Sky High Stakes

The Group 3 Sky High Stakes takes place each year in March at Rosehill Racecourse on Coolmore Classic Day during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

2017 Sky High Stakes Results

  • 1st: Tavago
  • 2nd: Antonio Giuseppe
  • 3rd: Allergic

Sky High Stakes News

2017 Sky High Stakes Winner Tavago Targets Sydney Cup

2017 Sky High Stakes Winner Tavago Targets Sydney Cup

Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young’s reigning Australian Derby winner Tavago was back in the winners’ stall at Rosehill on Coolmore Classic Day running an ideal early Sydney Cup lead-up with success in the Sky High Stakes 2017.

The now four-year-old son of Tavistock proved his staying ability last Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival when scoring an upset at $41 ...

The Sky High Stakes is a Group 3 race held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on Coolmore Classic Day in March during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Contested over 2000m the set weights plus penalties race is open to horses aged three-years-old and above and offers $350,000 in total prize money. Coolmore Classic Day is headlined by the fillies and mares facing off in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and the meeting is host to a number of other Group status races. Other highlights on the card including the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m), Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m), Group 3 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) and the Group 3 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) for Golden Slipper Stakes hopefuls.

A nice lead-up into the Sky High Stakes is the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) over a mile in late February. In 2015 Hartnell ran second in the Chipping Norton Stakes before winning the Sky High Stakes.

The stayers that face off in the Sky High Stakes field are traditionally heading towards longer distance features over the autumn including the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) run at Royal Randwick in April. Gallopers often back-up out of the race in events like the Group 3 Neville Sellwood Stakes (2000m) held at the track a fortnight later.

The Group 1 The BMW (2400m) is another elite level option for Sky High Stakes graduates and in 2015 Who Shot Thebarman ran fourth in both races before a second in the Sydney Cup. That year Hartnell (2015) completed the Sky High Stakes – The BMW double. In 2016 Who Shot Thebarman returned to finish third in the Sky High Stakes, second in The BMW and fourth in the Sydney Cup.

The Sky High Stakes 2017 ran at Rosehill Racecourse on Saturday March 11, 2017. 

Sky High Stakes
Date: March 11, 2017
Track: Rosehill Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $350,000

2017 Sky High Stakes Results

See below for the official 2017 Sky High Stakes Results & Finishing Order – the race won by The BMW – Sydney Derby bound stayer Tavago.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 3 TAVAGO (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Blake Shinn 3 58kg $9
2 9 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) Chris Waller Tye Angland 3.3L 5 55kg $2.05F
3 8 ALLERGIC John O’Shea William Buick 3.6L 7 55.5kg $18
4 5 LIBRAN (IRE) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 4.5L 9 56.5kg $17
5 7 RED EXCITEMENT Gerald Ryan Joshua Parr 4.9L 6 55.5kg $6.50
6 4 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Tim Clark 5.3L 8 56.5kg $9.50
7 6 LASQUETI SPIRIT Lee Curtis Jay Ford 5.5L 4 56kg $16
8 2 MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE) John O’Shea Sam Clipperton 10.6L 2 58kg $11
9 1 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 15.7L 1 58kg $51

2017 Sky High Stakes Odds

The autumn’s latest Sky High Stakes 2017 betting odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below the week of the race.

2017 Sky High Stakes Field

The Sky High Stakes field attracts a class line-up of stayers each autumn and many of the runners are heading towards the Sydney Cup over two miles at Royal Randwick.

The official 2017 Sky High Stakes field and barriers are set for release on Wednesday March 8, 2017 and will be published in full below.

Check out the full 2017 Sky High Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw below – following the link to read more on the acceptors led by Sydney Cup favourite Antonio Guiseppe.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 3x726910x9 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 1 58kg 108
2 66x5340x54 MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE) John O’Shea Sam Clipperton 2 58kg 105
3 13061x00x5 TAVAGO (NZ) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Blake Shinn 3 58kg 105
4 x6527255x3 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) Chris Waller Tim Clark 8 56.5kg 108
5 x341112x87 LIBRAN (IRE) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 9 56.5kg 107
6 6538241×02 LASQUETI SPIRIT Lee Curtis Jay Ford 4 56kg 104
7 2×61331125 RED EXCITEMENT Gerald Ryan Joshua Parr 6 55.5kg 110
8 615313×554 ALLERGIC John O’Shea William Buick 7 55.5kg 101
9 6x511112x1 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) Chris Waller Tye Angland 5 55kg 103

2017 Sky High Stakes Nominations

The Sky High Stakes 2017 nominations close on Monday March 6, 2017 and will be released below as soon as announced by Racing NSW.

