Show County Quality 2021

Saturday August 21, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: The Show County Quality now serves as a potential lead-up into The Everest.

The Group 3 Show County Quality is a 1200m sprint showdown for horses at Royal Randwick Racecourse in August each Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. The race is a quality handicap event and offers $160,000 in total prize money and was upgraded from a Listed race in 2013.

The event runs as one of the key support races on Winx Stakes Day, which is headlined by the Group 1 Winx Stakes – formerly the Warwick Stakes – and that also features the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes as well as the Group 3 Toy Show Quality.

First run in 1993, the Show County Quality is named in honour of former star two-year-old Show County who won a number of very good races during his juvenile years including the Skyline Stakes and Stan Fox Stakes in 1989.

Plenty of top gallopers have won the race including most famously the Caulfield Cup – Melbourne Cup champion Might And Power (1997).

The Show County Quality now serves as a potential lead-up for sprinters looking to secure a slot in that season’s coveted $15 million The Everest – the world’s richest turf race held at the same track and distance in October.

The latest edition of the Show County Quality ran on Saturday August 21, 2021 and was won by Joe Pride’s ultra-consistent galloper Private Eye. 

 Show County Quality 2021 Results

The official 2021 Show County Quality Results & Finishing Order will be provided below once the race is run and won on Saturday August 21, 2021 as part of the Winx Stakes Day race card.

  • 1st: #8 Private Eye
  • 2nd: #10 Embracer
  • 3rd: #3 Icebath

The Joe Pride-trained Private Eye kicked off his spring with a gutsy win coming from well back to charge home down the outside and knock off Embracer in his four-year-old debut. The 2021 Show County Quality results saw the winner secure his seventh win from 10 runs and earn a potential end of spring target in the $7.5 million Golden Eagle.

Show County Quality Race Info

  • Date: Saturday August 21, 2021
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: 3YOs & Upwards – Quality Handicap
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $160,000
  • First Run: 1993

Show County Quality Field

The Show County Quality field attracts a quality line-up of nice spring sprinters each season, many of which are kicking off their campaigns in an easier grade race. 

The event is often contested by past Group 1 performers and potential The Everest horses and can serve as a good lead-up into many other big spring races. 

Horses out of the Show County Quality field may step out over more distance over the coming months targeting a race like the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m). In 2020 the Show County runner-up Probabeel went on to win that year’s Epsom Handicap. 

2021 Show County Quality Field

The official Show County Quality 2021 field and barriers will be announced by Racing NSW on the Wednesday leading-up to Winx Stakes Day and published in full below.

The 2021 Show County Quality field features a smart line-up of sprinters led in betting by the top weight Splintex chasing his third win from as many starts at the track and distance.

  • Scratched: #7 Hilal (9); #2 Viridine (11)

2021 Show County Quality Nominations

Nominations for the 2021 Show County Quality close on the Monday of race week with the list of potential runners in the sprint feature to be published here.

Sixteen sprinters make-up the Show County Quality 2021 nominations this weekend including returning Doncaster Mile runner-up Icebath, Joe Pride’s Queensland Guineas winner Private Eye and perennial runner-up Prime Star.

Last 10HorseSexAgeTrainerBallotWeightTrue WeightPenaltyHcp Rating
1512x33542xICEBATH (NZ)M5Brad Widdup157.5kg57.5kg106
2658x40168xSPLINTEXH5Mark Newnham259kg59kg105
3425×463654VIRIDINEG7James Cummings358.5kg58.5kg104
46217x6321xKUKERACHA (NZ)G4Chris Waller4=57.5kg57.5kg102
551730x348xROCKG6Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes4=57.5kg57.5kg102
6x142355x12CHATG5John Thompson656kg56kg99
7222x237x5xPRIME STARG4Richard & Michael Freedman755.5kg55.5kg98
810x30x177xEMBRACERG6Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott8=54kg53.5kg94
912722xHILALC3Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes8=54kg53kg94
1086x6673x86HIGHTAILG5Peter & Paul Snowden10=54kg53kg92
11x1111x821xPRIVATE EYEG4Joseph Pride10=54kg53kg92
12x08x26353xWISDOM OF WATERH4Annabel Neasham10=54kg53kg92
131775×11563FENDERG5Brett Cavanough1354kg53kg89
14x439135x03POETIC CHARMERG7Peter & Paul Snowden1454kg53kg88
151x1212x12xGREAT NEWSM5Kim Waugh1554kg53kg85
164513x1444xLE LUDEM6John Thompson1654kg53kg83

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Show County Quality Betting

Show County Quality odds are led each season by resuming sprinters that have form in tougher grade races.

