2016 Skyline Stakes Field, Barriers & Odds

Skyline Stakes

The 2016 Skyline Stakes is a Group 2 race contested over 1200m at Royal Randwick in Sydney during the Autumn Racing Carnival which runs from February until late April each year.

Held on Randwick Guineas Day, the Skyline Stakes offers prize money of $175,000. Run over a distance of 1200 metres, the race is contested by a field of very competitive two-year-old colts and geldings at set weights.

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The 2016 Skyline Stakes will be held on Saturday February 27th, 2016 at Warwick Farm.

The race is named after the 1958 winner of the esteemed Golden Slipper Stakes “Skyline”.

Leading up to the Skyline Stakes there is a number of other quality events for two-year-olds that can serve as an excellent guide for the race including the first group race for two-year-olds at the Sydney Carnival the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) held at Rosehill and the Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes (1100m).

Young horses contesting the Skyline Stakes will often be aimed at some of the more lucrative high status events later in the Autumn Racing Carnival, including the Group 2 Todman Slipper Trial, raced under the same conditions but worth $300,000 in prize money, and the coveted Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes worth $3.5 million and considered the premier two-year-old event.

The runners’ performance in the Skyline Stakes will go a long way in determining their odds for these future races, as the stronger gallopers will be considered as a good chance for the Golden Slipper. The Gai Waterhouse-trained Dance Hero in 2004 was the last two-year-old to take out the Skyline Stakes and the Golden Slipper in the same year, and this is a favourite doubles betting opportunity for punters looking for a great paying wager!

The Skyline Stakes is held on the same day as the Group 1 Randwick Guineas, Group 1 Canterbury Stakes, Group 2 Challenge Stakes and Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes.

Upcoming Races

Group 1

William Reid Stakes

(1200m)

Moonee Valley

$500,000

WFA

Group 2

Sunline Stakes

(1600m)

Moonee Valley

$200,000

WFA

Group 2

Fillies Classic

(1600m)

Moonee Valley

$200,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Ranvet Stakes

(2000m)

Rosehill

$400,000

3YO & Up WFA

Group 1

Coolmore Classic

(1500m)

Rosehill

$600,000

3YO & Up Qlty

Group 2

Todman Stakes

(1200m)

Rosehill

$300,000

2YO SW

Group 1

Rosehill Guineas

(2000m)

Rosehill

$500,000

3YO SW

Group 1

George Ryder Stakes

(1500m)

Rosehill

$1,000,000

3YO & UP

Group 1

The Galaxy Handicap

(1100m)

Rosehill

$350,000

Open Handicap

Skyline Stakes History

Since the race was first run in 1979 some great champion horses have won the Skyline Stakes as two-year-olds at the start of their careers. Well-known winners include Viscount (2001) who went on to claim victory in group one races including the AJC Sires and Champagne Stakes, the George Main Stakes, and a third place in the Cox Plate. And Shogun Lodge (1999) who placed third in the Golden Slipper and won group one races including the George Main Stakes, who went down as a legend when he met his untimely death on the track from a heart attack at Flemington in 2008.

Top Hat Joe was the first winner, when it was registered under the name the STC Skyline Stakes as a principal race. The following year in 1989 the event became a listed race through until 1987 when it reached group three status. The race has been conducted by the Australian Jockey Club since 2007 and was then renamed the AJC Skyline Stakes.

The Skyline Stakes is a great opportunity for punters to bet on young horses at the start of their careers, and by placing a wager on one of the entries with an online bookmaker you could be one of the first to earn some nice winnings off a future racing hero! The Melbourne Cup is Australia’s richest horse racing event and holds a global renown for also being quite prestigious. Punters all over the world place bets for it online each year. This year, the Melbourne Cup 2015’s prize money reaches a total of $6.2 million.

Skyline Stakes News

Only seven runners have been confirmed to contest Saturday’s Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) at Warwick Farm Racecourse; offering punters exceptional value in terms of betting and several opportunities to place a winning bet. Exosphere is one of several talented two-year-olds currently saddled by Godolphin Australia, and has opened as…