The Kosciuszko

The Kosciuszko

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Date: Saturday, October 12, 2024
Location: Randwick Racecourse – Sydney, New South Wales
Prize Money: $2,000,000
Distance: 1200m

The Kosciuszko is a 1200 metre sprint contest run under set weights and penalties conditions in mid October held at Randwick Racecourse with $2,000,000 worth of prize money on offer.

To contest The Kosciuszko horses must be under the care of a country trainer with a current stable return lodged on or before midnight May 13, 2024. Anything after this voids the eligibility date.

The Kosciuszko is open to horses with a NSW benchmark below 110 and trained in Country NSW or the ACT as at and subsequent to the eligibility date.

Horses wishing to participate in the race must have had at least one NSW race start for an eligible trainer to qualify for The Kosciuszko. Those contesting the 2023 Kosciuszko must for twelve months after the race, remain under the care of a trainer eligible for the race.

First run in 2018, Belflyer for John Shelton shocked the racing world when claiming The Kosciuszko at $71 odds.

2024 The Kosciuszko betting odds

Odds for the 2024 Kosciuszko are currently unavailable.

Best bookmakers for The Kosciuszko

Considering The Kosciuszko is on the same day as The Everest, a majority of bookmakers will have markets out for the race a couple of months out from when the barriers open at Randwick Racecourse.

The Kosciuszko betting is open well in advance of 1200m event. You can bet on these markets via both computer, telephone and even via online betting apps, which are the most common way Aussies bet in 2023.

The top online bookmakers for Kosciuszko odds will also have horse betting apps for the main Australian smartphones, which are Android and iOS. HorseBetting recommends taking advantage of these free downloads to maximise your ability to accept free bets and racing promotions.

These bookmakers offer markets on The Kosciuszko horse race:

Latest The Kosciuszko News

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Betting on The Kosciuszko

Outside of It’s Me who won the race in 2020, three of the four editions of The Kosciuszko has been taken out by male horses.

Despite the race only being in existence for four years, favourites have won two of the five races. It’s Me ($2) in 2020 and Art Cadeau ($4) in 2021.

Remarkably the only time a winner has paid a double figure quote with online bookmakers, was when Belflyer ($71) took out the inaugural edition of the race in 2018.

Front Page became the first multiple winner of the race when saluting in 2022 and then again in 2023.

Barrier seven has already produced two winners in the brief history of The Kosciuszko, suggesting perhaps drawing the middle of the line is no disdvantage.

The Kosciuszko Final Field 2024

HorseBetting will update this page when the 2024 Kosciuszko final field is released.

Previous The Kosciuszko Fields

Some of the best country-trained racehorses have gone on to compete in The Kosciuszko, check out the recent fields to have competed in the $1,300,000 race.

