Golden Pendant 2023

Ladbrokes Tip: Golden Pendant graduates can head to Group 1 Melbourne races later in the spring.

The Golden Pendant is a Group 2 race for fillies and mares held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in late September during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. The race was formerly known as the Research Stakes and is run over 1400m on the same day as the season’s gun three-year-olds face off in the Group 1 $1 million Golden Rose Stakes (1400m).

2022 Golden Pendant winner Nimalee

2022 Golden Pendant winner Nimalee. Photo: Steve Hart.

The Golden Pendant is one of the key support events on the Golden Rose Day card along with the Group 2 Shannon Stakes and the Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality for stayers.

The event offers a lucrative $400,000 in total prize money and is run at set weights plus penalties. It has been won by some quality mares over the years including eight-time Group 1 champion More Joyous (2012).

The Golden Pendant now also serves as a potential lead-up for mares looking for an invite to contest the newly-created $2 million The Invitation race at Randwick in October.

In 2022 the Golden Pendant winner Nimalee went on to run third in that year’s The Invitation results.

The latest edition of the Golden Pendant took place on Saturday September 23, 2023 as part of Golden Pendant Day at Rosehill and saw the Chris Waller-trained favourite Espiona ($2.35F) win by over two lengths. 

2023 Golden Pendant Results

The full Golden Pendant Results 2023 and finishing order will be provided below once the race is run and won on Saturday September 23, 2023.

2023 Golden Pendant winner Espiona

2023 Golden Pendant winner Espiona was too good for her rivals saluting for the punters by a big margin. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • 1st: #2 Espiona 
  • 2nd: #1 Atishu
  • 3rd: #5 Banana Queen

Chris Waller’s Group 1 Coolmore Classic winning daughter of Extreme Choice, Espiona ($2.35F), improved on a lead-up Sheraco Stakes second to storm home by over two-lengths saluting for the punters as favourite ahead of her stablemate Atishu in the 2023 Golden Pendant results to give form hoop of the spring Nash Rawiller an early double on the card.

2023 Golden Pendant Odds

The season’s top Golden Pendant 2023 odds online and links to our Group 2 Pendant betting markets on Golden Rose Day will be available for punters below as soon as available.

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Golden Pendant Race Info

  • Date: Saturday September 23, 2023
  • Track: Rosehill Gardens
  • Distance: 1400m
  • Conditions: Fillies & Mares – Set Weights + Penalties
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $400,000
  • First Run: 1996

Golden Pendant Betting

Golden Pendant betting markets are led by the class mares in the race each year, usually local Sydney runners with good form at the track and distance.

Looking further down the Golden Pendant betting markets has proved profitable a few times in recent years including in 2013 when Sharnee Rose scored a $31 upset. Another longer-priced hopeful in Golden Pendant odds to salute was Peeping ($15 in 2015).

Espiona ($2.35 in 2023) was the last favourite in Golden Pendant betting to salute.

Golden Pendant Field

The Golden Pendant field attracts a strong class of fillies and mares each season, but usually not the top of the crop of female gallopers.

Runners in the Golden Pendant field may come off earlier Sydney Spring Carnival runs in a race like the now Group 2 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) that produced the 2015 winner Peeping (9th) and Daysee Doom in 2017 who improved of a lead-up third in the Sheraco.

More recently Mizzy (2019) completed the Sheraco Stakes – Golden Pendant double, also saluting in the Toy Show Quality in between, while in 2020 Subpoenaed improved on a lead-up Sheraco Stakes sixth to win the Golden Pendant. In 2021 the Golden Pendant winner Vangelic came off a Sheraco fourth in the lead-up.

Espiona (2nd in 2023) was the last Sheraco Stakes graduate to win the Golden Pendant.

In 2014 the Sheraco Stakes winner Catkins went on to run second to Arabian Gold in the Golden Pendant. She also travelled to Melbourne and finished third in both the Group 2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) and Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m). That year also saw My Sabeel run second in the Sheraco Stakes and third in the Golden Pendant.

Golden Pendant graduates may back-up in a race like the Group 3 Angst Stakes (1600m) at Randwick in October, the double last achieved by Sharnee Rose (2013). In 2014 the Golden Pendant winner Arabian Gold was first-up having run second in the Queensland Oaks the winter prior.

Golden Pendant nominations close the Monday before the race runs on the Saturday with the field and barrier draw out on the Wednesday.

2023 Golden Pendant Field

The official Golden Pendant 2023 final field & barrier draw will be provided below as soon as released by Racing NSW on the Wednesday of Golden Rose Stakes Day week, so stay tuned to see the fillies and mares that make the cut.

The 2023 Golden Pendant field features a diminutive but smart line-up of female gallopers led in betting by Chris Waller’s Group 1 winner Espiona second-up and drawn well.

