The Kosciuszko 2023

The Kosciuszko race is a recent edition to the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival and is the key support act on The Everest Day at Royal Randwick in mid-late October.

Belflyer The Kosciuzko winners & form -

Belflyer won the inaugural edition of The Kosciuszko. Photo: Steve Hart.

Looking to challenge Racing Victoria’s premier spring races from late September – November, Racing NSW have recently added a host of lucrative Special Condition races across what is being dubbed The Everest Carnival with over $50 million in prize money on offer.

Australia’s richest race is the $20 million The Everest (1400m) and The Kosciuszko is held at the same track and distance on the same day offering $2 million in stakes. The Kosciuszko race is run under set weights plus penalties and is a open only to NSW and ACT country trained horses giving sprinters from the state’s provincial stables the chance to run on one of the biggest race days of the year.

First run in 2018, the inaugural The Kosciuszko winner was Grafton galloper Belflyer who took out the world’s richest race for country trained horses.

Potential lead-up races into The Kosciuszko include Grafton’s Listed Ramornie Handicap (1200m) in the winter, the Tamworth Cup (1400m) and the Country Championship series of races across NSW.

Adding to the popularity and intrigue of The Kosciuszko race, tickets are available for the public to purchase a potential part-share in a horse running in the event. The winning tickets are determined via The Kosciuszko sweep and give the winning entries the chance to select an eligible horse to race in their entry.

The Kosciuszko Calcutta Draw then provides additional winning tickets whose holders earn a cash prize equal to 50% of the bid proceeds that their horse, which is randomly selected, attracts at a public auction. A concept traditional to bush racing, The Kosciuszko auction is the country’s largest calcutta.

The Everest Day featuring The Kosciuszko currently takes place on the same date as Melbourne’s Caulfield Guineas. Other key races on the program include the Group 3 $750,000 Craven Plate, Group 3 $2 million Sydney Stakes (1200m) for The Everest emergencies that failed to gain a slot in the day’s feature race, and the $1 million Five Diamonds Prelude (1500m) for five-year-olds.

The latest edition of The Kosciuszko ran on Saturday October 14, 2023 as part of The Everest Day in Sydney offering $2 million in stakes and saw Front Page ($5.50) salute for his new trainer Matthew Dale with an all-the-way title defence having won the event last year for Geoff Duryea. 

2023 The Kosciuszko Results

The Kosciuszko 2023 results & finishing order will be provided below once the $2 million Restricted event is run and won on Saturday October 14, 2023.

2023 The Kosciuszko winner Front Page

2023 The Kosciuszko winner Front Page was excellent going back-to-back in the $2 million The Everest Day showdown. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • 1st: #1 Front Page
  • 2nd: #7 Opal Ridge
  • 3rd: #3 Far Too Easy

The Matthew Dale-trained defending champion Front Page ($5.50) was huge leading all-the-way before giving a tremendous kick with 250m to go to salute by nearly two lengths and go back-to-back in The Kosciuszko 2023 results.

2023 The Kosciuszko Odds

The latest The Kosciuszko 2023 racing odds will be provided below as soon as the markets on the world’s richest race for country-trained horses open.

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

The Kosciuszko Race Info

  • Date: Saturday October 14, 2023
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Set Weights + Penalties – NSW & ACT Country-Trained Horses Only
  • Status: Special Conditions
  • Prize Money: $2 million
  • First Run: 2018

The Kosciuszko Betting

The Kosciuszko betting is led by the best-performed country NSW and ACT trained horses that have experience at the bigger city tracks.

Horses with Group race experience, stakes winning form and the current season’s Country Championships winner dominate The Kosciuszko betting odds.

It’s Me ($2 in 2020) followed by Art Cadeau ($4 in 2021) are the latest favourites in The Kosciuszko betting to win.

The Kosciuszko Field

The first The Kosciuszko field in 2018 had a capacity 12 runners. The Kosciuszko field size increased in 2019 to a maximum 14 starters.

There are no class or gender restrictions for runners in The Kosciuszko race field, but horses must be NSW or ACT country trained and aged at least three-years-old.

Horses that are the winner of a Group 1 race, The Everest or The Golden Eagle run after midnight on 31 December 2020 are ineligible for The Kosciuszko field.

2023 The Kosciuszko Field

The official The Kosciuszko 2023 field and barriers will be announced by Racing NSW with final acceptances to be published below.

The line-up of The Kosciuszko horses is known once all slot-holders confirm their runners, while the barrier draw is conducted the Wednesday of race week.

The field attracts horses from all around the country NSW racetracks including southern regions including as Goulburn and Queanbeyan, to northern regions like Tamworth and Coffs Harbour.

Although looking all but confirmed, the 14 horses in The Kosciuszko 2023 field can be swapped in and out right up until 7:30am (local time) on The Everest Day.

The The Kosciuszko 2023 Field is listed below featuring horses from all over the country tracks in NSW and the ACT.

The 2023 The Kosciuszko field features a quality line-up of in-form country gallopers led in betting by Luke Pepper’s smart mare Opal Ridge who is first-up in gate two with James McDonald in the saddle and the Matthew Dunn-trained defending champion Front Page.

