Golden Pendant

The Golden Pendant is a Group 2 event for fillies and mares held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in September as part of Golden Rose Stakes Day.

2021 Golden Pendant Results

  • 1st: #10 Vangelic
  • 2nd: #4 Nimalee
  • 3rd: #2 Entriviere



The Golden Pendant is a Group 2 middle distance sprint held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in Sydney. The Golden Pendant was previously known as the Research Stakes and now takes place on Golden Rose Stakes Day.

Held in late September during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, the Golden Pendant has rapidly grown into a major target for fillies and mares each season due to the boosted stakes on offer.

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 a week out from the race. Mizzy (2019) was the last mare to do the Sheraco Stakes – Golden Pendant double.

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 shares the program with a host of other Group status races including the meeting’s marquee race, the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) for three-year-olds. The other feature event on the card is the Group 2 Shannon Stakes (1500m) for Epsom Handicap-bound gallopers.

Any four-year-old mares out of the Golden Pendant may head towards the $7.5 million The Golden Eagle (1500m) in November, a race the 2019 Golden Pendant winner Mizzy ran third in the inaugural edition in to Kolding.

The 2021 Golden Pendant ran on Saturday September 25, 2021 and was won by all-the-way champion Vangelic in her first victory since a successful debut back in January of 2020. 

Golden Pendant
Date: Saturday September 25, 2021
Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: 3YO&UP F&M SW+P
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $400,000

2021 Golden Pendant Results

  • 1st: #10 Vangelic
  • 2nd: #4 Nimalee
  • 3rd: #2 Entriviere

The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained multiple Group 1 placegetter Vangelic ($7) finally broke through for her first win since January of 2020 with an all-the-way success in the 2021 Golden Pendant results ahead of a potential invite into the $2 million The Invitation race.

Click here to read more on the gutsy victory by Vangelic in the Golden Pendant 2021. 

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 10 VANGELIC Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1 54kg $7
2 4 NIMALEE Matthew Smith Ms Rachel King 0.37L 8 56kg $8.50
3 2 ENTRIVIERE (NZ) Jamie Richards James McDonald 0.79L 9 56kg $2.90F
4 9 ICEBATH (NZ) Brad Widdup Kerrin McEvoy 1.04L 6 54kg $7.50
5 5 FITUESE John Thompson Hugh Bowman 1.05L 3 55kg (cd 56kg) $5.50
6 3 MADAM ROUGE Chris Waller Jason Collett 1.79L 4 56kg $21
7 6 MARBOOSHA Peter & Paul Snowden Sam Clipperton 2.31L 2 55kg $13
8 1 FORBIDDEN LOVE Richard & Michael Freedman Nash Rawiller 2.58L 5 58kg $10
9 12 PIPPALI Jason Coyle Robbie Dolan 3.47L 7 54kg $101
8 ALL HALLOWS’ EVE (NZ) John O’Shea 0
11 RUBY TUESDAY Gary Portelli 0
7 ALL SAINTS’ EVE (NZ) John O’Shea 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Golden Pendant Betting Odds

The spring’s best Golden Pendant 2021 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the Group 2 race for fillies and mares will be available below the week of the race.

2021 Golden Pendant Field

The Golden Pendant field attracts a quality line-up of fillies and mares each season, many of which come out of either the Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) at the track a fortnight earlier or from a run against the boys in the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) on the same lead-up program.

The official Golden Pendant 2021 Final Field & Barriers will be released by Racing NSW on the Wednesday leading-up to the race and will be published in full below.

The 2021 Golden Pendant field features a quality line-up of potential Group 1 bound fillies and mares dominated by the Jamie Richards-trained Entriviere chasing her fifth win in six starts and second on the trot after a first-up win in the Sheraco Stakes.

  • Scratched: #7 All Saints’ Eve (10); #8 All Hallows’ Eve (11); #11 Ruby Tuesday (2)

Click here to read more on the key horses in the Golden Pendant 2021 field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1319107×47 FORBIDDEN LOVE Richard & Michael Freedman Nash Rawiller 6 58kg 102
2 1121112×1 ENTRIVIERE (NZ) Jamie Richards James McDonald 12 56kg 108
3 x260x634x8 MADAM ROUGE Chris Waller Jason Collett 5 56kg 105
4 235x1194x4 NIMALEE Matthew Smith Ms Rachel King 9 56kg 104
5 x129x55x12 FITUESE John Thompson Hugh Bowman 4 55kg 101
6 x32x1421x3 MARBOOSHA Peter & Paul Snowden Sam Clipperton 3 55kg 98
7 74x36587x6 ALL SAINTS’ EVE (NZ) John O’Shea 10 55kg 97
8 4x213615x0 ALL HALLOWS’ EVE (NZ) John O’Shea 11 55kg 86
9 2x33542x35 ICEBATH (NZ) Brad Widdup Kerrin McEvoy 7 54kg 106
10 330x8245x4 VANGELIC Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1 54kg 94
11 x5315445x1 RUBY TUESDAY Gary Portelli 2 54kg 76
12 51423×43 PIPPALI Jason Coyle Robbie Dolan 8 54kg 67

