Theo Marks Stakes News

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THEO MARKS STAKES

The 2015 Theo Marks Stakes is one of the leading Group 2 thoroughbred races conducted as part of the prestigious Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

Conducted at the scenic Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in early September each year by the Sydney Turf Club (STC), the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes is a quality handicap event run over a 1,300m sprint distance.

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The 2015 Theo Marks Stakes will take place on Saturday, September 12th.

Worth a lucrative $200,000, the Theo Marks Stakes runs on Golden Rose Stakes Day and is the second richest race on the program.

The other group races run on Theo Marks Stakes Day are the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m), Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) and Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m), making this a thrilling day for punters!

Horses that contest the Theo Marks Stakes often continue on to other Sydney spring features including the Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m) a fortnight later.

The race is also an excellent lead-up to the premier events at the carnival including the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick in early October.

Smart punters looking to make some good money during the spring should keep an eye on the winners and placegetters in the Theo Marks Stakes before checking out the early betting markets open on the Epsom Handicap at online bookmakers.

The Theo Marks Stakes has been a good guide to the Epsom Handicap in recent times with Racing To Win taking out the double in 2006, and Theo Marks Stakes runner-up in 2009 Rock Kingdom progressing on to win the Epsom Handicap the same year.

History

First conducted in 1946, the inaugural Theo Marks Stakes was won by Shannon when it was a Principal race run over seven furlongs.

When Australia converted to the metric system, the distance of the Theo Marks Stakes was changed to 1,400m in 1973.

In 1979 the race was elevated to its current Group 2 status, attracting a higher quality of gallopers than ever before.

Less than a decade later the race distance was shortened by 100m and from 1985 – 1989 was run over 1,300m.

For two years in 1990 and 1991 the Theo Marks Stakes was held over 1,280m, before reverting back to 1,300m in 1992.

In 2007 the Theo Marks Stakes, along with all the other Sydney spring races, was not held due to the outbreak of the equine influenza.

Upcoming Races

Group 1

Winter Stakes

(1400m)

Eagle Farm

$500,000

WFA

Group 1

Queensland Oaks

(2400m)

Eagle Farm

$400,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Queensland Derby

(2400m)

Eagle Farm

$500,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Stradbroke Handicap

(1400m)

Eagle Farm

$1,000,000

Hcp

Group 1

The TJ Smith

(1600m)

Eagle Farm

$500,000

2YO SW

Group 1

Melbourne Cup

(3200m)

Flemington

$6,000,000

3YO QH

Theo Marks Stakes Betting

Betting on the Theo Marks Stakes is a pretty popular pastime in early September. It’s a major race, so punters get on it when the nominations are released and then double down their bets when the final field is announced.

Theo Marks Stakes betting isn’t wildly profitable, but it’s certainly enjoyable. If you’ve got a good idea of the better sprinters amongst the field, or spot one that’s weighted less than it should be, this will be a good indication for a punt. If any have had a lead up race or two, then they also might be worth a bet.