Ming Dynasty Quality

The Ming Dynasty Quality is a Group 3 sprint held at Rosehill Racecourse (Kembla Grange in 2021) on San Domenico Stakes Day.

2021 Ming Dynasty Quality Results

  • 1st: #2 Coastwatch
  • 2nd: #6 Military Expert
  • 3rd: #1 Subterranean



The Ming Dynasty Quality is a Group 3 middle-distance sprint held each year in late August or early September at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse*. Raced over 1400 metres, the Ming Dynasty Quality is run under quality handicap conditions and is open to three year old horses only.

Note: The 2021 Ming Dynasty Quality moved to Kembla Grange due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Paying a total purse of $160,000, the Ming Dynasty Quality now takes place on San Domenico Stakes Day as one of three Group 3 status features on the Sydney race card.

Horses that target the Ming Dynasty Quality are likely to have come via races such as the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m). Those runners which have a fairly decent run in the Ming Dynasty Quality could be targeting a Group 1 Sydney Spring Racing Carnival run in the $1 million Golden Rose Stakes over the same distance at Rosehill Gardens.

The 2019 Ming Dynasty Quality winner Quick Thinker went on to win the following year’s Group 1 ATC Derby (2400m).

The 2021 Ming Dynasty Quality ran on Saturday August 28, 2021 at Kembla Grange Racecourse having been moved from Rosehill Gardens due to COVID-19 and was won by Coastwatch. 

2021 Ming Dynasty Quality
Date: Saturday August 28, 2021
Racecourse: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse (Kembla Grange in 2021).
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: 3YOs -Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2021 Ming Dynasty Quality Results

  • 1st: #2 Coastwatch
  • 2nd: #6 Military Expert
  • 3rd: #1 Subterranean

The Chris Waller-trained favourite Coastwatch ($3.80F) saluted for the punters from the inside alley in the Ming Dynasty Quality 2021 results improving on a lead-up second in the Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 COASTWATCH Chris Waller James McDonald 1 55kg (cd 55.5kg) $3.80F
2 6 MILITARY EXPERT Annabel Neasham Tommy Berry 0.8L 6 53.5kg $5.50
3 1 SUBTERRANEAN Matthew Dunn Hugh Bowman 3.1L 7 58kg $6
4 3 ARNAQUEUR Jean Dubois Jean Van Overmeire (a) 4.4L 4 54kg $5.50
5 5 HEAD OF STATE Chris Waller Tim Clark 4.6L 3 53.5kg $21
6 7 CHILL Anthony Cummings Ms Rachel King 4.8L 2 53kg $12
7 8 DARK REBEL Edward Cummings Ms Kathy O’Hara 5.6L 9 53kg $12
8 4 PATTON Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Regan Bayliss 7.4L 5 54kg $31
9 9 YULONG TURBO Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 10.2L 8 53kg $7.50

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Ming Dynasty Quality Odds

The spring’s best Ming Dynasty Quality 2021 racing odds will be available right here courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au as soon as betting on the Group 3 event opens.

Danawi ($5 in 2018) followed by Coastwatch ($3.80 in 2021) are the latest Ming Dynasty Quality favourites in betting to win.

2021 Ming Dynasty Quality Field

The 2021 Ming Dynasty Quality field and barriers are released by Racing NSW on the Wednesday of race week, the full line-up of three-year-old gallopers to be listed below once announced.

Just nine three-year-olds make-up the Ming Dynasty Quality 2021 final field for Kembla Grange this weekend led in betting by the rails-drawn Coastwatch for Chris Waller.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 13x53185x4 SUBTERRANEAN Matthew Dunn Hugh Bowman 7 58kg 76
2 038x10x52 COASTWATCH Chris Waller James McDonald 1 55kg 55.5kg 70
3 147×1 ARNAQUEUR Jean Dubois Jean Van Overmeire (a) 4 54kg 66
4 160×5 PATTON Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Regan Bayliss 5 54kg 61
5 5x10x6 HEAD OF STATE Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 3 53.5kg 67
6 241 MILITARY EXPERT Annabel Neasham Tommy Berry 6 53.5kg 63
7 8628×71 CHILL Anthony Cummings Ms Rachel King 2 53kg 65
8 108x DARK REBEL Edward Cummings Ms Kathy O’Hara 9 53kg 65
9 19x YULONG TURBO Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 8 53kg 62

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Ming Dynasty Quality Nominations

Nominations for the Ming Dynasty Quality 2021 close the Monday of race week and will be published in full below.

