Winter Challenge

Winter Challenge, Rosehill Racecourse

Looking for early info on this year’s Winter Challenge? The experts at Neds have put together everything you need to know before this year’s race.

Run over 1,500 metres, the Winter Challenge is a Listed race taking place at Randwick Racecourse* at the end of the Sydney Winter Racing Carnival in late July each year. With a $160,000 prize purse, the quality handicap clash makes a nice late season Black-Type for middle-distance performers or can serve as an early lead-up to the mile feature races held during the spring. 

Note: The 2022 Winter Challenge was abandoned due to the unsuitably Heavy racing surface and was rescheduled to run on Saturday the 30th of July, 2022 at Rosehill Gardens.  

The Winter Challenge runs on the same day as Melbourne hosts the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes at Caulfield. In 2022 the race ran a week later after being washed out.

A number of nice horses have won the Winter Challenge race in recent years including Kris Lees’ 2020 champion Mugatoo who went on to win the following year’s $5 million The All-Star Mile in Melbourne.

Winter Challenge 2022 – Quick Information

  • Race Day: Saturday, July 30th, 2022 (rescheduled) 
  • Track Location: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Right-handed
  • Race Distance: 1,500 metres
  • Weight Conditions: Quality handicap
  • Qualification: Three year olds and over
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Listed
  • Operator: Australian Turf Club
  • Prize Purse: $160,000
  • 2022 Winter Challenge Winner: Cross Talk

winter challenge 2022 RESULTS

Note: The 2022 Winter Challenge was abandoned due to the unsuitably Heavy racing surface and rescheduled for the following Saturday. 

The official 2022 Winter Challenge results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday July 30, 2022. 

  1. #12 Cross Talk
  2. #11 Toomuchtobear
  3. #1 Gold Trip

Winter Challenge Betting 2022

New Ways to Bet at neds

There are many different ways to bet on the Winter Challenge, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:

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

How To Bet On The Winter Challenge in 2022

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

Winter Challenge 2022 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Winter Challenge 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 Winter Challenge in 2022? 

The best way to pick which horse will win the Winter Challenge in 2022 is to take into account their lead-up winter racing form, assess the barriers and look at the allocated weights. 

Additional factors to consider when picking the Winter Challenge winner include: 

  • Tempo – Look for horses that have recently done well at races between 1,200 and 1,500 metres.
  • Best Lead Up – In recent years the Civic Stakes run a month earlier has proved a key lead-up into the Winter Challenge. 
  • Waller Factor – Trainer Chris Waller has dominated the Winter Challenge results with six of the seven winners from 2014-21 most recently Order Again (2021). Waller also prepared three of the first four over the line in the 2021 Winter Challenge results.

Winter Challenge Favourites 2022

Early favourites in 2022 Winter Challenge betting include last start Randwick winner by nearly four lengths Cross Talk from the Waterhouse/Bott stable and the John Thompson-trained Winter Stakes runner-up Jojo Was A Man

Mugatoo ($4.60EF in 2020) followed by Cross Talk ($2.60 in 2022) are the latest Winter Challenge favourites to win.

Winter Challenge 2022 Field

The official Winter Challenge 2022 field of final acceptances will be announced on the Wednesday of race week and published here.

Winter Challenge 2022 Tips

Favourite: #12 Cross Talk ($3.20 at time of publish)

Best Bet: #9 Jojo Was A Man ($4 at time of publish)

Best Roughie: #13 Snippy Fox ($12 at time of publish)

Our insider 2022 Winter Challenge tips will be available here the week of the race and a full Winter Challenge Day betting preview published on the Neds Blog.


Winter Challenge 2022 Race Day

Race day takes place on Saturday, the 23rd of July, 2022 and is also host to the $150,000 July Sprint (1100m). 

Note: The 2022 Winter Challenge was abandoned due to the unsuitably Heavy racing surface after the first race of the day and rescheduled for Saturday, the 30th of July, 2022. 

Winter Challenge 2022 Barrier Draw

The 2022 Winter Challenge barrier draw will be released to the public a few days before the race and published in our above Winter Challenge Field section. 

Winter Challenge 2022 Nominations

The rescheduled Winter Challenge nominations close by 11:00 AM on Monday, the 25th of July, 2022.  

