George Main Stakes

The George Main Stakes takes place at Royal Randwick in mid-September as the opening Group 1 race of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. Winx (2016-17) has won the past two editions of the George Main Stakes.

2017 George Main Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Winx
  • 2nd: #1 Happy Clapper
  • 3rd: #9 Foxplay

George Main Stakes News

2017 George Main Stakes Results: Winx Incredible Again

2017 George Main Stakes Results: Winx Incredible Again

Winx has recorded her twentieth-consecutive race win with another incredible performance in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick this afternoon. The champion mare jumped only fairly this afternoon and jockey Hugh Bowman again elected to take a position off the pace of Red Excitement, Ecuador and Mackintosh. Winx did not appear…

The George Main Stakes 2017 is a 1600m race held at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse in September. Worth $500,000 in prize money, the event is the opening Group 1 race of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

Open to horses aged three years and over, the George Main Stakes is a weight-for-age event and is a great lead-up to the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) over the same track / distance a fortnight later. The last horse to complete the George Main Stakes – Epsom Handicap double was the John O’Shea-trained Racing To Win (2006).

The most notable recent George Main Stakes winner was superstar mare Winx who became the first back-to-back winner since Kingston Town (1981-82) when the champion defended her title in 2017 scoring her 20th straight race victory.

The 2017 George Main Stakes ran on Saturday September 16, 2017 and was as the Colgate Optic White Stakes.

2017 George Main Stakes
Date: Saturday September 16, 2017
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $500,000

2017 George Main Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Winx
  • 2nd: #1 Happy Clapper
  • 3rd: #9 Foxplay

Check out the official George Main Stakes 2017 Results & Finishing Order below, the race won by the odds-on favourite and defending champion Winx who became a 13-time Group 1 winner with the come-from-behind win over Happy Clapper. The fellow Chris Waller-trained mare Foxplay held on for third to round out the George Main Stakes Trifecta as the top three ran the order of the odds for the punters.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 7 WINX Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 1 57kg $1.12F
2 1 HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Blake Shinn 1.3L 7 59kg $15
3 9 FOXPLAY Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 5.8L 3 56.5kg $21
4 4 MCCREERY (GB) Chris Waller Michael Walker 7.6L 8 59kg $151
5 5 MACKINTOSH (NZ) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 7.7L 2 59kg $101
6 8 HEAVENS ABOVE Tim Martin Tye Angland 8.1L 6 57kg $91
7 3 RED EXCITEMENT Gerald Ryan Joshua Parr 9.3L 4 59kg $26
8 2 ECUADOR (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 9.5L 5 59kg $81
6 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Michael Walker 0

2017 George Main Stakes Betting

Read our comprehensive 2017 George Main Stakes Form Guide & Betting History.

The season’s best George Main Stakes 2017 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below as soon as available.

2017 George Main Stakes Field

The George Main Stakes field attracts a top class line-up of early spring milers, many looking to step-up in distance later in the season heading towards a Melbourne feature including the Cox Plate – a double Winx achieved in 2016.

Many gallopers have a lead-up run into the George Main Stakes field at the same Randwick track in either the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) a month before or Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) a fortnight earlier. Winx (2017) was the last horse to complete the Chelmsford Stakes – George Main Stakes double.

The official George Main Stakes 2017 Final Field & Barriers are released the Wednesday prior to the race and will be published in full below.

The 2017 George Main Stakes Field is now out with the defending champion and Hall of Famer Winx drawn the inside alley as she prepares to beat her seven remaining rivals and post her 20th straight turf triumph.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 469x2125x1 HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Blake Shinn 8 59kg 113
2 x113380x34 ECUADOR (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 5 59kg 110
3 3311255×42 RED EXCITEMENT Gerald Ryan Joshua Parr 4 59kg 110
4 2x156495x8 MCCREERY (GB) Chris Waller Michael Walker 9 59kg 106
5 x13540x0x6 MACKINTOSH (NZ) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 2 59kg 103
6 23x6905x22 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller TBA 7 59kg 103
7 11x1111x11 WINX Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 1 57kg 132
8 1670x910x5 HEAVENS ABOVE Tim Martin Tye Angland 6 57kg 108
9 14x24141x2 FOXPLAY Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 3 56.5kg 112

2017 George Main Stakes Nominations

The 2017 George Main Stakes nominations are announced by Racing NSW on the Monday before the race and will be available here as soon as released.

