Arrowfield Sprint 2018

Saturday April 14, 2018

Ladbrokes Tip: In-form Chris Waller trained three-year-olds have a gun record in the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint

Formerly known as the Royal Sovereign Stakes, the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint is a lucrative Group 2 feature race for three-year-old sprinters held at Royal Randwick Racecourse during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

It is a key support act on the Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day meeting on the second Saturday in April, which is also Day 2 of ‘The Championships’. Four Group 1 races headline the card with the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m), the Sydney Cup (3200m), the Australian Oaks (2400m) and the Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m). The Arrowfield 3YO Sprint meanwhile is contested over 1200m, offers a juicy $600,000 in total prize money and is run at set weights.

Since the increase in prize money the race has attracted the best three-year-old sprinters getting around during the carnival and many Group 1 winners have won the event including Japonisme (2016) who took out the previous year’s Coolmore Stud Stakes in Melbourne.

The latest edition of the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint ran on Saturday April 14, 2018 .

2018 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Results

  • 1st: #7 Catchy
  • 2nd: #2 Showtime
  • 3rd: #10 I Am Excited

Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 14, 2018
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: 3YO – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $600,000
  • First Run: 1979

2018 Arrowfield Sprint Results

The Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2018 Results & Finishing Order will be known on Saturday April 14, 2018 and updated right here so stay tuned.

The official 2018 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Results saw the Lindsay Park-trained filly, former winner of the Blue Diamond, return to winning form with a last to first win with Joao Moreira aboard.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 7 CATCHY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Joao Moreira 9 54.5kg $9
2 2 SHOWTIME Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Corey Brown 1.5L 1 56.5kg $14
3 10 I AM EXCITED David Pfieffer Kerrin McEvoy 1.8L 4 54.5kg $5
4 8 BOOKER Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Dwayne Dunn 2.6L 6 54.5kg $7.50
5 6 SHE WILL REIGN Gary Portelli Ben Melham 2.8L 2 54.5kg $14
6 9 HOUTZEN Toby Edmonds Glyn Schofield 3.4L 3 54.5kg $5
7 3 PARIAH Peter & Paul Snowden Mark Zahra 3.5L 5 56.5kg $9.50
8 1 VIRIDINE James Cummings Hugh Bowman 3.8L 7 56.5kg $4.20F
9 4 PERAST Paul Perry Damian Lane 4.7L 8 56.5kg $26
5 ISAURIAN James Cummings Brenton Avdulla 0

Arrowfield Sprint Odds

Arrowfield 3YO Sprint betting odds are dominated by in-form three-year-old sprinters with proven ability over 1200m in Sydney and Melbourne.

Those youngsters that ran well in the previous November’s Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) over the distance in Melbourne often feature high up the Arrowfield markets. Most recently in 2018 the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint winner Catchy improved on her unplaced Coolmore Stud Stakes (18th) run from the spring prior.  The 2017 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint winner Derryn improved on a seventh in the Coolmore Stud Stakes the year before. In 2015-16 Japonisme completed the double while stablemate Counterattack ran third in the Coolmore Stud Stakes (2015) before his second in the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint (2016).

The previous season another Chris Waller-trained three-year-old, Delectation, ran second in the 2014 Coolmore Stud Stakes before winning the 2015 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint. Group 1 performers then sit high up the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint odds as do those with winning form over the track / distance and those that come off tougher runs in Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

2018 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Betting

The updated Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2018 odds will be available below as soon as markets on the lucrative autumn Group 2 race are open.

Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Field

The Arrowfield 3YO Sprint field attracts the autumn’s best short-distance performing three-year-olds. Many contested the biggest sprint races of the previous spring including Flemington’s Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) for the same age group held down the famous straight the November before.

The Coolmore Stud Stakes – Arrowfield 3YO Sprint double was achieved by Japonisme in 2015-2016 who came off a string of Melbourne Group 1 runs in the autumn as well. If not top-level company, three-year-olds in the Arrowfield Sprint field may come off a lead-up run in races like the Listed Darby Munro Stakes (1200m) the previous month – that double last completed by Sidestep (2014) and Derryn (2017).

The Arrowfield 3YO Sprint nominations are released two months out from the race in February when Group 1 feature nominations for ‘The Championships’ races are taken by Racing NSW. The final field and barriers are released the week of the race, which is also when all-in Arrowfield 3YO Sprint betting closes and the Fixed Win odds are out.

Arrowfield 3yo Sprint betting open at Ladbrokes.com.au

Japonisme won the Coolmore Stud Stakes in the spring before coming back to take out the 2016 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint the next autumn. Photo Credit: Ultimate Racing Photos.

2018 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Field

The Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2018 field and barrier draw are set for release on Tuesday April 10, 2018 and will be available in full below.

The official 2018 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Final Field features 10 young sprinters including Viridine coming off a third in The Galaxy who has Group 2 winning form at the track /distance. Five fillies are in the mix including last year’s Golden Slipper champion She Will Reign who could prove a value bet at double-figures in the Arrowfield 3YO Sprint odds.

