The Quokka 2024

The $5 million The Quokka race serves as a good lead-up to the summer’s Winterbottom Stakes race.

The Quokka is a new slot-race held at Ascot Racecourse in Perth for the first time in April of 2023 when won by the Bjorn Baker-trained Overpass in a thrillingly narrow upset.

2023 The Quokka winner Overpass

Overpass (pictured at Flemington in 2022) won the inaugural The Quokka race in 2023. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

The now $5 million feature is the richest race held in Western Australia and is a sprint event run over 1200m.

It is also Australia’s fifth richest horse race after increasing from $4 million to $5 million in stakes ahead of the second edition.

The Quokka Day follows on from the elite racing action of Sydney’s ‘The Championships’ held on the first and second Saturdays of April and headlined by the $5 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) on Day 2 at Randwick.

The attention then heads west for The Quokka, which is a weight-for-age showdown.

The Quokka field is open to 14 slot holders at a cost of $200,000 each.

In a huge $5.5 million initiative by Perth Racing, The Quokka forms part of The Western Trilogy series, which brings thoroughbred, harness and greyhound races together for Australia’s first tri-code slot-racing event.

The race is named in honour of the quokka, dubbed the “happiest animal on Earth”, for which the state’s Rottnest Island is famous for.

The other races making up the massive autumn racing weekend are The Nullarbor (harness racing) and The Sandgroper (greyhounds).

The Quokka joins a growing list of popular slot-racing events in Australia that have been boosted in popularity since Racing NSW introduced the now world-famous $20 million The Everest (1200m).

The second edition of the $5 million The Quokka runs at Ascot Racecourse in Perth on Saturday April 20, 2024.

2024 The Quokka Odds

The updated The Quokka 2024 betting odds will be provided below once racing markets open for the multi-million dollar Perth race.

Early market betting odds on the 2024 The Quokka will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.

The Quokka Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 20, 2024
  • Track: Ascot Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Special Conditions (Slot-Race)
  • Prize Money: $5,000,000
  • First Run: 2023
 

2024 The Quokka Results

The official The Quokka 2024 results and finishing order will be known on Saturday April 20, 2024 and published below.

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

The Quokka Betting

The Quokka betting odds are dominated by Perth’s best sprinters and star interstate raiders travelling over for the now $5 million WFA feature.

Horses that perform well in the summer’s Perth Festival of Racing events including the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) sit higher up The Quokka markets for the autumn.

There was an upset in the inaugural edition in 2023 with Overpass saluting at The Quokka odds of $12.

Overpass (2023) completed The Quokka – Winterbottom Stakes double and also finished runner-up in that year’s Group 1 Doomben 10,000 results in Brisbane.

The Quokka Field

The Quokka race field features 14 sprinters with spots in the event open for slot holders at $200,000 each.

Horses that perform well in prominent Australian Group 1 races including the Winterbottom Stakes (1200m), Lightning Stakes (1000m), Oakleigh Plate (1100m), Newmarket Handicap (1200m), William Reid Stakes, and the VRC Classic (1200m) during the Melbourne Cup Carnival are likely to be considered for a The Quokka slot.

Another good guide to The Quokka field is Perth’s Group 3 $1.5 million The Gold Rush (1400m) run in December.

Potential lead-up races into The Quokka field include the local Group 3 Roma Cup (1100m) and Sydney’s Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m).

2024 The Quokka Race Field

The official The Quokka 2024 field of final acceptances and barriers will be published below once confirmed.

The 2024 The Quokka final field is now locked in with last year’s trifecta of Overpass, Amelia’s Jewel and Bella Nipotina back looking to dominate the lucrative slot race again.

The Quokka 2024 barrier draw took place on Tuesday the 16th of April, 2024 from 10:30am (AEST) with the reigning champ Overpass drawing well in gate six for his title defence.

