Dark Jewel Classic 2022

Saturday May 14, 2022

The Dark Jewel Classic is a Group 3 race for fillies and mares run at Scone Racecourse in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, well known for being a successful horse breeding region, each May.

Held on Day 2 of the popular Scone Cup Carnival in mid-May, the Dark Jewel Classic runs on the Saturday and follows the Listed Scone Cup (1600m) held on the Friday.

First contested in 1996, the event is run over 1400m and is open only to female gallopers.

A quality handicap race, the Dark Jewel Classic currently offers $200,000 in prize money.

The event is named after Dark Jewel who was one of the country’s most remarkable broodmares. She had eleven foals including an incredible five individual Group 1 winners in: Baguette, Betelgeuse, Birthright, Cabochon and Heirloom.

The Dark Jewel Classic gained Group 3 status in 2014 and has been won by a number of nice mares including Daysee Doom (2017) and Con Te Partiro (2019).

The latest edition of the Dark Jewel Classic ran on Saturday May 14, 2022 on Day 2 of the Scone Cup Carnival and was won in an upset by the Bjorn Baker-trained Bring The Ransom ($51).

Dark Jewel Classic Race Info

  • Date: Saturday May 14, 2022
  • Track: Scone Racecourse
  • Distance: 1400m
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap; Fillies & Mares
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1996

2022 Dark Jewel Classic Results

The official Dark Jewel Classic Results 2022 and race finishing order will be published below when the race is run and won on Saturday May 14, 2022.

  • 1st: #7 Bring The Ransom ($51)
  • 2nd: #2 Wandabaa
  • 3rd: #8 Never Talk

Dark Jewel Classic Betting

Early Dark Jewel Classic odds are out at bookmakers after nominations are taken the Monday prior to the race and firm after the final field is announced the Wednesday of race week. 

Four-year-old mares usually dominate the Dark Jewel Classic betting markets. 

There was a notable upset in 2022 when the Bjorn Baker-trained mare Bring The Ransom won at Dark Jewel Classic odds of $51! 

2022 Dark Jewel Classic Odds

The Dark Jewel Classic 2022 betting odds will be available below the week of the race giving you access to the best autumn racing odds ahead of the $200,000 Listed showdown in May. 

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Dark Jewel Classic 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.

Dark Jewel Classic Field

The Dark Jewel Classic field attracts a class line-up of in-form fillies and mares out of a range of lead-up races in both Sydney and Melbourne over the autumn.  

The Group 3 Hawkesbury Crown (1300m) makes a nice lead-up for gallopers heading towards the Dark Jewel Classic field. Irithea (4th in 2020) was the last Dark Jewel Classic winner to come via a run in the Hawkesbury Crown. 

Following a run in the Dark Jewel Classic field many runners may head to Brisbane for the winter riches of the carnival there including the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) in June. 

Dark Jewel Classic nominations close the Monday of race week with the final field and barrier draw released on the Wednesday. 

2022 Dark Jewel Classic Field

The official Dark Jewel Classic 2022 Field & Barriers will be released by Racing NSW the Wednesday before the race and published in full below so stay tuned to see what female gallopers make the starting line-up. 

The 2022 Dark Jewel Classic final field features a capacity line-up of fillies and mares led in betting by the widely-drawn Kris Lees-trained Never Talk

2022 Dark Jewel Classic Nominations

The early Dark Jewel Classic 2022 Nominations close the Monday prior to the race and will be listed in full below once released.

