Chelmsford Stakes

The Chelsmford Stakes is a Group 2 mile race run at Royal Randwick in September as a lead-up to the season's Group 1 races.

2020 Chelmsford Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Mister Sea Wolf
  • 2nd: #6 Yulong Prince
  • 3rd: #2 Finche



The Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes is a 1600m mile race held at Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. It is the first mile weight-for-age race held during the carnival and attracts a star-studded field of Group 1 gallopers each season.

Worth a lucrative $250,000 in prize money, the Chelmsford Stakes makes a solid lead-up for horses heading towards races like the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) and Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Royal Randwick in early October.

The ideal lead-up race to the event is the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) and many horses will go on to race in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) held three weeks later. Samadoubt (2019) was the last horse to do the Winx Stakes – Chelmsford Stakes double.

The Chelmsford Stakes Day card also features the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m), Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m).

The Chelmsford Stakes has been won by many star horses over the years including four-time Cox Plate hero Winx (2017).

The latest edition of the Chelmsford Stakes ran on Saturday September 5, 2020 with an all Chris Waller-trained trifecta led by Mister Sea Wolf. 

Chelmsford Stakes
Date: Saturday September 5, 2020
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO+ Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $250,000

2020 Chelmsford Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Mister Sea Wolf
  • 2nd: #6 Yulong Prince
  • 3rd: #2 Finche

Chris Waller enjoyed his sixth Chelmsford Stakes win in nine years with Mister Sea Wolf ($5EF) holding off his stablemates Yulong Prince ($21) and Finche ($9) to win ahead of the Group 1 George Main Stakes.

Click here to read more about the Waller-dominated Chelmsford Stakes 2020 results.

Colour Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 3 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 4 59kg $5EF
2 6 YULONG PRINCE (SAF) Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 0.2L 2 59kg $21
3 2 FINCHE (GB) Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 0.7L 7 59kg $9
4 1 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 1.2L 15 59kg $6
5 10 ANGEL OF TRUTH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 1.8L 3 59kg $5EF
6 4 WU GOK Chris Waller Adam Hyeronimus 2L 10 59kg $71
7 9 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Joshua Parr 2.3L 6 59kg $91
8 7 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) Chris Waller Ms Rachel King 2.6L 8 59kg $61
9 8 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller James McDonald 3.3L 14 59kg $6.50
10 13 ZEBROWSKI (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 3.5L 11 58.5kg $7.50
11 5 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Jason Collett 3.7L 12 59kg $26
12 14 NETTOYER Wendy Roche James Innes Jnr 5.1L 1 57kg $17
13 11 MORTON’S FORK Richard Litt Robbie Dolan 5.3L 13 59kg $151
14 16 MISS SENTIMENTAL (NZ) Chris Waller Tim Clark 5.5L 5 57kg $101
15 15 DANZDANZDANCE Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 5.7L 9 57kg $61
12 CUTADEEL Richard Litt Ms Louise Day (a) 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2020 Chelmsford Stakes Odds

The spring’s top Chelsmford Stakes 2020 betting odds will be available right here courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au the week of the race.

Mister Sea Wolf ($5EF in 2020) was the last Chelmsford Stakes favourite to salute for the punters.

2020 Chelmsford Stakes Field

The official 2020 Chelmsford Stakes field and barrier draw is released by Racing NSW the Wednesday of race week, the full line-up of Group 1 bound gallopers to be published below.

The Chelsmford Stakes 2020 field features a class line-up of 16 hopefuls with the Godolphin-raced favourite Avilius drawn the outside alley for his first-up run.

Click here to read more on the key horses in the 2020 Chelmsford Stakes field and betting markets.

Update: #12 Cutadeel (4) has been scratched from the Chelmsford Stakes in favour of a run as a 52.5kg lightweight chance earlier on the card in the ATC Farewells Subzero Handicap (1500m).

VIEW THE OFFICIAL 2020 CHELMSFORD STAKES DAY SCRATCHINGS & TRACK REPORT

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 147x54533x AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Kerrin McEvoy 16 59kg 114
2 x34x51257x FINCHE (GB) Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 8 59kg 110
3 6101x300x5 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 5 59kg 110
4 97730x117x WU GOK Chris Waller Adam Hyeronimus 11 59kg 108
5 374x66461x LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Jason Collett 13 59kg 107
6 1x7207523x YULONG PRINCE (SAF) Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 2 59kg 105
7 1902x7691x BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) Chris Waller Ms Rachel King 9 59kg 103
8 111x3103x0 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) Chris Waller James McDonald 15 59kg 103
9 222x0352x6 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Joshua Parr 7 59kg 101
10 0x895756x2 ANGEL OF TRUTH Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 3 59kg 99
11 48126789×5 MORTON’S FORK Richard Litt Robbie Dolan 14 59kg 90
12 4248x600x9 CUTADEEL Richard Litt Ms Louise Day (a) 4 59kg 85
13 26x1122x8 ZEBROWSKI (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 12 58.5kg 96
14 6190x1410x NETTOYER Wendy Roche James Innes Jnr 1 57kg 110
15 955x5663x9 DANZDANZDANCE Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 10 57kg 103
16 x70504150x MISS SENTIMENTAL (NZ) Chris Waller Tim Clark 6 57kg 100

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

[“cf year”] Chelmsford Stakes Nominations

Nominations for the Chelmsford Stakes in 2020 close the Monday of race week and will be published in full below.

