Premiere Stakes 2021

Saturday October 2, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: The Premiere Stakes is now a good lead-up into the $15 million The Everest

The Premiere Stakes is a Group 2 sprint race for quality types held at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Epsom Handicap Day in late September or early October during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. Epsom Handicap Day is the one of the biggest Sydney race meetings of the spring and features three Group 1 races: the Epsom Handicap, The Metropolitan and the Flight Stakes.

Along with those three elite levels a host of other key events are on the card including the Premiere Stakes that runs over 1200m under weight-for-age conditions and offers a very generous $500,000 in total prize money.

Many of the Premiere Stakes graduates go on to contest the Group 1 features of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival over similar distance including the Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley, the double last achieved by Spark Of Life (2004). It also now serves as a final lead-up for star sprinters running in the Restricted $15 million The Everest (1200m) held back at Randwick in mid-October.

In 2020 Classique Legend improved on his Premiere Stakes second to win that year’s The Everest race.

The 2021 Premiere Stakes winner also earns a ballot exemption for the 2022 edition of the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes held the next autumn during Sydney’s ‘The Championships’.

The latest edition of the Premiere Stakes took place on Saturday October 2, 2021 and was won by the favourite Masked Crusader ($2.50). 

2021 Premiere Stakes Results

The official Premiere Stakes 2021 result sand finishing order will be detailed below once the race is run and won on Saturday October 2, 2021.

  • 1st: #1 Masked Crusader
  • 2nd: #6 Standout
  • 3rd: #8 Embracer

Jockey Tommy Berry got the late gap to salute aboard the favourite Masked Crusader ($2.50) in the 2021 Premiere Stakes results with a narrow win over roughie hopes Standout ($21) and Embracer ($21).

Premiere Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 2, 2021
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $500,000
  • First Run: 1972

Premiere Stakes Betting

Premiere Stakes odds favour proven Sydney runners with good form from the winter or a lead-up win in a local race like The Shorts at the same track earlier in the month.

Runners in the top half of the Premiere Stakes betting market have a strong strike-rate in the race over the past decade and tipping the favourite has proven a winning formula many times in recent years.

Masked Crusader ($2.50 in 2021) was the last Premiere Stakes betting favourite to get the job done.

2021 Premiere Stakes Odds

The updated Premiere Stakes 2021 betting odds and links to our markets on the lucrative Group 2 Epsom Handicap Day sprint feature will be provided below the week of the race so stay tuned for the top Randwick racing odds online.

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

Premiere Stakes Tips

Good Premiere Stakes tips to consider include looking for proven performers at the Randwick track, sprinters with good form over the 1200m distance and local hopes coming off a lead-up run in The Shorts.

Mares also have a decent recent record in the race with wins by the likes of Red Tracer (2012), Arinosa (2013), In Her Time (2017) and Libertini (2020) so tipping the in-form mares is another Premiere Stakes betting tip.

Checking the form of races like The Shorts and the early The Everest betting markets for any horses in the Premiere Stakes field is also a nice tip to take to the bookies on Epsom Day.

2021 Premiere Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Premiere Stakes 2021 betting tips and Randwick racing selections will be detailed below the week of the race so bookmark this page for the spring sprinters to get behind at the best price this season.

  • To Win: #5 Rothfire ($3.70 at time of publish) 

Expecting a big second-up run from the Rob Heathcote-trained four-year-old after he returned from injury running a good fourth in the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m). Fitter for the run and more confident, the 1200m suits and he can win this with the right run from a wider gate.

Premiere Stakes Field

The Premiere Stakes field attracts the season’s most promising local Sydney sprinters and interstate runners from Melbourne warming up for the Group 1 spring sprints.

Horses often come off a lead-up run at Randwick in the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) and in 2015 The Shorts winner Rebel Dane ran second in the Premiere Stakes next start. Rebel Dane also went on to run third at Moonee Valley in the Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) later that month. The following year Takedown (2016) completed The Shorts – Premiere Stakes double.

The Shorts form also held up in 2014 when Famous Seamous improved on his third to win the Premiere Stakes, which he had run third in the previous year. In 2012 Satin Shoes ran second in both The Shorts and the Premiere Stakes.

More recently, the 2018 Premiere Stakes winner Santa Ana Lane went on to win that year’s Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic (1200m).

