Alan Brown Stakes 2023

The Alan Brown Stakes ran for the first time in 2023 offering a lucrative $1.5 million in stakes and serving as an early guide to the $3 million The Big Dance


The Alan Brown Stakes is a new feature on the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival line-up taking place in early October as part of a bumper Hill Stakes Day card at Rosehill Gardens.

The meeting is headlined by the Spring Cups-bound stayers facing off in the $2 million Group 2 Hill Stakes (1900m).

The other features on the program include the , $500,000 Tapp-Craig (1400m), Group 2 $300,000 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m), Group 3 $250,000 The Nivison (1200m), and the Alan Brown Stakes.

The Alan Brown Stakes is the second richest race on the card offering a generous $1.5 million in stakes.

It is a quality handicap event open to horses aged three-years-old and above.

The race was created and named in honour of former Sydney Turf Club and Racing NSW Chairman, the late Alan Brown AM.

The Alan Brown Stakes now serves as a lead-up into the Group 1 $5 million King Charles III Stakes (1600m) held on The Everest Day a fortnight later replacing the George Main Stakes.

Qualified horses out of the race may also continue onto Melbourne Cup Day in Sydney to contest the $3 million The Big Dance (1600m) at Randwick.

The $1,500,000 Alan Brown Stakes ran as part of Hill Stakes Day 2023 at Rosehill on Saturday October 7, 2023 and was won by all-in The Big Dance favourite Cepheus ($7) for Matthew Dunn.

2023 Alan Brown Stakes Results

The official 2023 Alan Brown Stakes Results & Finishing Order will be published below once the new $1.5 million Sydney race takes place on Saturday October 7, 2023 .

2023 Alan Brown Stakes winner Cepheus

2023 Alan Brown Stakes winner Cepheus was strong through the line to keep the wins coming ahead of the $3 million The Big Dance. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • 1st: #1 Cepheus
  • 2nd: #19e Cotehele
  • 3rd: #20e Flying Crazy

Matthew Dunn’s The Big Dance-bound Cepheus ($7), last start winner of the Group 2 Shannon Stakes, pushed into the clear 250m out from the line to charge home and narrowly hold off the fast-finishing Cotehele in a thrilling first edition of the 2023 Alan Brown Stakes.

2023 Alan Brown Stakes Odds

The updated Alan Brown Stakes 2023 betting odds for the new $1.5 million Rosehill feature will be available right here leading up to the race so stay tuned for links to our top Alan Brown Stakes markets.

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Alan Brown Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 7, 2023
  • Track: Rosehill Gardens
  • Distance: 1400m
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap – 3YOs & Upwards
  • Status: Special Conditions
  • Prize Money: $1,500,000
  • First Run: 2023

Alan Brown Stakes Betting

Alan Brown Stakes betting markets are led each year by in-form middle-distance gallopers coming off good lead-up runs in similar status events earlier in the spring.

Horses from local Sydney stables, those country-trained gallopers eyeing a The Big Dance run on the first Tuesday of November, and last start winners are installed at shorter Alan Brown Stakes odds.

The opening edition of the race in 2023 was won by Cepheus who jumped at Alan Brown Stakes odds of $7.

Alan Brown Stakes Tips

Good Alan Brown Stakes tips to take are to look for local Sydney-trained runners with form at the track and distance.

Last start winners coming off a Group lead-up run also make a good Alan Brown Stakes tip with the inaugural winner Cepheus in 2023 having taken out the Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill before his success.

2023 Alan Brown Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Alan Brown Stakes 2023 betting tips and Rosehill betting selections on the $1.5 million race this spring will be detailed in full below the week of the race so stay tuned for the gallopers to back and sack.

  • To Win: #5 Roots ($11 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Going for a bit of value and have Chris Waller’s resuming Press Statement mare Roots to salute first-up at close to double-figures. She boasts a lovely record when fresh (5:3-0-1) and was last seen running second in Brisbane’s Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) over the winter. The Queensland Group 1 form from last season has been stacking up very nicely in Sydney this spring which bodes well for Roots in the Alan Brown. She has been brought on fitness-wise with two September trials, has solid form at the distance, and is a previous Rosehill winner having won the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m) here in the autumn. Carries a bit of weight, but is classy enough on her day.

Alan Brown Stakes Field

The Alan Brown Stakes race field attracts a quality line-up of the season’s top middle-distance types, many heading towards the riches of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival and a target like the Cox Plate.

Horses that run well in the Alan Brown Stakes field could then step-up in distance to a mile for a shot at the $5 million King Charles III Stakes at Randwick on The Everest Day later in the month.

Alan Brown Stakes nominations close the Monday of race week before final acceptances revealing the official Alan Brown Stakes final field are taken on the Wednesday.

2023 Alan Brown Stakes Field

The official Alan Brown Stakes 2023 Final Field & Barrier draw will be released on the Wednesday of race week and published in full below so bookmark this page to see the spring gallopers that are accepted into the $1.5 million dollar feature. 

