdulla 4 54.5kg 87

2020 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint First Acceptances

The official Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2020 First Acceptances will be posted below once taken a month out from the race, four weeks after the nominations close in early February.

The 2020 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint first acceptances feature 63 hopefuls including Godolphin’s Thousand Guineas winner Flit looking to join Catchy (2018) as the latest fillies to beat home the boys in the event.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 26x550x756 ACCESSION G 3 Chris Waller 81
2 x93513x100 ANAHEED F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 102
3 5x2114x325 BANQUO C 3 Danny O’Brien
4 22×2 BATTLEGROUND C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
5 1x20x0x BELLA ROSA F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
6 21162×6136 BIVOUAC C 3 James Cummings 115
7 32×40 BORN A WARRIOR G 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
8 1139×742 BOTTEGA C 3 Gerald Ryan 76
9 152x113x31 CALIFORNIA ZIMBOL F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 87
10 18x614220x CARDIFF G 3 Gerald Ryan 71
11 221142×566 CONDO’S EXPRESS G 3 Richard Laming
12 218x216x20 COSMIC FORCE C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 95
13 1×5 DARLEB C 3 Kris Lees 60
14 13x156x2 DAWN PASSAGE C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 83
15 x32441x548 DIRTY WORK C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 69
16 2x2671x DISRUPTOR G 3 Gary Portelli 66
17 5111x3232x ELEVEN ELEVEN G 3 Gregory Hickman 86
18 3x1331x669 EXCEEDANCE C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 108
19 81x01000x4 EXETER G 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
20 11x FELICIA F 3 Dean Binaisse
21 03x113x1 FISTICUFFS G 3 Toby & Trent Edmonds
22 2x2914x160 FLIT F 3 James Cummings 105
23 212×8 GEO C 3 Kris Lees 66
24 4x1333x67 GROUNDSWELL C 3 Anthony Freedman 80
25 75 HAVEN F 3 John Thompson
26 0x38231x75 HAWKER HURRICANE G 3 Michael Moroney 78
27 11x39x20 HEIRBORN (NZ) G 3 Anthony Freedman
28 2114×4 HEYINGTON STATION G 3 Phillip Stokes
29 1x3427x312 HUMAN NATURE G 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
30 148×1 INDY CAR G 3 Anthony Cummings 66
31 4x212x6 INSTANT ATTRACTION F 3 John O’Shea 65
32 30x05x3964 KIAMICHI F 3 James Cummings 92
33 2226×2 KILLIN C 3 Kris Lees
34 2x4501x858 KUBRICK C 3 Chris Waller
35 9x74959x40 LANKAN STAR F 3 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
36 11x1133x49 LIBERTINI F 3 Anthony Cummings 100
37 12×1 LORD KENSINGTON G 3 Archie Alexander
38 x1212x3210 LOVING GABY F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 116
39 31133x143x LUCICELLO F 3 Chris Waller 80
40 121x3x6132 MICROPHONE C 3 James Cummings 104
41 11×1 OPEN MINDED (NZ) G 3 Anthony Freedman
42 21×11 OVERKILL C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
43 1143×144 PANDEMIC G 3 James Cummings 82
44 2x1653x020 REGIMENTAL BAND F 3 Kris Lees 69
45 21040x RIVA CAPRI (NZ) F 3 Kris Lees
46 6237x7x406 ROMAN WOLF G 3 Gary Portelli 69
47 2124×123 RUN TO PERFECTION C 3 Danny O’Brien
48 3x123x080 SAAS FEE F 3 Gerald Ryan 69
49 3011×1816 SANGRIA F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 79
50 2x2319x967 SARTORIAL SPLENDOR C 3 John Sadler
51 114×578 SCREENAGER F 3 James Cummings
52 1×44 SHILO LASS F 3 Michael Moroney
53 310x SORRENTINA (NZ) F 3 Kris Lees 69
54 1×43194 SPEND C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 78
55 311×33191 SPLINTEX C 3 Mark Newnham 84
56 2116×10639 STAR SURPRISE G 3 Michael Moroney
57 x1651x1278 SUPER SETH C 3 Anthony Freedman 107
58 1x TAILLEUR F 3 James Cummings 63
59 0x53076x24 TENLEY F 3 James Cummings 85
60 167×18 TEXAS FOREVER C 3 David Pfieffer 64
61 x22176x337 TRUE DETECTIVE G 3 Chris Waller 75
62 83x4233x16 VILLAMI F 3 Gerald Ryan 90
63 1x11355x22 WAYUPINTHESKY F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 85

Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Tips

Good Arrowfield 3YO Sprint betting tips include looking at Chris Waller-trained three-year-olds coming out of Group 1 races during the autumn in Melbourne.

