Theo Marks Stakes 2020

Saturday September 12, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: The Theo Marks Stakes is a good lead-up to the Epsom Handicap Trifecta.

The Theo Marks Stakes is a Group 2 race held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on Run To The Rose Day in September during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. Contested on the same day as the Group 2 The Run To The Rose for Group 1 Golden Rose-bound three-year-olds, the Theo Marks race is open to horses aged three-years-old and over and is run under quality handicap conditions over 1300m.

Offering a total of $200,000 in prize money, the race makes a nice lead-up to tougher spring features like the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick the following month. The last horse to complete the Theo Marks Stakes – Epsom Handicap double in a single season was Winx (2015).

Many horses also now use the Theo Marks Stakes as a lead-up to the world’s richest race on turf – the $15 million The Everest (1400m) at Randwick in October.

This year the Theo Marks Stakes ran on Saturday September 12, 2020 and was won by Wild Planet for Hawkes Racing.

2020 Theo Marks Stakes Results

The official Theo Marks Stakes 2020 results and race finishing order will be known and published below when the event takes place on Saturday September 12, 2020.

  • 1st: #6 Wild Planet
  • 2nd: #5 Funstar
  • 3rd: #4 Ranier

The Hawkes Racing-trained Wild Planet ($5.50) continued his consistent career performances with a deserving win over Chris Waller’s beaten favourite Funstar ($3.90) in the 2020 Theo Marks Stakes results ahead of their rematch in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 6 WILD PLANET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 4 54kg $5.50
2 5 FUNSTAR Chris Waller James McDonald 0.4L 5 55kg $3.90F
3 4 RANIER James Cummings Jason Collett 1.4L 8 56kg $12
4 3 SPECIAL REWARD Kris Lees Nash Rawiller 1.6L 6 57kg $4.20
5 9 DUCA VALENTINOIS (IRE) James Cummings Ms Rachel King 2.2L 2 53.5kg $61
6 10 SIGNORE FOX Peter & Paul Snowden Jeff Penza 2.5L 7 53kg $16
7 8 FENDER Brett Cavanough Jean Van Overmeire (a) 2.7L 11 54kg $21
8 1 TYZONE Toby & Trent Edmonds Jim Byrne 3.1L 3 58.5kg $19
9 11 RIODINI (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 4L 9 53kg $9.50
10 2 NICCANOVA Craig Carmody Regan Bayliss 5.1L 1 57.5kg $14
11 7 CRACK ON CRACK ON (GB) Gary & John Moore Glen Boss 10.8L 10 54kg $26

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Theo Marks Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday September 12, 2020
  • Track: Rosehill Gardens
  • Distance: 1300m
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1946

Theo Marks Stakes Betting

The Theo Marks Stakes betting markets are usually led by horses that ran well at Rosehill the start before in a race like the Show Country Quality, or first-up performers that have a strong fresh record.

While favourites in the Theo Marks Stakes odds have a strong recent record notable upsets include Riva De Lago ($11 in 2013) and Master Of Design ($13 in 2011).

Arcadia Queen ($1.95 in 2019) was the last favourite in Theo Marks Stakes betting to get the job done for the punters.

2020 Theo Marks Stakes Odds

Our market links to the spring’s top Theo Marks Stakes 2020 odds will be provided below once betting on the Group 1 lead-up at Rosehill opens.


Theo Marks Stakes Field

The Theo Marks Stakes field features a line-up of strong spring types, many heading towards Group 1 runs in Sydney later during the carnival.

Horses may contest the Theo Marks Stakes first-up, or come off an earlier run in a race like the Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) at Randwick the month before. In 2017 Deploy completed the Show County Quality – Theo Marks Stakes double.

After running in the Theo Marks Stakes horses usually head towards a run in the Epsom Handicap via a race like the Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m) a fortnight later. In 2014 Ninth Legion ran third in the Theo Marks and Shannon Stakes before an Epsom Handicap fourth to He’s Your Man. That same year Bull Point ran third in the Show County and second in the Theo Marks before heading to Melbourne where he finished third in Caulfield’s Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m).

In 2013 Solzhenitsyn was runner-up to Riva De Lago in the Theo Marks Stakes before a third in the Sir Rupert Clarke and a win in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m). The 2011 Theo Marks Stakes winner Master Of Design also ran third in that year’s Sir Rupert in Melbourne next start.

Before Winx (2015) who completed the Theo Marks – Epsom double, the best result of a Theo Marks winner in the Epsom Handicap was Ambidexter (2nd) in 2012.

