Guy Walter Stakes

The Guy Walter Stakes is a Group 2 race run on Chipping Norton Stakes Day during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival for mares only.

2022 Guy Walter Stakes Results

  • 1st: #2 Forbidden Love
  • 2nd: #11 Promise Of Success
  • 3rd: #3 Vangelic



The Guy Walter Stakes is a Group 2 middle distance sprint for mares aged four-years-old and above run on Chipping Norton Stakes Day at Randwick Racecourse in late February or early March during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Formerly a Group 3 event, in 2017 the 1400m set weights plus penalties clash is upgraded to Group 2 status and offers $200,000 in prize money. The Wiggle Stakes was renamed as the Guy Walter Stakes from 2015 in honour of late trainer Guy Walter who prepared 36 Group 1 winners over his career.

The meeting’s marquee races are the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) run over the mile under weight-for-age conditions, along with the recently upgraded Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m) for three-year-old fillies. Other features on the program include the Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (Fillies) and Group 2 Skyline Stakes (Colts & Geldings) for Golden Slipper Stakes-bound two-year-olds.

Mares may come into the Guy Walter Stakes field via a number of earlier autumn lead-ups including the Group 3 Geoffrey Belmaine Stakes (1200m) in Melbourne a fortnight earlier or either the Group 3 Triscay Stakes (1200m) or Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) on the same day at Royal Randwick in Sydney. Alassio (2019) was the last mare to complete the Triscay Stakes – Guy Walter Stakes double.

Possible races Guy Walter Stakes graduates may continue on to include the Group 3 Aspiration Quality (1600m) held over the mile at Randwick a week later or tougher races such as the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill in two weeks. Krone (2021) was the last mare to complete the Guy Walter Stakes – Coolmore Classic double.

Other recent Coolmore Classic winners to come off a run in the Guy Walter Stakes include Dixie Blossoms (2nd in 2019) and Peeping (3rd in 2016).

Looking further ahead of the Autumn Racing calendar events like the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on Tancred Stakes Day Day and Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) during April’s ‘The Championships’ shape up as nice targets for the mares out of the Guy Walter Stakes.

The form out of the 2021 Guy Walter Stakes results were franked that spring with the third placegetter Icebath winning the inaugural edition of the $2 million The Invitation race.

The 2022 Guy Walter Stakes ran on Saturday February 26, 2022 and was won by the Richard & Michael Freedman-trained Forbidden Love ($7.50). 

Guy Walter Stakes 2022
Date: Saturday February 26, 2022
Track: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: Set Weights + Penalties / 4YO&Up Mares
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2022 Guy Walter Stakes Results

Check out the full Guy Walter Stakes 2022 Results and Finishing Order below once the race is run on Chipping Norton Stakes Day this autumn in the lead-up to the Coolmore Classic.

  • 1st: #2 Forbidden Love ($7.50)
  • 2nd: #11 Promise Of Success
  • 3rd: #3 Vangelic
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 2 FORBIDDEN LOVE Richard & Michael Freedman Hugh Bowman 1 58kg $7.50
2 11 PROMISE OF SUCCESS (GB) John O’Shea Jason Collett 3.22L 5 54kg $8
3 3 VANGELIC Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 3.77L 7 56kg $10
4 8 ICEBATH (NZ) Brad Widdup James McDonald 4.88L 8 54kg (cd 55kg) $2.05F
5 7 KIKU Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 6.58L 4 55kg (cd 56kg) $6.50
6 6 MIRRA VISION Peter & Paul Snowden Sam Clipperton 6.72L 3 55kg $13
7 9 HARMONY ROSE Mark Newnham Tom Sherry (a) 8.98L 2 54kg $17
8 1 SHOUT THE BAR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Chad Schofield 21.43L 6 59kg $51
4 NIMALEE Matthew Smith William Pike 0
12 LADY BANFF Matthew Dunn Regan Bayliss 0
5 ELECTRIC GIRL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 0
10 MORE PROPHETS John Thompson Brock Ryan 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2022 Guy Walter Stakes Betting Odds

The autumn’s Guy Walter Stakes 2022 betting odds will be provided below the week of the race with market links to Ladbrokes.com.au.

