Verry Elleegant Stakes (Chipping Norton Stakes)

The $1 million Chipping Norton Stakes has been renamed the Verry Elleegant Stakes in 2024 in honour of Chris Waller's champion mare. The Verry Elleegant Stakes is a Group 1 Sydney race run early during the Autumn Racing Carnival dominated in 2016-19 by glamour mare Winx who won her third by 7 lengths and record fourth in 2019 before retirement.

2024 Verry Elleegant Stakes (Chipping Norton Stakes) Results

  • 1st: #1 Think It Over
  • 2nd: #9 Fangirl
  • 3rd: #7 Lindermann



The Chipping Norton Stakesrenamed in 2024 as the Verry Elleegant Stakes – is a Group 1 weight-for-age race held at Royal Randwick Racecourse during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. It is one of Sydney’s first Group 1 races of the year and offers $1 million in prize money as of 2024.

The Chipping Norton Stakes is run over 1600m and is open to all horses aged 3 years and older.

It was renamed ahead of the 2024 as the Verry Elleegant Stakes in honour of Chris Waller’s brilliant mare and two-time winner of the race (2021-22), Verry Elleegant.

Sadly, Verry Elleegant would soon after pass away when in foal for the first time, but forever remembered for the champion racehorse she was.

Run on Chipping Norton Stakes Day / Verry Elleegant Stakes Day in late February or early March, the best lead up race is the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) which is held two weeks earlier at Royal Randwick.

Winx completed the Apollo Stakes – Chipping Norton Stakes double twice in 2016 and 2017. Winx returned in the 2018 Chipping Norton Stakes first-up and recorded an incredible seven length win to become a three-time champion of the race. In her final preparation before retirement, Winx also completed the Apollo Stakes – Chipping Norton Stakes double in 2019.

Anamoe (2023) was the last horse to complete the Apollo Stakes – Chipping Norton Stakes double before the latter was renamed in 2024.

There are five other Group status support acts on Chipping Norton Stakes Day / Verry Elleegant Stakes Day with the Surround Stakes (1400m) elevated to Group 1 status for the 2018 edition, Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m), Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m), Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m), and the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) all hosted by the Australian Turf Club (ATC).

The 2021 Chipping Norton Stakes was won by Chris Waller’s ill-fated Verry Elleegant, subsequent winner of that year’s Melbourne Cup and this race’s now namesake.

Verry Elleegant retired from racing a 16-time race winner and 11-time Group 1 champion from her 40 career starts for total prizemoney of nearly $14.9m. She ranks her fourth on the all-time list of prize money earners behind former stablemates Winx ($26.4m) and Nature Strip ($20.7m), and dual The Everest winner Redzel ($16.4m).

Waller won his 10th Chipping Norton Stakes with Verry Elleegant going back-to-back in 2022.

Anamoe franked the 2023 Chipping Norton Stakes form going on to win the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes at his next start before a third in that year’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes results. The form was further franked with the runner-up Fangirl also finishing second in the George Ryder ahead of her spring return that included wins in the Group 1 Winx Stakes and $5 million King Charles III Stakes.

Waller was denied an emotional 11th victory in the Verry Elleegant Stakes in 2024 with his odds-on favourite, Fangirl, running second to impressive upset champ Think It Over.

The 2024 Chipping Norton Stakes ran on Saturday March 2nd, 2024 as the Verry Elleegant Stakes – in honour of the recently deceased mare – and was won in a boil-over by Kerry Parker’s evergreen eight-year-old Think It Over ($8.50). 

Verry Elleegant Stakes (Chipping Norton Stakes) 2024
Date: Saturday March 2nd, 2024
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO+ Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $1,000,000

2024 Verry Elleegant Stakes (Chipping Norton Stakes) Results

  • 1st: #1 Think It Over ($8.50)
  • 2nd: #9 Fangirl
  • 3rd: #7 Lindermann

The Kerry Parker-trained multi-million dollar earner Think It Over ($8.50) was huge in the first running of the renamed Verry Elleegant Stakes 2024 results sticking to the inside lane around the turn to hit the front and hold off the beaten odds-on favourite Fangirl ($1.30F) for a sensational upset.

Click here to read more on the upset Verry Elleegant Stakes 2024 win by Think It Over.

2024 Verry Elleegant Stakes Results & Finishing Order

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Nash Rawiller 2 59kg $8.50
2 9 FANGIRL Chris Waller James McDonald 0.82L 8 57kg $1.30F
3 7 LINDERMANN Chris Waller Tim Clark 2.54L 4 59kg $14
4 2 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Tom Marquand 2.86L 7 59kg $21
5 3 ARAPAHO (FR) Bjorn Baker Zac Lloyd (a) 4.74L 6 59kg $81
6 8 ATHABASCAN (FR) John O’Shea Tyler Schiller 6.44L 5 59kg $101
7 6 NAVAJO PEAK David Payne Jason Collett 7.68L 3 59kg $18
8 5 JUST FINE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Regan Bayliss 11.21L 1 59kg $13
10 ATISHU (NZ) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 0
4 BUCKAROO (GB) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Verry Elleegant Stakes (Chipping Norton Stakes) Betting Odds

The latest Verry Elleegant Stakes 2024 betting odds on the weight-for-age autumn hopefuls in the race formerly known as the Chipping Norton Stakes will be found below as soon as released by Ladbrokes.com.au.