  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Silks Front Page Matthew Dale Tyler Schiller 8 59kg
    2 Silks Mnementh Mitchell Beer Tommy Berry 7 59kg
    3 Silks Far Too Easy David McColm James Orman 12 58.5kg
    4 Silks Akasawa Paul Messara & Leah Gavranich Aaron Bullock 10 58.5kg
    5 Silks Cavalier Charles Matthew Dale Hugh Bowman 14 57.5kg
    6 Silks I’ve Bean Tryin’ Matthew Kelley Jason Collett 11 57.5kg
    7 Silks Opal Ridge Luke Pepper James McDonald 2 57kg
    8 Silks Mogo Magic Scott Collings Nick Heywood 4 57kg
    9 Silks Bianco Vilano Ron Stubbs Craig Williams 9 57kg
    10 Silks Our Last Cash Donna Scott Rachel King 13 56.5kg
    11 Silks Sizzle Minizzle Brett Robb Sam Clipperton 5 56.5kg
    12 Silks Derry Grove Matthew Dunn Nash Rawiller 6 55.5kg
    13 Silks Broken Hill Cody Morgan Dylan Gibbons 3 55kg
    14 Silks Kimberley Secrets Nick Olive Kathy O’Hara 1 54kg
    15 Silks Art Cadeau (1E) Terry Robinson TBC TBC 59kg
    16 Silks Fender (2E) Brett Cavanough TBC TBC 58.5kg
    17 Silks Super Helpful (3E) Barbara Joseph, Paul & Matt Jones Adam Hyeronimus TBC 58.5kg
    18 Silks Greyworm (4E) Neville Boyle TBC TBC 57.5kg
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Art Cadeau Terry Robinson Damian Lane 3 60kg
    2 Handle The Truth Kym Dryden Nash Rawiller 6 59kg
    3 Front Page Geoff Duryea Tyler Schiller 4 59kg
    4 Mnementh Mitchell Beer Chad Schofield 12 58kg
    5 Another One Gary Colvin William Pike 1 58kg
    6 Far Too Easy David McColm James Orman 7 57.5kg
    7 Fender Brett Cavanough Sam Clipperton 14 57kg
    8 It’s Me Brett Cavanough James McDonald 5 56.5kg
    9 Cavalier Charles Matthew Dale Nick Heywood 9 56kg
    10 Anethole Cody Morgan Tommy Sherry 11 56kg
    11 Spiranac Rodney Northam Reece Jones 8 55.5kg
    12 Commando Hunt Cameron Crockett Kerrin McEvoy 10 55kg
    13 Talbragar Cody Freedman Hugh Bowman 2 55kg
    14 Le Melody Cody Morgan Rachel King 13 53kg
    15 Irish Songs (1E) Kurt Goldman TBC TBC 59kg
    16 Ten Bells (2E) Scott Collings TBC TBC 54kg
    17 Testator Silens (3E) Luke Clarke TBC TBC 57kg
    18 Know Where To Look (4E) Roy McCabe TBC TBC 53.5kg
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Handle The Truth Keith Dryden Nash Rawiller 1 59kg
    2 Front Page Geoff Duryea Kerrin McEvoy 14 59kg
    3 Art Cadeau Terry Robinson Tommy Berry 3 57.5kg
    4 Plonka Warren Gavenlock Joshua Parr 7 57kg
    5 Aheadofhistime Trevor Hardy Jeff Penza 9 56.5kg
    6 Spiranac Rodney Northam James McDonald 8 55.5kg
    7 Edit Cody Morgan Hugh Bowman 11 55kg
    8 Ice In Vancouver Cody Morgan Tim Clark 12 55kg
    9 Island Bay Boy Tony Sergi Jason Collett 10 55kg
    10 Nadaraja Stephen Jones Matthew Palmer 2 55kg
    11 Mr Hussill Cameron Crockett Regan Bayliss 5 55kg
    12 Ceasefire Paul Messara Robbie Dolan 13 55kg
    13 Patino Ruby Brett Cavanough Alysha Collett 5 53.5kg
    14 Sunrise Ruby Mitchell Beer Glen Boss 4 53kg
    15 Irish Songs (1E) Kurt Goldman Kerrin McEvoy 14 57kg
    16 Another One (2E) Gary Colvin N/A N/A 56kg
    17 Tim’s Principal Jeremy Gask N/A N/A 56kg
    18 Kattegat Natalie Jarvis N/A N/A 56kg
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Handle The Truth Keith Dryden Nash Rawiller 13 59kg
    2 Lord Von Costa Donna Scott Blaike McDougall 2 59kg
    3 Redouble Mitchell Beer Tommy Berry 1 59kg
    4 Intuition Kurt Goldman Sam Clipperton 10 59kg
    5 Front Page Geoff Duryea James McDonald 8 59kg
    6 Man Of Peace Matthew Dale Louise Day 9 58kg
    7 Irish Songs Kurt Goldman Glen Boss 4 57kg
    8 Ligulate Cody Morgan Andrew Gibbons 11 57kg
    9 Two Big Fari Todd Howlett Grant Buckley 6 56.5kg
    10 Al Mah Haha Tash Burleigh Koby Jennings 5 56kg
    11 Fender Brett Cavanough Kerrin McEvoy 3 55.5kg
    12 Anethole Cody Morgan Brenton Avdulla 14 55kg
    13 Ice In Vancouver Cody Morgan Greg Ryan 12 55kg
    14 It’s Me Brett Cavanough Jason Collett 7 53kg
    15 Akasaki Stephen Jones N/A N/A 58kg
    16 Kookabaa Brett Thompson N/A N/A 56.5kg
    17 Julian Rock Jean Dubois N/A N/A 56kg
    18 Prairie Fire Danny Williams James McDonald 8 56kg

