Sky High Stakes

The Group 3 Sky High Stakes takes place each year in March at Rosehill Racecourse on Coolmore Classic Day during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

2021 Sky High Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Toffee Tongue
  • 2nd: #6 Spirit Ridge
  • 3rd: #1 Mirage Dancer



The Sky High Stakes is a Group 3 race held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse on Coolmore Classic Day in March during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Contested over 2000m the set weights plus penalties race is open to horses aged three-years-old and above and offers a lucrative $350,000 in total prize money. Coolmore Classic Day is headlined by the fillies and mares facing off in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and the meeting is host to a number of other Group status races. Other highlights on the card including the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes (1500m), Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m), Group 3 Magic Night Stakes (1200m) and the Group 3 Pago Pago Stakes (1200m) for Golden Slipper Stakes hopefuls.

A nice lead-up into the Sky High Stakes is the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) over a mile in late February. In 2015 Hartnell ran second in the Chipping Norton Stakes before winning the Sky High Stakes. The 2017 Sky High Stakes winner Tavago also backed-up off a Chipping Norton Stakes run (5th). More recently, Chris Waller’s mare Toffee Tongue improved on an eighth in the Chipping Norton to win the Sky High at $14.

The stayers that face off in the Sky High Stakes field are traditionally heading towards longer distance features over the autumn including the Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m) run at Royal Randwick in April. Country Tyrone (2006) was the last horse to complete the Sky High Stakes – Sydney Cup double.

The Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) – formerly The BMW – is another elite level option for Sky High Stakes graduates and in 2015 Who Shot Thebarman ran fourth in both races before a second in the Sydney Cup. That year Hartnell (2015) completed the Sky High Stakes – The BMW double. In 2016 Who Shot Thebarman returned to finish third in the Sky High Stakes, second in The BMW and fourth in the Sydney Cup.

The Sky High Stakes 2021 ran on Saturday March 13, 2021 and saw Toffee Tongue return to form third-up. 

2021 Sky High Stakes
Date: Saturday March 13, 2021
Track: Rosehill Racecourse
Distance: 2000m
Race Type: Set Weights + Penalties
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $350,000

2021 Sky High Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Toffee Tongue
  • 2nd: #6 Spirit Ridge
  • 3rd: #1 Mirage Dancer

Chris Waller’s 2020 Schweppes Oaks winner Toffee Tongue returned to winning form third-up defeating the front-runner Spirit Ridge in a narrow lunge on the line ahead of a potential Group 1 Tancred Stakes assignment.

Click here to read more on the thrilling late win in the Sky High Stakes 2021 results by Toffee Tongue.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 5 TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) Chris Waller Tom Marquand 2 56kg $14
2 6 SPIRIT RIDGE (GB) Mark Newnham Robbie Dolan 0.1L 5 55.5kg $6.50
3 1 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Nash Rawiller 0.9L 3 58kg $21
4 4 COLETTE James Cummings Ms Rachel King 1L 7 56kg $1.85F
5 2 SHRAAOH (IRE) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 1.4L 1 58kg $71
6 3 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Kerrin McEvoy 1.8L 8 56.5kg $5.50
7 8 AVION FURY Glen Thompson Sam Clipperton 3.6L 6 55kg $81
8 7 MUSTAJEER (GB) Kris Lees James McDonald 8.5L 4 55kg $9

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Sky High Stakes Odds

The autumn’s latest Sky High Stakes 2021 betting odds and market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below the week of the race.

Master Of Wine ($2.20 in 2020) was the last favourite in Sky High Stakes betting to salute.

2021 Sky High Stakes Field

The Sky High Stakes field attracts a class line-up of stayers each autumn and many of the runners are heading towards the Sydney Cup over two miles at Royal Randwick.

The official 2021 Sky High Stakes field and barriers are set for release on Wednesday March 10, 2021 and will be published in full below.