NoLast 10HorseTrainerJockeyBarrierWeightPenaltyHcp Rating
190x12x201xOVERPASSBjorn BakerJoshua Parr658.5kg115
2624x28211xKING OF SPARTAPeter & Paul SnowdenBlake Shinn458.5kg113
3576×363362MALKOVICHBjorn BakerBen Melham258.5kg105
442x7x260x5TRIPLE MISSILEGrant & Alana WilliamsBrad Parnham758.5kg100
555700x118xWAITAK (NZ)Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew ScottKyle Wilson-Taylor1058.5kg106
63242191×42SALOON BARDaniel MortonRhys McLeod158.5kg83
733315×4542BELLA NIPOTINACiaron MaherCraig Williams1356.5kg113
8x12x1190x2AMELIA’S JEWELSimon A MillerDamian Lane1256.5kg113
93x228132x3RIPCORDLuke FernieClint Johnston-Porter556.5kg104
10111122×21OSCAR’S FORTUNEDion LucianiWilliam Pike356.5kg107
113x178x41x1WILD BELLELuke FernieSteven Parnham1156.5kg99
126x12x23ALMIGHTY CLASSMitchell PatemanJarrad Noske856.5kg78
131211x1232xSUPER SMINKDaniel MortonChris Parnham1454.5kg90
1411×4742113PETULASimon A MillerPatrick Carbery954.5kg81
15e225x3373x8COMFORT MERhys Radford058.5kg108
16e0x13645x08RED CAN MANSteve Wolfe058.5kg104
17ex371607676HOT ZEDLou Luciani058.5kg102
18e205×627144GEMMA’S SONEmbroja-Lee Altieri058.5kg96

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 The Quokka Slot Holders (Horse)

  1. Ladbrokes (Super Smink)
  2. Lindsey Smith Racing (Wild Belle)
  3. Loloma Farms (Oscar’s Fortune)
  4. Magic Bloodstock Racing (Malkovich)
  5. Morton Racing (Saloon Bar)
  6. Peters Investments (Ripcord)
  7. RAM Racing Syndicate (Overpass)
  8. Rapid Equine Breeding (Triple Missile)
  9. Seacorp / Hallowell (King Of Sparta)
  10. SKY Racing (Petula)
  11. Sportsbet (Bella Nipotina)
  12. TABtouch (Amelia’s Jewel)
  13. The Chief Racing Syndicate (Almighty Class)
  14. Trackside NZ / Perth Racing (Waitak)

Confirmed 2024 The Quokka Horses

Below punters can stay up-to-date with the latest confirmed The Quokka horses in 2024 that have secured a slot in the 14-horse feature race at Ascot.

1. OVERPASS

2023 The Quokka Horses - Overpass
Overpass. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.
  • Slot Holder: RAM Racing Syndicate
  • Age: 5YO
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Breeding: by VANCOUVER  from WALKWAY
  • Trainer: Bjorn Baker
  • Jockey: Joshua Parr
  • Barrier: 6
  • Owners: Mr S G Darby, Mr J Georgatsoulis, Mr P Halfhyde, Mr T Kingston, Mr W E Payne, Ms S G Wilson, Mr B E Wright, Jimlee Racing, Knuckleheads Racing, Darby Racing Walkway, Cantbreakmystride, Jacknife Racing
  • Latest 2024 The Quokka Odds*: $4.40 – BET NOW

He won the first edition in a thriller at double-figures but won’t be found at that price in 2024 as Overpass, now a five-year-old with another Group 1 to his name after success in the 2023 Winterbottom at Ascot in the summer, looking to remain the sole The Quokka winner to date.

2. KING OF SPARTA

2024 The Quokka Horses - King Of Sparta

King Of Sparta. Photo: Steve Hart.


  • Slot Holder: Seacorp / Hallowell
  • Age: 5YO
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Breeding: by I AM INVINCIBLE  from OCTAVIA
  • Trainer: Peter & Paul Snowden
  • Jockey: Blake Shinn
  • Barrier: 4
  • Owners: Yarraman Park Stud, Grant Bloodstock Pty Ltd, Carpe Diem, Mr H G Cope, Mrs M G Cope, China Horse Club Racing Pty Ltd, Gall Bloodstock, Mr R S Dufficy, Mr P C Barnett, Mr G J Stambe, Mr F Stambe, Bon Ami, Mr R De Courcy
  • Latest 2024 The Quokka Odds*: $8 – BET NOW

Team Snowden’s son of I Am Invincible, King Of Sparta, gets a shot to head West and dominate in The Quokka race 2024 having secured the slot held by Mt Hallowell Stud. A genuine Group 1 contender over his career, he was enormous fresh running away at the Gold Coast to salute by a big margin in the Magic Millions Snippets and looks every shot to keep the wins coming over the autumn. He was good again with five weeks between runs taking out his first ever Sydney Saturday win in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) on February 17.

3. MALKOVICH

2024 The Quokka Horses - Malkovich

Malkovich. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.


