2024 Giga Kick Stakes (Winners Stakes)

The 1300m 2023 Giga Kick Stakes is also known as The 2023 Winners Stakes. For the purposes of this preview to the 2023 Giga Kick Stakes, we will refer to the feature race as such. However, sometimes it will be necessary to mention the 2023 Giga Kick Stakes as its alternate name, the 2023 Winners Stakes.

The 2023 Giga Kick Stakes is a fixed weight feature racethat will be run at Rosehill Racecourse on Saturday the 4th of November 2023. The race is also known as the Winners Stakes as I have mentioned, and its moniker will change annually to honour The Everest winner from the previous year. The Everest, as Australia’s most lucrative race has influenced many other Group 1 Australian races to either offer their competitors and connections more prize money or has created new Group 1 races such as this 2023 Giga Kick Stakes (Winners Stakes) altogether.

Typically run on the same day as the Victoria Derby, the 2023 Giga Kick Stakes has fast become one of Racing New South Wales’s most exciting races. With a $3 million prize pool on offer and a guaranteed spot in the Golden Eagle, the 2023 Giga Kick Stakes (Winner Stakes) is expected to draw a strong field of sprinters and middle-distance pros. 

Numerous top class Group 1 thoroughbred contenders are anticipated to show out at Rosehill Racecourse on the 4th of November 2023.As I mentioned, the 2023 Giga Kick Stakes is a new race that sits alongside the Bondi Stakes, Rosehill Gold Cup, Silver Eagle, and Golden Eagle in a slew of new Racing New South Wales races that benefits from the absurd increase in total prize money contributed by the state racing body.

The Everest is a potential reliable form indicator for speciality sprinters hoping to win both events, so be sure to keep an eye out for Australia’s richest race for some indication on who will impress in the 2023 Giga Kick Stakes. Also keep in mind there will be 16 runners in the 2023 Giga Kick Stakes (Winner Stakes).

So be sure to keep your calendar free on Saturday the 4th of November 2023 so you can tune in to the 2023 Giga Kick Stakes at Rosehill Racecourse.

Also be sure to check out our OnlyRacing Tips page on the week of the race for a full slate of analysis and picks for not just the 2023 Giga Kick Stakes (Winners Stakes) feature race, but also the entire meet at Rosehill Racecourse on the 4th of November 2023.

Who is Giga Kick? More Information on the Namesake of the 2023 Giga Kick Stakes (Winners Stakes)

Giga Kick competed in his first race, a novice 1100m competition at Sale Racecourse on February 13th, 2022. Having taken the lead the entire way, it was an extremely impressive outing that saw Giga Kick triumph on debut.After that, he spent 18 weeks resting as per the wishes of his connections.

After two trials following this 4 month break, Giga Kick came back to Flemington Racecourseon July 16th, 2022. Matthew Cartwright, the jockey on that day in 2022 at Flemington Racecourse commented that he, "capitalised on Giga Kick's natural speed before the promising sprinter dashed clear to score impressively" in order to place the chestnut coloured steed close to the lead early. "The idea to have him in early was that he's only had the one run and he's going to be meeting some pretty experienced horses throughout the spring," trainer Clayton Douglas explained. It was therefore unavoidable that the emphasis of this run would be on getting Giga Kick ready for the bigger races to come.

Clayton Douglas benefited from Giga Kick’s natural prowess in his first victory in a stakes event asthe ever impressive Giga Kick won the Group 3 Vain Stakes after that second trial. He was five lengths down at the bend before winning by a long head. Douglas noted, "He is still an immature type," following the race. However, if Giga Kick’s trainer sees immaturity in a Group 3 win from 5 lengths down, it shows there is plenty of room to grow.

On October 1st, 2022, Giga Kick won the Danehill Stakes. From the 300-meter point until the finish line, it seemed as though Buenos Noches was putting pressure on him and was going to pip Giga Kick past the post, however legendary jockey Craig Williams hung on to win by a nose. After the impressive victory, Williams was quoted saying “apart from the fact that he is unbeaten, there is a lot that we and I will gain from today's experience with this horse.”

The Everest, Australia's most lucrative horse race, was won by Giga Kick two weeks later. The odds-on favourite, Nature Strip, the winner from the previous year, saw its odds increase dramatically once Giga Kick was named to start in Australia’s richest race. He did not disappoint and produced an explosive finish to reel in his much older and more experiencedcompetitors with 400 metres left.

