Show County Quality 2023

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 $250,000 in total prize money and was upgraded from a Listed race in 2013.

2022 Show County Quality winner Showmanship

2022 Show County Quality winner Showmanship. Photo: Steve Hart.


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, the Group 3 Toy Show Quality and the Group 3 Premiere’s Cup (2000m).

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 $20 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 19, 2023 at Royal Randwick and was won in style by Matthew Smith’s potential The Everest-bound Buenos Noches ($5.50).

 Show County Quality 2023 Results

The official 2023 Show County Quality Results & Finishing Order will be provided below once the race is run and won on Saturday August 19, 2023 as part of the Winx Stakes Day race card.

  • 1st: #1 Buenos Noches
  • 2nd: #6 Argentia
  • 3rd: #7 Dragonstone

The Matthew Smith-trained Buenos Noches ($5.50) was sensational first-up dominating the 2023 Show County Quality results to put his name forward for a slot in the $20 million The Everest in October.

Show County Quality Race Info

  • Date: Saturday August 19, 2023
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: 3YOs & Upwards – Quality Handicap
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $250,000
  • First Run: 1993

Show County Quality Field

The Show County Quality race 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, while Private Eye (2021) was the last horse to complete the Show County Quality – Epsom Handicap double

2023 Show County Quality Field

The official Show County Quality 2023 field and barriers will be announced by Racing NSW on the Wednesday leading-up to Winx Stakes Day and published in full below.

The 2023 Show County Quality final field features a small but quality line-up of sprinters led in betting by the now Chris Waller-trained Adelaide expat and Group 1 performer Extremely Lucky in on just 53kg fresh. 

2023 Show County Quality Nominations

Nominations for the 2023 Show County Quality close on the Monday of race week with the list of potential runners in the sprint feature to be published here.

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x71223x31x PRINCESS GRACE (USA) M 7 Chris Waller 1 59kg 59kg   110
2 16123x57x BUENOS NOCHES H 4 Matthew Smith 2= 58.5kg 58.5kg   105
3 1113×00911 UCALLEDIT (NZ) G 6 Kris Lees 2= 58.5kg 58.5kg   105
4 5x111x419x ZOUGOTCHA M 4 Chris Waller 2= 56.5kg 56.5kg   105
5 915x6760x6 ROCKETING BY G 6 David Pfieffer 5= 58kg 58kg   104
6 450x67521x SKY LAB G 6 Paul Perry 5= 58kg 58kg   104
7 13011x MILITARIZE (NZ) C 3 Chris Waller 5= 55.5kg 55.5kg   104
8 x231023421 CEPHEUS (GB) G 7 Matthew Dunn 8= 57.5kg 57.5kg   103
9 x73x51761x OSIPENKO (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 8= 57.5kg 57.5kg   103
10 292x51210x LINDERMANN H 4 Chris Waller 10 57kg 57kg   102
11 x2x2414231 IT’SOURTIME G 6 Danny O’Brien 11 55.5kg 55.5kg   99
12 2910x500x4 ARGENTIA M 5 Joseph Pride 12 54kg 53kg   98
13 0332×52322 DRAGONSTONE G 5 Joseph Pride 13 54kg 53kg   94
14 43538531×8 FENDER G 7 Brett Cavanough 14= 54kg 53kg   93
15 27x11364x1 KALINO G 5 Chris Waller 14= 54kg 53kg   93
16 23111878×6 INVER PARK (GB) G 6 Kris Lees 16 54kg 53kg   90
17 1x251x130x EXTREMELY LUCKY G 5 Chris Waller 17 54kg 53kg   88
18 11x592256x KOTE G 4 Anthony Cummings 18 54kg 53kg   85
19 70627821×4 MUNITIONS (USA) G 8 Richard Litt 19 54kg 53kg   83
20 4x11x11x15 PACIFIC RUBY M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 20 54kg 53kg   81

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.

