Arrowfield Sprint 2021

Saturday April 17, 2021

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 $1 million in total prize money and is run at set weights.

*In 2021 the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint ran on the third Saturday of April with all race meetings of the autumn in Sydney from Slipper Day onwards postponed a week due to the weather.

The 2020 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint race was worth a reduced $500,000 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Australian racing before being boosted back to a million in stakes for 2021.

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 17, 2021 and was won by Randwick specialist Wild Ruler. 

Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 17, 2021
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: 3YO – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $1,000,000
  • First Run: 1979

2021 Arrowfield Sprint Results

The Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2021 Results & Finishing Order will be known on Saturday April 17, 2021 and updated right here so stay tuned.

  • 1st: #1 Wild Ruler
  • 2nd: #9 Isotope
  • 3rd: #2 Prague

Wild Ruler made it four-from-four at Randwick with a narrow win over the fast-finishing favourite Isotope in a thrilling Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2021 result.

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.

Recently the 2021 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint winner Wild Ruler had run third in the previous spring’s Coolmore Stud Stakes, while 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.

2021 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Betting

The updated Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2021 odds will be available below as soon as markets on the lucrative autumn Group 2 race are open.

Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2021 ODDS

Early market betting odds on the 2021 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

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.

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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.

2021 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Field

The Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2021 field and barrier draw are set for release on Tuesday April 13, 2021 and will be available in full below.

The 2021 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint final field features 10 smart three-year-olds including returning Inglis Sprint winner Rocketing By and the spring’s Coolmore Stud Stakes winning filly September Run drawn the rails.

2021 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Nominations

The 2021 Arrowfield Sprint nominations closed on Tuesday, February 9, and drew a bumper 112 three-year-olds led in betting by Chris Waller’s Coolmore Stud Stakes winning filly September Run and the Golden Rose/Caulfield Guineas double champ Ole Kirk.

2021 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint First Acceptances

The official Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2021 First Acceptances will be posted below once taken a month out from the race, four weeks after the nominations close in early February.

The 2021 Arrowfield Sprint first acceptances closed at midday on Tuesday the 9th of March, 2021 and drew 66 hopefuls led in betting by Chris Waller’s Coolmore Stud Stakes winning filly September Run.

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.

2021 Arrowfield Sprint Tips

The week of the race the Ladbrokes’ team of tipsters will detail our insider Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2021 betting tips so stay tuned for the three-year-olds to back and sack in the Randwick sprint showdown this autumn.

  • To Win: #3 Rocketing By ($12 at time of publish) 

Going for a bit of value in what is an outstanding edition of the Arrowfield and have the returning Inglis Sprint winner Rocketing By on top. He’s at around $12 to win, which looks overs, and seems to be the forgotten performer in this class field. Two-from-two at the Randwick track, won the $1 million Inglis race at 30/1 last time out and can score another upset fresh here.

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.

2021 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2021 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
2021 Wild Ruler Isotope Prague 1:10.2
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