Sapphire Stakes 2022

Saturday April 9, 2022

Ladbrokes Tip: The Birthday Card Stakes is the key lead-up form to follow into the Sapphire Stakes each autumn

The Sapphire Stakes is a Group 2 race for fillies and mares run at Royal Randwick Racecourse on the second Saturday in April* each Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. Part of the action of Day 2 of ‘The Championships’, the Sapphire Stakes is contested over 1200m so is a sprint race run at set weights plus penalties.

*In 2021 the Sapphire Stakes ran on the third Saturday of April with all race meetings of the autumn in Sydney from Slipper Day onwards postponed a week due to the weather.

Offering a total of $300,000 in prize money it is held on the same day as four elite level features: the Group 1 $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m), the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m), the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) and the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) that has been known in recent years as the Coolmore Legacy Stakes.

The key lead-up race into the Sapphire Stakes is the Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes (1200m) held at Rosehill Gardens a fortnight before and the latest to complete the double are Arinosa (2013) and Quilista (2018).

Following the Sapphire Stakes, the best contenders may opt to back-up into the Group 1 All Aged Stakes with Atlantic Jewel (2012) the double.

In 2020 Fasika ran second in the Sapphire and third in that year’s All Aged Stakes results before returning the following year to win the Sapphire Stakes in 2021.

The latest edition of the Sapphire Stakes ran on Saturday April 9, 2022 and was won by the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Bella Nipotina ($7). 

Sapphire Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 9, 2022
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Fillies & Mares – Set Weights + Penalties
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $300,000
  • First Run: 1998

2022 Sapphire Stakes Results

The complete Sapphire Stakes Race Results 2022 and finishing order will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday April 9, 2022.

  • 1st: #2 Bella Nipotina ($7)
  • 2nd: #9 Tricky Gal
  • 3rd: #4 Belluci Babe

Sapphire Stakes Betting

Sapphire Stakes betting opens after the release of final acceptances the Wednesday before the race runs on Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day on the Saturday. Markets are usually led by the season’s handy fillies and mares coming off lead-up races over similar distance during the autumn in Sydney like the Birthday Card Stakes two weeks before.

Proven form at Randwick over 1200m and those gallopers that have been tested in tougher company also feature highly up the Sapphire Stakes odds each year.

Any mares dropping in grade off an earlier Group 1 race in the autumn are also usually kept safe in Sapphire Stakes betting.

2022 Sapphire Stakes Odds

The autumn’s top Sapphire Stakes 2022 odds will be available below the week of the race so stay tuned to view the price on your early Sapphire Stakes betting selections during ‘The Championships’ in Sydney.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Sapphire Stakes 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.

Sapphire Stakes Field

The Sapphire Stakes field attracts a collection of classy sprinting fillies and mares coming out of the Birthday Card Stakes over the same distance at Rosehill Racecourse the month before. In 2014 the Birthday Card Stakes winner Avoid Lightning went on to run second to Cosmic Endeavour in the Sapphire Stakes before winning the latter the following season in 2015. Quilista (2018) was the last to do the Birthday Card – Sapphire Stakes double.

Many of the best out of the Sapphire Stakes field each autumn go on to contest the Group 3 Hawkesbury Crown (1300m) at the end of April including the 2016 Sapphire winner Two Blue who ran second at Hawkesbury next-up. Another possible lead-up race for the mares in the Sapphire Stakes is the Group 3 PJ Bell Stakes (1200m) run at the same track and distance the Saturday before on Day 1 of ‘The Championships’.

Sapphire Stakes nominations close the Monday before the race runs on the Saturday, the field and barriers out two days later on the Wednesday around 9am (local time).

Sapphire Stakes odds online at Ladbrokes

The 2012 Sapphire Stakes winner Atlantic Jewel went on to win the Group 1 All Aged Stakes at her next start. Photo Credit: Race Horse Photos Australia.

2022 Sapphire Stakes Field

The official Sapphire Stakes 2022 Final Field & Barriers will be available below once final acceptances close on the Wednesday of race week.

A quality line-up of sprinting fillies and mares faces off in the 2022 Sapphire Stakes field including the favourite Belluci Babe coming off fourths in the Group 1 The Galaxy and last weekend’s Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes. 

  • Scratched: #6 Fituese (2), #11 Jump The Broom (12)