Update: Nine remain in contention with Godolphin withdrawing Isaurian (6) leaving Viridine as their sole representative.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 11x115x43 VIRIDINE James Cummings Hugh Bowman 8 56.5kg 100
2 x21510x237 SHOWTIME Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Corey Brown 1 56.5kg 100
3 1220x129x7 PARIAH Peter & Paul Snowden Mark Zahra 5 56.5kg 91
4 x673715x57 PERAST Paul Perry Damian Lane 9 56.5kg 81
5 1×12 ISAURIAN James Cummings Brenton Avdulla 6 56.5kg 80
6 121x10x108 SHE WILL REIGN Gary Portelli Ben Melham 2 54.5kg 110
7 21330×6037 CATCHY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Joao Moreira 10 54.5kg 102
8 2x2316x147 BOOKER Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Dwayne Dunn 7 54.5kg 102
9 15x3179x31 HOUTZEN Toby Edmonds Glyn Schofield 3 54.5kg 98
10 x53772x111 I AM EXCITED David Pfieffer Kerrin McEvoy 4 54.5kg 88
  • 2018 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Nominations closed on February 12, 2018 and drew 131 top three-year-olds
  • 2018 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint First Acceptances closed on March 13, 2018 leaving 73 hopefuls

2018 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint First Acceptances

The official Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2018 First Acceptances are now out with the 76 remaining three-year-olds led in early betting by in-form Snitzel filly I Am Excited and Kementari. Randwick Guineas winner Kementari is also favourite to win the previous Saturday’s Doncaster Mile (1600m) against the older horses. The other best fancied of the fillies still in the mix is last year’s Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign.

2018 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Nominations

The official 2018 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint nominations feature 131 hopefuls including a host of Group 1 winners such as the Coolmore Stud Stakes champion from the spring Merchant Navy and last autumn’s Golden Slipper Stakes winning filly She Will Reign.

Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Tips

Good Arrowfield 3YO Sprint betting tips include looking at Chris Waller-trained three-year-olds coming out of Group 1 races during the autumn in Melbourne. Horses proven at Randwick and with a good 1200m strike-rate also make nice Arrowfield Sprint tips, as do the best performers out of the Listed Darby Munro Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens the month before.

Favourites also have a solid strike-rate so taking the top fancy in Arrowfield Sprint betting can prove lucrative.

2018 Arrowfield Sprint Tips

The week of the race the Ladbrokes’ team of tipsters will detail our insider Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2018 betting tips so stay tuned for the three-year-olds to back and sack in the Randwick sprint showdown this autumn.

  • 1st: #1 VIRIDINE ($3.20)
  • 2nd: #2 SHOWTIME ($13)
  • 3rd: #6 SHE WILL REIGN ($13)

VIRIDINE ($3.20) back in grade, back to a field of 3YOs and back to 1200m will take the power of beating. Group 2 winner over the track / distance, settles back but can overcome that with the pace on and finish strong after the last start third in The Galaxy. Hugh Bowman on, presents fit third-up and price looks right. SHOWTIME ($13) has claims and those nice TRAPEZE ARTIST form lines. Seventh in the Canterbury to Happy Clapper last time out, but drops back to 1200m that will suit better (4:1-2-0) as will the rails draw. SHE WILL REIGN ($13) is a dual Group 1 winner and in easier grade off some tough Group 1 open-age Melbourne runs. Sydney track and gate two manke her a chance on class alone.

Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Form Guide

The Arrowfield 3YO Sprint form guide features crucial information for punters like the saddlecloth numbers, jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up form of the horses in the field.

Sydney’s leading trainer Chris Waller has a strong recent record in the race so looking for in-form three-year-olds from his stable in the Arrowfield Sprint form guide is a good tip, as is looking out for youngsters coming off a top three finish in the Darby Munro Stakes the month before over the same distance.

2018 Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Arrowfield 3YO Sprint 2018 Form Guide will be provided below the week of the race.

Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Results

Arrowfield 3YO Sprint results have been dominated by single-figure fancies and the favourites in recent years with no roughie shot having scored an upset in over 15 years.

Plenty of turf stars have taken out the race and some of the most notable Arrowfield 3YO Sprint and Royal Sovereign Stakes winners include Lonhro (2002), Exceed And Excel (2004), Dance Hero (2005), Shoot Out (2010), Reble Dane (2013), Japonisme (2016) and the filly Catchy (2018).

Arrowfield Sprint Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 Catchy Showtime I Am Excited 1:10.2
2017 Derryn Global Glamour Impending 1:12.6
2016 Japonisme Counterattack Takedown 1:10.3
2015 Delectation Bring Me The Maid Rekindled Power 1:11.7
2014 Sidestep Bounding In Cahoots 1:10.2
2013 Rebel Dane Urquidez Taxmeifyoucan 1:10.7
2012 Hot Snitzel Manawanui Moment Of Change 1:08.9
2011 Master Harry Audacious Spirit Skilled 1:10.2
2010 Shoot Out More Than Great Viking Legend 1:10.7
2009 Youthful Jack Over the Wicket Desuetude 1:11.3
2008 El Cambio Kingda Ka Solo Flyer 1:10.3
2007 Mutawaajid Sniper’s Bullet Mearas 1:09.5
2006 Flying Pegasus Racing To Win De Beers 1:10.0
2005 Dance Hero Eremein Star Cat 1:10.0
2004 Exceed and Excel Ambulance Impaler 1:08.2
2003 Athelnoth Planchet Charlie Bub 1:10.1
2002 Lonhro Viking Ruler Shags 1:11.0
2001 Assertive Lad Continum Century Kid 1:09.9
2000 Hire Easy Rocking Condotti 1:09.9