The Four Pillars 2023

The Four Pillars Midway is one of Australia’s newer races, the Special Condition event added to Rosehill Garden’s Golden Eagle Day race card for the first time in 2021 with Kiss Sum winning.

2021 Four Pillars Winner Kiss Sum

2021 Four Pillars winner Kiss Sum. Photo: Steve Hart.

Contested in Sydney on the same day as Melbourne’s Victoria Derby Day at Flemington Racecourse – after which RV announced the official Melbourne Cup field and barriers – in either late October or early November, Golden Eagle Race Day features around $15 million in total prize money. The $10 million The Golden Eagle for four-year-olds the marquee event. It is accompanied on the card by the $3 million Winners Stakes (1300m) renamed each season in honour of the previous year’s The Everest winner, and the $750,000 Rosehill Gold Cup (2000m).

The Four Pillars is run over 1500m and is a BenchMark 68 Handicap. Like the $20 million The Everest and the $2 million The Kosciuszko held earlier at Royal Randwick, the event is a slot race open to 18 horses.

The major condition for The Four Pillars is that it is open only to horses in eligible Midway trainers’ stables.

The 18 Four Pillars horses are selected by the 18 punters that were successful in the second-chance draw of The Kosciuszko sweepstakes tickets.

The concept of Midway races in New South Wales has only been in place since the winter of 2021 and is already gaining momentum quickly.

The 2023 edition of The Four Pillars ran on Saturday November 4th, 2023 as part of Golden Eagle Day in Sydney and was won in a late burst by the David Payne-trained Sweet Mercy ($19) in an upset.  

2023 The Four Pillars Results

The official The Four Pillars 2023 Results & Finishing Order will be made available right here once the race is run and won on Saturday November 4th, 2023.

2023 The Four Pillars winner Sweet Mercy

2023 The Four Pillars winner Sweet Mercy was good late bursting through inside the final 50m. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • 1st: #18 Sweet Mercy 
  • 2nd: #1 Oakfield Waratah
  • 3rd: #17 Burning Need

The David Payne-trained Capitalist mare Sweet Mercy ($19) continued her good form at Rosehill bursting through late with a bang to salute in The Four Pillars 2023 results on Golden Eagle Day.

2023 The Four Pillars Odds

The latest The Four Pillars 2023 odds and betting market links to the Golden Eagle Day support act will be listed right here as soon as available with earlier Sydney Spring Racing Carnival results to impact the odds on offer for the $500,000 feature.

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The Four Pillars Race Info

  • Date: Saturday November 4th, 2023
  • Track: Rosehill Racecourse
  • Distance: 1500m
  • Conditions: Benchmark 68, Handicap, Midway
  • Status: Special Condition
  • Prize Money: $500,000
  • First Run: 2021

The Four Pillars Betting

The Four Pillars betting markets are led by the spring’s in-form horses from Midway eligible stables.

Any gallopers that have previously won a Midway race and have strong form at 1400m – 1600m are kept at shorter The Four Pillars odds.

A key lead-up into the event is a 1400m Benchmark 72 Midway Handicap held over 1400m at Randwick three weeks’ earlier, and this race has a big impact on The Four Pillars betting markets.

The Four Pillars odds firm on the gallopers as they secure a slot in the field.

The inaugural The Four Pillars winner Kiss Sum scored an upset at $14 odds.

There was another upset for the second edition in 2022 with Oakfield Arrow winning at Four Pillars odds of $18.

The 2023 Four Pillars winning mare Sweet Mercy also scored at big odds of $19.

The Four Pillars Field

The Four Pillars race field runs at a capacity of 18 starters plus four emergencies. The 18 punters that got a second chance out of The Kosciuszko sweepstakes ticket draw select what horses contest the race.

The race is open to horses aged three-years-old and upwards and is restricted to eligible Metropolitan & Provincial Midway trainers. Horses must also have had at least one New South Wales race start for an eligible trainer to be eligible to run in The Four Pillars race field.

Post-race, horses that ran in The Four Pillars field must remain with the trainer under which the horse contested the race, or another eligible trainer, for twelve months after the event.

2023 The Four Pillars Field

The official The Four Pillars 2023 final field and barriers will be announced by Racing NSW the week of the race with the full acceptances to be published below.

The 2023 The Four Pillars field features an in-form line-up of middle-distance gallopers led in betting by the Michael Freedman-trained Backrower tipped for improvement and Satness having his fourth run at the track.

