The RN Irwin Stakes is a Group 3 weight-for-age race for sprinters that takes place each year in April at Morphettville racecourse in Adelaide, South Australia during the Adelaide autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1100 metres and worth $120,000 in prize money. The 2019 RN Irwin Stakes was won by Hard Empire from Steel Frost with I'm Wesley third.
Held on the same day as the Group 3 Auraria Stakes, the RN Irwin Stakes is the only weight-for-age group race of the Adelaide autumn carnival.
|Date:||Saturday 11th April 2020|
|Track:||Morphettville racecourse, Adelaide|
|2019 Winner:||Hard Empire|
The RN Irwin Stakes tends to attract above average gallopers due to the level weights playing field and has been won by some nice sprinting types over the years including Avenue (2011), Here De Angels (2008), Bomber Bill (2003), Sports (1999), Street Ruffian (1992), Jet Fighter (1989) and champion SA galloper Redelva (1988).
Sprinters contesting this event may go on to races such as the Group 3 DC Mckay Stakes or the feature Adelaide autumn sprint, the Group 1 Goodwood, later in the carnival. Essay Raider (4th in 2014) went on to win the DC Mckay Stakes after running fourth in this race, while Blahnik (3rd in 2009) finished third in both the Irwin Stakes and Mckay Stakes.
Classy Gai Waterhouse trained sprinter Driefontein (2014) managed to go on and win the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes after winning this event, claiming the Irwin Stakes & Sangster Stakes double in the process.
Classy mare Platelet (2nd in 2013) finished runner up in this race before claiming both the Sangster Stakes and Goodwood at her next two starts, she then returned in 2014 to finish second behind Driefontein (2014) in both the Irwin & Sangster Stakes.
Hard Empire (2019) resumed from a spell to score an impressive victory in this event for the Richard & Chantelle Jolly stable and recent RN Irwin Stakes winners include Dainty Tess (2018) and Viddora (2017).
1. $7.00 Hard Empire 58.5 Jake Toeroek
2. $4.40 Steel Frost 58.5 Todd Pannell
3. $3.80 I'm Wesley 58.5 Raquel Clark
4. $11.00 Casino Wizard 58.5 Jason Holder
5. $3.30 I'll Have A Bit 56.5 Beau Mertens
6. $17.00 Hussybay 58.5 Dwayne Dunn
7. $26.00 One More Daisy 56.5 Caitlin Jones
8. $81.00 Beautiful Flyer 56.5 Ms Georgina Cartwright
9. $15.00 Mica Lil 56.5 Dom Tourneur
Margins: 2 len, 0.2 len
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|2019||Hard Empire||Steel Frost||I'm Wesley||1:03.7|
|2018||Dainty Tess||Viddora||Secret Agenda||1:03.5|
|2017||Viddora||Illustrious Lad||I Am Gypsy||1:03.9|
|2016||Nostradamus||I Am Gypsy||Runway Star||1:02.9|
|2015||Daytona Grey||Riziz||The Messina Nymph||1:05.0|
|2012||We're Gonna Rock||First Command||Catapulted||1:03.6|
|2011||Avenue||Diplomatic Force||Morgan Dollar||1:02.5|
|2010||Augusta Proud||Commanding Hope||Cerberus Gal||1:04.0|
|2009||Diplomatic Force||Let Go Thommo||Blahnik||1:02.4|
|2008||Here De Angels||Flying Object||Terango||1:03.5|
|2007||Flying Object||Sipowicz||Mt Billy||1:03.0|
|2006||Leone Chiara||Shablec||Swiss Vault||1:03.6|
|2005||Super Elegant||Bomber Bill||Chatelaine||1:03.1|
|2004||Stand By Me||Cosmic Strike||Skewiff||1:03.0|
|2003||Bomber Bill||Regal Kiss||Crest Of Gold||1:03.1|
|2002||Regal Kiss||Suit||Cosmic Strike||0:56.2|
|2001||Stand By Me||Lezayre||Flurrys Gem||0:55.8|
|2000||Suit||My Millenium||Lord Kingston||1:02.7|
|1999||Sports||St Clemens Belle||Amber Gaze||1:02.4|
|1998||La Baraka||Will Fly||Lord Shiraz||1:03.7|
|1997||Scorn Bold||Excel Pilot||Magic Ribbon||1:03.7|
|1996||Scorn Bold||Voguessa||Stealing Heaven||1:04.2|
|1995||Hero Wind||St Covet||Fighter Bay||1:03.5|
|1993||Hot Arch||Better Loosen Up||Fappianos Girl||1:03.7|
|1992||Street Ruffian||Zephyr Art||Squire Gray||1:04.1|
|1991||Beau George||Steel Sculptress||Prince Anton||1:04.3|
|1990||Leica Western||Worthy Regent||Heavenly View||1:05.1|
|1989||Jet Fighter||Spirit Of Emily||Storm Wedge||1:04.4|