2019 SPRING STAKES - RACE HISTORY AND BACKGROUND
The Spring Stakes is Group 3 race run under Weight For Age conditions for open sprinters at Morphettville conducted by the South Australian Jockey Club.
The Spring Stakes is run over 1200m. It was first run in 1970 and won by Eastern Court.
Apart from a couple of runnings over further at Cheltenham, the Spring Stakes has only been run over 1200m at Morphettville.
The Spring Stakes was a Group 2 race from 1979 to 1997 then downgraded to G3 after that.
The race now honours Mr David R Coles who was a former SAJC Chairman and Bloodstock agent.
Leon Macdonald has won the race four times as a trainer and Neville Wilson has four wins as a jockey.
Both Hero Wind and Redelva won the race on three occasions.
There has been some very good wins in the Spring Stakes by G1 horses known over further such as Sky Cuddle, Rebel Raider and Happy Trails.
The 2019 Spring Stakes will be run for prizemoney of $120,000.
Notable winners of the Spring Stakes include Riziz (2014), Happy Trails (2012), Rebel Raider (2010), Zupaone (2007), Royal Ida (2006), Super Elegant (2005), Sky Cuddle (2004), Flavour (2001), Will Fly (1998), Hero Wind (1994/1995/1997), Redelva (1988/1989/1990), Samist (1974/1975) and Toltrice (1973).
The 2018 Spring Stakes was won by Dollar For Dollar from Hard Empire and Inn Keeper.