Sky High Stakes 2022

Saturday February 12, 2022

Ladbrokes Tip: The Sky High Stakes can serve as a credible lead-up into the Group 1 Tancred Stakes

The Group 3 Sky High Stakes is a lucrative $350,000 event taking place at Rosehill Gardens in mid-March during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

A key support act on the Coolmore Classic Day card, the event is open to three-year-olds and above and since 2016 has been contested at set weights plus penalties having originally been a quality handicap race.

The Sky High Stakes was first conducted in 1989 and gained Group 3 status in 2014.

The race is named in honour of 1960 Golden Slipper Stakes champion Sky High who won an incredible 16 Group 1 races before heading to stud.

The Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) is a potential autumn target for the better horses out of the Sky High Stakes and Hartnell (2015) is the last to do the double.

The latest edition of the Sky High Stakes ran on Saturday February 12, 2022 as part of Coolmore Classic Day at Rosehill and was won by Stockman ($4.80).

Sky High Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday February 12, 2022
  • Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
  • Distance: 2000m
  • Conditions: 3YOs & Upwards – Set Weights + Penalties
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $350,000
  • First Run: 1989

2022 Sky High Stakes Results

The complete Sky High Stakes 2022 Results & Finishing Order will be published right here once the race is run on Saturday February 12, 2022.

  • 1st: #5 Stockman ($4.80)
  • 2nd: #3 Mount Popa
  • 3rd: #1 Great House

Sky High Stakes Betting

Sky High Stakes odds favour the better performed staying types with experience in higher grade races and those with a strong 2000m distance record. 

The Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) held the month before at Randwick has been a strong recent guide to the Sky High Stakes with Toffee Tongue (8th in 2021) and Stockman (10th in 2022) the last Sky High winners to come out of the event. 

Sky High Stakes betting opens after the field of final acceptances is released the Wednesday before the race.

Master Of Wine ($2.20 in 2020) was the last favourite in Sky High Stakes betting to win. 

2022 Sky High Stakes Odds

Our top Sky High Stakes 2022 betting odds on the hopeful gallopers will be available right here the week of the race so bookmark this page for the best autumn racing markets.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Sky High Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

Sky High Stakes Field

The Sky High Stakes field attracts a line-up of promising autumn staying types, many that are down in grade off a Group 1 or 2 campaign.

The better horses out of the Sky High Stakes field will go on to run in races including the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) the following Saturday, the Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) over the mile and a half at the end of March and even Randwick’s Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) during ‘The Championships’. 

Country Tyrone (2006) was the last stayer to complete the Sky High Stakes – Sydney Cup double

Sky High Stakes Winners (Toffee Tongue) | Photo: Steve Hart | Ladbrokes

2021 Sky High Stakes winner Toffee Tongue. Photo: Steve Hart.

Sky High Stakes nominations close the Monday before the race with the final field and barriers out on the Wednesday.

2022 Sky High Stakes Field

The official Sky High Stakes 2022 field and barrier draw will be released by Racing NSW on Wednesday March 9, 2022  and published below so bookmark this page to see what gallopers make the cut in the Group 1 lead-up.

The 2022 Sky High Stakes final field features 10 potential Group 1-bound staying types including the rails-drawn top-weight Great House coming off a fourth in the Parramatta Cup and the Paul Perry-trained Sky Lab who won fresh at the track last start. 


  • #6 Torrens (10)
  • #7 Toomuchtobear (7)
  • #8 Alakahan (2)

2022 Sky High Stakes Nominations

The early Sky High Stakes 2022 nominations are taken the Monday ahead of Coolmore Classic Day and will be available below once confirmed. 

David Payne’s The Metropolitan winning mare from the spring, Montefilia, headlines the 2022 Sky High Stakes nominations for this weekend in Sydney. 

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 345x3214x7 MONTEFILIA M 4 David Payne 1 57.5kg     110
2 27515510×4 GREAT HOUSE (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 2= 55.5kg     104
3 50217x200x SPIRIT RIDGE (GB) G 7 Mark Newnham 2= 55.5kg     104
4 15x1682x52 YONKERS (USA) G 6 Chris Waller 4= 56.5kg     103
5 x211x088x9 MOUNT POPA (IRE) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 4= 55kg     103
6 20x92029x1 SKY LAB G 4 Paul Perry 4= 55kg     103
7 8850×38112 HO HO KHAN (NZ) H 7 Mitchell Freedman 7 55.5kg     102
8 538x2500x3 ANGEL OF TRUTH G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 8 55kg     101
9 311x0244x0 STOCKMAN (NZ) G 5 Joseph Pride 9 55kg     100
10 701091811x TORRENS H 5 Marc Chevalier 10 55kg     98
11 8x2242x6x0 MAXIMAL (GB) H 4 John O’Shea 11 55kg     96
12 233×091425 PARRY SOUND G 6 Bjorn Baker 12 55.5kg     95
13 x877247x87 SIKANDARABAD (IRE) G 9 Sam Kavanagh 13 55kg     91
14 21171×1213 TOOMUCHTOBEAR (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 14 55kg     88
15 732110x07x ALAKAHAN (IRE) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman 15= 55kg     86
16 2021x3x800 FIRST IN LINE (GB) G 6 Matthew Smith 15= 55kg     86
17 6173365×90 KISS THE BRIDE (NZ) G 6 Bjorn Baker 15= 55kg     86
18 00611529×8 SAVVY VALENTINO (NZ) G 5 Bjorn Baker 15= 55kg     86
19 x0x10x8x83 LE BAOL (FR) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 19 55kg     85
20 91x211x1 SUREFIRE (GB) H 4 Chris Waller 20 55kg     84

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Sky High Stakes Tips

Looking for classy performers with a strong Rosehill strike-rate, those proven over 2000m and Group 1 graduates in lead-up Sydney races are key Sky High Stakes tips.

