Hot Danish Stakes 2023

The Hot Danish Stakes is one of the lucrative races added to the six week The Everest Carnival by Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club (ATC) as their war to win the punters’ attention over the spring continues with Melbourne.

2022 Hot Danish Stakes winner Sheeza Belter

2022 Hot Danish Stakes winner Sheeza Belter. Photo: Steve Hart.

Contested on the second Saturday in November, the same day Flemington hosts VRC Champions Stakes Day on the final day of the coveted Melbourne Cup Carnival, Sydney now has their own feature race meeting that includes the $500,000 Hot Danish Stakes.

The headline event on the program is the $1 million Golden Gift (1100m) for two-year-olds, with the Hot Danish Stakes the key support act on the Rosehill race card along with the $2 million The Five Diamonds (1800m) held for the first time in 2022.

Named in honour of $2.3 million earner Hot Danish who won the 2010 Group 1 All Aged Stakes – Doomben 10,000 double, The Hot Danish Stakes is open only to fillies and mares.

The event was previously known as the Group 2 Breeders Classic and run in late February over 1200m by mares aged four-years-old and over. The Breeders Classic was run from 1996 – 2019 as a lead-up to the Coolmore Classic during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Later in 2019 after the final edition of the Breeders Classic was won by Champagne Cuddles, the event was boosted as part of the $1 million Golden Gift program in November. The race distance was increased from 1200m to 1400m and the prize money increased from $200,000 to $500,000.

The first spring running of the Group 2 Hot Danish Stakes was won by the Team Snowden-trained Pierro mare Reelem In Ruby.

The 2023 edition of the Hot Danish Stakes ran at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday November 11, 2023 and was won in style by Roots ($3.20) from the Chris Waller stable. 

2023 Hot Danish Stakes Results

The official Hot Danish Stakes 2023 results and finishing order will be listed below once the event is run and won on Saturday November 11, 2023.

2023 Hot Danish Stakes winner Roots

2023 Hot Danish Stakes winner Roots was dominant in the late spring event. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • 1st: #2 Roots
  • 2nd: #4 Call Di
  • 3rd: #3 Finepoint

Chris Waller’s classy Press Statement mare Roots ($3.20) came from off the pace with jockey Tommy Berry switching to the outside at the top of the straight to charge into the lead a furlong out and post a dominant nearly three-length victory in the 2023 Hot Danish Stakes results.

2023 Hot Danish Stakes Odds

The latest Hot Danish Stakes 2023 betting odds and market links to the runners will be available below as soon as released.

Early market betting odds on the 2024 Hot Danish Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

Hot Danish Stakes Info

  • Date: Saturday November 11, 2023
  • Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
  • Distance: 1400m
  • Conditions: Fillies & Mares – Set Weights
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $500,000
  • First Run: November 2019 (as the Hot Danish Stakes)
  • Previously Known As: The Group 2 Breeders Classic (1200m) in February

Hot Danish Stakes Betting

Betting on the Hot Danish Stakes is led by in-form fillies and mares from local Sydney-based stables that have had a good lead-up spring preparation.

There are a number of earlier spring races held in both Sydney and Melbourne that the results of which are likely to impact the Hot Danish Stakes betting markets.

One of the key lead-ups into the race is The Nivison (1200m), a Group 3 race run at Randwick in late October open to mares aged four-years-old and over. In 2019 Reelem In Ruby improved on a lead-up second in The Nivision to win the Hot Danish Stakes. In 2021 the upset Hot Danish Stakes winner Electric Girl had run fifth two starts back in The Nivision.

The $2 million The Invitation (1400m) held a fortnight earlier now serves as the key Hot Danish Stakes lead-up.

In 2021 Rocha Clock ran second in both races, while the 2021 Hot Danish Stakes winner Electric Girl returned the following spring to finish runner-up in the 2022 The Invitation results.

Sheeza Belta (8th in 2022) and Roots (11th in 2023) are the latest Hot Danish Stakes winners to come out of The Invitation race.

Hot Danish Stakes Field

Hot Danish Stakes History -

The Hot Danish Stakes is named in honour of class mare Hot Danish (above). Photo: Steve Hart.

The Hot Danish Stakes race field attracts a quality line-up of female gallopers attracted to the $500,000 prize money on offer in the race previously known as the Breeders Classic and held in February.

Fillies and mares may come into the Hot Danish Stakes field off a 1200m run or be dropping back to the 1400m having previously contested spring races over a mile such as the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) for fillies at Randwick on Epsom Handicap Day.

2023 Hot Danish Stakes Field

The official Hot Danish Stakes 2023 final field and barriers are announced on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below following acceptances.

The 2023 Hot Danish Stakes final field features a small but quality line-up of mares led in betting by the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Royal Merchant who won the Group 1 The Goodwood in Adelaide earlier in the year.

2023 Hot Danish Stakes Nominations

The early Hot Danish Stakes 2023 nominations close the Monday ahead of the event and will be updated below once released by Racing NSW.

2023 Hot Danish Stakes nominations extended until 11:00am (AEDT) 07/11/2023.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x6117x2171 ESPIONA M 5 Chris Waller 1 57kg 112
2 4232110×86 ROYAL MERCHANT M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 2 57kg 108
3 3410x52x50 ROOTS M 5 Chris Waller 3 57kg 105
4 x145125x29 OPAL RIDGE M 4 Luke Pepper 4 57kg 102
5 30x330003x FINEPOINT M 5 Chris Waller 5 57kg 91
6 x1349x2253 CALL DI M 4 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 6 57kg 84
7 0x7903x537 DALCHINI M 5 Lee & Cherie Curtis 7 57kg 84
8 2×51488135 MIRRA VIEW M 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 8 57kg 83
9 7x20x66x92 RUSSIAN CONQUEST M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 9 57kg 81
10 3127x FOXY CLEOPATRA M 4 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 10 57kg 78

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

Hot Danish Stakes Form Guide

The Hot Danish Stakes form guide lists all the key race facts and statistics on the gallopers in the field including their record at the track / distance, lead-up form and career win / place rates.

