The Gold Rush 2023

The Gold Rush is a $1.5 million feature race held in Western Australia in December each summer

The Gold Rush is a Perth Summer Racing Carnival feature race held in December for the first time in 2022.

2022 The Gold Rush Winner The Astrologist
2022 The Gold Rush winner The Astrologist (pictured at Flemington). Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Following the triple shot of Group 1 races run at Ascot in WA over the spring – summer season the action will continue with The Gold Rush offering $1.5 million in stakes.

Run over 1400m the race will begin as a Group 3 race despite its lucrative prize money on offer, and the aim is for it to gradually increase in prestige and class over the years.

The Gold Rush race name was chosen from thousands of suggestions by readers of The West Australian by Racing and Wagering Western Australia to reflect WA’s rich history of gold discovery in the 1800s.

The Gold Rush winner is also likely to chase a slot in the following year’s $4 million The Quokka back in Perth.

The second edition of the event ran as the Damien Oliver Gold Rush in honour of retiring star Australian hoop Damien Oliver who won the race in a fairy tale result off a sensational ride aboard the Nick Ryan-trained Victorian visitor Munhamek ($7).

The second edition of $1.5 million The Gold Rush ran on Saturday December 16, 2023 at Ascot Racecourse in Perth and was won in a 10/10 performance by retiring super jockey Damien Oliver on eight-year-old Flemington galloper Munhamek ($7).

2023 The Gold Rush Results

The full The Gold Rush 2023 Results & Finishing Order on the $1.5 million showdown will be available below after the Group 3 is run and won on Saturday December 16, 2023.

  • 1st: #4 Munhamek
  • 2nd: #16 Ripcord
  • 3rd: #7 Comfort Me

Retiring G.O.A.T. Damien Oliver won his final ever feature race with a sensational weaving late run aboard the Nick Ryan-trained Group 1 performing veteran Munhamek ($7) to salute by a half-length in The Gold Rush 2023 results.

2023 The Gold Rush Odds

The season’s top The Gold Rush 2023 odds and Perth Group race betting market links will be provided below so stay tuned for access to the best summer prices.

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The Gold Rush Race Info

  • Date: Saturday December 16, 2023
  • Track: Ascot Racecourse
  • Distance: 1400m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age; 3YOs & Upwards
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $1.5 million
  • First Run: 2022

The Gold Rush Betting

The Gold Rush betting is dominated by in-form sprinters and middle-distance gallopers coming off big runs in the Perth Group 1 races earlier in the season.

Runners that perform well over the spring are installed at shorter The Gold Rush odds including in races including Sydney’s $1 million The Hunter (1300m) and $1 million The Gong (1600m).

There was a blowout result in the first edition of the race with The Astrologist winning at The Gold Rush odds of $19.

The Gold Rush Tips

Key The Gold Rush tips include looking for locally-trained Perth gallopers, proven weight-for-age stars and Group 1 runners down in grade for the lucrative feature race.

Locally horses that run well in the earlier Perth summer features including any three-year-olds out of the Group 3 WA Guineas (1600m) make a good The Gold Rush betting tip.

The inaugural The Gold Rush winner was The Astrologist who improved on a lead-up eighth in the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at the track, so looking at the Winterbottom graduates is another top tip.

2023 The Gold Rush Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive The Gold Rush 2023 betting tips and exotic summer racing selections will be detailed below the week of the race so stay tuned for the Perth locals and interstate raiders to get behind this season.

  • To Win: #16 Ripcord ($6.50 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Tipping Ripcord to frank the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) form from a fortnight back with Luke Fernie’s third place-getter out of that down in grade here. The classy Written By three-year-old won the Listed Placid Ark narrowly two back before rounding out the Winterbottom trifecta over six furlongs here. Putting together a nice record, should see out a furlong further without worry, gets a run from a good gate, and is down in weight. Ticking plenty of boxes in a wide open affair.

The Gold Rush Field

The Gold Rush race field attracts a quality line-up of both local and visiting weight-for-age horses eyeing the $1.5 million in stakes on offer in the new Perth event.

Key lead-up races locally for runners eyeing a spot in The Gold Rush field include the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) and the Group 1 Northerly Stakes (1800m) – formerly known as the Kingston Town Stakes.

The official The Gold Rush field of final acceptances is announced the Monday of race week following on from the early nominations in October.

2023 The Gold Rush Field

The official The Gold Rush 2023 Final Field is announced by Perth Racing the Monday leading-up to the race and will be available in full below as soon as released so stay tuned to see what gallopers make the starting line-up in the latest edition of the WFA event.

The Damien Oliver Gold Rush 2023 final field features a capacity line-up of summer hopefuls led in betting by the second emergency Super Smink with the WA Guineas third placed filly sweating on a start and Group 1 performer out of Victoria Ayrton.

The 2023 The Gold Rush barrier draw took place on Tuesday evening with plenty of the top fancies drawing out wide.

2023 The Gold Rush Nominations

The early The Gold Rush 2023 nominations are taken around two months before The Gold Rush Day in mid-December, the full entries to be released below.

