The Theo Marks Stakes 2018 is a Group 2 event held in September during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival at Rosehill Gardens. The race lasts for 1400m around the famed Rosehill surface and is worth $200,000 for the best performing horses.
The event is restricted to horses three and above and contested under handicap conditions up to 61 kilograms. It often fields a good portion on entries which ran in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes two weeks earlier at the same track.
Horses which run out the trip in the Theo Marks Stakes will often then move on to the Randwick Carnival in races like the Group 2 Shannon Stakes or even a Group 1 attempt in the Epsom Handicap. Both of those races increase the journey by 100m, stepping up the workload for the horses each time.
Racing To Win probably has the best relationship with the Theo Marks Stakes having won in both 2006 and in 2009. His 2006 season became even more impressive when claiming the Group 1 Epsom Handicap the same year.
There’s certainly no shortage of talented winners on the Theo Marks Stakes winners role.
Alquoz won in a blisteringly quick time in 1990 while Adam managed to beat Sunline to the post in 1999.
Shogun Lodge won in 2001 and Defier claiming victory in 2002.
Recent winners Racing To Win (2006 / 2009) and More Joyous (2010) have continued the trend of top level horses winning the race.
2018 Theo Marks Stakes Field
The Theo Marks Stakes field is usually comprised of a handy selection of horses. Both sprinters and middle-distance gallopers seek acceptance into the Theo Marks Stakes field, and it is often used by short-distance sprinters as a means of stepping up to longer runs.
Horses often seek entry in the Theo Marks Stakes field following successful runs in shorter events such as the 1100m Group 3 Concorde Stakes. After successful runs in the Theo Marks Stakes, horses might seek to challenge the 1500m Shannon Stakes or the 1600m Epsom Handicap.
The 2018 Theo Marks Stakes field, which features T.J. Smith Stakes winner Trapeze Artist, can be found below.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||410x14311x||TRAPEZE ARTIST||Gerald Ryan||Tye Angland||3||61kg||–||115|
|2||0x1x1230x2||HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE)||James Cummings||Glyn Schofield||5||57.5kg||–||108|
|3||1x076x462x||SHILLELAGH (NZ)||Chris Waller||James McDonald||1||56kg||–||109|
|4||11x13714x3||D’ARGENTO||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||4||56kg||–||105|
|5||75x384850x||FOXPLAY||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||7||55.5kg||–||108|
|6||19450x761x||GRANDE ROSSO||Peter & Paul Snowden||–||8||55.5kg||–||104|
|7||8x6537513x||KINGSGUARD (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Corey Brown||2||53kg||–||98|
|8||112x1295x2||SIEGE OF QUEBEC||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tommy Berry||6||53kg||–||98|
2018 Theo Marks Stakes Nominations
The 2018 Theo Marks Stakes nominations, due to be published on Monday August 27th, will likely contain a number of standout runners. The 2087 Theo Marks Stakes nominations will be provided below.
|No.||Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||410x14311x||TRAPEZE ARTIST||H||4||Gerald Ryan||1||61kg||–||115|
|2||50x1150x5x||DAYSEE DOOM||M||6||Ron Quinton||2||56.5kg||–||110|
|3||1x076x462x||SHILLELAGH (NZ)||M||7||Chris Waller||3||56kg||–||109|
|4||0x1x1230x2||HOME OF THE BRAVE (IRE)||G||7||James Cummings||4=||57.5kg||–||108|
|6||5×23095611||MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE)||G||7||Chris Waller||6||56.5kg||–||106|
|8||19450x761x||GRANDE ROSSO||G||7||Peter & Paul Snowden||8||55.5kg||–||104|
|10||8x6537513x||KINGSGUARD (NZ)||G||6||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||10=||53kg||–||98|
|11||112x1295x2||SIEGE OF QUEBEC||H||4||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||10=||53kg||–||98|
|13||6344x200x2||SOLD FOR SONG||M||6||Kevin Kemp||13=||53kg||–||94|
|14||413224513x||TORGERSEN (NZ)||G||6||Chris Waller||13=||53kg||–||94|
|15||211x1012x1||DON’T GIVE A DAMN||G||5||Danny Williams||15||53kg||–||86|
Theo Marks Stakes Winners & Results
Winners and placers in the Theo Marks Stakes since 2000 with winning times.
|2017||1 Deploy||2 Egg Tart||3 Euro Angel||1:14.9|
|2016||1 Mackintosh||2 Counterattack||3 Southern Legend||1:17.1|
|2015||1 Winx||2 Sons Of John||3 Ninth Legion||1:15.7|
|2014||1 Cluster||2 Bull Point||3 Ninth Legion||1:23.3|
|2013||1 Riva De Lago||2 Solzhenitsyn||3 Your Honour||1:21.7|
|2012||1 Ambidexter||2 Fat Al||3 Dystopia||1:22.3|
|2011||1 Master Of Design||2 Torio’s Quest||3 Fast Clip||1:16.8|
|2010||1 More Joyous||2 Rothesay||3 Drumbeats||1:22.1|
|2009||1 Racing To Win||2 Rock Kingdom||3 Triple Honour||1:22.1|
|2008||1 Hurried Choice||2 Forensics||3 Ice Chariot||1:17.1|
|2007||1 Race Not Run||2||3|
|2006||1 Racing To Win||2 New Edge||3 Regal Cheer||1:16.5|
|2005||1 Paratroopers||2 Perfect Promise||3 Outback Prince||1:16.8|
|2004||1 Falkirk||2 Grand Armee||3 Private Steer||1:17.7|
|2003||1 Fiery Venture||2 Grand Armee||3 Osca Warrior||1:16.3|
|2002||1 Defier||2 Phoenix Park||3 Carael Boy||1:15.7|
|2001||1 Shogun Lodge||2 Fouardee||3 Belle Du Jour||1:16.8|
|2000||1 Hire||2 Landsighting||3 Shogun Lodge||1:17.1|