Ming Dynasty Quality

The Ming Dynasty Quality is a Group 3 sprint held at Rosehill Racecourse on Run To The Rose Day.

2023 Ming Dynasty Quality Results

  • 1st: #5 Encap
  • 2nd: #6 Ceolwulf
  • 3rd: #3 Tom Kitten



The Ming Dynasty Quality is a Group 3 middle-distance sprint held each year in early to mid 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 $250,000 as of 2023, the Ming Dynasty Quality now takes place on Run To The Rose Day as one of four Group 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). Encap (3rd in 2023) was the last Ming Dynasty Quality winner to come via a lead-up run in the Up And Coming Stakes.

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 form was franked with the winner Coastwatch running third next-up in the Golden Rose Stakes results.

The 2022 Ming Dynasty Quality winner Golden Mile franked the form with a next-up Golden Rose second before wins in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in Melbourne and Group 2 Callander-Presnell back in Sydney.

The 2023 Ming Dynasty Quality ran on Saturday September 9, 2023 at Rosehill on Run To The Rose Day and was won in style by the progressive Gary Portelli-trained Capitalist gelding Encap ($4.40). 

2023 Ming Dynasty Quality
Date: Saturday September 9, 2023
Racecourse: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse 
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: 3YOs -Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $250,000

2023 Ming Dynasty Quality Results

  • 1st: #5 Encap ($4.40)
  • 2nd: #6 Ceolwulf
  • 3rd: #3 Tom Kitten

Gary Portelli’s smart son of Capitalist Encap ($4.40) improved on a lead-up third in the Up And Coming Stakes, moving up to take the lead inside the final furlong before charging clear to break his maiden status with a nearly two-length victory in the 2023 Ming Dynasty Quality results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 5 ENCAP Gary Portelli Brett Prebble 1 54kg $4.40
2 6 CEOLWULF (NZ) Joseph Pride Sam Clipperton 1.67L 6 54kg $17
3 3 TOM KITTEN James Cummings Nash Rawiller 2.35L 13 56.5kg $3.80F
4 14 CAFE MILLENIUM John O’Shea Tom Sherry 2.43L 14 53kg $31
5 13 KINTYRE Gary Portelli Dylan Gibbons (a) 2.44L 15 53kg $12
6 17 RAF ATTACK (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King 3.07L 12 53kg $9
7 15 DUCASSE Michael Freedman Tyler Schiller 3.3L 16 53kg $12
8 4 INFATUATION Bjorn Baker Jason Collett 3.5L 8 54kg $31
9 16 CAP FERRAT Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 3.77L 3 53kg $26
10 1 TANNHAUSER Chris Waller Zac Lloyd (a) 3.79L 9 58kg $16
11 12 CONGREGATION Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 5.18L 10 53kg $20
12 9 VOMO ISLAND Peter & Paul Snowden Reece Jones 5.66L 5 54kg $26
13 10 STEEL BLAZE Brett Lazzarini Brock Ryan 5.96L 2 54kg $151
14 18 ASHFALL Chris Waller Jay Ford 6.73L 4 53kg $14
15 19e MISSILE DEFENCE Anthony Cummings Chad Schofield 7.16L 7 54kg (cd 54.5kg) $51
16 2 TOWNSEND Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 9.84L 11 57kg $31
11 ZARDOZI James Cummings Zac Lloyd (a) 0
8 EXTREME SPIRIT Gary Portelli 0
7 GRIFF Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jason Collett 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Ming Dynasty Quality Betting Odds

The spring’s best Ming Dynasty Quality 2023 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.

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2023 Ming Dynasty Quality Form

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2023 Ming Dynasty Quality Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Ming Dynasty Quality 2023 Tips on the important spring lead-up this September.

  • To Win: #5 Encap ($4.20 at time of publish) – BET NOW

A number of hopes with genuine claims in this year’s Ming Dynasty, but going for the consistent Gary Portelli-trained Encap to break through with a Group win here to shrug off his maiden status. The son of Capitalist has had four starts for two seconds and two thirds, the latest of which was a third behind Tom Kitten here a fortnight back in the Up & Coming Stakes. Similar company, has the benefit of that first Group start, and drawn the rails. Meets his last start conqueror worse in the weights, but has the better alley with upside.

2023 Ming Dynasty Quality Field

The 2023 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.

