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The Winners Stakes run in 2023 as the Giga Kick Stakes is a Special Conditions feature run at Rosehill each spring on the Golden Eagle Day renamed each season in honour of the previous year's The Everest winner offering $3 million in prize money.
2023 Giga Kick Stakes Results
- 1st: #6 Bella Nipotina
- 2nd: #4 Private Eye
- 3rd: #1 Think About It
Winners Stakes (Giga Kick Stakes 2023) News
Part of the wider $60 million The Everest Racing Carnival, the spring feature is run alongside the lucrative $10 million The Golden Eagle (1500m) for four-year-olds and the $750,000 Rosehill Gold Cup (2000m).
Each season the Winners Stakes is renamed in honour of the previous year’s The Everest winner.
On the same date in Melbourne Flemington Racecourse is host to the coveted Victoria Derby Day program that kicks off the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
A set weights plus penalties event open to sprinters aged three and above the Winners Stakes takes place over 1300m.
The multi-million-dollar showdown makes an excellent next-up target for horses out of that year’s $20 million The Everest race.
The first four Winners Stakes champions – Pierata (5th in 2019), Gytrash (3rd in 2020), Eduardo (3rd in 2021) and Private Eye (2nd in 2022) were all The Everest graduates.
The inaugural Winners Stakes was known as the Redzel Stakes in honour of the first and two-time The Everest hero Redzel (2017, 2018).
The 2020 edition ran as the Yes Yes Yes Stakes following the 2019 The Everest success of the Chris Waller-trained three-year-old Yes Yes Yes.
The 2021 Winners Stakes was known as the Classique Legend Stakes after the classy grey who won the 2020 The Everest race.
The 2022 Winners Stakes was named the Nature Strip Stakes following the 2021 The Everest win by Chris Waller’s super sprinter Nature Strip.
The Winners Stakes 2022 form was franked with the runner-up Mazu going on to place third in the following autumn’s Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m).
The 2023 Winners Stakes ran as the Giga Kick Stakes after the upset 2022 The Everest victory by the then undefeated three-year-old at 20/1.
The 2024 Winners Stakes will take place as the Think About It Stakes following the impressive 2023 The Everest win by the Joe Pride-trained favourite.
The 2023 Winners Stakes took place at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday November 4, 2023 as the Giga Kick Stakes offering $3 million in prize money and was won in an incredible upset by the brilliant Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained mare Bella Nipotina ($10).
|Winners Stakes 2023 – Giga Kick Stakes|
|Date:||Saturday November 4, 2023|
|Race Type:||3YOs & Above – Set Weights + Penalties|
2023 Winners Stakes / Giga Kick Stakes Results
- 1st: #6 Bella Nipotina ($10)
- 2nd: #4 Private Eye
- 3rd: #1 Think About It
Jockey Craig Williams kept his cool despite a horror run aboard class Group 1 winning mare Bella Nipotina ($10) who overcame all the odds and showed true grit to fight back and beat home the Joe Pride-trained defending champion Private Eye and last start The Everest winner Think About It in a thrilling Giga Kick Stakes 2023 result in Sydney.
2023 Giga Kick Stakes Results & Finishing Order
|1||6||BELLA NIPOTINA||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Craig Williams||7||56.5kg||$10|
|2||4||PRIVATE EYE||Joseph Pride||Nash Rawiller||0.03L||5||57.5kg||$2.70|
|3||1||THINK ABOUT IT||Joseph Pride||Sam Clipperton||1.23L||3||58.5kg||$1.90F|
|4||7||COAL CRUSHER||Joseph Pride||Tyler Schiller||1.64L||8||56kg||$61|
|5||3||MAZU||Peter & Paul Snowden||Tommy Berry||2.15L||6||58.5kg||$16|
|6||9||ZAPATEO||James Cummings||Damian Lane||2.5L||2||55.5kg||$26|
|7||2||CASCADIAN (GB)||James Cummings||Ben Melham||3.17L||1||58.5kg||$19|
|8||5||SURF DANCER (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Regan Bayliss||4.08L||4||57.5kg||$101|
|8||LOVE TAP||Richard & Will Freedman||Michael Dee||0|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2023 Winners Stakes / Giga Kick Stakes Betting Odds
The Winners Stakes 2023 betting odds and links to the latest prices at Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below as soon as all-in markets on the event open.
Pierata ($2.60 in 2019), Gytrash ($3.60 in 2020) and Eduardo ($3 in 2021) all saluted for the punters giving the favourites in Winners Stakes betting a flawless record after the opening three editions of the event.