Twenty-three horses have been nominated for the 2020 Chelmsford Stakes including Godolphin’s multiple Group 1 winner Avilius and his ATC Oaks winning stablemate Colette and a host of other Spring Cups nominees.

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

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 0x895756x2 ANGEL OF TRUTH G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 99
2 147x54533x AVILIUS (GB) G 7 James Cummings 114
3 1902x7691x BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 103
4 222x0352x6 CARIF H 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 101
5 8221111x COLETTE M 4 James Cummings 106
6 4248x600x9 CUTADEEL G 5 Richard Litt 85
7 955x5663x9 DANZDANZDANCE M 6 Chris Waller 103
8 x34x51257x FINCHE (GB) G 7 Chris Waller 110
9 57x40410x0 INTERLOCUTER (USA) G 8 Richard Litt 98
10 2x2113x5 KINANE (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 83
11 11x45778x0 KOLDING (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 109
12 374x66461x LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) G 9 Chris Waller 107
13 x70504150x MISS SENTIMENTAL (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller 100
14 8822x1180x MISS SISKA M 7 Matthew Smith 106
15 6101x300x5 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) G 9 Chris Waller 110
16 48126789×5 MORTON’S FORK G 7 Richard Litt 90
17 6190x1410x NETTOYER M 7 Wendy Roche 110
18 011123×001 PATHS OF GLORY (GB) G 6 Richard & Michael Freedman 87
19 111x3103x0 SHARED AMBITION (IRE) G 5 Chris Waller 103
20 x9358x12x7 THE BOSTONIAN (NZ) G 6 Tony Pike 116
21 97730x117x WU GOK G 7 Chris Waller 108
22 1x7207523x YULONG PRINCE (SAF) H 6 Chris Waller 105
23 26x1122x8 ZEBROWSKI (NZ) G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 96

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Chelmsford Stakes History

First held in 1895 and won by Newman, the Chelmsford Stakes has been won by several big names including the legendary Phar Lap in 1930 and by Tulloch in 1960.

The triple winners of the race are Limerick in 1926-28, Roman Consul in 1967-69 and Delta in 1950-52. The double winners include The Chief in 1898-99, Prince Foote in 1909-10, Duke Foote in 1912-13, Rogilla in 1933-34, Prince Darious in 1957-58, Kingston Town in 1980-81, Stargazer in 1990-91 and Lonhro in 2002-03.

The standout Chelsmford Stakes winner in recent history is the former Chris Waller-trained hero Winx (2017), the mighty mare winning four Cox Plates over her career.

Waller took his record in the Chelmsford up to six wins in nine years with the 2020 success of Mister Sea Wolf.

Recent Chelmsford Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Chelmsford Stakes
1st Mister Sea Wolf 1 minute 34.32 seconds
2nd Yulong Prince
3rd Finche
2019
Chelmsford Stakes
1st Samadoubt 1 minute 35.15 seconds
2nd Avilius
3rd Girl Tuesday
2018
Chelmsford Stakes
1st Unforgotten 1 minute 35.18 seconds
2nd Ace High
3rd Libran
2017
Chelmsford Stakes
1st Winx 1 minute 34.1 seconds
2nd Red Excitement
3rd Chocante
2016
Chelmsford Stakes
1st Hartnell 1 minute 39.1 seconds
2nd Grand Marshal
3rd Storm The Stars
2015
Chelmsford Stakes
1st Complacent 1 minute 37.68 seconds
2nd Kermadec
3rd Royal Descent
2014
Chelmsford Stakes
1st Hawkspur 1 minute 39.32 seconds
2nd Royal Descent
3rd Bagman
2013
Chelmsford Stakes
1st Hawkspur 1 minute 34.79 seconds
2nd Beaten Up
3rd Lightinthenite
2012
Chelmsford Stakes
1st Danleigh 1 minute 36.42 seconds
2nd Secret Admirer
3rd Lamasery
2011
Chelmsford Stakes
1st Trusting 1 minute 37.12 seconds
2nd My Kingdom Of Fife
3rd Strike The Stars
2010
Chelmsford Stakes
1st Theseo 1 minute 39.61 seconds
2nd Metal Bender
3rd Purple
2009
Chelmsford Stakes
1st O’Lonhro 1 minute 34.5 seconds
2nd Miss Marielle
3rd Triple Honour
2008
Chelmsford Stakes
1st Gallant Tess 1 minute 39.38 seconds
2nd Triple Honour
3rd Kishkat
2007
Chelmsford Stakes
Race Not Held  
2006
Chelmsford Stakes
1st Eremein 1 minute 35.15 seconds
2nd Newton’s Rings
3rd Aqua d’Amore
2005
Chelmsford Stakes
1st Nevis 1 minute 35.73 seconds
2nd Sir Dex
3rd Natural Blitz
2004
Chelmsford Stakes
1st Unearthly 1 minute 37.93 seconds
2nd So Assertive
3rd Niello
2003
Chelmsford Stakes
1st Lonhro 1 minute 35.06 seconds
2nd Platinum Scissors
3rd Excellerator
2002
Chelmsford Stakes
1st Lonhro 1 minute 36.3 seconds
2nd Platinum Scissors
3rd Republic Lass
2001
Chelmsford Stakes
1st Brave Prince 1 minute 24.51 seconds
2nd Zabeels Angel
3rd The Man
2000
Chelmsford Stakes
1st Pasta Express 1 minute 30.26 seconds
2nd Celestial Choir
3rd Al Mansour

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