The Adrian Knox Stakes is a popular quality handicap race held in April every year at Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse in New South Wales. The Group 3 race is exclusive to 3 year old fillies and is run over a relatively longer distance of 2000M. The prize money on offer in this race goes up to $200,000. The Adrian Knox Stakes showcased brilliant racing last year as it has always done in the better part of its decorated history.
Royal Decent was the proud winner of the 2013 title with express power and unimpeachable coming through to finish second and third respectively. The Adrian Knox Stakes will feature along the big money Group 1 Doncaster Handicap on the first day of championship races that are part of the new and revamped Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. Winners in the race also get an exemption from ballot in the Group 1 ATC Australian Oaks which comes a week later and the Adrian Knox Stakes is seen as the perfect build up for 3 year olds looking to do well in the ATC Oaks.
In recent years a number of quality fillies have managed to claim the Adrian Knox Stakes and the ATC Australian Oaks double. Last year Royal Decent scored an impressive win in the Adrian Knox Stakes before completing a breathtaking finish in the ATC Oaks to claim the double. Other horses that have also done this before include Wild Iris back in 2004, Rena’s Lady in 2007 and Republic Lass in 2002.
The Group 3 Frank Packer Plate that comes at the last day of the Sydney Autumn is an ideal progression event for the Adrian Knox Stakes. The race is always a perfect venue for talented horses to kick start their careers on a good note. Other notable winners of the Adrian Knox Stakes title in recent years include Crafty Irna in 2011 and Full of Spirit in 2012.
Adrian Knox Stakes Results
|2014||Arabian Gold||Missvinn||Lady Cumquat||2:11.9|
|2013||Royal Descent||Express Power||Unimpeachable||2:04.0|
|2012||Full Of Spirit||Plumm||Secret Liaison||2:03.1|
|2010||Speedy Natalie||Status Quo||Spinnawitch|
|2009||Miss Darcey||Above Perfection||Nothin’ Leica Cat||2:04.0|
|2008||Raise||Dandee Topwin||Hey Pretty Katie||2:08.8|
|2007||Rena’s Lady||Perfect Drop||Upper Echelon||2:09.9|
|2005||Don’t Tell Clang||Ponte Piccolo||Clevedon||2:07.6|
|2003||Crianca||Ain’t Seen Nothin’||Flidais||2:03.7|
|2001||Lady Mulan||Calm Smytzer||Life is Beautiful||2:05.8|
|1999||Starry Way||Carmelina||La Moulin||2:05.3|
|1996||Eureka Jewel||Usha||Ester Kelly||2:04.7|
|1995||Circles Of Gold||Staying Alive||Lament||2:07.7|
|1994||Seto Flowerian||Booked||Oaks Day||2:09.0|
|1992||Alma Mater||Many Hands||Kalamarco||2:06.2|
|1991||Lee’s Bid||Marinella||Holyport Lass||2:05.9|
|1989||Chaleyer||Bay Tree||Sober Dancer||2:04.6|
|1988||Lady Liberty||Bravery||Palace Revolt||2:07.8|