Epona Stakes

Looking for early info on this year’s Epona Stakes? The experts at Neds have put together everything you need to know before this year’s race.

Epona Stakes, Rosehill Gardens Racecourse

Run over 1,900 metres in March, the Epona Stakes attracts a variety of staying from around Australia and New Zealand.

Starting out as an unlisted race, this race was upgraded to Listed Race status in 2001. Since 2012, it has been held as a Group 3 race.

Horses that do well in this race may later be entered into the Queen of the Turf Stakes, The Chairman’s Handicap or the Sydney Cup.

Epona Stakes 2020 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Saturday, March 21st, 2020
  • Track Location: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Right-handed
  • Race Distance: 1,900 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Set weights (plus penalties)
  • Qualification: Three years old and over (fillies and mares)
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 3
  • Operator: Australian Turf Club
  • Prize Purse: $160,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1986

Epona Stakes Betting

There are many different ways to bet on the Epona Stakes, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Epona Stakes
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Epona Stakes.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Epona Stakes. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the Epona Stakes, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the Epona Stakes, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Epona Stakes to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Epona Stakes to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Epona Stakes to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the Epona Stakes, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Epona Stakes

  1. Log in at neds.com.au
  2. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  3. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  4. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on Epona Stakes Betting above).
  5. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Epona Stakes 2020 Odds

Early market odds are displayed below. If you would like to know the current odds, you can check our live market for the 2020 edition of the Epona Stakes here. 

(Please note that the odds below are from 20/12/20219 prior to nominations or acceptances).

All In Win Odds Place Odds
TBC TBC TBC

Which Horse Will Win The Epona Stakes

The best way to pick who will win the Epona Stakes is to take into account the form, assess the barriers, consider the weight the horse will carry, among other factors.

Additional factors to take into consideration are as follows:

  • Penalty Factor – Because this race has penalty weights, it’s worth researching which horses can some weight relief, and which horses are strapped with extra weight than they usually run with.
  • Best Lead Up – The Coolmore Classic, which takes place a week earlier, is a great predictor for this race.  

Epona Stakes Favourites

Early favourites include TBA #1, TBA #2, TBA #3 and TBA #4.

Epona Stakes 2020 Field

Once nominations have been released, we will display the most likely runners below.

Epona Stakes 2020 Tips

Favourite: TBC.

Best Bet: TBC.

Best Roughie: TBC.

Epona Stakes Race Day

Race day takes place on Friday, the 21st of March, 2020.

Epona Stakes Barrier Draw

The 2020 Epona Stakes barrier draw will be released to the public a few days before the race.

Epona Stakes Nominations

Nominations close at 11:00 AM on Monday, the 16th of March, 2020.

Epona Stakes Weights

Set weights plus penalties apply to this race. Final weights are announced at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, the 17th of March, 2020.

Epona Stakes Acceptances

Acceptances must be declared before 9:00 AM on Wednesday, the 18th of March, 2020.

Epona Stakes Jockeys

The final riders announcement is at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, the 18th of March, 2020.

Epona Stakes Scratchings

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 21st of March, 2020.

Epona Stakes Prize Money

The Epona Stakes prize purse is worth $160,000 in total, distributed from places first through tenth.

Place Prize Money
1st $83,000
2nd $29,400
3rd $14,200
4th $7,200
5th $5,000
6th $4,000
7th $3,500
8th $3,500
9th $3,500
10th $3,500

Epona Stakes Race Number

The Epona Stakes is race number 8 on the 21st of March, 2020. There are nine races in total that day at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.

Epona Stakes Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check our full form guide closer to race day to see if the form guide for 2020’s Epona Stakes has been released.

Epona Stakes Live

You can watch or listen to the 2020 Epona Stakes live, across the following mediums.

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Radio: Radio Sport National

Epona Stakes Winners

Winners of the Epona Stakes for the past nineteen years are displayed in the table below. 

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Weight Time
2019 Semari Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Tommy Berry 54kg 2:02.30
2018 The Pinnacle Peter & Paul Snowden Christian Reith 54kg 1:58.51
2017 Consommateur Michael Kent Dwayne Dunn 54kg 2:06.45
2016 Vergara Anthony Cummings James McDonald 55kg 1:56.83
2015 Scratchy Bottom Michael Kent Craig Williams 54kg 1:57.30
2014 Intimate Moment Ron Quinton Sam Clipperton 54kg 2:00.07
2013 Aliyana Tilde Kerry Parker Corey Brown 55kg 1:55.85
2012 Fibrillation Tim Martin Brenton Avdulla 56.5kg 1:57.64
2011 Galizani John Thompson Jim Cassidy 53kg 1:57.00
2010 Messenger Anthony Cummings Damien Oliver 56.5kg 1:59.89
2009 Divine Rebel Michael Moroney Kerrin McEvoy 54kg 1:58.54
2008 Ready To Lift Gerald Ryan Corey Brown 53kg 1:57.69
2007 Safwa John O’Shea Glen Boss 54kg 1:55.62
2006 Kosi Bay Bart Cummings Michael Rodd 53kg 1:57.78
2005 Natural Woman Bruce McLachlan Hugh Bowman 57kg 1:55.06
2004 Great Anna John Hawkes Darren Beadman 55kg 1:56.55
2003 Airlie Bird Paul Cave Terry Jones 56.5kg 1:55.80
2002 Ilze Gerald Ryan Darren Beadman 54kg 1:58.43
2001 Market Price Tony McEvoy Damien Oliver 57.5kg 1:57.85