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 41216×5626 MIRRA VISION M 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 1= 59kg 59kg   101
2 0420×71645 WANDABAA M 5 Kris Lees 1= 59kg 59kg   101
3 4241651517 MONEGAL M 6 Theresa Bateup 3 56.5kg 56.5kg   96
4 22x4128x31 EXOTIC RUBY M 6 Bjorn Baker 4 55.5kg 55.5kg   94
5 7x083611x3 FASHCHANEL (NZ) M 5 John O’Shea 5= 54.5kg 54.5kg   92
6 611920×998 MORE PROPHETS M 5 John Thompson 5= 54.5kg 54.5kg   92
7 105x41261x ALNASEEM (GB) M 6 Michael Freedman 7 54kg 54kg   91
8 20x731450x BRING THE RANSOM M 5 Bjorn Baker 8= 54kg 53.5kg   90
9 9300×33164 NEVER TALK M 4 Kris Lees 8= 54kg 53.5kg   90
10 1421x4x353 MAJESTIC SHOT M 4 Grant Allard 10 54kg 53kg   89
11 x15x2124x8 BROOKSPIRE M 4 Chris Waller 11 54kg 53kg   88
12 121x50Px47 CLIFF’S ART (IRE) M 6 Matthew Smith 12= 54kg 53kg   86
13 127768x16x LE GAI SOLEIL (NZ) M 5 John O’Shea 12= 54kg 53kg   86
14 91025×3102 PIPPALI M 4 Jason Coyle 12= 54kg 53kg   86
15 91389×2119 SHE’S THE GIFT (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 12= 54kg 53kg   86
16 x10412x680 RUBY TUESDAY M 5 Gary Portelli 16 54kg 53kg   82
17 118x1312x2 QUEEN BELLISSIMO (NZ) M 4 Brad Widdup 17 54kg 53kg   81
18 x31047x102 BAROSSA ROSA M 4 Tracey Bartley 18= 54kg 53kg   80
19 163346x16x FLEXIBLE M 4 James Cummings 18= 54kg 53kg   80
20 1x332x8803 NICCI’S FLING M 4 Gary Portelli 18= 54kg 53kg   80
21 2x20540x07 ROBODIRA F 3 John O’Shea 18= 54kg 53kg   80
22 37x1133x11 QUINTELLO (IRE) M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 22 54kg 53kg   79
23 21114×2101 DASH FOR DREAMS M 4 Chris Munce 23 54kg 53kg   78
24 548x2436x2 SAIGON M 5 Chris Waller 24 54kg 53kg   76
25 60x644368x AMICA M 5 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 25= 54kg 53kg   74
26 0x464x5555 HASSTOBEGOOD (NZ) M 5 Joseph Pride 25= 54kg 53kg   74
27 6x7213x156 OH GOLLY GOSH M 4 Jason Attard & Lucy Keegan-Attard 27 54kg 53kg   62

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Dark Jewel Classic Tips

Dark Jewel Classic tips include looking for proven Group-class mares with winning form over the 1400m or further and those with a good lead-up run from the autumn. 

Fillies also have a strong record in the race with five winning since 2009 with: So Anyway (2010), Chuckle (2003), Romare (2004), Stella Maree (2000), 

2022 Dark Jewel Classic Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Dark Jewel Classic 2022 betting tips and race selections will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the gallopers to back and sack in the winter showdown. 

  • To Win: #4 Exotic Ruby ($15 at time of publish) 

Generous price on offer for Exotic Ruby, the Bjorn Baker-trained Snitzel six-year-old good last time out winning the Group 3 Hawkesbury Crown. That race has been a solid enough form line for the Dark Jewel in recent years and think $15 is overs for this mare third-up with improvement to surprise a few. Drawn a bit sticky so will need a shade of luck, but Rachel King retains the ride and happy to tip an upset or close to here. 

Dark Jewel Classic Form Guide

The Dark Jewel Classic form guide details must know facts for punters including the trainers, jockeys, barriers and lead-up form of all the runners in the race.

The Dark Jewel Classic form has gone on to hold-up in tougher events many times in recent years including when the 2019 winner Con Te Partiro went on to win the Group 1 Coolmore Classic – Queen Of The Turf Stakes double in the autumn of 2020. 

In 2021 the Dark Jewel Classic winner Rocha Clock continued on to finish runner-up in both the $2 million The Invitation (1400m) and Group 2 $500,000 Hot Danish Stakes (1400m) that spring. 

2022 Dark Jewel Classic Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Dark Jewel Classic 2022 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Dark Jewel Classic Results

Notable mares to head the Scone Cup results in recent years include: Arctic Flight (2013), Daysee Doom (2017) and Con Te Partiro (2019). 

*Note: In 2020 the Dark Jewel Classic ran at Rosehill Gardens due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Dark Jewel Classic Winners

Year Winner Second Third
2022 Bring The Ransom Wandabaa Never Talk
2021 Rocha Clock Missile Mantra Reelem In Ruby
2020* Irithea Into The Abyss Ready To Prophet
2019 Con Te Partiro Savatiano Organza
2018 Siren’s Fury Schism Ghisoni
2017 Daysee Doom Prompt Response Serene Majesty
2016 Danish Twist Onemorezeta Press Report
2015 Divertire Calming Influence Bound For Earth
2014 Seaside Aerobatics Myamira
2013 Arctic Flight Pipette Miss Stellabelle
2012 Upon This Rock Shannara Rose Of Peace
2011 Shannara Dane Julia Pontiana
2010 So Anyway Purrpurrlena Melpomene
2009 Rio Osa Hairy Portillo
2008 Sung Judged Litter
2007 Rosa’s Spur Alverta Leica Light
2006 Really Flying Romare Fritz’s Princess
2005 Kosta Nothin Zinzin Magsaya
2004 Romare My Czech Chick Native Jester
2003 Chuckle Faith Hill Provokes
2002 Hot Riff Plain Crazy Expresso Rose
2001 Nanny Maroon Transfer Crestfallen
2000 Stella Maree No Limit Mary Machree
1999 Little Pattie
Snippets’ Lass Flickering Fire
1998 Amber
Flickering Fire Bridled Chance
1997 Timeless Winds Aphasia Shindig
1996 Tripping Fair Diana Nawadder