Tapp-Craig 2023

The $500,000 Tapp-Craig runs as part of Hill Stakes Day as a lead-up to the Callander-Presnell race


The Tapp-Craig ran for the first time in early October, 2022 as a lead-in race to some of the more lucrative Sydney Spring Racing Carnival features over the month for three-year-olds.

The opening edition ran at Randwick Racecourse.

2022 Tapp-Craig winner Opal Ridge

2022 Tapp-Craig winner Opal Ridge. Photo: Steve Hart.

For the second running in 2023 the $500,000 event took place at Rosehill Gardens in early October on Hill Stakes Day.

Racing at the meeting is headlined by the now $2 million Group 2 Hill Stakes (1900m) and also features the lucrative $1.5 million Alan Brown Stakes (1400m) along with the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes (1200m) and the Group 3 The Nivison (1200m).

The Tapp-Craig is a set weights plus penalties event open only to three-year-olds.

It is the key lead-up into the now Group 2 $1 million Callander-Presnell (1600m) held at the end of October over a mile, which as of 2022 replaced the Stan Fox Stakes and Bondi Stakes (defunct).

The first, second and third place-getters out of the Tapp-Craig results are exempt from The Callander-Presnell ballot.

The second edition of the Tapp-Craig ran on Saturday October 7, 2023 as part of Rosehill’s Hill Stakes Day card in Sydney and was won by the Team Hawkes-trained filly Makarena ($4.40).

2023 Tapp-Craig Results

The official Tapp-Craig 2023 Results & Finishing Order will be listed below once the next edition of the $500,000 race is run and won on Saturday October 7, 2023.

2023 Tapp-Craig winner Makarena

2023 Tapp-Craig winner Makarena looks to have a big future after a strong performance at just her third career start. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • 1st: #13 Makarena
  • 2nd: #9 Razors
  • 3rd: #3 Snapback

The Hawkes Racing-trained filly Makarena ($4.40) was excellent at just her third career start when taking over front running with 100m left to travel before holding out the late runners to score back-to-back wins in the 2023 Tapp-Craig results off a perfectly-timed ride by jockey Tyler Schiller.

2023 Tapp-Craig Odds

The Tapp-Craig 2023 racing odds will be provided below as soon as betting on the event is open this spring.

Early market betting odds on the 2024 Tapp-Craig 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.

The Tapp-Craig Info

  • Date: Saturday October 7, 2023
  • Track: Rosehill Racecourse
  • Distance: 1400m
  • Conditions: 3yos – Set Weights + Penalties
  • Status: Follow
  • Prize Money: $500,000
  • First Run: 2022

Tapp-Craig Betting

Betting on the Tapp-Craig is lead by the season’s top performing, middle-distance three-year-olds eyeing a run in the Callander-Presnell race.

Any Group winners or Group 1 performed youngsters are kept safe in Tapp-Craig betting, and shorter Tapp-Craig odds are offered for proven Sydney runners.

Opal Ridge ($2.40 in 2022) saluted for the punters in the first edition of the race.

Tapp-Craig Field

The Tapp-Craig race field attracts a capacity or close to capacity line-up of three-year-old horses on the Callander-Presnell path.

Three-year-olds coming off earlier Group status spring races in Sydney, including the Group 1 $1 million Golden Rose Stakes (1400m), are likely to line-up in the Tapp-Craig field in October.

The Tapp-Craig field attracts a similar class and many of the same horses that continue on to run in Sydney’s Silver Eagle the following season as four-year-olds.

2023 Tapp-Craig Field

The official Tapp-Craig 2023 Final Field & Barriers will be announced on the Wednesday leading-up to the race and listed below as soon as released by Racing NSW.

The 2023 Tapp-Craig field features a smart line-up of Group 1-bound three-year-olds with the Gary Portelli-trained Group 1 Golden Rose second place-getter Encap heading the markets at a near odds-on quote.

