The Gold Rush

The $1.5 million The Gold Rush is a Group 3 WFA event held at Ascot Racecourse in Perth in mid December each summer running for the first time in 2022.

2023 The Gold Rush Results

  • 1st: #4 Munhamek
  • 2nd: #16 Ripcord
  • 3rd: #7 Comfort Me



The Gold Rush – run in 2023 as the Damien Oliver Gold Rush – is a recent addition to the Perth Summer Racing Carnival taking place for the first time at Ascot Racecourse in mid-December, 2022.

Following on from Perth’s three Group 1 feature races – the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m), Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) and the Group 1 Northerly Stakes (1800m) – The Gold Rush is also worth $1.5 million but only holds Group 3 status currently.

The inaugural The Gold Rush winner, The Astrologist, came via a lead-up eighth in the Winterbottom Stakes and scored an upset at $19 odds.

It was a fairy tale The Gold Rush result in 2023 for the second edition with retiring super hoop Damien Oliver producing a 10/10 ride to score victory in his final feature race ride aboard Munhamek.

Perth Racing is aiming at getting the weight-for-age showdown to grow to Group 1 status over the years with the race set to attract the best local and interstate talent of the season.

Open to horses aged three and above, The Gold Rush field faces off over 1400m.

The race name, The Gold Rush, was chosen by Racing and Wagering Western Australia from thousands of suggestions by readers of The West Australian to reflect WA’s rich history of gold discovery in the 1800s.

The 2022 The Gold Rush form was franked with the winner, The Astrologist, later sent overseas where he finished runner-up in Dubai’s Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint (1200m) in March of 2023.

The 2023 The Gold Rush ran for the second time on Saturday December 16th, 2023 at Ascot Racecourse in Perth offering $1.5 million in stakes and was known as the Damien Oliver Gold Rush in honour of retiring Australian champion jockey Damien Oliver who produced an incredible ride aboard Nick Ryan’s veteran eight-year-old Munhamek ($7) to finish up his feature riding career with a win. 

2023 The Gold Rush
Date: Saturday December 16th, 2023
Track: Ascot Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: 3YO & Upwards – Weight-for-age
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $1.5 million

2023 The Gold Rush Results

  • 1st: #4 Munhamek ($7)
  • 2nd: #16 Ripcord
  • 3rd: #7 Comfort Me

Retiring G.O.A.T. Damien Oliver won his final ever feature race with a sensational weaving late run aboard the Nick Ryan-trained Group 1 performing veteran Munhamek ($7) to salute by a half-length in The Gold Rush 2023 results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 4 MUNHAMEK (GB) Nick Ryan Damien Oliver 14 59kg $7
2 16 RIPCORD Luke Fernie Clint Johnston-Porter 0.52L 7 54kg $6F
3 7 COMFORT ME Rhys Radford Shaun McGruddy 1.17L 3 59kg $7
4 3 BUSTLER Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 1.98L 12 59kg $10
5 5 RED CAN MAN Steve Wolfe Paul Harvey 2.06L 6 59kg $21
6 2 VALOUR ROAD Simon A Miller Chris Parnham 2.55L 13 59kg $7.50
7 11 RESORTMAN Michael Lane Brad Rawiller 2.76L 8 59kg $21
8 12 LAVERROD Sean & Jake Casey Craig Williams 2.8L 10 59kg $26
9 1 DOM TO SHOOT Sean & Jake Casey Jarrad Noske 2.95L 11 59kg $9
10 13 MY BELLA MAE Dion Luciani Patrick Carbery 3.32L 15 57kg $61
11 10 AYRTON (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Damian Lane 3.83L 9 59kg $8.50
12 15 KARLI’S KARMA Summer Dickson Michael Poy 4.68L 4 57kg $31
13 8 SAVATOXL Will Savage Ms Holly Watson 5.4L 1 59kg $101
14 14 BABY PARIS Colin Webster Peter Knuckey 7.17L 2 57kg $17
15 9 HOT ZED Lou Luciani Jason Whiting 7.53L 16 59kg $41
16 6 MASSIMO Chris & Michael Gangemi Brad Parnham 7.62L 5 59kg $41
19e MAGNIFICENT ANDY Stephen Miller 0
18e SUPER SMINK Daniel Morton Craig Williams 0
17e LET’S GALAHVANT Daniel & Ben Pearce 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 The Gold Rush Betting Odds

The top The Gold Rush odds will be provided below along with links to the markets at Ladbrokes.com.au for you to back your insider The Gold Rush betting tips at the right price this summer.

