2023 Centaurea Stakes Race Details

Race 6 at Morphettville on Saturday 20th May 2023.

The Centaurea Stakes is a Group 3 race held at Morphettville racecourse over 2028 metres this year. It is for fillies and mares aged three-years-old and upwards and is run under set weights plus penalties conditions. The total prizemoney is $107,250 this year.

You can read more about the race history, lead-up races and past winners on the Centaurea Stakes page.

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Centaurea Stakes 2023 Preview

Track: Soft   Weather: Overcast

Following the early scratching of Starianne there are 10 fillies and mares remaining for the Centaurea Stakes. There is one 3YO, three 4YOs, four 5YOs, one 6YO and an 8YO. Two of the runners had their last start in the Group 2 Queen Of The South Stakes over 1600m at Morphettville on  May. and two in a Fillies & Mares BM 78 Handicap over 1600m at Sandown Hilside on 6 May, while the rest all came via different races.

The early favourite is Cap De Joie who is very consistent and has great soft track form. Second favourite is Thought Provoking who has finished runner-up at both starts this campaign. Third favourite is Warm Smile who has placed both starts this campaign and appears to be looking for this distance. La Dragontea ran 2nd in this race last year. The rest of the runners are currently over $14.

2023 Centaurea Stakes Runner by Runner

1. La Dragontea (9)

She ran 2nd in this race last year. She finished 3.9 lengths 7th over 1600m at Sandown Hillside over 1600m on 6 May where she came from the back and was looking for further. Rough place chance.

2. Agreeable (8)

Worked home from clear last to finish 5.4 lengths 6th in the Queen Of The South last start. She has not won or placed in 4 outings to this track, but looks as if she will handle the distance.

3. Hunboshi (2)

Ran fourth over 1800m last start at Sandown Hillside. Gets out to her best distance and capable of snagging a place.

4. Cap De Joie (10)

She had been in the quinella for 7 consecutive starts before 1.7 lengths 4th over 1600m at Sandown Hillside on 6 May where she was working home strongly. The extra distance should suit and she has great form on soft going. One of the main chances.

5. Starspangled Baby (5)

Another runner with excellent form on the soft going. Last start she finished 0.3 length 2nd over 2080m on a heavy track at Cranbourne on 28 April where the 3rd horse was 7 lengths back. The winner of that race was Let’sbefrankbaby who is the early favourite for the SA Fillies Classic. Can figure in the finish.

6. Hanaady (7)

Fought hard to only go down late for 0.2 length 2nd over 2000m at Ballarat on 26 April. The next horse was nearly 3 lengths away. That was on a soft track. Not the worst.

7. Last Girl Love (11)

Drawn the outside barrier. Settled well back in the field and made ground in the straight for 5th in the Queen Of the South Stakes last outing. Could surprise.

8. Thought Provoking (6)

Runner-up at her last 2 starts. Was held up from the 500 to 300m  then chased hard closing through the line over 1600m at Sandown Hillside. Has good soft track and is capabe of winning this.

9. Warm Smile (1)

The most lightly-race runner in the field with only 8 starts for a win and 5 places. Came from well back to finish 0.2 length 3rd over 1600m at Mornington last start and the distance will suit. From the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace stable. Has barrier 1 and has in-form (red hot) jockey Jason Holder riding. In the mix.

10. More Reward (4)

The only 3 year-old in the field and is bred to stay. Unplaced in all 4 runs this preparation. Looks safely held

11. Starianne (3)  – SCRATCHED

The Centaurea Stakes 2023 Tips

The following are the top 4 selections for this years race.

Jo Jackson’s Tips
8 Thought Provoking
4 Cap De Joie
9 Warm Smile
5 Starspangled Baby

Previews for other races this week

Group 1 Doomben Cup 2023 (Doomben 2000m)

Group 2 The Roses 2023 (Doomben 2000m)

Group 3 BRC Sprint 2023 (Doomben 1350m)

Group 3 Pam O’Neill Stakes 2023 (Doomben 1600m)

Listed Bill Carter Stakes 2023 (Doomben 1200m)

Listed Chief De Beers 2023 (Doomben 1100m)

Group 1 The Goodwood 2023 (Morphettville 1200m)

Group 3 R A Lee Stakes 2023 (Morphettville 1600m)

Group 3 SA Fillies Classic 2023 (Morphettville 2500m)

Group 3 Proud Miss Stakes 2023 (Morphettville 1200m)

Group 3 David Coles AM Stakes 2023 (Morphettville 1200m)

Listed Lord Mayor’s Cup 2023 (Rosehill 2000m)

2023 Centaurea Stakes Results

Result Horse Margin
1st 8 Thought Provoking
2nd 2 Agreeable 0.2 length
3rd 9 Warm Smile 1.3 lengths
4th 5 Starspangled Baby 2.2 lengths

The track was rated as Heavy 8.

Scratchings: 11. Starianne.