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2022 Robert Sangster Stakes Runner By Runner Preview, Odds & Tips

Well it’s back to Morphettville this week for the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes, held over 1200m for fillies and mares, under weight-for-age conditions. With a total purse of $502,250, the Sangster has been a highlight on Adelaide’s racing calendar for almost three decades now. 

Last year’s feature was taken out by the Phillip Stokes trained, Instant Celebrity, who lines up again this year in a bid to make it back-to-back wins in the race. 2020 winner, Bella Vella, also takes her place in the field, after a brilliant first up win.

Looking at the market, Dabble has last start G1 winner, September Run, favourite at $4.60, ahead of Bella Nipotina at $6.00. Her stablemate, Away Game, is on the next line of betting at $8.50, and Brooklyn Hustle is right in the mix at $10. 3YO fillies, Argentia, and Heresy, bring some good form into this race, and are currently just outside those top few in the market.

As punters, we know that anything can happen in this great game, and this race looks very open. So, we have dissected each of the horses’ chances for you! Read on below to find our runner by runner preview of the 2022 Robert Sangster Stakes along with The Shark’s best tips. 

1. September Run (5) – $4.60F
Jockey – Craig Williams 56.5kg
Trainer – Chris Waller

Resumed with a solid effort in the Newmarket behind despised outsider, Roch ‘N’ Horse, before a dominant win in the G1 William Reid Stakes. Got the confidence booster she needed last start, and usually races well fresh. Has had the benefit of 5 weeks between runs heading into this, Williams sticks with her, and must be considered a winning chance.

2. Bella Nipotina (3) – $6.00
Jockey – John Allen 56.5kg
Trainer – Ciaron Maher & David Eustace

Returns here after a short stint in Sydney, where she was victorious in the G2 Sapphire Stakes. Has measured up with some of the best sprinters in the land in recent preps, and rarely runs a bad race. She’s drawn a perfect alley, and will get every opportunity to string two wins together, and get that illustrious G1 out of the way. 

3. Instant Celebrity (12) – $13
Jockey – Daniel Moor 56.5kg
Trainer – Phillip Stokes

Winner of this race last year, who hasn’t been sighted in the winners stall since. In saying that, she was only narrowly beaten here first up a fortnight ago behind Bella Vella. She has a good second up record, and will appreciate the extra 100m, but has to overcome the wide gate. Daniel Moor won last week’s feature race here with a peach of a ride, and will need to produce something similar here, if she is to go back-to-back in this race.

4. Bella Vella (7) – $14
Jockey – Kayla Crowther 56.5kg
Trainer – Will Clarken

Was sent to the breeding barn last year but failed to get in foal, which saw her back at the races here a fortnight ago, after 13 months off. Her return was nothing short of tremendous, where she led and held off a quality field of sprinters. She finds herself here second up, in the race she won in 2020. Will be improved by the first up hitout, and has to be respected.  

5. Brooklyn Hustle (10) – $10
Jockey – Jamie Kah 56.5kg
Trainer – Jason Warren & Dean Krongold

Got back last start, and showed her customary turn of foot, to finish a good 2nd to In The Boat at Sale. Her run prior to that was good in the G1 Galaxy, where she never looked overly comfortable in the heavy going. She’s a winner at this track, and gets the services of Jamie Kah here. Looks suited from the middle gate, and will be very hard to hold out the final furlong.

6. Away Game (1) – $8.50
Jockey – Linda Meech 56.5kg
Trainer – Ciaron Maher & David Eustace

Consistent mare who almost got the job done in the G1 Oakleigh Plate two back, before finishing midfield in the G1 Galaxy, on a very heavy track. She will appreciate getting onto a dryer surface here, and should get a lovely run from the inside gate, but is just finding it hard to win of late. Finished 5th in this race in 2020, and wouldn’t be surprised to see a similar effort here. Include in multiples.

7. Snapdancer (16) – $12
Jockey – Ethan Brown 56.5kg
Trainer – Ciaron Maher & David Eustace

Romped in at the Gold Coast on Magic Millions Day, and did much the same second up in the G3 Triscay at Randwick. It’s hard to knock her on her last start effort in the Newmarket, as the race was dominated by horses on the inside rail. She certainly has the ability to win a race of this nature, but the outside gate makes things a bit tricky. Will need luck. 

