The Group 3 Angst Stakes, officially the Angst Quality Handicap, takes place at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney during October.
It is run under set weight plus penalty conditions by mares aged four years and above over 1600 metres.
Angst Stakes Race Details
Race Distance: 1600m
Prize Money: $200,000
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When Is The Angst Stakes: 12/10/24
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Where Is The Angst Stakes: Randwick Racecourse
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More Details About The Angst Stakes
Prizemoney for the race is $200,000 as of July 2022. That figure was a slight boost from Angst Stakes run prior to 2018, when for several years the prizemoney was $150,000.
A two-time winner of the Angst Stakes was Dixie Blossoms, the winner from 2016 and 2017. She was one of the better mares to jump in the race. She tried for a third win in 2018 and ran a strong third place to I Am Serious.
The most recent winner from 2021 was Mirra Vision.
History of the Angst Stakes
The race commemorates the memory of a filly named Angst that won her last five races, culminating in Group 2 wins at Randwick in the Silver Shadow Stakes and the Tea Rose Stakes at Rosehill. In between those two wins, she won the Furious Stakes in 1993, a race that is currently Group 2 level. She won seven races from 10 jumps in 1993, with her final win being the Group 1 Flight Stakes at Randwick.
That great promise showed by Angst would vanish that same year when she died whilst undergoing a procedure to remove some growths in her windpipe that were giving her some breathing difficulty.
The Angst Stakes was inaugurated the next year in 1994.
Through 2004, the race was known as the Angst Mares Quality Handicap. The registered name is the Angst Quality Handicap, but Angst Stakes is so much easier on the tongue and The Angst is even easier, as it is often called when punters ask each other, “Who do you like in The Angst?”
Our reply would have been that we liked Tongue In Cheek, but that we were worried for days whether or not it was a good punt.
The Angst Stakes has always been run at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, except for 2011 and 2012, when it was shifted to Rosehill Racecourse.
The race made its debut long after the days of Principal races and was graded at Listed level from inception through 2012. It became and has remained Group 3 since 2013.
The trip for the race was 1400 metres through 2011. It was stretched to 1500 metres for 2012, the second and last time it jumped at Rosehill, after which the race became the current 1600-metre trip in 2013.
Race Venue for the Angst Stakes
Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney is one of the premier racecourses in the country of Australia.
Thorough details on this fine Thoroughbred racing venue can be found elsewhere on this site.
Racing first took place on the present-day site in 1833, seven years prior to the establishment of a course in Melbourne that asserts itself as “headquarters,” although there are some New South Whalers that would debate the moniker.
The course is an asymmetrical oval, which is about the full extent of our Geometry vocabulary.
The track currently hosts 20 Group 1, 18 Group 2 and 12 Group 3 races. Some of the notable races are the Australian Derby, Queen Elizabeth Stakes and a race that some winners of the Angst Stakes subsequently won, the Doncaster Handicap.
Not considered a Group race, The Everest is a special conditions event because it is too new to deserve Group status.
The Everest is the richest race in Australia and the richest turf race in the world, but it has its share of detractors – opera lovers who objected to the Sydney Opera House being used as the backdrop for the barrier draw for the race in 2018. Protestors to sullying the world’s most beautiful opera house with the barrier draw for the world’s richest turf race gathered 300,000 signatures in less than a week trying to halt what they considered a cultural travesty.
We might say that the petition was fraudulent because there are not 300,000 opera lovers in the world, let along in Australia, are there?
Racing History of the Angst Stakes
The Angst Stakes is a newer race, so there is not an extensive racing history of the sort a race such as the Doncaster Handicap offers.
We think it is nice that there is a race for four-year-old and older mares.
It represents a last chance to burnish the career and attract the attention of the better sires. Then, there are probably instances where a mare was a better-than-average racer and the connections thought it more profitable to race than to breed.
Those sorts of decisions are relatable to punters and all those associated with the racing industry that have to do the best possible with incomplete data and the uncertainty that racing presents.
There have been some good winners, especially in recent years. We will be examining the winners’ list to look for Group 1 winners and/or exceptional progeny.
The winner of the first Angst Stakes in 1994 was Sky Watch.
