Robert Sangster Stakes 2020

Saturday May 2, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: Favourites have a poor recent record in the Robert Sangster Stakes

The Robert Sangster Stakes is one of the major Group 1 South Australian races held at Morphettville Racecourse during the Adelaide Autumn Racing Carnival.

Run at the same meeting as the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) on a Saturday in late April / early May, the Robert Sangster Stakes is a sprint feature conducted over 1200m. It is open only to fillies and mares and is run under weight-for-age conditions with four-year-old mares dominating the Robert Sangster Stakes results over the past 30 years.

The race offers a total of $1 million in prize money and is contested by female gallopers coming out of a host of different lead-up races, the field attracting plenty of interstate hopefuls. From 2006 onwards it has been the sole 1200m Group 1 race for fillies and mares.

The 2020 edition of the Robert Sangster Stakes was worth only $400,000 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The latest edition of the Robert Sangster Stakes ran on Saturday May 2, 2020 and was won in an upset by Bella Vella at 40/1. 

Robert Sangster Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday May 2, 2020
  • Track: Morphettville Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1 million ($400,000 in 2020 due to COVID-19)
  • First Run: 1983

2020 Robert Sangster Stakes Results

The complete Robert Sangster Stakes 2020 race results and full finishing order will be available right here once the race is run and won on Saturday May 2, 2020.

  • 1st: #10 Bella Vella
  • 2nd: #15 Lyre
  • 3rd: #6 Bam’s On Fire

Will Clarken’s $20k bargain buy Bella Vella more than returned the investment for connections, the tried mare posting an all-the-way upset at $41 in a thrilling edition of the Robert Sangster Stakes.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 10 BELLA VELLA Will Clarken Todd Pannell 11 56.5kg $41
2 15 LYRE Anthony Freedman Damien Thornton 0.2L 10 55kg $11
3 6 BAM’S ON FIRE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jake Toeroek 2L 5 56.5kg $19
4 11 AMBERDI Sue Jaensch Paul Gatt 2L 6 56.5kg $151
5 16 AWAY GAME Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Dean Holland 2.9L 3 47kg $3.80
6 3 SAVATIANO James Cummings Jason Holder 3.2L 7 56.5kg $7.50
7 2 I AM EXCITED David Pfieffer Dom Tourneur 3.5L 4 56.5kg $13
8 13 STREET ICON Kevin Corstens Ryan Hurdle 3.9L 2 56.5kg $51
9 7 SPANISH WHISPER David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Ethan Brown 4.2L 13 56.5kg $71
10 8 HUMMA HUMMA John McArdle Zac Spain 4.2L 9 56.5kg $31
11 4 MADAM ROUGE Chris Waller Ms Kayla Crowther (a) 4.2L 8 56.5kg $41
12 14 BEAUTIFUL FLYER Mick Kluske Justin Potter 5L 12 56.5kg $201
13 12 EVERYDAY LADY Will Clarken Ms Georgina Cartwright (a) 5.7L 16 56.5kg $201
14 9 EMBRACE ME (NZ) Danny O’Brien John Allen 6.7L 15 56.5kg $21
15 5 TELEPLAY Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Shayne Cahill 6.9L 1 56.5kg $21
16 1 SUNLIGHT Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 7.6L 14 56.5kg $3.20F
18e KENYAN WONDER Ryan Balfour Caitlin Jones (a) 0
17e MYSTERY LOVE Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 0

Robert Sangster Stakes Odds & Betting

Robert Sangster Stakes betting markets are rarely led by the older mares as three and four-year-olds have dominated over the past three decades.

From 2004 – 2020 five three-year-old fillies took out the classic including Shoals (2018), while from 2008 – 2020 all but six of the Robert Sangster Stakes winners were four-year-old mares.

Robert Sangster Stakes odds traditionally favour fillies and mares with proven Group 1 sprint form earlier in the autumn coming out of races including Melbourne’s Group 1 Newmarket Handicap or Lightning Stakes at Flemington.

