The Showdown 2022

Saturday April 23, 2022

The Showdown is a restricted $1 million race running at Caulfield Racecourse in late April at the tail-end of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

Held for the first time in 2019, the lucrative 1200m sprint is open only to two-year-old VOBIS Sires eligible horses only with no class or gender restrictions.

The set weights clash offers a nice alternative option for juveniles that may not be suited to stepping up in distance for earlier autumn races in Sydney like the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) and the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) held the weekend prior.

The event is named in honour of former Australian champion and Victorian-based stallion Showdown who stood at Stockwell Stud between 1966 until his retirement in 1983.

The latest edition of The VOBIS Showdown ran at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday April 23, 2022 and saw the Anthony & Sam Freedman-trained Kings Consort ($10) score a narrow upset over the beaten favourite Bello Beau.

The Showdown Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 23, 2022
  • Track: Caulfield Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Set Weights – 2YOs
  • Status: Special Condition (VOBIS Sires eligible horses only)
  • Prize Money: $1,000,000
  • First Run: 2019

2022 The Showdown Results

The complete The Showdown 2022 race results and full finishing order will be available right here once the race is run and won on Saturday April 23, 2022.

  • 1st: #4 Kings Consort ($10)
  • 2nd: #1 Bello Beau
  • 3rd: #14 Volander

The Showdown Betting

The Showdown betting markets are led by in-form two-year-olds with a proven record over 1200m and those coming off good lead-up form over the Melbourne or Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Any juveniles with past form at the Caulfield track and those down in grade off a Group 1 or 2 performance – especially from earlier in the autumn in Sydney’s Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) – are favoured in The Showdown odds.

Finance Tycoon ($3.20 in 2021) was the last favourite in The Showdown betting to salute for the punters.

2022 The Showdown Odds

The season’s top The Showdown 2022 odds will be available here once markets on the $1 million race for two-year-olds are out so stay tuned.

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

The Showdown Field

The Showdown field is made up each season by in-form two-year-old gallopers coming via a number of different lead-up races.

The Showdown winners (Finance Tycoon) - Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos | Ladbrokes
2021 The Showdown winner Finance Tycoon. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Runners in The Showdown race field must be progeny of VOBIS Sires’ nominated stallions.

The Showdown has a capacity field limit of 16 starters plus four emergencies.

Many youngsters in The Showdown field may have had a run at the track and distance that February in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m).

The 2021 The Showdown winner Finance Tycoon improved on a fourth in the Blue Diamond to win the million-dollar feature.

In 2022, Kings Consort won The VOBIS Showdown first-up having last been seen running fourth in the Ballarat Magic Millions 2YO Classic the November before.

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

2022 The Showdown Field

The official The Showdown 2022 final field and barriers are released the Wednesday before the race and will be announced in full below.

2022 The Showdown Nominations

The early The Showdown 2022 nominations are released on the Monday ahead of the event and will be published below once announced.

 Last 10HorseSexAgeTrainerBallotWeightPenaltyHcp Rating
11115BELLO BEAUG2Adam Trinder158kg 72
21HOLLERLUJAHF2Henry Dwyer256kg 70
311CROSSWINDSC2Anthony & Sam Freedman358kg 74
432OVER SHADYF2Matt Laurie456kg 65
53104SIR BAILEYC2Ciaron Maher & David Eustace558kg 68
643NEW YORK HURRICANEG2Liam Howley658kg 63
71CAPITAL EXPRESSF2Nick Ryan7=56kg 63
816SOJU SESSIONF2Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young7=56kg 63
934×3KINGS CONSORTG2Anthony & Sam Freedman958kg 62
105DON’T CHANGEG2Nick Ryan1058kg 61
114MAKE IT HAPPENF2Ben & JD Hayes1156kg 61
128BODY BOBC2Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young12=58kg  
130FIGHTING EDGEC2Ciaron Maher & David Eustace12=58kg  
14 FREAKY FRIDAYC2Ben & JD Hayes12=58kg  
158PROMISES KEPTG2Greg Eurell12=58kg  
168RUE DE PALAISG2Tony & Calvin McEvoy12=58kg  
176STARDOM AWAAYTSG2Matthew Williams12=58kg  
18 LAYIN’ FOURF2Anthony & Sam Freedman12=56kg  
195xLITTLE KAZF2Ben & JD Hayes12=56kg  
206xVOLANDERF2Matt Laurie12=56kg  

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

The Showdown Form Guide

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

Looking on the VOBIS Showdown form for runners out of other VOBIS-restricted races and the higher-rated runners in the event is key.

The form out of the 2020 The Showdown was franked with the winner Khoekhoe going on to run well in a number of tougher grade races in Melbourne including a second in that spring’s Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) and a credible fifth in the following year’s Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m) in Sydney.

2022 The Showdown Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive The Showdown 2022 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

The Showdown Tips

The Showdown tips favour local Melbourne-trained gallopers, Black-Type performers and the strong 1200m types.

Backing horses at single-figures in betting and those that ran in the money in their final lead-up runs are good The Showdown betting tips.

2022 The Showdown Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider The Showdown 2022 betting tips on the young horses to back and sack in the lucrative Caulfield six-furlong race will be detailed below the week of the race so bookmark this page.

  • To Win: #1 Bello Beau ($2.50 at time of publish)

The rails-drawn favourite travelled interstate off a three-straight winning streak back home in the Apple Isle, Tassie’s top two-year-old unable to frank that form on the mainland when failing to salute for the punters last start at Moonee Valley. Never in clear running there when boxed up on the fence, it was a forgivable fifth and he’ll be keen to atone at Caulfield second-up with plenty giving him another shot including us.

The Showdown Results

The Showdown results have been dominated by single-figure fancies to date with Khoekhoe ($14 in 2020) the only winner since the race’s inauguration in 2019 to start at double-figures in betting.

The Showdown Winners

Year Winner Second Third Time
2022 Kings Consort Bello Beau Volander 1:10.80
2021 Finance Tycoon Literary Magnate Scissor Step 1:08.91
2020 Khoekhoe  River Night Galactic Fury 1:10.51
2019 Prince Of Sussex Hightail Mishe Mokwa  1:10.65