She was okay in the sense that simply winning an Australian Stakes race is something the majority of Thoroughbreds bred for that exact purpose never achieve. She made 35 jumps for 6 wins and 10 placings to earn a bit above $300,000.
She had an exceptional pedigree. Her sire was Star Watch that was begat by Bletchingly that was begat by Biscay that was begat by Star Kingdom, if we can be forgiven for using Old Testament lineage terms.
If, as we earlier mentioned, she was running as a four-year-old in hopes of a good match in the sheds, the strategy worked. She was served by the likes of Danehill, Octagonal and Snitzel, though her best was a colt named Lims Fighter by Flying Spur that won over $1.1 million in stakes.
The 1995 race was won by Chlorophyll.
She won over $560,000 from 27 jumps, with 11 wins and 7 placings.
At her zenith, she won a minor race at Hawkesbury, ran second in another minor race, and then took the Angst Stakes, a fillies and mares handicap, the Group 3 Liverpool Cup at Warwick Farm and finally, the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes in a romp win of three lengths from Bionic Bess.
The best of Chlorophyll’s eight named foals was Innovations, the winner of over $325,000.
Rich Aunty won in 1996.
Her form line of 33 jumps for six wins and five placings suggests that she was anything but rich.
The Angst was her best win and she never won after, placing second in three minor races. She produced five foals, but nothing of note.
Stoneyfell Road from 1997 was average enough to make 20 jumps for six wins and eight placings to earn almost $230,000.
After winning the Angst Stakes, she won the Listed (now Group 3) Tristarc Stakes, and then made her last three jumps without placing.
Her progeny, all four, earned money. Princess Coup by Encosta De Lago won almost $3 million New Zealand Dollars (NZD), roughly $2.7 million AUD at today’s exchange rates.
The 1998 winner, Zalinda, did not live up to her sire’s genes, because her sire was Zabeel. The Angst Stakes was the best win out of her five wins. The best of her 10 foals was Fast N Famous by Redoute’s Choice that won almost $450,000.
It was Roseville that crossed first in 1999.
The Angst was the best of her four wins. She produced two stakes winners, one by Rubiton and the other by Strategic. Those two combined won a little above what Roseville did as a racer.
The 2000 winner was Prenuptial.
The Angst Stakes was Prenuptial’s best win, after which she never placed from six more attempts. She produced nothing as a breeder, despite being served twice by Elvstroem and once by Fling Spur and three others.
Danasia by Danehill was the winner in 2001.
The Angst Stakes was far and away her best win of 22 jumps. She was a successful breeder, dropping 15 named foals, with the best being Zabrasive by Zabeel that won the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas in 2010.
A decent winner appeared in 2002 in the form of Miss Zoe.
Miss Zoe won almost $900,000 from 48 jumps for 9 wins and 12 placings. She was second in the 2000 Angst Stakes to Prenuptial. She beat Veloce by over two lengths in her Angst win. She backed that with a Group 2 win in the Empire Rose Stakes. Earlier in her career, she won the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes. Two years later, the Empire Rose Stakes was lifted to Group 1.
She got into quite a few races that were, or have become, Group 1 and she acquitted herself admirably, with good placings in the Flight Stakes, Australian Oaks and Australian Stakes.
Her five progeny won under $130,000 combined.
The next winner in 2003 was Zanna.
Zanna won over $666,000, but unlike some of the previous winners, she needed just 23 jumps to do it. She had six wins and three placings.
The win in the Angst Stakes was the top slice of a sandwich that had the Group 3 Troa Stakes at Moonee Valley as the filling and the Group 2 Empire Rose Stakes as the bottom slice.
She produced little as a broodmare, despite having the services of Lonhro of three occasions.
Hennessy Waltz was the winner in 2004.
She was mediocre as a racer. She was courted and bedded by greats such as Fastnet Rock (3x), Mossman, High Chaparral and Sebring, but from seven named foals, only about $300,000 was produced by three stakes winners.
The race belonged to Wild Queen in 2005.
She was good, at least by comparison to the majority of the past winners of the Angst Stakes. She won 10 and placed in 7 races from 21 jumps in the process of earning over $550,000.
She won twice more following the win in the Angst Stakes when she took Listed races at Gosford and Hawkesbury and her final two jumps produced a second to Steflara in the Group 3 Breeders Classic in 2006 before turning the tables and beating Steflara in the Group 3 Millie Fox Stakes at Rosehill.
