Theo Marks Stakes

The Theo Marks Stakes is held each September at Rosehill Gardens on The Run To The Rose Day.

2023 Theo Marks Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Golden Mile
  • 2nd: #1 The Inevitable
  • 3rd: #14 Waterford



The Theo Marks Stakes takes place during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival and is a Group 2 race run in early-mid September at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse. It is held on Run To The Rose Day, which also features the Group 2 The Run To The Rose (1200m) for Golden Rose-bound three-year-olds and recently upgraded Group 2 Sheraco Stakes.

A 1300m sprint, the Theo Marks Stakes is open to horses aged three-year-olds and up, is run under quality handicap conditions and is worth $300,000 in prize money as of 2023. Many runners kick-off their spring in the Theo Marks Stakes field, but a good lead-up race into the event is Randwick’s Group 3 Show County Quality (1200m) and Deploy (2017) was the last to do the double.

Horses that contend the Theo Marks Stakes will often progress onto the Sydney Spring Carnival’s premier events including the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick in early October.

The Theo Marks Stakes / Epsom Handicap is also a popular betting double well worth a look during the carnival and the last horse to take out both races was Winx (2015).

The race also now serves as a potential lead-up to the world’s richest turf race, Randwick’s $20 million The Everest (1200m) in October, as well as the both the Silver Eagle (1300m) at Randwick in October and $10 million The Golden Eagle (1500m) for four-year-olds back at Rosehill in November.

The 2021 Theo Marks Stakes form was franked with the third place-getter Big Parade going on to win that year’s $500,000 Sydney Stakes on The Everest Day. Big Parade also finished fourth in that year’s Winners Stakes before returning in the autumn of 2022 to finish second in the Group 1 The Galaxy.

In 2022 Mr Mozart ran second in both the Theo Marks Stakes and Silver Eagle.

The 2023 Theo Marks Stakes ran on Saturday September 9, 2023 and saw the Godolphin-raced Astern four-year-old Golden Mile ($8.50) return to winning form. 

2023 Theo Marks Stakes
Date: Saturday September 9, 2023
Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse 
Distance: 1300m
Conditions: 3YO & Up – Quality Handicap
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $300,000
Inaugurated: 1946

2023 Theo Marks Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Golden Mile ($8.50)
  • 2nd: #1 The Inevitable
  • 3rd: #14 Waterford

The James Cummings-trained Astern four-year-old Golden Mile ($8.50) was back to his better form slipping up on the rails before giving a nice late kick to hold off the fast-finishing challengers for an upset in the 2023 Theo Marks Stakes results in Sydney.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 5 GOLDEN MILE James Cummings Nash Rawiller 6 57kg $8.50
2 1 THE INEVITABLE Tegan Keys Ryan Maloney 0.31L 5 59kg $13
3 14 WATERFORD (IRE) Chris Waller Tyler Schiller 0.68L 2 53.5kg $10
4 4 NUGGET (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jason Collett 1.18L 9 58kg $4.80
5 9 ARGENTIA Joseph Pride Chad Schofield 1.59L 7 54kg $3.90F
6 16 CUBAN ROYALE Robert & Luke Price Brock Ryan 2.84L 4 53kg $31
7 2 KIRWAN’S LANE (NZ) John O’Shea Tom Sherry 2.99L 3 58.5kg $61
8 7 MADAME POMMERY Chris Waller Dylan Gibbons (a) 3.21L 1 55.5kg $7
9 3 KOVALICA (NZ) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 3.93L 8 58kg $16
10 12 FLYING CRAZY Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jay Ford 4.08L 10 54kg $91
11 8 CROSS TALK (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King 4.25L 12 55.5kg $7
12 15 COMMANDO HUNT Cameron Crockett Reece Jones 4.85L 11 53kg $71
17e MILITARIZE (NZ) Chris Waller 0
10 TAMERLANE James Cummings Zac Lloyd (a) 0
6 ZOUGOTCHA Chris Waller Brett Prebble 0
13 DEEP SNOW Becky Byrne Ms Madeline Owen (a) 0
11 WILD PLANET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Theo Marks Stakes Betting

The season’s best Theo Marks Stakes 2023 betting and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below the week of the race.

Arcadia Queen ($1.95 in 2019) was the last favourite in Theo Marks Stakes betting to salute.

There was a notable upset in 2021 with Chat winning at Theo Marks Stakes odds of $31.

Another upset was on the cards in 2022 with the Chris Waller-trained Kiku winning at $18.

