Sapphire Crown betting 2023

Ashlee Terry
Ashlee Terry embraces her Sapphire Crown winner Maja Mahi Mahi. PIC GRV Facebook.

The Group 1 Sapphire Crown is the premier bitches only race on the Australian greyhound racing calendar. The Sapphire Crown series is open to the best 32 female greyhounds nominated, plus reserves, and is conducted over the 515m trip at Sandown Park each year. Our Sapphire Crown betting guide will run you through everything you need to know for the 2023 edition of the race, including the Sapphire Crown field, odds and latest news and tips for the 515m feature.

The most recent edition of the Sapphire Crown was won by Wow She’s Fast for Jacqueline Greenough, who is likely again to be in the mix for the G1 feature in 2023. The 2023 Sapphire Crown heats will be raced on May 11, while the final will take place on May 18.

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Sapphire Crown odds 2023

Dog Win Odds Top 3 Odds
Wow She’s Fast $5.50 $2.15
Kelsey Bale $6 $2.25
Baby Jaycee $9 $3
Magic Muffin $9 $3
Wyndra All Class $11 $3.50
Ailee Bale $14 $4.20
Zara Marnie $14 $4.20
Mortified $15 $4.60
Guelph $16 $4.80
Yahiro Bale $16 $4.80
Amron Lass $21 $5.50
Dotty’s Gift $21 $5.50
Professor Snitch $21 $5.50
Responder $26 $6.50
Jackpot Joan $31 $7
Piscopo Bale $41 $8.50
Rico’s Flame $41 $8.50
My Dream Girl $151 $26

Sapphire Crown field

The Sapphire Crown final field will not be available until the heats are run on May 11, 2023. Australian Racing Greyhound will update this page when the Sapphire Crown field is released.

Sapphire Crown betting 2023

Betting for the 2023 Sapphire Crown is now open at leading greyhound racing betting sites, with defending champion Wow She’s Fast installed a $5.50 favourite to go back-to-back.

It would be an amazing victory if Sapphire Crown betting holds true, with the last bitch to win in successive years being Paua To Burn in 2004 and 2005.

Other greyhounds in the market in Sapphire Crown betting include Kelsey Bale ($6) and Baby Jaycee ($9).

Best bookmakers for betting on the Group 1 Sapphire Crown

With the best of the best bitches contesting the series, bookmakers are always on their toes ahead of the Sapphire Crown, releasing fixed odds markets on the heats as soon as the box draws are complete, giving punters ample opportunity to get some cash on their top picks.

Some of our recommended online bookies also offer all-in markets for the winner of the final prior to the heats being conducted, giving you the opportunity to land some generous odds if you think you can spot the winner early on in the series.

The race often holds big pools on the final, so there is generally plenty of value to be found for those playing the exotic markets too.

With lots on offer when betting on the Sapphire Crown, be sure to check out the form and prices throughout the series and watch for any market movers.

Odds are not yet available for the 2018 Sapphire Crown, but be sure to check this page in the weeks leading up to the final to secure the best betting odds on offer.

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History of the Group 1 Sapphire Crown

Originally being run as the Sir Arthur Rylah Sapphire Crown, the race was first run on February 7, 1974 when taken out by South Australian star Bristol Sue which clocked 31.11 over the old 513m trip at Sandown Park. In those days, the race was run as an age restricted race for dogs and bitches.

In the early years, the race was run in late January or early February, until 1990 when it was moved to April or May. The race was relaunched in 2002 as the Sapphire Crown Classic and since that time has been a bitches only feature, with the event being conducted in November between 2002 and 2009, allowing it to act as a main precursor to the Melbourne Cup.

The race was not run in 2010, with the 2011 edition conducted in June. Since 2012 the final has been run throughout the month of May.

Since its inception, the race has been contested by some of the finest canine athletes in training, with names such as Token Prince, Bogie Leigh, Paua To Burn, Betty’s Angel, Queen Lauryn, Cindeen Shelby and Xylia Allen on the honour roll.

The aforementioned Paua To Burn is the only greyhound to win dual finals, with the NSW champion scoring brilliant victories in 2004 and 2005.