There was a notable upset for the first edition with The Astrologist winning at The Gold Rush odds of $19.

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2023 The Gold Rush Form Guide

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2023 The Gold Rush Tips

Stay tuned for our insider The Gold Rush 2023 Tips on the $1.5 million Festival of Perth Racing showdown this December.

  • To Win: #16 Ripcord ($6.50 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Tipping Ripcord to frank the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) form from a fortnight back with Luke Fernie’s third place-getter out of that down in grade here. The classy Written By three-year-old won the Listed Placid Ark narrowly two back before rounding out the Winterbottom trifecta over six furlongs here. Putting together a nice record, should see out a furlong further without worry, gets a run from a good gate, and is down in weight. Ticking plenty of boxes in a wide open affair.

2023 The Gold Rush Field

The Gold Rush field is filled with some of the better Perth thoroughbreds as well as visiting stayers from the eastern states.

Horses in The Gold Rush field may come via earlier runs in events including the Railway Stakes and Northerly Stakes (formerly the Kingston Town Stakes).

Three-year-old runners in the field may have their final lead-up in the Group 2 W.A. Guineas (1600m) on Railway Stakes Day.

The 2023 Gold Rush field is announced on the Monday of race week and will be published in full below once released by Perth Racing.

The Damien Oliver Gold Rush 2023 final field features a capacity line-up of summer hopefuls led in betting by the second emergency Super Smink with the WA Guineas third placed filly sweating on a start and Group 1 performer out of Victoria Ayrton.

The 2023 The Gold Rush barrier draw took place on Tuesday evening with plenty of the top fancies drawing out wide.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x31823x231 DOM TO SHOOT Sean & Jake Casey Jarrad Noske 14 59kg 114
2 291x45x121 VALOUR ROAD Simon A Miller Chris Parnham 16 59kg 113
3 60113×7514 BUSTLER Neville Parnham Steven Parnham 15 59kg 111
4 117x128x30 MUNHAMEK (GB) Nick Ryan Damien Oliver 17 59kg 102
5 22630×1364 RED CAN MAN Steve Wolfe Paul Harvey 8 59kg 107
6 9x7008x446 MASSIMO Chris & Michael Gangemi Brad Parnham 7 59kg 102
7 3x5225x337 COMFORT ME Rhys Radford Shaun McGruddy 3 59kg 106
8 110x3230x0 SAVATOXL Will Savage Ms Holly Watson 1 59kg 104
9 x7156x3716 HOT ZED Lou Luciani Jason Whiting 19 59kg 107
10 48x578x176 AYRTON (NZ) Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) Damian Lane 11 59kg 104
11 1340x473x8 RESORTMAN Michael Lane Brad Rawiller 10 59kg 107
12 3043x0x407 LAVERROD Sean & Jake Casey Craig Williams 13 59kg 101
13 1159×52555 MY BELLA MAE Dion Luciani Patrick Carbery 18 57kg 99
14 x301x81701 BABY PARIS Colin Webster Peter Knuckey 2 57kg 100
15 x11200x610 KARLI’S KARMA Summer Dickson Michael Poy 6 57kg 102
16 13×22813 RIPCORD Luke Fernie Clint Johnston-Porter 9 54kg 99
17e 9283226131 LET’S GALAHVANT Daniel & Ben Pearce 4 59kg 98
18e 31211×123 SUPER SMINK Daniel Morton Craig Williams 12 52kg 90
19e 211×211442 MAGNIFICENT ANDY Stephen Miller 5 59kg 93

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2023 The Gold Rush Nominations

The early The Gold Rush 2023 nominations are taken a couple of months prior to The Gold Rush Day in mid-December and will be provided in full below.

