The Coast 2023

Ladbrokes Tip: The Coast race serves as a potential lead-up to Brisbane’s Group 1 Doomben Cup

The Coast is one of the newly-created Special Condition races conducted in New South Wales offering $500,000 in prize money and first conducted in 2021 in a further boost to provincial racing in the state.

2022 The Coast winner Rustic Steel
2022 The Coast winner Rustic Steel. Photo: Steve Hart.

Not a Group status event, the race runs at Gosford in early May as a key support act on Gosford Gold Cup Day and draws horses looking to press on following Randwick’s ‘The Championships’ across the first two Saturdays in April.

A quality handicap race, The Coast is open only to three-year-old and four-year-old horses and is run and won over 1600m. There are no class restrictions and along with the half-a-million in stakes there’s a BOBS Silver Bonus available up to $38,500 on offer to eligible runners.

The Coast race serves as a nice potential lead-up into the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival including the Group 1 $1.5 million Doomben Cup (2000m) a fortnight later.

In 2022 The Coast runs on the same date as the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes in Adelaide as well as the Gold Coast’s A.D. Hollindale Stakes Day card in Queensland, while the Listed $250,000 Gosford Gold Cup (2100m) is the feature race at the Gosford meeting.

It follows on from the introduction of other feature provincial races including The Gong (1600m) held at Kembla Grange and Newcastle’s The Hunter (1300m) both held in November for the first time in 2019.

The latest edition of The Coast ran on Saturday May 6th, 2023 as part of Gosford Gold Cup Day and was won by the in-form John Sargent-trained Palmetto ($6).

The Coast Race Info

  • Date: Saturday May 6th, 2023
  • Track: Gosford Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap – 3YOs & 4YOs
  • Status: Special Condition
  • Prize Money: $500,000
  • First Run: 2021

2023 The Coast Results

The complete The Coast 2023 race results and full finishing order will be available right here once the race is run and won on Saturday May 6th, 2023.

2023 The Coast winner Palmetto
2023 The Coast winner Palmetto secured a big victory in the half-a-million-dollar showdown on Gosford Gold Cup Day. Photo: Steve Hart.
  • 1st: #5 Palmetto ($6)
  • 2nd: #1 Welwal
  • 3rd: #2 Military Expert

John Sargent’s last start Hawkesbury winner Palmetto ($6) kept the victories coming at Gosford with a comprehensive success in The Coast 2023 results bagging the big prize money thanks to a lovely ride by winning hoop Kerrin McEvoy aboard the progressive gelding.

The Coast Betting

The Coast betting markets are led by in-form milers with a proven record over 1600m and those coming off good lead-up form over the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Any horses with past form at the Gosford track, those down in grade off a Group 1 or 2 performance and the better-weighted gallopers are usually found at shorter The Coast odds.

The inaugural favourite in The Coast betting was Wheelhouse ($4.40) who ran ninth in 2021. In 2022 the favourite Our Playboy ($6) ran fourth. The 2023 The Coast favourite Kayobi ($5.50) also finished fourth leaving the top elects without a win in the event to date.

2023 The Coast Odds

The season’s top The Coast 2023 odds will be available here once markets on the Gosford Gold Cup Day race are out so stay tuned.

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The Coast Field

The Coast Winners - Brandenburg | Photo: Steve Hart | Ladbrokes
Inaugural The Coast winner Brandenburg (pictured at Rosehill). Photo: Steve Hart.

The Coast field is made up each season by in-form three and four-year-old gallopers coming via a number of different lead-up races.

The Coast has a capacity field limit of 16 starters plus four emergencies. The inaugural The Coast field in 2021 ran with 12 starters, while 13 lined-up in 2022. There were also 13 starters in the 2023 The Coast final field.

Following a run in The Coast field horses may back-up in the Listed Scone Cup (1600m) later in May. Rustic Steel (2022) is the latest horse to complete The Coast – Scone Cup double.

The Coast nominations close the Monday of race week with the final field released on the Wednesday.

2023 The Coast Field

The official The Coast 2023 final field and barriers are released the Wednesday before the race and will be announced in full below.

The 2023 The Coast field features a strong line-up of in-form mile types with a close betting market led narrowly by Chris Waller’s Group 3 winning mare Thalassophile and her in-form stablemate Welwal carrying the top-weight.  

