The Triscay Stakes is held at Randwick in mid-February. This Group 3 race is for mares aged four years and above.
The running conditions are 1200-metres under quality handicap rules.
Triscay Stakes Race Details
Race Distance: 1200m
Prize Money: $200,000
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When Is The Triscay Stakes: 10/2/24
What Time Is The Triscay Stakes: TBA
Where Is The Triscay Stakes: Randwick Racecourse
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The 2022 winner, Snapdancer, was a better sort that amassed more than $2 million from just 20 jumps for seven wins and seven placings. Add to this the fact that she did not win until her 10th jump. She won a lucrative Magic Millions race in January of 2022. Her next jump was the Triscay Stakes win, where she sledged the field. She then scored a Group 1 win in the Robert Sangster Stakes and made a few more jumps before closing out her career with a Group 1 win in the Memsie Stakes.
Snapdancer was a daughter of Choisir, so she had great lines on her sire’s side of the table. There were also competent racers and breeders on the side of Snapdancer’s dam Snapdragon (Ireland).
Thoroughbreds coming off a successful spring campaign and perhaps a spell are attracted to the Triscay Stakes for the preparation it offers for the better grade sprints to come during the autumn carnivals.
Then again, we would not be the only ones who view a four-year-old mares’ race as anything other than a consolation prize.
The Triscay Stakes is run at a Randwick meeting that also offers the Group 2 Apollo Stakes and the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes, along with the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes.
Prizemoney is now given as $200,000, a nice boost from the old $160,000 purse.
History of the Triscay Stakes
The Triscay Stakes was first run in 1995. Triscay was a champion filly that won the Group 1 races the Queensland Guineas and the Queensland Oaks at Eagle Farm in 1991.
It debuted as the Triscay Fillies and Mares Quality Handicap. In 1996, it was decided to drop the handicap and replace it with stakes, so the race became the Triscay Fillies and Mares Quality Stakes. All that excess verbiage was dropped in 2006, leaving the simple name Triscay Stakes.
The race has spent much of its time on the turf as a Listed race, elevating to Group 3 for the 2014 jump.
Much of the race’s history was spent on Rosehill Racecourse until it became a migrant race that was run at Canterbury Park Racecourse for the 2002 jump, back to Rosehill from 2003 – 2012, Warwick Farm for 2013 and Randwick since 2014.
It often seems as though the other Sydney metro tracks are contracting in the number of races on offer, even while racing in general is seeing prizemoney climb nicely.
There has never been a dual winner and it is easy to think that four-year-old mares that are still racing, but relegated to F&M races, are the types that will head for the breeding stalls and hopefully return some of the investment in their breeding, training and racing.
The race did manage to jump in 2007, the year Equine Influenza made a mess of racing in NSW.
Venue for the Triscay Stakes
Randwick Racecourse is Sydney’s premier metro racetrack. It has been operating in some form since 1833, possibly predating Flemington by seven years.
There are more Group grade races at Randwick than there are at any other Australian metro racecourse. The richest turf race in the world, The Everest, is held in October.
The venue was honoured by a visit from Queen Elizabeth II in 1992. She was there for the dedication of a new grandstand and she granted the course the right to add “Royal” to the name, so the proper name has been Royal Randwick Racecourse and you have to admit that all the words of the name beginning with the letter “R” gives a nice ring to it. It also rolls of the tongue nicely, but most people simply say Randwick.
For 1200-metre sprint races such as the Triscay Stakes, the horses start from a chute on the side opposite the grandstands, run a long straight, one turn to the home straight and a long run to the line in front of the grandstands at the east/southeast side of the course.
Racing History of the Triscay Stakes
Just ahead of the 2023 jump of the Group 3 Triscay Stakes, the race has been run 28 times without a recognisable name to be found. We do know, though, that good racing and breeding records have been around since the year the Triscay Stakes first jumped in 1995, so we can look for mares that did well on the track and as breeders.
Our job is somewhat easier because only female Thoroughbreds run the Triscay Stakes, so we will have no mucking about with stallions and geldings.
The first winner was 1995’s Light Up The World.
This filly should have lit up the world. Her sire was the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes winner Rory’s Jester. That line traces back to Baugette and Star Kingdom, while on her dam’s side, she was related to Bletchingly Biscay and Star Kingdom.
Instead, she was average. She made 21 jumps for eight wins and five placings in the course of earning about $330,000. After winning the Triscay Stakes, she won four more races, with her highest graded win being the Group 2 Challenge Stakes at Randwick.
She was served by better stallions and supplied foals to Danehill, Redoute’s Choice, More Than Ready and others, a total of 10 foals, which is about the most that can be expected. Five of her foals earned some prizemoney, but nothing of true note.
The 1996 winner, Dipping, was a modest racer. After winning the Triscay Stakes, she continued to race, mainly in gender-restricted races. They lined her up in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic in 1996, but she could muster nothing better than 13th of 16.
She was served by many of the stallions we listed for Light Up The World, with the addition of Octagonal. She dropped eight foals, four of which earned modest stakes.
A better sort was the 1997 winner, Shindig.
She raced quite a bit, with 42 jumps for eight wins and eight placings, with her best win being the 1998 Group 1 Coolmore Classic.
Some cool racing trivia about Shindig is that there were three Kiwi gallopers by that name born in consecutive years – 1991, 1992 and 1993.
This Shindig won nothing else of note, but her strike rate for stakes winners was 100 per cent. She supplied seven named foals, including Shinzig by Danehill that won over $650,000. Three of the others earned above the $100,000 mark, while the three others earned under $40,000 each. Danehill accounts for five, and the others all were the responsibility of Exceed And Excel.
