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.
|Date:||Saturday, September 24th, 2016|
|Track:||Rosehill Gardens Racecourse|
|Race Type:||3YO&UP F&M SWP|
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 Ladbrokes.com.au.
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.
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
|1st||Peeping||1 minute 23 seconds|
|1st||Arabian Gold||1 minute 22.7 seconds|
|1st||Sharnee Rose||1 minute 23.1 seconds|
|1st||More Joyous||1 minute 25.4 seconds|
|1st||Screen||1 minute 09.9 seconds|
|1st||Trim||1 minute 09.8 seconds|
|1st||Hot Danish||1 minute 10.6 seconds|
|1st||Judged||1 minute 11.1 seconds|
|1st||Race Not Held||–|
|1st||Coolroom Candidate||1 minute 11.1 seconds|
|1st||Fumble||1 minute 09.5 seconds|
|3rd||One In A Million|
|1st||Besame Mucho||1 minute 10.6 seconds|
|1st||Classy Dane||1 minute 10.4 seconds|
|1st||Mica’s Pride||1 minute 09.2 seconds|
|1st||La Rieuse||1 minute 10.7 seconds|
|1st||Spinning Hill||1 minute 11.1 seconds|