Percy Sykes Stakes

The $1 million 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.

2024 Percy Sykes Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Eneeza
  • 2nd: #1 Lady Of Camelot
  • 3rd: #2 Erno's Cube




The Percy Sykes Stakes 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 $5 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 2023 Percy Sykes runner-up Tiz Invincible went on to frank the form with multiple Group 2 wins during the Princess Series of races that spring, while the third place-getter Kimochi went on to run second in both the Group 1 Flight Stakes and Group 1 Thousand Guineas results in the spring.

In 2024 the Golden Slipper winner Lady Of Camelot ran second in the Percy Sykes Stakes to Eneeza who improved on a seventh in the world’s richest race for two-year-olds.

The 2024 Percy Sykes Stakes took place on Saturday April 13, 2024 on Day 2 of Sydney’s ‘The Championships’ at Royal Randwick and was won in an upset by the Peter Moody & Katherine Coleman-trained Slipper seventh placegetter Eneeza ($10). 

Percy Sykes Stakes 2024
Date: Saturday April 13, 2024
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: 2YO Fillies – SW+P
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $1 million

2024 Percy Sykes Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Eneeza ($10)
  • 2nd: #1 Lady Of Camelot
  • 3rd: #2 Erno’s Cube

The Peter Moody & Katherine Coleman-trained Eneeza ($10) was good at Randwick improving on a lead-up seventh in the Golden Slipper to beat home the favourite and winner of that key Group 1 event, Lady Of Camelot, in the Percy Sykes Stakes 2024 results.

Click here to read more on the upset by Eneeza in the 2024 Percy Sykes Stakes.

2024 Percy Sykes Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 5 ENEEZA Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Damian Lane 6 55kg $10
2 1 LADY OF CAMELOT Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Blake Shinn 0.71L 12 59kg $3.80F
3 2 ERNO’S CUBE Ciaron Maher Mark Zahra 1.39L 7 57kg $21
4 9 EL MORZILLO Kelly Schweida Craig Williams 1.43L 13 54kg $51
5 15 DIDDLE DUMPLING Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Regan Bayliss 1.83L 1 54kg $101
6 13 MORE TERRITORIES John O’Shea Tyler Schiller 2.27L 4 54kg $9
7 3 DRIFTING Peter & Paul Snowden Tom Sherry 2.48L 2 56kg $10
8 7 TOO DARN LIZZIE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 2.52L 11 54kg $26
9 12 AMEENA Anthony & Sam Freedman James McDonald 2.75L 5 54kg (cd 55kg) $5
10 8 FLY FLY Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 2.77L 9 54kg $16
11 6 CASTANYA Annabel Neasham Zac Lloyd (a) 4.18L 10 55kg $21
12 11 NYMPHADORA Stephen O’Halloran Michael Dee 5.54L 14 54kg $101
13 10 DEVINE FORCE Chris Munce Robbie Dolan 5.87L 3 54kg $101
14 16 LADY ZODIAC Anthony Cummings Chad Schofield 6.03L 15 54kg $201
15 14 EMPRESS OF JAPAN (NZ) Michael Freedman Dylan Gibbons (a) 8.93L 8 54kg $31
4 TOBEORNOTTOBE Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Mark Zahra 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Percy Sykes Stakes Betting Odds

The latest odds on the fillies in the Percy Sykes Stakes 2024 field will be available below the week of the race complete with Percy Sykes Stakes betting markets links to Ladbrokes.com.au.

The latest favourites in Percy Sykes Stakes betting to salute for the punters were Away Game ($3.20 in 2020) and Paris Dior ($4 in 2022).

There was a notable upset in 2023 with Kristilli winning at Percy Sykes Stakes odds of $19.

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2024 Percy Sykes Stakes Form Guide

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2024 Percy Sykes Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Percy Sykes Stakes 2024 Tips on the million-dollar two-year-old’s feature this autumn.

  • To Win: #1 Lady Of Camelot ($2.30 at time of publish) – BET NOW

The Percy Sykes, known for its fierce competition amongst fillies, lives up to its reputation again this year. Saturday’s Randwick card seems to really favour the favourites, and I’m confident with the top elect in this race. This Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained filly by Written Tycoon returns after a narrow victory in the Golden Slipper over this very distance (1200m) at Rosehill. Saved specifically for this lucrative million-dollar sprint, she faces a challenge with a wide barrier draw and a hefty weight assignment. However, her sheer class has the potential to overcome these obstacles. Look for her to win.

2024 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 2024 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 2024 final field features a full line-up of promising 2YO fillies led in betting by the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Golden Slipper winner Lady Of Camelot.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 4×121 LADY OF CAMELOT Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Blake Shinn 13 59kg
2 812431 ERNO’S CUBE Ciaron Maher Jason Collett 7 57kg
3 121 DRIFTING Peter & Paul Snowden Tom Sherry 2 56kg
4 241 TOBEORNOTTOBE Robbie Griffiths & Mathew de Kock Mark Zahra 9 56kg
5 21×247 ENEEZA Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman Damian Lane 6 55kg
6 214 CASTANYA Annabel Neasham Zac Lloyd (a) 11 55kg
7 13 TOO DARN LIZZIE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 12 54kg
8 422 FLY FLY Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 10 54kg
9 2193 EL MORZILLO Kelly Schweida Craig Williams 14 54kg
10 11×4 DEVINE FORCE Chris Munce Robbie Dolan 3 54kg
11 73×672 NYMPHADORA Stephen O’Halloran Michael Dee 15 54kg
12 112 AMEENA Anthony & Sam Freedman James McDonald 5 54kg
13 1 MORE TERRITORIES John O’Shea Tyler Schiller 4 54kg
14 1 EMPRESS OF JAPAN (NZ) Michael Freedman Dylan Gibbons (a) 8 54kg
15 45 DIDDLE DUMPLING Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Regan Bayliss 1 54kg
16 4 LADY ZODIAC Anthony Cummings Chad Schofield 16 54kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Percy Sykes Stakes First Acceptances

The official 2024 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 2024 Percy Sykes Stakes first acceptances close at midday on Tuesday the 12th of March, 2024.

The Percy Sykes Stakes 2024 nominations drew 81 hopefuls with updated all-in markets led by Lindsay Park’s in-form Bold Bastille putting together some nice stakes wins and the Group 3 Magic Night Stakes winning filly Drifting for Peter & Paul Snowden.

2024 Percy Sykes Stakes Nominations

Early nominations for the Percy Sykes Stakes in 2024 close on a Tuesday in early February and usually attract over 200 juveniles.

The 2024 Percy Sykes Stakes nominations attracted 177 juveniles with all-in markets currently led by Peter Moody & Katherine Coleman’s Black-Type winning filly Eneeza who ran second to Coleman in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes and the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Group 3 Widden Stakes winner Lady Of Camelot.

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 place=getters going back to 2000.

Year Place Horse Time
2024
Percy Sykes Stakes
1st Eneeza 1 minute 09.74 seconds
2nd Lady Of Camelot
3rd Erno’s Cube
2023
Percy Sykes Stakes
1st Kristilli 1 minute 11.62 seconds
2nd Tiz Invincible
3rd Kimochi
2022
Percy Sykes Stakes
1st Paris Dior 1 minute 14.44 seconds
2nd Willinga Beast
3rd Lady Laguna
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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