She caught the eye of many a good sire, including Redoute’s Choice (2x), Lonrho (2x) and some other top stallions. Her best was Varda by Lonhro that won almost $400,000.
The winner from 2006, More Than Lucky, was less than lucky. She jumped 19 times for four wins and three placings, with under $200,000 to show for it. Two named foals accounted for about $33,000 in winnings.
The race was abandoned in 2007, like so many other races in NSW, a victim of the Equine Influenza outbreak.
Neroli won the Angst Stakes in 2008.
She won seven race with four placings from 21 jumps to earn over $770,000. She had a Group 1 win in 2009, taking out the Queen of the Turf Stakes at Rosehill from Hot Danish. She never won subsequent to that major victory.
Neither Exceed And Excel nor Street Cry could get a good foal out of Neroli.
Illuminates from 2009 won almost $900,000, but she needed 57 jumps for 10 wins and 17 placings to achieve that figure. The Angst Stakes was her best win. She did manage a second to Typhoon Tracy in the Group 1 Queen of the Turf Stakes, but like other that lined up against Typhoon Tracy, she was blown off the course by well over two lengths.
She produced nothing worth mentioning as a breeder.
Lovemelikearock from 2010 made just 14 jumps for three wins and two placings, which sort of points out the peril of naming your Thoroughbred galloper after a Paul Simon song. She broke the heart of her connections by dropping mediocre foals by the likes of Snitzel, Street Cry and More Than Ready, so she possibly should have been named Ceciliayou’rebreakingmyheart.
From Paul Simon we migrate to the Beach Boys to find the 2011 winner Little Surfer Girl. The Angst Stakes was her best win.
Fangirl by Sebring was her best foal that won over $800,000 from just nine jumps.
After winning the Angst Stakes in 2012, Nocturnelle did nothing.
A colt and a filly by Snitzel and another filly by Redoute’s Choice combined for under $200,000 in earnings.
The winner from 2013, Sharnee Rose, fits the pattern we have been observing of good, not great, horses winning the race. Right before winning the Angst Stakes, she won the Group 3 Golden Pendant Stakes at Rosehill. Two foals by Dundeel and one by Shalla did nothing.
Neena Rock from 2014 barely deserves mention.
The Angst Stakes was her best win by a considerable margin compared to her other wins. She had a colt by Fastnet Rock that earned nothing, unless you call $14,000 from 18 jumps for now wins and eight thirds as something.
Casino Dancer from 2015 won over $500,000, but she needed 61 jumps for 6 wins and 17 placings. Her other good win was the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes at Sandown. It appears that Casino Dancer did not carry on her lines.
Dixie Blossoms from 2016 and 2017 was the only dual winner.
She won over $1.5 million from 32 jumps for 7 wins and 14 placings. She won the Group 1 Coolmore Classic as a three-year-old. She concluded her racing career with a close second to Kenedna in the Group 1 Queen of the Turf.
It does not appear as though Dixie Blossoms produced any foals.
I Am Serious from 2018 was the one that prevented Dixie Blossoms from winning a third Angst Stakes, with an assist going to second place finisher Mandylion. The Angst Stakes was the best win by I Am Serious.
There have yet been no foals by the daughter of Choisir.
Nettoyer from 2019 is the best winner in terms of prizemoney. She won over $2.5 million from 45 jumps for seven wins and eight placings. Nettoyer won some Group 3s prior to winning the 2020 Doncaster from Star Of The Seas. She beat the redoubtable Probabeel to win the 2021 Queen of the Turf Stakes for her final win.
As of mid-2022, Nettoyer has not foaled.
Finally, there was the 2020 winner, Emeralds.
She made 18 jumps for three wins and four placings to earn a little above $350,000. The Angst was her best win and a replay of her victory can be viewed at the following link.
The Angst Stakes, no matter how much anyone worries, will never be considered a truly major race.
Outside of a couple million dollar plus runners and a few good broodmares, the Angst Stakes is one of the races you will have to watch if you go to Randwick on Spring Champion Stakes Day.
Angst Stakes Past Results
|2022||Hope In Your Heart|
|2018||I Am Serious|
|2011||Little Surfer Girl|
|2006||More Than Lucky|