2023 Tapp-Craig Nominations 

Early nominations for the Tapp-Craig 2023 close the Monday of race week and will be listed below.

Gary Portelli’s Golden Rose runner-up Encap leads all-in betting on the eighteen Tapp-Craig 2023 nominations taken for the half-a-million-dollar showdown this weekend.

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 2x3325x10 SNAPBACK C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 1 55kg     79
2 4140x137x9 CHRYSAOR C 3 Chris Waller 2 55kg     77
3 426×115 THE LITTLE PUMPER G 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 3 55kg     72
4 15x5570x63 DISNECK G 3 Bjorn Baker 4 55kg     66
5 72×31 OSTRAKA C 3 Annabel Neasham 5 55kg     68
6 5×11 BALKANS C 3 James Cummings 6 55kg     66
7 70x7Px12L1 RAZORS G 3 James Cummings 7 55kg     67
8 12×8 HEMAN C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 8 55kg     67
9 21 MAKARENA F 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 9 53kg     66
10 17 ROCK EMPIRE C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 10 55kg     66
11 37×47 DUCASSE C 3 Michael Freedman 11 55kg     67
12 5×7731 MONTE MAXIMUS G 3 Robert & Luke Price 12 55kg     57
13 21 STARBOARD G 3 Richard & Will Freedman 13 55kg     61
14 1 PANIC (NZ) G 3 Michael Freedman 14 55kg     58
15 3×22312 ENCAP G 3 Gary Portelli 15 57kg     95
16 1241×3 NAMESAKE C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 16 56kg     76
17 1×123 SCENTIFY C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 17 55kg     78
18 3538×53 PIER PRESSURE F 3 Kris Lees 18 53kg      

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 


Tapp-Craig Tips

Top Tapp-Craig betting tips include looking for the in-form three-year-olds with winning form over at least 1200m, any graduates out of earlier Group status events in Sydney during the spring and those dominant gallopers in the frame for the $1 million Callander-Presnell later in the spring.

Looking for the in-form fillies in the mix is another key Tapp-Craig tip with the opening two editions won by fillies with Opal Ridge (2022) and Makarena (2023).

2023 Tapp-Craig Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Tapp-Craig 2023 race tips will be provided below the week of the race so stay tuned for the top three-year-olds to back this season.

  • To Win: #1 Encap ($2 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Impossible to tip against the deserving favourite here who comes off that eye-catching Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes second at this track and trip. The ultra-consistent Capitalist gelding may have just the one career win to date, but is putting together a lovely record (6-1:3:2) and was only run down in the final stride by Militarize in the Group 1 last time out. Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality winner here the run prior and has his winning hoop from that race, Brett Prebble, back in the saddle. Ticks all the boxes and should be saluting for the punters.

Tapp-Craig Form

The Tapp-Craig form guide provides all the must know info on the $500,000 feature including the lead-up form, career statistics, track / distance records and the jockey / trainer / owner of all the horses in the field.

Using the Tapp-Craig form guide to uncover the value in the market is crucial and the Tapp-Craig form is expected to stack-up later in the spring.

The 2022 Tapp-Craig form was franked with the runner-up Pericles going on to run top three in a number of important, subsequent races including his Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m) win and Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) second the following autumn in 2023.

2023 Tapp-Craig Form

A link to our comprehensive Tapp-Craig 2023 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Tapp-Craig Results

The Tapp-Craig race results provide punters with the exact finishing order of all the three-year-olds in the event including the winning time and margin, plus show the starting price of all the contenders.

The Luke Pepper-trained filly Opal Ridge (2022) was the inaugural Tapp-Craig winner saluting for the punters.

The fillies were on top again in 2023 with the Team Hawkes-trained Makarena taking it out at odds of $4.40.

Past Tapp-Craig Winners

Past Tapp-Craig winners and place-getters dating back to the race’s inauguration in 2022 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2023 Makarena Razors Snapback 1:22.09
2022 Opal Ridge Pericles Dashing Legend 1:29.69