Spring Stakes 2022

Saturday August 13, 2022

Ladbrokes Tip: The SAJC Spring Stakes runs in the winter each August and is an important event for returning spring hopefuls.

The Spring Stakes is a 1200m sprint race contested at Morphettville Racecourse in mid-August each year by the South Australian Jockey Club (SAJC) and is not to be confused with the Newcastle Jockey Club’s 3YO Spring Stakes race held in November.

A key lead-up into the bigger and better races of the upcoming Spring Racing Carnivals, the weight-for-age event offers $127,250 in prize money.

Contested on the same date as Caulfield’s Group 2 P.B. Lawrence Stakes Day card in Melbourne and the Listed The Rosebud in Sydney, the SAJC Spring Stakes race was first run in 1970.

Having taken place in September prior to 2006, it is now the opening Group race held in Adelaide for the new racing season.

From 1979–1997 the race held Group 2 status before being demoted to a Group 3 event from 1998 onwards.

A number of nice horses have won the SAJC Spring Stakes over the years including triple champion Redelva (1988-90) who went on to win the following year’s Group 1 William Reid Stakes in Melbourne, and recent two-time winner Behemoth (2020-21).

The next edition of the SAJC Spring Stakes takes place on Saturday August 13, 2022 as the opening Group race in Adelaide for the new racing season.

Spring Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday August 13, 2022
  • Track: Morphettville Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $127,250
  • First Run: 1970

2022 SAJC Spring Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Calypso Reign ($12)
  • 2nd: #5 Pindaric
  • 3rd: #11 Pimm’s Party

The SAJC Spring Stakes 2022 results and full finishing order of the winter sprint will be published below once the race is run and won on Saturday August 13, 2022.

Spring Stakes Betting

SAJC Spring Stakes betting is traditionally led by resuming spring-bound sprinters proven in tougher grade races.

Any horses that contested previous editions of the event sit high up the Spring Stakes odds each season, as do past Group 1 performers down in grade for their spring campaign kick-offs.

Locally-trained, older runners dominate the markets and have an outstanding recent strike-rate.

Behemoth ($2.50 in 2020 and $1.65 in 2021) was the last favourite in Spring Stakes betting to win.

2022 SAJC Spring Stakes Odds

Stay tuned for the full Spring Stakes 2022 betting markets and links to the final acceptors to be published below once odds are released.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Spring 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.

Spring Stakes Field

Behemoth | Photo: Jenny Barnes | Ladbrokes
Behemoth officially went back-to-back in the 2020 and 2021 SAJC Spring Stakes results after winning the latter on protest. Photo: Jenny Barnes.

The Spring Stakes field attracts both end-of-season winter runners as well as spring-bound hopefuls kicking off the new season campaigns.

The SAJC Spring Stakes nominations are taken the Monday of race week with final acceptances closing on the Wednesday.

2022 SAJC Spring Stakes Field

The official Spring Stakes 2022 final field of sprinters is announced the Wednesday of race week and will be updated below once confirmed.

2022 Spring Stakes Nominations

Early nominations for the Spring Stakes 2022 race at Morphettville close the Monday of race week.

Last 10HorseSexAgeTrainerBallotWeightPenaltyHcp Rating
1116x20x67xBEHEMOTHG7David Jolly158.5kg113
2157×680184OUTLAWS REVENGEG5Ryan Balfour258.5kg91
331720×1211CALYPSO REIGNG6David Jolly358.5kg89
4140x22042xROYAL MILEG5Lee Creek458.5kg87
5x21647x136AGREEABLEM5Will Clarken556.5kg84
611x15x16x1PINDARICG6Michael Hickmott658.5kg84
7345697×461EXTREME THRILLG8Wayne Francis & Glen Kent758.5kg79
8361×511676JAAMINTM7Garret Lynch856.5kg75
98×94936241PIMM’S PARTYM5Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas956.5kg73
10510x106x15QUIETLY DISCREETM5Dan Clarken & Oopy MacGillivray1056.5kg73
1125x152221xSPARKUPG5Richard & Chantelle Jolly1158.5kg70
1273457×6757KENYAN WONDERM7Ryan Balfour1256.5kg68
136538111493VENUSIANG6Garret Lynch1358.5kg62
143410031234WOTUWANTG6Darryl Carrison1458.5kg69

Spring Stakes Tips

Top SAJC Spring Stakes tips include looking for runners with a strong record over the distance (1200m), locally-trained Adelaide runners with a good strike-rate at the Morphettville track and Black-Type graduates coming off good lead-up winter runs.

Backing the male gallopers is another solid Spring Stakes betting tip as Beirut (2016) was the last mare to beat home the boys in the event, while no filly has been successful since Hartbalm (1977).

Another key Spring Stakes tip is to get behind any in-form runner prepared by Leon Macdonald who has won the event five times with: Will Fly (1998), Spice Doll (2000), El Maze (2008), Rebel Raider (2010) and most recently Dalasan (2019).