  • Slot Holder: Magic Bloodstock Racing
  • Age: 6YO
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Breeding: by CHOISIR  from MABKHARA
  • Trainer: Bjorn Baker
  • Jockey: Ben Melham
  • Barrier: 2
  • Owners: Mr M D Holland, Mr L Caminiti, Mrs T A Davis, Mr A Kustron, Mr W E Loader, Mr T D O’sullivan, Mr G D Prouten, Cobia Racing, Steelies Racing, Darling View Thoroughbreds, Darby Racing Malkovich, Mr A J Luciano, Mr P M Chilton
  • Latest 2024 The Quokka Odds*: $26 – BET NOW

Trainer Bjorn Baker is dually represented in The Quokka 2024 field with Magic Bloodstock selecting Malkovich to fill their slot. The six-year-old son of Choisir joins the defending champion Overpass in the mix for Baker. He has been racing in highly-competitive form this prep against many of these rivals in Sydney including a Group 2 Expressway third. Group 1 performed just out of the money behind Lady Laguna in the Canterbury before a second when narrowly beaten in the Group 3 Star Kingdom. Right credentials to run close to the better runners.

4. TRIPLE MISSILE

2024 The Quokka horses - Triple Missile

Triple Missile. Photo: Racing & Sports.


  • Slot Holder: Rapid Equine Breeding
  • Age: 6YO
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Breeding: by SMART MISSILE  from TRIPLE LATTE (USA)
  • Trainer: Lindsey Smith
  • Jockey: Brad Parnham
  • Barrier: 7
  • Owners: Rapid Equine
  • Latest 2024 The Quokka Odds*: $101 – BET NOW

Six-year-old Triple Missile is no stranger to top level racing in WA with the talented Smart Missile gelding out to improve on his Winterbottom Stakes 10th last December. Prior to that he was racing well in Melbourne including a Group 2 Gilgai Stakes second to Star Patrol down the Flemington straight. Doesn’t boast the best winning strike-rate, but is a good sprinter on his day in with a shot. Eased in pre-field betting after a fifth in the Group 3 Roma Cup beaten five lengths.

5. WAITAK

2024 The Quokka Horses - Waitak

Waitak. Photo: Racing.com


  • Slot Holder: Trackside NZ / Perth Racing
  • Age: 4YO
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Breeding: by PROISIR  from REPO BAY (NZ)
  • Trainers: Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott
  • Jockey: Kyle Wilson-Taylor
  • Barrier: 10
  • Owner: C W Devine
  • Latest 2024 The Quokka Odds*: $41 – BET NOW

Kiwi galloper Waitak secured his slot in The Quokka field adding an international edge to the event in 2024. The nicely-bred son of Proisir broke through at Group 1 level two backing claiming the Sistema Railway. Perth hasn’t had a New Zealand-trained contender since 2016 with Kawi contesting two Group 1 summer races. The versatile four-year-old for O’Sullivan & Scott has been up over 2400m previously, but with his longest distanced win being 1500m, The Quokka looks an ideal and winnable target across the Tasman for him. 

6. SALOON BAR

2024 The Quokka Horses - Saloon Bar

Saloon Bar. Photo: Racing WA.


  • Slot Holder: Morton Racing
  • Age: 4YO
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Breeding: by SESSIONS  from PARIS CRACKER
  • Trainer: Daniel Morton
  • Jockey: Rhys McLeod
  • Barrier: 1
  • Owners: Oakland Park Stud, Mrs C L Morton
  • Latest 2024 The Quokka Odds*: $101 – BET NOW

Trainer and slot holder Dan Morton has selected progressive Sessions four-year-old Saloon Bar to run in The Quokka this season. The galloper has a consistent racing record in Perth in easier grade and has carried some big weights of late. One of the outsiders that could surprise a few.

7. BELLA NIPOTINA

2024 The Quokka horses - Bella Nipotina
Bella Nipotina. Photo: Steve Hart.
  • Slot Holder:  Sportsbet
  • Age: 6YO
  • Gender: Mare
  • Breeding: by PRIDE OF DUBAI  from BELLA ORFANA
  • Trainer: Ciaron Maher
  • Jockey: Craig Williams
  • Barrier: 13
  • Owners: Mr M B Christian, Ms S M Miller, Mrs P T Christian, Mr A S Ingersole, Mr M Johnston, Porter Pelchen Bloodstock, Mr B G Christian
  • Latest 2024 The Quokka Odds*: $5.50 – BET NOW

Bella Nipotina is one of the key The Quokka runners now confirmed a slot and ready to make her impact in WA. Ciaron Maher’s Group 1 winning mare was third in the inaugural The Quokka trifecta narrowly beaten and she looks to be going just as well this prep. Her second in Sydney’s Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes on a Heavy track was outstanding and put her right in line. Doesn’t win as often as she used to, but she’s rarely out of the money. Big chance.

