Premiere Stakes

The $1 million Premiere Stakes is a Group 2 sprint held at Royal Randwick Racecourse as part of the Epsom Handicap Day line-up and is a nice lead-up into the $20 million The Everest.

2023 Premiere Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Think About It
  • 2nd: #6 Hawaii Five Oh
  • 3rd: #9 Bella Nipotina



The Premiere Stakes is a Group 2 1200m sprint race held at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse on either the last Saturday in September or the first Saturday in October, traditionally run the day before the NRL Grand Final.

Worth $1,000,000 in prize money as of 2022, the weight for age event attracts several horses which have already competed in the weight-for-age Missile Stakes. The Premiere Stakes is held on Epsom Handicap Day and shares a race program with the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m), Group 1 Metropolitan Handicap (2400m) and Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m).

The Premiere Stakes now serves as a nice lead-up race for star sprinters set to return to the track and distance in a fortnight’s time for the $20 million The Everest race.

In 2020 Classique Legend ran second in the Premiere Stakes before winning The Everest, the Premiere Stakes winner Libertini improved on his The Everest eighth to run a subsequent third in Flemington’s Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic that Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The Premiere Stakes winner is also exempt from ballot for the following year’s Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes held at the same track and distance during the autumn in Sydney.

The 2021 Premiere Stakes form was franked with the winner Masked Crusader running second next-up to Nature Strip in that spring’s The Everest results.

Masked Crusader returned to run third in the 2022 Premiere Stakes results won by the previous year’s fourth place-getter, Lost And Running.

The 2022 Premiere Stakes runner-up Mazu franked the form running third next-up in that year’s The Everest results before a second in the $3 million Winners Stakes and 2023 TJ Smith Stakes third upon his return in the autumn.

The $1 million Premiere Stakes 2023 ran on Saturday September 30, 2023 as part of the bumper Epsom Handicap Day line-up of races and was won narrowly by the first-up favourite Think About It ($1.85F) ahead of his The Everest bid. 

2023 Premiere Stakes
Date: Saturday September 30, 2023
Track: Royal Randwick
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $1,000,000

2023 Premiere Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Think About It ($1.85F)
  • 2nd: #6 Hawaii Five Oh
  • 3rd: #9 Bella Nipotina

Joe Pride’s returning Kingsford Smith Cup / Stradbroke Handicap double winner from the winter, Think About It ($1.85F), was brave first-up narrowly holding on for the punters to win the 2023 Premiere Stakes results ahead of the fast-finishing Hawaii Five Oh who is now looking to join Think About It as a confirmed The Everest contender in the $20 million event on October 14.

Click here to read more on the thrilling win by Think About It in the 2023 Premiere Stakes. 

2023 Premiere Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 THINK ABOUT IT Joseph Pride Sam Clipperton 2 58.5kg $1.85F
2 6 HAWAII FIVE OH Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Nash Rawiller 0.16L 6 58.5kg $8.50
3 9 BELLA NIPOTINA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 0.9L 5 56.5kg $7.50
4 8 ALCOHOL FREE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Joao Moreira 2.82L 4 56.5kg $10
5 10 ZAPATEO James Cummings James McDonald 3.43L 3 56.5kg $6.50
6 7 KOTE Anthony Cummings Jason Collett 4.58L 7 58.5kg $151
7 5 ATHELRIC James Cummings Blake Shinn 4.94L 8 58.5kg $41
8 1 LOST AND RUNNING (NZ) John O’Shea Ms Jamie Kah 6.53L 1 58.5kg $12
4 REMARQUE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tim Clark 0
3 MAZU Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Premiere Stakes Betting

The latest Premiere Stakes 2023 betting odds and market links on the gun sprinters in the race will be listed below as soon as available, pricing from Ladbrokes.com.au.

