Held over 1200m the, Arrowfield 3YO Sprint is open to 3YO’s of both sex and is run under set weight conditions. In 2016 fillies will carry 54.5kg while colts & geldings will carry 56.5kg. Officially registered as the ATC Royal Sovereign Stakes, it achieved Group 2 status in 1996 and has predominantly been held at Randwick since its inception, with two editions at Warwick Farm and one at Rosehill.
In 2016 the race offers total stakes of $500,000 with the winner set to pocket $300,000. As part of The Championships the race also offered ballot exemption to the winner of the 2016 Darby Munro Stakes.
It is a race that has been won by some top quality 3YO’s over the years, yet no filly has been successful in the last 30 years. Winners include Hot Snitzel, Shoot Out, Dance Hero, Exceed And Excel, Lonhro, Catalan Opening, and Shaftesbury Avenue.
The Royal Sovereign Stakes forms a part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Odds and previews are available for all the major Autumn Racing Carnival races at UBET's Autumn Racing Betting Hub.
|ATC Royal Soverign Stakes Guide|
|Date:||Saturday 9th April 2016|
|Race Time:||13:55 AEST|
|Race Type:||3YO Set Weights|
|2016 Royal Sovereign Stakes Odds|
|6||SPILL THE BEANS||-||-|
Coming into this 4th up in his campaign, Japonisme has taken on open G1 sprints in each of his 3 starts and should relish getting back to 3YO only competition at set weights. 1st up in the G1 Lightning he led out and tried to take them all the way, finishing 3rd, beaten a head behind Chautauqua after setting up a sizzling closing 600m sectional. 2nd up and carrying 52.5kg in the G1 Newmarket Handicap, he finished 1¼ lengths from the winner The Quarterback and at his 3rd up run in the William Reid at Moonee Valley he was ridden back but finished hard for another 3rd, again only a head away. If the weather is a factor, it won’t bother the gelding as he is 3 from 4 on soft going.
A clear 2nd favourite, the Ciaron Maher trained filly is a 5 time winner from just 6 starts. The only time she missed was in the G1 Moir Stakes over 1000m last Spring when she was just under 4 lengths from Buffering at just her 4th career start. She will be 2nd up in this race following a spell after her Moir run and when returning carried 58.5kg to win a 3YO fillies handicap at Caulfield on March 28. Making her Sydney debut, her 5 career wins include wins on both soft and heavy ground and this will be the first time she has stepped out further than 1100m.
A 3 time winner from just 6 starts, Hellbent starts here after being sent for a spell after tasting success in the $250,000 Inglis Dash at Flemington on January 16. Trialling to sharpen up in readiness for his race return, he was an easy winner of a trial at Rosehill. Last campaign in the spring he defeated Le Romain over 1200m at Rosehill, was 3rd to Counterattack in the Listed Brian Crowley Stakes and was given his chance in the G1 Coolmore at Flemington, finishing mid-field behind Japonisme. He has shown talent with trainer Kurt Goldman keen on chasing future riches with the colt that has trialled as many times as he has raced.
Equal on the 5th line of betting after the final field was declared, Ghisoni appears value at double figure odds. With plenty of hype prior to beginning her career, she lived up to that hype taking each step with the makings of a seasoned professional, despite her age. With easy wins in low class events at Warwick Farm and Rosehill respectively, she was given her chance to shine in the G2 Surround Stakes and didn’t disappoint recording a convincing win, with subsequent G1 Vinery Stud winner Single Gaze finishing 2nd. Lining up for her biggest test in the G1 Coolmore Classic over 1500m, she was well supported in the market and couldn’t run the distance at this stage of her career. Stepping back to 1200m looks optimal and James McDonald who has ridden the filly at each of her wins goes back on.
The Royal Sovereign Stakes (also known as the Arrowfield Stakes) is a quality sprint for three-year-old colts and geldings held annually at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse. The Group 2 event is one of the premier features during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival for young dashers and is run on the second day of The Championships. The race consistently brings together some of the best young talent in the country to compete for a share in the $500,000 prize money on offer. Inaugurated in 1979, the race was upgraded to a Group 3 in 1981, before being elevated to its current Group 2 status in 1996.
A number of top shelf gallopers have claimed the Royal Sovereign Stakes including; Best Western (1982), Shaftesbury Avenue (1990), Danewin (1995), Catalan Opening (1996), Guineas (1998), Assertive Lad (2001), Lonhro (2002), Exceed And Excel 2004, Dance Hero (2005) and Shootout (2010). The race has been moved to later in the autumn and given a boost in stakes to entice the better performed three-year-olds.
|2016||JAPONISME||HUGH BOWMAN||CHRIS WALLER||01:10.3|
|2015||DELECTATION||HUGH BOWMAN||CHRIS WALLER||01:11.7|
|2014||SIDESTEP||KERRIN MCEVOY||JOHN O’SHEA||01:10.2|
|2013||REBEL DANE||JASON COLLETT||GARY PORTELLI||01:10.7|
|2012||HOT SNITZEL||HUGH BOWMAN||GERALD RYAN||01:08.9|
|2011||MASTER HARRY||TIM CLARK||RON QUINTON||01:10.2|
|2010||SHOOT OUT||KERRIN MCEVOY||CHRIS WALLER||01:10.7|
|2009||YOUTHFUL JACK||ROBERT THOMPSON||ROSS STITT||01:11.3|
|2008||EL CAMBIO||HUGH BOWMAN||RASHED BOURESLY||01:10.3|
|2007||MUTAWAAJID||HUGH BOWMAN||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:09.5|
|2006||FLYING PEGASUS||MICHAEL RODD||TODD PLETCHER||01:10.0|