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.
Offering a total of $300,000 in prize money it is held on the same day as four elite level features: the $4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m), the $2 million Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m), the $1 million Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) and the $1 million Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m).
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 last runner to complete the double was Arinosa (2013).
The latest edition of the Sapphire Stakes ran on Saturday April 8, 2017 .
2017 Sapphire Stakes Results
- 1st: Secret Agenda
- 2nd: Missrock
- 3rd: Aristry
Sapphire Stakes Race Info
- Date: Saturday April 8, 2017
- Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
- Distance: 1200m
- Conditions: Fillies & Mares – Set Weights + Penalties
- Status: Group 2
- Prize Money: $300,000
- First Run: 1998
Sapphire Stakes Odds & 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.
2017 Sapphire Stakes Betting
The autumn’s top Sapphire Stakes 2017 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.
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.
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).
2017 Sapphire Stakes Field
The official Sapphire Stakes 2017 Final Field & Barriers will be available below once final acceptances close on Wednesday April 5, 2017.
The 2017 Sapphire Stakes Field featured sixteen fillies and mares before the early scratching of Serene Majesty. Peter & Paul Snowden are still in with three hopefuls including early favourite in Sapphire Stakes betting Ravi who races first-up and has a nice record when fresh. Her smart older stablemate Tycoon Tara, also resuming in the race, is another key contender for the last at Randwick on Saturday.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||600x11412x||TYCOON TARA||Peter & Paul Snowden||Blake Shinn||11||57kg||108|
|2||85520x21x1||ARTISTRY||Peter & Paul Snowden||Hugh Bowman||7||55.5kg||105|
|3||7024x167x5||SECRET AGENDA||Mick Price||Damien Oliver||12||55.5kg||100|
|4||121140×818||OCEAN EMBERS||Shea Eden||Luke Nolen||10||55.5kg||98|
|5||0x2248x428||THAMES COURT||David Brideoake||Christian Reith (late alt)||8||55kg||99|
|6||1438×10135||ZESTFUL||Kris Lees||Jason Collett||9||55kg||97|
|7||19x30380x9||SAVOUREUX||Kris Lees||Sam Clipperton||14||55kg||96|
|8||31x5740x67||SERENE MAJESTY||Peter & Paul Snowden||–||13||55kg||89|
|9||2x3610x0x7||TEMPT ME NOT||James Cummings||Tim Clark||4||55kg||87|
|10||x44434x240||DENMAGIC||David Pfieffer||Corey Brown||2||54kg||96|
|11||1x11x2451x||RAVI||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||15||54kg||92|
|12||54x24x1128||HIEROGLYPHICS||Anthony & Edward Cummings||Craig Williams||16||54kg||90|
|13||1x66735x19||MISSROCK||Robbie Laing||Damian Lane||1||54kg||86|
|14||5x6576222x||UNEQUIVOCAL||Noel Mayfield-Smith||Jay Ford||6||54kg||85|
|15||640x15734x||PAINTED FIRETAIL||John O’Shea||Tommy Berry||3||54kg||75|
|16||23x12237x5||LEAMI ASTRAY||Robert & Luke Price||Ms Kathy O’Hara||5||54kg||71|
2017 Sapphire Stakes Nominations
On Monday April 3 Racing NSW announced 22 Sapphire Stakes 2017 nominations including the likes of Maurice McCarten Stakes winner Artistry and the fellow Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Ravi racing for the first time since December last year.
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.
2017 Sapphire Stakes Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ expert Sapphire Stakes 2017 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.
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.
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 Two Blue (2016), Avoid Lighting (2015), Cosmic Endeavour (2014), Atlantic Jewel (2012) and Court (2009).
2017 Sapphire Stakes Results
The complete Sapphire Stakes Race Results 2017 and finishing order will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday April 8, 2017 .
|1||3||SECRET AGENDA||Mick Price||Damien Oliver||–||11||55.5kg||$9.50|
|2||13||MISSROCK||Robbie Laing||Damian Lane||1.3L||1||54kg||$21|
|3||2||ARTISTRY||Peter & Paul Snowden||Hugh Bowman||1.5L||6||55.5kg||$4.80|
|4||11||RAVI||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||2.9L||13||54kg||$3.60F|
|5||7||SAVOUREUX||Kris Lees||Sam Clipperton||3.1L||12||55kg||$51|
|6||5||THAMES COURT||David Brideoake||Christian Reith||3.7L||7||55kg||$11|
|7||12||HIEROGLYPHICS||Anthony & Edward Cummings||Craig Williams||4.3L||14||54kg||$31|
|8||14||UNEQUIVOCAL||Noel Mayfield-Smith||Jay Ford||5.6L||5||54kg||$41|
|9||9||TEMPT ME NOT||James Cummings||Tim Clark||5.8L||3||55kg||$21|
|10||6||ZESTFUL||Kris Lees||Jason Collett||6.1L||8||55kg||$17|
|11||15||PAINTED FIRETAIL||John O’Shea||Tommy Berry||7.1L||2||54kg||$15|
|12||1||TYCOON TARA||Peter & Paul Snowden||Blake Shinn||7.2L||10||57kg||$6|
|13||16||LEAMI ASTRAY||Robert & Luke Price||Ms Kathy O’Hara||7.7L||4||54kg||$71|
|14||4||OCEAN EMBERS||Shea Eden||Luke Nolen||8.5L||9||55.5kg||$15|
|–||8||SERENE MAJESTY||Peter & Paul Snowden||–||–||0||–||–|
|–||10||DENMAGIC||David Pfieffer||Corey Brown||–||0||–||–|
Sapphire Stakes Winners
|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|
|2012||Atlantic Jewel||Mid Summer Music||Ladys Angel||1:08.9|
|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|
|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|