Sydney Stakes

The Sydney Stakes is a Group 3 race worth $2 million for horses that didn't make The Everest field.

2023 Sydney Stakes Results

  • 1st: #15 I Am Me
  • 2nd: #11 Airman
  • 3rd: #13 Bella Nipotina



The Sydney Stakes is a lucrative Group 3 sprint held on The Everest Day at Royal Randwick in Sydney during mid-October now offering an incredible $2 million in prize money as of 2022.

There is a battle for the punters’ attention that takes place on The Everest date with Sydney hosting the world’s richest turf race supported by the likes of the Sydney Stakes on the same day Melbourne’s Caulfield Cup Day meeting is held.

There are only 12 slots up for grabs in the $20 million The Everest field and the Sydney Stakes, upgraded to a Group 3 event for the first time in 2018, offers a nice consolation prize for sprinters that did not secure a start in the feature race of the day.

Contested over the same distance (1200m) as The Everest race, the Sydney Stakes is a weight-for-age event that has a field capacity of 18 starters.

Horses in the Sydney Stakes field may also be named as one of the six The Everest emergencies and must run in The Everest field should there be a scratching.

The Sydney Stakes also serves as a nice lead-up into the $3 million Winners Stakes – a race renamed each year in honour of the previous season’s The Everest winner. In 2019 the event was known as the Redzel Stakes and saw the Sydney Stakes winner Deprive run fourth.

The 2021 Sydney Stakes form was franked with the winner Big Parade running fourth in that year’s Winners Stakes (run as the Classique Legend Stakes) before returning the next autumn for a Group 1 The Galaxy second in 2022. Standout meanwhile finished runner-up in the Sydney Stakes and third in the Classique Legend Stakes results that spring.

The $2 million 2023 Sydney Stakes ran on Saturday October 14, 2023 as part of The Everest Day line-up at Randwick and was won by the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained favourite I Am Me ($4.80F).

Sydney Stakes 2023
Date: Saturday October 14, 2023
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $2,000,000

2023 Sydney Stakes Results

  • 1st: #15 I Am Me ($4.80F)
  • 2nd: #11 Airman
  • 3rd: #13 Bella Nipotina

Progressive Group 2 winning mare from the stables of Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, I Am Me ($4.80F), dug deep to put her head in front with 250m left to travel before charging home strongly to hold off the fast-finishing Airman in an exciting 2023 Sydney Stakes result.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 15 I AM ME Ciaron Maher & David Eustace James McDonald 12 56.5kg $4.80F
2 11 AIRMAN Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Hugh Bowman 0.67L 9 58.5kg $6.50
3 13 BELLA NIPOTINA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 1.45L 14 56.5kg $5
4 5 COAL CRUSHER Joseph Pride Tyler Schiller 1.73L 3 58.5kg $31
5 2 VILANA James Cummings Zac Lloyd (a) 2.84L 7 58.5kg $5.50
6 4 ROCKETING BY David Pfieffer Ms Rachel King 3.49L 1 58.5kg $26
7 3 RUSTIC STEEL Kris Lees Jay Ford 4.16L 16 58.5kg $151
8 1 KING OF SPARTA Peter & Paul Snowden Chad Schofield 4.26L 15 58.5kg $7
9 16 ARGENTIA Joseph Pride Ms Jamie Kah 4.64L 5 56.5kg $17
10 6 IT’SOURTIME Danny O’Brien Nash Rawiller 4.82L 11 58.5kg $26
11 9 INVER PARK (GB) Kris Lees Dylan Gibbons (a) 5.3L 10 58.5kg $101
12 14 ZAPATEO James Cummings Zac Purton 5.7L 13 56.5kg $9.50
13 8 ART CADEAU Terry Robinson Tommy Berry 5.84L 4 58.5kg $101
14 12 GREYWORM Neville Boyle Ms Kathy O’Hara 8.95L 2 58.5kg $151
15 7 JOJO WAS A MAN John Thompson Kerrin McEvoy 9.43L 6 58.5kg $81
16 10 SHELBY SIXTYSIX Danny Williams Nick Heywood 10.16L 8 58.5kg $151
18e SMASHING EAGLE Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Brett Prebble 0
17e TRISTATE Anthony Cummings Jason Collett 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 Sydney Stakes Betting Odds

Betting odds on the Sydney Stakes 2023 are out the week of the race and are led by horses that were on The Everest path but did not secure a slot in the $20 million feature.

The latest 2023 Sydney Stakes odds will be provided below once released with market links to Ladbrokes.com.au.