Having won the 2022 Everest, Giga Kick now benefits from having the Winners Stakes named after him. What has started as an awesome tradition in 2019, is now one of Racing New South Wales’ most lucrative races. Be sure to tune in to Rosehill Racecourse on the 4th of November 2023 to see a spectacle of a race.

The Feature Race – The 2024 Giga Kick Stakes (Winners Stakes)

1300m Giga Kick Stakes (Winners Stakes) – 1300m


Date: Saturday 4th November 2023 

Venue: Rosehill Racecourse
Time: TBD (AEDT)
Prize Money: $3 million AUD

The 2023 Giga Kick Stakes (Winners Stakes) feature race will be run at Rosehill Racecourse on Saturday the 4th of November 2023. The Winners Stakes takes on the moniker of whoever won the previous Everest race at Randwick Racecourse, the single richest race on the Australian racing calendar.

Racing New South Wales pledged upwards of $30 million AUD towards its Group 1 races across all seasonal racing carnivals. The 2023 Giga Kick Stakes (Winners Stakes) is a massive beneficiary of this pledge. In addition to being one of the newest races on the calendar, it is also one of the richest already! Now offering its participants a share of the amazing $3 million AUD prize pool, the 2023 Giga Stakes is bound to attract Australia’s finest sprint racers two weeks after the Everest.

See below the distribution of prize money on offer for the 2023 Giga Kick Stakes prepared by our specialists at OnlyRacing, with the victor taking home a very cool $1 million AUD for its connections.

PlacingPrize Money
1st$1,000,000
2nd$400,000
3rd$200,000
4th$100,000
5th$50,000
6th$40,000
7th ,8th ,9th and 10th$30,000
 11th  and 12th $25,000

Given the race is so far away at the time of writing this preview to the 2023 Giga Kick Stakes, we are still a while out from seeing the pre-nomination odds on offer for the 2023 Giga Kick Stakes (Winners Stakes). However, we have compiled a list of some of the likeliest Group 1 thoroughbred racers to compete in the 2023 Giga Kick Stakes based on the past calendar year of racing. This list includes the runners’ names and their trainers, most of which you will absolutely recognise.

It is highly beneficial to familiarise yourselves with the likely field of competitors for the 2023 Giga Kick Stakes so that when pre-nomination odds are released for the feature race, you can easily spot value. Try see how many off these elite racers you know that might compete in the 2023 Giga Kick Stakes!

1Amish BoyCiaron Maher & David Eustace
2ArtoriusAnthony & Sam Freedman
3AthelricJames Cummings
4AysarBen & JD Hayes
5BacchanaliaJames Cummings
6BasquiatChris Waller
7BattletonBjorn Baker
8Bella NipotinaCiaron Maher & David Eustace
9Belluci Babe Bjorn Baker
10BlondeauChris Waller
11BrigantineJames Cummings
12BrutalityJoseph Pride
13Chain Of LightningPeter G Moody
14CharleiseJohn O’Shea
15ClemenceauMichael, Wayne & John Hawkes
16Coal CrusherJoseph Pride
17EconomicsAnnabel Neasham
18EduardoJoseph Pride
19EspionaChris Waller
20FangirlChris Waller
21FourhometwoAnnabel Neasham
22Gem SongKris Lees
23GenerationCiaron Maher & David Eustace
24I Wish I WinPeter G Moody
25In The CongoGai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
26IngratiatingJames Cummings
27Joyful FortuneMark Newnham
28KementariJames Cummings
29KikuChris Waller
30Kolding Chris Waller
31Laws Of IndicesAnnabel Neasham
32Lost And RunningJohn O’Shea
33MalkovichBjorn Baker
34Mars MissionMichael, Wayne & John Hawkes
35Masked CrusaderMichael, Wayne & John Hawkes
36MazuPeter & Paul Snowden
37Nature StripChris Waller
38O’PresidentBjorn Baker
39OverpassBjorn Baker
40PauleleJames Cummings
41Perfect MissionAnnabel Neasham
42Prime CandidateBjorn Baker
43Private EyeJoseph Pride
44Promise Of SuccessJohn O’Shea
45Ranch HandChris Waller
46RemarqueMichael, Wayne & John Hawkes
47Roch ’N’ HorseMichael Moroney
48September RunChris Waller
49Shades Of RoseBjorn Baker
50ShaqueroChris Waller
51SnapdancerCiaron Maher & David Eustace
52SuperiumMichael, Wayne & John Hawkes
53Swats ThatCiaron Maher & David Eustace
54Sweet RideAnnabel Neasham
55Swiss ExileAnnabel Neasham
56Test Of FaithIan Finn
57TycoonistChris Waller
58VilanaJames Cummings
59Waihaha FallsJohn O’Shea
60WelwalChris Waller
61Wild PlanetMichael, Wayne & John Hawkes
62Wisdom Of WaterAnnabel Neasham
63ZapateoJames Cummings
64ZethusJames Cummings

