Robert Sangster Stakes 2024

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.

2022 Robert Sangster Stakes winner Snapdancer

2022 Robert Sangster Stakes winner Snapdancer. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

Held on the same day as the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) on a Saturday in late April or 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 key support races on the Robert Sangster Stakes Day card are the Group 2 Queen Of The South Stakes (1600m), Group 2 Tobin Bronze Stakes – formerly the Euclase Stakes – (1200m) and the Group 3 DC McKay Stakes (1100m) for The Goodwood-bound sprinters.

The race currently offers $1 million in prize money as of 2024 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 Robert Sangster Stakes serves as a potential lead-up into the Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) at the same track and distance a fortnight later and Black Caviar (2012) and Platelet (2013) completed the double on back-to-back years.

The latest edition of the Robert Sangster Stakes ran on Saturday April 27, 2024 at Morphettville Racecourse and saw the in-form local mare Climbing Star ($26) charge up the inside for a narrow upset for the locals. 

2024 Robert Sangster Stakes Results

The complete Robert Sangster Stakes 2024 race results and full finishing order will be available right here once the race is run and won on Saturday April 27, 2024.

  • 1st: #7 Climbing Star
  • 2nd: #13 Learning To Fly
  • 3rd: #4 Benedetta

The local Phillip Stokes-trained Climbing Star ($26) overcame a stumble at the start to take the inside alley to victory thanks to a strong ‘Plan B’ ride by young Lachlan Neindorf and hold off the challengers in the 2024 Robert Sangster Stakes results.

2024 Robert Sangster Stakes Odds

The autumn’s top Robert Sangster Stakes 2024 odds will be available here once markets on the Group 1 Adelaide Carnival sprint classic are out so stay tuned.

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

Robert Sangster Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 27, 2024
  • Track: Morphettville Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1 million
  • First Run: 1983

Robert Sangster Stakes 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 – 2024 seven three-year-old fillies took out the classic including Ruthless Dame (2023), Instant Celebrity (2021) and Shoals (2018). From 2008 – 2010 all but seven 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).

There was a notable upset in 2020 with Bella Vella saluting at Robert Sangster Stakes odds of 40/1.

Snapdancer also scored an upset in 2022 winning at a price of $17 in Robert Sangster betting, while in 2023 the filly Ruthless Dame also paid double figures of $14 for her victory.

Another double-figure runner saluted in the 2024 Robert Sangster Stakes with the local Phillip Stokes-trained Climbing Star stealing the show as a $26 pop.

Robert Sangster Stakes Field

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

The Robert Sangster Stakes race 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).

In 2024 Climbing Star improved on a second in the RN Irwin to win the Robert Sangster, while the RN Irwin winner that year Benedetta finished third in the Group 1.

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.

Following a run in the Robert Sangster Stakes field runners may chose to drop in grade for a start over the same track and distance a fortnight later in the Group 3 Proud Miss Stakes (1200m).

2024 Robert Sangster Stakes Field

The official Robert Sangster Stakes 2024 final field and barriers are released the Tuesday before the race and will be announced in full below.

Fourteen fillies and mares make-up the final 2024 Robert Sangster Stakes field in Adelaide this weekend with markets suggesting a win by the talented Ciaron Maher-trained Estriella coming off a hat-trick of interstate victories.

2024 Robert Sangster Stakes Nominations

The early Robert Sangster Stakes 2024 nominations are released on a Thursday just over a week out from the event and will be published below once announced.

The 2024 Robert Sangster Stakes nominations close on Thursday the 18th of April, 2024.

The ultra-consistent Ciaron Maher-trained filly Estriella out to extend her winning streak headlines the Robert Sangster Stakes 2024 nominations in SA this season.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 x1122x4332 BALLROOM BELLA F 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 90
2 3x1134x441 BENEDETTA M 4 Jason Warren 108
3 1222213×71 BEOUR BAY M 5 Shane Nichols 81
4 9x29825x12 CLIMBING STAR (NZ) M 4 Phillip Stokes 97
5 1226×111 ESTRIELLA F 3 Ciaron Maher 100
6 3x11x415 GUMDROPS F 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 83
7 24221×4268 HYPOTHETICAL M 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 103
8 17x16122x3 I AM ME M 5 Ciaron Maher 110
9 111Lx24 LEARNING TO FLY F 3 Annabel Neasham 95
10 7x1117x012 LEMPICKA M 5 Ken & Kasey Keys 96
11 1x4x108x16 PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE M 5 Grahame Begg 110
12 x52x5010x3 ROOTS M 5 Chris Waller 108
13 1x61548x64 SHESALLSHENANIGANS F 3 Simon Zahra 79
14 x21615x007 SKEW WIFF (NZ) M 4 Mark Walker 104
15 1113×5 SKYBIRD F 3 Mitchell Freedman 87
16 353218×014 SNAPPED M 5 Anthony & Sam Freedman 92
17 21x217x42 STRETAN ANGEL F 3 Phillip Stokes 92
18 143x645x21 WALTZ ON BY M 4 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 91
19 1×14243031 WONDERFUL TONIGHT M 5 Sam Mynott 93
20 3x3506x321 ZAPATEO M 5 James Cummings 112

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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).

The form out of the 2022 Robert Sangster was franked with the winning mare Snapdancer running second at her next start in Brisbane’s Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) before a spring return in Melbourne taking out the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.

The 2023 Robert Sangster Stakes form was franked in The Goodwood with Another Award running second in both events, while Zapateo finished third in both sprints. Zapateo also returned in the autumn of 2024 to win Sydney’s Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m).

Robert Sangster Stakes Form Facts

  • Four-year-old mares have dominated the Robert Sangster Stakes in the past 30 years including eight wins from 2008 – 2024.
  • 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), Bella Vella (11 of 16 in 2020), Snapdancer (15 of 15 in 2021), Ruthless Dame (12 of 14 in 2023), and Climbing Star (14 of 14 in 2024).
  • More winners have come off a Melbourne lead-up run than an Adelaide start leading into the race.

2024 Robert Sangster Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Robert Sangster Stakes 2024 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 13 of the Robert Sangster Stakes winners from 2007 – 2024 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.

2024 Robert Sangster Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Robert Sangster Stakes 2024 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.

  • To Win: #1 Zapateo ($8.50 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Taking on the favourite and have Zapateo on top at a nice price. Had her last start and she didn’t disappoint, so no reason to come off her now. The James Cummings-trained Brazen Beau mare is rock hard fit now third up and ready to fire again. Full of confidence after her lead-up victory in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) in Sydney. Narrow margin on the line with less weight there, but her 1200m record is solid (11:3-2-3), and she is drawn to win from a gun barrier three. Jamie Kah comes aboard in another plus. This is her third go at Morphettville, her other two starts producing third place finishes when narrowly beaten in last year’s Robert Sangster and The Goodwood. Can improve and salute now.

Robert Sangster Stakes Results

Interstate raiders along with three-year-old fillies and four-year-old mares have dominated the Robert Sangster Stakes race 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 Climbing Star ($26 in 2024), Snapdancer ($17 in 2021), 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 Egyptian Raine (2003), and Dantelah (1999).

Past Robert Sangster Stakes Winners

Recent Robert Sangster Stakes winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2024 Climbing Star Learning To Fly Benedetta 1:09.75
2023 Ruthless Dame Another Award Zapateo 1:09.8
2022 Snapdancer Away Game September Run 1:10.1
2021 Instant Celebrity Subpoenaed Rubisaki 1:09.6
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