The Big Dance 2022

Tuesday November 1, 2022

The Big Dance runs in Sydney on the same as Victoria’s iconic Melbourne Cup Day card!

The Big Dance is a brand new, $2 million Special Conditions event to be run and won at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse on the first Tuesday of November.

It was announced at the same time as the $2 million The Five Diamonds (1600m), a race open only to five-year-olds that will run at Rosehill on the Saturday after Sydney’s The Big Dance Day.

Contested on the same date as Flemington’s famous Melbourne Cup race, The Big Dance will take place over 1600m and is a quality handicap event with a 62kg maximum weight.

A spot in The Big Dance field is restricted to horses contesting one of 25 selected Country Cups throughout the year.

The inaugural edition of The Big Dance runs on Tuesday November 1, 2022 at Royal Randwick on Melbourne Cup Day.

2022 The Big Dance Results

The 2022 The Big Dance Results & Finishing Order will be available below once the first edition of the $2 million race is run and won on Tuesday November 1, 2022.

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

The Big Dance Info

  • Date: Tuesday November 1, 2022
  • Track: Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: 3YOs & Upwards – Quality Handicap
  • Other Conditions: Restricted to horses contesting one 25 selected Country Cups 
  • Status: Special Condition
  • Prize Money: $2 million
  • First Run: 2022

The Big Dance Betting

The Big Dance betting markets are led by in-form Country Cups horses, especially those to have won one or more of the specified races marking their eligibility to contest the $2 million showdown.

Any runners proven in the big city with previous winning form at the Randwick track, and those with a strong strike-rate over the 1600m distance sit higher up The Big Dance odds for the spring.

The first and second place-getters out of The Big Dance Wild Card event on The Everest Day are also sure to feature highly in The Big Dance markets each season.

Gallopers proven in tougher grade, Black-Type events are also set to dominate betting on The Big Dance race, especially those that ran well over the winter prior in races like the Listed Scone Cup (1600m) – which is one of the official qualifying races – in May and Rosehill’s Listed W.J. McKell Cup (2000m).

2022 The Big Dance Odds

The latest The Big Dance 2022 betting odds including pre-nomination futures markets on one of the seven-figure Sydney Spring Racing Carnival features will provided below as soon as available.

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

The Big Dance Field

The Big Dance field features the season’s top performing Country Cup horses from mainly local Sydney-based stables and has a capacity of 20 starters.

The Big Dance field is restricted to the official winners and second placed horses of qualifying races, as specified by Racing NSW.

Click here for a complete list of the 2022 The Big Dance qualifying races.

Some of the more notable qualifying races for The Big Dance field include the Scone Cup and Wagga Wagga Gold Cup.

Horses may contest multiple The Big Dance qualifying races, even if they have won an earlier qualifier.

Runners will also get a chance to earn a spot in The Big Dance field via The Big Dance Wild Card race run over the Randwick mile on The Everest Day in mid-October. The Big Dance Wild Card race will be open to any horse that has contested one of the qualifying races, without winning a qualifying race. The first and second placed horses from the race will qualify for the Big Dance.

2022 The Big Dance Field

The official The Big Dance 2022 field and barriers will be announced the week of the race and published in full below.

The Big Dance 2022 final acceptances close at 9am on Friday, 28th October 2022.

2022 The Big Dance Nominations

Early The Big Dance 2022 nominations will be detailed below once confirmed.

Horses will automatically feature in The Big Dance nominations based on the results of the official qualifying races.

The Big Dance Form Guide

The Big Dance race form guide lists the full line-up of runners, their connections (owner / jockey / trainer) that stand to win one of Australian racing’s newest prizes, and gives a rundown on their lead-up form / career statistics.

2022 The Big Dance Form

A link to our detailed The Big Dance 2022 form guide will be available below the week leading-up to the $2 million mile event at Royal Randwick on Melbourne Cup Day.

The Big Dance Tips

Top The Big Dance racing tips include looking for the winners of the standout lead-up Country Cup races, proven milers and those from Sydney’s premier stables.

2022 The Big Dance Tips

Our expert team of tipsters will provide the 2022 The Big Dance betting tips below closer to the day so stay tuned for the milers to back and sack this spring.

  • To Win: TBD

The Big Dance Bet Types

Win – The most basic type of bet. Put your money straight up on the runner that you think will win The Big Dance.

Place – Pick the horse that you think will finish in the top three positions but at lower odds.

Each-Way – Put equal amounts on a horse for the win and a place, the equivalent of two bets and you get paid out for both if it wins.

Quinella – Bet on the horses you think will finish first and second in either order. You can also pick for example one horse to finish 1st and then a combination. The fewer horses you pick the greater the dividend.

Exacta – An exacta also involves choosing horses that you think will finish first and second but it differs from a quinella in that it has to be the exact order you specify in the bet.

Trifecta – Very similar to an Exacta, but for the first, second and third placings in the correct finishing order. You can also Box Trifecta to finish in any of the first 3 combinations.

First Four – A First Four bet works the same as an Exacta and Trifecta but for the first four runners in finishing order.

The Big Dance Results

The Big Dance results from Sydney will be available on the first Tuesday of November each year.

The Big Dance Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time