Sapphire Stakes 2017

Saturday April 8, 2017

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).

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.

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 .

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
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

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 TBD TBD TBD TBD
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