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.

2021 Percy Sykes Stakes Results

  • 1st: #4 Jamaea
  • 2nd: #5 Crystal Bound
  • 3rd: #9 Joyous Legend




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.

*In 2021 the Percy Sykes Stakes will run on the third Saturday of April with all race meetings of the autumn in Sydney from Slipper Day onwards postponed a week due to the weather.

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 $1 million in total prize money and was 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 before being boosted to $1,000,000 in 2021.

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 2021 Percy Sykes Stakes took place on Saturday April 17, 2021 and was won in an upset by Jamaea. 

Percy Sykes Stakes 2021
Date: Saturday April 17, 2021
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 2YO Fillies – SW+P
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $1 million

2021 Percy Sykes Stakes Results

  • 1st: # Jamaea
  • 2nd: #5 Crystal Bound
  • 3rd: #9 Joyous Legend

Tommy Berry produced a patient and well-timed ride on returning Magic Night runner-up Jamaea ($17) to score an upset win in the 2021 Percy Sykes Stakes results over Crystal Bound ($3), while Joyous Legend ($31) added further value to the trifecta out wide in third.

Click here to read more on the late win by Jamaea in the Percy Sykes Stakes 2021 results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 4 JAMAEA Robert & Luke Price Tommy Berry 9 54kg $17
2 5 CRYSTAL BOUND Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jason Collett 0.4L 8 54kg $3
3 9 JOYOUS LEGEND Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Kerrin McEvoy 0.8L 3 54kg $31
4 10 A VERY FINE RED Mark Newnham Tim Clark 0.9L 5 54kg $21
5 11 YEARNING Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 1.1L 1 54kg $12
6 8 CENTRO STORICO Richard Litt Craig Williams 2.1L 2 54kg $41
7 7 TRIFACCIA James Cummings Ms Rachel King 2.8L 7 54kg $6
8 2 NAJMATY Peter & Paul Snowden James McDonald 4.3L 4 55kg $2.80F
9 6 TESTIMONIAL James Cummings Glen Boss 5.9L 6 54kg $41
1 ARCADED James Cummings Hugh Bowman 0
3 ROBODIRA John O’Shea Tom Marquand 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Percy Sykes Stakes Odds & Betting

The latest odds on the fillies in the Percy Sykes Stakes 2021 field will be available below the week of the race complete with Percy Sykes Stakes betting markets links to Ladbrokes.com.au.

The latest favourite in Percy Sykes Stakes betting to salute for the punters was Away Game ($3.20 in 2020).

2021 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 2021 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.

Eleven two-year-old fillies make-up the Percy Sykes Stakes 2021 field including Godolphin’s last-start Magic Night Stakes winner Arcaded and the undefeated Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Najmaty.

  • Scratched: #3 Robodira (8) and #1 Arcaded (7) with the latter running in Caulfield’s $1 million The Showdown on the same day in Melbourne instead.
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1101 ARCADED James Cummings Hugh Bowman 7 57kg
2 11 NAJMATY Peter & Paul Snowden James McDonald 4 55kg
3 1×42 ROBODIRA John O’Shea Tom Marquand 8 54kg
4 1262 JAMAEA Robert & Luke Price Tommy Berry 11 54kg
5 1 CRYSTAL BOUND Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jason Collett 10 54kg
6 6×346 TESTIMONIAL James Cummings Glen Boss 6 54kg
7 33 TRIFACCIA James Cummings Ms Rachel King 9 54kg
8 46×55 CENTRO STORICO Richard Litt Craig Williams 2 54kg
9 19 JOYOUS LEGEND Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Kerrin McEvoy 3 54kg
10 1 A VERY FINE RED Mark Newnham Tim Clark 5 54kg
11 2 YEARNING Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 1 54kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Percy Sykes Stakes First Acceptances

The official 2021 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 2021 Percy Sykes Stakes first acceptances closed at midday on March 9, 2021 leaving 82 fillies including the undefeated Four Moves Ahead who races next-up in the rescheduled Golden Slipper.

2021 Percy Sykes Stakes Nominations

Early nominations for the Percy Sykes Stakes in 2021 close on a Tuesday in early February and usually attract over 200 juveniles.

The 2021 Percy Sykes Stakes nominations attracted 210 young fillies led in early betting by the Chairman’s Stakes winner Enthaar who next takes on the boys in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes on February 20.

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
2021
Percy Sykes Stakes
1st Jamaea 1 minute 10.92 seconds
2nd Crystal Bound
3rd Joyous Legend
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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