The Skyline Stakes

Date: Saturday 28th February 2015
Track: Randwick racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1200 metres
Race Type: 2yo C&G – Set Weights
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $175,000
2014 Winner: Valentia

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

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2014 Valentia Mr Bogart Modoc 1:11.4
2013 All The Talk Octane Flyer Dothraki 1:09.7
2012 Ashokan Raceway Collect 1:10.9
2011 Uate Hot Snitzel Flight Of Pegasus 1:09.7
2010 Hinchinbrook Brightexpectations Pressday 1:08.8
2009 Manhattan Rain The Mikado Romanus 1:10.3
2008 All American Over the Wicket Dubai To Sydney 1.11.2
2007 Murtajill Husson Lightning Pistols 1.09.6
2006 Casino Prince Empire’s Choice My Middi 1.11.1
2005 Snitzel Stratum Paratroopers 1:10.0
2004 Dance Hero Fastnet Rock Econsul 1:10.7
2003 Kusi Face Value Resistor 1:10.0
2002 Choisir Emerging Star Charlie Bub 1:10.3
2001 Viscount Excellerator Shags 1:10.3
2000 Kootoomootoo Assertive Lad Veteran 1:11.8
1999 Shogun Lodge High Rolling Passmore 1:10.9
1998 Prowl Spend Arena 1:09.8
1997 Guineas Encounter Special Dane 1:09.8
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
1992 Kenfair Sublimate Le Masque 1:10.4
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