The Blue Sapphire Stakes is a $400,000 Group 3 race held at Caulfield Racecourse in Melbourne. It is raced over 1200m with set weights and is for three-year-old horses. In 2020, the race will be held on Wednesday, October 14, the same day as the Coongy Cup and Ladies’ Day Vase Stakes.
Anaheed won the 2019 edition of the Blue Sapphire Stakes, beating the likes of Li’l Kontra and Brooklyn Hustle. After winning, Anaheed went on to race in the Manikato Stakes, finishing third behind Vital Silver and Loving Gaby.
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Before becoming a race for three-year-olds, the Blue Sapphire Stakes was run for two-year-olds. In 2016 it was classed as a Group 3, having previously been graded as a Listed race.
The Blue Sapphire Stakes was actually the first Listed race that superstar Black Caviar ever won. She cruised home as a two-year-old, beating the rest of the field by over six lengths.
David Hayes has had decent success in the Blue Sapphire Stakes in recent years, training two winners in the last five runnings of the race. Jockey Damian Lane has had the same level of success, claiming victory in 2019 onboard Anaheed and in 2015 while riding Keen Array.
BLUE SAPPHIRE STAKES WINNERS
2019 – Anaheed
2018 – Written By
2017 – Formality
2016 – Flying Artie
2015 – Keen Array
2014 – Eloping
2013 – Lion Of Belfort
2012 – Snitzerland
2011 – City Of Song
2010 – Smokin’ Joey