King Charles III Stakes (George Main Stakes)

The $5 million King Charles III Stakes (formerly known as the George Main Stakes) takes place at Royal Randwick on The Everest Day.

2024 King Charles III Stakes Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD



The King Charles III Stakes – formerly known as the George Main Stakes – is a 1600m race held at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

The event moved from its traditional September time-slot ahead of the 2023 edition to join Randwick’s The Everest Day race card in mid-October.

The inaugural King Charles III Stakes officially replaced the George Main Stakes from 2023 and with $5 million in stakes is the world’s richest weight-for-age 1600m race.

On The Shorts Day at Randwick in mid-September the $1 million 7 Stakes (1600m) replaced the old George Main Stakes on the card as the mile feature offering an Epsom Handicap ballot exemption.

Fangirl improved on a third in the 7 Stakes results to win the 2023 King Charles III Stakes for trainer Chris Waller.

The Everest Day offers close to $35 million in total prize money across the 10 races that are headlined by the $20 million The Everest (1200m).

The Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) remains a key lead-up to the event and Anamoe (2022) was the last horse to complete the Winx Stakes – George Main Stakes double first and second-up before the latter was revamped and renamed.

The next year Fangirl became the first horse to complete the new Winx Stakes – King Charles III Stakes double.

Open to horses aged three years and over the George Main Stakes was formerly a great lead-up to the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) over the same track / distance. The King Charles III Stakes now runs a fortnight after the Epsom. 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. Verry Elleegant went on to frank the George Main Stakes form that year winning the iconic Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington three starts later.

The master horseman then won the first edition of the new race with Fangirl saluting in the 2023 King Charles III Stakes results for the stable.

The 2022 George Main Stakes form was franked with the winner Anamoe going on to win the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes – Cox Plate double later that spring.

The inaugural King Charles III Stakes winner in 2023 was Fangirl. The King Charles III Stakes form was franked that year with the runner-up, Mr Brightside, going on to run second in the Cox Plate and Champion’s Mile before a killer 2024 autumn that included wins in the CF Orr and Futurity Stakes.

The 2024 King Charles III Stakes (formerly George Main Stakes) runs on Saturday, October 19, 2024 at Royal Randwick on The Everest Day. 

King Charles III Stakes (George Main Stakes)
Date: Saturday, October 19, 2024
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $5,000,000

2024 King Charles III Stakes Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

2024 King Charles III Stakes Betting

The season’s best King Charles III Stakes 2024 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au will be available below as soon as available.

From 2010-2022 eleven favourites in George Main Stakes betting saluted for the punters. The most recent favourites to get the job done were Avilius ($3.10 in 2019), Verry Elleegant ($1.75 in 2021) and Anamoe ($1.65 in 2022).

Fangirl won the inaugural King Charles III Stakes in 2023 at $5.50 beating the odds-on favourite Mr Brightside ($1.95).

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2024 King Charles III Stakes Form

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2024 King Charles III Stakes Tips

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To Win: TBD

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2024 King Charles III Stakes Field

The King Charles III Stakes field attracts a top class line-up of 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 in events like the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) and or Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m). Winx (2017) was the last horse to complete the Chelmsford Stakes – George Main Stakes double.

The official King Charles III Stakes 2024 Final Field & Barriers are released the Wednesday prior to the race and will be published in full below.

2024 King Charles III Stakes Nominations

Nominations for the King Charles III Stakes 2024 close the Monday of race week.

George Main Stakes / King Charles III Stakes History

The race was previously named after George Main, the former chairman of the Australian Jockey Club, racehorse breeder and sheep runner before being renamed ahead of the 2023 in honour of His Majesty King Charles III.

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 his subsequent Melbourne Cup winning mare Verry Elleegant in 2021.

In 2022 subsequent Cox Plate star Anamoe became one of the shortest-priced favourites to salute in the George Main Stakes results winning at a $1.65 starting price.

The first official King Charles III Stakes winner was Fangirl for Chris Waller in 2023.

George Main Stakes / King Charles III Results

Year Place Horse Time
2024
King Charles III Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2023
King Charles III Stakes
1st Fangirl 1 minute 33.79 seconds
2nd Mr Brightside
3rd My Oberon
2022
George Main Stakes
1st Anamoe 1 minute 38.61 seconds
2nd Icebath
3rd Hinged
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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