Bondi Stakes 2021

Saturday October 23, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: The Stan Fox Stakes is a key lead-up into the $1 million Bondi Stakes.

The Bondi Stakes is one of the new Sydney Spring Racing Carnival feature races as Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club (ATC) continue to try and rival Melbourne for the punters’ attention during the late September – November period.

Offering $1 million in prize money, the Bondi Stakes is a mile event run over 1600m under set weights conditions and is open to three-year-old horses. It is now one of Sydney’s seven-figure spring races. Many of these, including the range of Special Conditions races like The Everest and The Golden Eagle, all form part of the colossal The Everest Carnival giving away over $50 million in prize money as of 2021.

In 2021 Bondi Stakes Day hosted the inaugural $2 million The Invitation race for fillies and mares open exclusively to 12 horses invited to contest the event.

The Bondi Stakes is the major event on a Saturday meeting in late October at Royal Randwick Racecourse and holds the same date as Melbourne’s iconic Cox Plate at Moonee Valley dominated in recent years by historic four-time champion Winx.

Three-year-olds out of the previous month’s Golden Rose Stakes and any fillies that contested the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) over the same track  and distance as the Bondi Stakes make-up the bulk of the field for the million dollar showdown. In 2020 the Bondi Stakes winner Peltzer improved off a fifth in the Golden Rose to salute for the punters. The 2021 Bondi Stakes winner Hilal was 11th in the Golden Rose before his $1 million victory two runs later.

Racing NSW have altered the three-years-old race program over the spring to work around the Bondi Stakes. One of crucial changes is the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) running a month later in mid-October, a fortnight before the Bondi Stakes, now serving as a nice stepping-stone to the new mile event. Each year the Stan Fox Stakes winner is now exempt from Bondi Stakes ballot.

Peltzer (2020) followed by Hilal (2021) are the latest horses to do the Stan Fox Stakes – Bondi Stakes double.

The 2021 edition of the Bondi Stakes took place at Randwick on Saturday October 23, 2021 and was won by the $2.35 favourite Hilal.

2021 Bondi Stakes Results

The Bondi Stakes 2021 race results and finishing order will be available below once the race is run and won on Saturday October 23, 2021.

  • 1st: #1 Hilal
  • 2nd: #8 Keefy
  • 3rd: #9 Lease

The classy Hawkes Racing-trained Fastnet Rock colt Hilal ($2.35) franked the Stan Fox Stakes form backing up from a win there to take out the $1 million Bondi Stakes 2021 results and further adding to his future value at stud.

Bondi Stakes Info

  • Date: Saturday October 23, 2021
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: 3YOs – Set Weights
  • Status: Special Condition
  • Prize Money: $1 million
  • First Run: 2019

Bondi Stakes Betting

The Bondi Stakes betting markets are led in the spring by quality three-year-old horses coming off a good lead-up campaign in other high class events.

A key lead-up race that impacts the Bondi Stakes odds is the Group 1 $1 million Golden Rose (1400m) at Randwick in September. The Golden Rose – Bondi Stakes betting double is set to become a popular punt in the spring.

The first favourite in Bondi Stakes betting was Kubrick ($3.70 in 2019) who won for the punters improving on a 14th place in the Group 1 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in Melbourne the start before.

In 2020 the favourites retained their flawless record in the Bondi Stakes results with a win by Peltzer ($2.80), before Hilal ($2.35 in 2021) made it three on the trot for the punters’ pick.

2021 Bondi Stakes Odds

The season’s top Bondi Stakes 2021 odds complete with betting market links will be provided below once markets on the new three-years-old showdown are open.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Bondi Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

Bondi Stakes Field

The Bondi Stakes field attracts the season’s top three-year-old middle-distance runners out of lead-up races including the Golden Rose Stakes and the Stan Fox Stakes.

Three-year-old horses targeting a run in the Bondi Stakes field are likely to run in the Group 1 Golden Rose over 1400m a month before and or the Stan Fox, a 1500m event that now takes place a fortnight ahead of Bondi Stakes Day. Fillies also get a chance at a Group 1 double with the Golden Rose – Flight Stakes before a possible run in the $1 million Bondi Stakes field.

Sydney’s Bondi Stakes field attracts a similar line-up to Melbourne’s $2 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) held over the same distance at Caulfield Racecourse two weeks prior.

The first Bondi Stakes field ran with nine hopefuls and saw Caulfield Guineas graduate Kubrick (14th) win as the $3.70 equal favourite.

There was also just nine horses in the 2020 Bondi Stakes field when the favourites went back-to-back with a big win by Peltzer.

The Bondi Stakes 2021 field ran with nine starters and was won by the favourite, last start Stan Fox Stakes winner Hilal.

2021 Bondi Stakes Field

The official Bondi Stakes 2021 final field and barriers will be provided below the week of the race once released by Racing NSW.

The Bondi Stakes 2021 field features 10 three-year-olds facing off for $1 million in prize money with markets led by Hilal and Coastwatch who ran on-two in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes last time out.

  • Scratched: #5 Akihiro (7) heads to The Valley to contest the Group 2 Moonee Valley  Vase (2040m). 

2021 Bondi Stakes Nominations

Early nominations on the Bondi Stakes 2021 closes on Tuesday September 28th, 2021 and featured 154 three-year-olds heading towards the $1 million feature.

Bondi Stakes Form Guide

The Bondi Stakes form guide provides punters with key race facts and statistics on the three-year-old horses in the field to help with betting. In the Bondi Stakes form guide the full field, barrier draw, jockeys / trainers / owners, distance record, track record and lead-up form is all provided.

Looking at the Bondi Stakes form guide for three-year-olds that performed well in the Golden Rose, looking at the mile form of the horses for the standout 1600m chances and backing any fillies that ran top three in the Flight Stakes over the 1600m at Randwick can prove profitable.

2021 Bondi Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Bondi Stakes 2021 form guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race following final acceptances.

Bondi Stakes Tips

Good Bondi Stakes betting tips include looking for the proven Group 1 three-year-olds in the race out of spring lead-ups including the Golden Rose Stakes and the Flight Stakes.

Caulfield Guineas graduates over the same distance in Melbourne a fortnight earlier also make a good Bondi Stakes betting tip after the success of Kubrick in 2019 who improved on a luckless 14th in the Caulfield Guineas.

Taking a horse to complete the Golden Rose – Bondi Stakes spring double is another top tip for the season.

2021 Bondi Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Bondi Stakes 2021 tips and Randwick racing selections will be detailed below closer to race day.

  • To Win: #2 Coastwatch ($3.30 at time of publish) 

Sticking with the narrow Chris Waller-trained favourite to turn the tables on his last start conqueror in the Stan Fox (Hilal) and win the $1 million Bondi Stakes. Ultra-consistent son of Fastnet Rock is a Group 3 winner this prep and also ran third in the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes at big odds. That form was franked with the second placed Anamoe going on to win Melbourne’s Caulfield Guineas ahead of a Cox Plate run in Melbourne this weekend. Coastwatch meanwhile was narrowly beaten in the Stan Fox as the odds-on favourite and can atone.

Bondi Stakes Results

The official Bondi Stakes results list the full finishing order of all the gallopers in the field, the winning margin / time, the Trifecta and First Four results plus the starting prices of the runners.

Using the Bondi Stakes results to guide betting on other upcoming spring features for three-year-olds is a good tip with the form expected to stack-up in later events.

Bondi Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2021 Hilal Keefy Lease 1:35.02
2020 Peltzer Prime Star Real Peace 1:36.81
2019 Kubrick Pancho Colada 1:34.75