2023 Golden Pendant Nominations

The early Golden Pendant 2023 nominations close the Monday of race week and will be provided for punters below once announced.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 123x216Px5 ATISHU (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 1 58kg 111
2 640x6117x2 ESPIONA M 5 Chris Waller 2 58kg 107
3 111x419x64 ZOUGOTCHA M 4 Chris Waller 3 58kg 105
4 1x81x7830x SHEEZA BELTER M 4 Annabel Neasham 4 58kg 103
5 x3413x353x MORE SECRETS M 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 5 54kg 98
6 30x820200x SO DAZZLING (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 6 54kg 90
7 11127×5741 BANANA QUEEN M 5 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 7 55kg 87
8 112x740x58 LACED UP HEELS M 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 8 54kg 84
9 1125×48314 DIAMOND DEALER M 5 Bjorn Baker 9 54kg 80
10 x10250x503 BYRON BELLE M 4 John Sargent 10 54kg 69

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Golden Pendant Tips

Good Golden Pendant tips include checking for mares that ran top three in Sydney in their last start, have previous Group 2 or 3 form in similar company and that have strong records over at least 1400m in distance.

Local runners have a strong record in the race as do the older runners as opposed to the fillies, so backing Sydney-trained mares is also a nice Golden Pendant betting tips.

2023 Golden Pendant Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Golden Pendant 2023 betting tips and exotic Rosehill racing selections on the Group 2 will be detailed below a few days out from the race so stay tuned for the female gallopers to get behind in the $400,000 event this season.

  • To Win: #2 Espiona ($2.60 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Small but quality field for the Golden Pendant and happy to stick with the Chris Waller-trained favourite. Hoop of the hour Nash Rawiller was brilliant in Sydney last Saturday and retains the ride on this five-year-old daughter of Extreme Choice who has a great record over the distance (6:3-0-1). Group 1 Coolmore Classic winner at the track in the autumn and is second-up here with previous winning form second-up (4:2-0-1). Fresh she was good in the Group 2 Shearco Stakes here when runner-up at double-figures behind Sunshine In Paris. Think that’s the form to follow here.

Golden Pendant Form Guide

The Golden Pendant form guide details all the key information of the race and its runners like lead-up form, barriers, jockeys and trainers.

Over the years the Golden Pendant form has stacked up in better races quite a few times even in Melbourne’s Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m). Catkins ran second in the 2014 Golden Pendant and third in the Myer Classic that year. In 2013 the Golden Pendant winner Sharnee Rose finished fourth in Crown Oaks, won by that season’s Golden Pendant runner-up Red Tracer.

Keeping an eye on the Golden Pendant form guide for mares coming out of the Sheraco Stakes is also important when tipping in the race.

The 2021 Golden Pendant form was franked with the winning mare Vangelic, later finishing third in that season’s Golden Eagle trifecta, while the runner-up Nimalee backed-up in the autumn the next year to take out the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes.

In 2022 the Golden Pendant runner-up Palaisipan went on to frank the form the following winter in Brisbane winning the 2023 Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara.

2023 Golden Pendant Form Guide

A link to our full Golden Pendant 2023 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Golden Pendant Results

The Golden Pendant race results from the past decade have been dominated by the shorter-priced favourites.

Notable recent Golden Pendant winners include Nimalee (2022) who improved on her second the year prior, Peeping (2015), More Joyous (2012), and Hot Danish (2009).

Classy Dane (2003) was the last three-year-old filly to win the Golden Pendant.

Past Golden Pendant Winners

Recent Golden Pendant winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner Runner-up Third Winning Time
2023 Espiona Atishu Banana Queen 1:22.35
2022 Nimalee Palaisipan Pippali 1:23.04
2021 Vangelic Nimalee Entriviere 1:22.58
2020 Subpoenaed Emeralds Jen Rules 1:22.59
2019 Mizzy Champagne Cuddles Dyslexic 1:22.58
2018 Shumookh Champagne Cuddles Princess Posh 1:29.0
2017 Daysee Doom Dixie Blossoms Omei Sword 1:23.7
2016 Tycoon Tara Dixie Blossoms Pearls 1:22.6
2015 Peeping Two Blue Berry Delicious 1:23.0
2014 Arabian Gold Catkins My Sabeel 1:22.7
2013 Sharnee Rose Red Tracer Bennetta 1:23.1
2012 More Joyous Skyerush Forarainyday 1:25.4
2011 Screen Gybe Ofcourseican 1:09.9
2010 Trim Montana Flyer / Girl Hussler (Dead Heat for 2nd) 1:09.8
2009 Hot Danish Madame Pedrille Beaucoup 1:10.6
2008 Judged Illuminates Nediyms Dream 1:11.0
2007 Race Not Run
2006 Coolroom Candidate Napa Sky Kakakakatie 1:11.1
2005 Fumble Battle Maiden One In A Million 1:09.5
2004 Besame Mucho Chatelaine Covet Thee 1:10.6
2003 Classy Dane Forum Floozie Gold Lottey 1:10.4
2002 Mica’s Pride Ancient Song Rare Insight 1:09.2
2001 La Rieuse Winona Gentle Genius 1:10.7
2000 Spinning Hill Brief Kiss Perfect Halo 1:11.1