2023 The Four Pillars Nominations

Nominations for The Four Pillars 2023 will be detailed below and updated as slot holders for the new spring race take shape.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 3x123x1141 PEACE OFFICER (NZ) G 4 Clarry Conners 1 64.5kg 64.5kg 77
2 3x13131x95 OAKFIELD WARATAH G 5 Kristen Buchanan 2= 63kg 63kg 74
3 1x009x9612 IRISH KISSES M 6 Tracey Bartley 2= 61kg 61kg 74
4 61x5000x84 OAKFIELD ARROW M 6 Kristen Buchanan 2= 61kg 61kg 74
5 431x54x030 REBEL SHADOW G 5 Gary Portelli 5 62.5kg 62.5kg 73
6 67372126×0 NEW REPUBLIC G 5 Mark Minervini 6 62kg 62kg 72
7 x00116506x DENILIQUIN G 6 John Thompson 7= 61kg 61kg 70
8 31116×6093 TOESONTHENOSE (NZ) G 5 John Sargent 7= 61kg 61kg 70
9 2154x56x97 AWESOME LAD G 7 Jason Deamer 9= 60.5kg 60.5kg 69
10 x39x3116x4 TORONOMICA G 4 Richard & Will Freedman 9= 60.5kg 60.5kg 69
11 x373067x81 BURNING NEED M 7 Ross McConville 9= 58.5kg 58.5kg 69
12 x21x9x8447 BACKROWER G 4 Michael Freedman 12= 60kg 60kg 68
13 x343758000 BAZOOKA G 6 David Payne 12= 60kg 60kg 68
14 5371211×50 EPICUS G 4 Kristen Buchanan 12= 60kg 60kg 68
15 2341137122 SATNESS (NZ) G 5 Robert & Luke Price 12= 60kg 60kg 68
16 11201140×0 SMARTAWI G 4 Gregory Hickman 12= 60kg 60kg 68
17 7D61583x37 SWEET MERCY M 4 David Payne 12= 58kg 58kg 68
18 x062322x00 MYDEEL G 6 Rodney Ollerton 18= 59.5kg 59.5kg 67
19 1x13595x26 VICTORY LANE G 4 Robert & Luke Price 18= 59.5kg 59.5kg 67
20 2225x641x3 MODERN MILLIE (GB) M 8 Nathan Doyle 18= 57.5kg 57.5kg 67
21 x2234123x6 RESISTIBLE M 4 Michael Freedman 18= 57.5kg 57.5kg 67
22 1958×86562 BLUFF ’N’ BLUSTER G 7 Jason Coyle 22= 59kg 59kg 66
23 406700×621 SOVEREIGN EXPRESS G 6 Jason Attard & Lucy Keegan-Attard 22= 59kg 59kg 66
24 195234×003 CRACKALACKA M 6 Theresa Bateup 22= 57kg 57kg 66
25 8x66621x35 BIG HAPPINESS G 6 Kristen Buchanan 25= 58.5kg 58.5kg 65
26 1513×01855 PURE HYDROGEN G 4 John Thompson 25= 58.5kg 58.5kg 65
27 17x40610x2 LET ME REIGN M 4 Lee & Cherie Curtis 25= 56.5kg 56.5kg 65
28 6x351x4048 MISS CHECKONI M 6 Nick Mitchell 25= 56.5kg 56.5kg 65
29 3650×61938 OH GOLLY GOSH M 6 Jason Attard & Lucy Keegan-Attard 25= 56.5kg 56.5kg 65
30 411973×22 CLEAR CHOICE G 4 David Pfieffer 30= 58kg 58kg 64
31 236×621302 STATE OF AMERICA G 4 David Payne 30= 58kg 58kg 64
32 527x68930x TYMPANIST (NZ) G 5 David Payne 30= 58kg 58kg 64
33 1519018×62 STREET CANDI M 5 Kristen Buchanan 33 55.5kg 55.5kg 63
34 415×706227 EYEQUE G 4 John Thompson 34 57kg 57kg 62
35 x4253849x3 HERB G 5 Benjamin Smith 35 56.5kg 56.5kg 61
36 260×15 PHAROAH MAGIC G 4 Anthony Cummings 36= 56kg 56kg 60
37 431×520 HIGHBORN HARRY G 3 David Payne 36= 54kg 53kg 60
38 x611x8x855 NOBLE EMPRESS M 5 Neil Ward 36= 54kg 54kg 60
39 803274×900 HARVEY’S WAY G 5 David Atkins 39 55.5kg 55.5kg 59
40 42263 AVONVIEW G 4 Anthony Cummings 40 54.5kg 54.5kg 57
41 9×57416354 MYCAH LEON G 5 Mitchell & Desiree Kearney 41 54kg 52.5kg 53

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

The Four Pillars Form Guide

Details available on The Four Pillars form guide include the field of horses, jockeys, trainers, lead-up form, track / distance stats and early betting predictions.

2023 The Four Pillars Form

A link to our full The Four Pillars 2023 form guide and insider betting preview will be made available right here following final acceptances on the week leading-up to Golden Rose Day.

The Four Pillars Tips

Top The Four Pillars tips include watching for the well-weighted runners coming off strong lead-up runs over the spring.

Horses out of the top Midway trainers’ stables, those proven at around a mile in distance and past Randwick winners all make nice The Four Pillars tips.

2023 The Four Pillars Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive The Four Pillars 2023 race betting tips and predictions will be published below the week of the event.

  • To Win: #13 Satness ($10 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Wide open affair and a bit of a nightmare one for the punters but there is early money for Satness who has firmed notably in the markets since acceptances and happy to follow that money trail. The in-form Robert & Luke Price-trained five-year-old comes off back-to-back seconds and looks to be knocking on the door for a win. Up in weight but is a two-time place-getter from three previous Rosehill assignments and boasts four placings from six starts at the distance. Form around some nice types and still a backable price.

The Four Pillars Results

The Four Pillars race results list the winner and place-getters plus the full The Four Pillars finishing order.

The winning race time, margins, starting prices and where the favourite fared in The Four Pillars results are also worth looking for post-race ahead of similar events.

The inaugural The Four Pillars winner from 2021 was Kiss Sum followed by Oakfield Arrow in 2022.

Kiss Sum holds the current The Four Pillars race record winning the opening edition in 2021 in a time of 1 minute 29.02 seconds.

Past The Four Pillars Winners

A complete list of past The Four Pillars winners and place-getters dating back to the race’s inauguration in 2021 can be found below.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2023 Sweet Mercy Oakfield Waratah Burning Need 1:29.75
2022 Oakfield Arrow Awesome Lad Lemaire 1:29.71
2021 Kiss Sum Dufresne Divine Breath 1:29.02