Chelmsford Stakes Winners, Past Results & Latest News

Chelmsford Stakes run at the Randwick Racecourse. Winners and past results of the Chelmsford Stakes

Betting on the Chelmsford Stakes has been a practice in Australia for over 100 years with the roots of The Chelmsford first documented in 1895 where Newman crossed the line first at Randwick Racecourse to win the inaugural running of the Chelmsford Stakes.

The Chelmsford Stakes is one of the oldest races in Australia and has been run in New South Wales for over 125 years. The popularity of the Chelmsford has never been in doubt with great horses lining up and winning the race across the century it has been run.

Now run at Randwick Racecourse The Chelmsford Stakes is a Group 2 Grade race that is run over 1600m in September of each year. Runners enter the race with a chance to win $250,000 in prize money.

The History Of The Chelmsford Stakes

The Chelmsford Stakes was originally introduced to the thoroughbred racing calendar as a principal race run under weight for age conditions. The Chelmsford Stakes today is still run as a weight for age race however it was upgraded to a Group 2 contest in 1980.

As a weight for age contest The Chelmsford has always attracted high calibre race horses from Group 1 level due to the timing of the race and it’s position in the calendar on the lead up to the Cox Plate.

The Chelmsford Stakes has always been run at Royal Randwick Racecourse however it has had stints at Warwick Farm and Rosehill Gardens in more recent years.

Despite being a fairly set race, The Chelmsford Stakes distance has seen a lot of changes. Originally being set as an 1800m contest in its inaugural running the race has fluctuated between 1500m and 1600m even being run over 1400m in 2001.

Since 2008 the Chelmsford Stakes has been run over 1600m.

What's been most impressive during the time of the Chelmsford Stakes is the quality of racehorse that has won the race. Some of the world's greatest ever races have won editions of the Chelmsford stakes on the way to winning greater Group 1 titles in Spring Campaigns.

Where is the Chelmsford Stakes Held?

The Chelmsford Stakes is held at Randwick Racecourse in September of each year. Randwick Racecourse is located in the suburb of Randwick which is in the east of Sydney’s Metro region.

Racing at Randwick started 50 years before the introduction of the Chelmsford Stakes with the first meeting held on the now multi million dollar track in 1833.

Before the opening of Randwick racing had previously taken place in the city’s Hyde Park. It was only when then Governor of New South Wales Richard Bourke designated the Randwick land for use as a racecourse.

Known as Headquarters to many punters, Randwick Racecourse houses the Australian Turf Club, a governing body formed out of the Australian Jockey Club and the Sydney Turf Club.

Randwick has seen over 150 years of racing at the course and after hosting 100 plus editions of the Chelmsford Stakes crowds of up to 100,000 plus have witnessed some of the greatest ever editions of the race.

Past Winners of the Chelmsford Stakes

There are only a handful of races in Australia that can boast the winning calibre of the Chelmsford Stakes victors. Names like Winx, Bernborough, Phar Lap are held in the highest regard when it comes to Horse Racing and have all won the Chelmsford Stakes in there careers.

One of the first and most notable winners has to be the mighty Gloaming who won the Chelmsford Stakes back in 1918. The gelding is famed for winning 19 races in a row which include a Chelmsford Stakes win along the way.

Such was the calibre of Gloaming he boasts a 67 start career where he only missed a place once and also still holds the record for the fastest 4 furlongs ever run.

Roll forward 10 years in the history of the race and we find Limerick. Aptly named to give Irish luck to the punters Limerick won the Chelmsford Stakes 3 years in a row in 1926, 27 and 28. At the time the race was considered one of the biggest races on the calendar and to achieve such a feat was unheard of.

In 1930 the Chelmsford Stakes was won by the Mighty Kiwi, Phar Lap. In the same year the Kiwi bred runner went on to win the W.S. Cox Plate as well as the Melbourne Cup. He remains one of only a few runners to win the Chelmsford on the way to winning the Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup in the same year.

1946 saw the great Bernborough win the Chelmsford Stakes on his way to completing a 15 race unbeaten streak. Bernborough was famed for racing in handicaps where he still has the record for the heaviest weight carried whilst winning a G1, 65.5kgs in the Doomben 10,000.

