Looking for this year’s Golden Pendant betting tips, odds and field guide? The expert tipsters at Neds have put together everything you need to know on the race.

Golden Pendant Winners (Mizzy) | Photo: Steve Hart | Neds.com.au

Formerly known as the Research Stakes, the Golden Pendant is now a Group 2 event for fillies and mares held at Rosehill Gardens on Golden Rose Stakes Day in late October each spring.

Offering $400,000 in prize money the event is run at set weights plus penalties over 1400m and has been won by many quality mares over the years including More Joyous (2012) and Daysee Doom (2017).

The Golden Pendant now also serves as a potential lead-up for any four-year-old mares targeting the $10 million The Golden Eagle (1500m), which the 2019 Golden Pendant Mizzy went on to run third in for the inaugural edition, as well as the newly-created $2 million The Invitation (1400m) held for the first time in 2021.

In 2021 the Golden Pendant winner Vangelic also went on to finish third in that year’s Golden Eagle trifecta.

In 2022 the Golden Pendant winner Nimalee went on to place third in that year’s The Invitation results.

Golden Pendant 2023 – Fast Facts

  • Race Day: Saturday September 23rd, 2023 
  • Track: Rosehill Racecourse
  • Surface: Turf
  • Surface: Right-handed
  • Distance: 1400m
  • Weight Class: Set weights (with penalties)
  • Qualification: Three year olds and over (only fillies and mares may run)
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 2
  • Operator: Australian Turf Club
  • Purse: $400,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1996
  • 2023 Golden Pendant Winner: Espiona

golden pendant 2023 RESULTS

The official 2023 Golden Pendant results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday September 23, 2023. 

  1. #2 Espiona
  2. #1 Atishu
  3. #5 Banana Queen

Chris Waller’s Group 1 Coolmore Classic winning daughter of Extreme Choice, Espiona ($2.35F), improved on a lead-up Sheraco Stakes second to storm home by over two-lengths saluting for the punters as favourite ahead of her stablemate Atishu in the 2023 Golden Pendant results to give form hoop of the spring Nash Rawiller an early double on the card.

Golden Pendant Betting 2023

New Ways to Bet at neds

There are many different ways to bet on the Golden Pendant, and we have included some of the most popular options below:

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s Golden Pendant
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s Golden Pendant.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s Golden Pendant. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the Golden Pendant, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the Golden Pendant, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the Golden Pendant to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the Golden Pendant to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the Golden Pendant to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the Golden Pendant, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.


How To Bet On The golden pendant In 2023

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  1. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  2. Make sure to check out the form guide, once it’s released
  3. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options
  4. Select the horse(s) for the race.

Golden Pendant 2024 Odds

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

Timezone: all times are in Australian Eastern Standard Time

WHICH HORSE WILL WIN THE golden pendant in 2023

The best way to pick which horse will win the Golden Pendant in 2023 is to take into account the form, assess the barriers and look at their lead-up record in earlier Sydney races for mares.

Additional factors to consider when picking the Golden Pendant winner include:

  • Sheraco Stakes Form – The Group 2 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) held at the track over 200m shorter is a key lead-up into the Golden Pendant with Mizzy (2019) the last to do the double. Espiona (2nd in 2023) was the last Golden Pendant winner to come off a Sheraco Stakes lead-up.
  • Single-Figure Fancies – Favourites and mares starting under $10 in the markets have the best recent record in the Golden Pendant.

golden pendant FAVOURITES 2023

Early Golden Pendant 2023 favourites include Chris Waller’s Group 1 Coolmore Classic winner Espiona coming off a Group 2 Sheraco Stakes second, her classy stablemate Zougotcha coming off a fourth in the same key lead-up race, and the also Waller-trained Group 1 winner Atishu who ran fifth in the Sheraco.

Espiona ($2.35 in 2023) was the last Golden Pendant favourite to win.

Golden Pendant Field 2023

The official Golden Pendant 2023 field of final acceptances is announced on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

The 2023 Golden Pendant field features a diminutive but smart line-up of female gallopers led in betting by Chris Waller’s Group 1 winner Espiona second-up and drawn well.

Golden Pendant 2023 Tips

Favourite: #2 Espiona ($2.60 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Best Bet: #2 Espiona to salute for the punters (see above) – BET NOW

Best Roughie: #5 Banana Queen ($11 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Our exclusive Golden Pendant 2023 betting tips will be detailed above the week of the race and a complete tipping preview available on the Neds Blog.


golden pendant RACE DAY 2023

The 2023 Golden Pendant takes place on Saturday the 23rd of September, 2023 as part of the Golden Rose Stakes Day card. There are a number of other Group status support races on the program including the:


The 2023 Golden Pendant barrier draw takes place on the Wednesday of race week and will be available in our above Golden Pendant Field section.

