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George Main Stakes

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VERRY ELLEEGANT winning the George Main Stakes.
VERRY ELLEEGANT winning the George Main Stakes. Picture: Martin King / Sportpix

The George Main Stakes is a Group 1 race run under Weight For Age conditions for open class horses at Randwick conducted by the Australian Turf Club.
The George Main Stakes is run over 1600m. It was first run in 1945 and was won by Modulation.
Most runnings of the George Main Stakes have been over 1600m.
The George Main Stakes has always been a Group 1.
The race was named after George Main who was Chairman of the AJC.
TJ Smith won the race an amazing 12 times.
Before Winx second win, the previous three George Main Stakes winners also won the Doncaster Mile in the previous Autumn.
Horses often use the race as the lead up to the Epsom Handicap. It used to be the week before but is now run a fortnight before.
14 of the previous 15 winners of the George Main Stakes were Group 1 winners prior to winning this.
The Tramway/George Main double (6 times) – Sincero most recent in 2011.
The Warwick (Winx) Stakes/George Main (13 times) – Winx most recent in 2018.
Cox Plate winners to contest the George Main Stakes in recent years are Might And Power, Sunline and Winx.
Besides Winx, the last horse to do the George Main/Cox Plate double was Kingston Town.
Chris Waller had four runners in the 2020 edition and they filled the first four placings.
There have been only two double figure odds winners in 20 years – Road To Rock and Adam.
Verry Elleegant's win in 2021 was her ninth G1 success and amazingly they were nine different G1 races.
The 2007 race was not held due to the Equine Influenza break out.
The George Main Stakes was worth $1,000,000 in 2021.
Notable winners of the George Main Stakes include Verry Elleegant (2021), Kolding (2020), Avilius (2019), Winx (2016/2017/2018), Kermadec (2015), Sacred Falls (2014), Streama (2013), Shoot Out (2012), Sincero (2011), More Joyous (2010), Mentality (2008), Racing To Win (2006), Grand Armee (2004), Lonhro (2003), Defier (2002), Viscount (2001), Shogun Lodge (1999), Encounter (1997), Juggler (1996), Durbridge (1994), Coronation Day (1992), Shaftesbury Avenue (1990), Vo Rogue (1989), Campaign King (1987), Inspired (1984), Emancipation (1983), Kingston Town (1981/1982), Hartshill (1975), Baguette (1971), Wenona Girl (1963), Martello Towers (1961), San Domenico (1950) and Shannon (1946/1947).
The 2021 George Main Stakes was won by Verry Elleegant from Riodini and Think It Over.


Racing and Sports

Previous George Main Stakes Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) 6M
ZED (NZ) - OPULENCE (NZ) DANROAD (AUS)
JAMES MCDONALD57.0CHRIS WALLER2
KOLDING (NZ) 5G
OCEAN PARK (NZ) - MAGIC STAR (AUS) DANZERO (AUS)
TOMMY BERRY59.0CHRIS WALLER7
AVILIUS (GB) 5G
PIVOTAL (GB) - ALESSANDRIA (GB) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
K MCEVOY59.0JAMES CUMMINGS8
WINX (AUS) 7M
STREET CRY (IRE) - VEGAS SHOWGIRL (NZ) AL AKBAR (AUS)
J BOWMAN57.0CHRIS WALLER3
WINX (AUS) 6M
STREET CRY (IRE) - VEGAS SHOWGIRL (NZ) AL AKBAR (AUS)
J BOWMAN57.0CHRIS WALLER1
WINX (AUS) 5M
STREET CRY (IRE) - VEGAS SHOWGIRL (NZ) AL AKBAR (AUS)
J BOWMAN57.0CHRIS WALLER5
KERMADEC (NZ) 4H
TEOFILO (IRE) - HY FUJI (AUS) FUJI KISEKI (JPN)
G SCHOFIELD58.5CHRIS WALLER4
SACRED FALLS (NZ) 5H
O'REILLY (NZ) - IGUAZU'S GIRL (NZ) REDOUTE'S CHOICE (AUS)
Z PURTON59.0CHRIS WALLER1
STREAMA (AUS) 5M
STRATUM (AUS) - PENSIAMO (AUS) SOVEREIGN RED (NZ)
B SHINN57.0G H WALTER6
SHOOT OUT (AUS) 6G
HIGH CHAPARRAL (IRE) - PENTAMEROUS (NZ) PENTIRE (GB)
J BOWMAN59.0CHRIS WALLER4
SINCERO (AUS) 4G
UMATILLA (NZ) - YOURS AS ALWAYS (AUS) PREGO (IRE)
C G O'BRIEN58.5STEPHEN FARLEY8
MORE JOYOUS (NZ) 4M
MORE THAN READY (USA) - SUNDAY JOY (AUS) SUNDAY SILENCE (USA)
C W BROWN56.5MS G WATERHOUSE5
ROAD TO ROCK (AUS) 5H
ENCOSTA DE LAGO (AUS) - TREWORNAN (GB) MIDYAN (USA)
G SCHOFIELD59.0ANTHONY CUMMINGS9
MENTALITY (AUS) 5G
FLYING SPUR (AUS) - SYNAESTHESIA (USA) QUIET AMERICAN (USA)
C W BROWN59.0JOHN HAWKES6
RACING TO WIN (AUS) 4G
ENCOSTA DE LAGO (AUS) - SURREALIST (AUS) KENNY'S BEST PAL (AUS)
G BOSS57.5JOHN O'SHEA1
MR CELEBRITY (NZ) 5G
PEINTRE CELEBRE (USA) - LAMORA (AUS) MARSCAY (AUS)
L BEASLEY58.0MS G WATERHOUSE4
GRAND ARMEE (AUS) 6G
HENNESSY (USA) - TAMBOUR (AUS) MARAUDING (NZ)
D BEASLEY58.0MS G WATERHOUSE4
LONHRO (AUS) 5H
OCTAGONAL (NZ) - SHADEA (NZ) STRAIGHT STRIKE (USA)
D BEADMAN58.0JOHN HAWKES3
DEFIER (AUS) 5G
DEHERE (USA) - LILANDE (AUS) MARSCAY (AUS)
C MUNCE58.0G H WALTER5
VISCOUNT (AUS) 3C
QUEST FOR FAME (GB) - ANTWERP (NZ) SIR TRISTRAM (IRE)
K MCEVOY49.5JOHN HAWKES5
ADAM (AUS) 6H
RUBITON (AUS) - HI DE HO (NZ) LONG ROW (GB)
J SHEEHAN58.0R K BROCK1

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