Southern Cross Stakes
The 2017 Southern Cross Stakes is one of the first Group 3 features of the annual Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival and is a nice starting point for gallopers heading towards some of the richer races of the celebrated festival.
Held at one of Sydney’s two major metropolitan racecourses, Rosehill Gardens, the Southern Cross Stakes is traditionally held on a Saturday in February which over in Melbourne at Caulfield Racecourse is the famous Blue Diamond Stakes Day.
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Formerly registered as the Fredrick Clissold Stakes the race is run over 1200-metres and offers a total of $125,000 in prize money.
Also held at Rosehill Racecourse on the same day as the Southern Cross Stakes are the $100,000 Listed Triscay Stakes (1200m) for fillies and mares, the $175,000 Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) and the headline event – the $250,000 Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m).
Southern Cross Stakes Facts
- Racecourse: Rosehill Gardens, Sydney, NSW
- Racing Carnival: Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival
- Date: Last Saturday in February annually
- Status: Group 3
- Distance: 1200-metres
- Conditions: 3YO & Up, Quality Handicap
- Next Edition: 2017 Southern Cross Stakes, 11/02/2017
As it is held right at the start of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival the Southern Cross Stakes makes a nice race for horses just starting out their campaigns and is often the first-up run for many in the field.
Because of this looking at the first-up statistics on the Southern Cross Stakes field is essential for punters looking to place the winning bet.
Following the Southern Cross Stakes horses may head towards other Sydney sprint features including even the $1 million Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick in mid-April.
While run over a sprint distance of 1200m because it is often the resuming run for horses, the Southern Cross Stakes can be used as a lead-up to other longer races at the carnival including the lucrative $2 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick at the end of April.
Southern Cross Stakes History
Inaugurated in 1940 the Southern Cross Stakes started as a Principal race before being elevated to a Listed event in 1980.
It was then upgraded to its current Group 3 status in 1989.
From 1940 to 1992 the race was known as the Frederick Clissold Handicap.
It would go on to have a number of subsequent name changes including the Fredrick Clissold Stakes (2004 – 2008) before being changed to the Southern Cross Stakes from 2009 onwards.