Southern Cross Stakes

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

Southern Cross Stakes, Randwick Racecourse

Run over 1,200 metres in February, the Southern Cross Stakes attracts a field of three year olds from across Australia.

Starting out as a Principal Race, this race was upgraded to Listed race status in 1980. From 1989 onwards, it has been held as a Group 3 race. The race has a history of being held at Canterbury Park, Rosehill, Randwick and Warwick Farm racecourses.

Sprinters that fare well in this race can be expected to enter into the Liverpool City Cup a couple of weeks later.

Southern Cross Stakes 2020 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Saturday, February 15th, 2020
  • Track Location: Randwick Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Right-handed
  • Race Distance: 1,200 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Set weights (plus penalties)
  • Qualification: Three years old and older
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 3
  • Operator: Australian Turf Club
  • Prize Purse: $160,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1940

Southern Cross Stakes Betting

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

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

How To Bet On The Southern Cross 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 Southern Cross Stakes Betting above).
  5. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Southern Cross 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 Southern Cross Stakes here. 

(Please note that the odds below are from 06/12/2019, prior to nominations or acceptances).

All In Win Odds Place Odds
TBC TBC TBC

Which Horse Will Win The Southern Cross Stakes

The best way to pick who will win the Southern Cross 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:

  • Weight Watchers – Look for a high performing horse that can overcome their weight penalty, or otherwise a horse that has gained an advantage from a lower set of weights.
  • Best Lead Up – To get a preview of this race, be sure to check the results of the Expressway Stakes, run a fortnight earlier.

Southern Cross Stakes Favourites

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

Southern Cross Stakes 2020 Field

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

Southern Cross Stakes 2020 Tips

Favourite: TBC.

Best Bet: TBC.

Best Roughie: TBC.

Southern Cross Stakes Race Day

Race day takes place on Saturday, the 15th of February, 2020.

Southern Cross Stakes Barrier Draw

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

Southern Cross Stakes Nominations

Nominations close at 11:00 AM on Monday, the 10th of February, 2020.

Southern Cross Stakes Weights

Set weights plus penalties apply to this race. Final weights are announced at 4:00 PM on Tuesday, the 11th of February, 2020.

Southern Cross Stakes Acceptances

Acceptances must be declared before 9:00 AM on Wednesday, the 12th of February, 2020.

Southern Cross Stakes Jockeys

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

Southern Cross Stakes Scratchings

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 15th of February, 2020.

Southern Cross Stakes Prize Money

The Southern Cross 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

Southern Cross Stakes Race Number

The Southern Cross Stakes is race number 3 on the 15th of February, 2020. There are nine races in total that day at Randwick Racecourse.

Southern Cross 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 Southern Cross Stakes has been released.

Southern Cross Stakes Live

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

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

Radio: Radio Sport National

Southern Cross Stakes Winners

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

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Weight Time
2019 Eckstein Kurt Goldman Sam Clipperton 54.5 kgs 1:09.16
2018 Kaepernick John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 55.5 kgs 1:10.53
2017 Le Romain Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 61 kgs 1:10.39
2016 Big Money Rodney Northam Robert Thompson 57.5 kgs 1:09.46
2015 Heart Testa Chris Waller Jason Collett 55 kgs 1:09.61
2014 Terravista Joseph Pride Jason Collett 54 kgs 1:08.63
2013 Skytrain Peter Snowden Joshua Parr 57 kgs 1:13.57
2012 No Evidence Needed John Thompson Joao Moreira 55 kgs 1:10.06
2011 Sister Madly Anthony Cummings Rod Quinn 53 kgs 1:08.59
2010 Kenny’s World Graeme Murray Corey Brown 53 kgs 1:11.05
2009 Marchinski Tracey Bartley Grant Buckley 53 kgs 1:10.12
2008 Hoystar Peter Snowden Danny Nikolic 53 kgs 1:10.09
2007 The Free Stater Paul Cave James Innes 53 kgs 1:08.75
2006 Collate Allan Denham Zac Purton 53.5 kgs 1:09.59
2005 Cool Front John O’Shea Darren Beadman 52 kgs 1:10.18
2004 Britt’s Best Kris Lees Larry Cassidy 53.5 kgs 1:10.00
2003 Gordo John Hawkes Corey Brown 54.5 kgs 1:10.19
2002 Lord Essex John Hawkes Rod Quinn 54.5 kgs 1:10.29
2001 Ab Initio John Hawkes Larry Cassidy 56 kgs 1:09.00
2000 Pimpala Prince Gordon Yorke Shane Treweek 54.5 kgs 1:09.83