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
|2014||Sacred Falls||Royal Descent||Laser Hawk||1:35.6|
|2012||Shoot Out||Rangirangdoo||Secret Admirer||1:36.4|
|2010||More Joyous||Trusting||Empires Choice||1:35.6|
|2009||Road to Rock||Black Piranha||Onemorenomore||1:35.5|
|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|
|2000||Adam||Mr. Innocent||Al Mansour||1:35.3|
|1998||Dracula||Tycoon Lil||Des’s Dream||1:35.1|
|1996||Juggler||Filante||All Our Mob||1:35.5|
|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|
|1986||Ma Chiquita||Drawn||Roman Artist||1:34.9|
|1985||Roman Artist||Kingdom Bay||Riverdale||1:36.4|
|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|