2022 Sapphire Stakes Nominations

The early Sapphire Stakes 2022 nominations are taken by Racing NSW on the Monday leading-up to Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day and will be published in full below.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 0x8849567x BAM’S ON FIRE M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 88
2 3121323×58 BELLA NIPOTINA M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 107
3 38×2442144 BELLUCI BABE (NZ) M 5 Bjorn Baker 103
4 0x6440x421 EMANATE M 5 James Cummings 97
5 55x1256x40 FITUESE M 5 John Thompson 100
6 44x3516x07 FOUR MOVES AHEAD F 3 John Sargent 92
7 x211x1821x GRACEFUL GIRL M 4 Danny O’Brien 110
8 1111×68 IT’S ME M 5 Brett Cavanough 94
9 1x11x1 JUMP THE BROOM M 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 80
10 x11421x4x3 MAJESTIC SHOT M 4 Grant Allard 80
11 21x377x442 MARBOOSHA M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 98
12 9x164x11x0 MINHAAJ M 4 John O’Shea 103
13 11x46x1 MORE SECRETS M 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 72
14 218×417523 MOUSE ALMIGHTY M 5 George Dimitropoulos 60
15 118x47000x NAJMATY F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 72
16 421x332x88 NICCI’S FLING M 4 Gary Portelli 80
17 11x8119x54 PANDORA BLUE M 4 Kristen Buchanan 71
18 45x10412x6 RUBY TUESDAY M 5 Gary Portelli 82
19 3x11525x17 SAMOOT (IRE) M 4 Kris Lees 80
20 25x27584x2 TRICKY GAL M 6 Matthew Smith 93
21 4x0420x716 WANDABAA M 5 Kris Lees 101
22 1x169x555x WRITTEN BEAUTY M 4 Chris Waller 93

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Sapphire Stakes Tips

Good Sapphire Stakes betting tips include looking for the mares that ran well in the Birthday Card Stakes the month before at Rosehill, runners with a good 1200m strike rate and proven Sydney performers.

Favourites only have a fair recent record in the race so another solid Sapphire Stakes tip is to lay the favourite and get behind another single-figure hope with the right lead-up form.

Mares who have contested previous editions of the Sapphire Stakes are also worth considering in tipping. For example, in 2020 White Moss celebrated back-to-back wins in the race having also run third in 2018.

2022 Sapphire Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ expert Sapphire Stakes 2022 betting tips and race selections on the Group 2 for fillies and mares at Royal Randwick this season will be detailed in full below the week of the race.

  • To Win: #5 Wandabaa ($9.50 at time of publish) 

Going for a bit of value in the Kris Waller-trained Wandabaa drawn well in gate three with Damien Oliver coming aboard the five-year-old. She’s a genuine wet-tracker with plenty of form on Heavy going (4:2-1-0) and has form around some strong mares this prep. Winner two back in the Group 3 Newcastle Newmarket over 1400m on a Heavy (8) before a brave fifth to Lighthouse in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill. Down in grade and distance and could surprise them late.

Sapphire Stakes Form Guide

The Sapphire Stakes form guide details essential information like the trainers, jockeys, barriers and lead-up runs of the fillies and mares in the Group 2 race field. Looking at the Sapphire Stakes form guide for mares that ran in the Birthday Card Stakes last time out and for those with a proven strike rate in similar Sydney races are good tips.

The Sapphire Stakes form has stacked up in the subsequent Group 3 Hawkesbury Crown on Hawkesbury Gold Cup Day in recent years including Cosmic Endeavour who ran third in the latter after her 2014 Sapphire win.

In 2021 the Sapphire Stakes form was franked with the second-placed Entriviere winning that September’s Group 2 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) before taking out New Zealand’s Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) in January of 2022.

2022 Sapphire Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Sapphire Stakes 2022 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Sapphire Stakes Results

Single-figure hopes but not the favourites have dominated the Sapphire Stakes results in recent years. Notable Sapphire Stakes winners from the past decade include dual champion White Moss (2019-20), Two Blue (2016), Avoid Lighting (2015), Cosmic Endeavour (2014), Atlantic Jewel (2012) and Court (2009).

Sapphire Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2022 Bella Nipotina Tricky Gal Belluci Babe 1:14.5
2021 Fasika Entriviere Wandabaa 1:09.8
2020 White Moss Fasika Bangkok 1:11.8
2019 White Moss Irithea Winter Bride 1:09.0
2018 Quilista Ravi White Moss 1:09.3
2017 Secret Agenda Missrock Artistry 1:13.2
2016 Two Blue Secret Agenda Brook Road 1:10.8
2015 Avoid Lightning Griante Fine Bubbles 1:12.1
2014 Cosmic Endeavour Avoid Lightning Belle De Coeur 1:10.7
2013 Arinosa Miss Stellabelle Forarainyday 1:10.5
2012 Atlantic Jewel Mid Summer Music Ladys Angel 1:08.9
2011 Hurtle Myrtle Kimillsy Marquardt 1:10.6
2010 Renaissance Beaded Jersey Lily 1:10.5
2009 Court Belong To Many Cajou 1:10.8
2008 Belong to Many Tenant’s Tiara Fritz’s Princess 1:11.1
2007 Fire Song Whoever Splashing Out 1:12.9
2006 Coolroom Candidate Imana Shalimar Sky 1:10.6
2005 Glamour Puss With My Wild Queen 1:12.0
2004 Recurring Fair Embrace Cataclysm 1:10.4
2003 Fatoon Provokes Miss Helterskelter 1:11.4
2002 Fair Embrace Spinning Hill Hot Riff 1:09.2
2001 Spinning Hill Nanny Maroon Marlina 1:10.3
2000 Spinning Hill Snippets’ Lass Heather 1:09.7