The Invitation 2021

Saturday October 23rd, 2021

The Invitation is a brand new Sydney Spring Racing Carnival feature race offering $2 million in prize money and contested at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Bondi Stakes Day.

Accompanying the $1 million Bondi Stakes (1600m) for three-year-olds on the late October race card, The Invitation is held on the same day as Melbourne’s coveted $5 million Cox Plate.

Open only to fillies and mares, The Invitation field features a dozen female gallopers invited to contest the event by a panel selected by Racing NSW.

Fillies and mares from both Australia and New Zealand will be invited to contest the lucrative middle-distance feature.

The inaugural edition of The Invitation took place at Randwick on Saturday October 23rd, 2021 and was won by the Brad Widdup-trained Icebath. 

2021 The Invitation Results

The Invitation 2021 race results and finishing order will be available below once the race is run and won on Saturday October 23rd, 2021.

  • 1st: #10 Icebath
  • 2nd: #8 Rocha Clock
  • 3rd: #4 Forbidden Love

The Brad Widdup-trained Icebath ($6) secured a well-deserved victory to become the first The Invitation winner in 2021 in a lovely run from the Scared Falls five-year-old and winning hoop Kerrin McEvoy.

The Invitation Info

  • Date: Saturday October 23rd, 2021
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1400m
  • Conditions: Fillies & Mares – Set Weights + Penalties
  • Status: Special Condition (Invitation Only)
  • Prize Money: $2 million
  • First Run: 2021

The Invitation Betting

The Invitation betting markets are led by classy fillies and mares proven in top grade, especially those that secured a Group 1 win in Sydney during the autumn.

As female gallopers are officially invited from across Australia and New Zealand to take place in the $2 million showdown, The Invitation odds on the confirmed starters will shorten.

There are a host of good lead-up races ahead of October’s The Invitation race that will impact betting on the event including any fillies coming out of the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at the same track earlier in the month.

The first The Invitation race saw Icebath salute at odds of $6 improving on her lead-up ninth in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m).

2021 The Invitation Odds

The season’s top The Invitation 2021 odds complete with betting market links will be provided below once markets on the marquee race for fillies and mares during the spring in Sydney are open.

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

The Invitation Field

The Invitation field comprises of 12 female gallopers exclusively invited to contest the event.

2021 The Invitation Field

The official The Invitation 2021 final field and barriers will be provided below the week of the race once released by Racing NSW.

The 12 fillies and mares facing off in the inaugural 2021 The Invitation field have been locked in with markets led by Golden Pendant third placegetter Entriviere from the New Zealand stables of Jamie Richards.

The Invitation Form Guide

The Invitation form guide provides punters with key race facts and statistics on the fillies and mares in the 12-starter field to help with betting. In The Invitation form guide the full field, barrier draw, jockeys / trainers / owners, distance record, track record and lead-up form is all provided.

Looking at the The Invitation form guide for classy female runners that have a proven record at the Randwick track over 1400m and any Group 1 winning starters is key.

2021 The Invitation Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive The Invitation 2021 form guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race following final acceptances.

The Invitation Tips

Good The Invitation betting tips include looking for the proven Group 1 fillies and mares in the race out of spring lead-ups including the Flight Stakes and the Epsom Handicap both run over the Randwick mile.

2021 The Invitation Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider The Invitation 2021 tips and Randwick racing selections will be detailed below closer to race day.

  • To Win: #2 Nudge ($12 at time of publish)

Chris Waller’s consistent five-year-old is the value here forgotten by the punters around $12 for the win. She’s fit second-up with previous winning form two in and was good against the boys when a quarter-length placed behind Dirty Thoughts in the Group 3 Northwood Plume (1200m). She’s a miler so second-up at 1400m suits and she was Group 1 placed in Brisbane during the winter so has class. If she gets into the right position from the wider gate she’s a threat at a nice price.

The Invitation Results

The official The Invitation results list the full finishing order of all the gallopers in the field, the winning margin / time, the Trifecta and First Four results plus the starting prices of the runners.

The Invitation Winners

2021IcebathRocha ClockForbidden Love1:22.37