Sapphire Stakes nominations – 2016

View the nominations for the 2016 Sapphire Stakes. The Sapphire Stakes will be run on Saturday 9th April at Randwick racecourse.

Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 AFLEET ESPRIT M 4 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
2 AMMIRATA M 4 Joseph Pride
4 BOUNDING M 5 Peter & Paul Snowden
5 BRING ME THE MAID M 4 Ciaron Maher
6 BROOK ROAD M 5 Kris Lees
7 CRADLE ME M 7 David Pfieffer
8 DIVINE CENTURI F 3 Stuart Kendrick
10 FLIPPANT F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden
11 GRIANTE M 5 David Brideoake
12 HIEROGLYPHICS M 4 Anthony Cummings
13 I’VE GOT THE LOOKS M 6 Peter & Paul Snowden
14 LUCKY CAN BE M 4 Ron Quinton
15 MISS PROMISCUITY M 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
17 NO MORE TEARS (NZ) F 3 Stephen Marsh
18 OTTOMAN F 3 John O’Shea
19 PALAZZO PUBBLICO M 4 Matthew Smith
20 PEACE FORCE M 6 Gerald Ryan
21 PETITS FILOUS F 3 Ciaron Maher
22 PRESS REPORT M 4 Lee Curtis
23 PRIVATE SECRETARY M 6 Gregory Hickman
24 QUEEN OF KARIBA M 4 John Sargent
25 SECRET AGENDA F 3 Mick Price
26 SHEIDEL M 4 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
27 SULTRY FEELING M 4 James Cummings
28 TWO BLUE M 7 Kristen Buchanan
29 VEZALAY M 4 Leon & Troy Corstens


Bruce Cross admits it’s been a while since he sent horses out at the top end of Sydney racing and he is looking forward to Diamond Made taking her place in the Australian oaks.

The filly surprised many with her win in Saturday’s Group Three Adrian Knox Stakes at $41 but Cross was always confident once she got to a suitable distance she would show her best.

The trainer of 2001 Epsom Handicap winner Final Fantasy, Cross thinks his last Group One starter was probably that horse’s full brother Padfoot Charlie who ran fourth in the 2005 Sydney Cup.

“We’ve been in hibernation,” Cross said.

“I’m looking forward to Saturday and the Oaks.

“Diamond Made has pulled up well from the race and will have a comfortable week leading into the Oaks.

“She got under everyone’s radar but I knew all along she had talent and that the 2000 metres would suit.

“We won’t be changing much in the lead-up and I’m sure she will run a creditable race.”

Cross has had much of his success with long time client Malcolm Chung who raced both final Fantasy and Padfoot Charlie but Diamond Made is a family affair.

“My brother John bred her from Showme Thediamonds, a mare he raced,” Cross said.

“She is the only mare he’s got and there is a full sister to Diamond Made coming through.”

Cross has five horses in work at Warwick Farm after his team was reduced by one with the recent sale of Canberra Guineas runner-up Just For Tilda to Hong Kong.

Diamond Made is a $51 chance for Saturday’s Classic over 2400 metres with Australian Derby runner-up Jameka the $3.50 favourite.

Happy Hannah, third in the Vinery Stud Stakes, is at $4.60 with Capella and Valley girl both at $8.

Both Valley Girl and Capella finished in front of Tavago in the New Zealand Derby with the latter a comprehensive winner of the Australian Derby on Saturday.

Vinery Stud winner Single Gaze is a $15 chance in the Oaks.

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