8. All Banter (9) – $26
Jockey – Jake Toeroek 56.5kg
Trainer – Richard & Chantelle Jolly

Speedy local mare, who is having her first crack at G1 level here, and her first go at 1200m. Has strung two wins together leading into this, the latest being a strong win at Oakbank at Listed level. Will roll forward from the middle gate, and try to run them into the ground. The last furlong will be a test of both her grit and ability.

9. Chaillot (6) – $21
Jockey – Declan Bates 56.5kg
Trainer – Archie Alexander

Talented mare who is better known for her form over 1400/1600. Comes into this fresh off the back of a first up run 8 weeks ago, where she was ok from the back. Gets the visors on for the first time, which may spark some improvement, and has come up with a nice gate. Will be hitting the line hard, but may just find a few of these a bit sharp.

10. So You Assume (11) – $101
Jockey – Joe Bowditch 56.5kg
Trainer – Shane Nichols

Another mare who is better performed over further. Resumed last prep with a strong win in the G2 Stocks Stakes at The Valley, before a good effort in the G1 Toorak. Has proven she’s up to G1 level, but it’s hard to see her winning this first up over 1200m. Maybe next start.

11. Another Award (2) – $26
Jockey – Jessica Eaton 56.5kg
Trainer – Leon Macdonald & Andrew Gluyas

Local mare who has strung two wins together in BM78 grade. Big step up to G1 level now, but had form around G1 winner Lighthouse last prep, and Instant Celebrity, earlier in her career. Has a good record this track/distance, but will need a career best here, to keep that record intact. 

12. Gaze Grise (15) – $41
Jockey – Lachlan Neindorf 56.5kg
Trainer – David Jolly

Another local mare, who is coming through weaker grade races, and having her first go at G1 level. Her last start win here over the 1000m was good, but she has a few negatives next to her name in this race. She’s yet to win over 1200m, and is drawn off the track. Hard to see her winning this.

13. Argentia (13) – $12
Jockey – Mark Zahra 55kg
Trainer – Anthony & Sam Freedman

Extremely well bred filly, who was just outbobbed last start in the G2 Kewney, when stepping out to the mile for the first time. Has had a freshen up, and the drop back to 1200m here looks no problem. If the tempo is on, she has a lethal turn of foot, which could see her more than competitive in this. Don’t overlook her.

14. Heresy (8) – $15
Jockey – Damien Oliver 55kg
Trainer – James Cummings

Talented Godolphin filly, who was super winning the G3 PJ Bell in Sydney two starts ago. Last start she got back and made steady ground in a leader dominated race, here at Morphettville. She’s a winner at this track/distance, and gets D Oliver in the saddle. Plenty to like about her in this race.

15. Gimmie Par (14) – SCRATCHED
Jockey – Barend Vorster 55kg
Trainer – Peter G Moody


16. Champagne Dreams (4) – $20
Jockey – Paul Gatt 55kg
Trainer – Wayne Francis & Glen Kent

Speedy filly who ran them into the ground last start, in the Redelva Stakes. She ran a big race behind Kemalpasa and Behemoth back in January, and only looks to have improved since then. Will roll forward from the nice gate, and should be in the race for a long way. 

Final Word

With the rail in the true, and fine weather forecast, this year’s Robert Sangster should be a cracking race. There looks to be good speed on paper, which should play into the hands of some of the back markers late in the race. 

Brooklyn Hustle was back and wide last start, before hitting the line hard at Sale, behind eventual winner In The Boat. She maps perfectly here from the middle gate, and with the speed on, should get every opportunity to show her blistering turn of foot.

3YO fillies, Heresy and Argentia, should also be suited if the tempo is strong, and both look primed to run big races. Heresy was good from the back in a leader dominated race last start, and should appreciate the extra journey, whilst Argentia is dropping back in trip, but has had a freshen up and should be suited.

Maher/Eustace trained mares Away Game and Bella Nipotina have to be respected from their inside gates. They both should secure a nice run in transit and are never far away, and favourite September Run has to be included in multiples, after a return to form this prep in both the G1 Newmarket and G1 William Reid Stakes.

Best Robert Sangster Stakes Tip: 5. Brooklyn Hustle – Each-way ($10/$3.30)
Robert Sangster Stakes numbers: 5-14-13-6

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*Odds correct at time of writing, courtesy of Dabble.