First-up runners with a strong record fresh, proven Randwick performers along with any graduates out of the Group 2 Missile Stakes held a fortnight before sit high up the Show County Quality betting markets.

Deprive ($3.30 in 2019) was the last favourite in Show County Quality betting to salute.

2021 Show County Quality Odds

The season’s top Show County Quality 2021 odds and betting market links will be available below once final acceptances are announced.

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

Show County Quality Tips

Good Show County Quality tips include looking for Group 1 graduates from the autumn, proven four and five-year-old horses with winning Sydney form in similar company and strong 1200m performers.

Sprinters heading towards events including The Everest, Randwick specialists, well-weighted runners and any form horses out of the Missile Stakes also make good Show County Quality tips.

2021 Show County Quality Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Show County Quality betting tips for 2021 will be detailed below listing the horses to back and sack in the Group 3 race this season so stay tuned.

  • To Win: #5 Chat ($6.50 at time of publish)

Wide-open edition of the Show County and like the form of John Thompson’s in-form Deep Field five-year-old who is drawn to win in gate three. Yet to win at Randwick from four starts, but that could change on the weekend as he presents fit third-up following a July Sprint win and the very close Group 2 Missile Stakes second last time out in tougher company.

Show County Quality Form Guide

The Show County Quality form guide features all the must-know information for punters including the saddlecloth numbers, jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up form of the runners in the race.

Looking at the form guide for runners with proven ability at the track and distance and for those that either are resuming with a good first-up record, or graduates of the previous season’s tougher Group 1 Sydney races are important tips to take.

The Show County Quality form has also stacked up in later, tougher grade races including the Epsom Handicap and George Main Stakes in recent years.

2021 Show County Quality Form Guide

A link to our detailed Show County Quality 2021 form guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Show County Quality Results

Show County Quality results have been dominated by quality horses at single-figures in recent years, with Might And Power (1997) the most famous.

Other notable recent Show County Quality winners include Lotteria (2005), Rebel Dane (2013), Terravista (2014) and  Le Romain (2018).

Show County Quality Winners

2021Private EyeJoseph PrideJay Ford54 kgs1:10.20
2020RoherynJames CummingsJason Collett53 kgs1:11.23
2019DepriveJames CummingsMs Rachel King53.5 kgs1:08.63
2018Le RomainKris LeesJames McDonald61 kgs1:08.62
2017DeployGerald RyanBrenton Avdulla55.5 kgs1:08.06
2016Tycoon TaraPeter & Paul SnowdenKerrin McEvoy54 kgs1:09.92
2015Decision TimeClarry ConnersChristian Reith54 kgs1:09.05
2014TerravistaJoseph PrideHugh Bowman56 kgs1:12.39
2013Rebel DaneGary PortelliGlen Boss54.5 kgs1:09.53
2012Moment Of ChangePeter MoodyPeter Robl54 kgs1:09.42
2011SkytrainPeter SnowdenKerrin McEvoy53 kgs1:12.67
2010Kenny’s WorldGraeme MurrayTye Angland53 kgs1:10.66
2009Swift AllianceGai WaterhouseBlake Shinn53 kgs1:09.83
2008Bank RobberGai WaterhouseCorey Brown53 kgs1:11.96
2006PrimusJohn O’SheaHugh Bowman56.5 kgs1:09.87
2005LotteriaGai WaterhouseLenny Beasley56.5 kgs1:09.91
2004AthelnothTiger HollandJames Innes53 kgs1:10.92
2003SportsmanGregory HickmanZac Purton54 kgs1:11.86
2002PresentlyBruce McLachlanJames Innes53 kgs1:09.82
2001KingsgateGai WaterhouseGlen Boss52 kgs1:10.83
2000StanzaicJohn SizeGlen Boss53.5 kgs1:09.81
1999UprightJohn HawkesLarry Cassidy51.5 kgs1:10.27