Show County Quality

The Show County Quality is an exciting sprinting event held at Royal Randwick Racecourse in August on Winx Stakes Day.

2023 Show County Quality Results

  • 1st: #1 Buenos Noches
  • 2nd: #6 Argentia
  • 3rd: #7 Dragonstone



The Show County Quality is a Group 3 sprint held over 1200m at at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse on Winx Stakes Day in August each year.

Run under quality handicap conditions, the Show County Quality is open only to horses three years and older. With prize money of $250,000 as of 2023, the Show County Quality is one of the more exciting races on a program filled with black-type sprinting events. The Show County Quality is held alongside the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m), Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m), Group 3 Toy Show Quality (1300m) and the Group 3 Premier’s Cup (2000m).

Those horses that contest the Show County Quality are often kicking-off their spring campaigns and often the Group 2 Tramway Handicap (1400m) is the next-up option. The best out of these races may go on to contest a spring Group 1 event such as the George Main Stakes (1600m), which the 2018 Show County winner Le Romain finished second to Winx in later that prep.

The 2021 Show County Quality form was franked with the winner Private Eye going on to win that spring’s Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) and place in a number of subsequent Group 1 events. The 2021 third placed mare Icebath further franked the form saluting in the inaugural $2 million The Invitation race that October.

The Show County Quality 2023 ran on Saturday August 19, 2023 and was won first-up by the Matthew Smith-trained Buenos Noches ($5.50) who is on the hunt for a slot in this year’s $20 million The Everest

Show County Quality
Date: Saturday August 19, 2023
Track: Royal Randwick
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $250,000

2023 Show County Quality Results

  • 1st: #1 Buenos Noches ($5.50)
  • 2nd: #6 Argentia
  • 3rd: #7 Dragonstone

The Matthew Smith-trained Buenos Noches ($5.50) was sensational first-up dominating the 2023 Show County Quality results to put his name forward for a slot in the $20 million The Everest in October.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 BUENOS NOCHES Matthew Smith Dylan Gibbons (a) 5 58.5kg $5.50
2 6 ARGENTIA Joseph Pride Chad Schofield 1.18L 9 54kg $7
3 7 DRAGONSTONE Joseph Pride Tom Sherry 2.17L 1 53.5kg $7
4 4 SKY LAB Paul Perry Regan Bayliss 2.83L 4 58kg $71
5 9 KALINO Chris Waller Ms Jamie Kah 2.87L 7 53kg $3F
6 10 EXTREMELY LUCKY Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 3.24L 6 53kg $6.50
7 8 FENDER Brett Cavanough Reece Jones (a) 3.71L 3 53kg $18
8 3 ROCKETING BY David Pfieffer Jason Collett 3.89L 2 58kg $17
9 2 UCALLEDIT (NZ) Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 4.58L 8 58.5kg $10
5 ZOUGOTCHA Chris Waller James McDonald 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 Show County Quality Betting Odds

The latest Show County Quality 2023 betting odds and market links to the Group 3 event at Randwick courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Deprive ($3.30 in 2019) followed by Showmanship ($3.30 in 2022) are the latest favourites in Show County Quality betting to win.

CLICK HERE FOR THE LATEST 2023 SHOW COUNTY QUALITY ODDS (Final Field)

2023 Show County Quality Form

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL 2023 SHOW COUNTY QUALITY FORM GUIDE 

2023 Show County Quality Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Show County Quality 2023 Tips on the Winx Stakes Day support act this season.

  • To Win: #7 Dragonstone ($8.50 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Small but open field full of live wire chances, but Dragonstone is so consistent at looks a nice value chance here at double-figures. Gets the rails run from barrier 1 carrying just 53.5kg, which the Joe Pride-trained five-year-old should relish. Last ran a fortnight back with 56kg in the Group 2 Missile Stakes over the six furlongs. Finished runner-up 1.7 lengths off the impressive winner I Am Me. A perennial place-getter, he hasn’t won a race since the June Stakes back in 2022 over a year ago. Still, recent form is right up there and think he can surprise a few at a price.

