Skyline Stakes 2020

Saturday February 29, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: The Skyline Stakes is a traditional lead-up to the Golden Slipper Stakes

The Skyline Stakes is one of a number of Group 2 support races run on Chipping Norton Stakes Day at Randwick Racecourse on a Saturday in late February during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival on Chipping Norton Stakes Day.

Worth $200,000 in total prize money the Skyline Stakes winner takes out $110,000 in stakes for connections, which is the same for the fillies’ equivalent with the Sweet Embrace Stakes held on the same day.

The Skyline Stakes winner is also exempt from ballot from the coveted Group 1 $3.5 million Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) held at Rosehill the following month. The last two-year-old to complete the Skyline Stakes – Golden Slipper Stakes double was Dance Hero (2004).

The latest edition of the Skyline Stakes took place on Saturday February 29, 2020 and saw the John Thompson-trained Mamaragan win the Golden Slipper ballot exemption on debut. 

Skyline Stakes Race Facts

  • Date: Saturday February 29, 2020
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: 2YO Colts & Geldings – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1979

2020 Skyline Stakes Results

The full Skyline Stakes 2020 Results & Finishing Order will be known on Saturday February 29, 2020 and announced below.

  • 1st: #9 Mamaragan
  • 2nd: #5 Osamu
  • 3rd: #2 Aim

It was two $19 roughies first and second over the line in the Skyline Stakes 2020 results with debutant Mamargan getting a ballot free ride into the Golden Slipper field with his powerful win over $1.7 million buy Osamu.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 9 MAMARAGAN John Thompson Blake Shinn 7 55.5kg $19
2 5 OSAMU Chris Waller James McDonald 1.3L 8 55.5kg $19
3 2 AIM Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 2.1L 2 55.5kg $4.80
4 3 POSTCODE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 2.9L 5 55.5kg $13
5 8 ARGENTEUS Peter & Paul Snowden Ben Melham 3.1L 1 55.5kg $6.50
6 1 PRAGUE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Tommy Berry 3.2L 3 55.5kg $2.60F
7 6 TOMMY GOLD (NZ) John O’Shea Joshua Parr 4.2L 4 55.5kg $9
8 4 MISSION RIVER Gerald Ryan Hugh Bowman 5.6L 6 55.5kg $8.50
9 7 GORSHIN Anthony Cummings Jean Van Overmeire (a) 11.8L 9 55.5kg $81

Skyline Stakes Betting

Skyline Stakes betting is usually led by promising two-year-old gallopers coming off good lead-up runs in Sydney. Recent last start winners to salute in the Skyline Stakes include Microphone (2019) who came off a Talindert Stakes success in Melbourne, Santos (2018) who was odds-on favourite, Exosphere (2015), Valentina (2014) and Uate (2011).

The Skyline Stakes is also a lead-up to the Golden Slipper Stakes and so looking for value in the early Group 1 racing markets based on the results of this lead-up is a nice tip.

There was an upset in the 2020 edition of the Slipper lead-up with Mamaragan winning on debut as a $19 outsider in Skyline Stakes betting.

2020 Skyline Stakes Odds

The latest Skyline Stakes 2020 betting odds will be available below the week of the race so stay tuned for the best Randwick racing markets on the Golden Slipper Stakes lead-up this autumn.

Skyline Stakes Field

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Exopshere (2015) won the Skyline Stakes as a two-year-old before returning later that year to win the Golden Rose Stakes. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

The Skyline Stakes field attracts a collection of the season’s most promising two-year-old colts and geldings that are heading towards a run in the world’s richest race for juveniles, the Golden Slipper Stakes.

Skyline Stakes runners may back-up only a week later in the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m), however youngsters usually contest one or the other leading into the Golden Slipper. Another possible race for Skyline Stakes graduates each year is the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) run at Rosehill on Coolmore Classic Day.

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

2020 Skyline Stakes Field

The official Skyline Stakes 2020 field and barrier draw for the two-year-olds’ clash on Chipping Norton Stakes Day will be published below once released the Wednesday of race week so stay tuned.

Last start Canonbury Stakes winner Prague leads the nine-horse 2020 Skyline Stakes final field tipped to remain undefeated with his third career win.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 11 PRAGUE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Tommy Berry 3 55.5kg
2 118 AIM Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 2 55.5kg
3 22x POSTCODE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 5 55.5kg
4 22 MISSION RIVER Gerald Ryan Hugh Bowman 6 55.5kg
5 27 OSAMU Chris Waller James McDonald 8 55.5kg
6 4×2 TOMMY GOLD (NZ) John O’Shea Joshua Parr 4 55.5kg
7 64 GORSHIN Anthony Cummings Jean Van Overmeire (a) 9 55.5kg
8 ARGENTEUS Peter & Paul Snowden Ben Melham 1 55.5kg
9 MAMARAGAN John Thompson Blake Shinn 7 55.5kg

Skyline Stakes Tips

Skyline Stakes tips favour those two-year-olds coming off good lead-up runs in Sydney showing good speed over 1200m. Upsets are uncommon in the race and horses paying under $10 make the best Skyline Stakes tips.

Many youngsters are stepping up from 1100m to 1200m for the first time, so the ability to run out that extra 100m early in their career is essential.

2020 Skyline Stakes Tips

The insider Ladbrokes’ Skyline Stakes 2020 tips will be found below the week of the race to sort the best from the rest in the official Golden Slipper Stakes lead-up.

Skyline Stakes Form Guide

The Skyline Stakes form guide lists everything from the jockeys and trainers to the barriers for all the runners in the field.

The Skyline Stakes form has stacked up in better autumn features in recent years including in 2011 when the winner Uate went on to run second to Helmet in the Group 1 Inglis Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) next start.

In 2015 Exosphere won the Skyline Stakes before coming back in the spring to win that year’s Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m). Back in 2009 Manhattan Rain backed up from his Skyline Stakes win to finish a brave third to Phelan Ready in the Golden Slipper Stakes.

More recently Microphone completed the Skyline Stakes – ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes double with a Golden Slipper second in between.

2020 Skyline Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Skyline Stakes 2020 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Skyline Stakes Results

Favourites and single-figure fancies have a strong record in the Skyline Stakes results over the past decade. The race is traditionally run by a quality youngster and many subsequent stallions have taken it out.

Notable recent Skyline Stakes winners include Microphone (2019), All The Talk (2013), Hinchinbrook (2010), Manhattan Rain (2009), Snitzel (2005) and Choisir (2002).

Skyline Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Mamaragan Osamu Aim 1:09.52
2019 Microphone Cosmic Force Castelvecchio 1:09.33
2018 Santos Spin Legend Of Condor 1:11.15
2017 Diamond Tathagata Coruscate Single Bullet 1:14.22
2016 Good Standing Lionhearted Souchez 1:09.0
2015 Exosphere Odyssey Moon Wolf Cry 1:10.6
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