2010 Skyline Stakes Final Field

March 11th, 2010

This Saturday, March 13, Randwick racecourse is ready to host another terrific day of autumn racing action with a fantastic line up of races planned including the $125, 000 Group 3 Skyline Stakes (1200m).

Seven impressive two-year-old colts and geldings are lining up in the 2010 Skyline Stakes, but the hot pre-race favourite is Paul Messara’s brilliant youngster Beneteau currently at $1.65 with Ladbrokes.com.au.

The Redoute’s Choice colt has had a dazzling career over his three race starts, winning on debut over 1000m at Randwick on Australia Day, then blitzing his rivals in the Blue Diamond Prelude before running an unlucky third to Star Witness in the Blue Diamond Stakes last start.

On Saturday Beneteau will start on the far outside barrier seven and will have expert jockey Damien Oliver aboard. A win in the Skyline Stakes will see Beneteau reclaim favouritism for the illustrious Golden Slipper Stakes on April 3. He was sitting at the top in the betting markets for the world’s richest race for two-year-olds until two weeks ago when Chance Bye and Solar Charged staked their claims through sensational wins.

Chance Bye stormed to victory in the Silver Slipper Stakes on February 27 while Solar Charged took out the Kindergarten Stakes in impressive style last Saturday.

Sharing second favouritism at $6.50 for the 2010 Skyline Stakes are Hinchinbrook and Ilovethiscity.

The Gerald Ryan-trained Hincinbrook has had just one career start when he won on debut in the Listed Canonbury Stakes (1100m) on February 13. The Fastnet Rock colt has since then ran well in a barrier trial and will jump from barrier three on Saturday.

Ilovethiscity looks well poised to claim his maiden victory, the Grahame Begg-trained colt coming off two close second placings and is due to be ridden by Blake Shinn from barrier two.

The Gai Waterhouse-trained Brightexpectations might just cause an upset if they make the most of the inside running from barrier one. The More Than Ready colt who took out the Magic Millions 2YO Slipper back in December will be ridden by Brad Rawiller.

The scheduled highlight of the meeting is the $350, 000 Group 1 Randwick Guineas, and other excellent races set to take place including the $150, 000 Group 2 Challenge Stakes and the $125, 000 Group 3 Sweet Embrace Stakes.

The 2010 Skyline Stakes will run as race two at Randwick on Saturday and is due to jump at 1:30pm (NSW time).

2010 Skyline Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw:






Weight (kg)

Paul Messara Damien Oliver 7 55.5
Gerald Ryan Hugh Bowman 3 55.5
Peter Snowden Joshua Parr 6 55.5
Chris Waller Tim Clark 5 55.5
Grahame Begg Blake Shinn 2 55.5
Rick Worthington Rod Quinn 4 55.5
Gai Waterhouse Brad Rawiller 1 55.5