George Main Stakes

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

2019 George Main Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Avilius
  • 2nd: #3 Dreamforce
  • 3rd: #1 Happy Clapper



The George Main Stakes 2019 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. Winx made George Main Stakes history again saluting in the event for the third consecutive year in 2018.

The 2019 George Main Stakes ran on Saturday September 21, 2019 as the Colgate Optic White Stakes and was won in runaway fashion by Godolphin galloper Avilius. 

George Main Stakes
Date: Saturday September 21, 2019
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $500,000

2019 George Main Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Avilius
  • 2nd: #3 Dreamforce
  • 3rd: #1 Happy Clapper

The official George Main Stakes 2019 Results saw Godolphin’s multiple Group 1 winning champion return to his best form third-up with a last-to-first victory as the $3.10 favourite. From the back of the field the six-year-old import charged home to defeat Dreamforce by over two lengths, with the ultra-consistent veteran Happy Clapper locking in yet another Group 1 placing. The George Main Stakes winner Avilius has subsequently firmed in all-in markets for both the Group 1 Cox Plate and Caulfield Cup in Melbourne next month.

Read more on the impressive 2019 George Main Stakes win by likely Ladbrokes Cox Plate contender Avilius.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Barrier Weight SP
1 2 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 8 59kg $3.10F
2 3 DREAMFORCE John Thompson Nash Rawiller 2.3L 1 59kg $4.20
3 1 HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Glen Boss 3.6L 4 59kg $5
4 11 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 3.8L 6 56.5kg $7
5 7 ANGEL OF TRUTH Gwenda Markwell Luke Currie 3.9L 3 58.5kg $31
6 4 SAMADOUBT Bjorn Baker Tim Clark 4.1L 9 59kg $8
7 6 MR MARATHON MAN (GB) Michael Moroney Mark Zahra 4.9L 7 59kg $26
8 9 YOUNGSTAR Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 5.6L 2 57kg $31
9 8 DANZDANZDANCE Chris Gibbs & Michelle Bradley Tommy Berry 6.8L 5 57kg $26
5 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Jason Collett 0
10 CON TE PARTIRO (USA) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Sam Clipperton 0

2019 George Main Stakes Betting

The season’s best George Main Stakes 2019 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below as soon as available.

2019 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 2019 Final Field & Barriers are released the Wednesday prior to the race and will be published in full below.

The 2019 George Main Stakes Final Field features 11 hopefuls including the flying Samadoubt coming off the Winx Stakes – Chelmsford Stakes double, and race favourite for Godolphin Avilius who is out to turn the tables after running fourth and second respectively in the same two lead-up races.

Read more on the George Main Stakes Field & Odds led by Avilius.

Update: The George Main Stakes 2019 field is down to nine with Chris Waller withdrawing one of his three runners – #5 Life Less Ordinary (9) – and the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained #10 Con Te Partiro (11) also withdrawn. Con Te Partiro ran in Friday’s Group 3 Cameron Handicap at Newcastle but only managed to finish a disappointing 10th behind Epsom Handicap hopeful Rock.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 x75x2284x2 HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Glen Boss 4 59kg 118
2 0x11511x42 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 8 59kg 117
3 621x8132x1 DREAMFORCE John Thompson Nash Rawiller 1 59kg 113
4 1241915×11 SAMADOUBT Bjorn Baker Tim Clark 10 59kg 112
5 233x8124x0 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Jason Collett 9 59kg 108
6 1x2x041050 MR MARATHON MAN (GB) Michael Moroney Mark Zahra 7 59kg 101
7 11x16511x6 ANGEL OF TRUTH Gwenda Markwell Luke Currie 3 58.5kg 106
8 3x115237x5 DANZDANZDANCE Chris Gibbs & Michelle Bradley Tommy Berry 5 57kg 112
9 276x059x87 YOUNGSTAR Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 2 57kg 107
10 34449x16x4 CON TE PARTIRO (USA) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Sam Clipperton 11 57kg 102
11 157x2111x9 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 6 56.5kg 106

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!

George Main Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
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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