2015 Sky High Stakes Betting & Tips

One of the eight support races on a stellar Coolmore Classic Day race card in Sydney this weekend is the Sky High Stakes 2015, betting odds and tips for the staying showdown detailed below.

Who Shot Thebarman

Who Shot Thebarman runs in the 2015 Sky High Stakes second-up this weekend building towards some major autumn targets. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

A final field of 10 gallopers is set to face off in Rosehill Race 6 at 3:30pm (AEDT) on Saturday afternoon in the $150,000 Group 3 McGrath Estate Agents Sky High Stakes (2000m), the favourite of which is Hartnell.

There are a host of odds-on favourites across the nine-race program at Rosehill this Saturday, including Hartnell who is at $1.70 through Ladbrokes.com.au in the Sky High Stakes odds.

Drawn one off the outside in barrier nine with ace Sydney-based James McDonald riding, the John O’Shea-trained Authorized four-year-old debuted down under on February 28 in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) to run second to fellow import and stablemate Contributer.

On Saturday the five-time winner, who has won up to 3200m, shoots for his first win down under looking very hard to beat dropping right down in class and going up to a more preferable distance against a smaller field.

There is just one other runner under double figures in the Sky High Stakes betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au with Chris Waller’s Auckland Cup winner Who Shot Thebarman at $4.60.

Waller saddles-up five of the 10 runners and his Melbourne Cup third placed Kiwi import Who Shot Thebarman looks a big chance in the 2000m clash second-up after his fast-finishing fifth when beaten just one and a half lengths in the Chipping Norton.

More generous odds are on offer for the rest of the runners with the next best in betting being the Gai Waterhouse-trained four-year-old Pajaro ($11) in the outside barrier, Waller’s The Metropolitan winner Opinion ($15) and Anthony Cummings’ 2013 The BMW winner Fiveandahalfstar ($15).

So should your money be on the red hot shortie in the markets or is there an upset Sky High Stakes result on the cards?


#7 Hartnell ($1.70)

Really hard to see the odds-on fancy getting rolled here. Out wide but time to overcome. Faced a big Group 1 field in his Australian debut and was brave in defeat. Easier company here and extra metres will suit this proven two-miler. Imported and shaping up as a great buy, plus jockey James McDonald is also in form


#2 Who Shot Thebarman ($4.60)

Another horse with winning form up to 3200m who will eat up the 2000m here on the back of a mile run in the Chipping Norton. Third in the Melbourne Cup last year in a stellar effort, the form was recaptured in his opening autumn run when 1.4 lengths away fifth first-up. Will be improving on that and is undefeated over the distance with two previous wins. Also drops a kilo on last run and is in line for a big campaign.


#1 Fiveandahalfstar ($15)

One of the best weight-for-age horses getting around two autumn’s back, this Hotel Grand five-year-old was sidelined with an injury for nearly two years before coming back last month. He has had two unplaced runs since coming back including a Chipping Norton 10th, but if he can start to build on that and recapture his former scintillating Group 1 form is a definite place chance in an open Group 3 field here.

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2015 Sky High Stakes Odds


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