Golden Gift 2023

Golden Gift runners often return the following autumn to contest the next year’s Golden Slipper Stakes

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

Racing NSW continue to boost the number of Special Condition and Restricted races like their hugely successful $20 The Everest event over the spring to compete for attention with the traditional centre for spring racing – Melbourne.

2021 Golden Gift Winner Sejardan

2021 Golden Gift winner Sejardan. Photo: Steve Hart.

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 a Saturday in early to mid-November at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.

It currently shares the same race date as Victoria’s Champions Stakes Day card at Flemington on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival meeting.

The Golden Gift currently runs on The Five Diamonds Day headlined by the $2 million The Five Diamonds (1800m) for five-year-old horses.

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 $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 11, 2023 in Sydney on the Saturday after the Melbourne Cup and saw Shangri La Express ($2.10F) become the first favourite to win the race.  

2023 Golden Gift Results

The official Golden Gift 2023 Results & Finishing Order will be published in full below once the race is run and won on Saturday November 11, 2023.

2023 Golden Gift winner Shangri La Express

2023 Golden Gift winner Shangri La Express held on to salute for the punters. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • 1st: #1 Shangri La Express
  • 2nd: #2 Rue De Royale
  • 3rd: #5 Volatile

The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained Alabama Express colt Shangri La Express ($2.10F) was too quick for his rivals making it a flawless two from two start to his career to salute for the punters in the Golden Gift 2023 results.

2023 Golden Gift Odds

The updated Golden Gift 2023 racing odds and market links will be provided below once betting on the early November clash opens.

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The Golden Gift Race Info

  • Date: Saturday November 11, 2023
  • Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
  • Distance: 1100m
  • Conditions: 2YOS – Set Weights
  • 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.

The 2023 Golden Gift winner Shangri La Express ($2.10) became the first favourite in the race’s history to win on the back of a successful debut in the Kirkham Plate (1000m).

Golden Gift Field

The Golden Gift race 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 or for eligible youngsters the $2 million Inglis Millennium (1100m).

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.

2023 Golden Gift Field

The official Golden Gift 2023 final field and barriers will be announced by Racing NSW leading-up to the meeting and published in full below.

The 2023 Golden Gift final field features a bumper line-up of promising two-year-olds including the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained colt Shangri La Express who is the only non-maiden in the mix after a big 2.5 length win on debut at Randwick last month in the Kirkham Plate over 1000m.

2023 Golden Gift Nominations

Early nominations for the Golden Gift 2023 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 SHANGRI LA EXPRESS C 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 1 56.5kg
2 2 MISS JUDAS F 2 Richard & Will Freedman 2 54.5kg
3 4 RUE DE ROYALE (NZ) C 2 Tony & Calvin McEvoy 3 56.5kg
4 2 ART’S ALIVE F 2 Brad Widdup 4= 54.5kg
5 2 BETTA BEING SINGLE F 2 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 4= 54.5kg
6 4 LAMENTUM C 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 6 56.5kg
7 0 SCAMPI C 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 7= 56.5kg
8 8 VOLATILE C 2 Peter & Paul Snowden 7= 56.5kg
9 8 ERNO’S CUBE F 2 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 7= 54.5kg
10 CLIMACTIC C 2 Matthew Dunn 10= 56.5kg
11 GRAM C 2 James Cummings 10= 56.5kg
12 THAT’S OUTSTANDING C 2 Gary Portelli 10= 56.5kg
13 THUNDEROUS C 2 Gary Portelli 10= 56.5kg
14 WAR COUNCIL C 2 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 10= 56.5kg
15 3 PETAWAWA F 2 Robert & Luke Price 15 54.5kg
16 TRAFALGAR SQUARE F 2 David Payne 16 54.5kg
17 VINNIRO C 2 Annabel Neasham 17 56.5kg

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.

2023 Golden Gift Form

A link to our comprehensive Golden Gift 2023 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.

2023 Golden Gift Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Golden Gift 2023 tips and Rosehill race selections will be published below leading-up to the Golden Gift Race Day.

  • To Win: #13 Betta Being Single ($9.50 at time of publish) –  BET NOW

Tough race for punters with plenty on debut, most maidens, and not much form to consider in the lucrative 2YOs showdown. Going for a touch of value with Betta Being Single from a top stable. The Waterhouse/Bott-trained Better Than Ready filly is nicely-bred and has her second start after going down the barest of margins on debut at Kensington. Drops weight, extra 100m should suit and Rachel King is riding very well. Out to atone after going down as the beaten favourite last time and can make amends.

Golden Gift Results

The Golden Gift race 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.

Notable Golden Gift winners include the inaugural champion Yankee Rose (2015), fellow filly Dame Giselle (2019), and Sejardan (2021).

Past Golden Gift Winners

A complete list of past Golden Gift winners and place-getters dating back to the race’s inaugural running in 2015 can be found below.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2023 Shangri La Express Rue De Royale Volatile 1:03.95
2022 Barber Infatuation Summer Loving 1:04.14
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