George Main Stakes


Date: Saturday 19th September 2015
Track: Randwick racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1600 metres
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 1
Prizemoney: $350,000
2014 Winner: Sacred Falls

The George Main Stakes is an exclusive weight for age race part of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival that kicks off in August. The event is held annually at the Randwick Racecourse in Sydney every September and is run over a distance of 1600M. The total prize money up for grabs in the George Main Stakes stands up to $350,000 and in its cherished history, the Group 1 race has grown to become one of the main horse racing events in the Spring Carnival. The 2013 edition of the George Main Stakes has graciously won by Streama who produced an excellent performance to beat a list of other strong horses.

Royal Decent settled for second as Veyron came cruising through to complete the top three. The 2014 edition of the George Main Stakes is expected to get bigger and better. The event will feature on the same day as a number of exciting races including Group 2 events The Shorts and the Tea Rose Stakes. Winning the George Main Stakes comes with another advantage aside from the prize money. Triumphant horses in the race are exempted from balloting in the big money Group 1 Epsom Handicap.

The George Main Stakes is seen by many horse trainers and jockeys as the premier weight for age event in the Spring Carnival. The race often favors horses trained in middle distances and over the years, the event has produced some of Australia’s most exciting superstars of the turf. Some of the notable mares to record breathtaking victories in the race over the years include among others, More Joyous back in 2010, Grand Armee in 2004 and Defier back in 2002.

The ideal progression race for the George Main Stakes is the Epsom Handicap that comes later on the last day of the Sydney Spring Carnival. Although no mare in recent years has ever managed a George Main Stakes and Epsom Handicap double, Trusting back in 2010 come agonizingly close after finishing second in both races. The George Main Stakes is always packed with great horse racing and should be an ideal pick for horse racing lovers this spring.

George Main Stakes recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2014 Sacred Falls Royal Descent Laser Hawk 1:35.6
2013 Streama Royal Descent Veyron 1:34.7
2012 Shoot Out Rangirangdoo Secret Admirer 1:36.4
2011 Sincero Ilovethiscity Triple Elegance 1:28.5
2010 More Joyous Trusting Empires Choice 1:35.6
2009 Road to Rock Black Piranha Onemorenomore 1:35.5
2008 Mentality Theseo Gallant Tess 1:34.6
2007 Race Not Run
2006 Racing To Win Red Dazzler Desert War 1:33.8
2005 Mr Celebrity Shania Dane Outback Prince 1:34.6
2004 Grand Armee King’s Chapel Shamekha 1:36.9
2003 Lonhro Grand Armee Defier 1:37.5
2002 Defier Excellerator Sunline 1:38.3
2001 Viscount Shogun Lodge Courvoisier 1:36.7
2000 Adam Mr. Innocent Al Mansour 1:35.3
1999 Shogun Lodge Sunline Adam 1:35.0
1998 Dracula Tycoon Lil Des’s Dream 1:35.1
1997 Encounter Filante Juggler 1:36.0
1996 Juggler Filante All Our Mob 1:35.5
1995 Turridu Danewin Cheunganoff 1:35.8
1994 Durbridge Brave Warrior March Hare 1:36.2
1993 March Hare Deposition Slight Chance 1:33.9
1992 Coronation Day Kinjite Rough Habit 1:36.4
1991 Planet Ruler Kinjite Quick Score 1:36.5
1990 Shaftesbury Avenue Super Impose Stargazer 1:35.9
1989 Vo Rogue Groucho Don’t Play 1:35.4
1988 Gennaker Balciano Merimbula Bay 1:35.9
1987 Campaign King Groucho Impoverish 1:35.0
1986 Ma Chiquita Drawn Roman Artist 1:34.9
1985 Roman Artist Kingdom Bay Riverdale 1:36.4
1984 Inspired Street Cafe Riverdale 1:37.8
1983 Emancipation Mr. McGinty Rare Form 1:37.3
1982 Kingston Town Northern Reward Grey Receiver 1:40.0
1981 Kingston Town Arbogast Our Paddy Boy 1:34.3
1980 Tullmax Marjoleo Belmura Lad 1:36.0