Sydney Stakes 2021

Saturday October 16th, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: The Sydney Stakes serves as a nice consolation race for sprinters that didn’t make The Everest field.

The Sydney Stakes is a Group 3 race run at Randwick Racecourse on a Saturday in mid-October as part of The Everest Day.

The meeting is headlined by the world’s richest turf race – the $15 million The Everest (1200m) – with the Sydney Stakes one of the key support races along with The Kosciuszko and Group 3 $750,000 Craven Plate (2000m).

Open to horses aged three-years-old and above, the Sydney Stakes is contested over 1200m at weight-for-age and offers a lucrative $500,000 in prize money.

It is considered the consolation prize for sprinters that did not gain one of the 12 slots in The Everest field and runners in the Sydney Stakes field may also be named as one of the six The Everest emergencies.

Should there be a scratching from the original line-up of The Everest horses, any emergency accepted for the Sydney Stakes must run in the $15 million feature.

Run and won since 1968, the race has only held Group 3 status since since 2018.

Formerly known as the Lighting Stakes, it was renamed the Sydney Stakes in 2017 in line with the inaugural running of The Everest.

This season the 2021 Sydney Stakes ran on Saturday October 16th, 2021 and was won by the Mark Newnham-trained favourite Big Parade ($2.40). 

2021 Sydney Stakes Results

The official Sydney Stakes 2021 Results & Finishing Order will be provided below once the race is run and won on Saturday October 16th, 2021.

  • 1st: #5 Big Parade
  • 2nd: #3 Standout
  • 3rd: #6 Prime Candidate

Sydney Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 16th, 2021
  • Track: Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $500,000
  • First Run: 1968

Sydney Stakes Betting

Sydney Stakes betting markets are led by the season’s best performing sprinters, especially those that were aiming for a run in The Everest field but did not earn a slot.

Any horses that run well in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) on Epsom Handicap Day are usually also installed at short Sydney Stakes odds should they be in the field.

Big Parade ($2.40 in 2021) was the last favourite in Sydney Stakes betting to get the job done.

2021 Sydney Stakes Odds

The season’s top Sydney Stakes 2021 odds and betting market links will be available below as soon as open.

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

Sydney Stakes Field

The Sydney Stakes field features a quality line-up of sprinters from mainly the local Sydney stables coming off lead-up runs in similar grade races over the spring.

The best horses out of the Sydney Stakes field may continue onto the $1 million Winners Stakes at Rosehill on Golden Eagle Day, a race renamed in honour each year in honour of the previous season’s The Everest winner.

The Sydney Stakes final acceptances are released on the Wednesday of race week following the early nominations taken the Monday leading-up to The Everest Day.

2021 Sydney Stakes Field

The official Sydney Stakes 2021 field and barriers will be published in full below once final acceptances are taken by Racing NSW on the Wednesday of race week.

A smart line-up of sprinters do battle in the 2021 Sydney Stakes field with Big Parade the favourite after a last start win at the track and distance carrying more weight.

2021 Sydney Stakes Nominations

The early Sydney Stakes 2021 Nominations are taken the Monday prior to the race and will be published below once confirmed.

Last 10HorseSexAgeTrainerHcp Rating
11x6131x131BIG PARADEG5Mark Newnham101
22355×12715CHATG5John Thompson103
330x177x223EMBRACERG6Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott102
422x19168x5ENCHANTED HEARTM5Kris Lees97
5129x55x125FITUESEM5John Thompson103
6195x60424xFLAT HEAVEN (FR)G7Bjorn Baker81
71x27311x32GRAVINAH4James Cummings82
8381x6602x1KEMENTARIG7James Cummings109
9215x16233xLUVOIRG5Richard & Michael Freedman86
10260x634x86MADAM ROUGEM6Chris Waller105
1115149x60x3PRIME CANDIDATEG7Bjorn Baker94
1216x11x0x41QUANTICOG5John O’Shea78
13111x5574x4ROCKETING BYH4Matthew Dunn94
1400x735220xRUBISAKIM5Patrick Payne98
15730x15433xSIGNORE FOXH6Peter & Paul Snowden105
165025x009x9SPECIAL REWARDG6Kris Lees99
175528x00x62STANDOUTH5Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou104
1871x11xVALIANTG6Steven Wise70
1922x144509xWHEELHOUSEG4Chris Waller85

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Sydney Stakes Tips

Top Sydney Stakes tips include looking for proven weight-for-age horses, runners with a strong Randwick record and any standout sprinters down in grade off a lead-up Group 1 run earlier during the carnival.

2021 Sydney Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Sydney Stakes 2021 betting tips and Randwick racing selections will be detailed below the week of the race so bookmark this page for the stayers to back and sack in The Everest consolation race this spring.

  • To Win: #2  Signore Fox ($4.60 at time of publish)

Sticking with Signore Fox to win the Sydney Stakes first-up with J Mac aboard. The Snowden’s galloper has a 50% winning strike-rate first-up and has decent form in the wet. Dual Group 1 placegetter in Brisbane in the winter and can frank that form on Saturday. Wider draw will suit with the conditions.

Sydney Stakes Form Guide

The Sydney Stakes form guide features all the info punters need to place a well-informed wager on the 1200m showdown including the saddlecloth number, barrier, trainer and jockey of all the runners in the field.

2021 Sydney Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Sydney Stakes 2021 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Sydney Stakes Results

The Sydney Stakes results and finishing order are announced on The Everest Day, the same day Melbourne hosts its Caulfield Cup Day card.

As well as the Sydney Stakes winner, successful trifecta and first four you can also see the starting price and margin of all the runners as well as any scratched horses that may have been called-up to run as an emergency in The Everest race.

Some of the most famous Sydney Stakes winners include: Shogun Lodge (2003), two-time champion Famous Seamus (2012-13), In Her Time (2017) and Pierata (2018).

Sydney Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2021 Sydney Stakes 1st Big Parade 1 minute 09.51 seconds
2nd Standout
3rd Prime Candidate
2020 Sydney Stakes 1st Trumbull 1 minute 09.79 seconds
2nd Standout
3rd Singore Fox
2019 Sydney Stakes 1st Deprive 1 minute 08.62 seconds
2nd Champagne Cuddles
3rd Brutal
2018 Sydney Stakes 1st Pierta 1 minute 10.82 seconds
2nd Jungle Edge
3rd Clearly Innocent
2017 Sydney Stakes 1st In Her Time 1 minute 8.26 seconds
2nd Impending
3rd Ball Of Muscle
2016 Sydney Stakes 1st Spieth 1 minute 3.24 seconds
2nd Kaepernick
3rd Le Cordon Bleu
2015 Sydney Stakes 1st Dothraki 1 minute 2.44 seconds
2nd That’s A Good Idea
3rd Artlee
2014 Sydney Stakes 1st Deep Field 1 minute 3.39 seconds
2nd That’s A Good Idea
3rd Shamalia
2013 Sydney Stakes 1st Famous Seamus 1 minute 3.52 seconds
2nd Ichihara
3rd Rarefield
2012 Sydney Stakes 1st Famous Seamus 1 minute 1.96 seconds (R)
2nd Too Many Reds
3rd Zaratone
2011 Sydney Stakes 1st Title 1 minute 4.59 seconds
2nd Rarefield
3rd Midnight At Ascot
2010 Sydney Stakes 1st Whitefriars 1 minute 2.22 seconds (R)
2nd De Lightning Ridge
3rd Cardinal Virtue
2009 Sydney Stakes 1st News Alert 1 minute 2.77 seconds
2nd Black Prince
3rd Wasted Emotions