The inaugural 2023 Alan Brown Stakes field features a capacity line-up of horses with markets led by the Matthew Dunn-trained top-weight Cepheus coming off a Group 2 Shannon Stakes win at the track and the progressive Chris Waller-trained Waterford who has a great Rosehill record including a third in the same key lead-up.

2023 Alan Brown Stakes Nominations

The early Alan Brown Stakes 2023 Nominations close the Monday leading-up to the lucrative $1.5 million race and will be published below.

The Alan Brown Stakes 2023 nominations attracted 34 middle-distance spring hopefuls led in all-in betting by the Chris Waller-trained Zoustar mare Olentia and her stablemate Waterford coming off a Group 2 Shannon Stakes third at the track. 

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 3102342151 CEPHEUS (GB) G 7 Matthew Dunn 1 59kg 59kg   108
2 1x61043x20 SKYMAN (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 2= 58.5kg 58.5kg   107
3 5x3410x52x ROOTS M 5 Chris Waller 2= 56.5kg 56.5kg   107
4 x34104x765 BANDERSNATCH G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 4= 57.5kg 57.5kg   105
5 88x005875x STOCKMAN (NZ) G 7 Joseph Pride 4= 57.5kg 57.5kg   105
6 1113553×40 NUGGET (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 6 57kg 57kg   104
7 3x1152x520 ATTRITION H 4 Mitchell Freedman 7 56kg 56kg   102
8 441112x19x BANJU G 7 Lyle Chandler 8= 55kg 55kg   100
9 10x500x425 ARGENTIA M 5 Joseph Pride 8= 54kg 53kg   100
10 25x80020x5 LION’S ROAR (NZ) G 6 John O’Shea 10 54.5kg 54.5kg   99
11 91316x32x6 CHARTERHOUSE (GB) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 11= 54kg 53.5kg   97
12 11x21140x5 TAMERLANE G 6 James Cummings 11= 54kg 53.5kg   97
13 191x520x33 WATERFORD (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 11= 54kg 53.5kg   97
14 413377×562 CUBAN ROYALE G 9 Robert & Luke Price 14 54kg 53kg   96
15 114x11x158 OLENTIA M 4 Chris Waller 15= 54kg 50.5kg   95
16 08x3110x72 PALMETTO (NZ) G 5 John Sargent 15= 54kg 52.5kg   95
17 572761141x ATTRACTABLE G 5 Sara Ryan 17= 54kg 52kg   94
18 7447x593x3 WILD PLANET G 8 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 17= 54kg 52kg   94
19 58x641300x CISCO BAY G 9 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 19= 54kg 51.5kg   93
20 3x12123x43 DETONATOR JACK (NZ) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 19= 54kg 51.5kg   93
21 623x45152x COTEHELE (NZ) G 5 John O’Shea 21= 54kg 51kg   92
22 3x54038x04 FLYING CRAZY G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 21= 54kg 51kg   92
23 3285210×53 SPANGLER (IRE) G 6 Kris Lees 21= 54kg 51kg   92
24 5428x009x6 ARAMAYO G 8 Sam Kavanagh 24= 54kg 50.5kg   91
25 x32500x066 LOOKS LIKE ELVIS G 9 Jarrod Austin 24= 54kg 50.5kg   91
26 1127×57413 BANANA QUEEN M 5 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 26= 54kg 48kg   90
27 111878×675 INVER PARK (GB) G 6 Kris Lees 26= 54kg 50kg   90
28 25×8226308 STEELY G 7 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 26= 54kg 50kg   90
29 190x2162x1 VIENNA PRINCESS M 4 Chris Waller 29 54kg 47.5kg   89
30 3112x614x1 AUSBRED FLIRT M 5 Brad Widdup 30 54kg 44.5kg   83
31 125×483144 DIAMOND DEALER M 5 Bjorn Baker 31 54kg 44kg   82
32 1x1x1442x3 KAYOBI G 5 Sam Kavanagh 32 54kg 45.5kg   81
33 1921x5520x SUBSTANTIAL (GB) G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 33 54kg 45kg   80
34 37685×12 TERRITORY EXPRESS G 4 Paul Niceforo 34 54kg 35.5kg   61

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Alan Brown Stakes Form Guide

The Alan Brown Stakes form guide features all the must know information like the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs of the horses in the field.

2023 Alan Brown Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Alan Brown Stakes 2023 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Alan Brown Stakes Results

The Alan Brown Stakes results detail the winner, place-getters, full finishing order and winning time.

The inaugural Alan Brown Stakes results in 2023 saw Cepheus win at $7 in a record time of 1 minute 21.22 seconds.

Past Alan Brown Stakes Winners

A complete list of past Alan Brown Stakes winners and place-getters dating back to the race’s inauguration in 2023 can be found in the below table.

2023CepheusCoteheleFlying Crazy