2023 The Kosciuszko Nominations

The official The Kosciuszko 2023 nominations will be provided below once released.

The below 2023 The Kosciuszko nominations feature the current 14 confirmed slot holders plus the four alternative runners with the latest markets led by Rubick mare Opal Ridge racing for the first time since her close fifth in Brisbane’s Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara over the winter.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 4x10x8826x FRONT PAGE (S) G 7 Matthew Dale 1= 59kg 110
2 x01x71016x MNEMENTH (S) G 7 Mitchell Beer 1= 59kg 106
3 152x18711x AKASAWA (S) G 6 Paul Messara & Leah Gavranich 1= 58.5kg 100
4 4127x1622x FAR TOO EASY (S) G 5 David McColm 1= 58.5kg 109
5 x5421x53x5 CAVALIER CHARLES (S) G 7 Matthew Dale 1= 57.5kg 96
6 7x4713164x I’VE BEAN TRYIN’ (S) G 5 Matthew Kelley 1= 57.5kg 88
7 3x2311141x BIANCO VILANO (S) G 5 Ron Stubbs 1= 57kg 84
8 11x1x11x MOGO MAGIC (S) G 4 Scott Collings 1= 57kg 89
9 21x145125x OPAL RIDGE (S) M 4 Luke Pepper 1= 57kg 112
10 021125×181 OUR LAST CASH (S) G 6 Donna Scott 1= 56.5kg 91
11 42118214×0 SIZZLE MINIZZLE (S) G 4 Brett Robb 1= 56.5kg 84
12 x33450x111 DERRY GROVE (S) G 5 Matthew Dunn 1= 55.5kg 82
13 3260x1x11x BROKEN HILL (S) G 5 Cody Morgan 1= 55kg 84
14 2x113146x3 KIMBERLEY SECRETS (S) M 4 Nick Olive 1= 54kg 83
15 18x5x6003x ART CADEAU G 7 Terry Robinson 15= 59kg 106
16 38531×8708 FENDER G 7 Brett Cavanough 15= 58.5kg 100
17 1438910×51 SUPER HELPFUL G 5 Barbara Joseph, Paul & Matt Jones 15= 58.5kg 96
18 4060030193 GREYWORM G 9 Neville Boyle 15= 57.5kg 98

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

(S) = Slot Confirmed

The Kosciuszko Form Guide

The Kosciuszko form guide provides all the must known horse stats and race facts for punters to place a well-informed wager on the $2 million country NSW and ACT trained feature. The Kosciuszko form shows the runners in the event, barriers, jockeys, lead-up form and track / distance records.

It is also worth following The Kosciuszko form in the following year’s autumn and winter racing carnivals in both Sydney and Brisbane, as well as the summer’s Magic Millions Carnival at the Gold Coast for eligible horses.

2023 The Kosciuszko Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive The Kosciuszko 2023 form guide and race betting preview will be provided below the week leading up to The Everest Day.

The Kosciuszko Tips

The Kosciuszko tips to take to the bookies in the spring include backing country-trained horses that have previous race experience at the Randwick track, looking for the class runners with Group race experience and those genuine sprinters that can run a speedy 1200m race.

2023 The Kosciuszko Tips

Our insider Ladbrokes’ The Kosciuszko 2023 racing tips for Everest Day will be available right here closer to the meeting.

  • To Win: #12 Derry Grove ($7 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Plenty of live wire chances in this year’s The Kosciuszko but think the airborne Derry Grove up in grade is the value here to keep the wins coming. Matthew Dunn’s Star Turn five-year-old is proving to be one classy chestnut and chases win number four on the trot in Saturday’s $2 million acid test. He comes off back-to-back sprint wins over shorter distances here at the Randwick track to give him an unbeaten record at the course. He is yet to win over further than 1100m, however his recent form suggests the six furlongs will be a non-issue. Last start saw him cart 61kg to an over one-length win at 1000m, while the run prior he was enormous putting nearly five lengths on his closest rival over 1100m here with 59.5kg. Jockey Nash Rawiller is riding in freakishly good form this season and retains the ride on this up-and-comer who will relish racing with 55.5kg.

The Kosciuszko Results

The Kosciuszko race results show the complete finishing order of all the horses in The Kosciuszko race, their starting prices, margins and dividend pay-outs.

Belflyer was the inaugural The Kosciuszko winner in 2018.

Front Page holds the current The Kosciuszko record winning in his second in 2023 in a time of 1 minute 8:04 seconds.

It’s Me (2020) was the last The Kosciuszko winning mare.

Front Page (2022, 2023) is the sole dual The Kosciuszko winner to date.

Past The Kosciuszko Winners

Past The Kosciuszko winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2018 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2023 Front Page Opal Ridge Far Too Easy 1:08.04
2022 Front Page Far Too Easy Fender 1:10.12
2021 Art Cadeau Handle The Truth Spiranac 1:10.07
2020 It’s Me Redouble Man Of Peace 1:09.60
2019 Handle The Truth Victorem Bobbing 1:08.21
2018 Belflyer Suncraze Awesome Pluck 1:12.01