The Southern Cross Stakes is a Quality Handicap horse race at Group 3 level. It is run at Sydney’s prestigious Royal Randwick Racecourse. The event is open to horses of both sexes aged three years and older, and is run over the 1200m sprint distance. It is one of the main feature races on Apollo Stakes Day, along with the Light Fingers Stakes, Triscay Stakes, and Apollo Stakes. Formerly known as the Frederick Clissold Stakes (or Quality or Handicap) and the Anniversary Cup, the race now boasts $150,000 in prize money. It attracts smart sprinters rather than the superstars and is a good stepping-stone for the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup for handy gallopers who have demonstrated a good turn of foot and could have bigger races ahead of them at the Autumn Carnival.
Starting out as a Principal Race in 1940 (when won by Gold Rod), the event became a Listed Race forty years later, before being granted Group 3 status in 1989. Topliners Danewin (1996) and Joanne (1991) have won this event, while All Our Mob, Landsighting, Crawl and top-shelf mare Streama were placed. In 2014, Terravista was successful in this event, and in the Liverpool City Cup, before retuning in the spring to take out the Group 3 Show County and Group 2 The Shorts.
|2016||BIG MONEY||ROBERT THOMPSON||RODNEY NORTHAM||01:09.4|
|2015||HEART TESTA||JASON COLLETT||CHRIS WALLER||01:09.6|
|2014||TERRAVISTA||JASON COLLETT||JOE PRIDE||01:08.6|
|2013||SKYTRAIN||JOSH PARR||PETER SNOWDEN||01:13.5|
|2012||NO EVIDENCE NEEDED||JOAO MOREIRA||JOHN THOMPSON||01:10.0|
|2011||SISTER MADLY||ROD QUINN||JOHN SADLER||01:08.5|
|2010||KENNY'S WORLD||COREY BROWN||GRAEME MURRAY||01:11.0|
|2009||VITAL FLYER||GRANT BUCKLEY||TRACEY BARTLEY||01:10.1|
|2008||HOYSTAR||DANNY NIKOLIC||PETER SNOWDEN||01.10:0|
|2007||THE FREE STATER||JAMES INNES||PAUL CAVE||01.08:7|
|2006||COLLATE||ZAC PURTON||ALLAN DENHAM||01.09.5|