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.

2020 Percy Sykes Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Away Game
  • 2nd: #9 Vangelic
  • 3rd: #3 See You Soon



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.

The 2020 edition of the Percy Sykes Stakes was worth a reduced $500,000 due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on Australian racing.

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 or be dropping in grade off a run in the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m).

Away Game (2020) was the last Golden Slipper graduate (2nd) to win the Percy Sykes Stakes next race.

The 2020 Percy Sykes Stakes took place on Saturday April 11, 2020 and was won by the brilliant Magic Millions Classic winning filly Away Game. 

Percy Sykes Stakes 2020
Date: Saturday April 11, 2020
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 2YO Fillies – SW+P
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $600,000 ($500,000 in 2020 due to COVID-19)

2019 Percy Sykes Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Away Game
  • 2nd: #9 Vangelic
  • 3rd: #3 See You Soon

The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained bonny filly Away Game continued her absolutely brilliant two-year-old season with another dominant performance to win the Percy Sykes Stakes 2020. The $3.20 favourite didn’t disappoint proving her toughness once again as she powered home for a 1.5 length win over the brave runner-up Vangelic on the back of a Golden Slipper second. The Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner has had a run every month since November and looks set for even bigger and better things as a three-year-old in the spring.

Click here to read more on Away Game’s win in the 2020 Percy Sykes Stakes.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 2 AWAY GAME Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Glen Boss 6 56kg $3.20F
2 9 VANGELIC Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1.5L 1 54kg $18
3 3 SEE YOU SOON Jean Dubois Jean Van Overmeire (a) 2.8L 8 54kg $11
4 1 DAME GISELLE Peter & Paul Snowden James McDonald 3L 2 57kg $7
5 10 ROCK MY WAND Matthew Smith Jason Collett 3.2L 13 54kg $13
6 14 FORBIDDEN LOVE Richard & Michael Freedman Ms Rachel King 3.5L 12 54kg $18
7 7 PHILIZZY Anthony Cummings Brenton Avdulla 4.2L 4 54kg $15
8 4 MUNTASEERA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Tom Marquand 6.4L 9 54kg (cd 54.5kg) $15
9 6 TIME IS PRECIOUS Gerald Ryan James Innes Jnr 7.6L 7 54kg $31
10 5 SWATS THAT Leon & Troy Corstens Sam Clipperton 8.9L 10 54kg $8.50
11 12 MARY VALLEY Steele Ryan Robbie Dolan (a) 10.5L 3 54kg $11
12 13 CHIANTI Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 12.1L 11 54kg $17
13 11 JEMSS David Payne Glyn Schofield 18.7L 5 54kg $61
8 SANCY Peter & Paul Snowden Jay Ford 0

2020 Percy Sykes Stakes Odds & Betting

The latest odds on the fillies in the Percy Sykes Stakes 2020 field will be available below the week of the race complete with Percy Sykes Stakes betting markets links to Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 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 2020 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 2020 Percy Sykes Stakes final field drew 14 smart two-year-old gallopers with Golden Slipper runner-up Away Game the favourite in gate six looking to return to her previous ace Magic Millions Classic winning form.

Update: #8 Sancy (14) drawn wide for Team Snowden has been scratched.

Click here for the full 2020 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Day Scratchings & Track Report.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 21×317 DAME GISELLE Peter & Paul Snowden James McDonald 2 57kg
2 411142 AWAY GAME Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Glen Boss 6 56kg
3 12×28 SEE YOU SOON Jean Dubois Jean Van Overmeire (a) 8 54kg
4 21×2520 MUNTASEERA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Tom Marquand 9 54kg
5 1 SWATS THAT Leon & Troy Corstens Sam Clipperton 10 54kg
6 1×323 TIME IS PRECIOUS Gerald Ryan James Innes Jnr 7 54kg
7 134 PHILIZZY Anthony Cummings Brenton Avdulla 4 54kg
8 1×0 SANCY Peter & Paul Snowden Jay Ford 14 54kg
9 162 VANGELIC Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1 54kg
10 73321 ROCK MY WAND Matthew Smith Jason Collett 13 54kg
11 43×37 JEMSS David Payne Glyn Schofield 5 54kg
12 2×1 MARY VALLEY Steele Ryan Robbie Dolan (a) 3 54kg
13 1 CHIANTI Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 11 54kg
14 1 FORBIDDEN LOVE Richard & Michael Freedman Ms Rachel King 12 54kg