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2023 Theo Marks Stakes Form

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2023 Theo Marks Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Theo Marks Stakes 2023 Tips on the spring lead-up this Run To The Rose Day.

  • To Win: #4 Nugget ($5.50 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Open edition of the Theo Marks and Nugget looks a big chance first-up with plenty of previous good form when fresh (5:2-1-1). The seven-year-old is from the powerhouse Maher/Eustace stable and runs for the first time since a Doncaster Mile third to Mr Brightside in the autumn. Mr Brightside has franked that form winning the PB Lawrence – Memsie Stakes double in recent outings. Nugget had far less weight there than Saturday’s race, but he’s been competitive in plenty of top races with big kilos at WFA including a CF Orr third, Futurity fifth, and fifth also only two lengths beaten in the All-Star Mile. Big chance to kick off his spring with a win off some eye-catching trials.

2023 Theo Marks Stakes Field

The 2023 Theo Marks Stakes field is released by Racing NSW on the Wednesday of race week, the full list of final acceptors to be published below.

The Theo Marks Stakes 2023 final field is now out with markets led by Chris Waller’s returning Queensland Derby champ Kovalica and the autumn’s Doncaster Mile third place-getter Nugget prepared by Ciaron Maher & David Eustace.  

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 2x1111113x THE INEVITABLE Tegan Keys Ryan Maloney 6 59kg 107
2 131x69x04x KIRWAN’S LANE (NZ) John O’Shea Tom Sherry 4 58.5kg 106
3 1111x3131x KOVALICA (NZ) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 10 58kg 105
4 x21113553x NUGGET (GB) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jason Collett 12 58kg 105
5 11x2400x90 GOLDEN MILE James Cummings Nash Rawiller 7 57kg 103
6 x111x419x6 ZOUGOTCHA Chris Waller Brett Prebble 8 56kg 105
7 5261x407x2 MADAME POMMERY Chris Waller Dylan Gibbons (a) 1 55.5kg 104
8 1338x2140x CROSS TALK (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King 17 55.5kg 100
9 910x500x42 ARGENTIA Joseph Pride Chad Schofield 9 54kg 100
10 911x21140x TAMERLANE James Cummings Zac Lloyd (a) 13 54kg 97
11 97447x593x WILD PLANET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 16 54kg 93
12 003x54038x FLYING CRAZY Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jay Ford 14 54kg 90
13 1x2210x693 DEEP SNOW Becky Byrne 2 54kg 68
14 x1191x520x WATERFORD (IRE) Chris Waller Tyler Schiller 3 53.5kg 96
15 330x54131x COMMANDO HUNT Cameron Crockett Reece Jones 15 53kg 95
16 11413377×5 CUBAN ROYALE Robert & Luke Price Brock Ryan 5 53kg 92
17e 13011x MILITARIZE (NZ) Chris Waller 11 55kg 104

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Theo Marks Stakes Nominations

The 2023 Theo Marks Stakes nominations are out the Monday leading-up to the race and the early entries will be published right here.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 5123x216Px ATISHU (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 1 59kg 59kg 111
2 2x1111113x THE INEVITABLE G 8 Tegan Keys 2 59kg 59kg 107
3 131x69x04x KIRWAN’S LANE (NZ) G 7 John O’Shea 3= 58.5kg 58.5kg 106
4 x640x6117x ESPIONA M 5 Chris Waller 3= 56.5kg 56.5kg 106
5 1111x3131x KOVALICA (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 5= 58kg 58kg 105
6 x21113553x NUGGET (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 5= 58kg 58kg 105
7 x111x419x6 ZOUGOTCHA M 4 Chris Waller 5= 56kg 56kg 105
8 5261x407x2 MADAME POMMERY M 4 Chris Waller 8= 55.5kg 55.5kg 104
9 13011x MILITARIZE (NZ) C 3 Chris Waller 8= 55kg 55kg 104
10 11x2400x90 GOLDEN MILE H 4 James Cummings 10 57kg 57kg 103
11 1338x2140x CROSS TALK (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 11= 55.5kg 55.5kg 100
12 910x500x42 ARGENTIA M 5 Joseph Pride 11= 54kg 53.5kg 100
13 707x20429x EXPAT (NZ) M 6 Joseph Pride 11= 54kg 53.5kg 100
14 911x21140x TAMERLANE G 6 James Cummings 14 54kg 54kg 97
15 x1191x520x WATERFORD (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 15 54kg 53.5kg 96
16 330x54131x COMMANDO HUNT G 6 Cameron Crockett 16 54kg 53kg 95
17 97447x593x WILD PLANET G 8 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 17 54kg 53kg 93
18 11413377×5 CUBAN ROYALE G 9 Robert & Luke Price 18 54kg 53kg 92
19 003x54038x FLYING CRAZY G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 19 54kg 53kg 90
20 x251x130x6 EXTREMELY LUCKY G 5 Chris Waller 20 54kg 53kg 88
21 162127×634 GLINT OF SILVER G 4 David Pfieffer 21 54kg 53kg 86
22 1x2210x693 DEEP SNOW G 5 Becky Byrne 22 54kg 53kg 68

