Belle Of The Turf Stakes

The Belle Of The Turf Stakes is a Group 3 race held at Gosford Racecourse in late December during the Central Coast Racing Carnival.

2023 Belle Of The Turf Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Lekvarte
  • 2nd: #4 Zoe's Promise
  • 3rd: #12 Pioneer Lass



The Belle Of The Turf Stakes is a Group 3 event held at Gosford Racecourse during the summer in late December having been moved from its previous time slot of January as part of the Central Coast Carnival.

Raced over one mile (1600m), the Belle Of The Turf Stakes is held under handicap conditions and pays $300,000 total prize money as of 2023. It is open only to fillies and mares aged three years and older, and tends to be a popular Christmas season target taking place around the Boxing Day races.

The key support act on the Belle Of The Turf Stakes Day card is the Listed Gosford Guineas (1200m) for three-year-old sprinters.

Fillies and mares in the Belle Of The Turf Stakes field traditionally come off lead-up summer races against similar company at Sydney tracks like Warwick Farm and Rosehill Gardens.

In 2017 there were two editions of the Belle Of The Turf Stakes, the first won by Imposing Lass in mid-January and the later to run in late December with the Joe Pride-trained Pecans victorious for her first Group race victory.

The 2021 Belle Of The Turf Stakes form was franked with the winner, Expat, returning the following autumn to win the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill in February of 2022.

Eligible Belle Of The Turf Stakes graduates may back-up the next month heading to Queensland for the Magic Millions races like the $1 million Magic Millions Fillies & Mares (1300m) at the Gold Coast.

The 2023 Belle Of The Turf Stakes took place on Thursday December 28th, 2023 and was won in style by the Joe Pride-trained favourite Lekvarte ($2.90F). 

Belle Of The Turf Stakes 2023
Date: Thursday December 28th, 2023
Track: Gosford Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO&UP F&M Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $300,000

2023 Belle Of The Turf Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Lekvarte ($2.90F)
  • 2nd: #4 Zoe’s Promise
  • 3rd: #12 Pioneer Lass

The Joe Pride-trained Reliable Man grey, Lekvarte ($2.90F), continued her winning ways saluting by an easy margin to make it three on the trot in the 2023 Belle Of The Turf Stakes results at Gosford.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 LEKVARTE (NZ) Joseph Pride Tommy Berry 7 57kg $2.90F
2 4 ZOE’S PROMISE Kris Lees Dylan Gibbons (a) 1.43L 6 57kg $3.50
3 12 PIONEER LASS Matthew Smith Grant Buckley 1.62L 2 54kg $51
4 5 REBEL RAMA Marc Conners Ms Alysha Collett 3.28L 8 56kg $61
5 1 FINEPOINT Chris Waller Tyler Schiller 3.38L 1 59kg $5
6 6 ITA Bjorn Baker Ms Rachel King 4.45L 9 54kg $7
7 8 BURNING NEED Ross McConville Zac Lloyd (a) 5.5L 5 54kg $11
8 9 ARALE Benjamin Smith Ms Robyn Freeman 8.18L 3 54kg $15
9 11 BAKERLOO Paul Perry Reece Jones 8.43L 4 54kg $61
10 10 STREET CANDI Kristen Buchanan Ashley Morgan 17.17L 10 54kg $51
3 ZENNZELLA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Gavin Ryan 0
7 MISSY MOOLA (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jean Van Overmeire 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 Belle Of The Turf Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Belle Of The Turf Stakes 2023 betting odds will be listed below as soon as released by Ladbrokes.com.au.

Lekvarte ($2.90 in 2023) was the last favourite in Belle Of The Turf Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

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2023 Belle Of The Turf Stakes Form Guide

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2023 Belle Of The Turf Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Belle Of The Turf Stakes 2023 Tips on the Gosford showdown this summer.

2023 Belle Of The Turf Stakes Field

The Belle Of The Turf Stakes field regularly attracts a highly talented selection of young fillies and experienced mares. Because it’s held early in late December, many of the young horses in the Belle Of The Turf Stakes field are coming off earlier spring lead-up races in Sydney.

