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Belle Of The Turf Stakes

The Belle Of The Turf Stakes is a Group 3 fillies & mares quality handicap race held in December at Gosford racecourse in Gosford, New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres and worth $150,000 in prize money. The 2019 Belle Of The Turf Stakes was won by Tinkermosa from Statuesquely with Saas Fee third.

Previously a listed spring race, the Belle Of The Turf Stakes was upgraded to Group 3 status for the 2013/2014 racing season and now runs in late December during the recently formed Central Coast Carnival.

The Gosford Race Club announced a new racing initiative for the 2017-18 racing season, the Central Coast Carnival. It replaced the previous 'Summer Series' and offered around $1.4 million in prize money. The series commenced on Belle of the Turf Stakes Day in December and finishes on Gosford Gold Cup Day in mid January.

The Belle Of The Turf Stakes was held twice in 2017 after being moved from January to December as part of the Central Coast Carnival.

Belle Of The Turf Stakes info

Date: Saturday 26th December 2020
Track: Gosford racecourse, Gosford
Distance: 1600 metres
Race Type: Fillies & Mares Quality
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $150,000
2019 Winner: Tinkermosa

The Belle Of The Turf Stakes is a more than handy provincial race for fillies & mares only that tends to attract average gallopers to Gosford for a crack at the black type status on offer.

City stables may find the prize money and Group 3 status an attractive proposition for a country feature race and may target their city class fillies or mares for this event, especially as a 'black type' victory would be an added bonus as far as future breeding is concerned.

Smart galloper Pecan (2017 Dec) went on to win the Group 3 Hawkesbury Crown at Hawkesbury the following April after taking out this race.

Tinkermosa (2019) finished unplaced in a Fillies & Mares BM78 over 1350m at Rosehill before scoring a narrow victory in this event for trainer John Sargent.

Recent Belle Of The Turf Stakes winners include Sexy Eyes (2018) and Pecans (2017 Dec) and Imposing Lass (2017 Jan).

2019 Belle Of The Turf Stakes result

1. $20.00 Tinkermosa 56.5 Jeff Penza
2. $10.00 Statuesquely 56.5 Glyn Schofield
3. $3.60 Saas Fee 56.5 Brenton Avdulla

then followed
4. $6.50 Aqua D’Ivina 58 Ms Rachel King
5. $17.00 Zavance 56.5 Robbie Dolan
6. $19.00 Miss Redoble 56.5 Aaron Bullock
7. $21.00 Elusive Nature 56.5 James Innes Jnr
8. $41.00 Commute 56.5 Jay Ford
9. $18.00 Whiskey Shooter 56.5 Nash Rawiller
10. $2.60 Toryjoy 57.5 Ms Kathy O'Hara

Margins: 0.2 len, 1.05 len
Time: 1:35.77

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Belle Of The Turf Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2019 Tinkermosa Statuesquely Saas Fee 1:35.7
2018 Sexy Eyes Irithea Zumbelina 1:37.0
2017 Pecans Sedanzer Positive Problems 1:36.3
2017 Imposing Lass Queen Of Wands Sewreel 1:35.7
2016 Ammirata Mary Lou K'ville Flyer/Holy Del 1:38.4
2015 Mamwaazel Peace Force Mary Lou 1:37.2
2014 Myamira Pleiades La Pieta 1:35.7
2013 Cathay Lady Babel Shamardini 1:36.2
2012 Move to Jan 2013
2011 Skyerush Quidnunc Miss Keepsake 1:37.3
2010 Hidden Wonder Devils Arcade Kimillsy 1:37.5

The Belle Of The Turf Stakes was run twice in 2017, in January and December.