In 2021 The Everest-bound Masked Crusader atoned for a lead-up fifth in The Shorts to win the Premiere Stakes.

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Premiere Stakes winner Takedown (2016) went on to win that year’s Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes in Perth. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

The Premiere Stakes nominations are taken the Monday before the race runs on the Saturday with the final field of acceptances and bariers out on the Wednesday followed by the odds opening at bookmakers around the country.

2021 Premiere Stakes Field

The official Premiere Stakes 2021 field and barriers are set for release on the Wednesday leading-up to Epsom Handicap Day 2021 and will be listed below so stay tuned to see the sprinters that make the line-up, including a host of early The Everest contenders.

The 2021 Premiere Stakes final field features just nine runners led in betting by confirmed The Everest horse Masked Crusader.

  • Scratched: #2 Splintex (2)

2021 Premiere Stakes Nominations

The early Premiere Stakes 2021 nominations are taken on the Monday leading-up to Epsom Handicap Day with the list of original entries to be published below.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 7x93311x56 ADELONG M 6 Brad Widdup 101
2 1107x4100x I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 106
3 x121x3x2x7 JONKER H 6 Tony Gollan 106
4 11x11211x8 LOST AND RUNNING (NZ) G 5 John O’Shea 100
5 8x13125x15 MASKED CRUSADER G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 114
6 x111x5574x ROCKETING BY H 4 Matthew Dunn 94
7 12x11x14x4 ROTHFIRE G 4 Robert Heathcote 104
8 730x15433x SIGNORE FOX H 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 105
9 8x40168x41 SPLINTEX H 5 Mark Newnham 108
10 x5528x00x6 STANDOUT H 5 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 101

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Premiere Stakes Form Guide

The Premiere Stakes form guide lists all the crucial information and statistics from the jockeys and barriers to the track / distance records of the runners in the field.

In recent years the Premiere Stakes form has stacked up in tougher spring races including in 2015 when the winner Rebel Dane ran third in the Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington two runs later during the Melbourne Cup Carnival. The Premiere Stakes – VRC Sprint Classic (Darley Classic) double was last completed by Santa Ana Lane (2019). In 2020 the Premiere Stakes winner went on to run third in that year’s VRC Sprint Classic results.

Also keep an eye on the Premiere Stakes form guide for The Shorts graduates who will appreciate the extra 100m and those proven at the Royal Randwick track.

2021 Premiere Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Premiere Stakes 2021 Form Guide will be available for punters below the week of the race.

Premiere Stakes Results

The Premiere Stakes results have been dominated by Sydney sprinters coming out of The Shorts in the past decade as well as the quality mares taking on the boys in the Group 2.

Notable recent Premiere Stakes winners include Masked Crusader (2021), Santa Ana Lane (2017), Terravista (2015), Famous Seamus (2014), Red Tracer (2012) and Hot Danish (2010).

Premiere Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2021 Masked Crusader Standout Embracer 1:08.3
2020 Libertini Classique Legend Deprive 1:07.6
2019 Brutal Home Of The Brave Classique Legend 1:10.0
2018 Santa Ana Lane Shoals In Her Time 1:07.4
2017 In Her Time English Clearly Innocent 1:08.2
2016 Takedown Our Boy Malachi Danish Twist 1:08.2
2015 Terravista Rebel Dane That’s A Good Idea 1:09.1
2014 Famous Seamus Charlie Boy Wouldnt It Be Nice 1:09.8
2013 Arinosa Dystopia Famous Seamus 1:09.3
2012 Red Tracer Satin Shoes Emotional Circus 1:09.6
2011 Neeson Hurtle Myrtle Love Conquers All 1:10.2
2010 Hot Danish Trader Cardinal Virtue 1:09.8
2009 =1 Mentality =1 Kroner Phelan Ready 1:10.4
2008 Triple Honour Captain Bax Reigning to Win 1:10.1
2007 German Chocolate Solo Flyer Fashions Afield 1:09.9
2006 Paratroopers Imana Johan’S Toy 1:10.3
2005 Shania Dane Dance Hero Spark Of Life 1:08.8
2004 Spark Of Life Into The Night Century Kid 1:09.8
2003 Thorn Park Patezza Excellerator 1:09.0
2002 Century Kid Ancient Song Shogun Lodge 1:09.4
2001 On Type Padstow Century Kid 1:10.3
2000 Mr. Innocent Celestial Choir Adam 1:09.0