The Damien Oliver Gold Rush 2023 nominations attracted 104 early entries led in all-in betting by last year’s Group 1 Northerly Stakes winner Amelia’s Jewel and Dan Morton’s Group 2 Karrakatta Plate winning filly Super Smink.

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 7125x2473x ABOVE THE PEG G 5 Simon A Miller   59kg   80
2 248x578x1x AYRTON (NZ) G 6 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)   59kg    
3 7x00x4700x BEAU ROSSA G 6 Will Clarken & Niki O’Shea   59kg    
4 x421111x2x BENJI’S G 6 Cliff Green   59kg   80
5 125x60113x BUSTLER G 4 Neville Parnham   59kg   101
6 x221x5244x CLEMENCEAU G 5 Chris & Michael Gangemi   59kg    
7 4523x5225x COMFORT ME G 7 Rhys Radford   59kg   106
8 24120x330x CORNER POCKET G 7 Lindsey Smith   59kg    
9 34x126590x CREATOR G 7 Chris & Michael Gangemi   59kg   84
10 5x0x59x20x CUP NIGHT G 8 Bernie Miller   59kg   102
11 8101x8114x CURRIMUNDI G 5 Steve Wolfe   59kg   80
12 53x0x10x7x DAJRAAN (GB) H 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott   59kg    
13 4410x9180x DEFIANT DIORITE G 4 Chris Willis   59kg   69
14 945x31823x DOM TO SHOOT G 6 Sean & Jake Casey   59kg   103
15 2142x7224x EM TEE AYE G 6 Trevor Andrews   59kg   92
16 311168141x GINGER BAKER G 6 Vernon Brockman   59kg   95
17 123x87707x GOD HAS CHOSEN G 6 Donna Riordan   59kg   102
18 35590x990x HALATORION G 6 Roy Rogers   59kg   81
19 000x82685x HILAL H 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott   59kg    
20 9146x7156x HOT ZED G 6 Lou Luciani   59kg   103
21 1119x4111x IKNOWASTAR G 4 Bjorn Baker   59kg    
22 2369x9010x IRONCLAD (GB) G 8 Will Clarken & Niki O’Shea   59kg    
23 x111101x5x JIGSAW G 5 Cindy Alderson   59kg    
24 8x12312x5x JOURNALISM G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott   59kg    
25 45x845221x LAST OF THE LINE G 7 Stephen Miller   59kg   104
26 x08x3x907x LAUDA SION (JPN) H 7 Chris Waller   59kg    
27 04x3043x0x LAVERROD G 7 Sean & Jake Casey   59kg   102
28 211x1147x LENIENCY G 4 Colin Webster   59kg   75
29 049283226x LET’S GALAHVANT G 5 Daniel & Ben Pearce   59kg   90
30 x66445x13x LORD VLADIVOSTOK (NZ) G 7 Michael Hickmott   59kg    
31 32211x211x MAGNIFICENT ANDY G 5 Stephen Miller   59kg   90
32 126552150x MAN CRUSH G 4 Luke Fernie   59kg   83
33 3109x7008x MASSIMO G 7 Chris & Michael Gangemi   59kg   102
34 181x76x7Nx MINSK MOMENT H 5 Chris Waller   59kg    
35 23117x128x MUNHAMEK (GB) G 8 Nick Ryan   59kg    
36 13553x404x NUGGET (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace   59kg    
37 1761x5730x OSIPENKO (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller   59kg    
38 46x2x1132x PHANTA G 6 Chris & Michael Gangemi   59kg   101
39 7419x2117x PLANET CASH G 4 Hayden Ballantyne   59kg   76
40 x9998x551x RANTING (NZ) G 6 Nick Ryan   59kg    
41 205x22630x RED CAN MAN G 7 Steve Wolfe   59kg   107
42 60x853445x REGARDSMAREE G 7 Nick Ryan   59kg    
43 11340x473x RESORTMAN G 7 Michael Lane   59kg   107
44 0x90x7x14x RISE OF THE MASSES H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott   59kg    
45 3215x2317x RIVER RUBICON G 5 Steve Wolfe   59kg   89
46 x110x3230x SAVATOXL G 8 Will Savage   59kg    
47 x0x313x13x SENTIMENTAL HERO G 6 Michael Grantham   59kg   79
48 0x3113132x SNOWDOME H 4 Neville Parnham   59kg   90
49 23628x2x8x SPEED DREAM G 6 Roland Piercey   59kg   79
50 x3x160x11x STAR PATROL G 5 Clinton McDonald   59kg    
51 0x05912x8x STARTRADE G 7 Daniel Morton   59kg   104
52 16460x010x SURF DANCER (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott   59kg    
53 21116x274x TADWEER G 5 Chris & Michael Gangemi   59kg   83
54 x21140x51x TAMERLANE G 6 James Cummings   59kg    
55 00x9275x4x THE INFERNO G 7 Cliff Brown   59kg    
56 x573747x3x TITAN BLINDERS G 8 Chris & Michael Gangemi   59kg   96