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Theo Marks Stakes History

Shannon won the first Theo Marks Stakes when it was inaugurated in 1946. Beginning as a Principal race run over 7 furlongs, the race distance was converted to 1400m in 1973 with Australia’s adoption of the metric system. Following this in 1979 the race status was elevated to a Group 2 event. In 1985 the race distance was shortened to 1300m and then to 1280m in 1990. Run twice over 1280m it was increased back to 1300m in 1992.

The most notable recent Theo Marks Stakes winner was the 2015 champion Winx who would retire with a record-breaking four Cox Plate victories to her name.

The 2021 edition of the Theo Marks Stakes was run at Kembla Grange having moved from Rosehill due to COVID-19.

Recent Theo Marks Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2023
Theo Marks Stakes
1st Golden Mile 1 minute 16.35 seconds
2nd The Inevitable
3rd Waterford
2022
Theo Marks Stakes
1st Kiku 1 minute 16.62 seconds
2nd Mr Mozart
3rd Prime Candidate
2021
Theo Marks Stakes
(Run at Kembla Grange)
1st Chat 1 minute 17.35 seconds
2nd Embracer
3rd Big Parade
2020
Theo Marks Stakes
1st Wild Planet 1 minute 15.73 seconds
2nd Funstar
3rd Ranier
2019
Theo Marks Stakes
1st Arcadia Queen 1 minute 14.96 seconds
2nd Trope
3rd Gem Song
2018
Theo Marks Stakes
1st Home Of The Brave 1 minute 19.34 seconds
2nd D’Argento
3rd Trapeze Artist
2017
Theo Marks Stakes
1st Deploy 1 minute 14.92 seconds
2nd Egg Tart
3rd Euro Angel
2016
Theo Marks Stakes
1st Mackintosh 1 minute 17.11 seconds
2nd Counterattack
3rd Southern Legend
2015
Theo Marks Stakes
1st Winx 1 minute 15.77 seconds
2nd Sons of John
3rd Ninth Legion
2014
Theo Marks Stakes
1st Cluster 1 minute 23.34 seconds
2nd Bull Point
3rd Ninth Legion
2013
Theo Marks Stakes
1st Riva De Lago 1 minute 21.67 seconds
2nd Solzhenitsyn
3rd Your Honour
2012
Theo Marks Stakes
1st Ambidexter 1 minute 22.29 seconds
2nd Fat Al
3rd Dystopia
2011
Theo Marks Stakes
1st Master Of Design 1 minute 16.79 seconds
2nd Torio’s Quest
3rd Fast Clip
2010
Theo Marks Stakes
1st More Joyous 1 minute 22.16 seconds
2nd Rothesay
3rd Drumbeats
2009
Theo Marks Stakes
1st Racing To Win 1 minute 22.1 seconds
2nd Rock Kingdom
3rd Triple Honour
2008
Theo Marks Stakes
1st Hurried Choice 1 minute 17.1 seconds
2nd Forensics
3rd Ice Chariot
2007
Theo Marks Stakes
Race Not Held  
2006
Theo Marks Stakes
1st Racing To Win 1 minute 16.5 seconds
2nd New Edge
3rd Regal Cheer
2005
Theo Marks Stakes
1st Paratroopers 1 minute 16.8 seconds
2nd Perfect Promise
3rd Outback Prince
2004
Theo Marks Stakes
1st Falkirk 1 minute 17.7 seconds
2nd Grand Armee
3rd Private Steer
2003
Theo Marks Stakes
1st Fiery Venture 1 minute 16.3 seconds
2nd Grand Armee
3rd Osca Warrior
2002
Theo Marks Stakes
1st Defier 1 minute 15.7 seconds
2nd Phoenix Park
3rd Carael Boy
2001
Theo Marks Stakes
1st Shogun Lodge 1 minute 16.8 seconds
2nd Fouardee
3rd Belle Du Jour
2000
Theo Marks Stakes
1st Hire 1 minute 17.1 seconds
2nd Landsighting
3rd Shogun Lodge

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