7 Stakes 2023

Ladbrokes Tip: The 7 Stakes is now the mile feature on The Shorts Day in place of the George Main Stakes

The 7 Stakes race is a brand new edition to the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival to be held at Royal Randwick for the first time in 2023.

2023 7 Stakes winner Think It Over

2023 7 Stakes winner Think It Over took out the inaugural edition of the million dollar mile showdown in Sydney. Photo: Steve Hart.

The event runs on The Shorts Day in mid-September, which was formerly known as George Main Stakes Day. Ahead of the 2023 edition however the Group 1 George Main Stakes was renamed the $5 million King Charles III Stakes (1600m) and moved to The Everest Day in mid-October.

In place of the missing Group 1 the card now features the $1 million 7 Stakes, which is currently an unlisted Sydney ‘pop-up’ race held over the 1600m.

A quality Group 1-type field of spring stars faces off in the standard weight-for-age clash in Sydney, which runs on the same date as the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) for the Melbourne milers at Flemington.

The 7 Stakes winner gains a ballot exemption for the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) back at Randwick two weeks later.

The 7 Stakes – Epsom Handicap betting double is set to be a popular bet type in the spring.

The $1 million 7 Stakes took place for the first time at Randwick on Saturday September 16, 2023 as part of The Shorts Day program and saw the Joe Pride-trained Think It Over ($5) score a narrow but impressive win.

2023 7 Stakes Results

The official 7 Stakes 2023 Results & Finishing Order will be available below once the race is run and won on Saturday September 16, 2023.

  • 1st: #1 Think It Over
  • 2nd: #2 Zaaki
  • 3rd: #9 Fangirl

The Kerry Parker-trained Think It Over ($5) enjoyed a memorable return to Group 1 winning form holding out the beaten favourite and fellow marvel Zaaki after the two warhorses went stride-for-stride the closing stages for a thrilling 7 Stakes 2023 result.

2023 7 Stakes Odds

The latest 7 Stakes 2023 betting odds and links to our spring racing markets will be available here once open.

Early market betting odds on the 2024 7 Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.

7 Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday September 16, 2023
  • Track: Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Unlisted
  • Prize Money: $1,000,000
  • First Run: 2003
 

7 Stakes Betting

7 Stakes betting markets are led by proven Group 1 horses and the country’s best weight-for-age performers.

Runners with a good 1600m strike-rate, Sydney-trained gallopers, and those coming off an earlier spring lead-up are all likely to be installed at shorter 7 Stakes betting odds.

Zaaki was the $3 favourite for the opening edition of the 7 Stakes but ran second to Think It Over who jumped at odds of $5.

7 Stakes Field

The 7 Stakes race field has a capacity of 18 starters plus four emergencies.

Horses in the 7 Stakes field may come via an earlier run in the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) run at the same track over a furlong shorter the month before.

The inaugural 7 Stakes winner Think It Over improved on a lead-up third in the Winx Stakes to win.

Randwick’s Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) held a fortnight prior to the 7 Stakes is another good lead-up into the field for potential runners.

Graduates out of the 7 Stakes field may continue onto upcoming spring Group 1 targets including the Epsom Handicap (1600m) a fortnight later and even Melbourne’s $5 million Cox Plate (2040m) run at The Valley in late October.

Final 7 Stakes acceptances close on the Wednesday of race week following on from the early nominations taken on the Monday.

2023 7 Stakes Field

The official 7 Stakes 2023 Final Field & Barriers will be published in full below once acceptances for the brand new Randwick feature close the Wednesday of race week.

The 2023 7 Stakes final field features a quality field of potential spring stars led in betting by Annabel Neasham’s veteran nine-year-old Zaaki, Chris Waller’s last start Winx Stakes winning mare Fangirl, and the autumn’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes hero Think It Over.

2023 7 Stakes Nominations

The 7 Stakes Nominations for 2023 close on the Monday of race week.

7 Stakes Tips

Key 7 Stakes race betting tips include looking for the multiple Group 1 winners in the race, proven milers, those with an earlier Sydney lead-up in a race like the Winx Stakes, and runners from the country’s leading stables.

2023 7 Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider 7 Stakes 2023 betting tips will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned to see what runners to back and sack in the Randwick race this season.

  • To Win: #9 Fangirl ($3.60 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Stellar edition for the opening 7 Stakes race and it’s a wide-open affair in betting. Happy to take on Zaaki and have the Chris Waller-trained multiple Group 1 winning mare Fangirl on top after her good Group 1 Winx Stakes win here fresh last start. She presents fitter second-up and has autumn form around Mr Brightside who is proving the horse of the season in Melbourne this campaign. Has previous 1600m winning form, was denied a couple by Anamoe last prep, looks to be reaching full maturity now and can win this.

7 Stakes Form Guide

The 7 Stakes form guide lists basic info like the saddlecloth numbers, barriers, jockeys and trainers of all the horses lining up in the field.

Looking on the 7 Stakes form guide for proven 1600m horses, previous Group 1 performers, those with a strong Randwick strike-rate and in-form gallopers with a lead-up spring run already on their record are all key to backing the 7 Stakes winner.

2023 7 Stakes Form Guide

A link to our detailed 7 Stakes 2023 Form Guide and betting preview will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

7 Stakes Results

The 7 Stakes results are set to be dominated by Group 1 performed milers with previous experience at Randwick.

Past 7 Stakes Winners

Winners and place-getters of the 7 Stakes race going back to the inaugural edition in 2023 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner Second Third Time
2023 Think It Over Zaaki Fangirl 1:35.95