2023 The Coast Nominations

The early The Coast 2023 nominations are released on the Monday ahead of the event and will be published below once announced.

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 160x0x9522 WELWAL (GB) H 4 Chris Waller 1 59kg 59kg   97
2 7x112370x0 MILITARY EXPERT H 4 Annabel Neasham 2= 58.5kg 58.5kg   96
3 7×38626112 THALASSOPHILE M 4 Chris Waller 2= 56.5kg 56.5kg   96
4 38x6408x31 PALMETTO (NZ) G 4 John Sargent 4= 54kg 53.5kg   86
5 109x02x311 PRETTY AMAZING M 4 Chris Waller 4= 54kg 51.5kg   86
6 422118×696 BELLATRIX BLACK (NZ) M 4 Kris Lees 6= 54kg 51kg   85
7 10494×6125 LOCH EAGLE G 4 Kris Lees 6= 54kg 53kg   85
8 x461x90913 RAZETA F 3 Kris Lees 6= 54kg 51kg   85
9 4x96118x35 ZOE’S PROMISE F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 9 54kg 50.5kg   84
10 11325122×7 PERVADE (GB) G 4 Chris Waller 10 54kg 50.5kg   80
11 3760×22151 UNUSUAL CULTURE (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 11 54kg 48kg   79
12 x82410x572 ATTRACTABLE G 4 Sara Ryan 12 54kg 49.5kg   78
13 1137×47131 I’VE BEAN TRYIN’ G 4 Matthew Kelley 13= 54kg 48.5kg   76
14 2x211x1x14 KAYOBI G 4 Sam Kavanagh 13= 54kg 48.5kg   76
15 4x31140x53 MISS MADISON (NZ) M 4 Bjorn Baker 15 54kg 45kg   73
16 97x2134x21 MONEY FROM THE SKY G 4 Mark Newnham 16 54kg 46.5kg   72
17 5213x5545x OUR ANCHORAGE (IRE) H 4 Bjorn Baker 17 54kg 48.5kg   76

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

The Coast Form Guide

The Coast form guide provides all the crucial field information like the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs of the hopefuls.

With Gosford a noted tight-turning track, looking for horses on The Coast form guide with form on similar circuits can be key.

The Coast form from the opening edition in 2021 was franked with the winner Brandenburg going on to run third to Zaaki in the Doomben Cup results next race and fourth behind the same horse in that winter’s Group 2 $1.2 million The Q22 (2200m).

The 2022 The Coast winner Rustic Steel went on to frank the form that spring winning the inaugural running of the $2 million The Big Dance race at Randwick on Melbourne Cup Day.

2023 The Coast Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive The Coast 2023 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

The Coast Tips

The Coast tips favour local Sydney-trained gallopers, Group 1 performers and the strong mile types down in the weights.

2023 The Coast Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider The Coast 2023 betting tips on the middle-distance horses to back and sack in the lucrative Gosford mile race will be detailed below the week of the race so bookmark this page.

  • To Win: #7 Pretty Amazing ($8 at time of publish)

Waller saddles-up a four-strong contingent in this year’s The Coast and of those Pretty Amazing looks lovely value to post a third win on the trot. Kathy O’Hara rides the in-form four-year-old mare from a good gate fourth-up and fit. The mare comes off back-to-back wins at Hawkesbury with 59kg and will relish the drop back to just 52kg here. She has a great strike-rate at the distance (5:3-1-1) and definitely looks the value here.

The Coast Results

The inaugural The Coast results in 2021 saw Brandenburg win at odds of $8.50 from barrier 12 of 12 carrying 58.5kg to victory.

The following year the Kris Lees-trained subsequent The Big Dance champion Rustic Steel won at $7.50 from gate 6 of 13 carrying just 52kg.

The Coast 2023 results saw the John Sargent-trained Palmetto salute at $6 from barrier 10 of 13 with 53.5kg.

Past The Coast Winners

A complete list of past The Coast race winners and place-getters dating back to the event’s inauguration in 2021 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner Second Third Time
2023 Palmetto Welwal Military Expert 1:36.49
2022 Rustic Steel O’President Old Flame 1:39.31
2021 Brandenburg Nudge Brutality 1:37.93