In 2022 the Winners Stakes winner Private Eye paid $5.50, while the favourite Lost And Running ran a disappointing seventh.
Private Eye returned to run second in 2023 behind upset winner Bella Nipotina who jumped at Giga Kick Stakes odds of $10 while Think About It ran third as the beaten odds-on favourite.
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2023 Giga Kick Stakes Form Guide
2023 Giga Kick Stakes Tips
Stay tuned for our insider Giga Kick Stakes 2023 Tips on the $3 million showdown this Golden Eagle Day in Sydney.
- To Win: #1 Think About It ($1.70 at time of publish) – BET NOW
The Everest winner races on and even at the odds-on quote is impossible to bet against. The Joe Pride-trained sprint star just keeps on winning and can’t see the streak ending here. Beaten just once in his 12 starts and defeated the country’s best sprinters over the six furlongs at Randwick in the world’s richest turf race second-up without stress. Fitter now third-up and ready to fire again up to 1300m here. A multiple Group 1 winner in the winter in Queensland including taking out the Stradbroke over 1400m so the distance is a non-issue. Nothing in this race will beat him.
2023 Winners Stakes / Giga Kick Stakes Field
The confirmed Giga Kick Stakes 2023 field of sprinters will be detailed below as soon as available.
Many horses in the Winners Stakes field may have contested the previous month’s Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) at Randwick and Gytrash (2020) was the last to do the double.
The 2023 Giga Kick Stakes final field features a quality line-up of sprinters and middle-distance spring gallopers dominated by last start The Everest hero Think About It.
|No||Last 10||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Probable Weight||Penalty||Hcp Rating|
|1||111x111x11||THINK ABOUT IT||Joseph Pride||Sam Clipperton||3||58.5kg||118|
|2||1154x5213x||CASCADIAN (GB)||James Cummings||Ben Melham||1||58.5kg||114|
|3||32x5363x90||MAZU||Peter & Paul Snowden||Tommy Berry||7||58.5kg||111|
|4||217x405x13||PRIVATE EYE||Joseph Pride||Nash Rawiller||6||57.5kg||116|
|5||16460x010x||SURF DANCER (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Regan Bayliss||4||57.5kg||106|
|6||x30236x333||BELLA NIPOTINA||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Craig Williams||8||56.5kg||112|
|7||2x43410x34||COAL CRUSHER||Joseph Pride||Tyler Schiller||9||56kg||103|
|8||4x10x735x0||LOVE TAP||Richard & Will Freedman||Michael Dee||5||56kg||94|
|9||x01133x350||ZAPATEO||James Cummings||Damian Lane||2||55.5kg||109|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2023 Winners Stakes / Giga Kick Stakes Nominations
Nominations for the 2023 Giga Kick Stakes will be updated below once confirmed by Racing NSW the week of the race.
The Giga Kick Stakes 2023 nominations attracted a bumper 75 hopefuls led in all-in betting by odds-on favourite Think About It coming off a $20 million The Everest victory.
|Last 10||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp Rating|
|1||21743x01x||AGE OF KINGS (IRE)||H||4||Chris Waller||96|
|2||x15x11x312||AIRMAN||G||4||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||103|
|3||4913x0x404||ALCOHOL FREE (IRE)||M||6||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott|
|6||3x216Px520||ATISHU (NZ)||M||6||Chris Waller||110|
|7||x30236x333||BELLA NIPOTINA||M||6||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||112|
|8||123x57x138||BUENOS NOCHES||H||4||Matthew Smith||110|
|10||1154x5213x||CASCADIAN (GB)||G||9||James Cummings||114|
|11||x3899464x3||CHAIN OF LIGHTNING||M||5||Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman||104|
|12||0x23x21x48||CHAIRMAN’S LIST (NZ)||G||7||Rex Cole||53|
|13||113x2020x1||CLOUDLAND (NZ)||G||5||Kris Lees||71|
|14||2x43410x34||COAL CRUSHER||G||6||Joseph Pride||103|
|15||734x1211x9||COIN TOSS||G||4||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||88|
|16||x1761x0154||DEMOCRACY MANIFEST||G||5||Chris Waller||101|
|17||0x574224x1||DREAM HOUR||G||4||Kris Lees||74|
|19||4x5958709x||EXCELLENT PROPOSAL||G||7||Michael Freedman|
|20||1x130x6559||EXTREMELY LUCKY||G||5||Chris Waller||83|
|22||1x800x4116||FELIX MAJESTIC||G||4||Gary Nickson||76|
|23||19122×2125||GARZA BLANCA||H||4||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||80|