See below for the official 2017 Sky High Stakes Nominations led by Sydney Cup favourite Antonio Giuseppe from the Chris Waller stable.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 10x4540x60 PREFERMENT (NZ) H 5 Chris Waller 1 59.5kg 114
2 5501x5860x OUR IVANHOWE (GER) H 7 Lee & Anthony Freedman 2 58kg 111
3 2×61331125 RED EXCITEMENT G 7 Gerald Ryan 3 55.5kg 110
4 3x726910x9 GRAND MARSHAL (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 4= 58kg 108
5 x6527255x3 WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller 4= 56.5kg 108
6 x341112x87 LIBRAN (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 6 56.5kg 107
7 66x5340x54 MAGIC HURRICANE (IRE) G 7 John O’Shea 7= 58kg 105
8 13061x00x5 TAVAGO (NZ) G 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 7= 58kg 105
9 6538241×02 LASQUETI SPIRIT F 3 Lee Curtis 9 56kg 104
10 6x511112x1 ANTONIO GIUSEPPE (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 10 55kg 103
11 615313×554 ALLERGIC G 5 John O’Shea 11 55.5kg 101

Sky High Stakes History

The Sky High Stakes has been run and won since 1989 and the first edition of the race was won by Eye Of The Sky. Since then plenty of star stayers have won the event including Hartnel (2015) and Sir John Hawkwood (2016).

The race is named in honour of Sky High who won the Golden Slipper Stakes as a two-year-old in 1960 and the next year’s Epsom Handicap. It was first run as an unlisted race until 1992 when it gained Listed status and then Group 3 status later in 2014. Before 2014 it took place over 1900m and the distance was increased to the current 2000m in 2015. For one year in 2008 it took place at Canterbury Park and in 2016 the Sky High Stakes was changed from a quality handicap clash to a set weights plus penalties event.

Recent Sky High Stakes Winners

See below for the full Sky High Stakes results and winners dating back to the year 2000.

Year Place Horse Time
2018
Sky High Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2017
Sky High Stakes
1st Tavago 2 minutes 3.8 seconds
2nd Antonio Giuseppe
3rd Allergic
2016
Sky High Stakes
1st Sir John Hawkwood 2 minutes 3.2 seconds
2nd Messene
3rd Who Shot Thebarman
2015
Sky High Stakes
1st Hartnell 2 minutes 2.6 seconds
2nd Opinion
3rd Hawkspur
2014
Sky High Stakes
1st Entirely Platinum 1 minute 55.7 seconds
2nd Midsummer Sun
3rd Desert Jeuney
2013
Sky High Stakes
1st Julienas 1 minute 56 seconds
2nd Lunayir
3rd Le Roi
2012
Sky High Stakes
1st Single 1 minute 56 seconds
2nd Southern Skye
3rd Flumicino
2011
Sky High Stakes
1st Older Than Time 1 minute 59.10 seconds
2nd Luen Yat Forever
3rd Syreon
2010
Sky High Stakes
1st Bellagio Wynn 1 minute 56.94 seconds
2nd Hadaaf
3rd Cousin Wal
2009
Sky High Stakes
1st Kettledrum 1 minute 56.76 seconds
2nd Brave Lancer
3rd Twin Wing
2008
Sky High Stakes
1st Nuclear Sky 1 minute 56.23 seconds
2nd Musket
3rd Bundoran Breeze
2007
Sky High Stakes
1st Coalesce 1 minute 57. 22 seconds
2nd Grand Zulu
3rd Prince Of Midnight
2006
Sky High Stakes
1st County Tyrone 1 minute 58.93 seconds
2nd No Wine No Song
3rd October Son
2005
Sky High Stakes
1st Seul Amour 1 minute 57.31 seconds
2nd Sunday Service
3rd Havana Wind
2004
Sky High Stakes
1st Daniel’s The Man 1 minute 56.12 seconds
2nd County Tyrone
3rd Striking Victory
2003
Sky High Stakes
1st National Treasure 1 minute 55.7 seconds
2nd Natural Blitz
3rd County Tyrone
2002
Sky High Stakes
1st Restless 1 minute 56.09 seconds
2nd Grampians
3rd Spirit Of Westbury
2001
Sky High Stakes
1st Bello Signor 1 minute 54.05 seconds
2nd The Druidess
3rd Cheverny
2000
Sky High Stakes
1st Spysept 1 minute 59.13 seconds
2nd Bombast
3rd Yippyio