The Invitation

Looking for info on this year’s Invitation Stakes? The expert tipsters at Neds have put together everything you need to know on the race.

The Invitation Winners: Icebath | Photo: Steve Hart |

The Invitation Stakes is the latest addition to the now $50 million The Everest Carnival in Sydney during the spring, the $2 million Special Condition event for fillies and mares taking place for the first time in 2021.

The set weights plus penalties showdown runs alongside the $1 million Bondi Stakes (1600m) for three-year-olds in late October on the same day Melbourne hosts the $5 million W.S. Cox Plate (2040m).

Run over 1400m, The Invitation race features 12 fillies and mares exclusively invited to take part in the event by a panel selected by Racing NSW officials.

The Invitation 2021 – Fast Facts

  • Race Day: Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 
  • Track Location: Randwick Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Right-handed
  • Race Distance: 1,400 metres
  • Weight Class: Set weights and Penalties 
  • Qualification: Fillies & Mares – Invitation Only 
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Special Conditions 
  • Operator: Australian Turf Club
  • Prize Purse: $2,000,000
  • Inaugural Race: 2021
  • 2021 The Invitation Winner: Icebath

The Invitation 2021 RESULTS

The official 2021The Invitation results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday October 23rd, 2021. 

  1. #10 Icebath
  2. #8 Rocha Clock
  3. #4 Forbidden Love

The Brad Widdup-trained Icebath ($6) was strong through the line saluting in The Invitation 2021 results in a well-deserved victory for the Sacred Falls five-year-old.

The Invitation Betting 2021

New Ways to Bet at neds

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s The Invitation
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s The Invitation.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s The Invitation. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in The Invitation, 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 Invitation, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within The Invitation to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within The Invitation to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within The Invitation 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 Invitation, in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How To Bet On The Invitation In 2021

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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.

The Invitation 2022 Odds

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

WHICH HORSE WILL WIN THE invitation in 2021

Which horse will win the 2021 The Invitation comes down to a number of key form factors including the barriers, form over the 1400m distance, record the Sydney way of going and their previous Group race experience in the lead-up.

When selecting The Invitation winner it is also important to consider:

  • Flight Fillies – Any The Invitation runners that performed well in the fillies’ lead-up, the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m), could make a nice bet coming down in distance at the same track.
  • Group 1 Stars – Mares with previous Group 1 winning form over the 1400m in events including Sydney’s Surround Stakes and Melbourne’s Futurity Stakes over the autumn are likely to perform well in The Invitation race that spring if invited to run.

The Invitation FAVOURITES 2021

The early favourites in The Invitation betting for 2021 include the Jamie Richards-trained Entriviere hailing from the New Zealand stables of star young trainer Jamie Richards and Icebath looking to atone for a last start ninth when a shade over three lengths beaten in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m).

The Invitation Field 2021

The official The Invitation 2021 field of final acceptances is released by Racing NSW the week of race week and will be published in full below.

The inaugural 2021 The Invitation field of 12 has been confirmed with Tricky Gal securing the final slot in a line-up led by the Jamie Richards-trained Golden Pendant third placed Kiwi Entriviere.

The Invitation 2021 Tips

Favourite: #6 Entriviere ($3.10 at time of publish)

Best Bet: #2 Nudge ($12 at time of publish)

Best Roughie: #5 Media Award ($21 at time of publish)

Check in here the week of the race for our exclusive 2021 The Invitation tips and betting selections, with a full tipping preview also available on the Neds Blog.


The Invitation Race Day 2021

The $2 million Invitation Stakes race takes place on Bondi Stakes Day 2021 on Saturday the 23rd of October, 2021 in Sydney on the same date as Melbourne’s Cox Plate Day. The other key feature race on the card is the $1 million Bondi Stakes (1600m).

The Invitation 2021 BARRIER DRAW

The official 2021 The Invitation barrier draw takes place the week of the race and will be published in our above The Invitation Field section.

The Invitation 2021 Weights

The race is run with set weights plus penalties. Final weights will be declared by 4 PM, Tuesday the 19th of October, 2021. The official The Invitation 2021 weights on the final runners will be published in our above The Invitation Field section. 

The Invitation 2021 Acceptances

Acceptances will be declared before 9 AM on Wednesday, the 20th of October, 2021. The official 2021 The Invitation acceptances will be published in our above The Invitation Field section. 

The Invitation jockeys 2021

Riders must be announced by 12 PM on Wednesday the 20th of October, 2021. The official 2021 The Invitation jockeys will be published in our above The Invitation Field section

The Invitation Scratchings 2021

Final scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 23rd of October, 2021. 

The Invitation PRIZE MONEY 2021

The Invitation prize money is set at a total of $2,000,000.

The Invitation Race Number 2021

The 2021The Invitation race number is scheduled as Randwick Race 9 at 4:35pm (AEDT) on Saturday the 23rd of October, 2021. There are ten races in total that day at Randwick Racecourse. 

The Invitation 2021 Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2021 The Invitation Form Guide following final acceptances. 


The Invitation winners

Winners of The Invitation starting with the event’s inaugural edition in 2021 will be displayed in the table below.

2021 Icebath Rocha Clock Forbidden Love 1:22.37