George Main Stakes 2020 Field & Odds: Verry Elleegant Favourite to Beat Six Rivals

September 16, 2020

George Main Stakes 2020 Field & Odds: Verry Elleegant Favourite to Beat Six Rivals

Chris Waller’s class mare Verry Elleegant will face just six rivals in a small but intriguing edition of the George Main Stakes 2020 over the Randwick mile on Saturday.

Verry Elleegant Horse Form (Photo: Steve Hart) | Races.com.au

Verry Elleegant is clear favourite in the 2020 George Main Stakes at Randwick this weekend. Photo: Steve Hart.

The elite level action of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival continues at Royal Randwick this weekend with the weight-for-age Group 1 $500,000 George Main Stakes (1600m).

Waller has dominated the event with six wins in the past eight years having enjoyed success with: Shoot Out (2012), Sacred Falls (2014), Kermadec (2016) and the three-peat by the heroic Winx (2016-18).

The master horseman is back with four of Saturday’s seven George Main Stakes final acceptors including the top elect Verry Elleegant drawn gate two with James McDonald to ride.

McDonald continues his association with the brilliant Zed mare who he rode to a gutsy first-up win at the track on August 22 in the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m).

Winner of the Group 1 Tancred Stakes over the mile and a half in the autumn, Verry Elleegant will eat-up the extra metres second-up on the weekend as she progresses towards a Cox Plate and potential Spring Cups’ campaign later in the season.

Current George Main Stakes odds at Ladbrokes.com.au list her at $2.30 for the weekend, but she’ll need to be good to continue to peak after the big effort in the Winx Stakes.

The other best fancied for Team Waller are the eye-catching Winx Stakes runner-up Star Of The Seas ($8) who also finished second in the Doncaster Mile here in the autumn and the always-honest Imaging ($8.50) coming off a fourth in the same Group 1 lead-up.

Last year’s Epsom Handicap and inaugural $7.5 million The Golden Eagle champion Kolding ($12) is then the stable’s roughie chance.

The son of Ocean Park is looking top value to atone for his 13th in the Winx Stakes and go one better than his close second on September 5 in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m).

John Thompson’s evergreen Fastnet Rock eight-year-old Dreamforce won the Tramway for the second year on the trot and is another top hope for the George Main on Saturday.

The gelding won the Tramway last spring before a second in the George Main and enjoyed a Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) win at Rosehill this March.

With Nash Rawiller aboard from the inside alley, Dreamforce currently occupies the third line of George Main Stakes betting at $5.50.

He trails only Verry Elleegant and the defending champion Avilius who is at $4.60 to go back-to-back for the powerhouse Godolphin stable.

The James Cummings-trained Pivotal seven-year-old comes off a string of frustrating close calls when third in both the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes and Tancred during the autumn at Rosehill.

His first-up run was over the Randwick mile in the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes where he ran third from the outside alley (15 of 15) in a brave fresh performance on September 5.

Second-up in a smaller field there is improvement to come from the seven-year-old and he is being kept safe in betting.

The field and markets are completed by the fellow Cummings-trained Group 1 winner Colette ($31), the ATC Oaks winning daughter of Hallowed Crown coming off a second last (10th) when still only 2.2 lengths off Dreamforce in the Tramway.

Click here for the latest George Main Stakes 2020 odds on the final field courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 George Main Stakes Field

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 47x54533x4 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 6 59kg 114
2 05x2810x01 DREAMFORCE John Thompson Nash Rawiller 1 59kg 113
3 1x45778x02 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 7 59kg 111
4 20x8100x34 IMAGING (GB) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 5 59kg 109
5 393x1720x2 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 3 59kg 109
6 10x42212x1 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 2 57kg 117
7 8221111×0 COLETTE James Cummings Ms Rachel King 4 56.5kg 106

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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