Colin Stephen Quality 2021

Saturday September 25, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: The Colin Stephen Quality serves as an early lead-up into The Metropolitan

The Colin Stephen Quality is a Group 3 handicap race for stayers aged three-year-old and above run at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on a Saturday in late September during the annual Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

Contested at the same meeting as the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) and the $400,000 Group 2 Golden Pendant (1400m),  the race is contested over 2400m and offers $160,000 in total prize money. Graduates may go on to run in tougher Sydney and Melbourne races over the spring carnival and the Colin Stephen Quality winner is exempt from ballot for the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) held at Royal Randwick on Epsom Handicap Day.

Railings (2005) however was the last horse to complete the Colin Stephen Quality – The Metropolitan double, along with that spring’s Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) in Melbourne.

The Colin Stephen Quality was first run in 1870 as the Spring Stakes and has held Group 3 status since 1987.

Many excellent horses have won the race over the years including Carbine (1890), Wakeful (1902), Poseidon (1907), triple champion Poitrel (1918-20), Phar Lap (1930-31), Peter Pan (1935), Flight (1944) and Hydrogen (1953) and Gunsynd (1972).

The latest edition of the Colin Stephen Quality took place on Saturday September 25, 2021 and was won by the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained equal favourite Entente ($4.60). 

2021 Colin Stephen Quality Results

The full Colin Stephen Quality 2021 race results and finishing order will be provided below as soon as the race is run and won on Saturday September 25, 2021.

  • 1st: #2 Entente
  • 2nd: #4 Young Rascal
  • 3rd: #3 Fun Fact

Entente ($4.60EF) handed co-trainer her sixth Colin Stephen Quality victory since 1999 securing the 2021 The Metropolitan ballot exemption with a strong win in the Group 3 event on Golden Rose Day.

Colin Stephen Quality Race Info

  • Date: Saturday September 25, 2021
  • Track: Rosehill Gardens
  • Distance: 2400m
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $160,000
  • First Run: 1870

Colin Stephen Quality Odds

Colin Stephen Quality betting favours local Sydney-trained stayers coming off good lead-up runs in the early spring distance races including the Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup (2300m) or the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) run at Randwick.

Any in-form horses prepared by Gai Waterhouse are also usually kept safe in Colin Stephen Quality betting as she has won the race six times since 1999 most recently with Stampede (2019) – who went on to run a next-up fourth in that year’s The Metropolitan results – and Entente (2021).

Waterhouse also prepared the two most recent Colin Stephen Quality favourites to salute for the punters with Julienas ($2.60 in 2013) and Entente ($4.60 in 2021).

2021 Colin Stephen Quality Betting

The season’s top Colin Stephen Quality 2021 odds and Group 3 betting links to our Golden Rose Day markets will be provided below as soon as open.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Colin Stephen Quality will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

Colin Stephen Quality Field

The Colin Stephen Quality field attracts a quality line-up of mainly Sydney-trained stayers types with Group 1 ambitions over the spring carnival.

Some horses out of the Colin Stephen Quality field may choose to head to Brisbane for the Listed Queensland Cup (2400m), a race the 2020 Colin Stephen Quality third placegetter Grey Lion went on to win.

Colin Stephen Quality Winners: Stampede (2019) | Photo: Steve Hart |
2019 Colin Stephen Quality winner Stampede. Photo: Steve Hart.

Colin Stephen Quality nominations close the Monday before the race runs on the Saturday with the field and barrier draw announced on the Wednesday.

2021 Colin Stephen Quality Field

The official Colin Stephen Quality 2021 Final Field & Barrier Draw will be published in full below the Wednesday leading-up to Golden Rose Stakes Day so stay tuned to see what gallopers line-up in the Group 3 feature.

The 2021 Colin Stephen Quality final field features a class line-up of stayers looking at a potential back-up in Saturday week’s Group 1 The Metropolitan led in betting by the Chris Waller-trained No Compromise.

  • Scratched: #9 Pesto (11)

2021 Colin Stephen Quality Nominations

The Colin Stephen Quality 2021 Nominations are announced by Racing NSW the Monday of race week and will be published below once announced.

