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41 Aust Black-Type Races Upgraded

Wednesday, 20th March 2013

Among 41 black-type races that have been upgraded by the ARB, the time-honoured Skyline Stakes and the Sweet Embrace Stakes for two-year-olds, both key lead-ups to the Gr1 Golden Slipper, have been elevated to Gr2 level. Overall, the ARB has approved the recommendations of the Australian Pattern Committee (AusPC) to upgrade 41 races in all. Seven Gr3 races will be upgraded to Gr2 and 33 Listed races will be upgraded to Gr3 status, with one new Listed race installed. Commenting on the significant number of upgrades, AusPC chairman Alan Brown noted: "Although the volume of upgrades is unprecedented, it is a one-off as a result of Australia adopting the protocols of the Asian Racing Federation and a reassessment of the pattern being undertaken. Within those protocols, AusPC has adopted even stricter benchmarks than those set down. The 41 upgrades comfortably exceed those benchmarks and accurately reflect Australia's strength of sprinter/miler horses in the world. These upgrades also fit well within the "pyramid" of the pattern whereby the number of Gr3s should be more than Gr2s, and more Gr2s than Gr1s, and the number of Gr3s should exceed the total combined of Gr2s and Gr1s. The new numbers comply with those guidelines." The following races were ratified by the ARB for Upgrades:

  • Sweet Embrace Stakes (Gr3), 1200m, Randwick, NSW Upgraded to Gr2
  • Skyline Stakes (Gr3), 1200m, Randwick, NSW Upgraded to Gr2
  • Tranquil Star Stakes (Gr3), 1400m, Caulfield, VIC Upgraded to Gr2
  • Silver Shadow Stakes (Gr3), 1200m, Warwick Farm, NSW Upgraded to Gr2
  • Ian McEwen Trophy (Gr3), 1000m, Moonee Valley, VIC Upgraded to Gr2
  • Rubiton Stakes (Gr3), 1100m, Caulfield, VIC Upgraded to Gr2
  • Millie Fox Stakes (Gr3), 1300m, Rosehill, NSW Upgraded to Gr2
  • Ottawa Stakes (LR), 1000m, Flemington, VIC Upgraded to Gr3
  • Keith Mackay Handicap (LR), 1200m, Randwick NSW Upgraded to Gr3
  • MRC Chairman's Stakes (LR), 1100m, Caulfield, VIC Upgraded to Gr3
  • Boronia Stakes (LR), 1200m, Caulfield, VIC Upgraded to Gr3
  • Ming Dynasty Quality (LR), 1400m, Warwick Farm, NSW Upgraded to Gr3
  • Quezette Stakes (LR), 1100m, Caulfield, VIC Upgraded to Gr3
  • Manfred Stakes (LR), 1200m, Caulfield, VIC Upgraded to Gr3
  • Vain Stakes (LR), 1100m, Caulfield, VIC Upgraded to Gr3
  • J H B Carr Stakes (LR), 1400m, Randwick, NSW Upgraded to Gr3
  • Typhoon Tracey Stakes (LR), 1200m, Moonee Valley, VIC Upgraded to Gr3
  • Zeditave Stakes (LR), 1200m, Moonee Valley, VIC Upgraded to Gr3
  • P J Bell Handicap (LR), 1200m, Canterbury, NSW Upgraded to Gr3
  • Wenona Girl Handicap (LR), 1200m, Randwick, NSW Upgraded to Gr3
  • Kevin Heffernan Stakes (LR), 1300m, Sandown, VIC Upgraded to Gr3
  • Angst Quality Handicap (LR), 1500m, Rosehill, NSW Upgraded to Gr3
  • Ladies Day Vase (LR), 1600m, Caulfield, VIC Upgraded to Gr3
  • The Nivision (LR), 1200m, Randwick, NSW Upgraded to Gr3
  • Sheraco Stakes (LR), 1100m, Rosehill, NSW Upgraded to Gr3
  • Belle of the Turf Stakes (LR), 1600m, Gosford, NSW Upgraded to Gr3
  • Triscay Stakes (LR), 1200m, Rosehill, NSW Upgraded to Gr3
  • Tibbie Stakes (LR), 1400m, Newcastle, NSW Upgraded to Gr3
  • Wiggle Quality Handicap (LR), 1400, Warwick Farm, NSW Upgraded to Gr3
  • Aspiration Quality (LR), 1600, Randwick, NSW Upgraded to Gr3
  • Show County Quality (LR), 1200, Warwick Farm, NSW Upgraded to Gr3
  • Northwood Plume Stakes (LR), 1200, Caulfield, VIC Upgraded to Gr3
  • Begonia Belle Stakes (LR), 1100m, Flemington, VIC Upgraded to Gr3
  • Dark Jewel Classic (LR), 1400m, Scone, NSW Upgraded to Gr3
  • Toy Show Quality (LR), 1300m, Warwick Farm, NSW Upgraded to Gr3
  • The Heath 1100 (LR), 1100m, Caulfield, VIC Upgraded to Gr3
  • Sir John Monash Stakes (LR), 1100m, Caulfield, VIC Upgraded to Gr3
  • Proud Miss Stakes (LR), 1200m, Morphettville, SA Upgraded to Gr3
  • Northerly Stakes (LR), 1400m, Ascot, WA Upgraded to Gr3
  • Summoned Stakes (LR), 1500m, Sandown, VIC Upgraded to Gr3
  • Lonhro Plate 1100m, Warwick Farm, NSW Upgraded to Listed
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