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RN Irwin Stakes

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 prizemoney. 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.

RN Irwin Stakes info

Date: Saturday 13th April 2019
Track: Morphettville racecourse, Adelaide
Distance: 1100 metres
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $120,000
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 Gr3 DC Mckay Stakes or the feature Adelaide autumn sprint, the Gr1 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 Gr1 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).

2019 RN Irwin Stakes result

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

then followed
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
Time: 1:03.77

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RN Irwin Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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
2014 Driefontein Platelet Just Discreet 1:03.9
2013 Kulgrinda Platelet Avoid Lightning 1:03.9
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
1994 Kenvain Tarare St Rory 1:02.8
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
1988 Redelva Kaapstad Cameronic 1:07.0