Ladbrokes Tip: The Theo Marks Stakes is a good lead-up to the Epsom Handicap Trifecta.
TThe Theo Marks Stakes is a Group 2 race held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on Golden Rose Stakes Day in September during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. Contested on the same day as the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m), the Theo Marks is open to horses aged three-years-old and over and is run under quality handicap conditions over 1400m.
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).
This year the Theo Marks Stakes will be run on Saturday 10th September, 2016.
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 2013 Riva De Lago improved on a Show County eighth to win the Theo Marks.
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.
Theo Marks Stakes nominations close on the Monday before the race runs on the Saturday with the final acceptances and barrier draw out on the Wednesday.
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).
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.
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.
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 Winx (2015), More Joyous (2010) and Racing To Win (2006 and 2009).
2016 Theo Marks Stakes Results
Theo Marks Stakes Winners
|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|
|2011||Master Of Design||Torio’s Quest||Fast Clip||1:16.7|
|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|