Kermadec lays claims for Cox Plate with George Main Stakes victory

September 19, 2015

Kermadec lays claims for Cox Plate with George Main Stakes victory

Sydney’s new weight for age star Kermadec proved that he is a true Cox Plate contender with a convincing win in the Group 1 $500,000 Colgate Optic White George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick today.

Kermadec takes out the George Main Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Kermadec takes out the George Main Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Kermadec was sent out the $2.35 favourite and even though he was back in the middle of the ruck in the early and middle stages and well into the straight, the Chris Waller trained four year old had the major prize within is sights half way down the straight.

Fill in rider Glyn Schofield didn’t panic when Blake Shinn let Pornichet go coming down the rise and even though Kermadec only won by a short margin, it was a dominant victory.

Stablemate Royal Descent ($5) had to do the hard work of chasing down Pornichet ($6.50) and finally got the better of the Gai Waterhouse trained stallion to grab second spot.

Waller said that it is highly likely that Kermadec will miss the Group 1 $1m The Star Epsom (1600m) at Randwick in a fortnight and head straight to Melbourne.

Waller will then use the Group 1 $400,000 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield on October 10 as Kermadec’s final lead up to the Group 1 $3m William Hill Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 24.

“”It was good to see, “Waller said.

“He is a very good, he is lightly raced. There were genuine excuses last start in a good race and more things went his way today.”

“But he didn’t have it perfect, he got caught wide in the early stages but he was strong that last 200m.”
“So that was good heading towards the Caulfield Stakes and the Cox Plate.”

“If we can get one of those big ones in Melbourne, he is a very valuable horse.”

And Waller is very confident in taking on the best weight for age horses in the world in the Cox Plate and is certain he has the right horse to win it.

“If he is trained right he will win it,” Waller said.

George Main Stakes results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 5 KERMADEC (NZ) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 4 58.5kg $2.35F
2 8 ROYAL DESCENT Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 0.5L 6 57kg $5
3 2 PORNICHET (FR) Gai Waterhouse Blake Shinn 0.6L 8 59kg $6.50
4 9 LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 2.6L 2 57kg $8
5 10 KIRRAMOSA (NZ) John Sargent Tommy Berry 3L 7 57kg $19
6 6 SWEYNESSE John O’Shea James McDonald 4.5L 3 58.5kg $20
7 7 HAURAKI John O’Shea Sam Clipperton 5.3L 9 58.5kg $26
8 1 PROTECTIONIST (GER) Kris Lees Christian Reith 5.9L 1 59kg $51
9 3 HOOKED John P Thompson Tye Angland 7.3L 5 59kg $14

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2021 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Lost And Running Heads 2021 Th...

Mackinnon Stakes 2021 Results:...

Mackinnon Stakes 2021 Results: Zaaki Wins Consolation Prize

Annabel Neasham‘s scratched Cox Plate favourite Zaaki returned to...

2021 Darley Sprint Classic Res...

2021 Darley Sprint Classic Results: Everest Champion Nature Strip Wins Again

Nature Strip had been beaten as an odds-on favourite five times previously but...

2021 Mackinnon Stakes Day: Fle...

2021 Mackinnon Stakes Day: Flemington Scratchings & Track Report

The final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival takes place at Headquarters in...

2021 Kennedy Oaks Results: Wil...

2021 Kennedy Oaks Results: Willowy Wins for Godolphin

The James Cummings-trained Willowy donning the iconic Royal Blue of Godolphin...

Horse Racing Today

Winx Guineas 2022 Results: Maj...

2022 Tattersall’s Tiara ...

2022 Tattersall’s Tiara Results: Filly Startantes Powers Through To Win

Rob Heathcote’s special little filly Startantes was enormous late, breaking a...

2022 Tattersall’s Tiara ...

2022 Tattersall’s Tiara Day: Eagle Farm Scratchings & Track Report

The Queensland Winter Racing Carnival comes to a close today, Saturday June...

2022 JJ Atkins Winner Is Sheez...

2022 JJ Atkins Winner Is Sheeza Belter For Team Snowden

Peter & Paul Snowden added to their impressive Group 1 tally this Brisbane...

2022 The Q22 Results: Numerian...

2022 The Q22 Results: Numerian Goes All-The-Way For Neasham

In a huge performance the front-running Numerian lead from barrier to box to...

Race Results

Winx Guineas 2022 Results: Majestic Colour Wins Fourth Straight

Caloundra Cup 2022 Results: Le Don De Vie Too Good

2022 Tattersall’s Tiara Results: Filly Startantes Powers Through To Win

2022 JJ Atkins Winner Is Sheeza Belter For Team Snowden

2022 The Q22 Results: Numerian Goes All-The-Way For Neasham

Race Previews

Mileva Heads 2022 Bletchingly Stakes Field & Betting Markets

Dr Drill Leads 2022 Grafton Cup Field & Betting Markets

2022 Sir John Monash Stakes Field & Betting Update: Oxley Road First-Up Favourite

2022 Caloundra Cup Field & Betting Update

Battleton Tops 2022 Winx Guineas Field & Betting Markets

Fields & Form

Mileva Heads 2022 Bletchingly Stakes Field & Betting Markets

Dr Drill Leads 2022 Grafton Cup Field & Betting Markets

2022 Sir John Monash Stakes Field & Betting Update: Oxley Road First-Up Favourite

2022 Caloundra Cup Field & Betting Update

Battleton Tops 2022 Winx Guineas Field & Betting Markets