Skyline Stakes

The Group 2 Skyline Stakes is a 1200m sprint for 2YO colts & geldings run at Royal Randwick on Chipping Norton Stakes Day in the autumn as a key lead-up to the Golden Slipper Stakes.

2020 Skyline Stakes Results

  • 1st: #9 Mamaragan
  • 2nd: #5 Osamu
  • 3rd: #2 Aim



The Skyline Stakes is a Group 2 status races for two-year-old colts & geldings run at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Chipping Norton Stakes Day in late February or early March during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Held under set weights conditions the 1200m sprint offers $200,000 in total prize money and offers the winner a ballot exemption for the upcoming Group 1 $3.5 million Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens the following month.

The meeting is headlined by the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1400m) and recently upgraded Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m) for three-year-old fillies. There are a number of other Group status support acts on the card including the Skyline Stakes and the two-year-old fillies’ equivalent – the Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m).

Colts & geldings running in the Skyline Stakes field may have come off an earlier autumn run in a traditional lead-up including the Group 3 Canonbury Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill in late January or the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) the week before.

After contesting the Skyline Stakes the Golden Slipper-bound youngsters may have another lead-up into the Group 1 in the Group 2 Todman Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick in early March. The last horse to win the Skyline Stakes – Golden Slipper Stakes double without a run in between was Dance Hero (2004).

More recently, the 2019 Skyline Stakes winner Microphone went on to run second in that year’s Golden Slipper Stakes before winning the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce (1400m) over more distance during ‘The Championships’.

The Skyline Stakes 2020 ran on Saturday February 29, 2020 and was won by the John Thompson-trained Mamaragan on debut. 

2020 Skyline Stakes
Date: Saturday February 29, 2020
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Set Weights / 2YO C&G
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2020 Skyline Stakes Results

  • 1st: #9 Mamaragan
  • 2nd: #5 Osamu
  • 3rd: #2 Aim

Trainer John Thompson has uncovered a genuine Golden Slipper contender in Mamaragan with the colt scoring an impressive upset win on debut in the Skyline Stakes 2020 results ahead of Chris Waller’s $1.7 million purchase Osamu and the better-fancied Aim.

Click here to read more on the eye-catching 2020 Skyline Stakes winner Mamaragan.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 9 MAMARAGAN John Thompson Blake Shinn 7 55.5kg $19
2 5 OSAMU Chris Waller James McDonald 1.3L 8 55.5kg $19
3 2 AIM Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 2.1L 2 55.5kg $4.80
4 3 POSTCODE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 2.9L 5 55.5kg $13
5 8 ARGENTEUS Peter & Paul Snowden Ben Melham 3.1L 1 55.5kg $6.50
6 1 PRAGUE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Tommy Berry 3.2L 3 55.5kg $2.60F
7 6 TOMMY GOLD (NZ) John O’Shea Joshua Parr 4.2L 4 55.5kg $9
8 4 MISSION RIVER Gerald Ryan Hugh Bowman 5.6L 6 55.5kg $8.50
9 7 GORSHIN Anthony Cummings Jean Van Overmeire (a) 11.8L 9 55.5kg $81

2020 Skyline Stakes Betting

The latest Skyline Stakes 2020 betting odds provided by Ladbrokes.com.au will be available for selection below as soon as markets on the official Golden Slipper Stakes lead-up are out the week of the race.

2020 Skyline Stakes Field

The Skyline Stakes field attracts a line-up of the season’s most promising two-year-old sprinters, the colts and geldings traditionally targeting a start in the upcoming Golden Slipper Stakes field.

The official 2020 Skyline Stakes field and barriers will be released by Racing NSW on the Wednesday of race week and published in full below.

The Skyline Stakes 2020 final field features nine two-year-old colts and geldings, seven of which have previous race experience. The undefeated Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Prague leads betting chasing a third straight win following his Group 3 Canonbury Stakes success last start at the track.

