Golden Pendant

The 2016 Golden Pendant is a Group 3 event held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.

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The 2016 Golden Pendant is a Group 2 middle distance sprint held at the picturesque Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney. The Golden Pendant was previously known as the Research Stakes.

Held in late September during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, the Golden Pendant has rapidly grown into a major target for fillies and mares.

Raced over 1400m under set weights and penalties conditions, the Golden Pendant is open only to fillies and mares aged three years and older. With a lucrative $400,000 in prize money on offer, the Golden Pendant is one of the major early spring events hosted by the Australian Turf Club (ATC).

A popular lead-up event to the Golden Pendant is the Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) held a few weeks earlier at the same track. The Group 3 Tibbie Stakes (1400m) at Newcastle provides another preparatory opportunity.

Following the Golden Pendant, the course taken by horses depends entirely on their success in the race and their spring campaign plans.

The Golden Pendant, whilst only holding Group 2 status, is the feature event on its race day. It shares the program with the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m), Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m), Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m), Group 3 Colin Stephen Quality Handicap (2400m) and Listed Reginald Allen Quality (1400m). The fact that the Golden Pendant is the major feature on a race day that features two other Group 2 events encapsulates its rapid rise in prestige and recognition as one of Sydney’s leading events.

The 2016 Golden Pendant will be held on Saturday, September 24th.

Golden Pendant
Date: Saturday, September 24th, 2016
Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: 3YO&UP F&M SWP
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $400,000

2016 Golden Pendant Field

The 2016 Golden Pendant field and barriers were released by Racing NSW on Wednesday September 21 and feature 10 fillies and mares led in Golden Pendant betting by First Seal. Also in the mix are Sheraco Stakes winner Heavens Above and the rails-drawn Pearls.

See below for the official Golden Pendant 2016 Final Field & Barrier Draw complete with Golden Pendant odds provided by

2016 Golden Pendant Nominations

The 2016 Golden Pendant nominations closed on Monday September 19 and feature 15 early entries led by John Thompson’s Group 1 winning mare First Seal.

Check out the full 2016 Golden Pendant Nominations now.

Golden Pendant History

Originally known as the Research Stakes, the Golden Pendant was named after 1989 Australian Champion Racehorse of the Year, Research. As a three year old, she was the only filly to win the ATC Derby-ATC Oaks double (four days apart). Her 1988 season as a three year old saw Research take out the majority of three-year-olds only races. At four years old, Research dropped off somewhat in skill, and is largely remembered for her three year old season.

The Golden Pendant has only existed since 2011, when the Research Stakes first ran under the new name. Since then, the Golden Pendant has received considerable injections of prize money and is now one of the richest Group 3 races in Australia. Following much expectation, the Australian Racing Board elected to elevate the Golden Pendant to Group 2 status in 2015. The Research Stakes was inaugurated in 1996.

Prior to the 2012 edition, the Golden Pendant was raced over 1200m.

Notable Golden Pendant/Research Stakes winners include Fiddlestick (1996), Hot Danish (2009) and More Joyous (2012). Golden Pendant results and winning times since 2000 are provided below.

Golden Pendant Results

Year Place Horse Time
Golden Pendant
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
Golden Pendant
1st Peeping 1 minute 23 seconds
2nd Two Blue
3rd Berry Delicious
Golden Pendant
1st Arabian Gold 1 minute 22.7 seconds
2nd Catkins
3rd My Sabeel
Golden Pendant
1st Sharnee Rose 1 minute 23.1 seconds
2nd Red Tracer
3rd Bennetta
Golden Pendant
1st More Joyous 1 minute 25.4 seconds
2nd Skyerush
3rd Forarainyday
Golden Pendant
1st Screen 1 minute 09.9 seconds
2nd Gybe
3rd Ofcourseican
Research Stakes
1st Trim 1 minute 09.8 seconds
=2nd Montana Flyer
=2nd Girl Hussler
Research Stakes
1st Hot Danish 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Madame Pedrille
3rd Beaucoup
Research Stakes
1st Judged 1 minute 11.1 seconds
2nd Illuminates
3rd Nediyms Dream
Research Stakes
1st Race Not Held
Research Stakes
1st Coolroom Candidate 1 minute 11.1 seconds
2nd Napa Sky
3rd Kakakakatie
Research Stakes
1st Fumble 1 minute 09.5 seconds
2nd Battle Maiden
3rd One In A Million
Research Stakes
1st Besame Mucho 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Chatelaine
3rd Covet Thee
Research Stakes
1st Classy Dane 1 minute 10.4 seconds
2nd Forum Floozie
3rd Gold Lottey
Research Stakes
1st Mica’s Pride 1 minute 09.2 seconds
2nd Ancient Song
3rd Rare Insight
Research Stakes
1st La Rieuse 1 minute 10.7 seconds
2nd Winona
3rd Gentle Genius
Research Stakes
1st Spinning Hill 1 minute 11.1 seconds
2nd Brief Kiss
3rd Perfect Halo