The Theo Marks Stakes is a $200,000 Group 2 race run at Rosehill Racecourse in New South Wales. The 1300m handicap race is for horses aged three and older and in 2020 will be held on Saturday, September 12.
Arcadia Queen won the 2019 Theo Marks Stakes ahead of Trope and the Kris Lees’-trained Gem Song. It was a great result for punters, as Arcadia Queen was heavily backed and had a starting price of $1.95. She then went on to compete in The Everest and the Golden Eagle, however, failed to place in either race.
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The first running of the Theo Marks Stakes was back in 1946 and the race was won by Shannon. Between 2010 and 2013 the race was called the Sebring Sprint after the Golden Slipper. However, in 2014 it was once again named after Theodore Marks, a former chairman of the Rosehill Racing Club.
Some of the big-name horses to win the Theo Marks Stakes include three-time Group 1 winner Shogun Lodge, More Joyous and the legendary Winx. The mighty mare claimed victory in 2015, beating out Sons of John and Ninth Legion in a tight race.
Theo Marks Stakes Field
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating 1 6436x7751x TYZONE Toby & Trent Edmonds Jim Byrne 3 58.5kg 109 2 1412x23226 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 111x1 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 1515x08014 SIGNORE FOX Peter & Paul Snowden Jeff Penza 7 53kg 98 11 1x11123x RIODINI (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 9 53kg 96
Arcadia Queen clocked 1:14.96 in her 2019 Theo Marks Stakes victory, which was less than a tenth of a second off the best 1300m time in the race over the past 20 years. That record is Deploy’s, who in 2017 ran a 1:14.92.
THEO MARKS STAKES WINNERS
2019 – Arcadia Queen (1:14.96)
2018 – Home of the Brave (1:19.34)
2017 – Deploy (1:14.92)
2016 – Mackintosh (1:17.11)
2015 – Winx (1:15.77)
2014 – Cluster (1:23.34) (1400m)
2013 – Riva De Lago (1:21.67) (1400m)
2012 – Ambidexter (1:22.29) (1400m)
2011 – Master of Design (1:16.79)
2010 – More Joyous (1:22.16) (1400m)