Horses proven at Randwick and with a good 1200m strike-rate also make nice Arrowfield Sprint tips, as do the best performers out of the Listed Darby Munro Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens the month before.

Favourites also have a solid strike-rate so taking the top fancy in Arrowfield Sprint betting can prove lucrative.

2020 Arrowfield Sprint Tips

The week of the race the Ladbrokes’ team of tipsters will detail our insider Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2020 betting tips so stay tuned for the three-year-olds to back and sack in the Randwick sprint showdown this autumn.

  • To Win: #9 FLIT ($5) 

It’s a two-horse race according to the bookies, but at increasing value happy to take on Cosmic Force and tip the Thousand Guineas winning filly Flit. This Godolphin-raced three-year-old has strong Sydney form as well, especially at Randwick, and has an excellent 1200m strike rate (4:2-2). With 54.5kg she will be flying and the Soft track suits to a tee. Won the Group 2 Light Fingers fresh at the track and distance before a Group 1 Surround Stakes sixth only 1.6 lengths beaten. That form has more than held up this autumn and as for Flit’s latest run, forgive her second last in the $5 million The All-Star Mile from a horror gate (15 of 16) in a very tough race.

The Value: #3 SPLINTEX ($21) 

Cannot believe the price on offer for Mark Newnham’s Snitzel colt whose last start at Rosehill in February produced a 3.3 length win over 1100m. Goes well fresh and is up in grade, but ran third when narrowly beaten against some nice types in the Gosford Guineas earlier. Strong to the line in a recent Randwick trial behind Nature Strip, and we all saw what he did in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes at this track and distance last weekend. Rails draw, well-weighted, over the odds.

Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Form Guide

The Arrowfield 3YO Sprint form guide features crucial information for punters like the saddlecloth numbers, jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up form of the horses in the field.

Sydney’s leading trainer Chris Waller has a strong recent record in the race so looking for in-form three-year-olds from his stable in the Arrowfield Sprint form guide is a good tip, as is looking out for youngsters coming off a top three finish in the Darby Munro Stakes the month before over the same distance.

2020 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2020 Form Guide will be provided below the week of the race.

Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Results

Arrowfield 3YO Sprint results have been dominated by single-figure fancies and the favourites in recent years with no roughie shot having scored an upset in over 15 years.

Plenty of turf stars have taken out the race and some of the most notable Arrowfield 3YO Sprint and Royal Sovereign Stakes winners include Lonhro (2002), Exceed And Excel (2004), Dance Hero (2005), Shoot Out (2010), Reble Dane (2013), Japonisme (2016) and the filly Catchy (2018).

Arrowfield Sprint Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Splintex Flit Anaheed 1:12.3
2019 Classique Legend Jonker Avantage 1:09.1
2018 Catchy Showtime I Am Excited 1:10.2
2017 Derryn Global Glamour Impending 1:12.6
2016 Japonisme Counterattack Takedown 1:10.3
2015 Delectation Bring Me The Maid Rekindled Power 1:11.7
2014 Sidestep Bounding In Cahoots 1:10.2
2013 Rebel Dane Urquidez Taxmeifyoucan 1:10.7
2012 Hot Snitzel Manawanui Moment Of Change 1:08.9
2011 Master Harry Audacious Spirit Skilled 1:10.2
2010 Shoot Out More Than Great Viking Legend 1:10.7
2009 Youthful Jack Over the Wicket Desuetude 1:11.3
2008 El Cambio Kingda Ka Solo Flyer 1:10.3
2007 Mutawaajid Sniper’s Bullet Mearas 1:09.5
2006 Flying Pegasus Racing To Win De Beers 1:10.0
2005 Dance Hero Eremein Star Cat 1:10.0
2004 Exceed and Excel Ambulance Impaler 1:08.2
2003 Athelnoth Planchet Charlie Bub 1:10.1
2002 Lonhro Viking Ruler Shags 1:11.0
2001 Assertive Lad Continum Century Kid 1:09.9
2000 Hire Easy Rocking Condotti 1:09.9