Looking back on the 2022 Giga Kick Stakes (Winners Stakes) which was aptly named the 2022 Nature Strip Stakes (Winners Stakes) thanks to the legendary Nature Strip getting the victory in the 2021 Everest race at Randwick Racecourse, we have compiled, with assistance from PlayUp, a results table for the 2022 feature race.

This list includes the finishing result of these speedsters, as well as both how far behind the victor of the 2022 Nature Strip Stakes (Giga Kick Stakes) (Winners Stakes), Private Eye, they finished and their fixed starting price according to PlayUp.

Please Note: All odds are provided by PlayUp.

2022 Nature Strip Stakes Results (also known as the Giga Kick Stakes or Winners Stakes)

ResultNumber. Name Of Runner (Barrier)Length Behind Private EyeStarting Price
1st2. Private Eye (12)$6.50
2nd3. Mazu (1)1.23L$1.75
3rd8. Kementari (10)1.82L$1.35
4th11. Weona Smartone (7)2.09L$2.25
5th10. Rocketing By (2)2.43L$2.70
6th1. Eduardo (11)2.73L$4.40
7th7. Lost And Running (5)2.75L$15.00
8th12. Riodini (3)3.16L$4.00
9th9. Brutality (9)3.36L$101.00
10th4. Masked Crusader (6)3.72L$41.00
11th5. Kolding (8)4.89L$91.00

Table provided with assistance from PlayUp.

2021Classique Legend Stakes Results (also known as the Giga Kick Stakes or Winners Stakes)

Similar to the above table, we have also compiled a brief list of the top 4 runners in the 2021 Classique Legend Stakes (Winners Stakes), now the Giga Kick Stakes. As with the 2022 Nature Strip Stakes (Winners Stakes), this feature race was named after the victor in the 2020 Everest race, Classique Legend,

Please Note: All odds are provided by PlayUp.

Result of RunnerNumber. Runner NameFixed Win Odds
1st1. Eduardo$3.10
2nd13. Lost And Running$2.40
3rd8. Standout$5.00
4th10. Big Parade$9.00

Hopefully these results of the past couple Winners Stakes feature races provides some colour of what to expect come Saturday the 4th of November 2023, where the 2023 Giga Kick Stakes will be run at Rosehill Racecourse.

Where to Bet on the 2024 Giga Kick Stakes (Winners Stakes)

Undoubtedly, the main reason you're reading our 2023 Giga Kick Stakes preview is that you want to place some punts on the exciting and rich feature race. As such, let's examine what to look for in an Australian bookmaker before you place your 2023 Giga Kick Stakes (Winners Stakes) bets. As a guide, below are 2 separate schools of thought to use when punting on big feature races such as the 2023 Giga Kick Stakes (Winners Stakes).

  1. 1Use the Australian bookmaker you feel most comfortable betting with! Every single bettor uses a betting app to instantly check the odds for an event. This type of thinking results in ultimately selecting the bookmaker with whom you feel the most at ease making wagers. As a result, if your preferred bookmaker's odds and promotions are competitive with those of other Australian bookmakers, I advise keeping things easy and betting on the 2023 Giga Kick Stakes with them. For example, I always use Ladbrokes to check the odds of certain markets, and I seem to use them the most as a result.

  2. If you have the time or genuinely want to make the most of your 2023 Giga Kick Stakes wagers, my other suggestion is to compare the odds of your chosen market among as many bookmakers as you can (be bothered), and then place your bets with the bookmaker that has the best odds. For instance, if the almighty Giga Kick is the favourite to win the 2023 Giga Kick Stakes and PlayUp is offering $4.50 for a fixed win whilstUnibet is offering $4.20 odds for a fixed win, you should bet with PlayUp since it would result in a higher payout.

In addition to the above tips for betting on the 2023 Giga Kick Stakes (Winners Stakes), below is a list of five Australian bookmakers that provide markets for Group 1 thoroughbred races, along with a short table that includes some benefits and drawbacks. On our dedicated Bookmaker Reviews page, we provide comprehensive analyses of each of these five bookmakers. Knowing where your money is going is always important, and that rings true for the 2023 Giga Kick Stakes, so be sure to educate yourself on the bookie you will place your money with.