The immortal racer that was Tulloch won the 1960 running of the race when returning to the track after 2 years out from action with a virus. The Group 2 Chelmsford was Tullochs first run back on the track before completing an impressive 15 from 24 win record before retiring.

The next great name on the list is that of Kingston Town. A dominant runner during the late 70s and early 80s Kingston Town won the race in 1980 and 1981.

Following on from Kingston town we saw a host of winners including Emancipation, Soho Square and Juggler all take out the Chelmsford Stakes and juggler was unlucky not to get the double before running into a horse called Might and Power who pipped him to victory in 1998.


The names go on and on for winners of the Chelmsford Stakes. Lonhro, Hawkspur and Hartnell have all won the race but undoubtedly one of the best wins in recent years was that of Winx who gave us one of the most thrilling finishes in 2017.

How to bet on the Chelmsford Stakes?

Betting on the Chelmsford Stakes is always a hotly contested affair with such a high calibre field lining up each year.

Given that the race leads into Spring Carnival bookmakers are all offering great odds on the Chelmsford Stakes with most bookmakers able to offer live vision of the Chelmsford as well. This allows punters to watch almost anywhere through their online account.

Why not check our recommended bookmakers to see who you should bet on the Chelmsford Stakes with.

Conclusion

The best way to play the Chelmsford Stakes is to watch the form lines of runners heading to the W.S. Cox Plate.

Good weight for age horses have always had a rich history of going through the Chelmsford on there way to bigger racing glory however it has allowed the race to carry the highest of standings in the Horse Racing Calendar.

YearChelmsford Stakes Winners
2021Think It Over
2020Mister Sea Wolf
2019Samadoubt
2018Unforgotten
2017Winx
2016Hartnell
2015Complacent
2014Hawkspur
2013Hawkspur
2012Danleigh
2011Trusting
2010Theseo
2009O'Lonhro
2008Gallant Tess
2007not held
2006Eremein
2005Nevis
2004Unearthly
2003Lonhro
2002Lonhro
2001Brave Prince
2000Pasta Express
1999Intergaze
1998Might And Power
1997Juggler
1996Filante
1995Oppressor
1994March Hare
1993Soho Square
1992Dr. Grace
1991Stargazer
1990Stargazer
1989High Regard
1988Sky Chase
1987Campaign King
1986Shankhill Lass
1985Lord Of Camelot
1984Hayai
1983Emancipation
1982Rare Form
1981Kingston Town
1980Kingston Town
1979Mighty Kingdo
1978Ming Dynasty
1977Flirting Prince
1976Purple Patch
1975Leica Lover
1974Passetreul
1973Longfella
1972Turbino
1971Tails
1970Gunsynd
1969Roman Consul
1968Roman Consul
1967Roman Consul
1966Trevors
1965Pyramus
1964Summer Fair
1963Maidenhead
1962Burgos
1961Sharply
1960Tulloch
1959Pique
1958Prince Darius
1957Prince Darius
1956Advocate
1955Electro
1954Prince Cortauld
1953Royal Stream
1952Delta
1951Delta
1950Delta
1949Columnist
1948Bernbrook
1947Proctor
1946Bernborough
1945Sleepy Fox
1944Veiled Threat
1943Tribal
1942Rimveil
1941Beau Vite
1940Beaulivre
1939Defaulter
1938Royal Chief
1937Mala
1936Gold Rod
1935Sylvandale
1934Rogilla
1933Rogilla
1932Gaine Carrington
1931Ammon Ra
1930Phar Lap
1929Mollison
1928Limerick
1927Limerick
1926Limerick
1925Windbag
1924Heroic
1923Rapine
1922Beauford
1921Syce Knight
1920Chrysolaus
1919Richmond Main
1918Gloaming
1917Prince Viridis
1916Sasanof
1915Garlin
1914Woorak
1913Duke Foote
1912Duke Foote
1911Los Angelos
1910Prince Foote
1909Prince Foote
1908Perkeo
1907Mountain King
1906Solution
1905Marvel Loch
1904Warroo
1903Duke Of Grafton
1902Abundance
1901Sir Leonard
1900Dandy
1899The Chief
1898The Chief 3
1897Amberite
1896Hopscotch
1895Newman

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