Colin Stephen Quality


Date: Saturday 26th September 2015
Track: Rosehill racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 2400 metres
Race Type: Open Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $125,000
2014 Winner: Deane Martin

The Colin Stephen Quality is an exclusive 3yo and above Group 3 Race that takes center Stage at the Rosehill Racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. The event is run over a long distance of 2400M and is regarded as one of the major long distance events for three year olds in the Sydney Spring Carnival. The Colin Stephen Quality is today worth up to $125,000 in prize money and in the 2013 edition of the race Julieanas endured a strong challenge from other able horses to win it. Coming in second was I’m Imposing with Planet Purple settling for third.

The Colin Stephen Quality is held on the same day as the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes, The Shannon Stakes and the Group 3 Research Stakes. The winner in this race gets an exemption from balloting in the Group 1 The Metropolitan. The race is a perfect build up for the Metropolitan considering these two events are run under pretty much the same conditions.

The last horse to win a Colin Stephen Quality and The Metropolitan double was Railing back in 2005 in what was a great Spring Season for the three year old. Other notable horses to also achieve this success include In Joyment back in 1998, Dress Circle in 2001 and Coco Cobana back in 2000. Horses that perform well in the Colin Stephen Quality tend to do well in other races.

The race is always an ideal build up for the Group 1 Epsom Handicap and in recent years, the race tends to assemble horses that took part and performed exceptionally well in the Group 3 Newcastle Gold Cup. The Colin Stephen Quality is one of the highly rated long distance races and is always a perfect pick for horse racing lovers who favor long distance events.

Colin Stephen Quality recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2014 Deane Martin Iggi Pop Celtic Prince 2:29.5
2013 Julienas I’m Imposing Planet Purple 2:30.5
2012 Kelinni Julienas Strawberry Boy 2:30.4
2011 Lamasery Red Eye Special Two For Tea 2:29.9
2010 No Wine No Song Get Up Jude Legsman 2:30.4
2009 Mr Clangtastic Bellagio Wynn Indikator 2:29.8
2008 Get Up Jude Tangalooma Fiumicino 2:31.1
2007 Race not run
2006 Exinite Scattergun Activation 2:28.8
2005 Railings Run Rita Run Cross Bar 2:32.6
2004 Don Raphael Dame Mapperley November Dreaming 2:29.8
2003 Outlaws Fawaz Dashing Away 2:29.2
2002 Red Trinket Prince Hal National Treasure 2:30.5
2001 Dress Circle Swiss Echo Rapida 2:14.9
2000 Coco Cobanna Dashing Scene Bias Bay 2:31.4
1999 Vita Man Miss Danehill Edward Brae 2:32.4
1998 In Joyment Bozeman Backdrop (IRE) 2:32.2
1997 Heart Ruler Linesman Emerald Cut 2:33.3
1996 Hula Flight Few Are Chosen Protara’s Bay 2:31.2
1995 Western Approaches Electronic Grand Connection 2:32.0
1994 Restitution Pleasant Conquest Surrender Now 2:30.2
1993 Zamination Glastonbury Never Say 2:35.5
1992 Garter King In The Money Tusk Hunter 2:31.0
1991 Pontiac Lass Magnolia Hall Guile 2:30.8
1990 Fine Catch Princeville Chaleyer 2:30.9
1989 Macquarie Prince King Aussie Peaceful Kingdom 2:31.8
1988 Natski (IRE) Zamakima Centose 2:30.6