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.

2018 Percy Sykes Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Pure Elation
  • 2nd: #2 Fiesta
  • 3rd: #4 Outback Barbie



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 2018 Percy Sykes Stakes took place on Saturday April 14, 2018 and was won by the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained favourite Pure Elation.

Percy Sykes Stakes 2018
Date: Saturday April 14, 2018
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 2YO Fillies – SW+P
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $600,000

2018 Percy Sykes Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Pure Elation
  • 2nd: #2 Fiesta
  • 3rd: #4 Outback Barbie

See below for the full Percy Sykes Stakes 2018 Results & Finishing Order, following the link to read more on the win by the favourite Pure Elation who had form around the Golden Slipper winner and who co-trainer Peter Snowden was spruiking post-win as a potential runner in the $13 million The Everest this October.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 6 PURE ELATION Peter & Paul Snowden Michael Walker 3 53kg $4F
2 2 FIESTA Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 1.3L 2 55kg $6.50
3 4 OUTBACK BARBIE Tony Gollan Joao Moreira 1.5L 1 54kg $5
4 5 GONGS James Cummings Corey Brown 1.6L 5 53kg $8.50
5 7 CRISTOBAL James Cummings Brenton Avdulla 2.3L 4 53kg $10
6 8 SWEET AVA Gerald Ryan Michael Dee 3.6L 7 53kg $20
7 1 SETSUNA Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ben Melham 5.1L 6 55kg $21
8 3 KHULAASA David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 5.2L 9 55kg $12
9 10 SISTER SLEDGE Anthony & Edward Cummings Glyn Schofield 7.4L 10 53kg $7
10 13 KARA’S HOPE Tim Martin Adam Hyeronimus 10.6L 8 53kg (cd 53.5kg) $31
9 FISH ’N’ SNITZ Stuart Kendrick 0
12 MADAM ROUGE Chris Waller Craig Williams 0
11 BOLD ARIAL Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 0

2018 Percy Sykes Stakes Tips

  • 1st: #2 Fiesta
  • 2nd: #6 Pure Elation
  • 3rd: #7 Cristobal

Read our insider Percy Sykes Stakes 2018 Tips & Betting Preview now.

2018 Percy Sykes Stakes Odds & Betting

The latest odds on the fillies in the Percy Sykes Stakes 2018 field will be available below the week of the race complete with Percy Sykes Stakes betting markets links to Ladbrokes.com.au.

2018 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 2018 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 2018 Final Field is now out with 11 of the original 13 acceptors still in the mix after the early scratchings of #9 Fish ‘N’ Snitz (12) and Bold Atrial (8). Leading the line-up are the likes of Peter & Paul Snowden’s last start Warwick Farm winning filly Pure Elation and the Chris Waller-trained Fiesta down in grade after a seventh in the Golden Slipper.

Update: The 2018 Percy Sykes Stakes Field is down to 10 with a third scratching, Chris Waller withdrawing the lightly-raced Madam Rouge (13) who had the outside barrier.

Read more on the 2018 Percy Sykes Stakes Field & Odds now.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 211×40 SETSUNA Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ben Melham 6 55kg
2 32×127 FIESTA Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 2 55kg
3 221 KHULAASA David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Damien Oliver 10 55kg
4 135 OUTBACK BARBIE Tony Gollan Joao Moreira 1 54kg
5 11×34 GONGS James Cummings Corey Brown 5 53kg
6 5721 PURE ELATION Peter & Paul Snowden Michael Walker 3 53kg
7 12 CRISTOBAL James Cummings Brenton Avdulla 4 53kg
8 1×530 SWEET AVA Gerald Ryan Michael Dee 7 53kg
9 544×3332 FISH ’N’ SNITZ Stuart Kendrick 12 53kg
10 3 SISTER SLEDGE Anthony & Edward Cummings Glyn Schofield 11 53kg
11 0x422 BOLD ARIAL Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 8 53kg
12 5×1 MADAM ROUGE Chris Waller Craig Williams 13 53kg
13 8×55 KARA’S HOPE Tim Martin Adam Hyeronimus 9 53kg

2018 Percy Sykes Stakes First Acceptances

The official 2018 Percy Sykes Stakes First Acceptances are taken in mid-March along with all the other The Championships races narrowing down the list of potential runners in the lucrative Group 2 race.

The Percy Sykes Stakes 2018 First Acceptances are now out with 70 remaining hopefuls in the race for two-year-old fillies. Heading the early Percy Sykes Stakes betting is Golden Slipper-bound Estijaab who won the Reisling Stakes on March 10 followed by the likes of Pure Elation who was runner-up in the same Group 2 on Randwick Guineas Day and the Chris Waller-trained Sweet Embrace Stakes second placed I Am Invincible filly Fiesta.

2018 Percy Sykes Stakes Nominations

The Percy Sykes Stakes 2018 Nominations are taken by Racing NSW on a Monday in early-mid February and attract in excess of 100 juveniles, many of which are unraced at the time of entry.

The 2018 Percy Sykes Stakes Nominations attracted a bumper 168 two-year-olds including the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Terminology who has form around Magic Millions Classic winner Sunlight, her Group 3 winning stablemate from the Melbourne Cup Carnival Setsuna, the highly-spruiked Tony McEvoy-trained Kinky Boom and Peter & Paul Snowden’s well-bred daughter of Pierro Satin Slipper.

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), Missrock (2016) and Shoals (2017) who went on to defeat the older mares during Melbourne Cup Carnival in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m).

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

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Percy Sykes Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2018
Percy Sykes Stakes
1st Pure Elation 1 minute 10.08 seconds
2nd Fiesta
3rd Outback Barbie
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

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