The Damien Oliver Gold Rush 2023

Distance: 1400m | Conditions: WFA| Rail Position: True | Track Condition: Good 4

The second edition of The Gold Rush, is now a highlight of Perth’s Summer Racing Carnival. With a $1.5 million prize pool, The Gold Rush, a 1400m WFA event, seeks to grow in prestige from its initial Group 3 status. Let’s try to find you a winner!



Comfort Me, given the draw, is poised to take a leading position, while Valour Road is expected to move across. Super Smirk will likely aim to settle just behind the frontrunners with Baby Paris. For those not on the pace, the situation could become complicated, with the risk of getting buried in the pack or forced wide. Any contenders making a move from the back will likely experience an intense and challenging ride.



1: jockey silks Dom To Shoot (14)

Winner of the Northerly Stakes last week securing a narrow victory getting a gin steer beating Zaaki over 1800m. Previously, he made an impressive comeback to place third in the G1 Railway on November 25. Is really up for it in these events, and a key contender again at a price.

2: jockey silks Valour Road (16)

A multiple Group 2 winner in good form. Won the G2 Lee Steere, beating Dom To Shoot, if replicated, positions him as a top contender. Needs to get across from bad draw.

3: jockey silksBustler (15)

Have to respect The Railway Stakes victor,  finished 4th in the Northerly. Now back to a more suitable 1400m in peak condition, this horse is ticking a lot of boxes, the draw is an issue but a serious contender.

4: jockey silks Munhamek (17)

Ollie has it all to do if he wants to finish his career in a blaze of glory with Munhamek drawing the carpark for the veteran’s final hoorah.

5: jockey silks Red Can Man (10)

A respectable 4th in the G1 Winterbottom behind Overpass only beaten 3.5L by the speedster, always runs a good race, I would have thought $20 plus but it looks like starting shorter than that so I won’t be with him.

6: jockey silksMassimo (17)

Will race on speed with the draw and probably similar to the Railway, will box on. Just not showing enough for me this time in.

7: jockey silks Comfort Me (3)

Back in trip which suits and has a great draw but has come up pretty short, I will look elsewhere in this one as I have a few above him at better prices.

8: jockey silks Savatoxl (1)

Is a Group 1 winner and has drawn but he’s hard to have, that’s reflected in the 100-1 plus, so I wouldn’t judge anyone throwing on a penny or two.

9: jockey silks Hot Zed (2)

An underdog with potential, Hot Zed finished 6th in The Winterbottom. He could surprise in this field, especially with a favorable draw. One to watch, especially for those seeking value bets.

10: jockey silksAyrton (11)

A resilient and consistent performer with multiple Group 3 wins, placed in the Victoria Handicap and sixth in the Rupert Clarke. Despite a less-than-ideal draw, he is right in this, especially as he’s been specifically prepared for this event.

11: jockey silks Resortman (10)

Has strong second-up record, recently finished eighth getting though his gears nicely but got blocked for a run in the G1 Winterbottom. His ability to finish well, combined with a neutral draw, positions him as a mid-tier contender in this race, would be happy with anything over 25’s

12: jockey silks Laverrod (13)

Was very good in the G1 Winterbottom worked home in super slick time from the back, Despite facing a challenging draw, I see him a big improver and is well over the odds. Definitely in his camp at the price.

13: jockey silks My Bella Mae (5)

Query over this trip and the wide draw hurts her chances. she will have to go around without me.

14: jockey silks Baby Paris (2)

Defeating Rusty Dreams in nice fashion could take plenty of catching again if he gets to the front easy enough. Good chance at 20’s

15: jockey silks Karli’s Karma (6)

I see has had a minor throat operation since her last start. I will need to give a miss after reading that.

16: jockey silks Ripcord (9)

Overcame Oscar’s Fortune impressively in the last race. This distance seems perfectly suited for him, making him a top contender with the advantage of lower weights. As a promising 3-year-old, it wouldn’t be surprising at all to see him go well.

18: jockey silks Super Smirk (12)

Another talented 3yo, probably didn’t see out the mile last time but the 1400m will suit.



Bustler ticking all the right boxes for me and Laverrod at a great quote.

jockey silksBustler

jockey silks Laverrod

1 units on Bustler
1 unit on Laverrod