Blue Sapphire Stakes 2023

Ladbrokes Tip: The Blue Sapphire Stakes has moved to after the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes as of 2023

The Blue Sapphire Stakes is a 1400m race for three-year-olds now held at Caulfield Racecourse on the newly scheduled Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes Day during the tail-end of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

2022 Blue Sapphire Stakes Winner Grand Impact

2022 Blue Sapphire Stakes winner Grand Impact. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

It was previously run over 1200m as part of a mid-week meeting run on the Wednesday before Caulfield Cup Day but was moved ahead of the 2023 edition along with the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m).

Both now take place on the same day as the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) in mid to late November.

The Blue Sapphire Stakes was reduced in prize money in 2021 from $400,000 to $200,000 but had stakes boosted back up to $500,000 for the 2023 race.

A set weights showdown, the event previously served as a potential lead-up to Flemington’s Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) on Victoria Derby Day but now runs after the Coolmore.

Flying Artie (2016) was the last horse to complete the Blue Sapphire Stakes – Coolmore Stud Stakes double before the Group 3 moved dates and was increased in distance to 1400m.

The event was officially inaugurated in 2005 but was open only to juveniles before become a stable three-year-old’s feature in 2012 and ran on Caulfield Guineas Day before being moved to the following Wednesday the next year.

The Blue Sapphire Stakes has held Group 3 status since 2016.

This season the 2023 Blue Sapphire Stakes ran on Saturday November 18, 2023 over 1400m and was won in a stylish upset by Run Harry Run ($13) for trainer Michael Moroney. 

2023 Blue Sapphire Stakes Results

The official Blue Sapphire Stakes 2023 Results & Finishing Order will be provided below once the race is run and won on Saturday November 18, 2023.

2022 Blue Sapphire Stakes winner Run Harry Run

2022 Blue Sapphire Stakes winner Run Harry Run continued his winning streak with an upset in the Group 3. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

  • 1st: #6 Run Harry Run
  • 2nd: #2 Brave Mead
  • 3rd: #1 Arkansaw Kid

Michael Moroney’s in-form Written Tycoon gelding Run Harry Run ($13) was excellent up in grade to post his third win on the trot with an upset victory in the 2023 Blue Sapphire Stakes results.

2023 Blue Sapphire Stakes Odds

The season’s top Blue Sapphire Stakes 2023 odds and betting market links will be available below as soon as open.

Early market betting odds on the 2024 Blue Sapphire Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.

Blue Sapphire Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday November 18, 2023
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: 3YOs – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $500,000
  • First Run: 2005 (for two-year-olds); 2012 (for three-year-olds)

Blue Sapphire Stakes Betting

Blue Sapphire Stakes betting is led by any Group 1 performed horses that may have run well in a race like the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) and are dropping down in distance and grade.

Proven sprinters from the top stables, those that ran well in races like the Golden Slipper the autumn prior and any graduates of the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at The Valley come back against their own age are usually also kept safe in the Blue Sapphire Stakes odds.

Grand Impact ($4.80F) was the last Blue Sapphire Stakes favourite to win.

There was a notable upset in the 2023 edition with Run Harry Run winning over the 1400m at Blue Sapphire Stakes odds of $13.

Blue Sapphire Stakes Field

The Blue Sapphire Stakes race field attracts a line-up of the season’s most exciting three-year-old sprinters, some of which may be making a late return for the spring after a run in the Coolmore Stud Stakes on the first day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The Blue Sapphire Stakes final acceptances are released on the Wednesday of race week following nominations on the Monday.

2023 Blue Sapphire Stakes Field

The official Blue Sapphire Stakes 2023 field and barriers will be published in full below once final acceptances are taken by Racing Victoria on the Wednesday of race week.

2023 Blue Sapphire Stakes Nominations

The early Blue Sapphire Stakes 2023 Nominations close the Monday before the race and will be updated in full below.

Blue Sapphire Stakes Tips

Top Blue Sapphire tips include looking for any three-year-olds coming off a Group 1 run, proven 1400m runners, those with a good strike-rate at the Caulfield track and any of the better performers from the prior season in juvenile features like the Golden Slipper Stakes.

The fillies also make a good Blue Sapphire Stakes betting tip with plenty of recent wins by the girls including Anaheed (2019), Formality (2017) and Eloping (2014).

2023 Blue Sapphire Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Blue Sapphire 2023 betting tips and Caulfield racing selections will be detailed below the week of the race so bookmark this page for the three-year-olds to back and sack in the Group 3 this spring.

  • To Win: TBD

Blue Sapphire Stakes Form Guide

The Blue Sapphire Stakes form guide features all the info punters need to place a well-informed wager on the three-years-old sprint showdown including the saddlecloth number, barrier, trainer and jockey of all the horses in the field.

Any Group 1 Golden Slipper performers from the previous season, proven sprinters and runners dropping down in grade off a Group 1 run are all worth looking out for on the Blue Sapphire Stakes form guide.

The 2022 Blue Sapphire form held with Lofty Strike, third in the event, coming back in the autumn of 2023 for back-to-back Group 1 seconds in the Oakleigh Plate and Newmarket Handicap results.

2023 Blue Sapphire Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Blue Sapphire Stakes 2023 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Blue Sapphire Stakes Results

The Blue Sapphire Stakes race results going back to the year 2012 when it became a race for three-year-olds are detailed below.

Notable Blue Sapphire Stakes winners include Snitzerland (2012), Flying Artie (2016), and Written By (2018).

Past Blue Sapphire Stakes Winners

Recent Blue Sapphire Stakes winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2012 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner Second Third
2023 Run Harry Run Brave Mead Arkansaw Kid
2022 Grand Impact Shalailed Lofty Strike
2021 Extreme Warrior Profiteer Minsk Moment
2020 Ranting Hanseatic Anders
2019 Anaheed Li’l Kontra Brooklyn Hustle
2018 Written By Encryption Tony Nicconi
2017 Formality Jukebox Lone Eagle
2016 Flying Artie Dalradian Derryn
2015 Keen Array Mogador Haptic
2014 Eloping Sultry Feeling Husson Eagle
2013 Lion of Belfort Safeguard Diamond Oasis
2012 Snitzerland Fire Thunderbolt Lankan Rupee