2023 Hot Danish Stakes Form Guide

A link to our detailed Hot Danish Stakes 2023 Form Guide and betting preview will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Hot Danish Stakes Tips

Hot Danish Stakes tips include watching for mares coming off quality spring preparations in Group 2 or 1 events and tipping proven performers over the 1400m.

Any fillies and mares dropping back from a 1600m run that are better suited to less distance also make a good Hot Danish Stakes tip.

The Invitation graduates that ran well in the $2 million event make a top Hot Danish Stakes tip should they continue their spring in the event.

2023 Hot Danish Stakes Tips

Our insider Ladbrokes’ Hot Danish Stakes 2023 tips and Rosehill betting selections on the half-a-million-dollar spring showdown will be detailed below come race week.

  • To Win: #2 Roots ($3.40 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Small field and open race without any real stand-outs class or form wise. Going for the Waller-trained Roots to improve and return to winning form here with some runs against some decent horses this prep. She’ll get things her way from barrier two with Tommy Berry in the saddle of the Press Statement five-year-old who has a decent record at the track. Was Group 1 placed when narrowly defeated at big odds in Brisbane’s Tatt’s Tiara in the winter. $1.5 million Alan Brown fifth fresh had her only a length beaten and that form was franked in Sydney’s $3 million The Big Dance on Cup Day with both the winner and runner-up coming out of it. Roots was last seen unplaced when second last (11th) to her stablemate Espiona in the $2 million The Invitation. Had more weight there and expect her to atone.

Hot Danish Stakes Results

The Hot Danish Stakes race results show the exact finishing order of all the fillies and mares in the Golden Gift Day event that takes place in November on the same day as Flemington’s Champions Stakes Day.

Past Hot Danish Stakes Winners

The Hot Danish Stakes winners from the inaugural edition in 2019 are provided below. Prior to November of 2019 the race was run in Sydney as the Group 2 Breeders Classic (1200m) in February.

The Breeders Classic winners from 2001 – 2019 can be found further down this page.

Reelem In Ruby won the inaugural Hot Danish Stakes.

Roots holds the current Hot Danish Stakes race record winning in 2023 in a time of 1 minute 21.68 seconds.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2023 Roots Call Di Finepoint 1:21.68
2022 Sheeza Belta Lavish Girl More Secrets 1:23.38
2021 Electric Girl Rocha Clock Madam Rouge 1:24.06
2020 Savatiano Tricky Gal Positive Peace 1:24.66
2019 Reelem In Ruby Moss Trip El Dorado Dreaming 1:22.62

Breeders Classic Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2019 Champagne Cuddles Cool Passion Alassio 1:12.11
2018 Prompt Response Egyptian Symbol Danish Twist 1:09.72
2017 In Her Time Egyptian Symbol Flippant 1:10.75
2016 Amicus Press Report I’ve Got The Looks 1:11.0
2015 Catkins Liliburbero Mihiri 1:09.3
2014 Catkins Steps In Time White Sage 1:10.7
2013 Steps In Time Red Tracer Choice Words 1:10.4
2012 Steps In Time Beaded Red Tracer 1:09.5
2011 More Joyous Graceful Anna No Evidence Needed 1:08.6
2010 Alverta Montana Flyer Madame Pedrille 1:10.5
2009 Hot Danish Belong To Many Lustre Lady 1:10.5
2008 Gallant Tess Flying Alpha Shirl Pegasus 1:10.0
2007 Pasikatera Spinner’s Magic Street Smart 1:09.6
2006 Steflara Wild Queen Imana 1:09.8
2005 Winning Belle Pentelikon Imana 1:10.5
2004 Private Steer Irgunette Forum Floozie 1:08.3
2003 Miss Helterskelter Hosannah Ritual 1:10.6
2002 Gwendolyn Another Misty Poppett 1:11.1
2001 Spinning Hill Say Good Morning Corelli 1:09.7
2000 Staging Just Like Crystal Zatella 1:09.5

See below for the race details of the Breeders Classic, the Group 2 race previously held in Sydney during the autumn that the Hot Danish Stakes has now replaced.

The Breeders Classic has been renamed as the Hot Danish Stakes and now runs at Royal Randwick in November as part of The Everest Carnival 

The Breeders Classic was one of the first Group 2 races held during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival on a Saturday in mid-February each year. Open only to mares aged four-years-old and above, it was originally run as a sprint showdown over 1200m at set weights plus penalties.

Offering a total of $200,000 in prize money, the Breeders Classic was one of two Group races held at Randwick that meeting along with the Group 3 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m) for three-year-olds. Mares in the Breeders Classic field often targeted the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) held at Rosehill Gardens the following month and the last to complete the double was Alverta (2010).

The last edition of the Breeders Classic ran in February 2019 before it was renamed The Hot Danish Stakes later that year and moved to November. 

Breeders Classic Race Facts

  • Date: Saturday November 11, 2023
  • Track: Warwick Farm Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Set Weights + Penalties – Mares 4YO&Up
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1996
  • Last Run: 2019 – then moved to November and renamed The Hot Danish Stakes

Breeders Classic Results

The Breeders Classic results were been dominated by classy mares in recent history with notable winners including Hot Danish (2009), More Joyous (2011), Steps In Time (2012-13) and Catkins (2014-15).