2023 Show County Quality Field

The official Show County Quality 2023 field of final acceptors and barrier draw will be announced on the Wednesday leading-up to Winx Stakes Day and published in full below.

The 2023 Show County Quality final field features a small but quality line-up of sprinters led in betting by the now Chris Waller-trained Adelaide expat and Group 1 performer Extremely Lucky in on just 53kg fresh. 

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 16123x57x BUENOS NOCHES Matthew Smith Dylan Gibbons (a) 5 58.5kg 105
2 1113×00911 UCALLEDIT (NZ) Kris Lees Hugh Bowman 9 58.5kg 105
3 915x6760x6 ROCKETING BY David Pfieffer Jason Collett 2 58kg 104
4 450x67521x SKY LAB Paul Perry Regan Bayliss 4 58kg 104
5 5x111x419x ZOUGOTCHA Chris Waller James McDonald 7 56.5kg 105
6 2910x500x4 ARGENTIA Joseph Pride Chad Schofield 10 54kg 98
7 0332×52322 DRAGONSTONE Joseph Pride Tom Sherry 1 53.5kg 94
8 43538531×8 FENDER Brett Cavanough Reece Jones (a) 3 53kg 93
9 27x11364x1 KALINO Chris Waller Ms Jamie Kah 8 53kg 93
10 1x251x130x EXTREMELY LUCKY Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 6 53kg 88

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2023 Show County Quality Nominations

Nominations for the Show County Quality 2023 close on the Monday of race week and will be published in full below once released.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x71223x31x PRINCESS GRACE (USA) M 7 Chris Waller 1 59kg 59kg 110
2 16123x57x BUENOS NOCHES H 4 Matthew Smith 2= 58.5kg 58.5kg 105
3 1113×00911 UCALLEDIT (NZ) G 6 Kris Lees 2= 58.5kg 58.5kg 105
4 5x111x419x ZOUGOTCHA M 4 Chris Waller 2= 56.5kg 56.5kg 105
5 915x6760x6 ROCKETING BY G 6 David Pfieffer 5= 58kg 58kg 104
6 450x67521x SKY LAB G 6 Paul Perry 5= 58kg 58kg 104
7 13011x MILITARIZE (NZ) C 3 Chris Waller 5= 55.5kg 55.5kg 104
8 x231023421 CEPHEUS (GB) G 7 Matthew Dunn 8= 57.5kg 57.5kg 103
9 x73x51761x OSIPENKO (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 8= 57.5kg 57.5kg 103
10 292x51210x LINDERMANN H 4 Chris Waller 10 57kg 57kg 102
11 x2x2414231 IT’SOURTIME G 6 Danny O’Brien 11 55.5kg 55.5kg 99
12 2910x500x4 ARGENTIA M 5 Joseph Pride 12 54kg 53kg 98
13 0332×52322 DRAGONSTONE G 5 Joseph Pride 13 54kg 53kg 94
14 43538531×8 FENDER G 7 Brett Cavanough 14= 54kg 53kg 93
15 27x11364x1 KALINO G 5 Chris Waller 14= 54kg 53kg 93
16 23111878×6 INVER PARK (GB) G 6 Kris Lees 16 54kg 53kg 90
17 1x251x130x EXTREMELY LUCKY G 5 Chris Waller 17 54kg 53kg 88
18 11x592256x KOTE G 4 Anthony Cummings 18 54kg 53kg 85
19 70627821×4 MUNITIONS (USA) G 8 Richard Litt 19 54kg 53kg 83
20 4x11x11x15 PACIFIC RUBY M 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 20 54kg 53kg 81

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Show County Quality History

Inaugurated in 1993, the Show County Quality has maintained a reputation for quality sprinting displays since its inception. The race is named after renowned sprinter Show County, who during 1988 and 1989 won events such as the Silver Slipper Stakes, Maribyrnong Plate, San Domenico Stakes and Stan Fox Stakes. Big Dreams won the first edition of the Show County Quality.

