- Race Date: Saturday, 10th December 2022
- Race Category: Group Three
- Race Track: Ascot Racecourse, Perth
- Race Distance: 1400m
- Prize Money: $1,500,000
The Gold Rush Preview
The Gold Rush is a newly introduced Group Three race held at the Ascot Racecourse as a part of the Summer Racing Carnival held in Perth. The race has a weight-for-age condition and has a distance of 1400m. The first edition of the race will be held on 10th December.
Although the race belongs to Group 3, it has a lucrative purse worth $1.5m. The aim is to increase its class and prestige gradually over the years. The race’s name was chosen after a myriad of suggestions from readers of the Racing and Wagering Western Australia’s publication, The West Australian. Its chosen name depicts the region’s rich gold history from the 1800s.
Betting Tips For The Gold Rush
The Gold Rush will take place on the last Saturday of The Pinnacles, the new name of The Carnival. The weight-forage condition race is expected to attract runners from the Winterbottom Stakes, a 1200m Group 1 race held two weeks earlier.
Betting for The Gold Rush is likely to be dominated by middle-distance runners and sprinters in good form, coming from high-profile races from the Group 1 category held in Perth earlier in the season. Horses with good performance in spring are put in at shorter odds in the Gold Rush. This would include races like the 1600m The Gong and 1300 The Hunter held in Sydney. Both races have a purse worth $1 million.
For betting purposes, looking for gallopers that have been locally trained at Perth and performed well in events with weight-for-age conditions would serve well. Runners participating in Group 1 features may also feature, opt for grade down but with lucrative prize money. A key race for betting on the Gold Rush can be the WA Guineas. Three-year-old runners participating and performing well in the Group 3 1600m Perth summer feature are also strong candidates for the first edition of The Gold Rush.