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Royal Sovereign Stakes

The Royal Sovereign Stakes is a Group 2 race for three-year-old colts & geldings that takes place in April at Randwick racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres under set weight conditions and is worth $1,000,000 in prize money. The 2020 Royal Sovereign Stakes was won by Splintex from Flit with Anaheed third.

Held alongside the Group 1 ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes on the second day of The Championships, the Royal Sovereign Stakes is the autumn sprint championship for three-year-old sprinters

Royal Sovereign Stakes info

Date: Saturday 10th April 2021
Track: Randwick racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1200 metres
Race Type: 3yo - Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $1,000,000
2020 Winner: Splintex

The Royal Sovereign Stakes is a set weights race for three-year olds that has been moved to later in the autumn carnival to attract the best 3yo sprinters going around. With the rise in prize money to $500,000 for the Sydney autumn racing carnival, the Royal Soveriegn Stakes will become a target race for quality three-year-olds in the years ahead.

Top class gallopers Lonhro (2002), Guineas (1998), Danewin (1995) and Shaftesbury Avenue (1990) have all won this race and the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes earlier in the carnival at Rosehill is the fillies equivalent of this race.

Lesser lights may consider tackling a race like the Group 3 Hawkesbury Guineas at Hawkesbury on Group 3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup day and both Spill The Beans (8th in 2016) and Chautauqua (7th in 2014) managed to take out the Hawkesbury Guineas after finishing unplaced in this race.

Interestingly enough, both Nostradamus (6th in 2015) and Dothraki (5th in 2014) went on to win the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas in Queensland after finishing just behind the placegetters in the Royal Sovereign Stakes.

Classique Legend (2019) ran third in the Listed Dabry Munro Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill before proving too classy in this event for trainer Les Bridge.

Recent Royal Sovereign Stakes winners include Catchy (2018) and Derryn (2017).

2020 Royal Sovereign Stakes result

1. $9.50 Splintex 56.5 Robbie Dolan
2. $7.00 Flit 54.5 Ms Rachel King
3. $6.50 Anaheed 54.5 Tim Clark

then followed
4. $41.00 Hawker Hurricane 56.5 Opie Bosson
5. $15.00 Eleven Eleven 56.5 Nash Rawiller
6. $26.00 True Detective 56.5 Glyn Schofield
7. $3.00 Cosmic Force 56.5 James McDonald
8. $7.50 Dawn Passage 56.5 Adam Hyeronimus
9. $41.00 Human Nature 56.5 Sam Clipperton
10. $7.50 California Zimbol 54.5 Brenton Avdulla

Margins: 0.1 len, 1.3 len
Time: 1:12.37

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Royal Sovereign Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Splintex Flit Anaheed 1:12.3
2019 Classique Legend Jonker Avantage 1:09.1
2018 Catchy Showtime I Am Excited 1:10.2
2017 Derryn Global Glamour Impending 1:12.6
2016 Japonisme Counterattack Takedown 1:10.3
2015 Delectation Bring Me The Maid Rekindled Power 1:11.7
2014 Sidestep Bounding In Cahoots 1:10.2
2013 Rebel Dane Urquidez Taxmeifyoucan 1:10.7
2012 Hot Snitzel Manawanui Moment Of Change 1:08.9
2011 Master Harry Audacious Spirit Skilled 1:10.2
2010 Shoot Out More Than Great Viking Legend 1:10.7
2009 Youthful Jack Over the Wicket Desuetude 1:11.3
2008 El Cambio Kingda Ka Solo Flyer 1:10.3
2007 Mutawaajid Sniper's Bullet Mearas 1:09.5
2006 Flying Pegasus Racing To Win De Beers 1:10.0
2005 Dance Hero Eremein Star Cat 1:10.0
2004 Exceed and Excel Ambulance Impaler 1:08.2
2003 Athelnoth Planchet Charlie Bub 1:10.1
2002 Lonhro Viking Ruler Shags 1:11.0
2001 Assertive Lad Continum Century Kid 1:09.9
2000 Hire Easy Rocking Condotti 1:09.9
1999 Lawyer Dracula Arena 1:10.0
1998 Guineas Return To Go Tricove 1:03.6
1997 Sovereign State Monet's Cove Clang 1:05.0
1996 Catalan Opening Filante Ravarda 1:09.9
1995 Danewin Brave Warrior Ivory's Irish 1:10.1
1994 Rouslan The Heavyweight Clearly Chosen 1:09.7
1993 Coronation Day Pre-Eminence Chagall 1:09.4
1992 Big Dreams Belas Knap Tierce 1:10.4
1991 All Archie Bureaucracy Stradmore 1:09.3
1990 Shaftesbury Avenue Majestic Boy Coconut Shy 1:10.2
1989 Ima Carpenter Swiftly Carson Bill 1:08.9
1988 Dream Faith Don't Play Pleasant Express 1:09.9