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Sky High (horse)

Sky High was an outstanding Australian Thoroughbred racehorse and sire. Foaled in 1957 he was son of the champion sire Star Kingdom (IRE) from Flight’s Daughter by Helios (GB). He was bred and raced by former AJC chairman Sir Brian Crowley. Sky High was a younger brother of another notable performer Skyline (AJC Derby and Golden Slipper Stakes).[1]

Some of his major race victories include the 1960 STC Golden Slipper Stakes, 1960 VRC Derby, 1961 and 1962 VRC Lightning Stakes and the 1961 AJC Epsom Handicap.

A versatile horse he won races over distances ranging from 5 furlongs (1,000 metres) to 12 furlongs (2,400 m) and remains the only Golden Slipper winner to have contested the VRC Melbourne Cup (in 1961). He held the Flemington track record for 2,000 m until equalled by Let's Elope in 1992 and broken by Makybe Diva in 2005.

During his career Sky High raced against quality horses the calibre of Aquanita, Dhaulagiri, Fine And Dandy and his long-time rival Wenona Girl.

When retired to stud he was Australia’s second highest stakes-winner behind Tulloch.

Following two seasons at stud in Australia where he sired four stakeswinners,[2] he was sold to American interests and shipped to the famous Claiborne Farm in Kentucky where he enjoyed a successful career and sired Autobiography, US Handicap Horse of the Year in 1972 and 1973, Flying Fox ($167,653), Take Off and Sky Cast's Double.[3]


Race Record

55 starts - 29 wins, 10 seconds, 9 thirds[3]



Major Wins

Sky High won the following major races:

  • 1959 AJC Breeders’ Plate (5f)
  • 1960 STC Golden Slipper Stakes (6f)
  • 1960 VRC Victoria Derby (12f)
  • 1961 VRC Lightning Stakes (5f)
  • 1961 VRC Lloyd Stakes (1m)
  • 1961 AJC Daily Telegraph Stakes (6f)
  • 1961 AJC Epsom Handicap (1m)
  • 1961 VRC L.K.S. MacKinnon Stakes (10f)
  • 1962 VRC Lightning Stakes (5f)
  • 1962 VRC Lloyd Stakes (1m)
  • 1962 STC Canterbury Stakes (6f)
  • 1962 AJC Warwick Stakes (7f)
  • 1962 AJC Daily and Sunday Telegraph Stakes (7f)
  • 1962 VATC Caulfield Stakes (9f)
  • 1963 STC Rawson Stakes (9f)
  • 1963 AJC Autumn Stakes (12f)


  1. ASB - Flight's Daughter Retrieved on 2009-7-2
  2. ASB - Sky High (AUS Retrieved on 2009-7-2
  3. 3.0 3.1 Pring, Peter; "Analysis of Champion Racehorses", The Thoroughbred Press, Sydney, 1977, ISBN 0-908133-00-6


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