2020 Percy Sykes Stakes First Acceptances

The official 2020 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 2020 first acceptances feature 85 hopeful young fillies including the Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Away Game coming off a Golden Slipper second.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer
1 3 ACACIA ROAD F 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
2 AKAHAI F 2 James Cummings
3 4 ALIGHTED F 2 Anthony Cummings
4 ALTERNATE F 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
5 ARCTIC THUNDER F 2 Gary Portelli
6 ATTRIBUTION F 2 James Cummings
7 AUDACIOUS HEART F 2 Anthony Freedman
8 0 AUTUMN FALLS F 2 Gary Portelli
9 AVENTURINE F 2 Tony Gollan
10 3435 AVENUE OF PLEASURE F 2 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
11 411142 AWAY GAME F 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
12 AZRAQ F 2 James Cummings
13 5 BROOKS BATTLE F 2 John O’Shea
14 CABARITA F 2 Richard & Michael Freedman
15 3×46 CANADIAN SPICE F 2 Chris Waller
16 4×153 CELLSABEEL F 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
17 1 CHIANTI F 2 Kris Lees
18 32 CHICA FUERTE F 2 Anthony Freedman
19 227166 COSMIC GOSSIP F 2 Stuart Kendrick
20 COVENT GARDEN F 2 Chris Waller
21 27 DAISY CAKES F 2 Anthony Freedman
22 21×317 DAME GISELLE F 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
23 25 DENIKI F 2 Mark Newnham
24 84377 DISMISSAL F 2 Gary Portelli
25 20 DOTTIE DEE (NZ) F 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
26 26×18 DUBAI STAR F 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
27 6×86 FALL ON A STAR F 2 Kris Lees
28 44443 FAYERRA F 2 Anthony Cummings
29 5×6343 GEIST F 2 James Cummings
30 1 GLACIERS F 2 James Cummings
31 155 HARMONIUM F 2 Richard & Michael Freedman
32 HEAD ON UP F 2 Richard & Michael Freedman
33 530 HEMBROW F 2 Michael Costa
34 4 HEROESS F 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
35 215 HUNGRY HEART F 2 Chris Waller
36 19 HYBRID THEORY F 2 Bjorn Baker
37 1 I SAY HELLO (NZ) F 2 Kris Lees
38 5x25x IN FLANDERS F 2 James Cummings
39 43×37 JEMSS F 2 David Payne
40 10 KAAKIT AKIT F 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
41 2763 LADY OF LUXURY F 2 Bjorn Baker
42 9 LATIN LYRIC F 2 Craig Carmody
43 LUCE DEL SOLE F 2 Richard & Michael Freedman
44 0x48 LUISELLI F 2 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
45 MACROURA F 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
46 223 MASSEUSE F 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
47 45 MEYDAN LASS F 2 Kris Lees
48 115×1330 MILDRED F 2 Grahame Begg
49 110 MINHAAJ F 2 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
50 2×23 MISS CANADA F 2 Kris Lees
51 MISS PARMIGIANA F 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
52 MISSOURI WALTZ F 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
53 14 MONTIA F 2 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
54 21×2520 MUNTASEERA F 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
55 0P ONLY MINE F 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
56 4x PANNA COTTA F 2 Mark Newnham
57 2130 PERSONAL F 2 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
58 134 PHILIZZY F 2 Anthony Cummings
59 510 PINK BEAU F 2 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
60 POIGNANT F 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
61 PRESS BUTTON F 2 Gregory Hickman
62 35×7 PRESS START F 2 Gregory Hickman
63 22 PRINCESS BETTY F 2 Kim Waugh
64 2 RAISON D’ETRE F 2 James Cummings
65 2 READY FOR CAVIAR F 2 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
66 3×9215 RIVER NIGHT F 2 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
67 73321 ROCK MY WAND F 2 Matthew Smith
68 1×0 SANCY F 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
69 12×28 SEE YOU SOON F 2 Jean Dubois
70 SHIVANI F 2 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
71 4x SOUL OBSESSION F 2 Anthony Freedman
72 2×2225 STELLAR PAULINE F 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
73 15×5750 SUNBORN F 2 Edward Cummings
74 6 SWEET ANNA F 2 John Thompson
75 42110 THERMOSPHERE F 2 James Cummings
76 3×3468 TICKET TO RIDE F 2 Richard & Michael Freedman
77 1×323 TIME IS PRECIOUS F 2 Gerald Ryan
78 3 UNIVERSAL LADY F 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace
79 162 VANGELIC F 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
80 WIJDAAN F 2 Anthony Cummings
81 7 WILD IRISH F 2 David Payne
82 45 XYLAROO F 2 Chris Waller
83 3×11 ZEFTABROOK F 2 Kris Lees
84 6 ZERETTE F 2 Archie Alexander
85 ZOU ISLAND F 2 Damien Lane

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), Shoals (2017) who went on to defeat the older mares during Melbourne Cup Carnival in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) and the brilliant Away Game (2020).

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

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Percy Sykes Stakes
1st Away Game 1 minute 12.26 seconds
2nd Vangelic
3rd See You Soon
2019
Percy Sykes Stakes
1st Anaheed 1 minute 09.67 seconds
2nd Flit
3rd Villami
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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