Sapphire Stakes Race Information

The Sapphire Stakes is a 1200 metre set weights plus penalties race for fillies and mares run by the Australian Turf Club  in April. It is held at Randwick as part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

  • Race Type: Group 2
  • Distance: 1200 metres
  • Conditions: Set weights plus penalties, Fillies & mares 3YO & upwards
  • Track: Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Prizemoney: $300,000
  • Date: Saturday 13 April 2024

Sapphire Stakes Race History

See the 2024 Sapphire Stakes Preview and results.

See the 2023 Sapphire Stakes Preview and results.

See the 2022 Sapphire Stakes Preview and results.

The race was first held as a Listed race in 1998 and was won by What Can I Say. In 2002 it was upgraded to a Group 3 race and in 2007 it was upgraded to the current Group 2 status. It 2010 it was run as the Lady Sonia McMahon Memorial Stakes in honour of the wife of former Prime Minister William McMahon who died in April 2010.

Sapphire Stakes Facts

Last filly to win: Fatoon (2003)

Multiple winners: White Moss (2019 & 2020); Spinning Hill (2000 & 2001)

Fastest time (1200m): Atlantic Jewel (2012) 1:08:9

Interesting trivia: In 1999 Little Pattie was first past the post, but later disqualified for returning a positive swab.

Past winners of the Sapphire Stakes

Many quality sprinting mares have won this race.

Year Winner Second Third
2024 Wee Nessy Ballroom Bella Miss Hellfire
2023 Zapateo Never Talk Princess Grace
2022 Bella Nipotina Tricky Gal Belluci Babe
2021 Fasika Entriviere Wandabaa
2020 White Moss Fasika Bangkok
2019 White Moss Irithea Winter Bride
2018 Quilista Ravi White Moss
2017 Secret Agenda Missrock Artistry
2016 Two Blue Secret Agenda Brook Road
2015 Avoid Lightning Griante Fine Bubbles
2014 Cosmic Endeavour Avoid Lightning Belle De Coeur
2013 Arinosa Miss Stellabelle Forarainyday
2012 Atlantic Jewel Mid Summer Music Ladys Angel
2011 Hurtle Myrtle Kimillsy Marquardt
2010 Renaissance Beaded Jersey Lily
2009 Court Belong To Many Cajou
2008 Belong To Many Tenant’s Tiara Fritz’s Princess
2007 Fire Song Whoever Splashing Out
2006 Coolroom Candidate Imana Shalimar Sky
2005 Glamour Puss With My Wild Queen
2004 Recurring Fair Embrace Cataclysm
2003 Fatoon Provokes Miss Helterskelter
2002 Fair Embrace Spinning Hill Hot Riff
2001 Spinning Hill Nanny Maroon Marlina
2000 Spinning Hill Snippets’ Lass Heather
1999 Snippets’ Lass Sash Flickering FIre
1998 What Can I Say Airs ‘n’ Graces Bridled Chance