Gloaming Stakes 2023

Ladbrokes Tip: The Gloaming Stakes winner may press onto the Spring Champion Stakes

The Gloaming Stakes is a Group 3 set weights race for three-year-olds run at Randwick Racecourse on a Saturday in October during the annual Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

2022 Gloaming Stakes winner Sharp 'N' Smart

2022 Gloaming Stakes winner Sharp ‘N’ Smart. Photo: Steve Hart.

The event is currently held on The Everest Day. Racing on the card is headlined by the $20 million The Everest slot race, which is the world’s richest race run on turf.

Other key events on the card include the Group 1 $5 million King Charles III Stakes (1600m) which was formerly known as the George Main Stakes, the $2 million The Kosciuszko (1200m) slot race for country-trained horses, four-year-old Golden Eagle hopefuls facing off in the $1 million Silver Eagle (1300m), the Group 3 $2 million Sydney Stakes for sprinters that failed to first gain a start in The Everest field, and the Group 3 Angst Stakes (1600m) for the mares.

Graduates out of the Gloaming Stakes field may go on to run in tougher Sydney and Melbourne races over the spring carnival, and the Gloaming Stakes winner is exempt from ballot for the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m).

Shadow Hero (2019) and Sharp ‘N’ Smart (2022) are the latest horses to complete the Gloaming Stakes – Spring Champion Stakes double.

The Gloaming Stakes was first run in 1978 and is named after star galloper Gloaming who won 19 straight races, a then Australasian racing record he co-held with Desert Gold.

There’s also a potential for the Gloaming Stakes graduates to take on the older horses in the iconic Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) run at Moonee Valley in October. In 2009 So You Think completed the Gloaming Stakes – Cox Plate double as a three-year-old and returned as a four-year-old in 2010 to claim his second Cox Plate trophy.

The latest edition of the Gloaming Stakes took place on Saturday October 14th, 2023 on Randwick’s The Everest Day race card and saw the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Raf Attack ($8.50) hold on to defeat the favourite Tom Kitten who flashed home into second late.

2023 Gloaming Stakes Results

The full Gloaming Stakes 2023 race results and finishing order will be provided below as soon as the race is run and won on Saturday October 14th, 2023.

2023 Gloaming Stakes winner Raf Attack

2023 Gloaming Stakes winner Raf Attack is Group 1 Spring Champions Stakes-bound. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • 1st: #5 Raf Attack
  • 2nd: #3 Tom Kitten
  • 3rd: #11 Cap Ferrat

The 2023 Gloaming Stakes ran on Saturday October 14th, 2023 on Randwick’s The Everest Day program as a key lead-up to the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes and was won in a narrow upset by the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Raf Attack ($8.50).

2023 Gloaming Stakes Odds

The season’s top Gloaming Stakes 2023 odds and Group 3 betting links to our The Everest Day markets will be provided below as soon as open.

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Gloaming Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 14th, 2023
  • Track: Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1800m
  • Conditions: Set Weights – Three-year-olds
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $500,000
  • First Run: 1978

Gloaming Stakes Betting

Gloaming Stakes betting favours local Sydney-trained three-year-olds coming off good lead-up runs in similar races.

Any fillies opting to take on the colts and geldings in the event are usually at big Gloaming Stakes odds with the sole filly to win the race being  Constant Flight (1993).

Shadow Hero ($2.90 in 2019), Love Tap ($1.70 in 2020) and Sharp ‘N’ Smart ($2.70 in 2022) who won over the mile at Warwick Farm in the rescheduled edition are the latest favourites in Gloaming Stakes betting to win.

Gloaming Stakes Field

Gloaming Stakes Winners Ace High. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos |
2017 Gloaming Stakes winner Ace High. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The Gloaming Stakes race field attracts a quality line-up of three-year-old staying types with Group 1 ambitions.

Gloaming Stakes nominations close the Monday before the race runs on the Saturday with the field and barrier draw announced on the Wednesday.

2023 Gloaming Stakes Field

The official Gloaming Stakes 2023 Final Field & Barrier Draw will be published in full below the Wednesday leading-up to The Everest Day so stay tuned to see what gallopers line-up in the Group 3 feature.

The 2023 Gloaming Stakes final field features a quality line-up of Spring Champion Stakes-bound three-year-old led in betting by the James Cummings-trained Group 3 winner and Group 1 performed Tom Kitten coming off a string of good runs including form around Golden Rose runner-up Encap.

2023 Gloaming Stakes Nominations

The Gloaming Stakes 2023 Nominations are announced by Racing NSW the Monday of race week and will be published below once announced.