The Ming Dynasty Quality 2023 final field features a capacity line-up of spring hopefuls led in betting by Godolphin’s last start Group 3 Up & Coming Stakes winner Tom Kitten.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 30413x TANNHAUSER Chris Waller 9 58kg 86
2 133x TOWNSEND Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 12 57kg 84
3 41514×1 TOM KITTEN James Cummings Nash Rawiller 15 56.5kg 83
4 52514×983 INFATUATION Bjorn Baker 8 54kg 71
5 3×223 ENCAP Gary Portelli Brett Prebble 1 54kg 69
6 31 CEOLWULF (NZ) Joseph Pride Sam Clipperton 6 54kg 65
7 5x51x65 GRIFF Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jason Collett 14 54kg 65
8 19×385 EXTREME SPIRIT Gary Portelli 10 54kg 63
9 2x33x3 VOMO ISLAND Peter & Paul Snowden Reece Jones 5 54kg 62
10 7×4641 STEEL BLAZE Brett Lazzarini Brock Ryan 2 54kg 58
11 111×0 ZARDOZI James Cummings Zac Lloyd (a) 16 53kg 74
12 118x CONGREGATION Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 11 53kg 72
13 x61257x212 KINTYRE Gary Portelli Dylan Gibbons (a) 18 53kg 72
14 150×8 CAFE MILLENIUM John O’Shea Tom Sherry 17 53kg 70
15 37×4 DUCASSE Michael Freedman Tyler Schiller 19 53kg 67
16 57x335x CAP FERRAT Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara (late alt) 3 53kg 65
17 61 RAF ATTACK (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King 13 53kg 65
18 31x ASHFALL Chris Waller Jay Ford 4 53kg 61
19e 351 MISSILE DEFENCE Anthony Cummings Chad Schofield 7 54kg 54.5kg 61

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Ming Dynasty Quality Nominations

Nominations for the Ming Dynasty Quality 2023 close the Monday of race week and will be published in full below.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 411×9 KING COLORADO C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 1 61kg 61kg 96
2 30413x TANNHAUSER C 3 Chris Waller 2 58kg 58kg 86
3 133x TOWNSEND C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 3 57kg 57kg 84
4 41514×1 TOM KITTEN C 3 James Cummings 4 56.5kg 56.5kg 83
5 412326×31 INHIBITIONS F 3 James Cummings 5 54kg 53kg 78
6 4140x137x CHRYSAOR C 3 Chris Waller 6 54kg 53.5kg 77
7 111×0 ZARDOZI F 3 James Cummings 7 54kg 53kg 74
8 118x CONGREGATION C 3 Chris Waller 8= 54kg 53kg 72
9 x61257x212 KINTYRE G 3 Gary Portelli 8= 54kg 53kg 72
10 52514×983 INFATUATION F 3 Bjorn Baker 10 54kg 53kg 71
11 150×8 CAFE MILLENIUM C 3 John O’Shea 11 54kg 53kg 70
12 3×223 ENCAP G 3 Gary Portelli 12 54kg 53kg 69
13 37×4 DUCASSE C 3 Michael Freedman 13 54kg 53kg 67
14 1x BOBBY SHIRAZ (NZ) G 3 Bjorn Baker 14= 54kg 53kg 65
15 57x335x CAP FERRAT C 3 Chris Waller 14= 54kg 53kg 65
16 31 CEOLWULF (NZ) C 3 Joseph Pride 14= 54kg 53kg 65
17 5x51x65 GRIFF C 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 14= 54kg 53kg 65
18 1×6 KANDINSKY ABSTRACT C 3 Chris Waller 14= 54kg 53kg 65
19 10 MANWE C 3 Anthony Cummings 14= 54kg 53kg 65
20 11 PUSHY (NZ) G 3 Michael Freedman 14= 54kg 53kg 65
21 61 RAF ATTACK (NZ) C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 14= 54kg 53kg 65
22 2×2 UNIQUE AMBITION (NZ) F 3 John Sargent 14= 54kg 53kg 65
23 19×385 EXTREME SPIRIT C 3 Gary Portelli 23= 54kg 53kg 63
24 6x220x2 MOJAVE DESERT C 3 Chris Waller 23= 54kg 53kg 63
25 2x33x3 VOMO ISLAND C 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 25= 54kg 53kg 62
26 343×82 WAVERLEY C 3 John Sargent 25= 54kg 53kg 62
27 31x ASHFALL C 3 Chris Waller 27= 54kg 53kg 61
28 351 MISSILE DEFENCE C 3 Anthony Cummings 27= 54kg 53kg 61
29 247x MATUSALEM C 3 Chris Waller 29 54kg 53kg 59
30 7×4641 STEEL BLAZE C 3 Brett Lazzarini 30 54kg 53kg 58

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), Quick Thinker (2019), and that year’s subsequent Caulfield Guineas winner Golden Mile (2022).

Ming Dynasty Quality results since 2000 are listed below.

Ming Dynasty Quality Results

Year Place Horse Time
2023
Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap
1st Encap 1 minute 21.84 seconds
2nd Ceolwulf
3rd Tom Kitten
2022
Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap
1st Golden Mile 1 minute 23.09 seconds
2nd Matcha Latte
3rd Basquiat
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 seconds
2nd High Mist
3rd Skylight Glow
2015
Ming Dynasty Quality Handicap
1st Metallic Crown 1 minute 24.67 seconds
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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