The Sky High Stakes 2021 field features small but class line-up of runners including a number of former Group 1 winners led in betting by Godolphin-raced Colette who is odds-on to go one better than her Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes second last time out.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 43x74108x9 MIRAGE DANCER (GB) Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young Nash Rawiller 3 58kg 110
2 x0006x063x SHRAAOH (IRE) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 1 58kg 102
3 72x18734x2 THE CHOSEN ONE (NZ) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman Kerrin McEvoy 8 56.5kg 110
4 11x0561x12 COLETTE James Cummings Ms Rachel King 7 56kg 115
5 1x58203x68 TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) Chris Waller Tom Marquand 2 56kg 102
6 24x1x2211x SPIRIT RIDGE (GB) Mark Newnham Robbie Dolan 5 55.5kg 101
7 25x00980x4 MUSTAJEER (GB) Kris Lees James McDonald 4 55kg 106
8 31229×7361 AVION FURY Glen Thompson Sam Clipperton 6 55kg 60

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Sky High Stakes History

The Sky High Stakes has been run and won since 1989 and the first edition of the race was won by Eye Of The Sky. Since then plenty of star stayers have won the event including Hartnel (2015) and Sir John Hawkwood (2016).

The race is named in honour of Sky High who won the Golden Slipper Stakes as a two-year-old in 1960 and the next year’s Epsom Handicap. It was first run as an unlisted race until 1992 when it gained Listed status and then Group 3 status later in 2014. Before 2014 it took place over 1900m and the distance was increased to the current 2000m in 2015. For one year in 2008 it took place at Canterbury Park and in 2016 the Sky High Stakes was changed from a quality handicap clash to a set weights plus penalties event.

Recent Sky High Stakes Winners

See below for the full Sky High Stakes results and winners dating back to the year 2000.

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Sky High Stakes
1st Toffee Tongue 2 minutes 01.03 seconds
2nd Spirit Ridge
3rd Mirage Dancer
2020
Sky High Stakes
1st Master Of Wine 2 minutes 11.45 seconds
2nd Mustajeer
3rd Carif
2019
Sky High Stakes
1st Red Cardinal 2 minutes 8.37 seconds
2nd Rodrico
3rd Goathland
2018
Sky High Stakes
1st Auvray 2 minutes 3.72 seconds
2nd Libran
3rd Mackintosh
2017
Sky High Stakes
1st Tavago 2 minutes 3.8 seconds
2nd Antonio Giuseppe
3rd Allergic
2016
Sky High Stakes
1st Sir John Hawkwood 2 minutes 3.2 seconds
2nd Messene
3rd Who Shot Thebarman
2015
Sky High Stakes
1st Hartnell 2 minutes 2.6 seconds
2nd Opinion
3rd Hawkspur
2014
Sky High Stakes
1st Entirely Platinum 1 minute 55.7 seconds
2nd Midsummer Sun
3rd Desert Jeuney
2013
Sky High Stakes
1st Julienas 1 minute 56 seconds
2nd Lunayir
3rd Le Roi
2012
Sky High Stakes
1st Single 1 minute 56 seconds
2nd Southern Skye
3rd Flumicino
2011
Sky High Stakes
1st Older Than Time 1 minute 59.10 seconds
2nd Luen Yat Forever
3rd Syreon
2010
Sky High Stakes
1st Bellagio Wynn 1 minute 56.94 seconds
2nd Hadaaf
3rd Cousin Wal
2009
Sky High Stakes
1st Kettledrum 1 minute 56.76 seconds
2nd Brave Lancer
3rd Twin Wing
2008
Sky High Stakes
1st Nuclear Sky 1 minute 56.23 seconds
2nd Musket
3rd Bundoran Breeze
2007
Sky High Stakes
1st Coalesce 1 minute 57. 22 seconds
2nd Grand Zulu
3rd Prince Of Midnight
2006
Sky High Stakes
1st County Tyrone 1 minute 58.93 seconds
2nd No Wine No Song
3rd October Son
2005
Sky High Stakes
1st Seul Amour 1 minute 57.31 seconds
2nd Sunday Service
3rd Havana Wind
2004
Sky High Stakes
1st Daniel’s The Man 1 minute 56.12 seconds
2nd County Tyrone
3rd Striking Victory
2003
Sky High Stakes
1st National Treasure 1 minute 55.7 seconds
2nd Natural Blitz
3rd County Tyrone
2002
Sky High Stakes
1st Restless 1 minute 56.09 seconds
2nd Grampians
3rd Spirit Of Westbury
2001
Sky High Stakes
1st Bello Signor 1 minute 54.05 seconds
2nd The Druidess
3rd Cheverny
2000
Sky High Stakes
1st Spysept 1 minute 59.13 seconds
2nd Bombast
3rd Yippyio

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