Widden Stakes 2024

Ladbrokes Tip: The Widden Stakes serves as a nice early lead-up into the $4.92 million Golden Slipper each autumn.

The Group 3 Widden Stakes is a short-distance sprint contested over 1100m at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in late January as part of the early Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival lead-up races.

2022 Widden Stakes Winner Queen Of The Ball
2022 Widden Stakes winner Queen Of The Ball. Photo: Steve Hart.

The set weights plus penalties showdown is open only to two-year-old fillies and runs alongside the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) along with the Group 3 Canonbury Stakes (1100m) which is the colts’ and geldings’ equivalent to the Widden Stakes.

Both the Widden Stakes and Canonbury Stakes offer $250,000 in prize money as of 2024.

Traditionally the Widden Stakes is used as a springboard for young fillies eyeing a run in that season’s upcoming Group 1 $4.92 million Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m).

Run and won since 1943 and gaining Group 3 status in 2014, the event is named after Widden Stud in New South Wales where many champion sires have stood including Marscay, Vain, Bletchingly, Todman, and General Nediym.

To date two fillies have completed the Widden Stakes – Golden Slipper Stakes double with Overreach (2013) and Mossfun (2014).

In 2023 the Widden Stakes winning filly Learning To Fly backed-up from her successful debut to salute for the punters next start in the lucrative $2 million Restricted Listed Inglis Millennium (1100m) followed by a win in the Reisling Stakes before she lost her rider in the Golden Slipper that autumn.

The latest edition of the Widden Stakes ran on Saturday February 3rd, 2024 at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse and was won in runaway fashion by the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained favourite Lady Of Camelot ($1.60F).

2024 Widden Stakes Results

2024 Widden Stakes winner Lady Of Camelot

2024 Widden Stakes winner Lady Of Camelot was too good for her rivals when saluting as the odds-on favourite. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • 1st: #6 Lady Of Camelot
  • 2nd: #1 Manaal
  • 3rd: #9 Wave Breaker

Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott’s star filly, Lady Of Camelot ($1.60F), lived up to her billing with a commanding all-the-way win in the 2024 Widden Stakes results at Rosehill. This dominant performance has set tongues wagging about a potential tilt at the prestigious Blue Diamond Stakes in Melbourne.

The full Widden Stakes 2024 results and finishing order of the Rosehill Group 3 sprint for Golden Slipper-bound fillies will be detailed below once the race takes place as a Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival lead-up.

2024 Widden Stakes Odds

The Widden Stakes 2024 odds will be published below as soon as markets on the Group 3 early autumn juveniles’ event are released so stay tuned for the top early autumn racing odds online this season.

Early market betting odds on the 2024 Widden Stakes 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.

Widden Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday February 3rd, 2024
  • Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
  • Distance: 1100m
  • Conditions: Set Weights + Penalties – 2YO Fillies
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $250,000
  • First Run: 1943

Widden Stakes Betting

Widden Stakes betting opens at bookies around the country after the field of final acceptors and barriers are out the Wednesday of race week.

Young fillies that are resuming and run well fresh, proven Rosehill performers, sprinters with previous form over the 1100m distance and runners coming off any earlier Black-Type Sydney assignments sit high up the Widden Stakes odds.

Many two-year-olds may be on debut in the Widden Stakes, so those with strong lead-up trials are often at shorter odds. Learning To Fly (2023) was the last debutant Widden Stakes winner.

Favourites have a solid recent record in the race with Away Game ($2.10 in 2020) and Lady Of Camelot ($1.60 in 2024) the latest Widden Stakes favourites to salute.

Widden Stakes Field

The Widden Stakes race field features a line-up of promising young fillies either coming off a summer run or kicking off their new season campaigns.

If not resuming racing, eligible fillies in the Widden Stakes field may have contested the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) on the Gold Coast in mid-January and Away Game (2020) was the last to do the double.

Widden Stakes Winners Away Game (Photo: Steve Hart) | Ladbrokes.com.au
2020 Widden Stakes winner Away Game. Photo: Steve Hart.

Widden Stakes nominations close the Monday before the race runs on the Saturday with the final field and barrier draw out on the Wednesday.

2024 Widden Stakes Field

The official Widden Stakes 2024 field of final acceptors and barriers will be published right here once released so stay tuned.

The 2024 Widden Stakes field features a smart line-up of two-year-old fillies with the Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes the key form line from last season.