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 0x34x52x3x GOLD TRIP (FR) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 1= 61kg 61kg 114
2 124x51460x MUGATOO (IRE) G 7 Kris Lees 1= 61kg 61kg 114
3 0x30412721 ARAPAHO (FR) G 5 Bjorn Baker 3= 54kg 54kg 98
4 52159x00x0 LAURE ME IN G 7 David Pfieffer 3= 54kg 54kg 98
5 253120×130 LOOKS LIKE ELVIS G 7 Jarrod Austin 5 54kg 53.5kg 97
6 22x47470x6 CARIF G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 6 54kg 53kg 96
7 x192x80324 OSCAR ZULU G 4 Chris Waller 7 54kg 53kg 95
8 6515176765 MONEGAL M 6 Theresa Bateup 8 54kg 53kg 94
9 297530×983 CHARLEISE M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 9 54kg 53kg 93
10 3625×14112 JOJO WAS A MAN G 4 John Thompson 10 54kg 53kg 90
11 123x8x4x1x DURSTON (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 11= 54kg 53kg 88
12 71x12134x4 TOOMUCHTOBEAR (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 11= 54kg 53kg 88
13 8849567×57 BAM’S ON FIRE M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 13 54kg 53kg 87
14 311x2260x8 YIYI G 4 Chris Waller 14 54kg 53kg 85
15 73365x900x KISS THE BRIDE (NZ) G 6 Bjorn Baker 15= 54kg 53kg 84
16 4412676645 WAIRERE FALLS (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 15= 54kg 53kg 84
17 5373524×65 DREAM CIRCLE G 5 David Payne 17 54kg 53kg 83
18 1x13x121 CROSS TALK (NZ) G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 18= 54kg 53kg 82
19 258x117x42 SNIPPY FOX M 5 Joseph Pride 18= 54kg 53kg 82
20 x1226x41x1 BOLD MAC (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 20 54kg 53kg 79
21 1×67825586 FLANDERSRAIN M 5 Kristen Buchanan 21 54kg 53kg 72
22 65334126×4 CASINO KID G 4 Jan Bowen 22 54kg 53kg 70

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Winter Challenge 2022 Weights

Quality handicap conditions apply to this race. Minimum weight is 53 kilograms. Maximum weight is 61 kilograms. Final weights will be announced by 4:00 PM on Tuesday, the 26th of July, 2022 with weights on the final acceptors to be published in our above Winter Challenge Field section.  

2022 Winter Challenge Top-Weight:

  • #1 Gold Trip (61kg)

Winter Challenge 2022 Acceptances

The rescheduled 2022 Winter Challenge acceptances must be declared before 9:00 AM on Wednesday, the 27th of July, 2022 and will be published in our above Winter Challenge Field section. 

Winter Challenge 2022 Jockeys

The final riders announcement is at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, the 27th of July, 2022 with jockeys to be published in our above Winter Challenge Field section. 

Winter Challenge 2022 Scratchings

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 30th of July, 2022. 

2022 Winter Challenge Scratchings: 

  • #2 Laure Me In (7)
  • #3 Looks Like Elvis (12)
  • #4 Yiyi (2)

Winter Challenge Prize Money 2022

The 2022 Winter Challenge prize purse is worth $160,000 in total, distributed from places first through tenth.

Place Prize Money
1st $83,000
2nd $29,400
3rd $14,200
4th $7,200
5th $5,000
6th $4,000
7th $3,500
8th $3,500
9th $3,500
10th $3,500

Winter Challenge Race Number 2022

The rescheduled 2022 Winter Challenge is set to run as Rosehill Race 8 at 3:30pm (AEST) onSaturday the 30th of July, 2022. 

Winter Challenge 2022 Form Guide

The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2022 Winter Challenge Form Guide following final acceptances. 


Winter Challenge Live 2022

You can watch or listen to the 2022 Winter Challenge live, across the following mediums.

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

Radio: Radio Sport National

Streaming: Racing NSW

Winter Challenge Winners

Winners of the Winter Challenge going back to 2012 are displayed in the table below.

Year Winner Trainer Jockey Weight Time
2022 Cross Talk Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jean Van Overmeire 53 kgs 1:30.80
2021 Order Again Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 58 kgs 1:30.50
2020 Mugatoo Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 57.5 kgs 1:30.27
2019 Seaway Chris Waller Tommy Berry 54.5 kgs 1:29.59
2018 Mister Sea Wolf Chris Waller Jason Collett 55 kgs 1:29.59
2017 Shiraz Kim Waugh Jason Collett 55.5 kgs 1:29.73
2016 Marenostro Chris Waller Tye Angland 56.5 kgs 1:31.10
2015 He’s Your Man Chris Waller James McDonald 55 kgs 1:29.07
2014 Coup Ay Tee Chris Waller Jason Collett 54 kgs 1:30.56
2013 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
2012 Spinnawitch Jarrod Austin Blake Shinn 54 kgs 1:36.61