The George Main Stakes 2017 Nominations drew 11 early entries, but have been extended until 11:00am (AEST) on 12/09/2017. Winx leads the George Main Stakes entries, Chris Waller’s superstar mare defending her title in the race and chasing a 13th Group 1 victory.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 x113380x34 ECUADOR (NZ) G 8 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 110
2 14x24141x2 FOXPLAY M 4 Chris Waller 112
3 469x2125x1 HAPPY CLAPPER G 7 Patrick Webster 113
4 1670x910x5 HEAVENS ABOVE M 6 Tim Martin 108
5 1541112×13 INVINCIBLE GEM M 4 Kris Lees 108
6 1x11202x25 LE ROMAIN G 5 Kris Lees 116
7 x13540x0x6 MACKINTOSH (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 103
8 2x156495x8 MCCREERY (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 106
9 3311255×42 RED EXCITEMENT G 8 Gerald Ryan 110
10 23x6905x22 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 103
11 11x1111x11 WINX M 6 Chris Waller 132

George Main Stakes History

The race is named after George Main, the former chairman of the Australian Jockey Club, racehorse breeder and sheep runner. Inaugurated in 1945, the first winner of the George Main Stakes was Modulation. There have been several horses which have managed to win the race more than once including Kingston Town in 1981-82, Regal Rhythm in 1967-68, Count Radiant in 1964-65 and Shannon in 1946-47. In 2011 the race was run over a 1500m trip at Rosehill due to construction work at Randwick.

In 2017 Winx became the latest back-to-back George Main Stakes winner and the shortest-priced favourite to salute at odds of $1.12.

George Main Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2018
George Main Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2017
George Main Stakes
1st Winx 1 minute 33.65 seconds
2nd Happy Clapper
3rd Foxplay
2016
George Main Stakes
1st Winx 1 minute 36.1 seconds
2nd Hauraki
3rd It’s Somewhat
2015
George Main Stakes
1st Kermadec 1 minute 37.70 seconds
2nd Royal Descent
3rd Pornichet
2014
George Main Stakes
1st Sacred Falls 1 minute 35.66 seconds
2nd Royal Descent
3rd Laser Hawk
2013
George Main Stakes
1st Streama 1 minute 34.78 seconds
2nd Royal Descent
3rd Veyron
2012
George Main Stakes
1st Shoot Out 1 minute 36.4 seconds
2nd Rangirangdoo
3rd Secret Admirer
2011
George Main Stakes
1st Sincero 1 minute 28.5 seconds
2nd Ilovethiscity
3rd Triple Elegance
2010
George Main Stakes
1st More Joyous 1 minute 35.6 seconds
2nd Trusting
3rd Empires Choice
2009
George Main Stakes
1st Road To Rock 1 minute 35.5 seconds
2nd Black Piranha
3rd Onemorenomore
2008
George Main Stakes
1st Mentality 1 minute 34.68 seconds
2nd Theseo
3rd Gallant Tess
2007
George Main Stakes
Race Not Held  
2006
George Main Stakes
1st Racing To Win 1 minute 33.75 seconds
2nd Red Dazzler
3rd Desert War
2005
George Main Stakes
1st Mr Celebrity 1 minute 34.6 seconds
2nd Shania Dane
3rd Outback Prince
2004
George Main Stakes
1st Grand Armee 1 minute 36.94 seconds
2nd King’s Chapel
3rd Shamekha
2003
George Main Stakes
1st Lonhro 1 minute 37.48 seconds
2nd Grand Armee
3rd Defier
2002
George Main Stakes
1st Defier 1 minute 38.31 seconds
2nd Excellerator
3rd Sunline
2001
George Main Stakes
1st Viscount 1 minute 36.74 seconds
2nd Shogun Lodge
3rd Courvoisier
2000
George Main Stakes
1st Adam 1 minute 35.25 seconds
2nd Mr. Innocent
3rd Al Mansour