The skyline Stakes is a Group 2 race specifically designed for two-year-old colts & geldings. The event takes center stage every March at The Randwick racecourse in Sydney, New south Wales. The race is one of the major events in the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival and 2yos compete over a distance of 1200m distance under set weight conditions. A total of $175, 000 is rolled out in prize money and the 2014’s Skyline Stakes proud winner was Valentia. Mr. Bogart and Modoc settled in second and third respectively. The Skyline Stakes was upgraded from a group 3 race to a group 2 event for the 2013/2014.
The 1200m distance in the Skyline Stakes is a constructive challenge to 2yo colts & geldings and is regarded as the perfect start for 2year olds looking to feature in bigger events in the Sydney Autumn Carnival. The event is held on the same day as Group 3 Sweet Embrace Stakes for fillies. The Skyline Stakes can be used to seek out horses with potential to compete in the Golden Slipper Stakes. Dance Hero back in 2004 was the last 2yo to win the Skyline Stakes and the Golden Slipper Stakes Double.
Some of the best progression races for the Skyline Stakes include the Gr2 Todman Slipper Trial or the Pago Pago Stakes. All these races are run over the same distance and present fairly the same challenges for 2yos. A number of notable fillies have emerged from the Skyline Stakes. One of the outstanding fillies however has to be the Manhattan Rain. After featuring in the Skyline Stakes, the horse would finish third in Gr1 Golden slipper Stakes at Rosehill, on course towards victory in the Gr1 ATC Sires Produce Stakes at The Randwick Racecourse back in 2009. The event is expected to show case a number of gifted fillies in this year’s Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Skyline Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|2013||All The Talk||Octane Flyer||Dothraki||1:09.7|
|2011||Uate||Hot Snitzel||Flight Of Pegasus||1:09.7|
|2009||Manhattan Rain||The Mikado||Romanus||1:10.3|
|2008||All American||Over the Wicket||Dubai To Sydney||1.11.2|
|2006||Casino Prince||Empire’s Choice||My Middi||1.11.1|
|2004||Dance Hero||Fastnet Rock||Econsul||1:10.7|
|2002||Choisir||Emerging Star||Charlie Bub||1:10.3|
|1999||Shogun Lodge||High Rolling||Passmore||1:10.9|
|1996||Excel Pilot||Intergaze||Mushi Mushi||1:11.5|
|1995||Strategic||Our Maizcay||Kidman’s Cove||1:10.1|
|1994||Dr. Zackary||Lord Jim||Marwina||1:10.2|
|1993||Allez Glen||Dancing Dynamite||Calais Boy||1:12.2|
|1991||Big Dreams||Pockets||Top Groom||1:11.2|
|1990||Our Horizon||Prince Of Rory||Leijester||1:12.7|
|1989||Show County||Swinging Minstrel||Gunspeed||1:11.0|
|1988||Star Watch||Pleasant Moment||Iga Ninja||1:10.6|