2024 Widden Stakes Nominations

The early Widden Stakes 2024 Nominations are taken on the Monday of race week with the full list of pre-field entries to be made available below once announced.

 Last 10HorseSexAgeTrainerBallotWeightTrue WeightPenaltyHcp Rating
11xMANAALF2Michael Freedman157.5kg   
22FROEBEL STARF2Ciaron Maher254.5kg   
34xLADY OF CAMELOTF2Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott354.5kg   
45xALINEAF2Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott454.5kg   
52THE EYES HAVE ITF2Nathan Doyle554.5kg   
67PARTY PROPHETF2Matthew Smith654.5kg   
7 CATONAHOTINROOFF2Anthony Cummings7=54.5kg   
8 EXTREME DIVAF2Anthony Cummings7=54.5kg   
9 LA ROJAF2Peter & Paul Snowden7=54.5kg   
10 PUSHPAF2Annabel Neasham7=54.5kg   
11 RUNRANIRUNF2Matthew Smith7=54.5kg   
12 SHEZASIRENF2Marc Conners7=54.5kg   
13 WAVE BREAKERF2Peter & Paul Snowden7=54.5kg

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Widden Stakes Tips

Good Widden Stakes tips include looking for in-form Sydney fillies that have previous Group form, ran well last time out if not on debut, are drawn well in the Rosehill race and have winning form over at least 1000m.

Another top Widden Stakes betting tip is to take the winner to finish in the money next start in another Golden Slipper lead-up such as the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1200m) against the colts and geldings and or the Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) for fillies.

2024 Widden Stakes Tips

Our insider Widden Stakes tips 2024 will be published below once the field is confirmed and betting markets released on the Group 3 sprint.

  • To Win: #1 Manaal ($5.50 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Typically open race with a host of untapped two-year-olds, but happy to go a touch of value and take the proven winner with Michael Freedman’s Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes winner. The daughter of Tassort has to carry three kilos more than her rivals here because of her successful debut, but she was underrated then and can salute again weight aside off some good recent trials. Tommy Berry knows her well and retains the ride. 

Widden Stakes Form Guide

The Widden Stakes form guide details essential facts and stats like the lead-up runs of the fillies in the field, their jockeys / trainers and records at the track / distance.

In recent seasons the Widden Stakes form has held-up in future autumn Group races including in 2020 when the winner Away Game running a next-up fourth in Melbourne’s Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) before her Golden Slipper second.

The Widden Stakes 2022 form was franked with the second placed filly Revolutionary Miss winning the Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) next-up before a second in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes in Melbourne. She also came back that spring to finish second in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m).

2024 Widden Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Widden Stakes 2024 Form Guide will be provided below following final acceptances.

Widden Stakes Results

The Widden Stakes race results have been dominated by progressive fillies lower down in the set weights plus penalties scale with Away Game (57.5kg in 2020) the first filly in over 20 years to carry more than 56.5kg to victory.

Some of the more notable Widden Stakes winners include: Triscay (1989), Econsul (2004), Churchill Downs (2006), Horizons (2009), Driefontein (2012), Overreach (2013), Mossfun (2014), and the aforementioned Away Game (2020).

Past Widden Stakes Winners

Recent Widden Stakes winners and place-getters going back to 2000 are detailed in the below table. 

Year Winner Second Third
2024 Lady Of Camelot Manaal Wave Breaker
2023 Learning To Fly Steel City Mumbai Muse
2022 Queen Of The Ball Revolutionary Miss Pantonario
2021 Mallory Total Babe Vianello
2020 Away Game Centimental Philizzy
2019 Amercement Rotator Blazing Miss
2018 Fiesta Adamina River Bird
2017 Teaspoon Mystic Empire Sweet Deal
2016 Honesty Prevails Smart Amelia Chipanda
2015 Fireworks Lake Geneva Igraine
2014 Mossfun Ygritte Twirl
2013 Overreach Everage Brilliant Bisc
2012 Driefontein Agueda Hussousa
2011 Satin Shoes Elite Falls Shared Reflections
2010 Georgette Silk Mafia Miss So Detached
2009 Horizons Melito Marquardt
2008 Delta Girl Stripper Jiale
2007 Superfly Goldam Illuminates
2006 Churchill Downs Fleur Royale Big Joker
2005 Pasikatera Snowden Kincharm
2004 Econsul Ballybleue Segments


Race Not Run

2002 Secret Land Hasna Danish Magic
2001 Riona Chatelaine Highest
2000 Miss Bussell Happens Vita

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