George Main Stakes

The George Main Stakes takes place at Royal Randwick in mid to late September as the second Group 1 race of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. Winx (2016-18) won three straight editions of the George Main Stakes before her retirement.

2020 George Main Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Kolding
  • 2nd: #5 Star Of The Seas
  • 3rd: #4 Imaging



The George Main Stakes 2020 is a 1600m race held at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse in September. Worth $500,000 in prize money, the event is now the second Group 1 race of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival following on from the recently upgraded Winx Stakes.

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. Winx made George Main Stakes history again saluting in the event for the third consecutive year in 2018.

In 2020 trainer Chris Waller took his record in the race up to seven wins in nine years with Kolding beating home three of his stablemates.

The 2020 George Main Stakes ran on Saturday September 19, 2020 and saw Kolding salute in an all-Waller first four. 

George Main Stakes
Date: Saturday September 19, 2020
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $500,000

2020 George Main Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Kolding
  • 2nd: #5 Star Of The Seas
  • 3rd: #5 Imaging

Trainer Chris Waller took out the first four in the 2020 George Main Stakes results with an upset from his The Golden Eagle winner Kolding ($9.50) who beat home Star Of The Seas (2nd) and Imaging (3rd), while the beaten favourite Verry Elleegant ($2.20) finished a disappointing fourth.

Click here to read more on the upset George Main Stakes 2020 winner Kolding.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 7 59kg $9.50
2 5 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 0.4L 3 59kg $12
3 4 IMAGING (GB) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 0.6L 5 59kg $9.50
4 6 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 1.6L 2 57kg $2.20F
5 7 COLETTE James Cummings Ms Rachel King 3.7L 4 56.5kg $26
6 1 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 5.1L 6 59kg $6
7 2 DREAMFORCE John Thompson Nash Rawiller 5.6L 1 59kg $6

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 George Main Stakes Betting

The season’s best George Main Stakes 2020 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below as soon as available.

2020 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, 2017 and incredibly again in 2018.

Many gallopers have a lead-up run into the George Main Stakes field at the same Randwick track in either the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) – formerly known as the Group 2 Warwick Stakes – 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 2020 Final Field & Barriers are released the Wednesday prior to the race and will be published in full below.

The 2020 George Main Stakes final field features just seven runners with Chris Waller’s last start Winx Stakes winner Verry Elleegant clear favourite to defeat the likes of last year’s champion Avilius and runner-up Dreamforce.

Click here to read more on the key chances in the George Main Stakes 2020 field and betting markets.

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No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 47x54533x4 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 6 59kg 114
2 05x2810x01 DREAMFORCE John Thompson Nash Rawiller 1 59kg 113
3 1x45778x02 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 7 59kg 111
4 20x8100x34 IMAGING (GB) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 5 59kg 109
5 393x1720x2 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 3 59kg 109
6 10x42212x1 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 2 57kg 117
7 8221111×0 COLETTE James Cummings Ms Rachel King 4 56.5kg 106

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 George Main Stakes Nominations

Nominations for the George Main Stakes close the Monday of race week and will be announced below once taken.

The 2020 George Main Stakes nominations have been extended until Tuesday morning with just nine early entries led in by the Chris Waller-trained Verry Elleegant, and last year’s winning quinella of Avilius and Dreamforce.

Click here to read more on the key 2020 George Main Stakes nominees.

NOMINATIONS EXTENDED TO: 15/09/2020 11:00:00 AM
Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 47x54533x4 AVILIUS (GB) G 7 James Cummings 114
2 8221111×0 COLETTE M 4 James Cummings 106
3 05x2810x01 DREAMFORCE G 8 John Thompson 113
4 20x8100x34 IMAGING (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 109
5 1x45778x02 KOLDING (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 111
6 190x1410x0 NETTOYER M 7 Wendy Roche 110
7 2111x511x0 OPACITY (NZ) G 4 John O’Shea 84
8 393x1720x2 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 109
9 10x42212x1 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller 117

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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. The mighty mare won the event for the third year on the trot in 2018 defeating just six rivals, the closest being Le Romain by four lengths!

Trainer Chris Waller posted his seventh George Main Stakes win in nine years in 2020 with Kolding scoring an upset over three of his stablemates for an all-Waller first four.

George Main Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2020
George Main Stakes
1st Kolding 1 minute 33.30 seconds
2nd Star Of The Seas
3rd Imaging
2019
George Main Stakes
1st Avilius 1 minute 36.18 seconds
2nd Dreamforce
3rd Happy Clapper
2018
George Main Stakes
1st Winx 1 minute 34.21 seconds
2nd Le Romain
3rd Egg Tart
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

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