Dixie Blossoms (2018) in her successful title defense was the last favourite in Guy Walter Stakes betting to win.

2022 Guy Walter Stakes Field

Each autumn the Guy Walter Stakes field attracts a class line-up of mares eyeing runs in tougher races over the coming weeks, and is released on the Wednesday before Chipping Norton Stakes Day.

The official 2022 Guy Walter Stakes field and barriers are set for release by Racing NSW on the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.

A dozen quality mares make-up the Guy Walter Stakes 2022 final field for Sydney on Saturday led in betting by the spring’s $2 million The Invitation winner Icebath.

SCRATCHINGS UPDATE:

  • #4 Nimalee (5)
  • #5 Electric Girl (3)
  • #10 More Prophets (1)
  • #12 Lady Banff (11)
No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 14x300x57x SHOUT THE BAR Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Chad Schofield 9 59kg 106
2 07x47830x2 FORBIDDEN LOVE Richard & Michael Freedman Hugh Bowman 2 58kg 104
3 245x41053x VANGELIC Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 10 56kg 107
4 194x42446x NIMALEE Matthew Smith William Pike 5 56kg 106
5 349x1541x3 ELECTRIC GIRL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 3 56kg 103
6 14141216×5 MIRRA VISION Peter & Paul Snowden Sam Clipperton 6 55kg 97
7 116x638x23 KIKU Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 7 55kg 56kg 93
8 2x354912x6 ICEBATH (NZ) Brad Widdup James McDonald 12 54kg 55kg 107
9 1327x6030x HARMONY ROSE Mark Newnham Tom Sherry (a) 4 54kg 95
10 6x611920x9 MORE PROPHETS John Thompson Brock Ryan 1 54kg 93
11 x132x121x2 PROMISE OF SUCCESS (GB) John O’Shea Jason Collett 8 54kg 90
12 85329×5722 LADY BANFF Matthew Dunn Regan Bayliss 11 54kg 73

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2022 Guy Walter Stakes Nominations

Early nominations for the Guy Walter Stakes in 2022 are taken the Monday ahead of the Group 2 showdown and will be listed below once announced.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 349x1541x3 ELECTRIC GIRL M 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 103
2 07x47830x2 FORBIDDEN LOVE M 4 Richard & Michael Freedman 104
3 x132247x14 GALGANI M 5 Nikki Burke 77
4 1327x6030x HARMONY ROSE M 4 Mark Newnham 95
5 2x354912x6 ICEBATH (NZ) M 5 Brad Widdup 107
6 116x638x23 KIKU M 4 Chris Waller 93
7 1x216133x2 KISSONALLFORCHEEKS M 4 Daniel Morton 102
8 85329×5722 LADY BANFF M 4 Matthew Dunn 73
9 14141216×5 MIRRA VISION M 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 97
10 6x611920x9 MORE PROPHETS M 5 John Thompson 93
11 194x42446x NIMALEE M 5 Matthew Smith 106
12 x132x121x2 PROMISE OF SUCCESS (GB) M 6 John O’Shea 90
13 14x300x57x SHOUT THE BAR M 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 106
14 245x41053x VANGELIC M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 107

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Guy Walter Stakes History

The Guy Walter Stakes was run as the Wiggle Stakes up until 2015 when it was renamed in honour of the late horseman Guy Walter. The race has also been run as the Wiggle Quality Handicap (1996-99 & 2005-2011) as well as the Wiggle Fillies and Mares Quality Handicap (2000-04). It began as a Listed race (1996-2013) before gaining Group 3 status in 2014. From 2017 onwards the Guy Walter Stakes will hold Group 2 status.

