The Newcastle Spring Stakes is a Group 3 race for three-year-olds that takes place in November at Newcastle racecourse in Newcastle, New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 1600 metres and worth $150,000 in prize money. The 2019 Newcastle Spring Stakes was won by Asiago from Game Of Thorns with Donandkim third.
Previously held on Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup Day in September, the Spring Stakes was moved to November this year to coincide with a new feature race day, 'The Hunter', during the Sydney spring racing carnival.
Newcastle is located about 200km north of Sydney on the Hunter Coast and the two-day Newcastle Gold Cup Carnival is the Newcastle Jockey Club's major meeting of the year, hosting four group races on the first day.
|Date:||Saturday 14th November 2020|
|Track:||Newcastle racecourse, Newcastle|
|Race Type:||3yo Set Weights|
The Newcastle Spring Stakes is the feature three-year-old race held during the two day Newcastle spring carnival and quite often attracts good quality gallopers who may bypass the bigger 3yo races on offer at Rosehill and Randwick for an easier group race to tackle.
Some more than handy gallopers have won this event over the years including Clangalang (2002), Universal Prince (2000), Shogun Lodge (1999) and Encounter (1997).
Previous winners and placegetters of the Spring Stakes have gone on to perform well in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes over the years and also the listed Dulcify Quality to a lesser extent.
In recent times Sousa (2008), Hotel Grand (2005), Universal Prince (2000), Coronation Day (1992) and Imprimatur (1986) all managed to go on and win the Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick on Epsom Handicap day after winning the Spring Stakes. Prosir (2012) and Darci Be Good (2011) both finished runner-up in the Spring Champion Stakes after taking out this race.
Smart galloper Sweynesse (2014) claimed the Gr2 Gloaming Stakes at Rosehill after winning this event.
Aramayo (2018) ran third in the Gr3 Ming Dynasty Quality over 1400m at Rosehill in Sydney before ehading to Newcastle to win this event for the James Cummings stable.
Recent Newcastle Spring Stakes winners include Astoria (2017) and Invincible Gem (2016) .
Newcastle race track is a flat track which has a circumference of 2000m and horses race in a clockwise direction. The track surface is turf and the straight length is 415m.
1. $21.00 Asiago 54.5 Ms Rachel King
2. $21.00 Game Of Thorns 54.5 Brenton Avdulla
3. $21.00 Donandkim 56.5 James Innes Jnr
4. $18.00 Convinced 56.5 Kerrin McEvoy
5. $2.10 Rule The World 56.5 Tim Clark
6. $20.00 Just Society 56.5 James McDonald
7. $21.00 Bright Rubick 54.5 Darryl McLellan
8. $8.00 Indy Car 56.5 Tommy Berry
9. $15.00 Rock Amore 56.5 Nash Rawiller
10. $5.00 Kavalmo 56.5 Hugh Bowman
11. $101.00 Sky Diamonds 54.5 Robbie Dolan
12. $201.00 Elvezio 56.5 Ms Kacie Adams
Margins: 0.24 len, 0.60 len
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|2019||Asiago||Game Of Thorns||Donandkim||1:36.8|
|2017||Invincible Gem||Faraway Town||Salsonic||1:36.4|
|2015||Devil Hawk||Tatoosh||Gold Ambition||1:37.3|
|2013||Savvy Nature||Wordplay||Happy Clapper||1:36.3|
|2011||Darci Be Good||Rekindled Alliance||Ambidexter||1:36.6|
|2008||Sousa||Rhyno Chaser||Back Off||1.37.5|
|2007||Race not held||Equine Flu|
|2005||Hotel Grand||Manton||Flora Danica||1:36.3|
|2004||Lotteria||Wenceslas Square||Dane Shadow||1:35.2|
|2001||Magic Albert||Viscount||Viking Ruler||1:37.0|
|2000||Universal Prince||Phoenix Park||Picholine||1:35.9|
|1999||Shogun Lodge||Perfect Paradise||Angling||1:38.0|
|1998||Dracula||Dignity Dancer||Paris Dream||1:37.2|
|1996||Ebony Grosve||Adventurous||Late Night Fun||1:35.2|
|1995||Vernal||Star Defence||Nothin' Leica Dane||1:35.8|
|1994||Obsessed||Law Of The Land||Le Melezin||1:37.0|
|1992||Coronation Day||Irish Rort||Shoeshine Henry||1:37.0|
|1991||Enjoy Dancing||Skilful Star||Subzero||1:37.5|
|1989||Procol Harum||Select Prince||Party Mood||1:37.3|
|1988||Royal Pardon||Pradnapper||Wonder Dancer||1:39.6|
|1987||All Ashore||Count Henri||Impoverish||1:36.0|
|1986||Imprimatur||Top Avenger||Big Zapple||1:38.3|
|1985||Easter||Splendid Speed||Silver Champagne||1:36.3|
The 2016 edition of this race was held in February 2017 at Randwick racecourse in Sydney.