George Main Stakes

  • Date: Saturday September 17, 2016
  • Racecourse: Randwick
  • Race Distance: 1,600m
  • Conditions: Weight For Age
  • Prize Money: $500,000

2016 George Main Stakes News

Winx to spell, no Emirates Stakes

Winx to spell, no Emirates Stakes

An overseas campaign will be discussed for dual Cox Plate winner Winx as she heads to the paddock for a well deserved break following her record breaking victory in the Weight For Age Championship of Australasia last Saturday.

Winx, above, has been sent to the spelling paddock following her second Cox Plate win at Moonee …

The 2016 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.

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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).

2016 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 2016 George Main Stakes field will be released on Wednesday, September 14th.

As soon as all details are available, the 2016 George Main Stakes field will be published here.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x0x51709x4 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) Darren Weir Craig Williams 7 59kg 111
2 8x332722x1 HAURAKI John O’Shea James McDonald 5 59kg 109
3 3x611653x4 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) John O’Shea Tim Clark 4 59kg 108
4 447204x77x SPIRITJIM (FR) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 8 59kg 107
5 5400070711 GREAT ESTEEM Stuart Webb Kerrin McEvoy 2 59kg 97
6 2x12217x22 LE ROMAIN Kris Lees Christian Reith 1 58.5kg 108
7 111x0649x5 VANBRUGH Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 3 58.5kg 99
8 111x1111x1 WINX Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 6 57kg 123

2016 George Main Stakes Nominations

The 2016 George Main Stakes nominations will be made public on Monday, September 12th. Once all details are finalised, the 2016 George Main Stakes nominations will be uploaded here.

No Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 111x1111x1 WINX M 5 Chris Waller 1 57kg 123
2 x0x51709x4 TOSEN STARDOM (JPN) H 6 Darren Weir 2 59kg 111
3 8x332722x1 HAURAKI G 5 John O’Shea 3 59kg 109
4 3x611653x4 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) G 6 John O’Shea 4= 59kg 108
5 2x12217x22 LE ROMAIN G 4 Kris Lees 4= 58.5kg 108
6 447204x77x SPIRITJIM (FR) H 7 Chris Waller 6 59kg 107
7 111x0649x5 VANBRUGH H 4 Chris Waller 7 58.5kg 99

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 TBD 2 TBD 3 TBD TBD
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