Skyline Stakes 2017

Saturday February 25, 2017

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

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

Worth $200,000 in total prize money the Skyline Stakes winner takes out $115,000 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 $3.5 million Group 1 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 25, 2017 .

2017 Skyline Stakes Results

  • 1st: Diamond Tathagata
  • 2nd: Coruscate
  • 3rd: Single Bullet

Skyline Stakes Race Facts

  • Date: Saturday February 25, 2017
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: 2YO Colts & Geldings – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1979

Skyline Stakes Field

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.

Skyline Stakes odds open at Ladbrokes.com.au

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.

2017 Skyline Stakes Field

The official Skyline Stakes 2017 field and barrier draw for the two-year-olds’ clash on Blue Diamond Stakes Day will be published below once released the Wednesday of race week so stay tuned.

The 2017 Skyline Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw is now out featuring a line-up of 11 two-year-old hopefuls including the rails-drawn favourite Menari coming off a second in the Canonbury Stakes and the promising Single Bullet drawn the opposite end of the field out in gate 11.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 2x DIAMOND TATHAGATA Mark Newnham Glyn Schofield 6 55.5kg
2 12 MENARI Gerald Ryan Tim Clark 1 55.5kg
3 22 SINGLE BULLET Gary Portelli TBA 11 55.5kg
4 1 COLESBERG David Payne Tye Angland 9 55.5kg
5 23 EDEN ROC Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 3 55.5kg
6 3x EPHESIAN Anthony Cummings Robert Thompson (late alt) 8 55.5kg
7 1 CORUSCATE John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 5 55.5kg
8 1 DRACARYS Peter & Paul Snowden Corey Brown 10 55.5kg
9 5 CUBA John P Thompson Hugh Bowman 7 55.5kg
10 ALL DAY John P Thompson Joshua Parr 2 55.5kg
11 SOUFFRANT Peter Robl Jason Collett 4 55.5kg

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 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.

2017 Skyline Stakes Odds

The latest Skyline Stakes 2017 betting odds on the Group 2 Randwick race will be available below the week leading up to Blue Diamond Stakes Day 2017.

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.

2017 Skyline Stakes Tips

The insider Ladbrokes’ Skyline Stakes 2017 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.

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 All The Talk (2013), Hinchinbrook (2010), Manhattan Rain (2009), Snitzel (2005) and Choisir (2002).

2017 Skyline Stakes Results

The full Skyline Stakes 2017 Results & Finishing Order will be known on Saturday February 25, 2017 and announced below.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 1 DIAMOND TATHAGATA Mark Newnham Glyn Schofield 6 55.5kg $9
2 7 CORUSCATE John O’Shea Brenton Avdulla 0.2L 5 55.5kg $5.50
3 3 SINGLE BULLET Gary Portelli Tim Clark 1L 11 55.5kg $6
4 5 EDEN ROC Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 1.1L 3 55.5kg $8
5 8 DRACARYS Peter & Paul Snowden Corey Brown 2.6L 10 55.5kg $4.40F
6 4 COLESBERG David Payne Tye Angland 2.8L 9 55.5kg $9
7 10 ALL DAY John P Thompson Joshua Parr 8.8L 2 55.5kg $21
8 11 SOUFFRANT Peter Robl Jason Collett 8.9L 4 55.5kg $8
9 6 EPHESIAN Anthony Cummings Robert Thompson 13.3L 8 55.5kg $20
9 CUBA John P Thompson Hugh Bowman 0
2 MENARI Gerald Ryan Tim Clark 0

Skyline Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 TBD TBD TBD TBD
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