Big Parade ($2.40 in 2021) followed by I am Me ($4.80 in 2023) are the latest favourites in Sydney Stakes betting to win.

There was a notable upset in 2022 with Rocketing By winning at Sydney Stakes odds of $61!

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2023 Sydney Stakes Form Guide

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2023 Sydney Stakes Tips

Stay tune for our exclusive Sydney Stakes 2023 Tips on The Everest Day $2 million sprint consolation prize this spring.

  • To Win: #6 It’sourtime ($21 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Going for a big upset in the $2 million Sydney Stakes this year and have landed on the consistent It’sourtime at 20/1 for the value of the day. This six-year-old Time For War gelding is yet to race at Randwick but has a strong record over the distance (12:3-5-2). He is prepared by a former Melbourne Cup winning trainer in Danny O’Brien and has arguably the best hoop of the season Nash Rawiller aboard. He has been racing really well in Melbourne including a win in the Group 3 Aurie’s Star back in August. His subsequent two spring lead-ups had him in the top four including running only 1.7 lengths back in the Group 2 Bobbie Lewis. Up in weight but this looks a winnable and open affair if he gets the right run and handles the Sydney way. Forgotten hope that can surprise a few of these!

2023 Sydney Stakes Field

The Sydney Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of sprinters, many of which failed to gain a run in the $20 million The Everest held at the same meeting.

Horses may come into the Sydney Stakes field via a number of spring lead-ups including the Group 2 Premiere Stakes on Epsom Handicap Day or the Group 2 Golden Pendant for the mares.

The official Sydney Stakes 2023 Final Field and Barriers are announced the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

The 2023 Sydney Stakes field features a smart line-up of sprinters led in betting by the talented Group 1 winning mare Bella Nipotina from the stables of Ciaron Maher & David Eustace who was last seen running a length back third to The Everest fancy Think About It at the track and trip in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 6x114624x2 KING OF SPARTA Peter & Paul Snowden Chad Schofield 17 58.5kg 108
2 1810x1760x VILANA James Cummings Zac Lloyd (a) 7 58.5kg 108
3 411x88610x RUSTIC STEEL Kris Lees Jay Ford 18 58.5kg 104
4 x6760x6858 ROCKETING BY David Pfieffer Ms Rachel King 1 58.5kg 102
5 62x43410x3 COAL CRUSHER Joseph Pride Tyler Schiller 3 58.5kg 101
6 x241423134 IT’SOURTIME Danny O’Brien Nash Rawiller 11 58.5kg 99
7 8411x0530x JOJO WAS A MAN John Thompson Kerrin McEvoy 6 58.5kg 96
8 18x5x6003x ART CADEAU Terry Robinson Tommy Berry 4 58.5kg 95
9 111878×675 INVER PARK (GB) Kris Lees Dylan Gibbons (a) 10 58.5kg 90
10 x898800x87 SHELBY SIXTYSIX Danny Williams Nick Heywood 8 58.5kg 89
11 1x15x11x31 AIRMAN Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Hugh Bowman 9 58.5kg 86
12 4060030193 GREYWORM Neville Boyle Ms Kathy O’Hara (late alt) 2 58.5kg 85
13 9x30236x33 BELLA NIPOTINA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 16 56.5kg 112
14 4x01133x35 ZAPATEO James Cummings Zac Purton 14 56.5kg 110
15 6x11117x16 I AM ME Ciaron Maher & David Eustace James McDonald 13 56.5kg 107
16 0x500x4250 ARGENTIA Joseph Pride Ms Jamie Kah 5 56.5kg 99
17e 33659×2421 TRISTATE Anthony Cummings Jason Collett 12 58.5kg 81
18e 179×643122 SMASHING EAGLE Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Brett Prebble 15 58.5kg 75

