Bondi Stakes

The Bondi Stakes is a $1 million Special Condition race for three-year-olds held at Randwick in Sydney on the same day as Melbourne's coveted Cox Plate.

2021 Bondi Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Hilal
  • 2nd: #8 Keefy
  • 3rd: #9 Lease



The Bondi Stakes is one of the newest races on the Australian Racing Calendar. Part of the wider The Everest Carnival, the $1,000,000 Special Conditions feature race runs at Randwick Racecourse in late October on the same day as Melbourne’s Cox Plate Day at The Valley.

Inaugurated in 2019 when the favourite Kubrick saluted for the punters, the Bondi Stakes is run over 1600m at set weights and is open only to three-year-old horses.

From 2021 the million-dollar showdown was accompanied on the Randwick race card by the $2 million The Invitation (1400m), an invitation-only event for fillies and mares.

The Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) a fortnight earlier is the key lead-up into the Bondi Stakes offering a ballot exemption into the mile showdown and in 2020 Peltzer became the first to do the double.

The next spring, Hilal became the latest horse to complete the Stan Fox Stakes – Bondi Stakes double when also saluting for the punters in the $1 million feature as the $2.35 favourite.

The 2021 Bondi Stakes took place at Randwick on Saturday October 23rd, 2021 and was won by the Hawkes Racing-trained top elect Hilal ($2.35).

Bondi Stakes 2021
Date: Saturday October 23rd, 2021
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: Set Weights – Three-Year-Olds
Status: Special Condition
Prize Money: $1,000,000

2021 Bondi Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Hilal ($2.35F)
  • 2nd: #8 Keefy
  • 3rd: #9 Lease

The Hawkes Racing-trained Hilal ($2.35F) kept the wins coming, the classy Fastnet Rock colt backing-up from a Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes victory to become the third favourite in as many years to lead the 2021 Bondi Stakes results.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 HILAL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 6 57kg $2.35F
2 8 KEEFY Brad Widdup Jay Ford 1.28L 3 57kg $21
3 9 LEASE Anthony Cummings Tim Clark 1.32L 1 57kg $61
4 2 COASTWATCH Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 2.07L 8 57kg $4.20
5 6 ARNAQUEUR Jean Dubois Jean Van Overmeire 2.35L 4 57kg $19
6 7 DUFRESNE Anthony Cummings Joshua Parr 2.53L 9 57kg $9.50
7 4 COTEHELE (NZ) John O’Shea Sam Clipperton 2.74L 2 57kg $5.50
8 3 ROYALZEL Gary Portelli Jason Collett 9.23L 7 57kg $14
9 10 REGINALD Anthony Cummings Ms Alysha Collett 12.77L 5 57kg $151
5 AKIHIRO Gary Portelli 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Bondi Stakes Betting Odds

The Bondi Stakes 2021 racing odds will be available here as soon as Bondi Stakes betting opens this spring.

In the race’s first year, Kubrick ($3.70 in 2019) became the inaugural Bondi Stakes favourite to salute before Peltzer ($2.80 in 2020) made it back-to-back victories for the punters the following year.

The favourites in Bondi Stakes betting retained their flawless record in 2021 with Hilal also winning at short odds of $2.35.

2021 Bondi Stakes Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Bondi Stakes 2021 betting tips and exotic Randwick spring racing selections on the three-year-olds’ feature.

  • To Win: #2 Coastwatch ($3.30 at time of publish) 

Confident the Chris Waller-trained Coastwatch can bounce back after his narrow defeat to Hilal (also racing in the Bondi Stakes) as the beaten favourite in the Stan Fox Stakes last time out. Prior to that he was third in the Golden Rose, with the runner-up Anamoe franking that form with a Caulfield Guineas win. Think he’ll run the mile and return to winning form.

2021 Bondi Stakes Field

The spring’s Bondi Stakes field features some of the best three-year-old middle-distance horses from Australia, many of which may have previously contested the Group 1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill the month before.

The Bondi Stakes 2021 race field will be confirmed on the Wednesday of race week and published below as soon as available.

The 2021 Bondi Stakes final field features 10 three-year-olds with markets led by Hilal and Coastwatch who ran the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes quinella at the track over 1500m last time out.

  • Scratchings Update: #5 Akihiro (7) has been scratched from the Bondi Stakes field in favour of a run in the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase (2040m) on Cox Plate Day. 
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 12722×5301 HILAL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 6 57kg 94
2 8x10x52132 COASTWATCH Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 9 57kg 92
3 81511130 ROYALZEL Gary Portelli Jason Collett 8 57kg 82
4 137×14 COTEHELE (NZ) John O’Shea Sam Clipperton 2 57kg 74
5 x571x28125 AKIHIRO Gary Portelli 7 57kg 72
6 147×1448 ARNAQUEUR Jean Dubois Jean Van Overmeire 4 57kg 66
7 2621 DUFRESNE Anthony Cummings Joshua Parr 10 57kg 65
8 10×35122 KEEFY Brad Widdup Jay Ford 3 57kg 64
9 9x350x8142 LEASE Anthony Cummings Tim Clark 1 57kg 60
10 54 REGINALD Anthony Cummings Ms Alysha Collett 5 57kg 55

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Bondi Stakes Nominations

The Bondi Stakes 2021 nominations closed at midday on Tuesday the 28th of September, 2021 with over 150 three-year-olds entered for the $1 million feature.

Bondi Stakes History

The Bondi Stakes was first contested in 2019 as part of the extended The Everest Carnival in Sydney. The opening three editions were all won by the favourites with Kubric (2019), Peltzer (2020) and Hilal (2021) saluting respectively.

YEAR WINNER 2ND 3RD TIME
2021 Hilal Keefy Lease 1:35.02
2020 Peltzer Prime Star Real Peace 1:36.81
2019 Kubrick Pancho Colada 1:34.75

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