2020 Theo Marks Stakes Field

The official Theo Marks Stakes 2020 field of potential The Everest or Epsom Handicap horses is announced the Wednesday leading-up to the race, the full line-up to be published below.

The 2020 Theo Marks Stakes final field features 11 runners including Chris Waller’s Group 1 winner Funstar, the undefeated Fender and the in-form Kris Lees-trained Special Reward.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 6436x7751x TYZONE Toby & Trent Edmonds Jim Byrne 3 58.5kg 109
2 1412×23226 NICCANOVA Craig Carmody Regan Bayliss 1 57.5kg 107
3 1x56x211x3 SPECIAL REWARD Kris Lees Nash Rawiller 6 57kg 106
4 04210x115x RANIER James Cummings Jason Collett 8 56kg 104
5 211x2142x6 FUNSTAR Chris Waller James McDonald 5 55kg 106
6 231x7410x8 WILD PLANET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 4 54kg 98
7 11012x043x CRACK ON CRACK ON (GB) Gary & John Moore Glen Boss 10 54kg 96
8 111×1 FENDER Brett Cavanough Jean Van Overmeire (a) 11 54kg 73
9 21850x686x DUCA VALENTINOIS (IRE) James Cummings Ms Rachel King 2 53.5kg 99
10 1515×08014 SIGNORE FOX Peter & Paul Snowden Jeff Penza 7 53kg 98
11 1x11123x RIODINI (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 9 53kg 96

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Theo Marks Stakes Nominations

Early nominations for the Theo Marks Stakes 2020 race on Run To The Rose Day close on the Monday of race week and will be published right here.

Last year’s winning trainer Chris Waller has six of the 19 Theo Marks Stakes 2020 nominations in his hunt for a fifth win in the event led by Funstar, Imaging and his first-up Group 1 Winx Stakes runner-up Star Of The Seas.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 11012x043x CRACK ON CRACK ON (GB) G 6 Gary & John Moore
2 21850x686x DUCA VALENTINOIS (IRE) G 9 James Cummings 99
3 111×1 FENDER G 4 Brett Cavanough 73
4 14x1602x29 FLIT M 4 James Cummings 106
5 211x2142x6 FUNSTAR M 4 Chris Waller 106
6 20x8100x34 IMAGING (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 109
7 x30x30x4x7 LE ROMAIN G 8 Kris Lees 109
8 1412×23226 NICCANOVA G 7 Craig Carmody 107
9 3×11 NORTH PACIFIC C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 85
10 31x50340x3 NUDGE M 4 Chris Waller 85
11 04210x115x RANIER G 5 James Cummings
12 23x82435x3 RELOADED H 4 Chris Waller
13 1x11123x RIODINI (NZ) G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 96
14 1515×08014 SIGNORE FOX H 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 98
15 1x56x211x3 SPECIAL REWARD G 5 Kris Lees 106
16 393x1720x2 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 110
17 x1259243x4 SUBPOENAED (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 87
18 6436x7751x TYZONE G 7 Toby & Trent Edmonds
19 231x7410x8 WILD PLANET G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 98

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Theo Marks Stakes Tips

Good Theo Marks Stakes tips include looking for the best out of the Show County Quality the month before, proven Sydney performers and horses with good form over the distance.

2020 Theo Marks Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Theo Marks Stakes 2020 best bet will be published below the week of the race so stay tuned!

Theo Marks Stakes Form Guide

The Theo Marks Stakes form guide features all the must know information for punters like the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs of the horses in the field.

The Theo Marks Stakes form has stacked up in better spring races a number of times in recent years like Winx (2015) who went on to win the Epsom Handicap and Melbourne’s Cox Plate. The 2015 Theo Marks runner-up Sons Of John also backed-up with an Epsom Handicap third.

2020 Theo Marks Stakes Form Guide

A link to our detailed Theo Marks Stakes 2020 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Theo Marks Stakes Results

The Theo Marks Stakes results have been dominated by class gallopers and future Group 1 winners in the past decade. Notable recent Theo Marks Stakes winners include Arcadia Queen (2019), Winx (2015), More Joyous (2010) and Racing To Win (2006 and 2009).

Theo Marks Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Wild Planet Funstar Ranier 1:15.7
2019 Arcadia Queen Trope Gem Song 1:14.9
2018 Home Of The Brave D’argento Trapeze Artist 1:19.1
2017 Deploy Egg Tart Euro Angel 1:14.9
2016 Mackintosh Counterattack Southern Legend 1:17.1
2015 Winx Sons Of John Ninth Legion 1:15.7
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