Golden Gift 2021

Saturday November 6, 2021

The Golden Gift is a recent edition to the lucrative Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, first contested in 2015 and now worth $1 million in prize money.

Racing NSW have boosted the number of Special Condition and Restricted races like their hugely successful $15 The Everest event over the spring to compete for attention with the traditional center for spring racing – Melbourne.

One of the races to gain a huge increase in stakes, the Golden Gift is an 1100m sprint race for two-year-olds held on the second Saturday of November at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse. It shares the same race date as Victoria’s Mackinnon Stakes Day card at Flemington, which is the last Melbourne Cup Carnival meeting.

The Golden Gift meeting is also host to the $500,000 Hot Danish Stakes (1400m), a set-weights race for fillies and mares named in honour of dual Group 1 winning mare Hot Danish that was previously known as the Group 2 Breeders Classic (1200m) and held in February.

Creating a focal race for juveniles over the spring in Sydney, the Golden Gift attracts youngsters likely to target the following autumn’s Group 1 $3.5 million Golden Slipper (1200m) back at Rosehill.

The inaugural Golden Gift was won by standout filly Yankee Rose (2015) who went on to run second in the following year’s Golden Slipper before a win in the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m). She would go on to win over $2 million in prize money including from her Cox Plate third to super mare Winx in 2016.

In 2019 Dame Giselle won the Golden Gift and franked that form winning a subsequent four Group 2 races over the next 12 months.

The latest edition of the Golden Gift ran on Saturday November 6, 2021 and was won by the Gary Portelli-trained Sejardan ($5.50). 

2021 Golden Gift Results

The official Golden Gift 2021 Results & Finishing Order will be published in full below once the race is run and won on Saturday November 6, 2021.

  • 1st: #1 Sejardan ($5.50)
  • 2nd: #5 Shalatin
  • 3rd: #8 Ojai

Gary Portelli’s Sebring colt Sejardan ($5.50) is set for next year’s $3.5 million Golden Slipper, backing up from his winning debut in the Group 3 Breeders Plate from early October to take out the 2021 Golden Gift in style.

The Golden Gift Race Info

  • Date: Saturday November 6, 2021
  • Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
  • Distance: 1100m
  • Conditions: 2YOS – Set Weights + Penalties
  • Status: Special Condition
  • Prize Money: $1 million
  • First Run: 2015

Golden Gift Betting

Golden Gift betting is traditionally a tough event for the punters with the two-year-olds coming into the race with very little lead-up form.

Any juveniles coming off eye-catching trials and Sydney-trained youngsters with a previous race start / win lead Golden Gift betting in the spring.

Over the race’s short history the fillies have dominated so the two-year-old girls in the mix often sit at shorter Golden Gift odds than the colts and geldings. Dame Giselle (2019) followed by Sneaky Five (2020) are the latest fillies to beat home the boys.

The Group 3 Breeders Plate (1000m) held at Randwick in early October can serve as a guide to the Golden Gift with Sejardan completing the double in 2021.

2021 Golden Gift Odds

The updated Golden Gift 2021 racing odds and market links will be provided below once betting on the early November clash opens.

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

Golden Gift Field
Golden Gift Winners: Yankee Rose |

Yankee Rose won the inaugural Golden Gift. Photo: Steve Hart.

The Golden Gift field attracts a line-up of progressive and untapped two-year-old horses, many of which have little or no previous race experience.

The recent prize money increase to $1 million ensures the better class of juveniles contest the Golden Gift race field, with many out of the race likely to target the following autumn’s Golden Slipper Stakes.

Trainers may use the Golden Gift field as a career kick-off for their stable young guns and many will be put away after the race to mature ahead of a new year return with a focus on the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival riches.

2021 Golden Gift Field

The official Golden Gift 2021 final field and barriers will be announced by Racing NSW leading-up to the meeting and published in full below.

The 2021 Golden Gift field features a dozen hopeful young two-year-olds facing off for the million-dollar prize with markets led by the Joe Pride-trained Shalatin and Group 3 Breeders’ Plate winner Sejardan

2021 Golden Gift Nominations

Early nominations for the Golden Gift 2021 close the Monday of race week and will be updated below.

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1 SEJARDAN C 2 Gary Portelli 1 56.5kg      
2 1 OJAI F 2 James Cummings 2 54.5kg      
3 3 NOBEL C 2 Annabel Neasham 3 56.5kg      
4 2 LASCARS C 2 James Cummings 4 56.5kg      
5 2 QUEEN OF THE BALL F 2 Richard & Michael Freedman 5 54.5kg      
6 83 SNITCAT F 2 Gary Portelli 6 54.5kg      
7 26 CONTEMPORARY C 2 James Cummings 7 56.5kg      
8 4 SHIRVO C 2 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 8 56.5kg      
9 5 SHALATIN C 2 Joseph Pride 9 56.5kg      
10 5 CANNONBALL C 2 Anthony & Sam Freedman 10 56.5kg      
11   MOUNT BRILLIANT C 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 11= 56.5kg      
12   EBHAAR F 2 Peter & Paul Snowden 11= 54.5kg      
13   HEADWALL C 2 Matthew Smith 13 56.5kg      
14   BIRDONAWING F 2 Annabel Neasham 14 54.5kg      

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Golden Gift Form Guide

The Golden Gift form guide shows the full field, barriers, jockeys, trainers and any lead-up runs of the two-year-olds confirmed to run in the now $1 million sprint. Looking at the Golden Gift form for juveniles with a previous race start or successful pre-race trial can prove a nice guide to betting on the 1100m clash, while an inside barrier draw is also often a key in the two-year-old races.

Punters can also use the form out of the Golden Gift in the following year’s two-year-old events like the Golden Slipper Stakes.

2021 Golden Gift Form

A link to our comprehensive Golden Gift 2021 form guide and betting preview will be provided below the week of the race.

Golden Gift Tips

Golden Gift tipping focuses on finding any two-year-olds in the field that have previous race experience, especially youngsters that are Sydney-trained and have already broken their maiden status with a lead-up win from earlier in the spring.

Golden Gift tips usually favour two-year-old fillies who have a good record over the boys and those with winning trial form before the Rosehill Gardens feature.

2021 Golden Gift Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Golden Gift 2021 tips and Rosehill race selections will be published below leading-up to the Golden Gift Race Day.

  • To Win: #8 Ojai ($8 at time of publish) 

Going for one of the non-maidens in this year’s Golden Gift, with the Godolphin-raced Exceed And Excel filly looking good odds to go back-to-back. She won the Kirkham Plate narrowly in an upset on debut and is drawn well here. She’ll get the run of the race, is from the right stable and the money is coming.

Golden Gift Results

The Golden Gift results provide the full finishing order of all the two-year-old runners, the winning margin and time, the starting odds the horses in the field jumped at as well as where the favourite placed.

2021 Golden Gift Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2021 Sejardan Shalatin Ojai 1:04.06
2020 Sneaky Five Cerda Mura Mura 1:06.05
2019 Dame Giselle See You Soon Blaze A Trail 1:03.7
2018 Tassort Spaceboy Jonah 1:03.88
2017 Secret Lady Plague Stone Orcein 1:04.41
2016 Serena Bay Reflectivity Ipso Facto 1:05.12
2015 Yankee Rose Good Standing Julius Caesar 1:04.23