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
|2014||Cluster||Bull Point||Ninth Legion||1:23.2|
|2013||Riva De Lago||Solzhenitsyn||Your Honour||1:21.6|
|2011||Master Of Design||Torio’s Quest||Fast Clip||1:16.7|
|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|
|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|
|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|