Te Akau Shark ($2.80 in 2020) followed by the ill-fated Verry Elleegant ($2.30 in 2021 and $2.50 in 2022) and Anamoe ($1.60 in 2023) are the latest favourites in Chipping Norton Stakes / Verry Elleegant Stakes betting to win.

In 2024 Fangirl went around as the odds-on favourite in Verry Elleegant Stakes betting at $1.30 but only managed to run second to $8.50 pop Think It Over.

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2024 Verry Elleegant Stakes (Chipping Norton Stakes) Form

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2024 Verry Elleegant Stakes (Chipping Norton Stakes) Tips

Stay tuned for our insider Verry Elleegant Stakes 2024 Tips on the Sydney autumn Group 1 renamed this season from the Chipping Norton Stakes.

  • To Win: #9 Fangirl ($1.40 at time of publish) – BET NOW

While the favourite holds little value in the Verry Elleegant Stakes, I’m backing an emotional win for the Waller stable with Fangirl. Waller holds a remarkable record in this race, pursuing his 11th victory, and Fangirl is the odds-on favourite with J. Mac aboard. After a dominant first-up win in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes and excellent form last year, she’s fit and poised to secure a fourth Group 1 title. This win would be a fitting tribute to Verry Elleegant.

2024 Verry Elleegant Stakes (Chipping Norton Stakes) Field

The Verry Elleegant Stakes (Chipping Norton Stakes) field features a host of smart autumn milers and is released on the Wednesday before the race.

The official 2024 Verry Elleegant Stakes field and barriers are released on Wednesday February 28, 2024 and will be published below on the race previously known as the Chipping Norton Stakes.

Chris Waller’s three-time Group 1 winner Fangirl dominates the recently renamed Verry Elleegant Stakes 2024 final field in Sydney this weekend.

  • Scratchings Update: #10 Atishu (7) has been scratched in favour of a Melbourne run in Flemington’s Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m). #4 Buckaroo (1) from the Waller stable is also out bringing all remaining runners in one gate.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the Verry Elleegant Stakes 2024 field and betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 241x6316x3 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Nash Rawiller 3 59kg 120
2 4x5213x7x9 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Tom Marquand 9 59kg 114
3 x77114x0x7 ARAPAHO (FR) Bjorn Baker Zac Lloyd (a) 8 59kg 109
4 x143x275x5 BUCKAROO (GB) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 1 59kg 107
5 6061x1110x JUST FINE (IRE) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Regan Bayliss 2 59kg 106
6 222x0180x4 NAVAJO PEAK David Payne Jason Collett 4 59kg 106
7 210x0488x6 LINDERMANN Chris Waller Tim Clark 5 59kg 102
8 Px9911872x ATHABASCAN (FR) John O’Shea Tyler Schiller 6 59kg 99
9 27x13174x1 FANGIRL Chris Waller James McDonald 10 57kg 119
10 6Px52021x8 ATISHU (NZ) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 7 57kg 114

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2024 Verry Elleegant Stakes (Chipping Norton Stakes) Nominations

Nominations for Chipping Norton Stakes in 2024which will be run as the Verry Elleegant Stakes – are taken the Monday of race week and will be updated in full below.

The inaugural running of the renamed 2024 Verry Elleegant Stakes nominations attracted 12 gallopers led by Chris Waller’s first-up Group 2 Apollo Stakes winning mare Fangirl.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 x77114x0x7 ARAPAHO (FR) G 7 Bjorn Baker 112
2 Px9911872x ATHABASCAN (FR) G 5 John O’Shea 99
3 6Px52021x8 ATISHU (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller
4 x143x275x5 BUCKAROO (GB) H 5 Chris Waller 107
5 4x5213x7x9 CASCADIAN (GB) G 9 James Cummings 114
6 43x793342x DUAIS M 6 Edward Cummings 112
7 27x13174x1 FANGIRL M 5 Chris Waller
8 6061x1110x JUST FINE (IRE) G 6 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
9 210x0488x6 LINDERMANN G 4 Chris Waller 102
10 222x0180x4 NAVAJO PEAK G 5 David Payne 106
11 241x6316x3 THINK IT OVER G 8 Kerry Parker 120
12 111114×851 YONCE (NZ) M 6 Ciaron Maher 102

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Chipping Norton Stakes / Verry Elleegant Stakes History

The Chipping Norton Stakes (now the Verry Elleegant Stakes) was a Group 2 race between 1980 and 1985 and was also occasionally run at Randwick where it will take place in 2017. Originally hosted at Warwick Farm Racecourse, the Stakes was won by Tie The Knot over four consecutive years from 1999 to 2002. Even the legendary Phar Lap won the Chipping Norton Stakes in 1930.