Click here to read more on the Prague-led 2020 Skyline Stakes field of Golden Slipper hopefuls.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
1 11 PRAGUE Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Tommy Berry 3 55.5kg
2 118 AIM Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 2 55.5kg
3 22x POSTCODE Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 5 55.5kg
4 22 MISSION RIVER Gerald Ryan Hugh Bowman 6 55.5kg
5 27 OSAMU Chris Waller James McDonald 8 55.5kg
6 4×2 TOMMY GOLD (NZ) John O’Shea Joshua Parr 4 55.5kg
7 64 GORSHIN Anthony Cummings Jean Van Overmeire (a) 9 55.5kg
8 ARGENTEUS Peter & Paul Snowden Ben Melham 1 55.5kg
9 MAMARAGAN John Thompson Blake Shinn 7 55.5kg

Skyline Stakes History

The Skyline Stakes has been run since 1979 as a Golden Slipper Stakes lead-up. The race is named in honour of the 1958 Golden Slipper winner Skyline who also won that season’s Australian Derby.

The race has taken place over a number of different Sydney race tracks over its history including Canterbury Park, Rosehill, Warwick Farm and its current home at Randwick Racecourse. It began as a Principal Race (1979) before upgrades to Listed (1980-86), Group 3 (1987-2012) and now its current Group 2 (2013 onwards) status.

Notable recent Skyline Stakes winners include Shogun Lodge (1999), Choisir (2002), Dance Hero (2004), Snitzel (2005), Manhattan Rain (2009), Hinchinbrook (2010), Exosphere (2015) and Microphone (2019).

Recent Skyline Stakes Winners

Check out the table below for the full Skyline Stakes results & winners dating back to 2000.

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Skyline Stakes
1st Mamaragan  1 minute 9.52 seconds
2nd Osamu
3rd Aim
2019
Skyline Stakes
1st Microphone  1 minute 9.33 seconds
2nd Cosmic Force
3rd Castelvecchio
2018
Skyline Stakes
1st Santos 1 minute 11.15 seconds
2nd Spin
3rd Legend Of Condor
2017
Skyline Stakes
1st Diamond Tathagata 1 minute 14.22 seconds
2nd Coruscate
3rd Single Bullet
2016
Skyline Stakes
1st Good Standing 1 minute 9.0 seconds
2nd Lionhearted
3rd Souchez
2015
Skyline Stakes
1st Exosphere 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Odyssey Moon
3rd Wolf Cry
2014
Skyline Stakes
1st Valentia 1 minute 11.4 seconds
2nd Mr Bogart
3rd Modoc
2013
Skyline Stakes
1st All The Talk 1 minute 9.7 seconds
2nd Octane Flyer
3rd Dothraki
2012
Skyline Stakes
1st Ashokan 1 minute 10.9 seconds
2nd Raceway
3rd Collect
2011
Skyline Stakes
1st Uate 1 minute 9.7 seconds
2nd Hot Snitzel
3rd Flight Of Pegasus
2010
Skyline Stakes
1st Hinchinbrook 1 minute 8.8 seconds
2nd Brightexpectations
3rd Pressday
2009
Skyline Stakes
1st Manhattan Rain 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd The Mikado
3rd Romanus
2008
Skyline Stakes
1st All American 1 minute 11.2 seconds
2nd Over The Wicket
3rd Dubai To Sydney
2007
Skyline Stakes
1st Murtajill 1 minute 9.6 seconds
2nd Husson Lightning
3rd Pistols
2006
Skyline Stakes
1st Casino Prince 1 minute 11.1 seconds
2nd Empire’s Choice
3rd My Middi
2005
Skyline Stakes
1st Snitzel 1 minute 10.0 seconds
2nd Stratum
3rd Paratroopers
2004
Skyline Stakes
1st Dance Hero 1 minute 10.7 seconds
2nd Fastnet Rock
3rd Econsul
2003
Skyline Stakes
1st Kusi 1 minute 10.0 seconds
2nd Face Value
3rd Resistor
2002
Skyline Stakes
1st Choisir 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Emerging Star
3rd Charlie Bub
2001
Skyline Stakes
1st Viscount 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Excellerator
3rd Shags
2000
Skyline Stakes
1st Kootoomootoo 1 minute 11.8 seconds
2nd Assertive Lad
3rd Veteran

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