The Birthday Card Stakes is a popular and exciting quality handicap race that features in the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. The group 3 mares and fillies race is run over a distance of 1200M and is today worth $125,000 in prize money. The Birthday Card Stakes takes place every year in March at Sydney’s Rosehill Racecourse in New South Wales.
The 2013 edition of the Birthday Card Stakes was won by Arinosa after coming through to beat a number of strong and talented horses that included second placed Shamal Wind and third placed Miss Stellabelle. The excitement that the Birthday Card Stakes has generated in its decorated history has made this event a major highlight in Australian horse racing and on the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, the race features on the same day as the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes and the Rosehill Guineas.
Although the Birthday Card Stakes is not considered an event for elite females, the race tends to assemble a good share of top class mares that have gone on to do well in other major races. The best progression for the Birthday Card Stakes is the Group 2 Sapphire stakes which comes later in the Carnival. The last mare to win the Sapphire Stakes and the Birthday Card Stakes double was Arinosa last year.
In 2009, Court also came close to the double after finishing third in the Birthday Card Stakes on course towards victory in the Sapphire Stakes. The Birthday Card Stakes in recent years has produced a number of good fillies. The competitive nature of the race and the equal strength of participating mares and fillies makes it a perfect showpiece for horse racing enthusiasts. Notable mares to grace and win the Group 3 Race include Zingaling back in 2011, Gamble Me in 2009 and Paraca in 2004.
Birthday Card Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2014||Avoid Lightning||Plucky Belle||Aerobatics||1:11.8|
|2013||Arinosa||Shamal Wind||Miss Stellabelle||1:09.6|
|2012||Celts||Next The Universe||Divorces||1:10.6|
|2011||Zingaling||Ladys Angel||Flying Success||1:10.6|
|2009||Gamble Me||Belong To Many||Court||1:10.4|
|2005||Tui Song||World Peace||Shannon Bank||1:09.0|
|2003||Toast Of The Coast||Fatoon||Blue Suttarb||1:09.1|
|2001||Spinning Hill||Call Me Lily||Crestfallen||1:10.2|
|2000||Verdict Declared||Another Misty||Flickering Fire||1:11.4|
|1998||All The Rave||Graphics||Just Like Crystal||1:09.8|
|1996||So Keen||Audimco||Golden Apt||1:11.0|
|1995||Light Up The World||Diversify||Wide Berth||1:10.4|
|1994||Baldeen||Dolly Will Do||Astrolarb||1:09.9|
|1993||Miss Kariba||Danza Dark||Snippet’s Girl||1:06.1|
|1992||River Love||Highpak||River Of Destiny||1:04.3|
|1991||Settlers Cove||Plaza Athenee||Huntington Girl||1:04.3|
|1989||Simple Tastes||Twining||Leica Reply||1:04.3|
|1988||Mother Duck||Lynn’s Love||Crown Hope||1:04.6|