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Upgrading of Australian proven races
19 Mar 2013 | Australian Racing Board The time honoured Skyline Stakes and the Sweet Embrace Stakes for two-year-olds have been
elevated to Group 2 Level. These races are vital lead ups to the Group 1 Golden Slipper and their  elevation will significantly enhance the robust two-year-old autumn program.

Past winners of the Skyline Stakes include the Golden Slipper winners Dance Hero and Choisir, while  Viscount winner of the Sires Produce and Champagne Stakes also won the Skyline. Other Group1  horses to win the Skyline Stakes in recent years include Manhattan Rain, All American, Casino Prince  and Snitzel.

The Sweet Embrace has seen Golden Slipper winning fillies Crystal Lily and Ha Ha win the race,
while Headway ran a gallant 2nd in the Golden Slipper before going on to be a Group 1 winner herself.

The ARB has approved the recommendations of the Australian Pattern Committee (AusPC) to
upgrade 41 races in all. Seven Group 3 races will be upgraded to Group 2 and thirty-three Listed  Races will be upgraded to Group 3 status.

The Chairman of AusPC Alan Brown commented:

“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 Group 3’s should be more than Group 2’s, and more Group 2’s than Group 1’s, and the  number of Group 3’s should exceed the total combined of Group 2’s and Group 1’s. The new numbers  comply with those guidelines.”

The following races that were ratified by the ARB for Upgrades:

Sweet Embrace Stakes (G3), 1200m, Randwick, NSW Upgraded to G2
Skyline Stakes (G3), 1200m, Randwick, NSW Upgraded to G2
Tranquil Star Stakes (G3), 1400m, Caulfield, VIC Upgraded to G2
Silver Shadow Stakes (G3), 1200m, Warwick Farm, NSW Upgraded to G2
Ian McEwen Trophy (G3), 1000m, Moonee Valley, VIC Upgraded to G2
Rubiton Stakes (G3), 1100m, Caulfield, VIC Upgraded to G2
Millie Fox Stakes (G3), 1300m, Rosehill, NSW Upgraded to G2
Ottawa Stakes (LR), 1000m, Flemington, VIC Upgraded to G3
Keith Mackay Handicap (LR), 1200m, Randwick NSW Upgraded to G3
MRC Chairman’s Stakes (LR), 1100m, Caulfield, VIC Upgraded to G3
Boronia Stakes (LR), 1200m, Caulfield, VIC Upgraded to G3
Ming Dynasty Quality (LR), 1400m, Warwick Farm, NSW Upgraded to G3
Quezette Stakes (LR), 1100m, Caulfield, VIC Upgraded to G3
Manfred Stakes (LR), 1200m, Caulfield, VIC Upgraded to G3
Vain Stakes (LR), 1100m, Caulfield, VIC Upgraded to G3
J H B Carr Stakes (LR), 1400m, Randwick, NSW Upgraded to G3
Typhoon Tracey Stakes (LR), 1200m, Moonee Valley, VIC Upgraded to G3
Zeditave Stakes (LR), 1200m, Moonee Valley, VIC Upgraded to G3
P J Bell Handicap (LR), 1200m, Canterbury, NSW Upgraded to G3
Wenona Girl Handicap (LR), 1200m, Randwick, NSW Upgraded to G3
Kevin Heffernan Stakes (LR), 1300m, Sandown, VIC Upgraded to G3
Angst Quality Handicap (LR), 1500m, Rosehill, NSW Upgraded to G3
Ladies Day Vase (LR), 1600m, Caulfield, VIC Upgraded to G3
The Nivision (LR), 1200m, Randwick, NSW Upgraded to G3
Sheraco Stakes (LR), 1100m, Rosehill, NSW Upgraded to G3
Belle of the Turf Stakes (LR), 1600m, Gosford, NSW Upgraded to G3
Triscay Stakes (LR), 1200m, Rosehill, NSW Upgraded to G3
Tibbie Stakes (LR), 1400m, Newcastle, NSW Upgraded to G3
Wiggle Quality Handicap (LR), 1400, Warwick Farm, NSW Upgraded to G3
Aspiration Quality (LR), 1600, Randwick, NSW Upgraded to G3
Show County Quality (LR), 1200, Warwick Farm, NSW Upgraded to G3
Northwood Plume Stakes (LR), 1200, Caulfield, VIC Upgraded to G3
Begonia Belle Stakes (LR), 1100m, Flemington, VIC Upgraded to G3
Dark Jewel Classic (LR), 1400m, Scone, NSW Upgraded to G3
Toy Show Quality (LR), 1300m, Warwick Farm, NSW Upgraded to G3
The Heath 1100 (LR), 1100m, Caulfield, VIC Upgraded to G3
Sir John Monash Stakes (LR), 1100m, Caulfield, VIC Upgraded to G3
Proud Miss Stakes (LR), 1200m, Morphettville, SA Upgraded to G3
Northerly Stakes (LR), 1400m, Ascot, WA Upgraded to G3
Summoned Stakes (LR), 1500m, Sandown, VIC Upgraded to G3
Lonhro Plate 1100m, Warwick Farm, NSW Upgraded to Listed

Please note that the upgrades will take effect from August 1, 2013.
 
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