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Tatts Stats for the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m)

Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) - Morphettville

Saturday, 02 May, 2015

Winners Profile

In 29 editions since 1986, 15 four-year-olds have been successful, 9 three-year-olds and 5 five-year-olds.

Interstate trainers have dominated this race for fillies and mares.


22 of those successful since 1986 have come via group racing, with just four winning and another 10 placed.

Four winners have come through the Group 3 R N Irwin Stakes, with Gai Waterhouse’s Driefontein (2014) and Colin Hayes’ Leica Western (1990) completing the Irwin Stakes/Robert Sangster double.


Australia’s unbeaten champion Black Caviar completed the Group1 Newmarket/Robert Sangster double, while Lee Freedman’s Universal Queen notched the Group 3 Yallambee Classic/Robert Sangster double.


Just nine favourites have saluted in the last 29 editions, with the most recent Black Caviar ($1.05) in 2012.

There have been five odds-on favourites since 1986, with three winning and two losing.

The last odds-on favourite to get rolled was Snitzerland ($1.50) in 2013. The other ‘hot pot’ to go down was Miss Andretti ($1.40) who finished fourth behind Juste Momente in 2008.

20 winners have started at single-figure odds since 1986.


Of the longer priced winners, six have started at $21 – Rostova (2010), Juste Momente (2008), Umaline (2001), Spirit Of Love (1998), True Spirit (1993) and Wicked Smile (1987).


Barrier 9 is the most successful producing five of the 29 winners since 1986. Gate 11 is next best with four. Interestingly, the inside five barriers have provided just five winners in almost three decades.

No horse has been successful from barrier 2 or 12.

19 horses drawn barrier 9 or wider have won in the last 29 years.

The last winner from the outside gate was Juste Momente (13/13) in 2008.


The only runner to leave the inside barrier and win was Apple Danish in 1997.


  Local jockey Shayne Cahill has won this race twice from six rides, with his most recent success Umaline in 2001.

Damien Oliver 5: 1-2-0, Dwayne Dunn 14: 1-1-1, Luke Nolen 5: 1-0-0, Ben Melham 4: 1-0-0, Jason Holder 10: 0-1-0 & Claire Lindop 9: 0-0-2.


Lee Freedman (16: 3-1-3) and Mick Price (7: 3-1-0) are multiple winners of this event.

Other interstate raiders such as Peter Moody, Danny O’Brien, Darren Weir, Anthony Cummings and Gai Waterhouse have all won the race.

Top local horseman Leon MacDonald is still chasing his first victory (19: 0-2-3). David Hayes is in the same boat (19: 0-1-1).

General Facts

This $400,000 contest over 1200m dates back to 1983 and is a rare Group 1 restricted to fillies and mares.


Originally the Swettenham Stud Stakes, it was renamed in 2005 after Robert Sangster, a prolific owner and breeder who died in 2004.
  It was granted Group 1 status in 2005, when taken out by Lee Freedman’s classy three-year-old filly Alinghi. It was the first of three straight successes for Freedman, with Ellicorsam and Universal Queen the other two.
  The honour roll includes; Black Caviar (2012), Alinghi (2005), Our Egyptian Raine (2003), Apple Danish (1997) and With Me (1991).

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