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The 2017 George Main Stakes is a Group 1 race that is held at Randwick Racecourse in late September each year. The George Main Stakes, now known as the Colgate Optic White Stakes, is the premier weight-for-age event of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. Run over a distance of 1,600 metres, the George Main Stakes is worth $500,000 in prize money and the winner of this race is exempt from the ballot of the Group 1 Epsom Handicap that takes place a fortnight later.

The George Main Stakes was first run in 1945 when it was won by Modulation. The race is named after George Main, who was a former chairman of the Australian Jockey Club (before it was known as the Australian Turf Club).  The George Main Stakes was not run in 2007 due to the outbreak of Equine Influenza in Australia. Horse racing tips that perform well in the George Main Stakes often go on to run in the Epsom Handicap, especially due to the ballot exemption the winner receives.

Throughout the years, back-to-back George Main Stakes titles have been won on many occasions. Horses to have achieved this include Shannon (1946-47), Count Radiant (1964-65), Regal Rhythm (1967-68), and the great Kingston Town (1981-82). The fastest winning George Main Stakes time was set by Racing To Win in 2006, who finished the race in 1 minutes and 33.75 seconds. Montana (1952) holds the record for the slowest winning time, passing the post in 1 minute and 48.75 seconds.

Other notable horses to win the George Main Stakes include De La Salle (1948), Wenona Girl (1963), Baguette (1971), Imposing (1979), Emancipation (1983), Vo Rogue (1989), Shaftesbury Avenue (1990), Shogun Lodge (1999), Lonhro (2003), Grand Armee (2004) and More Joyous (2010).

2017 George Main Stakes Field

The George Main Stakes field is usually comprised of a decent selection of talent, both from Sydney stables and elsewhere. The George Main Stakes field attracts some of the top horses on the racing circuit and certainly some of the best weight-for-agers. The 2017 George Main Stakes field will be released on Wednesday, September 14th.

As soon as all details are available, the 2017 George Main Stakes field will be published here.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 469x2125x1 HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Blake Shinn 8 59kg 113
2 x113380x34 ECUADOR (NZ) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Adam Hyeronimus 5 59kg 110
3 3311255×42 RED EXCITEMENT Gerald Ryan Joshua Parr 4 59kg 110
4 2x156495x8 MCCREERY (GB) Chris Waller Michael Walker 9 59kg 106
5 x13540x0x6 MACKINTOSH (NZ) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 2 59kg 103
6 23x6905x22 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller 7 59kg 103
7 11x1111x11 WINX Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 1 57kg 132
8 1670x910x5 HEAVENS ABOVE Tim Martin Tye Angland 6 57kg 108
9 14x24141x2 FOXPLAY Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 3 56.5kg 112

2017 George Main Stakes Nominations

The 2017 George Main Stakes nominations will be made public on Monday, September 12th. Once all details are finalised, the 2017 George Main Stakes nominations will be uploaded here.

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 x113380x34 ECUADOR (NZ) G 8 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 110
2 14x24141x2 FOXPLAY M 4 Chris Waller 112
3 469x2125x1 HAPPY CLAPPER G 7 Patrick Webster 113
4 1670x910x5 HEAVENS ABOVE M 6 Tim Martin 108
5 1541112×13 INVINCIBLE GEM M 4 Kris Lees 108
6 1x11202x25 LE ROMAIN G 5 Kris Lees 116
7 x13540x0x6 MACKINTOSH (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 103
8 2x156495x8 MCCREERY (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 106
9 3311255×42 RED EXCITEMENT G 8 Gerald Ryan 110
10 23x6905x22 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 103
11 11x1111x11 WINX M 6 Chris Waller 132

George Main Stakes Past Winners & Results

Many of Australia’s best gallopers have won or placed in the George Main Stakes during its history and below you will find a list of past results since 2000.

Year Results Winning Time
2017 1 Winx 2 Happy Clapper 3 Foxplay 1:33.6
2016 1 Winx 2 Hauraki 3 It’s Somewwhat 1:36.18
2015 1 Kermadec 2 Royal Descent 3 Pornichet 1:37.70
2014 1 Sacred Falls 2 Royal Descent 3 Laser Hawk 1:35.66
2013 1 Streama 2 Royal Descent 3 Veyron 1:34.78
2012 1 Shoot Out 2 Rangirangdoo 3 Secret Admirer 1:36.4
2011 1 Sincero 2 Ilovethiscity 3 Triple Elegance 1:28.5
2010 1 More Joyous 2 Trusting 3 Empires Choice 1:35.6
2009 1 Road to Rock 2 Black Piranha 3 Onemorenomore 1:35.5
2008 1 Mentality 2 Theseo 3 Gallant Tess 1:34.6
2007 Race Not Run
2006 1 Racing To Win 2 Red Dazzler 3 Desert War 1:33.8
2005 1 Mr Celebrity 2 Shania Dane 3 Outback Prince 1:34.6
2004 1 Grand Armee 2 King’s Chapel 3 Shamekha 1:36.9
2003 1 Lonhro 2 Grand Armee 3 Defier 1:37.5
2002 1 Defier 2 Excellerator 3 Sunline 1:38.3
2001 1 Viscount 2 Shogun Lodge 3 Courvoisier 1:36.7
2000 1 Adam 2 Mr. Innocent 3 Al Mansour 1:35.3

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