Prior to 2005 it was also open to three-year-old fillies, but is now restricted only to mares aged four-years-old or over. It has run under its current set weights plus penalties conditions since 2012.

Notable recent Guy Walter Stakes / Wiggle Stakes winners include Hot Danish (2008 & 2009), Steps In Time (2012 & 2013), Catkins (2014), Solicit (2016) and Dixie Blossoms (2017 & 2018). Dual champion Dixie Blossoms also ran second to Alassio when attempting a hat-trick in 2019 before winning the Group 1 Coolmore Classic next race.

Recent Guy Walter Stakes Winners

See below for a list of Wiggle Stakes winners (up until 2015) and Guy Walter Stakes winners (from 2015).

Year Place Horse Time
2022
Guy Walter Stakes
1st Forbidden Love 1 minute 25.49 seconds
2nd Promise Of Success
3rd Vangelic
2021
Guy Walter Stakes
1st Krone 1 minute 22.76 seconds
2nd Tricky Gal
3rd Icebath
2020
Guy Walter Stakes
1st Dawn Dawn 1 minute 20.83 seconds
2nd Sweet Deal
3rd Pohutukawa
2019
Guy Walter Stakes
1st Alassio 1 minute 22.27 seconds
2nd Dixie Blossoms
3rd Manicure
2018
Guy Walter Stakes
1st Dixie Blossoms 1 minute 22.66 seconds
2nd Raiment
3rd Francaletta
2017
Guy Walter Stakes
1st Dixie Blossoms 1 minute 26.58 seconds
2nd Zanbagh
3rd Flippant
2016
Guy Walter Stakes
1st Solicit 1 minute 20.3 seconds
2nd Zanbagh
3rd Peeping
2015
Guy Walkter Stakes
1st Danesiri 1 minute 22.2 seconds
2nd Cosmic Endeavour
3rd Mahara
2014
Wiggle Stakes
1st Catkins 1 minute 22.4 seconds
2nd Sharnee Rose
3rd Dear Demi
2013
Wiggle Stakes
1st Steps In Time 1 minute 21.6 seconds
2nd Streama
3rd Pear Tart
2012
Wiggle Stakes
1st Steps In Time 1 minute 23.6 seconds
2nd Foxtar
3rd Lady’s Angel
2011
Wiggle Stakes
1st Jersey Lily 1 minute 22.2 seconds
2nd Graceful Anna
3rd Turnstiles
2010
Wiggle Stakes
1st Dane Julia 1 minute 23.79 seconds
2nd Bejewelled
3rd Messenger
2009
Wiggle Stakes
1st Hot Danish 1 minute 21.40 seconds
2nd Absolutelyfabulous
3rd Mary’s Grace
2008
Wiggle Stakes
1st Hot Danish 1 minute 23.63 seconds
2nd Like Me Wild
3rd Hairy
2007
Wiggle Stakes
1st Doubting 1 minute 22.61 seconds
2nd Grey Stream
3rd Shirl Pegasus
2006
Wiggle Stakes
1st Bhandara 1 minute 23.08 seconds
2nd Prisoner Of Love
3rd Pekalan
2005
Wiggle Stakes
1st Danni Martine 1 minute 23.78 seconds
2nd Golden Weekend
3rd Hec Of A Party
2004
Wiggle Stakes
1st Gold Lottey 1 minute 24.45 seconds
2nd Hennessy Waltz
3rd Lucida
2003
Wiggle Stakes
1st Forum Floozie 1 minute 22.89 seconds
2nd Size Her Up
3rd Brecon Rose
2002
Wiggle Stakes
1st Youhadyourwarning 1 minute 23.03 seconds
2nd Veloce
3rd Card Queen
2001
Wiggle Stakes
1st Corelli 1 minute 26.89 seconds
2nd Say Good Morning
3rd Sorrento
2000
Wiggle Stakes
1st Stella Maree 1 minute 28.59 seconds
2nd Mary Machree
3rd Little Pattie

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