Theo Marks Stakes


Date: Saturday 12th September 2015
Track: Rosehill racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1300 metres
Race Type: Quality Handicap
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $200,000
2014 Winner: Cluster

The Theo Marks Stakes is one of the exciting Group 2 races in the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. The event is a quality handicap designed for 3 year old horses or above and is run over a sprint distance of 1300M. The Theo Marks Stakes has established a proud history in Australian horse racing. The event has always elicited great and exiting racing and even last year, it wasn’t any different.

In the end, Riva De Lago won the race ahead of Solzhenitsyn and Your Honor who both finished in second and third respectively in what was arguably the most thrilling Group 2 race of the 2013 Spring Carnival in Sydney. The Theo Marks Stakes takes center stage in September of every year at the Rosehill Race course and is worth a remarkable $200,000 in prize money.

The race was renamed from the Sebring Stakes and is lined up on the same day with a number of great races that include the big money $ 1 Million Golden Rose and the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes. The best lead build up for the race is the Group 3 Concorde Stakes and Horses that do well in the event can also consider running in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap and the Group 2 Shannon Stakes. A number of outstanding horses have featured in the Theo Marks Stakes.

Notably, Racing to Win back in 2006 recorded an easy victory in the Theo Marks Stakes on course towards victory in the Epsom Handicap. The horse would then return to claim a second Theo Marks Stakes title in 2009. Other quality winners in the race have also included Shogun Lodge in 2001, More Joyous back in 2010, and Adam in 1999. The Theo Marks Stakes has remained one of the most classic races in the Sydney Spring racing Carnival and is expected to feature as one of the major and popular event in this year’s Spring Carnival.

Theo Marks Stakes recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2014 Cluster Bull Point Ninth Legion 1:23.2
2013 Riva De Lago Solzhenitsyn Your Honour 1:21.6
2012 Ambidexter Fat Al Dystopia 1:22.2
2011 Master Of Design Torio’s Quest Fast Clip 1:16.7
2010 More Joyous Rothesay Drumbeats 1:22.1
2009 Racing To Win Rock Kingdom Triple Honour 1:22.1
2008 Hurried Choice Forensics Ice Chariot 1:17.1
2007 Race Not Run
2006 Racing To Win New Edge Regal Cheer 1:16.5
2005 Paratroopers Perfect Promise Outback Prince 1:16.8
2004 Falkirk Grand Armee Private Steer 1:17.7
2003 Fiery Venture Grand Armee Osca Warrior 1:16.3
2002 Defier Phoenix Park Carael Boy 1:15.7
2001 Shogun Lodge Fouardee Belle Du Jour 1:16.8
2000 Hire Landsighting Shogun Lodge 1:17.1
1999 Adam Sunline Al Mansour 1:15.4
1998 Pleasure Giver Tycoon Lil Blazing Steel 1:15.8
1997 Catalan Opening Apple Danish King Ivor 1:15.7
1996 Mamzelle Pedrille All Our Mob The Golden Greek 1:17.1
1995 Ivory’s Irish Flight To Fantasy Danewin 1:15.7
1994 Rouslan Committal Dancing Dynamite 1:17.7
1993 Double Your Bet Deposition Belas Knap 1:16.3
1992 Final Card Kinjite Top Comedian 1:17.7
1991 Joanne With Me Final Card 1:15.5
1990 Alquoz Show County West Dancer 1:15.1
1989 From The Planet Mystical Prince Dieu D’or 1:16.6
1988 Targlish Robian Steel Lunch On Sunday 1:16.2