The Big Dance 2024

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

The Big Dance is a $3 million Special Conditions event run and won at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse on the first Tuesday of November.

2022 Big Dancer Winner Rustic Steel
2022 Big Dancer winner Rustic Steel. Photo: Steve Hart.

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.

The Big Dance prize money for the opening edition in 2022 was $2 million before being boosted to $3 million for the second running in 2023.

Contested on the same date as Flemington’s famous Melbourne Cup race, The Big Dance takes 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 28 selected Country Cups throughout the year.

The third edition of The Big Dance runs on Tuesday November 5, 2024 at Royal Randwick on Melbourne Cup Day offering $3 million in stakes.

2024 The Big Dance Results

The 2024 The Big Dance Results & Finishing Order will be available below once the first edition of the $3 million race is run and won on Tuesday November 5, 2024.

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

2024 The Big Dance Odds

The latest The Big Dance 2024 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.

The Big Dance Info

  • Date: Tuesday November 5, 2024
  • Track: Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: 3YOs & Upwards – Quality Handicap
  • Other Conditions: Restricted to horses contesting one 28 selected Country Cups 
  • Status: Special Condition
  • Prize Money: $3 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 $3 million showdown.

2023 The Big Dance winner Attractable

2023 The Big Dance winner Attractable was strong at a big price in the second edition of the $3 million showdown. Photo: Steve Hart.

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).

In 2022 Rustic Steel – at generous Big Dance odds of $12 – became the first horse to complete the Scone Cup – Big Dance double.

There was another upset in 2023 with Attractable saluting at $19.

The Big Dance Field

The Big Dance race 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.

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.

A new lead-up into The Big Dance field where the form is tipped to hold up on the first Tuesday of November is the $1.5 million Alan Brown Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill won for the first time in 2023 by all-in The Big Dance favourite Cepheus.

Cepheus went on to carry the hefty 62kg top-weight in the 2023 Big Dance field and went down as the beaten favourite behind upset winner Attractable who came off a lead-up fourth in the Alan Brown Stakes.

2024 The Big Dance Field

The official The Big Dance 2024 field and barriers will be announced the week of the race and published in full below.

The Big Dance 2024 final acceptances close at 9am on Friday, 25th October 2024.

2024 The Big Dance Nominations

Early The Big Dance 2024 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.

2024 Big Dance Qualifying Races

Goulburn5-Nov-23Goulburn & District Racing ClubGoulburn Cup1400mGrebeniPhearson
Gundagai17-Nov-23Gundagai-Adelong Race ClubSnake Gully Cup1400mSuperaziBelleistic Kids
Taree19-Nov-23Manning Valley Race ClubTaree Cup2000mSound and VisionRogue Bear
Kembla Grange25-Nov-23Illawarra Turf ClubThe Gong1600mDetonator JackLoch Eagle
Mudgee1-Dec-23Mudgee Race ClubMudgee Cup1600mTavi TimeBelleistic Kids
Armidale3-Dec-22Armidale Jockey ClubArmidale Cup1900mSavvy LadFull Press
Nowra10-Dec-23Shoalhaven City Turf ClubNowra Cup1600mFloatingPeace Officer
Moruya8-Jan-24Moruya Jockey Club IncMoruya Cup1425mZouaticaKokoro
Ballina25-Jan-24Ballina Jockey ClubBallina Cup1590mWithout RevengeEaglemont
Sapphire Coast4-Feb-24Sapphire Coast Turf ClubBega Cup1600mWinning PointCream Rises
Albury22-Mar-24Albury Racing ClubAlbury Gold Cup2000mFawkner ParkRegal Lion
Wellington14-Apr-24Wellington Race ClubWellington Cup1700mLockdown GambleDanish Prince
(Meeting abandoned)
Muswellbrook Race ClubMuswellbrook Gold Cup1500m
Orange19-Apr-24Racing Orange LtdOrange Gold Cup2100mPiraeusOur Orator
Tamworth26-Apr-24Tamworth Jockey ClubTamworth Cup1400mGringottsKinloch
Wagga Wagga3-May-24Murrumbidgee Turf ClubWagga Wagga Gold Cup2000mFawkner ParkPolitical Debate
Hawkesbury4-May-24Hawkesbury Race ClubHawkesbury Gold Cup1600mJust FolkDetonator Jack
Gosford11-May-24Gosford Race ClubGosford Gold Cup2100mHezashockaSir Lucan
Scone17-May-24Scone Race ClubScone Cup1600mSky LabWaterford
Gunnedah26-May-24Gunnedah Jockey ClubGunnedah Cup1600mMayfair SpiritRussley Crown
Narrandera7-Jul-24Narrandera Race ClubNarrandera Cup1600m
Grafton14-Jul-24Clarence River Jockey ClubSouth Grafton Cup1600m
Coffs Harbour2-Aug-24Coffs Harbour Racing ClubCoffs Harbour Cup1600m
Forbes4-Aug-24Forbes Jockey ClubForbes Cup1600m
Murwillumbah23-Aug-24Tweed River Jockey ClubMurwillumbah Cup1550m
Wyong6-Sep-24Wyong Race ClubWyong Gold Cup2100m
Bathurst15-Sep-24Bathurst Turf ClubBathurst Cup1800m
Newcastle20-Sep-24NewcastleCameron Handicap1500m
Lismore26-Sep-24Lismore Turf ClubLismore Cup2100m
Dubbo29-Sep-24City of Dubbo Turf ClubDubbo Gold Cup1600m
Port Macquarie11-Oct-24Port Macquarie Race ClubPort Macquarie Cup2000m
Coonamble13-Oct-24Coonamble Jockey ClubCoonamble Cup1600m
Randwick26-Oct-24Australian Turf ClubBig Dance Wild Card1600m

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.

The Big Dance form was franked in 2023 with the surprise champion Attractable running second the following month in the $2 million Group 2 The Ingham (1600m).

2024 The Big Dance Form

A link to our detailed The Big Dance 2024 form guide will be available below the week leading-up to the $3 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.

2024 The Big Dance Tips

Our expert team of tipsters will provide the 2024 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 race results from Sydney are available on the first Tuesday of November each year.

The very first Big Dance winner was the Kris Lees-trained Rustic Steel at $12.

The second The Big Dance winner was $19 pop Attractable prepared by Sara Ryan.

Past The Big Dance Winners

Past The Big Dance 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 Attractable Cepheus Super Helpful 1:34.49
2022 Rustic Steel Cisco Bay Sibaaq 1:33.87