8. AMELIA’S JEWEL

2024 The Quokka Horses - Amelia's Jewel
Amelia’s Jewel. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.
  • Slot Holder:  TABtouch
  • Age: 4YO
  • Gender: Mare
  • Breeding: by SIYOUNI (FR)  from BUMBASINA (IRE)
  • Trainer: Simon A Miller
  • Jockey: Damian Lane
  • Barrier: 12
  • Owners: Mr P V Walsh
  • Latest 2024 The Quokka Odds*: $3.40- BET NOW

The Simon Miller-trained beaten The Quokka favourite in 2023, Amelia’s Jewel, is back for revenge this season and is the all-in best in betting once again. She went down a nostril flare in the final stride in the inaugural edition and has subsequently enjoyed two Group 2 victories in Melbourne. Presents a more furnished mare as a four-year-old now with plenty to give as she looks set for her rematch with Overpass. She is favourite in all-in The Quokka betting despite a first-up loss when resuming in the Roma Cup where she made up plenty of ground to run second.

9. RIPCORD

2024 The Quokka Horses - Ripcord.

Ripcord. Photo Credit: Simon Merritt / Western Racepix.


  • Slot Holder: Peters Investments
  • Age: 3YO
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Breeding: by WRITTEN BY  from SINGLE IN LONDON
  • Trainer: Luke Fernie
  • Jockey: Clint Johnston-Porter
  • Barrier: 5
  • Owners: Mr K Doak, Mr R McAlister, Miss M Manfredini, Mr L K Fernie, Mr B Fleay, Mr P Fleay, Mr G J Fleay
  • Latest 2024 The Quokka Odds*: $21 – BET NOW

Three-year-old son of Written By who stood his ground against the more seasoned stars last summer. Third to Overpass in the Winterbottom at The Quokka track/distance before running second in The Gold Rush results. Presents a more furnished gelding this time in with race experience on his side and form around the top-liners looking a genuine chance for Peters Investments. Was solid running a first-up third in the Group 3 Roma Cup to kick off his campaign.

10. OSCAR’S FORTUNE

2024 The Quokka Horses - Oscar's Fortune
Oscar’s Fortune. Photo Credit: Jorja King / Western Racepix Copyright: © Western Racepix.
  • Slot Holder: Loloma Farms
  • Age: 3YO
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Breeding: by RICH ENUFF  from OSCAR AWARD
  • Trainer: Dion Luciani
  • Jockey: William Pike
  • Barrier: 3
  • Owners: Loloma Farms Pty Ltd
  • Latest 2024 The Quokka Odds*: $5.50 – BET NOW

The Dion Luciani-trained Rich Enuff gelding won his opening four career starts before back-to-back seconds in good company last summer. His latest run put him right in contention for this when he placed runner-up behind the reigning The Quokka winner Overpass in the Winterbottom Stakes at elite level. Big contender against the older horses at a track/distance that he loves. Put the writing on the wall with a good performance to upset Amelia’s Jewel and win the Group 3 Roma Cup on April 6th.

11. WILD BELLE

2024 The Quokka Horses - Wild Belle
Wild Belle. Photo: Credit: Sharyn Walker / Western Racepix Copyright: © Western Racepix.
  • Slot Holder: Lindsey Smith Racing
  • Age: 4YO
  • Gender: Mare
  • Breeding: by PRIDE OF DUBAI  from HI BELLE
  • Trainer: Luke Fernie
  • Jockey: Steven Parnham
  • Barrier: 11
  • Owners: Mr L K Fernie, Mr K Doak, Mr B W Armstrong, Mr P H Jackson, Ms S McLean, Mr C G Armstrong, Hahn Racing
  • Latest 2024 The Quokka Odds*: $34 – BET NOW

In-form Pride Of Dubai mare Wild Belle locked in the final slot in The Quokka 2024 field with the Luke Fernie-trained Ascot specialist representing Lindsey Smith Racing. She has had five runs at the course for a trio of wins including a last stat victory in the Rock Magic over 1000m. Will be tested here, but going well.

12. ALMIGHTY CLASS

2024 The Quokka Horses - Almighty Class

Almighty Class. Photo: Simon Merritt / Western Racepix Copyright: © Western Racepix.


