Sapphire Stakes

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

Sapphire Stakes Winners (Fasika) | Photo: Steve Hart | Neds

The Sapphire Stakes is a Group 2 race for fillies and mares held at Randwick Racecourse in April as part of ‘The Championships. Run on Day 2, which traditionally takes place on the second Saturday of April, the race is a key support act on the program headlined by the Group 1 $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).

A 1200m sprint race, the Sapphire Stakes offers $300,000 in prize money and is conducted at set weights plus penalties.

The Sapphire Stakes was inaugurated in 1998 and gained Group 2 status in 2007.

Some of the better female gallopers out of the race may continue onto the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) back at the track the following week and Atlantic Jewel (2012) was the last to do the double.

The Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) in Adelaide in late April or early May is another good next-up option for Sapphire Stakes graduates and that double was last completed by Secret Agenda (2017).

Sapphire Stakes 2022 – quick information

  • Race Day: Saturday, April 9th, 2022
  • Track Location: Randwick Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Right-handed
  • Race Distance: 1,200 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Set Weights + Penalties
  • Qualification: Fillies & Mares; 3YOs & Upwards
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 2
  • Operator: Australian Turf Club
  • Prize Purse: $300,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1998
  • 2022 Sapphire Stakes Winner: Bella Nipotina

Sapphire Stakes 2022 RESULTS

The official 2022 Sapphire Stakes results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday April 9, 2022. 

  1. #2 Bella Nipotina
  2. #9 Tricky Gal
  3. #4 Belluci Babe

Sapphire Stakes Betting 2022

New Ways to Bet at neds

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

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Sapphire Stakes
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Sapphire Stakes.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Sapphire Stakes. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the Sapphire 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 Sapphire 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 Sapphire Stakes to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Sapphire Stakes to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Sapphire 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 Sapphire Stakes, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Sapphire Stakes in 2022

  1. Login 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 Sapphire Stakes Betting above).
  5. Select the horse(s) for the race.

sapphire stakes 2022 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2022 sapphire stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit neds.com.au.

Which Horse Will Win The Sapphire Stakes in 2022

The best way to pick which filly or mare will win the Sapphire Stakes in 2022 is to take into account their lead-up form from the autumn, assess the barriers and look for the proven Group performers in Sydney. 

Additional factors to consider when picking the Sapphire Stakes winner include: 

  • Returning Runners: Looking for mares who have previously contested the race can be key with dual champion White Moss (2019-20) having previously run third in 2018, while Fasika ran second in 2020 before her 2021 success.

sapphire Stakes Favourites 2022

Early favourites in 2022 Sapphire Stakes betting include Bjorn Baker’s Belluci Babe coming off back-to-back Group 1 fourths in The Galaxy and TJ Smith Stakes along with dual Group 1 place-getter Bella Nipotina from the Maher/Eustace stable. 

sapphire Stakes 2022 Field

The official 2022 Sapphire Stakes field of final acceptances is announced on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below once announced. 

  • Scratched: #6 Fituese (2), #11 Jump The Broom (12)

sapphire Stakes 2022 Tips

Favourite: #4 Belluci Babe ($3.60 at time of publish)

Best Bet: #5 Wandabaa ($8 at time of publish)

Best Roughie: #7 Marboosha ($17 at time of publish)

Our exclusive 2022 Sapphire Stakes tips will be detailed above the week of the race and a full betting preview published on the Neds Blog.

CLICK HERE FOR OUR COMPLETE 2022 THE CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY 2 PREVIEW & TIPS

Sapphire Stakes Race Day 2022

The Sapphire Stakes takes place as part of Day 2 of ‘The Championships’ at Royal Randwick running on Saturday April 9th, 2022.  The meeting is headlined by four Group 1 events with the running of the:

sapphire stakes Barrier Draw 2022

The 2022 Sapphire Stakes barrier draw will be released to the public a few days before the race and will be published in our above Sapphire Stakes Field section. 

Sapphire Stakes Nominations 2022

Nominations close at 11:00am (AEDT) on Monday the 4th of April, 2022.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 0x8849567x BAM’S ON FIRE M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 88
2 3121323×58 BELLA NIPOTINA M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 107
3 38×2442144 BELLUCI BABE (NZ) M 5 Bjorn Baker 103
4 0x6440x421 EMANATE M 5 James Cummings 97
5 55x1256x40 FITUESE M 5 John Thompson 100
6 44x3516x07 FOUR MOVES AHEAD F 3 John Sargent 92
7 x211x1821x GRACEFUL GIRL M 4 Danny O’Brien 110
8 1111×68 IT’S ME M 5 Brett Cavanough 94
9 1x11x1 JUMP THE BROOM M 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 80
10 x11421x4x3 MAJESTIC SHOT M 4 Grant Allard 80
11 21x377x442 MARBOOSHA M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 98
12 9x164x11x0 MINHAAJ M 4 John O’Shea 103
13 11x46x1 MORE SECRETS M 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 72
14 218×417523 MOUSE ALMIGHTY M 5 George Dimitropoulos 60
15 118x47000x NAJMATY F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 72
16 421x332x88 NICCI’S FLING M 4 Gary Portelli 80
17 11x8119x54 PANDORA BLUE M 4 Kristen Buchanan 71
18 45x10412x6 RUBY TUESDAY M 5 Gary Portelli 82
19 3x11525x17 SAMOOT (IRE) M 4 Kris Lees 80
20 25x27584x2 TRICKY GAL M 6 Matthew Smith 93
21 4x0420x716 WANDABAA M 5 Kris Lees 101
22 1x169x555x WRITTEN BEAUTY M 4 Chris Waller 93

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

sapphire stakes Weights 2022

Set weights plus penalties conditions apply to this race. Final weights are announced at 4 PM on Tuesday the 5th of April, with weights on the final acceptors to be published in our above Sapphire Stakes Field section.

