George Main Stakes

The $1 million 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.

2021 George Main Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Verry Elleegant
  • 2nd: #5 Riodini
  • 3rd: #2 Think It Over



The George Main Stakes 2021 is a 1600m race held at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse in September. Worth $1,000,000 in prize money after having its stakes double in 2021, 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 2021 trainer Chris Waller took his record in the race up to eight wins in 10 years with Verry Elleegant saluting.

The 2021 George Main Stakes ran on Saturday September 18, 2021 and was won by the odds-on favourite Verry Elleegant.  

George Main Stakes
Date: Saturday September 18, 2021
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,000,000

2021 George Main Stakes Results

  • 1st: #7 Verry Elleegant
  • 2nd: #5 Riodini
  • 3rd: #2 Think It Over

Chris Waller’s outstanding Cox Plate-bound mare Verry Elleegant ($1.75F) showed class and determination with a gutsy victory second-up for the punters in the 2021 George Main Stakes results in Sydney.

Click here to read more on the brilliant George Main Stakes 2021 win by Verry Elleegant.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 7 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 2 57kg $1.75F
2 5 RIODINI (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King 0.81L 1 59kg $13
3 2 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Nash Rawiller 0.88L 6 59kg $4.80
4 9 HUNGRY HEART Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 2.58L 7 56.5kg $21
5 3 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 2.97L 9 59kg $11
6 4 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 3.63L 5 59kg $21
7 8 SHOUT THE BAR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Kathy O’Hara 7.4L 3 57kg $41
8 6 LION’S ROAR (NZ) John O’Shea Regan Bayliss 22.92L 8 58.5kg $31
9 1 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Tim Clark 50.63L 4 59kg $17

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 George Main Stakes Betting

The season’s best George Main Stakes 2021 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below as soon as available.

From 2010-2021 ten favourites in George Main Stakes betting saluted for the punters, most recently Avilius ($3.10 in 2019) and Verry Elleegant ($1.75 in 2021).

2021 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 2021 Final Field & Barriers are released the Wednesday prior to the race and will be published in full below.

The 2021 George Main Stakes field features a small but class line-up of nine runners including four for the race’s seven-time winning trainer Chris Waller led by odds-on favourite Verry Eleegant and the defending champion Kolding.

Click here to read more on the key horses in the George Main Stakes 2021 field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 0x22501x59 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Tim Clark 4 59kg 115
2 03x1214x61 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Nash Rawiller 6 59kg 113
3 25x3413x54 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 9 59kg 111
4 5x41690x03 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 5 59kg 106
5 x9230x8752 RIODINI (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Rachel King 1 59kg 101
6 12x51434x9 LION’S ROAR (NZ) John O’Shea Regan Bayliss 8 58.5kg 103
7 117x3112x2 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 2 57kg 122
8 6014x300x5 SHOUT THE BAR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Ms Kathy O’Hara 3 57kg 108
9 27x78111x8 HUNGRY HEART Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 7 56.5kg 106

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 George Main Stakes Nominations

Nominations for the George Main Stakes close the Monday of race week.

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 followed by his eighth in ten years with Verry Elleegant in 2021.

George Main Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2021
George Main Stakes
1st Verry Elleegant 1 minute 36.07 seconds
2nd Riodini
3rd Think It Over
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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