The race has been run as a group event since the introduction of group racing in 1995. For the first two years it was run as a group 3, before it was raised to group level from 1997 and 1999. Since 2000 the Sapphire Crown has been run as a group 1 race.

The recent runnings of the Sapphire Crown

  • The 2023 Sapphire Crown is due to be raced on May 11 and 18, with this meeting boasting three high-class group 1 races.

  • Wow She’s Fast won the 2022 edition of the Sapphire Crown in a time of 28.82, to stamp herself as one of Australia’s best bitches. The Jacqueline Greenough dog, which weighs 31.7kg, beat home Lets Win Coin ($25.80) and Devel Sixteen ($46.70) in an impressive display. Wow She’s Fast gave punters a few flutters the week previously in her heat, when she jumped last, before recovering to win in 29.19. The victory was also extra special for Jacqueline Greenough, after her husband won the 2009 Sapphire Crown with Cindeen Shelby.

  • Qwara Bale was crowned the Queen of Australian greyhound racing with her victory in the Sapphire Crown. Trained by Andrea Dailly in Victoria, Qwara Bale was all class in the final, sitting third throughout the early stages of the race after jumping from box six. But the Warrnambool Cup winner then produced a stunning burst of speed to win her 13th race from just 22 starts. Qwara Bale ($3.40) beat home Carry on Star ($17.20) and race favourite Shima Classic ($3.20) in a time of 29.27. Qwara Bale had previously put the field on notice after producing the fastest heat time of 29.28.

  • Black Opium, trained by Jason Thompson, finally tasted victory at group 1 level with a stirring victory in the Sapphire Crown. Beginning the series as favourite, Black Opium had punters holding their rosary beads in the final after starting fairly. Sitting third, behind Aston Silk and Spring Fair at the first turn, Black Opium darted past Spring Fair on the back straight, before switching to the rail on the run home and mowing down her kennel mate Aston Silk. Black Opium’s Sapphire Crown victory was her 25th from 49 career starts and comes 18 months after finishing second in the Melbourne Cup.

  • Neo Cleo continued her perfect record for champion trainer Robert Britton, who was racing her for just the fifth time and she did not disappoint. The Sale Cup winner was the $2.30 favourite in the final after blitzing qualifying with a standout 29.23 victory. Despite the tricky six alley, Neo Cleo joined Miss Innings on the home bend and powered home. Go Seek Heidi ($40.50) was second by just over a length, with Miss innings ($40.40) rounding out a lucrative top three for punters. Neo Cleo took her record to 33 wins from 66 starts.

  • Pearcedale owner-trainer Harry Manolitsis recorded group 1 glory in the 2018 Sapphire Crown with his lightly-raced bitch Elevated. Pocketing $100,000 for her troubles, Elevated ($5.60) was simply awesome in her all-the-way victory, beating home Go Seek Heidi ($26.30) by close to four lengths, with Envy Heist finishing third, ahead of race favourite Dyna Patty. Monolitsis was full of praise for his bitch, which was stepping out in just her 14th start and her first group 1 encounter. “She’s got a lot of ability and to beat the likes of Miss Splendamiro and Dyna Patty was a great effort,” Manolitsis said.
  • Maja Mahi Mahi upstaged a sensational field including dual group 1 winner Striker Light, Laurels heroine Up Hill Jill and WA speedster Pepper Fire to reign supreme in the most recent edition of the Sapphire Crown. The daughter of Spring Gun and April’s Legacy had to fight off plenty of challengers throughout the run, but showed plenty of determination to score in 29.67.

    2017 Sapphire Crown results

    May 25, 2017. Sandown Park SGRC First Prize $100,000
    Winner: Maja Mahi Mahi (Spring Gun x April’s Legacy) Born Oct 2013 Black Female
    Owner: Middle Tote Syn. Trainer: Ashlee Terry.
    Time: 29.669. Margins: 0.5 x 2.
    Others in finishing order: Up Hill Jill, Striker Light, Pepper Fire, Flyrite, Princess Pout, Dash Of Rose, Call Me Gee.

  • Narralee scored a tremendous victory in the 2016 running of the Sapphire Crown, giving trainer Steve Creighton his first group 1 win in over 40 years as a trainer. The black bitch began exceptionally from box two and fought off a late challenge by Folio Bale to score by a head on the line.

