Chipping Norton Stakes

The Chipping Norton 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.

2020 Chipping Norton Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Te Akau Shark
  • 2nd: #13 Verry Ellegant
  • 3rd: #5 Fierce Impact



The Chipping Norton 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 $600,000 in prize money.

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

There are five other Group status support acts on Chipping Norton 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 2020 Chipping Norton Stakes ran on Saturday February 29, 2020 and saw the well-backed Kiwi Te Akau Shark salute for the punters. 

Chipping Norton Stakes 2020
Date: Saturday February 29, 2020
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO+ Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $600,000

2020 Chipping Norton Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Te Akau Shark
  • 2nd: #13 Verry Elleegant
  • 3rd: #5 Fierce Impact

Jamie Richards’ gun Kiwi Te Akau Shark circled his rivals late to fly home in the Chipping Norton Stakes 2020 results ahead of upcoming WFA autumn targets including the George Ryder Stakes and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Click here to read more on the successful 2020 Chipping Norton Stakes favourite Te Akau Shark.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 3 TE AKAU SHARK (NZ) Jamie Richards Opie Bosson 12 59kg $2.80F
2 13 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 0.5L 8 57kg $21
3 5 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) Matthew Smith Brenton Avdulla 1.8L 5 59kg $7
4 1 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 2L 7 59kg $6
5 2 HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Tommy Berry 2.1L 9 59kg $16
6 9 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Jason Collett 2.3L 1 59kg $101
7 7 HOMESMAN (USA) Anthony Freedman Ben Melham 2.5L 2 59kg $9.50
8 4 DREAMFORCE John Thompson Blake Shinn 4L 3 59kg $5
9 10 ANGEL OF TRUTH Gwenda Markwell Sam Clipperton 5.3L 10 59kg $201
10 12 DJUKON (GB) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 5.6L 4 58.5kg $101
11 11 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 5.9L 11 59kg $201
12 6 DANCETERIA (FR) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 6L 13 59kg $21
13 8 COME PLAY WITH ME Chris Waller Joshua Parr 6.7L 6 59kg $201
14 DANZDANZDANCE Chris Waller Glen Boss 0

2020 Chipping Norton Stakes Odds & Betting

The latest Chipping Norton Stakes 2020 betting odds on the weight-for-age autumn hopefuls will be found below as soon as released by Ladbrokes.com.au.

2020 Chipping Norton Stakes Field

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

The official 2020 Chipping Norton Stakes field and barriers are released on Wednesday February 26, 2020 and will be published below.

For the first time in five years the Chipping Norton Stakes 2020 field is a Winx-free affair and the event has attracted a bumper 14 horse line-up led in betting by last year’s Cox Plate third placegetter Te Akau Shark. The Group 1 winning Kiwi is second-up and comes off a lead-up win at home. Following a first-up second in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes, Dreamforce looks the danger here in gate four.

Click here to read more on the 2020 Chipping Norton Stakes field and betting markets led by Te Akau Shark.

Update: Only 13 weight-for-age hopefuls remain in the mix after trainer Chris Waller withdrew one of his entries – #14 Danzdanzdance (3). Waller is still in line to score his incredible ninth victory in 11 years with four runners, but only the Group 1 winning mare Verry Elleegant ($26) is under triple-figures for the stable.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 11x42147x5 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 8 59kg 116
2 2284x231x3 HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Tommy Berry 10 59kg 116
3 111x2223x1 TE AKAU SHARK (NZ) Jamie Richards Opie Bosson 13 59kg 113
4 132x1205x2 DREAMFORCE John Thompson Blake Shinn 4 59kg 112
5 6720x211x2 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) Matthew Smith Brenton Avdulla 6 59kg 112
6 4x13141x0x DANCETERIA (FR) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 14 59kg 110
7 2172x1260x HOMESMAN (USA) Anthony Freedman Ben Melham 2 59kg 110
8 11112617×9 COME PLAY WITH ME Chris Waller Joshua Parr 7 59kg 107
9 24x03374x6 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Jason Collett 1 59kg 106
10 11x65800x8 ANGEL OF TRUTH Gwenda Markwell Sam Clipperton 11 59kg 101
11 5x5015222x CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 12 59kg 99
12 21112x DJUKON (GB) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 5 58.5kg 92
13 111x9410x4 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 9 57kg 111
14 237x5955x5 DANZDANZDANCE Chris Waller Glen Boss 3 57kg 107

Chipping Norton Stakes History

The Chipping Norton 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 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.

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

Recent Chipping Norton Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
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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