Favourites have a poor recent record in the race with just two getting the job done for the punters since 2007, most recently Peter Moody’s undefeated superstar Black Caviar (2012).

2020 Robert Sangster Stakes Betting

The autumn’s top Robert Sangster Stakes 2020 odds will be available here once markets on the Group 1 Adelaide Carnival sprint classic are out so stay tuned.


Robert Sangster Stakes Field
Robert Sangster Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au

Black Caviar (2012) is the most famous Robert Sangster Stakes winner. Photo Credit: Race Horse Photos Australia.

The Robert Sangster Stakes field is made up each season by fillies and mares from right around Australia coming via many different lead-up races.

The traditional lead-up is the Group 3 RN Irwin Stakes (1100m), another weight-for-age sprint held at Morphettville Racecourse a fortnight earlier. The last mare to win the RN Irwin Stakes – Robert Sangster Stakes double was the Gai Waterhouse-trained Driefontein (2014).

Plenty of interstate talent features in the Robert Sangster Stakes field each year and visiting mares from outside of Adelaide boast an excellent record in the race.

Since 1983 no less than 10 horses have lined-up in the Robert Sangster Stakes field. The race attracted a record 20 starters in 2016 when Precious Gem scored an upset as a $21 roughie in betting becoming the first six-year-old Robert Sangster Stakes winner in over 30 years.

There were also a capacity 20 starters in the 2017 edition when Secret Agenda won as a $15 shot for the race’s now four-time winning trainer Mick Price. Robert Sangster Stakes nominations close the week before the race with the field out on the Tuesday along with the barrier draw.

2020 Robert Sangster Stakes Field

The official Robert Sangster Stakes 2020 final field and barriers are released the Tuesday before the race and will be announced in full below.

The 2020 Robert Sangster Stakes has drawn a capacity field of fillies and mares including Sunlight out wide in gate 16 and star filly Away Game looking to continue her outstanding two-year-old season from gate four.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 13x53102x2 SUNLIGHT Tony & Calvin McEvoy Barend Vorster 16 56.5kg 116
2 05x77x5215 I AM EXCITED David Pfieffer Dom Tourneur 5 56.5kg 112
3 x4101x1276 SAVATIANO James Cummings Jason Holder 9 56.5kg 111
4 2x41011x97 MADAM ROUGE Chris Waller TBA 10 56.5kg 105
5 380x6011x3 TELEPLAY Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Shayne Cahill 2 56.5kg 105
6 x332172221 BAM’S ON FIRE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jake Toeroek 6 56.5kg 100
7 x21930x565 SPANISH WHISPER David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Ethan Brown 15 56.5kg 100
8 66x116x502 HUMMA HUMMA John McArdle Zac Spain 11 56.5kg 99
9 x4498x3328 EMBRACE ME (NZ) Danny O’Brien John Allen 17 56.5kg 93
10 1510152×11 BELLA VELLA Will Clarken Todd Pannell 13 56.5kg 93
11 1487124×29 AMBERDI Sue Jaensch Paul Gatt 8 56.5kg 90
12 40x6650x67 EVERYDAY LADY Will Clarken Ms Georgina Cartwright (a) 18 56.5kg 89
13 993×574212 STREET ICON Kevin Corstens Ryan Hurdle 3 56.5kg 87
14 D2225x3130 BEAUTIFUL FLYER Mick Kluske Justin Potter 14 56.5kg 86
15 3x4274x244 LYRE Anthony Freedman Damien Thornton 12 55kg 101
16 4111421 AWAY GAME Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Dean Holland 4 47kg 94
17e 111x30x1 MYSTERY LOVE Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Zac Spain 7 56.5kg 85
18e 3951624215 KENYAN WONDER Ryan Balfour Caitlin Jones (a) 1 56.5kg 74

Robert Sangster Stakes Form Guide

The Robert Sangster Stakes form guide provides all the crucial field information like the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs of the hopefuls.