Buenos Noches (2023) was the last first-up Show County Quality winner.

Deprive ($3.30 in 2019) and Showmanship ($3.30 in 2022) are the latest favourites in Show County Quality betting to salute.

2023 Show County Quality Odds

The season’s top Show County Quality 2023 odds and betting market links will be available below once final acceptances are announced.

Early market betting odds on the 2024 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 ladbrokes.com.au.

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.

2023 Show County Quality Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive Show County Quality betting tips for 2023 will be detailed below listing the horses to back and sack in the Group 3 race this season so stay tuned.

  • To Win: #7 Dragonstone ($8.50 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Small but open field full of live wire chances, but Dragonstone is so consistent at looks a nice value chance here at double-figures. Gets the rails run from barrier 1 carrying just 53.5kg, which the Joe Pride-trained five-year-old should relish. Last ran a fortnight back with 56kg in the Group 2 Missile Stakes over the six furlongs. Finished runner-up 1.7 lengths off the impressive winner I Am Me. A perennial place-getter, he hasn’t won a race since the June Stakes back in 2022 over a year ago. Still, recent form is right up there and think he can surprise a few at a price.

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 (now the King Charles III Stakes) in recent years.

In 2021 the Show County Quality third-placed mare Icebath would go on to win the inaugural edition of the $2 million The Invitation that October.

2023 Show County Quality Form Guide

A link to our detailed Show County Quality 2023 form guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Show County Quality Results

Show County Quality race 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), Le Romain (2018), and Private Eye (2021).

Tycoon Tara (2016) is the latest Show County Quality winning mare.

Deploy holds the current Show County Quality race record winning in 2017 in a time of 1 minute 08:00 seconds.

Past Show County Quality Winners

Recent Show County Quality winners dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Weight Time
2023 Buenos Noches Matthew Smith Dylan Gibbons 58.5 kgs 1:10.25
2022 Showmanship Danny O’Brien James McDonald 54.5 kgs (carried 55 kgs) 1:10.92
2021 Private Eye Joseph Pride Jay Ford 54 kgs 1:10.20
2020 Roheryn James Cummings Jason Collett 53 kgs 1:11.23
2019 Deprive James Cummings Ms Rachel King 53.5 kgs 1:08.63
2018 Le Romain Kris Lees James McDonald 61 kgs 1:08.62
2017 Deploy Gerald Ryan Brenton Avdulla 55.5 kgs 1:08.06
2016 Tycoon Tara Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 54 kgs 1:09.92
2015 Decision Time Clarry Conners Christian Reith 54 kgs 1:09.05
2014 Terravista Joseph Pride Hugh Bowman 56 kgs 1:12.39
2013 Rebel Dane Gary Portelli Glen Boss 54.5 kgs 1:09.53
2012 Moment Of Change Peter Moody Peter Robl 54 kgs 1:09.42
2011 Skytrain Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 53 kgs 1:12.67
2010 Kenny’s World Graeme Murray Tye Angland 53 kgs 1:10.66
2009 Swift Alliance Gai Waterhouse Blake Shinn 53 kgs 1:09.83
2008 Bank Robber Gai Waterhouse Corey Brown 53 kgs 1:11.96
2007 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2006 Primus John O’Shea Hugh Bowman 56.5 kgs 1:09.87
2005 Lotteria Gai Waterhouse Lenny Beasley 56.5 kgs 1:09.91
2004 Athelnoth Tiger Holland James Innes 53 kgs 1:10.92
2003 Sportsman Gregory Hickman Zac Purton 54 kgs 1:11.86
2002 Presently Bruce McLachlan James Innes 53 kgs 1:09.82
2001 Kingsgate Gai Waterhouse Glen Boss 52 kgs 1:10.83
2000 Stanzaic John Size Glen Boss 53.5 kgs 1:09.81
1999 Upright John Hawkes Larry Cassidy 51.5 kgs 1:10.27