The Chipping Norton Stakes is a 1600 metre weight-for-age race run by the Australian Turf Club. The race is held in late February or early March at Warwick Farm or Randwick during the Autumn Racing Carnival.
- Race Type: Group 1, Open WFA
- Distance: 1,600 metres
- Track: Warwick Farm Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
- Date: Saturday 25 February 2017
The Chipping Norton Stakes is the first Group 1 race for the calendar year in Sydney and is traditionally the only race day of the Sydney Autumn Carnival held at Warwick Farm. In 2016 it will be held at Randwick due to work at Warwick Farm. The race dates back to 1925 and the first winner had the interesting name of Wallace Mortlake.
Chipping Norton Stakes Final Field & Odds 2017
See below for early markets for this years Chipping Norton Stakes.‘Odds not currently available’
Chipping Norton Stakes Preview & Tips 2017
Track: Good Weather: Fine
There are 10 runners for the $600,000 TAB Chipping Norton Stakes. Six of them are trained by Chris Waller and two by John O’Shea. The odds-on favourite is 2016 winner super mare Winx who won the Apollo Stakes last start by 2.8 lengths, and should win again. Second favourite is Hartnell who was 2nd in the Apollo Stakes last start and was 2nd in this race in 2015. Third favourite is Endless Drama who ran 3rd in the Apollo.
2016 Australian Derby winner Tavago resumes here but will probably need his first-up run. Libran was 2nd in the Apollo and will improve second-up. The other five runners are currently at odds of 100 to 1 or longer, including Lasqueti Spirit who broke her maiden status in the Group 1 Crown Oaks at a price of 100 to 1. The favourite should be too good for them but is at very short odds, so this is a race to watch and enjoy.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|9 Winx||9 Winx||9 Winx|
|1 Hartnell||1 Hartnell||1 Hartnell|
|8 Endless Drama||6 Magic Hurricane||8 Endless Drama|
|5 Libran||5 Libran||6 Magic Hurricane|
Past winners of the Chipping Norton Stakes:
Some greats of the Australian turf have won the Chipping Norton and in 1946 the great Bernborough beat champion mare Flight in one of the most publicised clashes of the time. Past winners include Phar Lap, Tranquil Star, Comic Court, Tulloch, Sky High, Rain Lover, Gay Icarus, Emancipation, Our Waverley Star, Super Impose, Lonhro and Octagonal. Tie The Knot won the race four times in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002.
|2017||Winx||Lasqueti Spirit||Who Shot Thebarman|
|2015||Contributer||Hartnell||He’s Your Man|
|2014||Boban||It’s A Dundeel||Hawkspur|
|2011||Danleigh||Centennial Park||Sacred Choice|
|2009||Tuesday Joy||Vision And Power||Gallant Tess|
|2008||Casino Prince||Tuesday Joy||Sniper’s Bullet|
|2007||He’s No Pie Eater||Desert War||Mentality|
|2006||Desert War||Eremein `||Ike’s Dream|
|2005||Grand Armee||Court’s In Session||Winning Belle (NZ)|
|2004||Starcraft (NZ)||Ambulance||Gentle Genius|
|2003||Lonhro||Shogun Lodge||Dress Circle (NZ)|
|2002||Tie The Knot||Freemason||Universal Prince|
|2001||Tie The Knot||Dottoressa||Referral|
|2000||Tie The Knot||Adam||Staging|
From 1925 to 1972 the race was held over 10 furlongs (about 2000 metres) and was increased to 2100 metres from 1973 to 1979 until in 1980 it changed to the present distance of 1600 metres. It was held at Randwick in 1992, 2001, 2008 and 2009 and has been a Group 1 race since 1986.
The Group 2 Apollo Stakes over 1400 metres is often used as a lead-up race to the Chipping Norton, and winners of the Chipping Norton are exempt from ballot in both the Doncaster and the Sydney Cup. Horses aiming for the Doncaster will often have their next start in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes.