Show County Quality

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

2021 Show County Quality Results

  • 1st: #7 Private Eye
  • 2nd: #10 Embracer
  • 3rd: #3 Icebath



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 $160,000, 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) and Group 3 Toy Show Quality (1300m).

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 Show County Quality 2021 ran on Saturday August 21, 2021 and was won by Private Eye first-up. 

Show County Quality
Date: Saturday August 21, 2021
Track: Royal Randwick
Distance: 1200m
Race Type: Quality Handicap
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $160,000

2021 Show County Quality Results

  • 1st: #8 Private Eye
  • 2nd: #10 Embracer
  • 3rd: #3 Icebath

The Joe Pride-trained four-year-old Private Eye ($9) was excellent first-up coming from well back to charge home down the outside late and take out the 2021 Show County Quality results ahead of a potential Epsom Handicap and or $7.5 million Golden Eagle bid this spring.

Click here to read more on the terrific late win by Private Eye in the Show County Quality 2021.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 8 PRIVATE EYE Joseph Pride Jay Ford 5 54kg $9
2 10 EMBRACER Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 0.3L 4 53.5kg $8
3 3 ICEBATH (NZ) Brad Widdup Kerrin McEvoy 1.2L 6 57.5kg $15
4 1 SPLINTEX Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 1.28L 2 59kg $3.60F
5 6 PRIME STAR Richard & Michael Freedman Regan Bayliss 1.69L 9 55.5kg $9.50
6 9 FENDER Brett Cavanough Jason Collett 2.44L 8 54kg $10
7 5 CHAT John Thompson Hugh Bowman 2.73L 3 56kg (cd 56.5kg) $4.80
8 4 ROCK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 2.88L 10 57.5kg $12
9 11 HIGHTAIL Peter & Paul Snowden Andrew Adkins 3.64L 1 53kg $14
10 12 LE LUDE John Thompson Ms Rachel King 4.63L 7 53kg $31
2 VIRIDINE James Cummings James McDonald 0
7 HILAL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jay Ford 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Show County Quality Odds

The latest Show County Quality 2021 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) was the last favourite in Show County Quality betting to win.

2021 Show County Quality Field

The official Show County Quality 2021 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 2021 Show County Quality final field is down to 10 starters following the early withdrawal of #7 Hilal (9) and the Godolphin-raced  Viridine (11) with updated markets led by Mark Newnham’s 59kg top weight Splintex who is two-from-two at the track and distance.

  • Scratched: #7 Hilal (9); #2  Viridine (11)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 658x40168x SPLINTEX Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 2 59kg 105
2 425×463654 VIRIDINE James Cummings James McDonald 11 58.5kg 104
3 512x33542x ICEBATH (NZ) Brad Widdup Kerrin McEvoy 6 57.5kg 106
4 51730x348x ROCK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 12 57.5kg 102
5 x142355x12 CHAT John Thompson Nash Rawiller 3 56kg 56.5kg 99
6 222x237x5x PRIME STAR Richard & Michael Freedman Regan Bayliss 10 55.5kg 98
7 12722x HILAL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jay Ford 9 54kg 94
8 x1111x821x PRIVATE EYE Joseph Pride Brenton Avdulla 5 54kg 92
9 1775×11563 FENDER Brett Cavanough Jason Collett 8 54kg 89
10 10x30x177x EMBRACER Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 4 53.5kg 94
11 86x6673x86 HIGHTAIL Peter & Paul Snowden Andrew Adkins 1 53kg 92
12 4513x1444x LE LUDE John Thompson Ms Rachel King 7 53kg 83

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Show County Quality Nominations

Nominations for the Show County Quality 2021 close on the Monday of race week and will be published in full below once released.

The 2021 Show County Quality nominations attracted 16 sprinters including Brad Widdup’s Doncaster Mile runner-up Icebath and the in-form Chat coming off a Group 2 Missile Stakes second.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 512x33542x ICEBATH (NZ) M 5 Brad Widdup 1 57.5kg 57.5kg 106
2 658x40168x SPLINTEX H 5 Mark Newnham 2 59kg 59kg 105
3 425×463654 VIRIDINE G 7 James Cummings 3 58.5kg 58.5kg 104
4 6217x6321x KUKERACHA (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 4= 57.5kg 57.5kg 102
5 51730x348x ROCK G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 4= 57.5kg 57.5kg 102
6 x142355x12 CHAT G 5 John Thompson 6 56kg 56kg 99
7 222x237x5x PRIME STAR G 4 Richard & Michael Freedman 7 55.5kg 55.5kg 98
8 10x30x177x EMBRACER G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 8= 54kg 53.5kg 94
9 12722x HILAL C 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 8= 54kg 53kg 94
10 86x6673x86 HIGHTAIL G 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 10= 54kg 53kg 92
11 x1111x821x PRIVATE EYE G 4 Joseph Pride 10= 54kg 53kg 92
12 x08x26353x WISDOM OF WATER H 4 Annabel Neasham 10= 54kg 53kg 92
13 1775×11563 FENDER G 5 Brett Cavanough 13 54kg 53kg 89
14 x439135x03 POETIC CHARMER G 7 Peter & Paul Snowden 14 54kg 53kg 88
15 1x1212x12x GREAT NEWS M 5 Kim Waugh 15 54kg 53kg 85
16 4513x1444x LE LUDE M 6 John Thompson 16 54kg 53kg 83

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
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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