2023 The Kosciuszko result

1stFront Page (+450)
2ndOpal Ridge (-250)
3rdFar Too Easy (+100)

Recent The Kosciuszko results

  • Front Page ($5.50) has made it back-to-back victories in The Kosciuszko (1200m) at Randwick and his first for new trainer Matthew Dale, securing the major portion of the $2 million prize. It was another front-running effort as Tyler Schiller pinged the lids aboard the now seven-year-old gelding from barrier eight, charging across to secure the lead. Kimberly’s Secret ($51.00) tried to match motors but was simply no match for the leader as the race went on. It left James McDonald stalking behind the leading pair and when he pushed the button, Opal Ridge ($2.90) did seem to be making up the ground late, as was Far Too Easy ($7.50). It was to no avail in the end as Front Page had already cleared out for the prize, going on to score a dominant victory.
  • It was third-time lucky for Geoff Duryea and Front Page in The Kosciuszko at Randwick, and how did he feel about it? “Bloody good”. Duryea’s gelding was an impressive winner in the $2 million sprint for top country horses, and it was a just reward for the short-distance star. In 2020, he was scratched after becoming fractious in the float enroute to Sydney. And last year, he had to be withdrawn a couple of days before the race after sustaining a ligament injury. But at peak fitness on Saturday, Front Page was sensational, holding off favourite Far Too Easy from his leading position at the turn.
  • This was a classic race in every sense of the word. Art Cadeau chasing down Handle The Truth on the straight after a long duel to win a thriller. The Terry Robinson-trained Art Cadeau became the first runner to complete the Kosciuszko / Country Championships double and solidified himself as one of the best horses on the country scene. Despite seemingly peaking on his run with 100m to go, Tommy Berry got the most out of Art Cadeau and lifted him to victory, nabbing the 2019 winner Handle The Truth on the winning post.
  • In the short history of The Kosciuszkio, there is little doubt that It’s me’s win in 2020 is the most remarkable of them all. When entering the home straight, the Brett Cavanough-trained mare found endless amounts of traffic and no clear air until the 300m mark. Once clear, she had some five-lengths to make up and with Mitch Beer’s Redouble darting back to the rail, she looked to have been a good thing beaten. However, with a calm Jason Collett on board and an enormous finishing burst, It’s Me knuckled down inside the final 100m and brought up a truly breathtaking victory by a half head on the line.
  • Ridden by Nash Rawiller, Handle The Truth was rock solid at $7 with AU betting sites and after stalking the speed he shot to the front and held on to score by a length over $2.70 favourite Victorem with Bobbing ($26) another half-head back. The win will go down in history as most memorable for trainer Keith Dryden’s post-race interview: “I said if he runs top five I’ll be happy, if he runs top three I’ll be ecstatic and if he wins there will be a party on,” Dryden said. Party they did.
  • Northern Rivers trainer John Shelton has won many big races in his local area and beyond but none bigger than the $1.3 million Kosciuszko at Randwick. Punters disregarded Belflyer’s second in the Ramornie Handicap at Grafton in June and sent the sprinter out at $71. But Adam Hyeronimus and Belflyer didn’t look at the odds and the seven-year-old stormed home to beat Suncraze ($15) by half a length with Awesome Pluck ($9) another short neck third in the inaugural running of The Kosciuszko.

The Kosciuszko past winners list

The Kosciuszko Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2023 Front Page Tyler Schiller Matthew Dale
2022 Front Page Tyler Schiller Geoff Duryea
2021 Art Cadeau Tommy Berry Terry Robinson
2020 It’s Me Jason Collett Brett Cavanough
2019 Handle The Truth Nash Rawiller Keith Dryden
2018 Belflyer Adam Hyeronimus John Shelton
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