Spring Stakes Race Information

The Spring Stakes is a 1200 metre weight for age race run by the South Australian Jockey Club in August. It is held at Morphettville and is the first Group race of the racing season in Adelaide.

  • Race Type: Group 3
  • Distance: 1200 metres
  • Conditions: Weight for age, 3YO & upwards
  • Track: Morphettville Racecourse, Adelaide, South Australia
  • Prizemoney: $120,000
  • Date: Saturday 14 August 2021

Spring Stakes Race History

See the 2020 Spring Stakes Preview and Results.

The first Spring Stakes was held over 6 furlongs (1200m) at Morphettville as a Principal Race in 1970 and was won by Eastern Court. In 1979 it was upgraded to a Group 2 race and in 1979 and 1980 was run over 1350m at Cheltenham Park racecourse before returning back to 1200m at Morphettville in 1981. In 1998 it was demoted to a Group 3 race and has remained over 1200m at Morphettville apart from 2001 when it was over 1250m at Cheltenham Parks.

It is the first Group race of the new racing season in Adelaide and the only other Group racing in Adelaide is during the Autumn carnival. Because of this it attracts the best of the local sprinters who hope to travel to Melbourne for the spring carnival. 2018 winner Dollar For Dollar ran 2nd in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes , while 2019 winner Dalasan won the Group 2 Danehill Stakes, and 2019 runner-up Scales of Justice won the Group 1 Memsie Stakes.

Although the race is called the Spring Stakes it is actually held in winter but heralds the return of the spring horses. There is another Group 3 race with the same name held over 1600m at Newcastle, in the spring. Since 2014, the South Australian race has been called the David R Coles AM Spring Stakes in honour of former SAJC chairman David Coles who was inducted into the South Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2003 and into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2013. He made a significant contribution to the thoroughbred racing industry and was also a bloodstock agent.

Spring Stakes Facts

Last mare to win: Beirut (2016)

Last 3YO to win: C&G – Dalasan (2019); Filly – Hartbalm (1977)

Multiple winners: Hero Wind (1994, 1995 & 1997), Redelva (1988, 1989 & 1990), Samist (1974 & 1975)

Fastest time (1200m): Sky Cuddle (2004) 1:09:64

Spring Stakes & Danehill Stakes: Dalasan (2019)

Leading jockeys: Neville Wilson  with 4 wins (Flavour 2001; Redelva 1988,1989 & 1990).

Leading trainers: Leon Macdonald with 5 wins (Dalasan 2019; Rebel Raider 2010; El Maze 2008; Spice Doll 2000; Will Fly 1998)

Interesting trivia: Clare Lindop was the first female jockey to win in 2008 on El Maze.

Past winners of the Spring Stakes

Winners of past Spring Stakes include Dalasan (2019), Riziz (2014), Happy Trails (2012), Rebel Raider (2010), Zupaone (2007), Royal Ida (2006), Super Elegant (2005), Sky Cuddle (2004), Flavour (2001), Will Fly (1998), Hero Wind (1994, 1995 & 1997), Redelva (1988, 1989 & 1990), Samist (1974 & 1975) and Toltrice (1973).

Year Winner Second Third
2020 Behemoth Dalasan Kemalpasa
2019 Dalasan Scales Of Justice Waging War
2018 Dollar For Dollar Hard Empire Inn Keeper
2017 Mio Dio Lord Aspen Casino Wizard
2016 Beirut Riziz Rocket Commander