Theo Marks Stakes

The Theo Marks Stakes is held each September at Rosehill Gardens (Kembla Grange in 2021) on The Run To The Rose Day.

2021 Theo Marks Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Chat
  • 2nd: #11 Embracer
  • 3rd: #10 Big Parade



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.

* Note: The 2021 Theo Marks Stakes meeting moved from Rosehill to Kembla Grange due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

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 $200,000. 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 $15 million The Everest (1200m) in October, as well as the both the $500,000 Silver Eagle (1300m) at Randwick in October and $7.5 million The Golden Eagle (1500m) for four-year-olds back at Rosehill in November.

The 2021 Theo Marks Stakes ran on Saturday September 11, 2021 at Kembla Grange Racecourse (moved from Rosehill) and was won in an upset by Chat at 30/1. 

2021 Theo Marks Stakes
Date: Saturday September 11, 2021
Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse (Kembla Grange in 2021).
Distance: 1300m
Conditions: 3YO & Up – Quality Handicap
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000
Inaugurated: 1946

2021 Theo Marks Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Chat
  • 2nd: #11 Embracer
  • 3rd: #10 Big Parade

John Thompson’s underrated son of Deep Field, Chat ($31), bounced back to his best form with an upset win in the Theo Marks Stakes 2021 results defeating Embracer (2nd) and the beaten odds-on favourite Big Parade (3rd).

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 7 CHAT John Thompson Brock Ryan (a) 6 54kg $31
2 11 EMBRACER Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Regan Bayliss 0.4L 3 53.5kg $15
3 10 BIG PARADE Mark Newnham Tim Clark 1.7L 2 53.5kg $1.95F
4 5 NIMALEE Matthew Smith Ms Rachel King 1.8L 9 55.5kg $19
5 2 ICEBATH (NZ) Brad Widdup Kerrin McEvoy 1.9L 7 56.5kg $16
6 12 DISCHARGED Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jean Van Overmeire (a) 2.1L 4 53kg $21
7 6 PRIVATE EYE Joseph Pride Jay Ford 2.3L 8 55.5kg $5.50
8 4 MADAM ROUGE Chris Waller James McDonald 2.8L 1 56kg $8
9 3 ROHERYN James Cummings Hugh Bowman 3.3L 5 56.5kg $11
1 IMAGING (GB) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 0
8 HILAL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jason Collett 0
9 PEYTON PLACE Greg Stephens Tom Sherry (a) 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Theo Marks Stakes Betting

The season’s best Theo Marks Stakes 2021 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.

2021 Theo Marks Stakes Field

The 2021 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 2021 final field features a quality line-up of spring hopefuls led in betting by Mark Newnham’s last start winner at the track by over three lengths Big Parade.

  • Scratched: #1 Imaging (5); #8 Hilal (3)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 303x2007x7 IMAGING (GB) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 5 59kg 107
2 12x33542x3 ICEBATH (NZ) Brad Widdup Kerrin McEvoy 9 56.5kg 106
3 219x13638x ROHERYN James Cummings Hugh Bowman 7 56.5kg 102
4 1x260x634x MADAM ROUGE Chris Waller James McDonald 1 56kg 105
5 2235x1194x NIMALEE Matthew Smith Ms Rachel King 11 55.5kg 104
6 1111x821x1 PRIVATE EYE Joseph Pride Jay Ford 10 55.5kg 100
7 142355×127 CHAT John Thompson Brock Ryan (a) 8 54kg 97
8 12722×5 HILAL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jason Collett 3 54kg 94
9 5718379×18 PEYTON PLACE Greg Stephens Tom Sherry (a) 12 54kg 72
10 x41x6131x1 BIG PARADE Mark Newnham Tim Clark 2 53.5kg 96
11 0x30x177x2 EMBRACER Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Regan Bayliss 4 53.5kg 96
12 35113x236x DISCHARGED Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jean Van Overmeire (a) 6 53kg 92

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Theo Marks Stakes Nominations

The 2021 Theo Marks Stakes nominations are out the Monday leading-up to the race and the early entries will be published right here.

The Theo Marks Stakes 2021 nominations attracted 15 early entries led in pre-field betting by the Joe Pride-trained Private Eye coming off a first-up win in the Group 3 Show County Quality.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 303x2007x7 IMAGING (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 1 59kg 59kg 107
2 12x33542x3 ICEBATH (NZ) M 5 Brad Widdup 2 56.5kg 56.5kg 106
3 1x260x634x MADAM ROUGE M 6 Chris Waller 3= 56kg 56kg 105
4 160x17257x SUBPOENAED (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller 3= 56kg 56kg 105
5 2235x1194x NIMALEE M 5 Matthew Smith 5 55.5kg 55.5kg 104
6 219x13638x ROHERYN G 6 James Cummings 6 56.5kg 56.5kg 102
7 1111x821x1 PRIVATE EYE G 4 Joseph Pride 7 55.5kg 55.5kg 100
8 142355×127 CHAT G 5 John Thompson 8 54kg 54kg 97
9 x41x6131x1 BIG PARADE G 5 Mark Newnham 9= 54kg 53.5kg 96
10 0x30x177x2 EMBRACER G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 9= 54kg 53.5kg 96
11 5x117799x8 OUTRAGEOUS G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 9= 54kg 53.5kg 96
12 12722×5 HILAL C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 12 54kg 53kg 94
13 35113x236x DISCHARGED G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 13 54kg 53kg 92
14 13×56 MAZU C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 14 54kg 53kg 75
15 5718379×18 PEYTON PLACE G 6 Greg Stephens 15 54kg 53kg 72

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
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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