Theo Marks Stakes

The Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) is held each September at Rosehill Gardens on The Run To The Rose Day.

2020 Theo Marks Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Wild Planet
  • 2nd: #5 Funstar
  • 3rd: #4 Ranier



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 $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 $7.5 million The Golden Eagle (1500m) for four-year-olds back at Rosehill in November.

The 2020 Theo Marks Stakes ran on Saturday September 12, 2020 and was won by the Hawkes Racing-trained Wild Planet.

2020 Theo Marks Stakes
Date: Saturday September 12, 2020
Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
Distance: 1300m
Conditions: 3YO & Up – Quality Handicap
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000
Inaugurated: 1946

2020 Theo Marks Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Wild Planet
  • 2nd: #5 Funstar
  • 3rd: #4 Ranier

The consistent Hawkes Racing-trained Wild Planet ($5.50) was too good for Chris Waller’s Group 1 winning mare Funstar ($3.90) in a close Theo Marks Stakes 2020 result. The duo beat home Godolphin’s third placed Ranier ($12) and both now head towards and Epsom Handicap run over the mile.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 6 WILD PLANET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 4 54kg $5.50
2 5 FUNSTAR Chris Waller James McDonald 0.4L 5 55kg $3.90F
3 4 RANIER James Cummings Jason Collett 1.4L 8 56kg $12
4 3 SPECIAL REWARD Kris Lees Nash Rawiller 1.6L 6 57kg $4.20
5 9 DUCA VALENTINOIS (IRE) James Cummings Ms Rachel King 2.2L 2 53.5kg $61
6 10 SIGNORE FOX Peter & Paul Snowden Jeff Penza 2.5L 7 53kg $16
7 8 FENDER Brett Cavanough Jean Van Overmeire (a) 2.7L 11 54kg $21
8 1 TYZONE Toby & Trent Edmonds Jim Byrne 3.1L 3 58.5kg $19
9 11 RIODINI (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 4L 9 53kg $9.50
10 2 NICCANOVA Craig Carmody Regan Bayliss 5.1L 1 57.5kg $14
11 7 CRACK ON CRACK ON (GB) Gary & John Moore Glen Boss 10.8L 10 54kg $26

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 Theo Marks Stakes Betting

The season’s best Theo Marks Stakes 2020 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.

2020 Theo Marks Stakes Field

The 2020 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 2020 final field features 11 runners led in betting by Chris Waller’s Group 1 winning mare Funstar racing second-up and the well-weighted Wild Planet looking to atone for a luckless first-up run.

Click here to read more on the standout runners in the 2020 Theo Marks Stakes field and betting markets.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2020 THE RUN TO THE ROSE DAY SCRATCHINGS & TRACK REPORT

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 6436x7751x TYZONE Toby & Trent Edmonds Jim Byrne 3 58.5kg 109
2 1412×23226 NICCANOVA Craig Carmody Regan Bayliss 1 57.5kg 107
3 1x56x211x3 SPECIAL REWARD Kris Lees Nash Rawiller 6 57kg 106
4 04210x115x RANIER James Cummings Jason Collett 8 56kg 104
5 211x2142x6 FUNSTAR Chris Waller James McDonald 5 55kg 106
6 231x7410x8 WILD PLANET Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 4 54kg 98
7 11012x043x CRACK ON CRACK ON (GB) Gary & John Moore Glen Boss 10 54kg 96
8 111×1 FENDER Brett Cavanough Jean Van Overmeire (a) 11 54kg 73
9 21850x686x DUCA VALENTINOIS (IRE) James Cummings Ms Rachel King 2 53.5kg 99
10 1515×08014 SIGNORE FOX Peter & Paul Snowden Jeff Penza 7 53kg 98
11 1x11123x RIODINI (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 9 53kg 96

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Theo Marks Stakes Nominations

The 2020 Theo Marks Stakes nominations are out the Monday leading-up to the race and the early entries will be published right here.

Master trainer Chris Waller dominates the 2020 Theo Marks Stakes nominations with six of the 19 early entries as last year’s winning horseman chases a fifth win in the event. Among the Waller entries are the three early favourites in betting: Funstar, Imaging and multiple Group 1 runner-up Star Of The Seas.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 11012x043x CRACK ON CRACK ON (GB) G 6 Gary & John Moore
2 21850x686x DUCA VALENTINOIS (IRE) G 9 James Cummings 99
3 111×1 FENDER G 4 Brett Cavanough 73
4 14x1602x29 FLIT M 4 James Cummings 106
5 211x2142x6 FUNSTAR M 4 Chris Waller 106
6 20x8100x34 IMAGING (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 109
7 x30x30x4x7 LE ROMAIN G 8 Kris Lees 109
8 1412×23226 NICCANOVA G 7 Craig Carmody 107
9 3×11 NORTH PACIFIC C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 85
10 31x50340x3 NUDGE M 4 Chris Waller 85
11 04210x115x RANIER G 5 James Cummings
12 23x82435x3 RELOADED H 4 Chris Waller
13 1x11123x RIODINI (NZ) G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 96
14 1515×08014 SIGNORE FOX H 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 98
15 1x56x211x3 SPECIAL REWARD G 5 Kris Lees 106
16 393x1720x2 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 110
17 x1259243x4 SUBPOENAED (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 87
18 6436x7751x TYZONE G 7 Toby & Trent Edmonds
19 231x7410x8 WILD PLANET G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 98

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.

Recent Theo Marks Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
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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