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

The Invitation Winners: Icebath | Photo: Steve Hart | Neds.com.au

The Invitation is the latest addition to the lucrative The Everest Carnival in Sydney during the spring. The $2 million Special Condition event for fillies and mares took place for the first time in 2021 and was won by the Brad Widdup-trained Icebath.

The set weights plus penalties showdown runs alongside the $2 million Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) and the new look Group 2 $1 million Callander-Presnell (1600m) – a race formerly known as the Stan Fox Stakes that now replaces the defunct Bondi Stakes – 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 form out of the first running of The Invitation was franked in 2021 with the winning mare Icebath racing second next start in the Group 1 Kennedy Cantala (1600m) at Flemington – an event now run as the Champions Mile. She also returned in the autumn of 2022 to finish third in both the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) and Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) during an excellent campaign.

The 2021 The Invitation runner-up Rocha Clock further franked the form finishing second at her next run in the $500,000 Hot Danish Stakes (1400m), while the third place-getter Forbidden Love came back in 2022 to win both the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes and the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes the next autumn.

The Invitation 2023 – Fast Facts

  • Race Day: Saturday, October 28th, 2023
  • 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
  • 2023 The Invitation Winner: Espiona

The Invitation 2023 RESULTS

The official 2023 The Invitation results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday October 28th, 2023. 

  1. #2 Espiona
  2. #4 Ruthless Dame
  3. #7 Magic Time

The Chris Waller-trained Group 1 winner Espiona ($3.60), coming off a lead-up run in The Everest, was made to work for it in The Invitation 2023 results at Royal Randwick but ultimately was able to salute for right on the line off a perfectly-timed ride by now three-time winning hoop Kerrin McEvoy.

The Invitation Betting 2023

New Ways to Bet at neds

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

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 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.

The Invitation 2024 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2024 The Invitation 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 invitation in 2023

Which horse will win the 2023 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.
  • McEvoy Factor – Jockey Kerrin McEvoy has ridden the first three The Invitation winning mares.

The Invitation FAVOURITES 2023

The early favourites in The Invitation betting for 2023 include Chris Waller’s Group 1 Coolmore Classic winner Espiona, last start Group 3 The Nivison winner Magic Time, the Luke Pepper-trained Rubick mare Opal Ridge coming off a second in The Kosciuszko.

There was a notable upset in 2022 with Promise Of Success winning at The Invitation odds of $26.

The Invitation Field 2023

The official The Invitation 2023 field of final acceptances is released by Racing NSW the Tuesday of race week and will be published in full below.

The 2023 The Invitation final field features a class line-up of mares led in betting by Chris Waller’s Group 1 winner Espiona coming off a run in The Everest.

The Invitation 2023 Tips

Favourite: #2 Espiona ($3.40 at time of publish) – BET NOW

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

Best Roughie: #11 Ausbred Flirt ($35 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Check in here the week of the race for our exclusive 2023 The Invitation tips and betting selections, with a full tipping preview also available on the Neds Blog.


The Invitation Race Day 2023

The $2 million Invitation Stakes race takes place on Spring Champions Stakes Day 2023 on Saturday the 28th of October, 2023 in Sydney on the same date as Melbourne’s Cox Plate Day. The other key feature races on the program include the:

The Invitation 2023 BARRIER DRAW

The official 2023 The Invitation barrier draw takes place the week of the race and will be published in our above The Invitation Field section.

The inaugural The Invitation winner Icebath won the race from barrier 12 of 12.

In 2022 The Invitation winner Promise Of Success won from gate 9 of 12.

The 2023 The Invitation winner Espiona won from barrier 8 of 12.

The Invitation 2023 Weights

The race is run with set weights plus penalties. Final weights will be declared by 4 PM, Tuesday the 24th of October, 2023. The official The Invitation 2023 weights on the final runners will be published in our above The Invitation Field section. 

2023 The Invitation Top-Weight: 

  • #1 Alcohol Free (59.5kg)

The Invitation 2023 Acceptances

2023 The Invitation final acceptances close at 10am on Tuesday the 24th of October, 2023 and will be published in our above The Invitation Field section. 

The Invitation jockeys 2023

Riders must be announced by 12 PM on Wednesday the 24th of October, 2023. The official 2023 The Invitation jockeys will be published in our above The Invitation Field section. 

The inaugural The Invitation winning jockey was Kerrin McEvoy aboard Icebath in 2021. Kerrin McEvoy made it back-to-back wins when he rode upset winner Promise Of Success to victory in 2022 and then won the race for a third time in 2023 on Espiona.

The Invitation Scratchings 2023

2023 The Invitation scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 28th of October, 2023. 

Strict conditions apply to the scratching of horses from the event. Any mare accepting an invitation for the race may only scratch from the event with a certified veterinary certificate approved by Racing NSW and confirmed by Racing NSW’s industry veterinarian, or otherwise as approved by the Racing NSW

The Invitation PRIZE MONEY 2023

The 2023 The Invitation prize money is set at a total of $2,000,000 including $1,000,000 to The Invitation winner. Prize money is paid right down to 12th place meaning all starters in the event take home a minimum of $20,000 in stakes.

Place Prize Money
1st $1,000,000
2nd $400,000
3rd $200,000
4th $100,000
5th $50,000
6th $40,000
7th $30,000
8th $30,000
9th $30,000
10th $30,000
11th $20,000
12th $20,000

The Invitation Race Number 2023

The 2023 The Invitation race number is scheduled as Randwick Race 8 at 4:45pm (AEDT) on Saturday the 28th of October, 2023. There are ten races in total that day at Randwick Racecourse. 

The Invitation 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 The Invitation Form Guide following final acceptances. 


the invitation LIVE 2023

You can watch or listen to the 2023 The Invitation live, across the following mediums.

Pay television: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526 on Foxtel)

Radio: Radio Sport National

Streaming: Racing NSW

The Invitation winners

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

2023 Espiona Ruthless Dame Magic Time 1:21.74
2022 Promise Of Success Electric Girl Nimalee 1:25.05
2021 Icebath Rocha Clock Forbidden Love 1:22.37