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.

2021 Chipping Norton Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Verry Elleegant
  • 2nd: #7 Colette
  • 3rd: #2 Avilius



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 2021 Chipping Norton Stakes ran on Saturday February 27, 2021 and saw Chris Waller win for the ninth time with Verry Elleegant. 

Chipping Norton Stakes 2021
Date: Saturday February 27, 2021
Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1600m
Race Type: 3YO+ Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 1
Prize Money: $600,000

2021 Chipping Norton Stakes Results

  • 1st: #6 Verry Elleegant
  • 2nd: #7 Colette
  • 3rd: #2 Avilius

Chris Waller celebrated his ninth success in 11 years with his classy mare Verry Elleegant ($2.30F) narrowly holding off the Godolphin-raced stablemates Colette (2nd) and Avilius (3rd) in a thrilling 2021 Chipping Norton Stakes result.

2021 Chipping Norton Stakes Odds & Betting

The latest Chipping Norton Stakes 2021 betting odds on the weight-for-age autumn hopefuls will be found below as soon as released by Ladbrokes.com.au.

Te Akau Shark ($2.80 in 2020) followed by Verry Ellegant ($2.30 in 2021) are the latest favourites in Chipping Norton Stakes betting to win.

2021 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 2021 Chipping Norton Stakes field and barriers are released on Wednesday February 24, 2021 and will be published below.

The Chipping Norton Stakes 2021 final field features just nine runners including the trifecta out of the Group 2 Apollo Stakes – Colette, Kolding and Verry Elleegant with the third placed mare tipped to turn the tables second-up this weekend.

Click here to read more on the key runners in the 2021 Chipping Norton Stakes field & betting markets.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 8x02110x22 KOLDING (NZ) Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 2 59kg 114
2 33x462605x AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Nash Rawiller 7 59kg 111
3 441301x79x SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Jason Collett 3 59kg 108
4 114x04508x MASTER OF WINE (GER) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 9 59kg 106
5 x68x0720x8 PRINCE FAWAZ Anthony Cummings Tom Marquand 1 59kg 99
6 12x14117x3 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 4 57kg 120
7 111x0561x1 COLETTE James Cummings Ms Rachel King 8 57kg 112
8 142x6220x4 FUNSTAR Chris Waller Glen Boss 5 57kg 108
9 21x58203x6 TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 6 57kg 104

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2021 Chipping Norton Stakes Nominations

Nominations for Chipping Norton Stakes in 2021 are taken the Monday of race week and will be updated in full below.

The 2021 Chipping Norton Stakes nominations have been extended until Tuesday with just 15 current entries led by the trifecta out of the Group 2 Apollo Stakes – Colette, Kolding and all-in favourite for Saturday Verry Elleegant who was doing her best work late first-up.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 33x462605x AVILIUS (GB) G 7 James Cummings 111
2 11733×7 BUCHAREST C 3 Chris Waller 78
3 111x0561x1 COLETTE M 4 James Cummings 112
4 x4x1x1736x COLLIDE (GB) H 6 Kris Lees 95
5 142x6220x4 FUNSTAR M 4 Chris Waller 108
6 8x02110x22 KOLDING (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 115
7 114x04508x MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 106
8 26x11124x5 MUGATOO (IRE) G 6 Kris Lees 111
9 x68x0720x8 PRINCE FAWAZ H 4 Anthony Cummings 99
10 23115x05x7 QUICK THINKER H 4 Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman 104
11 2x222x16x7 SIR DRAGONET (IRE) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 114
12 441301x79x SOUTHERN FRANCE (IRE) G 6 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 108
13 20x22095x4 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 107
14 21x58203x6 TOFFEE TONGUE (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 104
15 12x14117x3 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 5 Chris Waller 120

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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
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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