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The Robert Sangster Stakes

Morphettville Race Track

The Robert Sangster Stakes is a set weights race for fillies and mares and it was first held in 1983 with Ranee’s Palace getting the inaugural victory. Back then, the race was classified as a Special race and it was still known as the Sweetenham Stud Stakes. It also had a race distance of 1200 metres. A lot has changed about the specifics of the race most especially the race name which was adopted in 2005.

The classification of the race has also changed into a Listed Race in 1984 and 1985 and it was elevated into a Group 3 race in 1986. In 2004, it was classified as a Group 2 race and since 2005, it was categorized as a Group 1 race. The race was named after breeder and owner Robert Sangster who is also the principal of the Sweetenham Stud. Sangster passed away in 2004.

The Robert Sangster Stakes is held every April at the Morphettville Racecourse in Adelaide. Morphettville is the main horse racing track in South Australia and it is about ten kilometres away from the Adelaide CBD. Morphettville also hosts other Group 1 races such as the 1200-metre The Goodwood, the 2000-metre Australasian Oaks and the 2500-metre South Australian Derby.

After the victory of Ranee’s Palace, Vatican Lass won in 1984 while Showport took home the title in 1985. Lost Art found her touch to win the race in 1986 while Wicked Smile turned in a great performance en route to the victory in 1987. Even True, Tree of Renown and Leica Western won in 1988, 1989 and 1990 respectively while With Me won the Robert Sangster Stakes of 1991.

In 1992, Western Chorus won the Robert Sangster and the feat was copied by True Spirit the year after. Tarare won the race in 1994 while Viminaria bagged the victory in 1995. Mad Shavril, Apple Danish and Spirit of Love bagged the Robert Sangster Stakes in 1996, 1997 and 1998 respectively while Dantelah and Rain Dance Lady galloped to victory in 1999.

In the 2000 Robert Sangster Stakes, Rain Dance Lady won over Tapalinga and Danninkling in 1 minute, 9.1 seconds. Umaline won the 2001 Robert Sangster Stakes over Fayrouz and Crixia in 1 minute, 8.1 seconds. The 2002 Robert Sangster Stakes was won by Suzy Grey in 1 minute, 13.2 seconds and at second place is Regal Kiss while at third is Lady Belvedere.

The 2003 Robert Sangster Stakes was won by Our Egyptian Raine in 1 minute, 8.7 seconds while the runner-up finish went to Brief Embrace. Dama de Noche finished in third place. French Bid showed his dominance in the 2004 Robert Sangster Stakes as he won in 1 minute, 9 seconds. French Bid’s runner-up is Fly for Me while Social Glow got the third spot.

Alinghi got the top prize at the 2005 Robert Sangster Stakes while Glamour Puss and Solar Antiquity finished in second and third place respectively. Alinghi finished the race in 1 minute, 8.7 seconds. Ellicorsam is the winner of the 2006 Robert Sangster Stakes and she covered the 1200-metre track in 1 minute, 9.7 seconds. Finishing at second is Social Glow while Truly Wicked is at third.

The 2007 Robert Sangster Stakes went to Universal Queen as she finished the course in 1 minute, 8.3 seconds. Media won second place while Flying Object finished in third. Juste Momente is the winner of the 2008 Robert Sangster Stakes and she finished in 1 minute, 9.7 seconds. Zipanese and Serious Speed finished in second and third place respectively.

Bel Mer won the 2009 Robert Sangster Stakes in 1 minute, 9.5 seconds while Rostova won the 2010 Robert Sangster Stakes in 1 minute, 9.42 seconds. The 2011 Robert Sangster Stakes went home to Response with Beaded and Miss Octopussy finishing at second and third place respectively.

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