The Invitation

The Invitation race is a brand new $2 million Special Condition (invitation-only) race for fillies and mares held at Randwick in Sydney on the same day as Melbourne's coveted Cox Plate.

2021 The Invitation Results

  • 1st: #10 Icebath
  • 2nd: #8 Rocha Clock
  • 3rd: #4 Forbidden Love



The $2 million The Invitation is a brand new event contested at Royal Randwick on Bondi Stakes Day in late October as part of the now $50 million The Everest Carnival in the spring.

Sydney’s marquee race for fillies and mares, The Invitation is contested over 1400m by a 12-starter field of female gallopers that have been exclusively invited to take part.

The inaugural edition of The Invitation ran in 2021 and is a set weights plus penalties race.

Racing NSW will convene a panel of racing experts to decide on which fillies and mares from around Australia and New Zealand are invited to take part in the race.

The Invitation runs alongside the $1 million Bondi Stakes (1600m) for three-year-olds.

The inaugural running of the 2021 The Invitation took place at Randwick on Saturday October 23rd, 2021 and was won by Icebath at 5/1.  

The Invitation 2021
Date: Saturday October 23rd, 2021
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: Set Weights + Penalties – Fillies & Mares
Status: Special Condition (Invitation Only)
Prize Money: $2,000,000

2021 The Invitation Results

  • 1st: #10 Icebath ($6)
  • 2nd: #8 Rocha Clock
  • 3rd: #4 Forbidden Love

Icebath ($6) was good late to secure a deserved feature race win, the Brad Widdup-trained daughter of Sacred Falls improving on a lead-up ninth in the Epsom Handicap to dominate The Invitation 2021 results by a shade over a length.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 10 ICEBATH (NZ) Brad Widdup Kerrin McEvoy 12 57kg $6
2 8 ROCHA CLOCK John O’Shea Sam Clipperton 1.39L 3 58kg $19
3 4 FORBIDDEN LOVE Richard & Michael Freedman Ms Rachel King 1.57L 2 59kg $21
4 6 ENTRIVIERE (NZ) Jamie Richards Tommy Berry 1.64L 9 58kg $2.40F
5 7 VANGELIC Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 1.7L 7 58kg $14
6 1 MADAM ROUGE Chris Waller Jason Collett 2.54L 6 59kg $21
7 11 TRICKY GAL Matthew Smith Ms Alysha Collett 2.98L 1 57kg $18
8 5 MEDIA AWARD Chris Calthorpe Andrew Adkins 3L 10 59kg $31
9 3 SWEET DEAL John Thompson Joshua Parr 3.05L 11 59kg $18
10 9 MADAM LEGEND Les Bridge Brock Ryan (a) 4.01L 4 58kg $26
11 2 NUDGE Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 4.99L 8 59kg $11
12 12 STARTANTES Robert Heathcote Robbie Dolan 5.14L 5 52kg $10
15e BELLUCI BABE (NZ) Bjorn Baker 0
14e YAMAZAKI Matthew Dunn 0
13e MORE PROPHETS John Thompson 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 The Invitation Betting Odds

The Invitation 2021 racing odds will be available here as soon as The Invitation race betting opens this spring.

2021 The Invitation Tips

Stay tuned for our insider The Invitation 2021 betting tips and exotic Randwick spring racing selections on the feature race of the season in Sydney for fillies and mares.

  • To Win: #2 Nudge ($12 at time of publish) 

Going for a value bet in the inaugural The Invitation with 11/1 on offer for the Chris Waller-trained Nudge at time of print. She’s a consistent five-year-old presenting fit second-up off a narrow third only a quarter length off Dirty Thoughts fresh in the Northwood Plume at Caulfield. Group 1 placed in Brisbane over the winter, she’s won second-up previously and will be better getting out to the 1400m.

2021 The Invitation Field

The spring’s The Invitation field features an exclusive line-up of 12 fillies and mares from around Australia and New Zealand invited by a panel convened by Racing NSW to contest the $2 million showdown.

Fillies and mares with a proven Group 1 record in earlier races including the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) for fillies held earlier in October and the autumn’s Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m) will make a good lead-up into The Invitation field.

The Invitation 2021 field will be confirmed the week of the race and published below as soon as available.

The 2021 The Invitation field of 12 has been locked in with the Jamie Richards-trained Kiwi Entriviere favourite to return to winning form off her third in the Group 2 Golden Pendant.

Click here to read more on the key runners in The Invitation 2021 field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 260x634x86 MADAM ROUGE Chris Waller Jason Collett 8 59kg 105
2 x4322112x3 NUDGE Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 10 59kg 105
3 50841283×6 SWEET DEAL John Thompson Joshua Parr 13 59kg 105
4 319107×478 FORBIDDEN LOVE Richard & Michael Freedman Ms Rachel King 3 59kg 102
5 823x111x MEDIA AWARD Chris Calthorpe Andrew Adkins 12 59kg 102
6 1121112×13 ENTRIVIERE (NZ) Jamie Richards Tommy Berry 11 58kg 108
7 0x8245x410 VANGELIC Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 9 58kg 106
8 19x43113x8 ROCHA CLOCK John O’Shea Sam Clipperton 4 58kg 101
9 3080×13114 MADAM LEGEND Les Bridge Brock Ryan (a) 6 58kg 95
10 33542×3549 ICEBATH (NZ) Brad Widdup Kerrin McEvoy 15 57kg 106
11 22020725×2 TRICKY GAL Matthew Smith Ms Alysha Collett 1 57kg 96
12 131×511163 STARTANTES Robert Heathcote Robbie Dolan 7 52kg 89
13e x356x61192 MORE PROPHETS John Thompson 5 57kg 95
14e 50451220×9 YAMAZAKI Matthew Dunn 2 58kg 97
15e 3x51333x13 BELLUCI BABE (NZ) Bjorn Baker 14 57kg 89

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

The Invitation History

The Invitation will ran for the first time during the 2021 Sydney Spring Racing Carnival and was won by the Brad Widdup-trained Sacred Falls five-year-old Icebath.

YEAR WINNER 2ND 3RD TIME
2021 Icebath Rocha Clock Forbidden Love 1:22.37

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