2022 SAJC Spring Stakes Tips

Our insider tips on the Spring Stakes in 2022 will be published below once the field and form guide are released.

  • To Win: TBD

Spring Stakes Form Guide

The SAJC Spring Stakes form guide, released when final acceptances close on the Wednesday before the race runs that Saturday, details crucial information like the jockeys and barriers as well as the lead-up runs of the sprinters in the field.

The Spring Stakes form has stacked up in future interstate Spring Racing Carnival races a number of times in recent years.

In 2018 the SAJC Spring Stakes winner Dollar For Dollar (2018) finished second in that year’s Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m). He would also continue on to finish third in the next year’s Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) in Brisbane.

In 2019, the Spring Stakes winner Dalasan headed to Melbourne next-up and saluted in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington Racecourse. Dalasan was also runner-up in the 2020 Group 1 SA Derby, further franking the form. Scales Of Justice meanwhile improved on his 2019 Spring Stakes second to win Caulfield’s Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) next start.

The following year the 2020 Spring Stakes winner Behemoth went on to complete the Memsie Stakes – Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes double in Melbourne.

Behemoth also won the 2021 Spring Stakes on protest and continued on to also successfully defend his Memsie Stakes title having earlier run third in that autumn’s $5 million The All-Star Mile.

2022 SAJC Spring Stakes Form Guide

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

Spring Stakes Results

There has been four multiple SAJC Spring Stakes winners throughout history: Samist (1974-75); Redelva (1988-90); Hero Wind (1994, 1995, 1997); and most recently Behemoth (2020-21).

Behemoth (2020 and 2021) was the last horse to complete the Spring Stakes – Memsie Stakes double.

Behemoth won his second title in 2021 on protest after originally being second past the post behind Beau Rossa who was subsequently demoted to runner-up.

Sky Cuddle holds the current 1200m SAJC Sprint Stakes race record winning in a time of 1 minute 9.64 seconds in 2004.

Other noteworthy Spring Stakes winners include: Toltrice (1973), Flavour (2001), Super Elegant (2005), Royal Ida (2006), Rebel Raider (2010), Happy Trails (2012) and Dalasan (2019).

SAJC Spring Stakes Winners

Year Winner Second Third
2022 Calypso Reign Pindaric Pimm’s Party
2021 Behemoth (On Protest) Beau Rossa Ritratto
2020 Behemoth Dalasan Kemalpasa
2019 Dalasan Scales Of Justice Waging War
2018 Dollar For Dollar Hard Empire Inn Keeper
2017 Mio Dio Lord Aspen Casino Wizard
2016 Beirut Riziz Rocket Commander
2015 Red Eclipse Whitlam Richie’s Vibe
2014 Riziz Light It Up Karacatis
2013 Just Discreet Meliora Golden Penny
2012 Happy Trails Gossip Girl Southern Speed
2011 Uxorious Periduki Valentine Miss
2010 Rebel Raider Xaieta Likable Will
2009 Midnight Mustang Magical Pearl Cerberus Gal
2008 El Maze Sensational Toy Niconero
2007 Zupaone Amyjaye Power El Maze
2006 Royal Ida Shablec Bruges
2005 Super Elegant Fly For Me Squillani
2004 Sky Cuddle Squillani Zip Zip Aray
2003 Squillani Nadema Lawsons Storm
2002 Strategic Image Romilada Star Hit
2001 Flavour Spice Doll Star Hit
2000 Spice Doll Hand Pass Euclase Pat
1999 Star Joe Sports Lake Villa
1998 Will Fly Astralita Madonna
1997 Hero Wind Port Watch Minegold
1996 Staaraq Hero Wind Buzzoff
1995 Hero Wind Blue Boss Scrupulous
1994 Hero Wind Rubique Subastral
1993 Colebrook Rubique Game Ginty
1992 Black Rouge Dark Ksar Squire Gray
1991 Beau George Feeling Bar Flyer
1990 Redelva Dancers Choice Godemus
1989 Redelva Pressmans Choice Prince Anton
1988 Redelva Lockleys Tradition Eastern Classic
1987 Change Of Habit Baptize French Cotton
1986 Romantic Red Lord Galaxy Wild Rampage
1985 Trichelle Belcunda Arctic Wolf
1984 Gold Kildare Copper Rocket To The Wind
1983 Belcunda Galleon Goldwood
1982 Oriental Ruler Harpagus Pure Of Heart
1981 Bargambler Bold Prospect Ducatoon
1980 Rumpus Room Ranger’s Son Blue And White
1979 Court Sabre Atropine Panamint
1978 Pelican Point Bonfield Double East
1977 Hartbalm Raffindale Tetranate
1976 Classic Conquest Silent Gift How Now
1975 Samist Kymwood Quaffable
1974 Samist Storm Duke Celestial Choice
1973 Toltrice Eleazar Samist
1972 High Gypsy Crown Mikado
1971 Romantic Son Eastern Court Lancelot
1970 Eastern Court Eleazar Tutuila