  • Slot Holder: The Chief Racing Syndicate
  • Age: 3YO
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Breeding: by PLAYING GOD  from MY CLASSY LADY
  • Trainer: Mitchell Pateman
  • Jockey: Jarrad Noske
  • Barrier: 8
  • Owners: Ms C Williamson, Mr C E Hunter, Mr T Black, Mr T Hodge, Mr K Hodge, Mr D Tucker, Mr T O Hodge, Mr R Pearson, Mr A Elari, Mr J Jenkin, Mr B McIntosh, Mr C Askevold-Mcdonald
  • Latest 2024 The Quokka Odds*: $51 – BET NOW

Pateman’s progressive Playing God three-year-old will get his shot at The Quokka in 2024 having been selected to fill the Chief Racing Syndicate’s slot despite being unraced this season. He beat subsequent Winterbottom third place-getter Ripcord home last time in before a Black-Type second to Super Smink in the Belgravia last October. Oozes potential and gets his chance to shine in tougher company this prep. A couple of good placings at the Ascot track in March in easier company to warm up.

13. SUPER SMINK

2024 The Quokka Horses - Super Smink

Super Smink. Photo: Western Racepix.


  • Slot Holder: Ladbrokes
  • Age: 3YO
  • Gender: Filly
  • Breeding: by SUPER ONE  from SMINKY SHORTS
  • Trainer: Dan Morton
  • Jockey: Chris Parnham
  • Barrier: 14
  • Owners: Mrs C L Morton, McHams, Ms A Tottle, Mr R J Walker, Mr C Madaschi, Mr M P Madaschi, Mr G A Baxter, Mr A J L Durnin, Fewnicorns, F H R U S Racing , Get The Round In , Mr A E Hayden, Mr B Jardine, Grandad’s Gift Syndicate, Mr R W Pettigrove, Mrs D N Pratt, Mr J J Byrne, Mrs J C Dunning, Mr L Madaschi, Mr P Still
  • Latest 2024 The Quokka Odds*: $34 – BET NOW

Dan Morton’s class Super One filly gets her shot against the big guns in The Quokka 2024 having shown plenty of promise against her own age over the past season. The WA Sires’ winner ran third in the Group 2 WA Guineas when taking on the boys over the mile. She’s a Group 2 Karrakatta winner and looks better suited to this distance. Definitely one to watch for slot holders Ladbrokes. 

14. PETULA

2024 The Quokka Horses - Petula

Petula. Photo: RWWA.


  • Slot Holder: Sky Racing
  • Age: 3YO
  • Gender: Filly
  • Breeding: by NICCONI  from RUN SALLY RUN
  • Trainer: Simon Miller
  • Jockey: Patrick Carbery
  • Barrier: 9
  • Owners: Mr R D Meadowcroft, Mr K L Meadowcroft, Mr A D Meadowcroft, Mr B J Meadowcroft, Mr R L Meadowcroft, Mr S A Miller
  • Latest 2024 The Quokka Odds*: $34 – BET NOW

Petula is fifth three-year-old confirmed to run in the 2024 The Quokka with the Simon Miller-trained filly to represent Sky Racing slot holders. The daughter of Nicconi is on the up-and-up having won four of her opening nine starts at time of publish. Form around the likes of Ripcord and Oscar’s Fortune from last summer so she has the right sort of lines here.

15e. COMFORT ME (Emergency)

16e. RED CAN MAN (Emergency)

17e. HOT ZED (Emergency)

18e. GEMMA’S SON (Emergency)

*All-In 2024 The Quokka odds correct at time of publication and subject to change.

The Quokka Tips

The Quokka tips favour proven Group 1 sprinters, locals with a strong Ascot track record, and any graduates from the previous year’s Winterbottom Stakes.

2024 The Quokka Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive The Quokka 2024 racing tips will be detailed below a few days out from event so bookmark this page to see the sprinters to back and sack in the short-distanced clash.

  • To Win: TBD

The Quokka Form Guide

The Quokka form guide reveals all the information needed to place a wager including the saddlecloth numbers, starting barriers, jockeys, trainers and lead-up runs of the horses in the field.

Overpass franked the 2023 The Quokka form with seconds in the Doomben 10,000 and The Shorts in Brisbane and Sydney respectively before returning to Perth in the summer to salute in the Winterbottom Stakes results.

2024 The Quokka Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive The Quokka 2024 race Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

The Quokka Results

The inaugural The Quokka results saw the Bjorn Baker-trained Overpass win in 2023 for slot holders RAM Racing Syndicate.

The Quokka Winners

The Quokka winners and place-getters from the race’s inauguration in 2023 can be found in the below table.

Year Winner Second Third Time
2024 TBD TBD TBD TBD
2023 Overpass Amelia’s Jewel Bella Nipotina 1:09.53