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Golden Pendant Nominations

The 2021 Golden Pendant nominations close on the Monday leading-up to Golden Rose Stakes Day and will be available right here once early entries are released.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1121112×1 ENTRIVIERE (NZ) M 5 Jamie Richards 1 56kg 108
2 2x33542x35 ICEBATH (NZ) M 5 Brad Widdup 2 54kg 106
3 x260x634x8 MADAM ROUGE M 6 Chris Waller 3 56kg 105
4 235x1194x4 NIMALEE M 5 Matthew Smith 4 56kg 104
5 1319107×47 FORBIDDEN LOVE M 4 Richard & Michael Freedman 5 58kg 102
6 x129x55x12 FITUESE M 5 John Thompson 6 55kg 101
7 x32x1421x3 MARBOOSHA M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 7 55kg 98
8 74x36587x6 ALL SAINTS’ EVE (NZ) M 5 John O’Shea 8 55kg 97
9 33080×1311 MADAM LEGEND M 5 Les Bridge 9 55kg 95
10 330x8245x4 VANGELIC M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 10 54kg 94
11 4x213615x0 ALL HALLOWS’ EVE (NZ) M 4 John O’Shea 11 55kg 86
12 x5315445x1 RUBY TUESDAY M 5 Gary Portelli 12 54kg 76
13 51423×43 PIPPALI M 4 Jason Coyle 13 54kg 67

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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), More Joyous (2012) and Tycoon Tara (2016). Golden Pendant results and winning times since 2000 are provided below.

Golden Pendant Results

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Golden Pendant
1st Vangelic 1 minute 22.58 seconds
2nd Nimalee
3rd Entriviere
2020
Golden Pendant
1st Subpoenaed 1 minute 22.59 seconds
2nd Emeralds
3rd Jen Rules
2019
Golden Pendant
1st Mizzy 1 minute 22.58 seconds
2nd Champagne Cuddles
3rd Dyslexic
2018
Golden Pendant
1st Shumookh 1 minute 23.09 seconds
2nd Champagne Cuddles
3rd Princess Posh
2017
Golden Pendant
1st Daysee Doom 1 minute 23.75 seconds
2nd Dixie Blossoms
3rd Omei Sword
2016
Golden Pendant
1st Tycoon Tara 1 minute 22.60 seconds
2nd Dixie Blossoms
3rd Pearls
2015
Golden Pendant
1st Peeping 1 minute 23 seconds
2nd Two Blue
3rd Berry Delicious
2014
Golden Pendant
1st Arabian Gold 1 minute 22.7 seconds
2nd Catkins
3rd My Sabeel
2013
Golden Pendant
1st Sharnee Rose 1 minute 23.1 seconds
2nd Red Tracer
3rd Bennetta
2012
Golden Pendant
1st More Joyous 1 minute 25.4 seconds
2nd Skyerush
3rd Forarainyday
2011
Golden Pendant
1st Screen 1 minute 09.9 seconds
2nd Gybe
3rd Ofcourseican
2010
Research Stakes
1st Trim 1 minute 09.8 seconds
=2nd Montana Flyer
=2nd Girl Hussler
2009
Research Stakes
1st Hot Danish 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Madame Pedrille
3rd Beaucoup
2008
Research Stakes
1st Judged 1 minute 11.1 seconds
2nd Illuminates
3rd Nediyms Dream
2007
Research Stakes
1st Race Not Held
2nd
3rd
2006
Research Stakes
1st Coolroom Candidate 1 minute 11.1 seconds
2nd Napa Sky
3rd Kakakakatie
2005
Research Stakes
1st Fumble 1 minute 09.5 seconds
2nd Battle Maiden
3rd One In A Million
2004
Research Stakes
1st Besame Mucho 1 minute 10.6 seconds
2nd Chatelaine
3rd Covet Thee
2003
Research Stakes
1st Classy Dane 1 minute 10.4 seconds
2nd Forum Floozie
3rd Gold Lottey
2002
Research Stakes
1st Mica’s Pride 1 minute 09.2 seconds
2nd Ancient Song
3rd Rare Insight
2001
Research Stakes
1st La Rieuse 1 minute 10.7 seconds
2nd Winona
3rd Gentle Genius
2000
Research Stakes
1st Spinning Hill 1 minute 11.1 seconds
2nd Brief Kiss
3rd Perfect Halo

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