Percy Sykes Stakes

The Percy Sykes Stakes is a lucrative Group 2 sprint for two-year-old fillies run on Day 2 of The Championships at Royal Randwick in April.

2017 Percy Sykes Stakes Results

  • 1st: Shoals
  • 2nd: Formality
  • 3rd: Serena Bay

Percy Sykes Stakes News

2017 Percy Sykes Stakes Winner Shoals Still Unbeaten

2017 Percy Sykes Stakes Winner Shoals Still Unbeaten

Promising Fastnet Rock filly Shoals retained her undefeated status with a win for the punters in the Percy Sykes Stakes 2017 at Royal Randwick on Day 2 of The Championships. The Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained youngster came into the lucrative $600,000 Group 2 Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m) off two very good runs in Melbourne. She…

The Percy Sykes Stakes – formerly the Keith Mackay Handicap – is a lucrative Group 2 race for two-year-old fillies run on Day 2 of Sydney’s ‘The Championships’ on the second Saturday of April annually.

The meeting is also known as Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day and features four Group 1 races including the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) and $2 million Sydney Cup (3200m) for stayers.

Contested over 1200m at Royal Randwick Racecourse the Percy Sykes Stakes is run under set weights plus penalties and is now worth $600,000 in total prize money after being upgraded to Group 2 status for the first time in 2017.

Fillies may come into the Percy Sykes Stakes field via a run in the world’s richest race for juveniles – the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) – or the Group 2 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) earlier during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

The 2017 Percy Sykes Stakes took place on Saturday April 8.

Percy Sykes Stakes 2017
Date: April 8,
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 2YO Fillies – SW+P
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $600,000

2017 Percy Sykes Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Shoals
  • 2nd: #1 Formality
  • 3rd: #4 Serena Bay

Read the full 2017 Percy Sykes Stakes Results and the still undefeated Lee & Anthony Freedman-trained winner Shoals who tracks towards a Thousand Guineas campaign in the spring.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 3 SHOALS Lee & Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 2 55kg $3.10F
2 1 FORMALITY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 0.1L 1 55kg $9
3 4 SERENA BAY Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1.1L 4 53kg $4.20
4 5 VILLA CARLOTTA James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 2.7L 7 53kg $17
5 6 ALMANZORA John O’Shea Corey Brown 4.4L 5 53kg $4.20
6 2 TEASPOON Michael Freedman Blake Shinn 5.8L 3 55kg $8
7 7 DIDN’T MENTION IT Gerald Ryan Jay Ford 9L 6 53kg $71

2017 Percy Sykes Stakes Odds & Betting

The latest odds on the fillies in the Percy Sykes Stakes 2017 field will be available below the week of the race complete with Percy Sykes Stakes betting markets links to Ladbrokes.com.au.

2017 Percy Sykes Stakes Field

The Percy Sykes Stakes field attracts a smart field of young fillies usually dropping down in grade off a run in the Golden Slipper field. The race has a capacity of fourteen starters plus four emergencies, but rarely does the Percy Sykes Stakes field run at capacity.

The official 2017 Percy Sykes Stakes field is out the Tuesday leading-up to the race following the early Percy Sykes Stakes Nominations taken in February and the Percy Sykes Stakes First Acceptances in March about four weeks out from the April event.

The Percy Sykes Stakes 2017 Field attracted just the seven fillies including Formality and Teaspoon out to atone for unplaced Golden Slipper Stakes runs.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt.
1 1130 FORMALITY David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Craig Williams 1 55kg
2 1×130 TEASPOON Michael Freedman Blake Shinn 3 55kg
3 11 SHOALS Lee & Anthony Freedman Mark Zahra 2 55kg
4 114×1 SERENA BAY Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 4 53kg
5 137 VILLA CARLOTTA James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 7 53kg
6 1 ALMANZORA John O’Shea Corey Brown 5 53kg
7 9×33 DIDN’T MENTION IT Gerald Ryan Jay Ford 6 53kg

Percy Sykes Stakes History

The Percy Sykes Stakes was first run back in 1960 as the Keith Mackay Handicap and was won by Primrose Lane. It started out as a non-black type race and gained its now Group 2 race status for the first time in 2017. The event is still officially registered as the Keith Mackay Handicap despite it not being raced under handicap conditions, in honour of the former AJC Chairman Keith Mackay.

For one year in 2014 the race was known as the Royal Randwick Stakes and added to the ATC Championships series of races enjoying a notable boost in prize money. The current race name – Percy Sykes Stakes – is in honour of esteemed veterinarian Percy Sykes who passed away in 2014. He is best known for his work with legendary trainers including Bart Cummings, Gai Waterhouse and her father TJ Smith – whom the TJ Smith Stakes is named after.

Keith Mackay Handicap / Percy Sykes Stakes Winners

During the early stages of Percy Sykes Stakes history the race didn’t hold a huge amount of prestige and attracted a mediocre class of fillies. As it increased in status and prize money the Percy Sykes Stakes winners have also improved with notable champions of the event including Streama (2011), Eloping (2014) and Missrock (2016).

See below for the list of Percy Sykes Stakes winners and placegetters going back to 2000.

Year Place Horse Time
2018
Percy Sykes Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2017
Percy Sykes Stakes
1st Shoals 1 minute 13.7 seconds
2nd Formality
3rd Serena Bay
2016
Percy Sykes Stakes
1st Missrock 1 minute 11 seconds
2nd Prompt Response
3rd Spright
2015
Percy Sykes Stakes
1st Ottoman 1 minute 12.4 seconds
2nd Calaverite
3rd Lake Geneva
2014
Royal Randwick Stakes
1st Eloping 1 minute 10.8 seconds
2nd Ygritte
3rd Shaumari
2013
Keith Mackay Handicap
1st Everage 1 minute 13.4 seconds
2nd Little Miss Smiley
3rd Major Conquest
2012
Keith Mackay Handicap
1st Single Style 1 minute 10.5 seconds
2nd Driefontein
3rd Meidung
2011
Keith Mackay Handicap
1st Streama 1 minute 8.5 seconds
2nd Charm’s Honour
3rd Houston Benefactor
2010
Keith Mackay Handicap
1st Golden Millennium 1 minute 10.2 seconds
2nd Boto Vermelho
3rd Parables
2009
Keith Mackay Handicap
1st Readyor 1 minute 13.1 seconds
2nd Amarantha
3rd Tallow
2008
Keith Mackay Handicap
1st Shoboard 1 minute 12.6 seconds
2nd Strawberry Field
3rd Silent But Deadly
2007
Keith Mackay Handicap
1st Sliding Cube 1 minute 11.1 seconds
2nd Gamble Me
3rd Mega Lass
2006
Keith Mackay Handicap
1st Catechuchu 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Heart Of The Fire
3rd Admirelle
2005
Keith Mackay Handicap
1st Blizzardly 1 minute 12.3 seconds
2nd Regal Cheer
3rd Heart Strings
2004
Keith Mackay Handicap
1st Strawberry Storm 1 minute 11.5 seconds
2nd Sweet Ransom
3rd Monsoon Wedding
2003
Keith Mackay Handicap
1st Bella Corona 1 minute 12.0 seconds
2nd Shamekha
3rd Danish Magic
2002
Keith Mackay Handicap
1st Before Too Long 1 minute 10.2 seconds
2nd Verstak
3rd Cirque du Soleil
2001
Keith Mackay Handicap
1st Allez France 1 minute 10.8 seconds
2nd Miss Bussell
3rd Breezer
2000
Keith Mackay Handicap
1st Actress 1 minute 9.7 seconds
2nd She’s A Pretender
3rd Mielleuse