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Track History of Rosehill Racecourse – Home to the Giga Kick Stakes (Winners Stakes)

The Australian Turf Club's primary Western Sydney track is Rosehill Racecourse. It is home to The Golden Slipper, Sydney's most renowned race with a storied history. Although the Everest is now Australia and Sydney’s richest race, the Golden Slipper still holds a greater prestige for racing enthusiasts. Due to the race's rise over the last 20 years, owners are almost as eager for it to win as the Melbourne Cup.

The Galaxy, the George Ryder Stakes, the Rosehill Guineas, and the Ranvet Stakes are among the Group I events held on Australia's biggest and most famous racing day, the Golden Slipper Stakes day at Rosehill Racecourse. It is the only meeting with five Group I races scheduled for the same day on Australia’s racing calendar!

The track doubles as a significant conference and event venue, and it holds the Caravan & Camping Show annually immediately following the Golden Slipper Stakes day.

For a full comprehensive review of Rosehill Racecourse, click on any of the Rosehill Racecourse hyperlinks to see what really makes Rosehill Racecourse a special venue.

Race History & Previous Winners of the Giga Kick Stakes (Winners Stakes)

The concept of the 2023 Giga Kick Stakes (Winners Stakes) is awesome to say the least. Each year the name of the feature race shifts according to the previous winner of the Everest, Australia’s richest race held at Randwick Racecourse.

The carnival's featured sprint, the Everest takes place 14 days before the 2023 Giga Kick Stakes (Winners Stakes), where the Group 1 thoroughbred competitors must once again fight for a giganticsum of money thanks to Racing New South Wales. It's easy to imagine Everest-qualified horses backing up in the 2023 Giga Kick Stakes given the sheer cash on offer.

2019 Giga Kick Stakes (also known as the Winners Stakes)

To start, let us look at the inaugural race in the series of Winners Stakes.13 horses, including some graduates from the $14 million Everest race, competed in the first edition of the Giga Kick Stakes (also known as the Winners Stakes) feature race. The winner, Pierata, was a five-year-old stallion who jumped out of the famous gate 11 at Rosehill Racecourse, starting as the $2.60 favourite!The stallion came in at a starting weight of 58.5 kg, and finished first, obviously. Prior to winning the inaugural Winner Stakes, the horse ridden by the talented Greg Hickman finished fifth in The Everest two weeks before.

2020 Giga Kick Stakes (also known as the Winners Stakes)

Gytrash, the five-year-old super talented Gelding claimed victory in the second Giga Kick Stakes (Winners Stakes) in 2020 at Rosehill Racecourse.He leapt out of Gate 8 as a marginalfavouritewith fixed win odds of $3.60 (according to PlayUp). He weighed in at the same 58.5 kg that Pierata jumped at en route victory a year prior in the 2019 Giga Kick Stakes (Winners Stakes). The Gordon Richards-trained horse took first place in The Everest on his previous outing two weeks before the 2020 Giga Kick Stakes (Winners Stakes) to complete a famous, and very lucrative, double for his connections.

2021 Giga Kick Stakes (also known as the Winners Stakes)

The eight-year-old (oldest Winners Stakes champion) horse Eduardo, who triumphed in 2021, started from Gate 4 at Rosehill Racecourseand was the $3.00 favourite (according to our friends at PlayUp). It weighed 58.5 kg at the time of the jump (the same weight as the previous two winners in Pierata and Gytrash). Prior to winning the Winner Stakes, the horse placed third in The Everest at Randwick Racecourse.

2022 Giga Kick Stakes (also known as the Winners Stakes)

Private Eye, a five-year-old horse that won the Giga Kick Stakes (Winners Stakes) in 2022, leapt from Barrier 11 as a $5.50 near favourite. The again Joseph-trained horse's most recent start in The Everest resulted in a second-place finish that inspired many bettors to back him in for the 2022 Giga Kick Stakes (Winners Stakes).

Hopefully this preview to the 2023 Giga Kick Stakes (Winners Stakes) has provided you with critical insights into the feature race and explained the cool nature of how the race is named. Please check back in with OnlyRacing Tips on the week of the 2023 Giga Kick Stakes for tips on the meet at Rosehill Racecourse on Saturday the 4th of November 2023. 

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