9th - 12th Sep
5

15:15 Doncaster 09 Sep 2020

bet365 Sceptre Fillies' Stakes

Group 3 | Class 1 | 3YO plus

Winner £28,355 - 15 ran

7f 6y

Good (Good to Soft in places)

Draw Advantage: None

Last year’s race
Breathtaking Look
  • Winner: Breathtaking Look
  • Jockey: Jim Crowley
  • Trainer: S C Williams
  • Owner: Mr J W Parry
  • Age: 4 Weight: 9st 2lbs
  • Starting Price: 20/1
  • Season Form Figures: 31715
  • Previous Best: 1st – Class 2 Fillies' Handicap, Newmarket (July 2019)

Watch every race of the Pertemps St Leger Festival 2020 live on Sky Sports Racing (Sky 415 | Virgin 535) from Wednesday 9th to Saturday 12th September.

By Paul Jones

Named after a filly that remains the only horse to have won four British Classics outright, the Sceptre Stakes was upgraded to Group 3 status in 2011. Nine of the last 19 winners started at no bigger than 4/1 but we had a 20/1 surprise last season when Breathtaking Look took a successful step up in class from handicaps.

 Understandably there has been an improvement in the standard of winners in recent seasons given the incentives brought in to keep fillies in training around a decade ago so Group-race form has been coming to the fore and ten of the last 12 winners ran at Group or Listed level last time out unlike the majority of years following the turn of the century. 

The Classic generation make up over half the field but a statistic that is hard to ignore is that 3yos have won 29 of the last 37 runnings including ten on the trot until the 4yo Spangled won at 14/1 three years ago busting a few trends in the process. The upgrade to Group 3 status was to encourage higher representation from older fillies and mares in line with other all-aged distaff races following the European Pattern Committee’s policy to upgrade races to tempt owners to keep older fillies and mares in training for longer so therefore it is surprising that three-year-olds continue to dominate. 

Having not long been upgraded from a Listed race, the Sceptre Stakes had previously witnessed little interest from Ireland but John Oxx’s Alanza made a successful trip over on its first rendition as a Group 3 race giving them their first winner of this race since it was first run in 1982. The recently-retired Luca Cumani won that inaugural running and has added three more victories since and is two wins clear of Sir Michael Stoute and Mick Channon. 

At a glance summary

Positives
Three-year-olds
Likely to start at 4/1 or under
Respect the Irish since the race has been upgraded
Negatives
Failed to contest a Group or Listed race last time out

Previous Winners

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Age/Wt OR SP
2019Breathtaking LookS C WilliamsJim Crowley4 9-29120/1
2018Dancing StarA M BaldingOisin Murphy5 9-21037/2
2017Music BoxA P O'Brien R L Moore3 8-12-8/1
2016SpangledR Varian (128 miles)A Atzeni4 9-2-14/1
2015RealtraR Varian (128 miles)J Mitchell3 8-12-25/1
2014KiyoshiC Hills (167 miles)J P Spencer3 8-12-11/1
2013NargysL Cumani (128 miles)A Atzeni3 8-10-8/1
2012Sunday TimesP Chapple-Hyam (128 miles)J P Spencer3 8-10-22/1
2011AlanzaJohn Oxx Johnny Murtagh3 8-10-11/4
2010Dever DreamW Haggas (128 miles)E Ahern3 8-10-4/1
2009FantasiaL Cumani (128 miles)K Fallon3 9-1-5/6
2008Royal ConfidenceB W Hills (167 miles)Michael Hills3 8-10-4/1
2007MedleyR Hannon (184 miles)R L Moore3 8-10-14/1
2006Silver TouchM Channon (163 miles)R L Moore3 8-10-11/4
2005Favourable TermsSir M Stoute (128 miles)K Fallon5 8-10-5/6
2004AttuneB Meehan (190 miles)Kevin Darley3 8-6-12/1
2003TantinaB W Hills (167 miles)Michael Hills3 8-9-13/8
2002MamouniaB W Hills (167 miles)Michael Hills3 8-6-7/1
2001Nice One ClareJ W Payne (128 miles)Johnny Murtagh5 8-10-7/2
2000KalindiM Channon (163 miles)Tony Culhane3 8-6-25/1
1999SusuSir M Stoute (128 miles)John Reid6 8-13-11/1
1998AshraakatJ Dunlop (221 miles)Pat Eddery3 8-9-7/1

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