57 2243019x0x TOP OF THE POPS G 4 Daniel Morton   59kg   78
58 11x42x7x2x TRIPLE MISSILE G 6 Lindsey Smith   59kg    
59 20x1316x0x TRIX OF THE TRADE G 5 Colin Webster   59kg   106
60 12x79x432x TUVALU G 6 Lindsey Smith   59kg    
61 230x23212x UPPER LIMITS G 4 Jeremy Easthope   59kg   78
62 3291x45x1x VALOUR ROAD G 8 Simon A Miller   59kg   111
63 412111122x VAST ART G 4 Darren McAuliffe   59kg   85
64 10x1760x5x VILANA H 5 James Cummings   59kg    
65 416x41112x WATEGOS G 5 Bjorn Baker   59kg    
66 122113x05x WEAPONSON G 7 Daniel Morton   59kg   92
67 9x678x210x WRITTEN MATTER G 6 Chris & Michael Gangemi   59kg   78
68 3261x2133x ADMIRATION EXPRESS M 4 Jason Miller   57kg   86
69 x12111111x ALSEPHINA M 5 Grant & Alana Williams   57kg   92
70 11x12x119x AMELIA’S JEWEL M 4 Simon A Miller   57kg    
71 12x301x81x BABY PARIS M 4 Colin Webster   57kg   99
72 3899464x3x CHAIN OF LIGHTNING M 5 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman   57kg    
73 42112111x DUCHESS OF GOSSIP M 4 Dion Luciani   57kg   76
74 x6117x217x ESPIONA M 5 Chris Waller   57kg    
75 990x08619x FLEUR DELACOUR M 4 Chris Willis   57kg   58
76 4x1336541x FLYING MISSILE M 5 Neville Parnham   57kg   88
77 213208x11x GODDESS OF GIVING M 4 Lou Luciani   57kg   75
78 3x11200x6x KARLI’S KARMA M 6 Summer Dickson   57kg   95
79 12x74x421x LIFE LESSONS (NZ) M 5 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman   57kg    
80 19x1159x5x MY BELLA MAE M 4 Dion Luciani   57kg   94
81 4x11x1580x OLENTIA M 4 Chris Waller   57kg    
82 111x1344x REAR ADMIRAL M 4 Sean & Jake Casey   57kg   71
83 3410x52x5x ROOTS M 5 Chris Waller   57kg    
84 1x1131216x RUSTY DREAMS M 4 Michael Lane   57kg   77
85 21x0180x1x SEARCHIN’ ROC’S M 5 Jim Taylor   57kg   96
86 x141211x2x THE VELVET QUEEN M 5 Darren McAuliffe   57kg   97
87 x114x21x7x A LOT OF GOOD MEN C 3 Trevor Andrews   54kg   75
88 6x1x ALMIGHTY CLASS G 3 Mitchell Pateman   54kg   74
89 2231x ARCADIA KNIGHT G 3 Takahide Ikenushi   54kg    
90 1x BEST MOOD C 3 Michael Grantham   54kg   60
91 12x BLAZING HARRY G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr)   54kg    
92 1x61x COSMIC CRUSADER (NZ) G 3 Donna Riordan   54kg   69
93 181x HANCHI G 3 Sean & Jake Casey   54kg   70
94 4x21x IN GOOD ORDER G 3 Daniel Morton   54kg   62
95 1x KERMIT’S LUCK G 3 Luke Fernie   54kg   62
96 26x8x142x MEXICO C 3 Michael Freedman   54kg    
97   NO BRAINER G 3 Daniel Morton   54kg    
98 115x PLEASURE CRUISE G 3 Takahide Ikenushi   54kg   66
99 13x22x RIPCORD G 3 Luke Fernie   54kg   78
100   VENTURO C 3 Daniel Morton   54kg    
101 243x1x ZIPAWAY G 3 Neville Parnham   54kg   66
102 528x KRATESIS F 3 Daniel Morton   52kg   56
103   RIGHT TO SILENCE F 3 Chris Willis   52kg    
104 31211x SUPER SMINK F 3 Daniel Morton   52kg   86

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

The Gold Rush Form Guide

The Gold Rush form guide details all the crucial information for punters like the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs of the horses in the field.

2023 The Gold Rush Form Guide

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

The Gold Rush Results

The official The Gold Rush race results are known when the event takes place in December each summer.

The first The Gold Rush winner in 2022 was the Leon & Troy Corstens-trained interstate raider The Astrologist who was ridden to an upset victory by ace local hoop William Pike.

The second The Gold Rush winner in 2023 was the Nick Ryan-trained eight-year-old Munhamek from Melbourne who was given a peach of a ride by retiring G.O.A.T. Damien Oliver in the hoop’s final feature race ride.

The Gold Rush Winners

Year Winner Second Third Time
2023 Munhamek Ripcord Comfort Me 1:22.75
2022 The Astrologist Kissonallforcheeks Comfort Me 1:22.44