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: $150,000
  • Date: Saturday 12 August 2023

Spring Stakes Race History

See the 2023 Behemoth Stakes Preview and results.

See the 2022 Spring Stakes Preview and results.

See the 2021 Spring Stakes Preview and results.

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 where Eastern Court ridden by Bob Cox and trained by Murray Appleton won by 6 lengths. 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. In 2021 a 1200m Group 3 race in May was named after David Coles. From 2023 the Spring Stake race is now called the Behemoth Stakes for the horse that won it in 2020 and 2021. It has also been moved from July to August which means it is much less likely to be won by 3YOs from now on, or even to have 3YOs in the field.

Spring Stakes Facts

Last mare to win: See You In Heaven (2023)

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

Multiple winners: Behemoth (2021 & 2020), 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: In 2021 Beau Rossa was first past the post but Behemoth protested successfully. 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
2023 See You In Heaven Savatoxl Manhatten Times
2022 Calypso Reign Pindaric Pimm’s Party
2021 Behemoth Beau Rossa Ritratto
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
2015 Red Eclipse Whitlam Richie’s Vibe
2014 Riziz Light It Up Karacatis
2013 Just Discreet Meliora Golden Penny
2012 Happy Trails Gossip Girl Southern Speed
2011 Uxorious Periduki Valentine Miss
2010 Rebel Raider Xaieta Likable Will
2009 Midnight Mustang Magical Pearl Cerberus Gal
2008 El Maze Sensational Toy Niconero
2007 Zupaone Amyjaye Power El Maze
2006 Royal Ida Shablec Bruges
2005 Super Elegant Fly For Me Squillani
2004 Sky Cuddle Squillani Zip Zip Aray
2003 Squillani Nadema Lawsons Storm
2002 Strategic Image Romilada Star Hit
2001 Flavour Spice Doll Star Hit
2000 Spice Doll Hand Pass Euclase Pat
1999 Star Joe Sports Lake Villa
1998 Will Fly Astralita Madonna
1997 Hero Wind Port Watch Minegold
1996 Staaraq Hero Wind Buzzoff
1995 Hero Wind Blue Boss Scrupulous
1994 Hero Wind Rubique Subastral
1993 Colebrook Rubique Game Ginty
1992 Black Rouge Dark Ksar Squire Gray
1991 Beau George Feeling Bar Flyer
1990 Redelva Dancers Choice Godemus
1989 Redelva Pressmans Choice Prince Anton
1988 Redelva Lockleys Tradition Eastern Classic
1987 Change Of Habit Baptize French Cotton
1986 Romantic Red Lord Galaxy Wild Rampage
1985 Trichelle Belcunda Arctic Wolf
1984 Gold Kildare Copper Rocket To The Wind
1983 Belcunda Galleon Goldwood
1982 Oriental Ruler Harpagus Pure Of Heart
1981 Bargambler Bold Prospect Ducatoon
1980 Rumpus Room Ranger’s Son Blue And White
1979 Court Sabre Atropine Panamint
1978 Pelican Point Bonfield Double East
1977 Hartbalm Raffindale Tetranate
1976 Classic Conquest Silent Gift How Now
1975 Samist Kymwood Quaffable
1974 Samist Storm Duke Celestial Choice
1973 Toltrice Eleazar Samist
1972 High Gypsy Crown Mikado
1971 Romantic Son Eastern Court Lancelot
1970 Eastern Court Eleazar Tutuila