The 2023 Belle Of The Turf Stakes field will be provided here when final acceptances close the week of the race.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x330003x39 FINEPOINT Chris Waller Tyler Schiller 1 59kg 91
2 x574836x11 LEKVARTE (NZ) Joseph Pride Tommy Berry 8 57kg 87
3 x3114x78x3 ZENNZELLA Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Gavin Ryan 10 57kg 87
4 8x3500x321 ZOE’S PROMISE Kris Lees Dylan Gibbons (a) 6 57kg 87
5 9800x9600x REBEL RAMA Marc Conners (late alt) 9 56kg 85
6 3501458×65 ITA Bjorn Baker Ms Rachel King 11 54kg 80
7 6113x68x62 MISSY MOOLA (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Jean Van Overmeire 7 54kg 79
8 3067×81361 BURNING NEED Ross McConville Zac Lloyd (a) 5 54kg 75
9 31525x65x1 ARALE Benjamin Smith Ms Robyn Freeman 3 54kg 70
10 9018×62291 STREET CANDI Kristen Buchanan Ashley Morgan 12 54kg 66
11 303×791124 BAKERLOO Paul Perry Reece Jones 4 54kg 65
12 42151665×1 PIONEER LASS Matthew Smith Grant Buckley 2 54kg 63

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Belle Of The Turf Stakes Nominations

Nominations for the Belle Of The Turf Stakes 2023 at Gosford are announced about a week out from the race that takes place just after Boxing Day. The full list of potential Belle Of The Turf Stakes fillies and mares will be released below as soon as announced.

Belle Of The Turf Stakes History

The history of the Belle Of The Turf Stakes reaches back at least to 1988, with St. Klaire winning the race that year.

Previously a listed race, the Belle Of The Turf Stakes was upgraded to Group 3 status in 2013, making it the ideal target for talented types to get some group level points on the scoreboard.

Notable recent Belle Of The Turf Stakes winners include Mamwaazel (2015) and Imposing Lass (January, 2017). Imposing Lass won the first of two editions of the race in 2017 with a second scheduled in December after a move by the Gosford Turf Club and subsequently won by Pecans (December, 2017).

Belle Of The Turf Stakes results since 2005, along with winning jockeys and trainers, are provided below.

Belle Of The Turf Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2023
Belle Of The Turf Stakes
1st Lekvarte 1 minute 36.30 seconds
2nd Zoe’s Promise
3rd Pioneer Lass
2022
Belle Of The Turf Stakes
1st Deny Knowledge 1 minute 36.29 seconds
2nd Thalassophile
3rd She’s The Gift
2021
Belle Of The Turf Stakes
1st Expat 1 minute 38.36 seconds
2nd Brookspire
3rd Amica
2020
Belle Of The Turf Stakes
1st Threeood 1 minute 39.78 seconds
2nd Oakfield Missile
3rd Selica
2019
Belle Of The Turf Stakes
1st Tinkermosa 1 minute 35.77 seconds
2nd Statuesquely
3rd Saas Fee
2018
Belle Of The Turf Stakes
1st Sexy Eyes 1 minute 37.03 seconds
2nd Irithea
3rd Zumbelina
2017
Belle Of The Turf Stakes (December)
1st Pecans 1 minute 36.30 seconds
2nd Sedanzer
3rd Positive Problems
2017
Belle Of The Turf Stakes (January)
1st Imposing Lass 1 minute 35.79 seconds
2nd Queen Of Wands
3rd Sewreel
2016
Belle Of The Turf Stakes
1st Ammirata 1 minute 38.48 seconds
2nd Mary Lou
3rd Kellyville Flyer / Holy Delusions
2015
Belle Of The Turf Stakes
1st Mamwaazel 1 minute 37.3 seconds
2nd Peace Force
3rd Mary Lou
2014
Belle Of The Turf Stakes
1st Myamira 1 minute 35.7 seconds
2nd Pleiades
3rd La Pieta
2013
Belle Of The Turf Stakes
1st Cathay Lady 1 minute 36.2 seconds
2nd Babel
3rd Shamardini
2012
Belle Of The Turf Stakes
1st Race Not Held
2nd
3rd
2011
Belle Of The Turf Stakes
1st Skyerush 1 minute 37.3 seconds
2nd Quidnunc
3rd Miss Keepsake
2010
Belle Of The Turf Stakes
1st Hidden Wonder 1 minute 37.5 seconds
2nd Devils Arcade
3rd Kimillsy
2009
Belle Of The Turf Stakes
1st Messenger 1 minute 37.3 seconds
2nd Bernicia
3rd Illuminates
2008
Belle Of The Turf Stakes
1st Prima Nova 1 minute 36.4 seconds
2nd Alverta
3rd Lustre Lady
2007
Belle Of The Turf Stakes
1st Race Not Held
2nd
3rd
2006
Belle Of The Turf Stakes
1st Pekalan 1 minute 38.6 seconds
2nd Interche
3rd Martiniforus
2005
Belle Of The Turf Stakes
1st Wild Queen 1 minute 38.6 seconds
2nd Johan’s Toy
3rd A Fairy’s Kiss

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