Last 10HorseSexAgeTrainerBallotWeightTrue WeightPenaltyHcp Rating
19x11400x90DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB)G6Chris Waller1=59kg59kg103
2x23141x805TAIKOMOCHIG8Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott1=59kg59kg103
322×5415116HARPO MARX (IRE)G6Bjorn Baker357kg57kg99
4x241265x83ENTENTEG5Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott4=56.5kg56.5kg98
5634100×667FUN FACTG6Bjorn Baker4=56.5kg56.5kg98
6x780x9x599YOUNG RASCAL (FR)G7Richard & Michael Freedman655.5kg55.5kg96
7x333112163NO COMPROMISE (NZ)G5Chris Waller754kg53kg91
84×39142428CRIMINAL CODEG5Chris Waller854kg53kg90
95x014140x6SKYMAX (GER)G6Mark Newnham954kg53kg89
102732110×07ALAKAHAN (IRE)G6Richard & Michael Freedman1054kg53kg86
1124x2x22x58PESTO (GB)G6Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes1154kg53kg76
121143×956DICK WHITTINGTON (FR)G5Matthew Smith12=54kg53kg75
13120×097010TORRENSH5Lauri Parker12=54kg53kg75
144135P2x483MAYFAIR SPIRIT (IRE)G6Ciaron Maher & David Eustace1454kg53kg72
150x68205327SOUND OF CANNONS (GB)G5John O’Shea1554kg53kg68
1656×9682443MASTER SHUHOOD (IRE)G7Richard Litt1654kg53kg74
1705×4643811UNAMERICANG5Richard & Michael Freedman1754kg53kg71

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Colin Stephen Quality Tips

Good Colin Stephen Quality betting tips include backing Sydney-trained stayers with previous winning form over the mile and a half distance and those at single-figures in the markets.

While Entente (2021) was the first favourite to win since Julienas (2013), backing horses under $10 in the markets is a top Colin Stephen Quality tip as no horse has won at double-figures since Get Up Jude ($12 in 2008).

2021 Colin Stephen Quality Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Colin Stephen Quality 2021 betting tips and exotic Rosehill selections on The Metropolitan ballot exemption-offering event will be detailed below the week of the race.

  • To Win: #2 Entente ($5.50 at time of publish)

Backing the improving Waterhouse/Bott runner who presents fit third-up. The Dundeel gelding has previous winning form third-up and was good at big odds (30/1) when third to She’s Ideel last time out in the Kingston Town Stakes. Up to this grade, just needs to run out a strong mile and a half. Looks set to peak.

Colin Stephen Quality Form Guide

The Colin Stephen Quality form guide details to punters all the facts and stats from the jockeys, trainers and barriers, to the horse’s records over the track / distance and their lead-up runs.

The Colin Stephen Quality form has stacked-up in bigger staying features over the spring including the Victorian features with a number of Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup winners coming off the Sydney lead-up.

2021 Colin Stephen Quality Form Guide

A link to our detailed Colin Stephen Quality 2021 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Colin Stephen Quality Results

The Colin Stephen Quality results have been dominated by single-figure runners over the past decade.

Some of the most noteworthy Colin Stephen Quality winners throughout history include: No Wine No Song (2010), Railings (2005), Gunsynd (1972), Roman Consul (1968), Redcraze (1956), Hydrogen (1953), Delta (1950/1951), Russia (1945), Flight (1944), Peter Pan (1935), Phar Lap (1930/1931), Windbag (1925), Gloaming (1924), Poitrel (1918/1919/1920), Poseidon (1907), Wakeful (1902) and Carbine (1890).

Colin Stephen Quality Winners

2021EntenteGai Waterhouse & Adrian BottTim Clark56.5 kgs2:27.36
2020AttorneyMatthew SmithJason Collett54 kgs2:29.90
2019StampedeGai Waterhouse & Adrian BottAdam Hyeronimus59 kgs2:29.87
2018Miss AdmirationMick PriceJay Ford53 kgs2:29.55
2017AuvrayRichard FreedmanGlyn Schofield57 kgs2:30.35
2016AllergicJohn O’SheaJames McDonald58 kgs2:30.88
2015Amelie’s StarPeter MoodyJoshua Parr56.5 kgs2:30.84
2014Deane MartinBruce WallaceBrenton Avdulla55 kgs2:29.51
2013JulienasGai WaterhouseNash Rawiller59 kgs2:30.56
2012KelinniChris WallerGlyn Schofield55.5 kgs2:30.48
2011LamaseryDavid VandykeBrenton Avdulla57 kgs2:29.93
2010No Wine No SongKevin MosesJim Cassidy58 kgs2:30.45
2009Mr ClangtasticMarc ConnersCraig Agnew57 kgs2:29.85
2008Get Up JudeDiane Poidevin LaineBlake Shinn53 kgs2:31.15
2006ExiniteKris LeesLarry Cassidy52.5 kgs2:28.80
2005RailingsJohn HawkesDarren Beadman55.5 kgs2:32.55
2004Don RaphaelKerry ParkerGlen Boss56.5 kgs2:29.83
2003OutlawsJohn HawkesDarren Beadman53.5 kgs2:29.17
2002Red TrinketGai WaterhouseChris Munce54 kgs2:30.52
2001Dress CircleGai WaterhouseLenny Beasley52 kgs2:14.92
2000Coco CobannaGai WaterhouseChris Munce55.5 kgs2:31.41