At its inauguration, the Show County Quality was a listed race. It held this status until the 2013 edition, when it first ran as a Group 3 event.

Like much of NSW horse racing, the Show County Quality was not held in 2007 due to the outbreak of equine influenza.

The Show County Quality has changed location numerous times and has been held at three prominent Sydney racecourses, including Royal Randwick, Warwick Farm and Canterbury Park. As of 2014, it will be again held at Royal Randwick.

Period Location
1993-4 Royal Randwick
1995-99 Warwick Farm
2000 Canterbury Park
2001-04 Warwick Farm
2005-06 Randwick Racecourse
2008 Warwick Farm
2009 Royal Randwick
2010-13 Warwick Farm
2014 – onwards Royal Randwick

Notable Show County Quality winners include: Identikit (1995), Might And Power (1997), Siddinghausen (1998), Athelnoth (2004), Rebel Dane (2013) and Le Romain (2018). Show County Quality results since 2000 are listed below.

Show County Quality Results

Year Place Horse Time
2023
Show County Quality
1st Buenos Noches 1 minute 10.25 seconds
2nd Argentia
3rd Dragonstone
2022
Show County Quality
1st Showmanship 1 minute 10.92 seconds
2nd Prime Candidate
3rd Rocketing By
2021
Show County Quality
1st Private Eye 1 minute 10.20 seconds
2nd Embracer
3rd Icebath
2020
Show County Quality
1st Roheryn 1 minute 11.23 seconds
2nd Probabeel
3rd Special Reward
2019
Show County Quality
1st Deprive 1 minute 8.63 seconds
2nd Trope
3rd Bon Amis
2018
Show County Quality
1st Le Romain 1 minute 8.62 seconds
2nd Siege Of Quebec
3rd Boss Lane
2017
Show County Quality
1st Deploy 1 minute 8 seconds
2nd The Virginian
3rd Burning Passion
2016
Show County Quality
1st Tycoon Tara 1 minute 9.9 seconds
2nd Le Romain
3rd Mount Nebo
2015
Show County Quality
1st Decision Time 1 minute 09 seconds
2nd Boss Lane
3rd Vashka
2014
Show County Quality
1st Terravista 1 minute 12.4 seconds
2nd In Cahoots
3rd Bull Point
2013
Show County Quality
1st Rebel Dane 1 minute 09.5 seconds
2nd Title
3rd Norzita
2012
Show County Quality
1st Moment Of Change 1 minute 09.4 seconds
2nd Title
3rd Somepin Anypin
2011
Show County Quality
1st Skytrain 1 minute 12.6 seconds
2nd Winter King
3rd Neeson
2010
Show County Quality
1st Kenny’s World 1 minute 10.7 seconds
2nd Pinwheel
3rd Sacred Choice
2009
Show County Quality
1st Swift Alliance 1 minute 09.8 seconds
2nd Bryannbo’s Gift
3rd Albert The Fat
2008
Show County Quality
1st Bank Robber 1 minute 11.96 seconds
2nd Hoystar
3rd Kick ‘N’ Chase
2007
Show County Quality
1st Race Not Held
2nd
3rd
2006
Show County Quality
1st Primus 1 minute 09.9 seconds
2nd Resistor
3rd New Edge
2005
Show County Quality
1st Lotteria 1 minute 09.9 seconds
2nd One In A Million
3rd For Valour
2004
Show County Quality
1st Athelnoth 1 minute 10.9 seconds
2nd Turaga
3rd Desert War
2003
Show County Quality
1st Sportsman 1 minute 11.9 seconds
2nd Britt’s Best
3rd Grand Armee
2002
Show County Quality
1st Presently 1 minute 09.8 seconds
2nd Oomph
3rd National Saint
2001
Show County Quality
1st Kingsgate 1 minute 10.8 seconds
2nd Expertise
3rd Fashion News
2000
Show County Quality
1st Stanzaic 1 minute 09.8 seconds
2nd Mulan Princess
3rd Allez Suez

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