GOLDEN pendant 2023 Nominations

The 2023 Golden Pendant nominations close at 11:00am (local time) on Monday September 18, 2023 and will be published below once released.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 123x216Px5 ATISHU (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 1 58kg 111
2 640x6117x2 ESPIONA M 5 Chris Waller 2 58kg 107
3 111x419x64 ZOUGOTCHA M 4 Chris Waller 3 58kg 105
4 1x81x7830x SHEEZA BELTER M 4 Annabel Neasham 4 58kg 103
5 x3413x353x MORE SECRETS M 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 5 54kg 98
6 30x820200x SO DAZZLING (NZ) M 4 John Sargent 6 54kg 90
7 11127×5741 BANANA QUEEN M 5 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 7 55kg 87
8 112x740x58 LACED UP HEELS M 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 8 54kg 84
9 1125×48314 DIAMOND DEALER M 5 Bjorn Baker 9 54kg 80
10 x10250x503 BYRON BELLE M 4 John Sargent 10 54kg 69

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

GOLDEN pendant 2023 weights

Set weights plus penalties apply to this race.

Base Weight: Mares 54kg, Fillies 53kg. Wins prior to the 1st August 2020 do not incur a penalty. Wins on or since 1st August 2020 are penalised as follows: 1) The winner of a group three race to carry an additional 1kg; of two or more such races 1.5kg; 2) The winner of a group two race to carry an additional 2kg; of two or more such races 2.5kg; 3) The winner of a group one race to carry an additional 4kg; of two or more such races 5kg. Penalties not to be cumulative. If a ballot is required it will be done on benchmark, if equal then by lot.

2023 Golden Pendant weights must be declared by Tuesday September 21, 2023 at 4:00pm (local time) with the final weights to be published in our above Golden Pendant Field section.

Nimalee (58kg in 2022) and Espiona (58kg in 2023) are the latest Golden Pendant top-weights to win. Nimalee was the first Golden Pendant winner to carry more than 57kg to victory since More Joyous (59kg in 2012).

2023 Golden Pendant Top-Weights:

  • #1 Atishu (58kg)
  • #2 Espiona (58kg)
  • #3 Zougotcha (58kg)
  • #4 Sheeza Belter (58kg)

GOLDEN pendant 2023 acceptances

2023 Golden Pendant final acceptances must be declared before Wednesday the 20th of September, 2023 at 9:00am (local time) and will be published in our above Golden Pendant Field section.

GOLDEN pendant 2023 JOCKEYS

The official Golden Pendant 2023 jockeys are confirmed following final acceptances the week of the race and will be available in our above Golden Pendant Field section.


2023 Golden Pendant scratchings close at 7:30AM on race day morning, Saturday September 23, 2023.

golden Pendant PRIZE MONEY 2023

The 2023 Golden Pendant prize money is set at a total of $400,000 with prize money paid from first to tenth.

Place Prize Money
1st $227,600
2nd $75,200
3rd $36,600
4th $17,800
5th $9,800
6th $5,000
7th $5,000
8th $5,000
9th $5,000
10th $5,000

golden Pendant race number 2023

The 2023 Golden Pendant race number is scheduled as Rosehill Race 6 at 2:45pm (AEST) on Saturday the 23rd of September, 2023. A total of ten races runs that day at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.

Golden Pendant 2023 Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2023 Golden Pendant Form Guide following final acceptances. 


Golden Pendant Winners

Winners of the Golden Pendant dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner Jockey Weight (kg) Time
2023 Espiona N. Rawiller 58 1:22.35
2022 Nimalee T. Clark 58 1:22.56
2021 Vangelic T. Clark 54 1:22.58
2020 Subpoenaed T. Berry 54 1:22.59
2019 Mizzy T. Berry 56 1:22.58
2019 Shumookh T. Clark 54 1:23.09
2017 Daysee Doom A. Adkins 56 1:23.7
2016 Tycoon Tara J. Parr 57 1:22.6
2015 Peeping S. Clipperton 55 1:23.0
2014 Arabian Gold B. Shinn 57 1:22.7
2013 Sharnee Rose B. Avdulla 55 1:23.1
2012 More Joyous N. Rawiller 59 1:25.4
2011 Screen C. Reith 55 1:09.9
2010 Trim 1:09.8
2009 Hot Danish 1:10.6
2008 Judged 1:11.0
2007 Race Not Run
2006 Coolroom Candidate 1:11.1
2005 Fumble 1:09.5
2004 Besame Mucho 1:10.6
2003 Classy Dane 1:10.4
2002 Mica’s Pride 1:09.2
2001 La Rieuse 1:10.7
2000 Spinning Hill 1:11.1