Sydney Stakes

The Sydney Stakes is a Group 3 race worth $500,000 for horses that didn't make The Everest field.

2021 Sydney Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Big Parade
  • 2nd: #3 Standout
  • 3rd: #6 Prime Candidate



The Sydney Stakes is a lucrative $500,000 Group 3 sprint held on The Everest Day at Royal Randwick in Sydney during mid-October.

There is now 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 $15 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 $1 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 ran on Saturday October 16, 2021 as part of The Everest Day line-up at Randwick and was won by the favourite Big Parade ($2.40F).  

Sydney Stakes 2021
Date: Saturday October 16, 2021
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $500,000

2021 Sydney Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Big Parade ($2.40F)
  • 2nd: #3 Standout
  • 3rd: #6 Prime Candidate

Big Parade ($2.40F) continued his outstanding Randwick strike-rate saluting for the punters in the 2021 Sydney Stakes results on The Everest Day.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 5 BIG PARADE Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 5 58.5kg $2.40F
2 3 STANDOUT Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Kerrin McEvoy 1.23L 3 58.5kg $11
3 6 PRIME CANDIDATE Bjorn Baker Tim Clark 1.3L 4 58.5kg $26
4 1 KEMENTARI James Cummings Hugh Bowman 1.46L 7 58.5kg $5.50
5 2 SIGNORE FOX Peter & Paul Snowden James McDonald 2L 10 58.5kg $6.50
6 11 FITUESE John Thompson Ms Rachel King 3.73L 12 56.5kg $9.50
7 9 WHEELHOUSE Chris Waller Tommy Berry 3.86L 11 58.5kg $41
8 4 CHAT John Thompson Nash Rawiller 3.94L 9 58.5kg $18
9 12 ENCHANTED HEART Kris Lees Jason Collett 5.24L 2 56.5kg $26
10 10 FLAT HEAVEN (FR) Bjorn Baker Ms Alysha Collett 5.54L 1 58.5kg $51
11 7 ROCKETING BY Matthew Dunn Sam Clipperton 6.17L 8 58.5kg $31
12 8 LUVOIR Richard & Michael Freedman Regan Bayliss 6.53L 6 58.5kg $101

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Sydney Stakes Odds

Betting odds on the Sydney Stakes 2021 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 $15 million feature.

The latest 2021 Sydney Stakes odds will be provided below once released with market links to Ladbrokes.com.au.

Big Parade ($2.40 in 2021) was the last favourite in Sydney Stakes betting to win.

2021 Sydney Stakes Field

The Sydney Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of sprinters, many of which failed to gain a run in the $15 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 2021 Final Field and Barriers are announced the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

The 2021 Sydney Stakes field features a quality line-up of weight-for-age sprinters led in betting by Big Parade coming off a last start win at the track and distance carrying 61kg.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 381x6602x1 KEMENTARI James Cummings Hugh Bowman 7 58.5kg 109
2 730x15433x SIGNORE FOX Peter & Paul Snowden James McDonald 10 58.5kg 105
3 5528x00x62 STANDOUT Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou Kerrin McEvoy 3 58.5kg 104
4 2355×12715 CHAT John Thompson Nash Rawiller 9 58.5kg 103
5 1x6131x131 BIG PARADE Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 5 58.5kg 101
6 15149x60x3 PRIME CANDIDATE Bjorn Baker Tim Clark 4 58.5kg 94
7 111x5574x4 ROCKETING BY Matthew Dunn Sam Clipperton 8 58.5kg 94
8 215x16233x LUVOIR Richard & Michael Freedman Regan Bayliss 6 58.5kg 86
9 22x144509x WHEELHOUSE Chris Waller Tommy Berry 11 58.5kg 85
10 195x60424x FLAT HEAVEN (FR) Bjorn Baker Ms Alysha Collett 1 58.5kg 81
11 129x55x125 FITUESE John Thompson Ms Rachel King 12 56.5kg 103
12 22x19168x5 ENCHANTED HEART Kris Lees Jason Collett 2 56.5kg 97

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Sydney Stakes Nominations

Early nominations for the Sydney Stakes in 2021 are taken the Monday leading-up to the race and will be published here once confirmed.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 1x6131x131 BIG PARADE G 5 Mark Newnham 101
2 2355×12715 CHAT G 5 John Thompson 103
3 30x177x223 EMBRACER G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 102
4 22x19168x5 ENCHANTED HEART M 5 Kris Lees 97
5 129x55x125 FITUESE M 5 John Thompson 103
6 195x60424x FLAT HEAVEN (FR) G 7 Bjorn Baker 81
7 1x27311x32 GRAVINA H 4 James Cummings 82
8 381x6602x1 KEMENTARI G 7 James Cummings 109
9 215x16233x LUVOIR G 5 Richard & Michael Freedman 86
10 260x634x86 MADAM ROUGE M 6 Chris Waller 105
11 15149x60x3 PRIME CANDIDATE G 7 Bjorn Baker 94
12 16x11x0x41 QUANTICO G 5 John O’Shea 78
13 111x5574x4 ROCKETING BY H 4 Matthew Dunn 94
14 00x735220x RUBISAKI M 5 Patrick Payne 98
15 730x15433x SIGNORE FOX H 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 105
16 5025x009x9 SPECIAL REWARD G 6 Kris Lees 99
17 5528x00x62 STANDOUT H 5 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 104
18 71x11x VALIANT G 6 Steven Wise 70
19 22x144509x WHEELHOUSE G 4 Chris Waller 85

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 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).

Sydney Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
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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