The George Main Stakes is a 1600 metre weight-for-age race run by the Australian Jockey Club. The race is held in late September at Randwick during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.
- Race Type: Group 1, Open WFA
- Distance: 1600 metres
- Track: Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
- Date: Saturday 16 September 2017
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The George Main Stakes was first run in 1945 over a distance of 8 furlongs (about 1600 metres) and was won by Modulation. The race has remained at the same distance and was converted to 1600 metres in 1972. It became a Group 1 race in 1980 and was run at Warwick Farm in 1983 and 2001. In 2007 it was not held because of equine influenza (EI) which disrupted the Spring Carnival.
George Main was a former chairman of the Australian Jockey Club. He also bred racehorses and ran sheep with his wife Mary on their grazing property “Retreat” west of Cootamundra on the southwest slopes of New South Wales. The race named in his honour attracts top class milers and solid 2000 metre horses.
Several races are used as lead-ups including the NJC Spring Stakes (1600 metres) and Cameron Handicap (1400 metres) both ran at Newcastle, the Theo Marks Stakes (1300 metres), Shannon Quality Handicap (1500 metres) and Gloaming Stakes (1800 metres for 3YOs) at Rosehill, and the Chelmsford Stakes (1600 metres) at Randwick. The winner of the George Main is exempt from a ballot on the Epsom Handicap, and horses who run well head for the Epsom.
2017 George Main Stakes Final Field & Odds:
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George Main Stakes Preview & Tips:
Track: Good Weather: Fine
Following the scratching of Tom Melbourne, there are only 8 runners for the $500,000 George Main Stakes, run as the Colgate Optic White Stakes again this year. For the second year in a row the odds-on favourite is the super mare Winx, one of four runners for Chris Waller, who has won her last 19 starts. Second favourite is Happy Clapper who resumed with a good win in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes and has a solid second-up record. Third favourite is Foxplay who resumed for 2nd behind Winx in the Warwick Stakes, and won the Group 1 Coolmore at this track and distance earlier in the year.
Red Excitement was a tearaway leader in the Chelmsford last start and finished 2nd after making Winx work really hard for her win. Ecuador was 3rd in the Warwick Stakes and 4th in the Tramway. Heavens Above, Mackintosh and Mccreery were 5th, 6th and 8th respectively in the Tramway.
The following are the top 4 selections from our tipster panel for this years race.
|7 Winx||7 Winx||7 Winx|
|1 Happy Clapper||1 Happy Clapper||9 Foxplay|
|9 Foxplay||3 Red Excitement||1 Happy Clapper|
|3 Red Excitement||9 Foxplay||3 Red Excitement|
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Previous winners of the George Main Stakes:
Several horses have won the George Main Stakes – Epsom double with the most recent being Racing To Win (2006). Winx won the Epsom in 2015 and the George Main in 2016 and 2017. Kingston Town won the George Main Stakes – Cox Plate double twice in 1981 and 1982. Other notable winners include Shogun Lodge (1999), Juggler (1996), Durbridge (1994), Shaftesbury Avenue (1990), Campaign King (1987), Emancipation (1983), All Shot (1973), Baguette (1971), Wenona Girl (1963) and Shannon (1946 and 1947).
|2016||Winx||Hauraki||It’s Somewhat (USA)|
|2015||Kermadec (NZ)||Royal Descent||Pornichet (FR)|
|2014||Sacred Falls||Royal Descent||Laser Hawk|
|2012||Shoot Out||Rangirangdoo||Secret Admirer|
|2010||More Joyous||Trusting||Empires Choice|
|2009||Road To Rock||Black Piranha||Onemorenomore|
|2008||Mentality||Theseo||Road To Rock|
|2007||RACE NOT RUN||–||–|
|2006||Racing To Win||Red Dazzler||Desert War|
|2005||Mr Celebrity (NZ)||Shania Dane||Outback Prince|
|2004||Grand Armee||King’s Chapel||Shamekha|
|2000||Adam||Mr Innocent||Al Mansour|