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The Chelmsford Stakes is a Group 2 mile race run at Royal Randwick in September as a lead-up to the season's Group 1 races.
2023 Chelmsford Stakes Results
- 1st: #6 Navajo Peak
- 2nd: #8 Major Beel
- 3rd: #1 Think It Over
Chelmsford Stakes News
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The Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes is a 1600m mile race held at Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. It is the first mile weight-for-age race held during the carnival and attracts a star-studded field of Group 1 gallopers each season.
Worth a lucrative $300,000 in prize money as of 2023 the Chelmsford Stakes makes a solid lead-up for horses heading towards races like the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) and Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Royal Randwick in early October.
The ideal lead-up race to the event is the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) and many horses will go on to race in the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) – now known as the King Charles III Stakes and held on The Everest Day in mid-October. Samadoubt (2019) was the last horse to do the Winx Stakes – Chelmsford Stakes double.
In 2023 Navajo Peak improved on a first-up 13th in the Winx Stakes to score a major Chelmsford Stakes upset at 40/1.
The Chelmsford Stakes Day card also features the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m), Group 2 Furious Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m).
The Chelmsford Stakes has been won by many star horses over the years including four-time Cox Plate hero Winx (2017).
The 2021 Chelmsford Stakes form was franked with the winner Think It Over running a next-up third in the George Main Stakes trifecta before a win in the Group 2 Hill Stakes (2000m). He went on to take out the Craven Plate – Rosehill Gold Cup that spring, before returning the following autumn for a stellar preparation that concluded with a victory in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).
The 2022 Chelmsford Stakes winner Knights Order franked the form heading south to run third in that year’s Caulfield Cup results. The Chelmsford third place-getter No Compromise further franked the form winning that year’s The Metropolitan.
The latest edition of the Chelmsford Stakes ran on Saturday September 2, 2023 and was won in a huge boil-over by the David Payne-trained Navajo Peak ($41).
|Date:||Saturday September 2, 2023|
|Race Type:||3YO+ Weight-For-Age|
2023 Chelmsford Stakes Results
- 1st: #6 Navajo Peak ($41)
- 2nd: Major Beel
- 3rd: Think It Over
David Payne’s progressive Territories gelding Navajo Peak ($41) was huge the final furlong hitting the front and holding out the likes of ATC Derby winner Major Beel and star galloper Think It Over for a massive upset in the 2023 Chelmsford Stakes results second-up.
|1||6||NAVAJO PEAK||David Payne||Chad Schofield||8||59kg||$41|
|2||8||MAJOR BEEL (NZ)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Joshua Parr||0.42L||10||58.5kg||$26|
|3||1||THINK IT OVER||Kerry Parker||Nash Rawiller||0.49L||4||59kg||$3.40|
|4||7||LINDERMANN||Chris Waller||Dylan Gibbons (a)||1.39L||7||58.5kg||$15|
|5||5||HOO YA MAL (GB)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Adam Hyeronimus||1.46L||11||59kg||$21|
|6||11||MONTEFILIA||Chris Waller||James McDonald||2.2L||3||57kg||$3F|
|7||4||BOLD MAC (NZ)||Chris Waller||Brett Prebble||2.54L||1||59kg||$17|
|8||9||MANZOICE||Chris Waller||Jay Ford||2.81L||5||58.5kg||$41|
|9||10||DUAIS||Edward Cummings||Jason Collett||3.41L||9||57kg||$8.50|
|10||2||MO’UNGA (NZ)||Annabel Neasham||Tyler Schiller||4.38L||2||59kg||$7|
|11||3||KNIGHTS ORDER (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Ms Rachel King||6.46L||6||59kg||$21|
|12||HINGED||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||0|
Table Credit: Racing Australia.
2023 Chelmsford Stakes Betting Odds
The spring’s top Chelmsford Stakes 2023 betting odds will be available right here courtesy of Ladbrokes.com.au the week of the race.
Mister Sea Wolf ($5EF in 2020) was the last Chelmsford Stakes favourite to salute for the punters.
There was a massive upset in 2023 with Navajo Peak saluting at Chelmsford Stakes odds of $41!
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2023 Chelmsford Stakes Form
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2023 Chelmsford Stakes Tips
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2023 Chelmsford Stakes Field
The official 2023 Chelmsford Stakes field and barrier draw is released by Racing NSW the Wednesday of race week, the full line-up of Group 1 bound gallopers to be published below.
[“cf year”] Chelmsford Stakes Nominations
Nominations for the Chelmsford Stakes in 2023 close the Monday of race week and will be published in full below.
Chelmsford Stakes History
First held in 1895 and won by Newman, the Chelmsford Stakes has been won by several big names including the legendary Phar Lap in 1930 and by Tulloch in 1960.
The triple winners of the race are Limerick in 1926-28, Roman Consul in 1967-69 and Delta in 1950-52. The double winners include The Chief in 1898-99, Prince Foote in 1909-10, Duke Foote in 1912-13, Rogilla in 1933-34, Prince Darious in 1957-58, Kingston Town in 1980-81, Stargazer in 1990-91 and Lonhro in 2002-03.
The standout Chelmsford Stakes winner in recent history is the former Chris Waller-trained hero Winx (2017), the mighty mare winning four Cox Plates over her career.
Waller took his record in the Chelmsford up to six wins in nine years with the 2020 success of Mister Sea Wolf.
Recent Chelmsford Stakes Winners
|1st||Navajo Peak||1 minute 35.92 seconds|
|3rd||Think It Over|
|1st||Knights Order||1 minute 42.57 seconds|
|1st||Think It Over||1 minute 35.77 seconds|
|1st||Mister Sea Wolf||1 minute 34.32 seconds|
|1st||Samadoubt||1 minute 35.15 seconds|
|1st||Unforgotten||1 minute 35.18 seconds|
|1st||Winx||1 minute 34.1 seconds|
|1st||Hartnell||1 minute 39.1 seconds|
|3rd||Storm The Stars|
|1st||Complacent||1 minute 37.68 seconds|
|1st||Hawkspur||1 minute 39.32 seconds|
|1st||Hawkspur||1 minute 34.79 seconds|
|1st||Danleigh||1 minute 36.42 seconds|
|1st||Trusting||1 minute 37.12 seconds|
|2nd||My Kingdom Of Fife|
|3rd||Strike The Stars|
|1st||Theseo||1 minute 39.61 seconds|
|1st||O’Lonhro||1 minute 34.5 seconds|
|1st||Gallant Tess||1 minute 39.38 seconds|
|Race Not Held|
|1st||Eremein||1 minute 35.15 seconds|
|1st||Nevis||1 minute 35.73 seconds|
|1st||Unearthly||1 minute 37.93 seconds|
|1st||Lonhro||1 minute 35.06 seconds|
|1st||Lonhro||1 minute 36.3 seconds|
|1st||Brave Prince||1 minute 24.51 seconds|
|1st||Pasta Express||1 minute 30.26 seconds|