Masked Crusader ($2.50 in 2021), Lost And Running ($2.25 in 2022) and Think About It ($1.85 in 2023) are the last favourites in Premiere Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2023 PREMIERE STAKES ODDS (Final Field)

2023 Premiere Stakes Form

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2023 PREMIERE STAKES FORM GUIDE

2023 Premiere Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Premiere Stakes 2023 Tips on the key $20 million The Everest lead-up race this season.

  • To Win: #2 Think About It ($1.95 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Tipping a winning return from Joe Pride’s confirmed The Everest contender Think About It who is deserving favourite to salute in the traditional lead-up fresh at an odds-on quote. The ultra-consistent So You Think five-year-old boasts an impressive nine wins from 10 starts to date. His latest two in the winter produced back-to-back Group 1 wins in Brisbane when completing the Kingsford-Smith Cup – Stradbroke Handicap double. He has a flawless three-from-three first-up record, looked the goods in a couple of recent trials, is a two-time Randwick winner from as many starts, and also has a 100% strike-rate at the distance. These are imposing stats. He’s a star and think he’ll continue to prove that here on way to the world’s richest turf race on October 14.

2023 Premiere Stakes Field

Each spring the Premiere Stakes, now worth a million in prize money, attracts a star-studded line-up of sprinters. Gallopers may contest the Premiere Stakes field via lead-up runs in races including the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) at Randwick a fortnight earlier or be kicking off their carnival campaigns first-up in the event.

The official Premiere Stakes 2023 field and barrier draw will be released by Racing NSW on the Wednesday of race week and listed in full below once announced.

The 2023 Premiere Stakes final field features a smart line-up of The Everest hopefuls led by the returning Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup – Stradbroke double winner Think About It chasing his impressive 10th win from 11 career starts.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 0x317x60x0 LOST AND RUNNING (NZ) John O’Shea Ms Jamie Kah 1 58.5kg 114
2 x1111x111x THINK ABOUT IT Joseph Pride Sam Clipperton 2 58.5kg 114
3 232x5363x9 MAZU Peter & Paul Snowden Tommy Berry 4 58.5kg 113
4 118x147x15 REMARQUE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tim Clark 8 58.5kg 108
5 51x26712x0 ATHELRIC James Cummings Blake Shinn 10 58.5kg 104
6 39x22113x6 HAWAII FIVE OH Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Nash Rawiller 7 58.5kg 103
7 1x592256x0 KOTE Anthony Cummings Jason Collett 9 58.5kg 84
8 8x34913x0x ALCOHOL FREE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Joao Moreira 5 56.5kg 115
9 19x30236x3 BELLA NIPOTINA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Craig Williams 6 56.5kg 112
10 44x01133x3 ZAPATEO James Cummings James McDonald 3 56.5kg 110

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 Premiere Stakes Nominations

The early Premiere Stakes nominations for 2023 close the Monday of race week and will be updated below.

The 2023 Premiere Stakes nominations have been extended until 11am on Tuesday with 14 early entries for The Everest lead-up led in all-in betting by Joe Pride’s returning Kingsford-Smith Cup – Stradbroke Handicap double winner Think About It.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 8x34913x0x ALCOHOL FREE (IRE) M 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 115
2 12×1 ARCHO NACHO G 3 Matt Laurie 75
3 51x26712x0 ATHELRIC G 5 James Cummings 104
4 19x30236x3 BELLA NIPOTINA M 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 112
5 39x22113x6 HAWAII FIVE OH H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 103
6 1x592256x0 KOTE G 4 Anthony Cummings 84
7 0x317x60x0 LOST AND RUNNING (NZ) G 7 John O’Shea 114
8 232x5363x9 MAZU G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 113
9 27x1112x12 PARISAL M 4 James Cummings 99
10 118x147x15 REMARQUE G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 108
11 544232110x ROYAL MERCHANT M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 109
12 1x320150x7 RUTHLESS DAME (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 108
13 x1111x111x THINK ABOUT IT G 5 Joseph Pride 114
14 44x01133x3 ZAPATEO M 5 James Cummings 110

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Premiere Stakes History

First won by Outback in 1972, the Premiere Stakes has a history of double winners including Mr. Innocent in 1999-00 and Joanne in 1991-92. Other notable Premiere Stakes winners include Kingston Town (1981), Emancipation (1983) and Terravista (2015). In 2018 Santa Ana Lane set a record time of 1:07.45 winning the Premiere Stakes ahead of a Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic win in Melbourne later that spring.

