Winners and Past Results for the Sapphire Stakes
The Australian Turf Club holds a number of black type meetings at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney during the autumn racing carnival.
This includes the Group 2 Sapphire Stakes for fillies and mares run over a distance of 1200 metres of the Randwick track under set weight & penalty conditions.
The Sapphire Stakes is worth $300,000 in prize money and usually witnesses a few classy sprinters and milers coming under the starter's orders.
Adding to the excitement of the day are major Group ones which includes the ATC Australian Oaks, Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Sydney Cup and the Queen Of The Turf Stakes. This leaves punters an opportunity to spread their wagers over the day and find enough winners at the right price in order to achieve a level stakes profit.
Run over the same distance and track in March on Rosehill Guineas Day, the Group 3 Birthday Card Stakes often serves as a handy form guide.
A few may come in from listed events around the region. Hurtle Myrtle was unplaced in the 1400 metre Wiggle Stakes at Warwick Farm prior to winning here. She later trounced her opposition convincingly in the 1400 M Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes at Eagle Farm in June. Horses may also fancy their chances in the Group 3 BTC Classic at Doomben Races in May over a distance of 1350 metres. Court in 2009 went on to win the event before finishing unplaced in the Dane Ripper Stakes.
The Sapphire Stakes has been conducted by the Australian Turf Club since 1998. It began as a listed race and was soon promoted to Group 3 in 2002. A flow of classy fillies and mares soon made it a Group 2 event in 2006. It was held as the AJC Lady S McMahon Stakes in 2010. Spinning Hill is the only horse so far to score back to back victories in 2000-2001.
2014 Sapphire Stakes
Cosmic Endeavour made a good start and got to the lead,
with Belle De Coeur racing forward of midfield and Avoid Lightning settling
second last. Cosmic Endeavour looked untroubled as she took the field towards
the turn, and held a narrow lead over Aerobatics as they came into the
straight. Cosmic Endeavour just got better from that point and gradually
increased the gap between her and the rest of the field. She eased to a
comfortable win over Avoid Lightning, who made good ground late and emerged
from the pack, while Belle De Coeur went an honest race for third place.
2014 Sapphire Stakes result
1. Cosmic Endeavour
2. Avoid Lightning
3. Belle De Coeur
4. Plucky Belle
9. Full Of Spirit
10. Simply Brilliant
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