The Epona Stakes is a Group 3 race held on Golden Slipper Stakes Day during the Sydney Autumn Carnival. The race takes place alongside other Group 3 races such as the NE Manion Cup and the Birthday Card Stakes. It covers a distance of 1900m and it’s a race for fillies and mares at set weights plus penalties. Starting off as a support event to the Golden Slipper Stakes named the Mares Plate in 1998, it became the Epona Mares Quality Plate in 1999, before changing to the Epona Stakes in 2005.
For the 2014 season, it was changed to the Percy Sykes Tribute Stakes in honour of the late Dr Percy Sykes, a well-respected veterinarian who was instrumental in Tommy Smith’s record-breaking 33-year reign as Sydney’s premier trainer. The race was originally an unlisted race until it was elevated to a Listed Race in 2001, before becoming a Group 3 in 2012. It is best suited to quality females heading towards the Group 1 Storm Queen Stakes, the Group 3 Adrian Knox Stakes or even the Group 1 ATC Australian Oaks.
|2016||VERGARA||JAMES MCDONALD||ANTHONY CUMMINGS||01:56.8|
|2015||SCRATCHY BOTTOM||CRAIG WILLIAMS||MICHAEL KENT||01:57.3|
|2014||INTIMATE MOMENT||SAM CLIPPERTON||RON QUINTON||02:00.0|
|2013||ALIYANA TILDE||COREY BROWN||KERRY PARKER||01:55.8|
|2012||FIBRILLATION||BRENTON AVDULLA||TIM MARTIN||01:57.6|
|2011||GALIZANI||JIM CASSIDY||JOHN THOMPSON||01:57.0|
|2010||MESSENGER||DAMIEN OLIVER||ANTHONY CUMMINGS||01:59.8|
|2009||DIVINE REBEL||KERRIN MCEVOY||MICHAEL MORONEY||01:58.5|
|2008||READY TO LIFT||COREY BROWN||GERALD RYAN||01:57.6|
|2007||SAFWA||GLEN BOSS||JOHN O’SHEA||01:55.6|
|2006||KOSI BAY (NZ)||MICHAEL RODD||BART CUMMINGS||01:57.7|