Skyline Stakes

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

2024 Skyline Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Storm Boy
  • 2nd: #3 Prost
  • 3rd: #8 Duvana



The Skyline Stakes is a Group 2 status races for two-year-old colts & geldings run at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Verry Elleegant Stakes Day (formerly 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 $300,000 in total prize money and offers the winner a ballot exemption for the upcoming Group 1 $4.92 million Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens the following month.

The meeting is headlined by the Group 1 Verry Elleegant 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’.

In 2020 after scoring an upset on debut to win the Skyline Stakes, Mamaragan went on to run third in both the Golden Slipper and Inglis Sires’ trifecta results.

The form out of the 2021 Skyline Stakes was firmly franked with the runner-up Hilal going on to run second in both the Inglis’ Sires and Champagne Stakes that autumn, and later winning the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes – $1 million Bondi Stakes (now defunct) double in the spring. Captivant meanwhile improved on his Skyline Stakes third that year to take out the Group 1 Champagne Stakes over the mile that April.

The 2022 Skyline Stakes form was franked with the second placed Rise Of The Masses winning the Group 3 Pago Pago Stakes next start.

In 2023 the Skyline Stakes again produced the Golden Slipper Stakes winner with Shinzo improving on his lead-up second to take out the Group 1. He went on to frank the form further in the spring heading south for a third in Flemington’s Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes results.

The Skyline Stakes 2024 ran on Saturday March 2, 2024 at Randwick with the undefeated Justify colt Storm Boy ($1.18F) for Waterhouse & Bott winning in an all-too-easy romp home ahead of the Golden Slipper. 

2024 Skyline Stakes
Date: Saturday March 2, 2024
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Set Weights / 2YO C&G
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000

2024 Skyline Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Storm Boy ($1.18F)
  • 2nd: #3 Prost
  • 3rd: #8 Duvana

Co-trainer Gai Waterhouse looks set for her eighth Golden Slipper Stakes trophy with the stable’s undefeated Magic Millions 2YO Classic winning colt Storm Boy ($1.18F) saluting in the 2024 Skyline Stakes results with ease ahead of the world’s richest race for two-year-olds.

Click here to read more on the big Skyline Stakes 2024 victory by the impressive Storm Boy.

2024 Skyline Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 STORM BOY Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott James McDonald 1 55.5kg $1.18F
2 3 PROST Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 1.38L 6 55.5kg $12
3 8 DUVANA Chris Waller Jason Collett 2.61L 3 55.5kg $18
4 4 PARKOUR James Cummings Tim Clark 4.79L 5 55.5kg $13
5 7 PRESIDENT Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 7.06L 7 55.5kg $20
6 5 CERONS Brett Cavanough Ashley Morgan 9.02L 2 55.5kg $51
7 6 INDECISIVE John Thompson Zac Lloyd (a) 15.21L 4 55.5kg $41
9 KINGDOM UNDERSIEGE Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 0
2 ODINSON Ciaron Maher Tom Marquand 0

2024 Skyline Stakes Betting

The latest Skyline Stakes 2024 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.

Storm Boy ($1.18 in 2024) was the last Skyline Stakes favourite to win.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2024 SKYLINE STAKES ODDS (Final Field)

2024 Skyline Stakes Form Guide

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2024 SKYLINE STAKES FORM GUIDE

2024 Skyline Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Skyline Stakes 2024 Tips on the Golden Slipper lead-up this autumn.

  • To Win: #1 Storm Boy ($1.24 at time of publish) – BET NOW

The Waterhouse/Bott stable looks poised to dominate this race with their top contender Storm Boy, the undefeated colt chasing his fourth consecutive win. With an ideal draw in barrier one and J. Mac in the saddle, this Justify colt boasts an impressive record, including a dominant Group 3 victory in Brisbane and his $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic triumph in January. He returns fresh after a winning trial at Rosehill, and the strength of his Magic Millions form makes him a formidable force. Storm Boy looks set for another victory.

2024 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 2024 Skyline Stakes field and barriers will be released by Racing NSW on the Wednesday of race week and published in full below.

Magic Millions 2YO Classic winning colt Storm Boy headlines the Skyline Stakes 2024 final field of Golden Slipper-bound youngsters in Sydney this weekend.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 111 STORM BOY Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott James McDonald 1 55.5kg
2 31×7 ODINSON Ciaron Maher Tom Marquand 7 55.5kg
3 3×1 PROST Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 6 55.5kg
4 21x PARKOUR James Cummings Tim Clark 5 55.5kg
5 2x CERONS Brett Cavanough Ashley Morgan 2 55.5kg
6 4 INDECISIVE John Thompson Zac Lloyd (a) 4 55.5kg
7 3 PRESIDENT Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 9 55.5kg
8 5 DUVANA Chris Waller Jason Collett 3 55.5kg
9 8 KINGDOM UNDERSIEGE Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 8 55.5kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Skyline Stakes Nominations

Nominations for the Skyline Stakes in 2024 close the Monday of race week and will be announced below once available.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 13 ANODE C 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
2 2x CERONS C 2 Brett Cavanough
3 CLEAR PROOF C 2 John Thompson
4 DECONSTRUCTION C 2 Ciaron Maher
5 5 DUVANA C 2 Chris Waller
6 2 GROWING EMPIRE C 2 Ciaron Maher
7 4 INDECISIVE C 2 John Thompson
8 8 KINGDOM UNDERSIEGE C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden
9 31×7 ODINSON C 2 Ciaron Maher
10 21x PARKOUR C 2 James Cummings
11 3 PRESIDENT C 2 Chris Waller
12 3×1 PROST C 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
13 111 STORM BOY C 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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), Microphone (2019), and Storm Boy (2024).

Recent Skyline Stakes Winners

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

Year Place Horse Time
2024
Skyline Stakes
1st Storm Boy 1 minute 09.98 seconds
2nd Prost
3rd Duvana
2023
Skyline Stakes
1st Corniche 1 minute 10.44 seconds
2nd Shinzo
3rd Bases Loaded
2022
Skyline Stakes
1st Promitto  1 minute 15.45 seconds
2nd Rise Of the Masses
3rd Jemeldi
2021
Skyline Stakes
1st O’President  1 minute 10.99 seconds
2nd Hilal
3rd Captivant
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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