    2016 Sapphire Crown results

    May 19, 2016. Sandown Park SGRC First Prize $100,000
    Winner: Narralee (Aston Galilee x Prince’s Fay) Born: Jan 2013 Black Bitch
    Owner: Mother and Sons Syn, Trainer: Steve Creighton.
    Time: 29.47. Margins: 0.25 x 3.5.
    Others in finishing order: Folio Bale, Cash In Motion, Mepunga Fame, Star Torana, skate Thin Ice, Shared Equity, Nymeria.

  • The 2015 edition of the race was won by Lamia Bale who gave trainer Steve Collins his first group 1 victory. Owned by Paul Wheeler, the daughter of High Earner and Maple Bale defeated a quality field including Angie Rocks, Elfen Bale and Cosmic Wise, scoring by a head in a fast 29.23.

    2015 Sapphire Crown results

    May 14, 2015. Sandown SGRC First Prize $100,000
    Winner: Lamia Bale (High Earner x Maple Bale). Born: July 2012 Brindle Bitch.
    Owner: Paul Wheeler, Trainer: Steven Collins.
    Time: 29.23. Margins: Head x 5.25.
    Others in finishing order: Angie Rocks, One Dee, Dyna Nico, West on Delly, Elfen Bale, Humming Birdhill, Cosmic Wise.

  • South Australian-owned bitch Oakdale Destiny scored her biggest career win in the 2014 Sapphire Crown for Jeff Britton and Angela Langton. The blue bitch defeated her litter sister and kennel mate Oakdale Flyer by one length at the finish, stopping the clock in 29.92 over the 515m trip.

    2014 Sapphire Crown results

    May 15, 2014. Sandown SGRC. First Prize: $100,000
    Winner: Oakvale Destiny (Vapour Whirl x Foot Luce) Jul 2012 Blue Bitch
    Owner: Nathan Wilson. Trainer: Jeff Britton.
    Winners Time: 29.92. Margins: 1 x 1.25
    Others in finishing order: Oakvale Flyer, Prue Bale, Amadeus Strikes, Te Amo, You Say Goodbye, Hot Dream, Zelemar Fever.

  • Champion bitch Xylia Allen scored a memorable success in the 2013 Classic, the first group 1 victory for the daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bale who would go on to become one of the best chasers of her era. The 2013 field was one of the best assembled in recent years, with Xylia Allen defeating former Wentworth Park track record holder Punch One Out by one length in a slick 29.51.

    2013 Sapphire Crown results

    May 16, 2013. SGRC Sandown Park First Prize: $100,000
    Xylia Allen ( Turanza Bale X Tayah Bale ) April 2011 Black Bitch
    Owner: Janice Wheeler Trainer: Graeme Bate

Group 1 Sapphire Crown – honour roll

Group 1 Sapphire Crown Past Winners
1974 Bristol Sue
1975 Dynamic Dean
1976 Tawny Brad
1977 Overflow Love
1978 Rubin Caine
1979 Monica’s Mist
1980 Worthy Weston
1981 Shamrock Flight
1982 Wynlee Spirit
1983 Rocky Pyramid
1984 Currency Lass
1985 Rembrandt
1986 Sydney Dingaan
1987 Rothwell
1988 Hogan
1989 Super Gun
1990 Ravello
1991 Heza Mullrook
1992 Dashing Eagle
1993 Magnacarter
1994 Stylish Raider
1995 Ben’s Surprise
1996 Sarah’s Deano
1997 Token Prince
1998 Time Framer
1999 Ashlee Jeanine
2000 Dutchy’s Angel
2001 Let It Be
2002 Bye For Now
2003 Bogie Leigh
2004 Paua To Burn
2005 Paua To Burn
2006 Betty’s Angel
2007 Que Sera Sera
2008 Queen Lauryn
2009 Cindeen Shelby
2010 no race held
2011 Amakler Girl
2012 Peggy May
2013 Xylia Allen
2014 Oakdale Destiny
2015 Lamia Bale
2016 Narralee
2017 Maja Mahi Mahi
2018 Elevated
2019 Neo Cleo
2020 Black Opium
2021 Qwara Bale
2022 Wow She’s Fast
2023 ??
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