|24||6x1247000x||GENTLEMAN ROY||G||7||Ben, Will & JD Hayes||104|
|25||2400×90139||GOLDEN MILE||H||4||James Cummings||108|
|27||x22113x626||HAWAII FIVE OH||H||4||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||111|
|28||26111×8220||HERE TO SHOCK (NZ)||G||6||Ben, Will & JD Hayes||98|
|29||000x82685x||HILAL||H||5||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott|
|30||11117×1612||I AM ME||M||5||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace|
|31||151x231x32||I WISH I WIN (NZ)||G||5||Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman||117|
|32||1x1317x244||IN SECRET||M||4||James Cummings||115|
|34||11878×6750||INVER PARK (GB)||G||6||Kris Lees||90|
|35||1215x1147x||IOWNA MERC||G||4||Bjorn Baker||81|
|36||1141x2x100||KIBOU||G||4||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||86|
|37||x114624x28||KING OF SPARTA||G||5||Peter & Paul Snowden||107|
|38||1x233x31||KING’S GAMBIT||C||3||Peter & Paul Snowden||92|
|39||x08x3x907x||LAUDA SION (JPN)||H||7||Chris Waller|
|40||x61250x993||LOCH EAGLE||G||5||Kris Lees||84|
|41||x317x60x08||LOST AND RUNNING (NZ)||G||7||John O’Shea||112|
|42||4x10x735x0||LOVE TAP||G||6||Richard & Will Freedman||94|
|43||211||MAKARENA||F||3||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||81|
|45||32x5363x90||MAZU||G||5||Peter & Paul Snowden||111|
|47||6441×22581||MUCH MUCH BETTER||G||6||Sara Ryan||95|
|48||26×130||NADAL||C||3||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||79|
|49||215×512320||NEW ENDEAVOUR (IRE)||G||4||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||99|
|50||x145125x29||OPAL RIDGE||M||4||Luke Pepper||102|
|51||51761×5730||OSIPENKO (NZ)||H||4||Chris Waller||106|
|53||217x405x13||PRIVATE EYE||G||6||Joseph Pride||116|
|55||118x147x15||REMARQUE||G||5||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||108|
|56||2x123x1111||RHEINBERG (NZ)||G||5||Ben, Will & JD Hayes||84|
|57||10x90x7x14||RISE OF THE MASSES||H||4||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||82|
|58||06x5447x17||ROGUE BEAR (IRE)||G||6||Kris Lees||80|
|60||4232110×86||ROYAL MERCHANT||M||4||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace|
|61||11x88610x7||RUSTIC STEEL||G||6||Kris Lees||104|
|62||320150×752||RUTHLESS DAME (NZ)||M||4||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace|
|64||812135x85x||SPECIAL REWARD||G||8||Kris Lees||104|
|65||22010×0||STEEL CITY||F||3||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||83|
|66||16460x010x||SURF DANCER (IRE)||G||7||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||106|
|67||111x111x11||THINK ABOUT IT||G||5||Joseph Pride||118|
|68||42×1116||TIZ INVINCIBLE||F||3||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||92|
|69||x664222432||UMGAWA||G||5||Leon & Troy Corstens|
|71||x422x0270x||WAIHAHA FALLS (NZ)||G||6||John O’Shea||92|
|72||x95143x645||WALTZ ON BY||M||4||Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman||86|
|73||1x520x3393||WATERFORD (IRE)||G||5||Chris Waller||98|
|74||52535x5x46||WILLINGA BEAST||M||4||Kris Lees||82|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
Winners Stakes History
The Winners Stakes was first run in 2019 and won by the punters’ pick Pierata who improved on a lead-up fifth in that year’s The Everest race.
In its second running The Everest third place-getter Gytrash made it two-from-two for the favourites saluting in the 2020 race run on a Heavy track.
The flawless run of favourites continued with that year’s The Everest third place-getter Eduardo saluting for the punters at $3 in 2021. Eduardo won in 1:15.16 a record for the race.
Winners Stakes prize money was increased from $1 million to $3 million ahead of the 2022 edition which saw that year’s The Everest runner-up Private Eye win the race run as the Nature Strip Stakes.
Bella Nipotina for her 2023 upset became the first mare to salute in the Winners Stakes.
Past Winners Stakes Winners
Previous Winners Stakes winners going back to the race’s inauguration in 2019 are detailed below.
(Giga Kick Stakes)
|Bella Nipotina||Private Eye||Think About It||1:15.50|
(Nature Strip Stakes)
(Classique Legend Stakes)
|Eduardo||Lost And Running||Standout||1:15.16|
(Yes Yes Yes Stakes)
|Gytrash||Haut Brion Her||Imaging||1:17.85|