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 41514×133 TOM KITTEN C 3 James Cummings 1 56.5kg     83
2 1786×411 GANBARE C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 2 56.5kg     84
3 1257×21258 KINTYRE G 3 Gary Portelli 3 56.5kg     71
4 30413×0 TANNHAUSER C 3 Chris Waller 4 56.5kg     86
5 42569×8077 MAKE A CALL C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 5 56.5kg      
6 1112 PUSHY (NZ) G 3 Michael Freedman 6 56.5kg     81
7 5x5x1321 SNOWMAN C 3 Chris Waller 7 56.5kg     67
8 176×16 RAVELLO (NZ) C 3 John O’Shea 8 56.5kg     69
9 2410 NOISY BOY G 3 Todd Howlett 9 56.5kg     65
10 78311 GLAD YOU THINK SO C 3 John Sargent 10 56.5kg     63
11 6164 RAF ATTACK (NZ) C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 11 56.5kg     72
12 343×824 WAVERLEY C 3 John Sargent 12 56.5kg     62
13 431×52 HIGHBORN HARRY G 3 David Payne 13 56.5kg     60
14 57x335x97 CAP FERRAT C 3 Chris Waller 14 56.5kg      
15 7129 LONG GENES C 3 Edward Cummings 15 56.5kg     59
16 9×6324 LIMBURG C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 16 56.5kg      
17 49×51 MAH ALI F 3 Benjamin Smith 17 54.5kg     63
18 3315 PORT LOCKROY C 3 Annabel Neasham 18 56.5kg     65
19 642 SEKANI C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 19 56.5kg      
20 232 KONING C 3 Richard & Will Freedman 20 56.5kg      
21 21 INCA TRAIL G 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 21 56.5kg     59

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Gloaming Stakes Tips

Good Gloaming Stakes betting tips include backing Sydney-trained three-year-olds with previous winning form and those at single-figures in the markets as the favourites have a strong recent record in the event.

2023 Gloaming Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Gloaming Stakes 2023 betting tips and exotic Sydney racing selections on the Spring Champion Stakes ballot exemption-offering event will be detailed below the week of the race.

  • To Win: #8 Snowman ($5 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Plenty of winning hopes coming off good runs in this year’s Gloaming and have Snowman on top at a touch of value. The Chris Waller-trained Snitzel colt enjoyed his second career win at his sixth start last time out in a BM72 at Rosehill over 1800m. Up in grade now but same distance, which he blitzed with a two length success on September 27. Hugh Bowman is in town and comes aboard this up-and-comer who is likely to land midfield and charge home. Can win again.

Gloaming Stakes Form Guide

The Gloaming Stakes form guide details to punters all the facts and stats from the jockeys, trainers and barriers, to the horse’s records over the track / distance and their lead-up runs.

The Gloaming Stakes form has stacked-up in bigger three-year-old features over the spring including both the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) and Melbourne’s Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) held at Flemington.

In 2017 Ace High completed the Gloaming Stakes – Spring Champion Stakes – VRC Derby treble.

In 2021 the Gloaming Stakes form was franked with Profondo improving on his second to win the Spring Champion Stakes next start.

The 2022 Gloaming Stakes winner Sharp ‘N’ Smart franked the form with a next-up Spring Champion Stakes victory followed by a second in that year’s VRC Derby results. The Kiwi raider then returned home for a further two Group 1 wins in New Zealand including the NZ Derby before a trip back to Sydney that autumn when fourth in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m).

2023 Gloaming Stakes Form Guide

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

Gloaming Stakes Results

The Gloaming Stakes race results have been dominated by single-figure runners.

Retrieve holds the current 1800m Gloaming Stakes race record winning in 2010 in a time of 1 minute 48:2 seconds.

Some of the notable Gloaming Stakes winners throughout history include Kingston Town (1979) who went on to win three Cox Plates during his career, Tie The Knot (1997), dual Cox Plate champion So You Think (2009), It’s A Dundeel (2012), Ace High (2017), and Shadow Hero (2019).

Past Gloaming Stakes Winners

Recent Gloaming Stakes winners dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner Trainer/s Jockey Weight Time


Raf Attack Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Regan Bayliss 56.5 kgs 1:48.11


Held over 1600m at Warwick Farm

Sharp ‘N’ Smart Graeme & Deborah Rogerson Hugh Bowman 56.5 kgs 1:39.94
2021 Head Of State Chris Waller James McDonald 56.5 kgs 1:50.04
2020 Love Tap Richard & Michael Freedman Nash Rawiller 56.5 kgs 1:49.89
2019 Shadow Hero Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 56.5 kgs 1:49.10
2018 Thinkin’ Big Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 56.5 kgs 1:50.28
2017 Ace High David Payne Tye Angland 56.5 kgs 1:50.82
2016 Veladero Chris Waller Rory Hutchings 56.5 kgs 1:50.24
2015 Vanbrugh Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 56.5 kgs 1:49.60
2014 Sweynesse John O’Shea Kerrin McEvoy 56.5 kgs 1:49.48
2013 Complacent Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 56.5 kgs 1:49.16
2012 Dundeel Murray Baker James McDonald 56.5 kgs 1:50.56
2011 Strike The Stars Anthony Cummings Hugh Bowman 56.5 kgs 1:49.07
2010 Retrieve Peter Snowden Joshua Parr 56.5 kgs 1:48.28
2009 So You Think Bart Cummings Hugh Bowman 56.5 kgs 1:50.86
2008 Predatory Pricer Paul Murray Glyn Schofield 56.5 kgs 1:51.95
2007 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2006 All Black Gold Chris Waller Jay Ford 55.5 kgs 1:49.15
2005 Pendragon Bart Cummings Hugh Bowman 55.5 kgs 1:50.41
2004 Al Maher Gai Waterhouse Jim Cassidy 55.5 kgs 1:49.33
2003 Tsuimai Jack Denham Zac Purton 55.5 kgs 1:49.59
2002 Maskerado Graeme Rogerson Corey Brown 55.5 kgs 1:57.04
2001 Courvoisier Graeme Rogerson Glen Boss 55.5 kgs 1:49.67
2000 Go Bint Neville McBurney Darryl McLellan 55.5 kgs 1:59.43