Mick Price is now the most successful trainer in the race with four winners, most recently Secret Agenda (2017) who also ran a brave second to Shoals in the 2018 edition. Four-year-olds have the best record in the race including winning all three editions of the race form 2013 – 15 and again in 2017.

Wider barrier draws are dominant in the Robert Sangster Stakes history and form guide, however since 1983 with five winners gate nine is the most successful – most recently Response (2011).

Robert Sangster Stakes Form Facts

  • Four-year-old mares have dominated the Robert Sangster Stakes in the past 30 years including seven wins from 2008 – 2020
  • Just two favourites in Robert Sangster Stakes betting have saluted since 2007
  • Plenty of Robert Sangster Stakes winners have jumped from a double-digit barrier including Shoals (15 of 17 in 2018), Spright (13 of 13 in 2019) and Bella Vella (11 of 16 in 2020)
  • More winners have come off a Melbourne lead-up run than an Adelaide start leading into the race

2020 Robert Sangster Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Robert Sangster Stakes 2020 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Robert Sangster Stakes Tips

Robert Sangster Stakes tips favour the three and four-year-olds in the field as they have a remarkable record in the Adelaide Group 1 feature. Interstate fillies and mares with good lead-up form in earlier autumn Group 1 races also make excellent Robert Sangster Stakes tips with the visitors beating the locals more often than not in the past decade or so.

Wide barrier draws have been a non-issue in the race with 10 of the Robert Sangster Stakes winners from 2007 – 2020 getting the job done from a double digit gate. With the top fancies in betting having a poor recent record, laying the Robert Sangster Stakes favourite can be another good tip.

2020 Robert Sangster Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Robert Sangster Stakes 2020 betting tips on the fillies and mares to back and sack in the lucrative Adelaide Group 1 sprint will be detailed below the week of the race so bookmark this page.

Robert Sangster Stakes Results

Interstate raiders along with three-year-old fillies and four-year-old mares have dominated the Robert Sangster Stakes results over the years. Black Caviar (1/20 in 2012) was the last favourite to take it out with plenty of double digit winners in that time including Bella Vella ($41 in 2020), Precious Gem ($21 in 2016), Rostova ($21 in 2010) and Juste Momente ($21 in 2008).

Along with Black Caviar the other most notable recent Robert Sangster Stakes winners include Shoals (2018), Miracles Of Life (2015), Alinghi (2005), Our Egypitan Raine (2003) and Dantelah (1999).

Robert Sangster Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Bella Vella Lyre Bam’s On Fire 1:11.0
2019 Spright Cool Passion Bella Martini 1:09.2
2018 Shoals Secret Agenda Mica Lil 1:09.1
2017 Secret Agenda Viddora I Am A Star 1:09.1
2016 Precious Gem Sheidel I Love It 1:09.4
2015 Miracles Of Life Gregers I Love It 1:09.7
2014 Driefontein Platelet Gregers 1:09.2
2013 Platelet Angelic Light Yosei 1:11.0
2012 Black Caviar Sistine Angel Power Princess 1:10.6
2011 Response Beaded Miss Octopussy 1:09.0
2010 Rostova Velocitea Sister Madly 1:09.4
2009 Bel Mer Hidden Energy Impressive Eagle 1:09.5
2008 Juste Momente Zipanese Serious Speed 1:09.7
2007 Universal Queen Media Flying Object 1:08.3
2006 Ellicorsam Social Glow Truly Wicked 1:09.7
2005 Alinghi Glamour Puss Solar Antiquity 1:08.7
2004 French Bid Fly For Me Social Glow 1:09.0
2003 Our Egyptian Raine Brief Embrace Dama De Noche 1:08.7
2002 Suzy Grey Regal Kiss Lady Belvedere 1:13.2
2001 Umaline Fayrouz Crixia 1:08.1
2000 Rain Dance Lady Tapalinga Daninkling 1:09.1