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Sydney Stakes Nominations

Early nominations for the Sydney Stakes in 2023 are taken the Monday leading-up to the race and will be published here once confirmed.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 9x30236x33 BELLA NIPOTINA M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 1 56.5kg 112
2 4x01133x35 ZAPATEO M 5 James Cummings 2 56.5kg 110
3 6x114624x2 KING OF SPARTA G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 3= 58.5kg 108
4 1810x1760x VILANA H 5 James Cummings 3= 58.5kg 108
5 6x11117x16 I AM ME M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 5 56.5kg 107
6 621x0x988x LOMBARDO G 7 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 6 58.5kg 106
7 411x88610x RUSTIC STEEL G 6 Kris Lees 7= 58.5kg 104
8 0x3899464x CHAIN OF LIGHTNING M 5 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 7= 56.5kg 104
9 x6760x6858 ROCKETING BY G 6 David Pfieffer 9 58.5kg 102
10 62x43410x3 COAL CRUSHER G 6 Joseph Pride 10 58.5kg 101
11 311113×113 BENEDETTA M 4 Jason Warren 11 56.5kg 100
12 x241423134 IT’SOURTIME G 6 Danny O’Brien 12= 58.5kg 99
13 0x500x4250 ARGENTIA M 5 Joseph Pride 12= 56.5kg 99
14 8411x0530x JOJO WAS A MAN G 6 John Thompson 14= 58.5kg 96
15 115x211x14 RED CARD M 4 James Cummings 14= 56.5kg 96
16 18x5x6003x ART CADEAU G 7 Terry Robinson 16 58.5kg 95
17 x422x0270x WAIHAHA FALLS (NZ) G 6 John O’Shea 17 58.5kg 92
18 111878×675 INVER PARK (GB) G 6 Kris Lees 18= 58.5kg 90
19 158x28x274 QUEEN OF THE BALL M 4 Michael Freedman 18= 56.5kg 90
20 x898800x87 SHELBY SIXTYSIX G 7 Danny Williams 20 58.5kg 89
21 1x15x11x31 AIRMAN G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 21 58.5kg 86
22 4060030193 GREYWORM G 9 Neville Boyle 22 58.5kg 85
23 x592256x06 KOTE G 4 Anthony Cummings 23 58.5kg 84
24 33659×2421 TRISTATE G 5 Anthony Cummings 24 58.5kg 81
25 179×643122 SMASHING EAGLE G 5 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 25 58.5kg 75

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 Sydney Stakes History

The Sydney Stakes was first run in 1968 as a Principal race called City Tattersall’s Lightning Handicap. The sprint was upgraded to a Listed Black-Type race in 1978 before becoming a Group 3 feature in 2018.

In 2017 the race was renamed as the Sydney Stakes and with a notable increase in prize money became targeted as an event for sprinters that did not make The Everest field on the same day.

Originally run over 1000m then 1100m, the Sydney Stakes distance was also increased to 1200m in 2017.

A number of quality racehorses have won the event including Shogun Lodge (2003), dual winner Famous Seamus (2012-13), Group 1 winning mare In Her Time (2017) and Pierata (2018).

In 2022 the Sydney Stakes prize money was boosted to an unprecedented $2 million in total stakes and saw Rocketing By become one of the event’s longest-priced winners at 60/1!

Sydney Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2023
Sydney Stakes
1st I Am Me 1 minute 08.57 seconds
2nd Airman
3rd Bella Nipotina
2022
Sydney Stakes
1st Rocketing By 1 minute 10.56 seconds
2nd In The Congo
3rd Weona Smartone
2021
Sydney Stakes
1st Big Parade 1 minute 09.51 seconds
2nd Standout
3rd Prime Candidate
2020
Sydney Stakes
1st Trumbull 1 minute 09.79 seconds
2nd Standout
3rd Singore Fox
2019
Sydney Stakes
1st Deprive 1 minute 08.62 seconds
2nd Champagne Cuddles
3rd Brutal
2018
Sydney Stakes
1st Pierta 1 minute 10.82 seconds
2nd Jungle Edge
3rd Clearly Innocent
2017
Sydney Stakes
1st In Her Time 1 minute 8.26 seconds
2nd Impending
3rd Ball Of Muscle
2016
Sydney Stakes
1st Spieth 1 minute 3.24 seconds
2nd Kaepernick
3rd Le Cordon Bleu
2015
Sydney Stakes
1st Dothraki 1 minute 2.44 seconds
2nd That’s A Good Idea
3rd Artlee
2014
Sydney Stakes
1st Deep Field 1 minute 3.39 seconds
2nd That’s A Good Idea
3rd Shamalia
2013
Sydney Stakes
1st Famous Seamus 1 minute 3.52 seconds
2nd Ichihara
3rd Rarefield
2012
Sydney Stakes
1st Famous Seamus 1 minute 1.96 seconds (R)
2nd Too Many Reds
3rd Zaratone
2011
Sydney Stakes
1st Title 1 minute 4.59 seconds
2nd Rarefield
3rd Midnight At Ascot
2010
Sydney Stakes
1st Whitefriars 1 minute 2.22 seconds (R)
2nd De Lightning Ridge
3rd Cardinal Virtue
2009
Sydney Stakes
1st News Alert 1 minute 2.77 seconds
2nd Black Prince
3rd Wasted Emotions

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