2022 Sapphire Stakes Top-Weight:

  • #1 Four Moves Ahead (56kg)

Sapphire Stakes Acceptances 2022

Final acceptances must be declared before 9 AM on Wednesday the 6th of April, 2022 and will be published in our above Sapphire Stakes Field section. 

Sapphire Stakes Jockeys 2022

The final riders announcement is at 12 PM on Wednesday, 6th of April, 2022 with jockeys to be published in our above Sapphire Stakes Field section. 

sapphire Stakes Scratchings 2022

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 9th of April, 2022. 

2022 Sapphire Stakes Scratchings: 

  • #6 Fituese (2)
  • #11 Jump The Broom (12)

sapphire Stakes Prize Money 2022

The Sapphire Stakes prize purse is worth $300,000 in total, distributed from places first through to tenth.

Place Prize Money
1st $170,700
2nd $56,400
3rd $27,450
4th $13,350
5th $7,350
6th $3,750
7th $3,750
8th $3,750
9th $3,750
10th $3,750

sapphire Stakes Race Number 2022

The 2022 Sapphire Stakes is set to run as Randwick Race 10 at 5:10pm (AEST) on Saturday the 9th of April, 2022. There are ten races in total that day at Randwick Racecourse. 

sapphrie Stakes Form Guide 2022

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2022 Sapphire Stakes Form Guide following final acceptances. 

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2022 SAPPHIRE STAKES FORM GUIDE

sapphire Stakes Live 2022

You can watch or listen to the 2022 Sapphire Stakes live, across the following mediums.

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

Radio: Radio Sport National

Free to air television: 7 Network

Streaming: Racing NSW

sapphire Stakes Winners

Winners of the Sapphire Stakes going back to the year 2000 are displayed in the table below.

Year Place Horse Time
2022
Sapphire Stakes
1st Bella Nipotina 1 minute 14.55 seconds
2nd Tricky Gal
3rd Belluci Babe
2021
Sapphire Stakes
1st Fasika 1 minute 9.88 seconds
2nd Entriviere
3rd Wandabaa
2020
Sapphire Stakes
1st White Moss 1 minute 11.81 seconds
2nd Fasika
3rd Bangkok
2019
Sapphire Stakes
1st White Moss 1 minute 9.02 seconds
2nd Irithea
3rd Winter Bride
2018
Sapphire Stakes
1st Quilista 1 minute 9.38 seconds
2nd Ravi
3rd White Moss
2017
Sapphire Stakes
1st Secret Agenda 1 minute 13.2 seconds
2nd Missrock
3rd Artistry
2016
Sapphire Stakes
1st Two Blue 1 minute 10.8 seconds
2nd Secret Agenda
3rd Brook Road
2015
Sapphire Stakes
1st Avoid Lightning 1 minute 12.12 seconds
2nd Griante
3rd Fine Bubbles
2014
Sapphire Stakes
1st Cosmic Endeavour 1 minute 10.72 seconds
2nd Avoid Lightning
3rd Belle De Coeur
2013
Sapphire Stakes
1st Arinosa 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Miss Stellabelle
3rd Forarainyday
2012
Sapphire Stakes
1st Atlantic Jewel 1 minute 08.9 seconds
2nd Mid Summer Music
3rd Lady’s Angel
2011
Sapphire Stakes
1st Hurtle Myrtle 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Kimillsy
3rd Marquardt
2010
Sapphire Stakes
1st Renaissance 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Beaded
3rd Jersey Lily
2009
Sapphire Stakes
1st Court 1 minute 10.84 seconds
2nd Belong To Many
3rd Cajou
2008
Sapphire Stakes
1st Belong To Many 1 minute 11.15 seconds
2nd Tenant?s Tiara
3rd Fritz?s Princess
2007
Sapphire Stakes
1st Fire Song 1 minute 12.98 seconds
2nd Whoever
3rd Splashing Out
2006
Sapphire Stakes
1st Coolroom Candidate 1 minute 10.61 seconds
2nd Imana
3rd Shalimar Sky
2005
Sapphire Stakes
1st Glamour Puss 1 minute 12.02 seconds
2nd With My
3rd Wild Queen
2004
Sapphire Stakes
1st Recurring 1 minute 10.47 seconds
2nd Fair Embrace
3rd Cataclysm
2003
Sapphire Stakes
1st Fatoon 1 minute 11.43 seconds
2nd Provokes
3rd Miss Helterskelter
2002
Sapphire Stakes
1st Fair Embrace 1 minute 9.23 seconds
2nd Spinning Hill
3rd Hot Riff
2001
Sapphire Stakes
1st Spinning Hill 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Nanny Maroon
3rd Marlina
2000
Sapphire Stakes
1st Spinning Hill 1 minute 9.79 seconds
2nd Snippets? Lass
3rd Heather