The Damien Oliver Gold Rush 2023 nominations attracted 104 early entries led in all-in betting by last year’s Group 1 Northerly Stakes winner Amelia’s Jewel and Dan Morton’s Group 2 Karrakatta Plate winning filly Super Smink.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 7125x2473x ABOVE THE PEG G 5 Simon A Miller 59kg 80
2 248x578x1x AYRTON (NZ) G 6 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 59kg
3 7x00x4700x BEAU ROSSA G 6 Will Clarken & Niki O’Shea 59kg
4 x421111x2x BENJI’S G 6 Cliff Green 59kg 80
5 125x60113x BUSTLER G 4 Neville Parnham 59kg 101
6 x221x5244x CLEMENCEAU G 5 Chris & Michael Gangemi 59kg
7 4523x5225x COMFORT ME G 7 Rhys Radford 59kg 106
8 24120x330x CORNER POCKET G 7 Lindsey Smith 59kg
9 34x126590x CREATOR G 7 Chris & Michael Gangemi 59kg 84
10 5x0x59x20x CUP NIGHT G 8 Bernie Miller 59kg 102
11 8101x8114x CURRIMUNDI G 5 Steve Wolfe 59kg 80
12 53x0x10x7x DAJRAAN (GB) H 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 59kg
13 4410x9180x DEFIANT DIORITE G 4 Chris Willis 59kg 69
14 945x31823x DOM TO SHOOT G 6 Sean & Jake Casey 59kg 103
15 2142x7224x EM TEE AYE G 6 Trevor Andrews 59kg 92
16 311168141x GINGER BAKER G 6 Vernon Brockman 59kg 95
17 123x87707x GOD HAS CHOSEN G 6 Donna Riordan 59kg 102
18 35590x990x HALATORION G 6 Roy Rogers 59kg 81
19 000x82685x HILAL H 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 59kg
20 9146x7156x HOT ZED G 6 Lou Luciani 59kg 103
21 1119x4111x IKNOWASTAR G 4 Bjorn Baker 59kg
22 2369x9010x IRONCLAD (GB) G 8 Will Clarken & Niki O’Shea 59kg
23 x111101x5x JIGSAW G 5 Cindy Alderson 59kg
24 8x12312x5x JOURNALISM G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 59kg
25 45x845221x LAST OF THE LINE G 7 Stephen Miller 59kg 104
26 x08x3x907x LAUDA SION (JPN) H 7 Chris Waller 59kg
27 04x3043x0x LAVERROD G 7 Sean & Jake Casey 59kg 102
28 211x1147x LENIENCY G 4 Colin Webster 59kg 75
29 049283226x LET’S GALAHVANT G 5 Daniel & Ben Pearce 59kg 90
30 x66445x13x LORD VLADIVOSTOK (NZ) G 7 Michael Hickmott 59kg
31 32211x211x MAGNIFICENT ANDY G 5 Stephen Miller 59kg 90
32 126552150x MAN CRUSH G 4 Luke Fernie 59kg 83
33 3109x7008x MASSIMO G 7 Chris & Michael Gangemi 59kg 102
34 181x76x7Nx MINSK MOMENT H 5 Chris Waller 59kg
35 23117x128x MUNHAMEK (GB) G 8 Nick Ryan 59kg
36 13553x404x NUGGET (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 59kg
37 1761x5730x OSIPENKO (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 59kg
38 46x2x1132x PHANTA G 6 Chris & Michael Gangemi 59kg 101
39 7419x2117x PLANET CASH G 4 Hayden Ballantyne 59kg 76
40 x9998x551x RANTING (NZ) G 6 Nick Ryan 59kg
41 205x22630x RED CAN MAN G 7 Steve Wolfe 59kg 107
42 60x853445x REGARDSMAREE G 7 Nick Ryan 59kg
43 11340x473x RESORTMAN G 7 Michael Lane 59kg 107
44 0x90x7x14x RISE OF THE MASSES H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 59kg
45 3215x2317x RIVER RUBICON G 5 Steve Wolfe 59kg 89
46 x110x3230x SAVATOXL G 8 Will Savage 59kg
47 x0x313x13x SENTIMENTAL HERO G 6 Michael Grantham 59kg 79
48 0x3113132x SNOWDOME H 4 Neville Parnham 59kg 90
49 23628x2x8x SPEED DREAM G 6 Roland Piercey 59kg 79
50 x3x160x11x STAR PATROL G 5 Clinton McDonald 59kg
51 0x05912x8x STARTRADE G 7 Daniel Morton 59kg 104
52 16460x010x SURF DANCER (IRE) G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 59kg
53 21116x274x TADWEER G 5 Chris & Michael Gangemi 59kg 83
54 x21140x51x TAMERLANE G 6 James Cummings 59kg
55 00x9275x4x THE INFERNO G 7 Cliff Brown 59kg
56 x573747x3x TITAN BLINDERS G 8 Chris & Michael Gangemi 59kg 96