Avoiding the mares is another good Sky High Stakes betting tip as Toffee Tongue (2021) was the first female galloper to beat home the boys in the race since 2011. 

Since 2008, 7 of the 14 Sky High Stakes winners were four-year-olds so looking for in-form runners at that age can prove profitable in betting. 

2022 Sky High Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Sky High Stakes 2022 betting tips and exotic Group 3 racing selections will be detailed below soon after the field is out so stay tuned for the runners to get behind in the Coolmore Classic Day race this autumn.

  • To Win: #1 Great House ($5 at time of publish) 

Wide open edition of the Sky High and second-up at set weights + penalties, Great House looks a huge chance to return to winning form. Presents fitter off his eye-catching return when the Chris Waller-trained Galileo five-year-old ran fourth in the Parramatta Cup at this track over 1900m. The 2000m suits and has class, proven by the Group 3 Lexus Stakes win in the spring. Made the Melbourne Cup line-up but didn’t feature when 13th. This is a far easier assignment and still at a nice price. 

Sky High Stakes Form Guide

The Sky High Stakes form guide details all of the key information punters need including saddlecloth numbers, jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up form.

The Sky High Stakes form guide has gone on to stack-up in plenty of Group 1 races over the years including in 2021 with the winner Toffee Tongue running second next-up in the Tancred Stakes results and second again in that winter’s Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) behind Zaaki. 

2022 Sky High Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Sky High Stakes 2022 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Sky High Stakes Results

Group 1 performers and those at single-figure odds have dominated the Sky High Stakes results in recent years. 

Notable recent Sky High Stakes winners include: subsequent Sydney Cup champion County Tyrone (2006), Hartnell (2015), Tavago (2017) and Toffee Tongue (2021).

Sky High Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2022 Sky High Stakes 1st Stockman 2 minutes 05.20 seconds
2nd Mount Popa
3rd Great House
2021 Sky High Stakes 1st Toffee Tongue 2 minutes 01.03 seconds
2nd Spirit Ridge
3rd Mirage Dancer
2020 Sky High Stakes 1st Master Of Wine 2 minutes 11.45 seconds
2nd Mustajeer
3rd Carif
2019 Sky High Stakes 1st Red Cardinal 2 minutes 8.37 seconds
2nd Rodrico
3rd Goathland
2018 Sky High Stakes 1st Auvray 2 minutes 3.72 seconds
2nd Libran
3rd Mackintosh
2017 Sky High Stakes 1st Tavago 2 minutes 3.8 seconds
2nd Antonio Giuseppe
3rd Allergic
2016 Sky High Stakes 1st Sir John Hawkwood 2 minutes 3.2 seconds
2nd Messene
3rd Who Shot Thebarman
2015 Sky High Stakes 1st Hartnell 2 minutes 2.6 seconds
2nd Opinion
3rd Hawkspur
2014 Sky High Stakes 1st Entirely Platinum 1 minute 55.7 seconds
2nd Midsummer Sun
3rd Desert Jeuney
2013 Sky High Stakes 1st Julienas 1 minute 56 seconds
2nd Lunayir
3rd Le Roi
2012 Sky High Stakes 1st Single 1 minute 56 seconds
2nd Southern Skye
3rd Flumicino
2011 Sky High Stakes 1st Older Than Time 1 minute 59.10 seconds
2nd Luen Yat Forever
3rd Syreon
2010 Sky High Stakes 1st Bellagio Wynn 1 minute 56.94 seconds
2nd Hadaaf
3rd Cousin Wal
2009 Sky High Stakes 1st Kettledrum 1 minute 56.76 seconds
2nd Brave Lancer
3rd Twin Wing
2008 Sky High Stakes 1st Nuclear Sky 1 minute 56.23 seconds
2nd Musket
3rd Bundoran Breeze
2007 Sky High Stakes 1st Coalesce 1 minute 57. 22 seconds
2nd Grand Zulu
3rd Prince Of Midnight
2006 Sky High Stakes 1st County Tyrone 1 minute 58.93 seconds
2nd No Wine No Song
3rd October Son
2005 Sky High Stakes 1st Seul Amour 1 minute 57.31 seconds
2nd Sunday Service
3rd Havana Wind
2004 Sky High Stakes 1st Daniel’s The Man 1 minute 56.12 seconds
2nd County Tyrone
3rd Striking Victory
2003 Sky High Stakes 1st National Treasure 1 minute 55.7 seconds
2nd Natural Blitz
3rd County Tyrone
2002 Sky High Stakes 1st Restless 1 minute 56.09 seconds
2nd Grampians
3rd Spirit Of Westbury
2001 Sky High Stakes 1st Bello Signor 1 minute 54.05 seconds
2nd The Druidess
3rd Cheverny
2000 Sky High Stakes 1st Spysept 1 minute 59.13 seconds
2nd Bombast
3rd Yippyio