The 2021 Ming Dynasty Quality nominations attracted a bumper 18 three-year-old staying types led in early betting by the Chris Waller-trained Coastwatch coming off a Group 3 Up & Coming Stakes second and Matthew Dunn’s Rebel Dane colt Subterranean who ran fourth in the same key lead-up.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 1127×1 ALPINE EDGE C 3 Toby & Trent Edmonds 1 61kg 61kg 84
2 53x752x GIANNIS C 3 Chris Waller 2 59kg 59kg 78
3 13x53185x4 SUBTERRANEAN C 3 Matthew Dunn 3 58kg 58kg 76
4 135x200x RANCH HAND C 3 Chris Waller 4 57kg 57kg 74
5 7x833126x MAURICE’S MEDAD C 3 Bjorn Baker 5 56kg 56kg 72
6 2x878x3513 CONSTRUCT C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 6 55.5kg 55.5kg 71
7 038x10x52 COASTWATCH G 3 Chris Waller 7 55kg 55kg 70
8 5x10x6 HEAD OF STATE C 3 Chris Waller 8 54kg 53.5kg 67
9 147×1 ARNAQUEUR C 3 Jean Dubois 9 54kg 53kg 66
10 8628×71 CHILL F 3 Anthony Cummings 10= 54kg 53kg 65
11 108x DARK REBEL C 3 Edward Cummings 10= 54kg 53kg 65
12 5x025x1 ALEGRON G 3 James Cummings 12 54kg 53kg 64
13 241 MILITARY EXPERT C 3 Annabel Neasham 13 54kg 53kg 63
14 19x YULONG TURBO C 3 Chris Waller 14 54kg 53kg 62
15 30×1 BRUCKNER C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 15= 54kg 53kg 61
16 1 FOOTLIGHTS (NZ) C 3 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 15= 54kg 53kg 61
17 160×5 PATTON C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 15= 54kg 53kg 61
18 9×26 CAP ESTEL F 3 Anthony Cummings 18 54kg 53kg 56

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Ming Dynasty Quality History

The Ming Dynasty Quality was inaugurated in 1986, with Imperial Majesty seizing victory in the first edition. The race is named in honour of champion racehorse Ming Dynasty, who saw phenomenal success, winning the Caulfield Cup in 1977 and 1980, the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Metropolitan Handicap in 1978 and the Australian Cup in 1978 and 1980.

Initially known as the D. Drainsfield Quality Handicap and then the Laing & Simmons Quality Handicap, the Ming Dynasty Quality began to go by its current name in 1994. From its inauguration until 2012 the Ming Dynasty Handicap was classified as a listed race. From 2013 onwards, it has held Group 3 status.

The Ming Dynasty Quality has changed location numerous times, usually accompanying the rest of the events on the Chelmsford Stakes Day race card. Since 1986, the Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap has changed location seven times, and is now run at Rosehill Racecourse. At the outset, the Ming Dynasty Quality was raced over 1600m, however from 1995 onwards it has been a 1400m event.

In 2021 the Ming Dynasty Quality and entire San Domenico Stakes Day card was moved from Rosehill to Kembla Grange Racecourse due to COVID-19.

Notable Ming Dynasty Quality winners include Royal Pardon (1988), Lonhro (2001), Mearas (2006), Lion Tamer (2009), Tatra (2012) and Quick Thinker (2019). Ming Dynasty Quality results since 2000 are listed below.

Ming Dynasty Quality Results

Year Place Horse Time
2021
Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap
(held at Kembla Grange)
1st Coastwatch 1 minute 24.03 seconds
2nd Military Expert
3rd Subterranean
2020
Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap
1st Holyfield 1 minute 22.55 seconds
2nd Bazooka
3rd Overlord
2019
Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap
1st Quick Thinker 1 minute 27.06 seconds
2nd Aspect Ratio
3rd Reformist
2018
Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap
1st Danawi 1 minute 25.05 seconds
2nd Mizzy
3rd Dealmaker
2017
Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap
1st Addictive Nature 1 minute 22.5 seconds
2nd Assimilate
3rd Astoria
2016
Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap
1st Swear 1 minute 26.97
2nd High Mist
3rd Skylight Glow
2015
Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap
1st Metallic Crown 1:24.67
2nd Tatoosh
3rd Kimberley Star
2014
Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap
1st Panzer Division 1 minute 25.7 seconds
2nd Shooting To Win
3rd Lady Sharapova
2013
Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap
1st Aussies Love Sport 1 minute 21.7 seconds
2nd Open Book
3rd Champagne Cath
2012
Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap
1st Tatra 1 minute 23.4 seconds
2nd Proverb
3rd Honorius
2011
Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap
1st Ambidexter 1 minute 23.2 seconds
2nd Sangster
3rd Darci Be Good
2010
Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap
1st Lion Tamer 1 minute 27.98 seconds
2nd Praecido
3rd Levi’s Choice
2009
Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap
1st More Than Great 1 minute 21.03 seconds
2nd So You Think
3rd Exceed With Me
2008
Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap
1st Predatory Pricer 1 minute 23.68 seconds
2nd Caymans
3rd Dreamscape
2007
Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap
1st Race Not Held
2nd
3rd
2006
Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap
1st Mearas 1 minute 25.86 seconds
2nd Just Mambo
3rd Sermon
2005
Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap
1st Primus 1 minute 23.85 seconds
2nd Replicator
3rd Manton
2004
Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap
1st Dane Shadow 1 minute 23.19 seconds
2nd Avise
3rd Public Opinion
2003
Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap
1st Play Around 1 minute 22.78 seconds
2nd Terracotta Bay
3rd Allgunadoit
2002
Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap
1st Half Hennessy 1 minute 23.93 seconds
2nd Rohatyn
3rd Magic Marvo
2001
Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap
1st Lonhro 1 minute 23.87 seconds
2nd Prince Of Play
3rd Viking Ruler
2000
Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap
1st Continuum 1 minute 22.26 seconds
2nd National Saint
3rd Canny Fly

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