Lost And Running proved his worth. Could that happen again in the 2023 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday?
2023 SOUTHERN CROSS STAKES - RACE HISTORY AND BACKGROUND
The Southern Cross Stakes is a Group 3 race for open sprinters conducted by the Australian Turf Club at Randwick.
The Southern Cross Stakes was first run in 1940 and was won by Gold Rod.
The Southern Cross Stakes is run over 1200m under Quality handicap conditions.
It was worth $200,000 in 2023. It was a Listed race until 1989 when upgraded to G3.
It has always been run at the 1200m but all four metro tracks have held the race at any one time for varying reasons.
The Southern Cross Stakes is registered as the Frederick Clissold Stakes.
After winning the Caulfield Stakes and Mackinnon Stakes with a failure in the Cox Plate in between when knocked over, Danewin won this first up under 60kg.
Le Romain stepped up to win the Canterbury Stakes after winning in 2017.
Only mares to win in the last 20 years are No Evidence Needed, Sister Madly and Eckstein.
Masked Crusader won a William Reid Stakes and was runner up in The Everest in the 12 months that followed.
Lost And Running came back from his Everest campaign to win this race first up.
Notable winners of the Southern Cross Stakes include San Domenico (1950), Evening Peal (1956), Roman Consul (1969), Gunsynd (1972), Hartshill (1976), Scomeld (1979), Ubetido (1982), Avon Angel (1986), Wong (1988), Comrade (1990), Joanne (1991), Big Dreams (1993), Danewin (1996), Secret Savings (1997), Terravista (2014), Le Romain (2017), Masked Crusader (2021) and Lost And Running (2022).
The 2022 Southern Cross Stakes was won by Lost And Running from Overpass and Standout.