57 2243019x0x TOP OF THE POPS G 4 Daniel Morton 59kg 78
58 11x42x7x2x TRIPLE MISSILE G 6 Lindsey Smith 59kg
59 20x1316x0x TRIX OF THE TRADE G 5 Colin Webster 59kg 106
60 12x79x432x TUVALU G 6 Lindsey Smith 59kg
61 230x23212x UPPER LIMITS G 4 Jeremy Easthope 59kg 78
62 3291x45x1x VALOUR ROAD G 8 Simon A Miller 59kg 111
63 412111122x VAST ART G 4 Darren McAuliffe 59kg 85
64 10x1760x5x VILANA H 5 James Cummings 59kg
65 416x41112x WATEGOS G 5 Bjorn Baker 59kg
66 122113x05x WEAPONSON G 7 Daniel Morton 59kg 92
67 9x678x210x WRITTEN MATTER G 6 Chris & Michael Gangemi 59kg 78
68 3261x2133x ADMIRATION EXPRESS M 4 Jason Miller 57kg 86
69 x12111111x ALSEPHINA M 5 Grant & Alana Williams 57kg 92
70 11x12x119x AMELIA’S JEWEL M 4 Simon A Miller 57kg
71 12x301x81x BABY PARIS M 4 Colin Webster 57kg 99
72 3899464x3x CHAIN OF LIGHTNING M 5 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 57kg
73 42112111x DUCHESS OF GOSSIP M 4 Dion Luciani 57kg 76
74 x6117x217x ESPIONA M 5 Chris Waller 57kg
75 990x08619x FLEUR DELACOUR M 4 Chris Willis 57kg 58
76 4x1336541x FLYING MISSILE M 5 Neville Parnham 57kg 88
77 213208x11x GODDESS OF GIVING M 4 Lou Luciani 57kg 75
78 3x11200x6x KARLI’S KARMA M 6 Summer Dickson 57kg 95
79 12x74x421x LIFE LESSONS (NZ) M 5 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 57kg
80 19x1159x5x MY BELLA MAE M 4 Dion Luciani 57kg 94
81 4x11x1580x OLENTIA M 4 Chris Waller 57kg
82 111x1344x REAR ADMIRAL M 4 Sean & Jake Casey 57kg 71
83 3410x52x5x ROOTS M 5 Chris Waller 57kg
84 1x1131216x RUSTY DREAMS M 4 Michael Lane 57kg 77
85 21x0180x1x SEARCHIN’ ROC’S M 5 Jim Taylor 57kg 96
86 x141211x2x THE VELVET QUEEN M 5 Darren McAuliffe 57kg 97
87 x114x21x7x A LOT OF GOOD MEN C 3 Trevor Andrews 54kg 75
88 6x1x ALMIGHTY CLASS G 3 Mitchell Pateman 54kg 74
89 2231x ARCADIA KNIGHT G 3 Takahide Ikenushi 54kg
90 1x BEST MOOD C 3 Michael Grantham 54kg 60
91 12x BLAZING HARRY G 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 54kg
92 1x61x COSMIC CRUSADER (NZ) G 3 Donna Riordan 54kg 69
93 181x HANCHI G 3 Sean & Jake Casey 54kg 70
94 4x21x IN GOOD ORDER G 3 Daniel Morton 54kg 62
95 1x KERMIT’S LUCK G 3 Luke Fernie 54kg 62
96 26x8x142x MEXICO C 3 Michael Freedman 54kg
97 NO BRAINER G 3 Daniel Morton 54kg
98 115x PLEASURE CRUISE G 3 Takahide Ikenushi 54kg 66
99 13x22x RIPCORD G 3 Luke Fernie 54kg 78
100 VENTURO C 3 Daniel Morton 54kg
101 243x1x ZIPAWAY G 3 Neville Parnham 54kg 66
102 528x KRATESIS F 3 Daniel Morton 52kg 56
103 RIGHT TO SILENCE F 3 Chris Willis 52kg
104 31211x SUPER SMINK F 3 Daniel Morton 52kg 86
Table Credit: Racing Australia.

The Gold Rush History

The Gold Rush history will be updated as the race grows in stature over the coming years following on from the inaugural running in 2022.

The first The Gold Rush was won by interstate raider The Astrologist ridden to victory as a $19 outsider in betting by star local jockey William Pike.

The second The Gold Rush winner was also trained outside of Perth with Nick Ryan’s Victorian visitor Munhamek ($7) saluting off a brilliant ride by retiring champion jockey Damien Oliver in 2023.

The Gold Rush Winners

The table below shows the winners, place-getters and winning times of The Gold Rush since the inaugural running in 2022.

Year Place Horse Time
2023 The Gold Rush 1st Munhamek 1 minute 22.75 seconds
2nd Ripcord
3rd Comfort Me
2022 The Gold Rush 1st The Astrologist 1 minute 22.44 seconds
2nd Kissonallforcheeks
3rd Comfort Me

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