The 1998 winner was Stoneyfell Road. After winning the Angst Quality in 1997, she won the Triscay Stakes in her next jump. Both races were graded as Listed in those days.
Her best offspring was a 2003 mare named Princes Coup by Encosta De Lago that won almost $3 million in New Zealand and above $1.1 million in Australia.
In this early stage of examining the winners of the Triscay Stakes, we are observing a pattern of good mares, some of which did a bit of all right racing/and or breeding, so we will be skipping any that did not make contributions through turf racing or foal making.
The 2002 winner, Okanui, was not much as a racer, but she did have one patch of four consecutive wins culminating in her best win, the Triscay Stakes. No progeny record was available for her.
We had hoped that the 2003 winner, Oomph, was a good one, as we imagine we would have thoroughly enjoyed hearing race callers shouting her name over the final 200, but it was not the case. She never won much, just six races.
What was interesting is that the name Oomph was used three times in 1998. There was one by Octagonal, our Oomph by Flying Spur and a Pom Oomph by Shareef Dancer.
None had any true oomph and our Oomph had the better stallions to serve her. Two of them did okay, one winning above $320,000 and another just an oomph or two shy of $500,000.
Perhaps the best to this point in the history of the Triscay Stakes, 2004 winner Victory Vein won nearly $2 million from 27 jumps, of which she won 12 and placed in two.
She had a three-race patch where she won the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes, the Group 3 Sweet Embrace Stakes and the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes. In March of 2002, she placed second in the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes, but she beat the formidable galloper and sire Choisir in that race.
She then won the Group 1 Golden Slipper, the Group 1 Sires Produce Stakes, the Group 1 Champagne Stakes, the Group 2 Silver Shadow, and the Group 3 Furious Stakes. She finished that string with a fifth win, this one in the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes, before posting a second in the Flight Stakes, nosed by Royal Purler.
The Triscay Stakes was her final win.
She supplied nine foals to the better sires, such as Encosta De Lago, Redoute’s Choice and More Than Ready, but none left much impact on racing.
The 2005 winner, Golden Weekend, did next to nothing on the track, but she did supply the 2006 mare Cabernet by Al Maher that won over $350,000.
A better racer was the 2007 winner Doubting.
The name says it all, revealing that her sire was Redoute’s Choice. She came within less than a length of winning the Group 1 Coolmore Classic, but Tuesday Joy was just that much better.
She did little to nothing to further the line.
Hot Danish from 2008 was a good one.
She won more than half of her 31 jumps, with 16 wins and 9 placings. Her earnings figure was above $2.3 million. A couple jumps prior to her Triscay Stakes win, she won the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes with very little trouble. There were times when it seemed as though she would never find success at Group 1 grade, but she beat Melito to win the Group 1 All Aged Stakes. She then beat Whobegotyou without much trouble for her win in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000.
We could not locate a progeny record for Hot Danish.
The mare Dystopia was the winner in 2012.
She shared Redoute’s Choice as her sire with many, but she did better than many by winning almost $650,000 from 34 jumps for 7 wins and 13 placings. The Triscay Stakes was one of her better wins.
Another mare by Redoute’s Choice was the 2013 winner, She's Clean.
She won the race in the final year of Listed grade. She won over $700,000. She won at Group 3 grade in 2015, when she won the Tibbie Stakes.
Is there a racing award for siring the most winners of a race?
We need to make something up for Redoute’s Choice, since he was again the sire of the 2014 winner, Lilliburlero.
Lilliburlero was only average, though, and she did not produce any better offspring. The Triscay Stakes was her best win, with her other three being minor races.
Thump, the winner for 2015, was the winner of over $500,000.
How we wish her dam had been 2003 winner Oomph, but such a serendipitous occurrence is not common in racing.
Thump was a two-time Group 2 winner. Two foals by Exceed And Excel neither exceeded nor excelled.
Next, the 2017 winner, Zestful, was yet another by Exceed And Excel.
She won six times, with six placings from 25 jumps for over $460,000.
Zestful probably has a few foals left on her clock, but one from 2019 by Sebring has yet to make an impact.
Faraway Town, the 2018 winner, was by Not A Single Doubt.
She won nearly $850,000 from 23 jumps for three wins and seven placings. The Triscay Stakes was her best win, but she amassed good prizemoney by running in the right races and finishing well.
The 2020 winner was Sweet Deal.
She won more than $1.6 million from 48 jumps for 11 wins and 11 placings. About one third of her prizemoney came from winning The Tab Hunter, a special conditions race at Newcastle Racecourse that paid over $500,000 for the win.
Watch Sweet Deal win the Triscay Stakes at the following link.
The last mare at which we will look is the 2021 winner, Tailleur.
She essentially fills the same mold from which many of the other winners of the Triscay Stakes came from.
She won a little above $455,000 from 13 jumps for six wins and three placings.
She can be seen winning at the following link.
The Triscay Stakes is one of those races that is there to pad the race card for the meeting.
Most of the winners have spent the bulk of their racing careers on country tracks. Those that made it to the bigger stages of the metro courses mostly won Bench Mark and gender-restricted races.
We would propose that the name could easily be the Redoute’s Choice Stakes, because it certainly appears as though he had his choice of the mares that won the Triscay Stakes.
Failing that, we would suggest the Oomph and Thump Stakes.
Triscay Stakes Past Winners
|2022||Po Kare Kare|
|2011||Kiss From A Rose|
|2001||Air She Goes|
|2000||Hot In The City|