The Premiere Stakes gained Group 2 status in 1997 and has been run and won at Royal Randwick since 2011.

In 2022 the Premiere Stakes offered $1 million in stakes for the first time.

Premiere Stakes results since 2000, along with winning times, are listed below.

Premiere Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2023 Premiere Stakes 1st Think About It 1 minute 8.70 seconds
2nd Hawaii Five Oh
3rd Bella Nipotina
2022 Premiere Stakes 1st Lost And Running 1 minute 12.26 seconds
2nd Mazu
3rd Masked Crusader
2021 Premiere Stakes 1st Masked Crusader 1 minute 8.33 seconds
2nd Standout
3rd Embracer
2020 Premiere Stakes 1st Libertini 1 minute 7.60 seconds
2nd Classique Legend
3rd Deprive
2019 Premiere Stakes 1st Brutal 1 minute 10.00 seconds
2nd Home Of The Brave
3rd Classique Legend
2018 Premiere Stakes 1st Santa Ana Lane 1 minute 7.45 seconds (R)
2nd Shoals
3rd In Her Time
2017 Premiere Stakes 1st In Her Time 1 minute 8.2 seconds
2nd English
3rd Clearly Innocent
2016 Premiere Stakes 1st Takedown 1 minute 8.2 seconds
2nd Our Boy Malachi
3rd Danish Twist
2015 Premiere Stakes 1st Terravista 1 minute 9.10 seconds
2nd Rebel Dane
3rd That’s A Good Idea
2014 Premiere Stakes 1st Famous Seamus 1 minute 9.86 seconds
2nd Charlie Boy
3rd Wouldn’t It Be Nice
2013 Premiere Stakes 1st Arinosa 1 minute 9.37 seconds
2nd Dystopia
3rd Famous Seamus
2012 Premiere Stakes 1st Red Tracer 1 minute 9.67 seconds
2nd Satin Shoes
3rd Emotional Circus
2011 Premiere Stakes 1st Neeson 1 minute 10.2 seconds
2nd Hurtle Myrtle
3rd Love Conquers All
2010 Premiere Stakes 1st Hot Danish 1 minute 09.87 seconds
2nd Trader
3rd Cardinal Virtue
2009 Premiere Stakes 1st Mentality 1 minute 10.46 seconds
2nd Kroner
3rd Phelan Ready
2008 Premiere Stakes 1st Triple Honour 1 minute 10.13 seconds
2nd Captain Bax
3rd Reigning To Win
2007 Premiere Stakes 1st German Chocolate 1 minute 9.87 seconds
2nd Solo Flyer
3rd Fashions Afield
2006 Premiere Stakes 1st Paratroopers 1 minute 10.29 seconds
2nd Imana
3rd Johan’s Toy
2005 Premiere Stakes 1st Shania Dane 1 minute 8.83 seconds
2nd Dance Hero
3rd Spark Of Life
2004 Premiere Stakes 1st Spark Of Life 1 minute 9.8 seconds
2nd Into The Night
3rd Century Kid
2003 Premiere Stakes 1st Thorn Park 1 minute 9.02 seconds
2nd Patezza
3rd Excellerator
2002 Premiere Stakes 1st Century Kid 1 minute 9.35 seconds
2nd Ancient Song
3rd Shogun Lodge
2001 Premiere Stakes 1st On Type 1 minute 10.3 seconds
2nd Padstow
3rd Century Kid
2000 Premiere Stakes 1st Mr. Innocent 1 minute 8.97 seconds
2nd Celestial Choir
3rd Adam

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