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Skyline Stakes

Winners and Past Results for the Skyline Stakes

Skyline Stakes

One of the black type events for two year old colts & geldings hosted by the Australian Turf Club at Randwick Racecourse during the Sydney autumn racing carnival in March is the Skyline Stakes. The race was elevated from a Group 3 event to a Group 2 in August 2013.

The Skyline Stakes is a Group 2 event held under set weights conditions with a number of promising juvenile sprinters travelling over 1200 metres of the Randwick track for a shot at prize money worth $175,000.The race was elevated from a Group 3 event to a Group 1 in August 2013.

For horses and their connections the Skyline Stakes is of great significance since the winner gains automatic entry to the Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill Racecourse, a month later.

In addition, the Skyline Stakes is a great platform for young colts and geldings seeking to prove their ability as sprinters over the following winter and spring carnivals. The female equivalent, the Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes is also scheduled on the same day while the major feature of the day is the Group 1 Randwick Guineas.

For most colts and geldings, the Skyline Stakes is their first test at an extended distance of 1200 metres. It is one of the races that offers trainers the chance to sort out their better performing sprinters that have the ability to tackle the Golden Slipper Stakes well.

Trainers have a number of routes to prepare their horses for the richest event for juveniles. The Group 2 Todman Stakes and the Pago Pago Stakes are among the other races that two year old colts and geldings may compete in at Rosehill as a lead up to the Golden Slipper.

Top Hat Joe was the winner of the first Skyline Stakes, a principal race in 1979. It remained a listed race between 1980 and 1986, after which it achieved Group 3 status. Among the classy sprinters to ensure a place in the Golden Slipper were Shogun Lodge in 1999, Dance Hero in 2004, Snitzel in 2005, and All American in 2008.

2014 Skyline Stakes

Giuliani and Gold Force shared the lead in the early stages of this event, opening up a bit of a gap over Valentia. The leading pair went along at a decent pace as they came towards the home turn, but Valentia was sticking to them and Bogart and Mr Modoc were also nicely placed as they came into the straight. Giulani and Gold Force had nothing left when Valentia drew level with them in the straight and the colt scooted clear, with Bogart and Mr Modoc giving chase. Valentia wandered about a bit as they neared the post but he had done enough to score a very comfortable win.

2014 Skyline Stakes result

1. Valentia
2. Mr Bogart
3. Modoc

Then came:

4. Giuliani
5. Rembrandt
6. Gold Force
7. Zizumba

Year Skyline Stakes Winners
2014 Valentia
2013 All The Talk
2012 Ashokan
2011 Uate
2010 Hinchinbrook
2009 Manhattan Rain
2008 All American
2007 Murtajill
2006 Casino Prince
2005 Snitzel
2004 Dance Hero
2003 Kusi
2002 Choisir
2001 Viscount
2000 Kootoomootoo
1999 Shogun Lodge
1998 Prowl
1997 Guineas
1996 Excel Pilot
1995 Strategic
1994 Dr. Zackary
1993 Allez Glen
1992 Kenfair
1991 Big Dreams
1990 Our Horizon
1989 Show County
1988 Star Watch
1987 Proven Valour
1986 Pre Catelan
1985 Timothy
1984 Hula Drum
1983 Sir Dapper
1982 Hot Opera
1981 Domino
1980 Cosmic Delight
1979 Top Hat Joe


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