Other notable Chipping Norton Stakes winners before the race was renamed in 2024 include Danleigh (2011), Shoot Out (2012-13), and of course the world’s best mare Winx (2016-19) who posted four straight wins in the race including a seven length romp home in 2018.

Chris Waller prepared his tenth Chipping Norton Stakes winner in 12 years with Verry Elleegant going back-to-back in 2021 and 2022.

Verry Elleegant, who was  Horse of the Year in 2021-22, became the event’s namesake in 2024 when the Chipping Norton Stakes was officially renamed as the Verry Elleegant Stakes by the Australian Turf Club (ATC).

She would later pass away in February of 2024 in foal making for an emotional first running of the race now named in her honour.

In 2023 the previous spring’s Cox Plate hero Anamoe won the Chipping Norton Stakes as the $1.60 odds-on favourite.

See below for the Chipping Norton Stakes / Verry Elleegant Stakes winners dating back to 2000.

Recent Chipping Norton Stakes / Verry Elleegant Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2024
Verry Elleegant Stakes
1st Think It Over 1 minute 34.88 seconds
2nd Fangirl
3rd Lindermann
2023
Chipping Norton Stakes
1st Anamoe 1 minute 34.99 seconds
2nd Fangirl
3rd Mo’unga
2022
Chipping Norton Stakes
1st Verry Elleegant 1 minute 39.64 seconds
2nd She’s Ideel
3rd Angel Of Truth
2021
Chipping Norton Stakes
1st Verry Ellegant 1 minute 35.49 seconds
2nd Colette
3rd Avilius
2020
Chipping Norton Stakes
1st Te Akau Shark 1 minute 33.87 seconds
2nd Verry Elleegant
3rd Fierce Impact
2019
Chipping Norton Stakes
1st Winx 1 minute 33.27 seconds
2nd Happy Clapper
3rd Unforgotten
2018
Chipping Norton Stakes
1st Winx 1 minute 34.92 seconds
2nd Prized Icon
3rd Classic Uniform
2017
Chipping Norton Stakes
1st Winx 1 minute 40.37 seconds
2nd Lasqueti Spirit
3rd Who Shot Thebarman
2016
Chipping Norton Stakes
1st Winx 1 minute 33.9 seconds
2nd Dibayani
3rd Hauraki
2015
Chipping Norton Stakes
1st Contributer 1 minute 36.5 seconds
2nd Hartnell
3rd He’s Your Man
2014
Chipping Norton Stakes
1st Boban 1 minute 38.2 seconds
2nd It’s A Dundeel
3rd Hawkspur
2013
Chipping Norton Stakes
1st Shoot Out 1 minute 35.8 seconds
2nd Monton
3rd Danleigh
2012
Chipping Norton Stakes
1st Shoot Out 1 minute 37.4 seconds
2nd Danleigh
3rd Trusting
2011
Chipping Norton Stakes
1st Danleigh 1 minute 35.7 seconds
2nd Centennial Park
3rd Sacred Choice
2010
Chipping Norton Stakes
1st Theseo 1 minute 37.45 seconds
2nd Rangirangdoo
3rd Danleigh
2009
Chipping Norton Stakes
1st Tuesday Joy 1 minute 34.8 seconds
2nd Vision And Power
3rd Gallant Tess
2008
Chipping Norton Stakes
1st Casino Prince 1 minute 36.4 seconds
2nd Tuesday Joy
3rd Sniper?s Bullet
2007
Chipping Norton Stakes
1st He?s No Pie Eater 1 minute 37.6 seconds
2nd Desert War
3rd Mentality
2006
Chipping Norton Stakes
1st Desert War 1 minute 36.3 seconds
2nd Eremein
3rd Ike?s Dream
2005
Chipping Norton Stakes
1st Grand Armee 1 minute 35.4 seconds
2nd Court?s In Session
3rd Winning Belle
2004
Chipping Norton Stakes
1st Starcraft 1 minute 40.8 seconds
2nd Ambulance
3rd Gentle Genius
2003
Chipping Norton Stakes
1st Lonhro 1 minute 37.9 seconds
2nd Shogun Lodge
3rd Dress Circle
2002
Chipping Norton Stakes
1st Tie The Knot 1 minute 37.3 seconds
2nd Freemason
3rd Universal Prince
2001
Chipping Norton Stakes
1st Tie The Knot 1 minute 35.8 seconds
2nd Dottoressa
3rd Referral
2000
Chipping Norton Stakes
1st Tie The Knot 1 minute 37.7 seconds
2nd Adam
3rd Staging

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