Purchased for only $34,000 by Colin Alderson from astute New Zealand horseman Alan Jones, Sky Heights had the pedigree to go to Group One level. Sky Heights is by Zabeel from Moet Heights, which traces to the famous Heights family of Battle Heights and Mapperley Heights.
Unraced at two, and runner-up in the VRC Derby at his 5th start at three, Sky Heights came into his own at the Autumn Carnival in Sydney winning the Rosehill Guineas and AJC Australian Derby in brilliant style.
As a 4 year old he had a great spring in Melbourne, taking the Craiglee, the Turnbull Stakes, and then capping with the bravest of wins in the Caulfield Cup of 1999, riden by Damien Oliver. Sky Heights then ran very well when 3rd behind the brilliant Sunline in the Cox Plate, before starting favourite in the Melbourne Cup following the withdrawal of Kayf Tara and the poor run of Tie The Knot in the MacKinnon Stakes. Unfortunately Sky Heights was knocked from pillar to post in a roughly run Cup, and finished 17th. He appeared to have cut his tongue, as he returned to scale with blood coming from his mouth. It was a disappointing end to an otherwsie faultless spring.
He continued on through the next two seasons winning the Yalumba Stakes, AJC St Leger, and the Sandown Classic in 2001. He was nosed out of the 2001 Caulfield Cup by Ethereal.
Sky Heights is tall, leggy and athletic, with an angular look about him, a dark rich brown coat with no white, and great walker with an alert eye. He is a slightly headstrong horse who blossomed at 3 years and is renowned for being very strong.
After retiring from racing in April of 2004, Sky Heights spent over a year at the famous Living Legends in Greenvale, Melbourne before heading home to the Alderson’s property at Cranbourne. Sadly, Sky Heights had to be put down on 13 April 2011 due to complications with the hoof disease laminitis.
Date of Birth: 16/11/1995 in New Zealand
Sex: Gelding Colour: Brown
Sire: Zabeel (NZ) Dam: Moet Heights (NZ)
Grand Sire: Engagement (USA)
Trainer: Colin Alderson
Owners: Mr R P Legh, Gurners Bloodstock Co, Mr N D Bell, Mr P F O’mara, Mr N J Griffin, Mrs L B Alderson, Dr J T Kennedy
Colours: Royal Blue, Gold Checks and Armbands
Prize Money: $4,212,990
Starts: 42 Wins: 11 2nds: 7 3rds: 2
- AJC Australian Derby (1999)
- STC Rosehill Guineas (1999)
- VATC Caulfield Cup (1999)
- VATC Yalumba Stakes (2000)
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