George Main Stakes

George Main Stakes

Winners and Past Results for the George Main Stakes.

The George Main Stakes hosted by the Australian Turf Club is a Group 1 race held at Randwick Racecourse, Sydney. It is held annually in late September on the first day of the Australian Turf Club's two day carnival.

The George Main Stakes is open for horses of all ages and held under weight for age conditions.

Horses compete over 1600 metres for prize money worth $500,000.

Along with the large purse, the winner is exempt from ballot for the Epsom Handicap held at the Randwick race track two weeks later. In addition to the Group 2 The Shorts for sprinters and the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap, a total of 5 group races are held on the same day as the George Main Stakes with over $1 million at stake.

The race is held in honour of George Main, a former chairman of the Australian Jockey Club.

The event was run for the first time in 1945, which was won by Modulation. Earlier, during the period of 1945 to 1971, the race was run over a distance of 8 furlongs and from 1972 onwards, it was run over a distance of 1600 metres. Also, during the period, 1945 to 1978, the George Main Stakes was a Principal Race but in 1979, it was upgraded to its present status as a Group 1 race.

The Group 3 Tramway Quality Handicap is usually a lead up race to the George Main Stakes and the finest gallopers who performed well in this event may tackle the Epsom Handicap held at Randwick racecourse, Sydney over a distance of 1600 metres. Sincero also won the Tramway Quality Handicap prior to winning the 2011 George Main Stakes.

Some of the classiest gallopers have won this classic spring race, which includes Kingston Town in 1981 & 1982, Emancipation in 1983, Shogun Lodge in 1997, Lonhro in 2003, and Grand Armee in 2004.

Other notable horses to score back to back victories include Shannon in 1946-47, Count Radiant in 1964-65, and Regal Rhythm in 1967-68. Racing To Win clocked the fastest time in 2006, finishing in 1 minute 33.75 seconds.

The late trainer TJ Smith has the distinction of saddling eleven winners during his illustrious career as a trainer. His daughter, trainer Gai Waterhouse remains the most successful trainer in recent history with three winners to her credit.

In 2010, More Joyous was the first mare to win the George Main Stakes after a gap of 14 years.

Year George Main Stakes Winner
2017 Winx
2016 Winx
2015 Kermadec
2014 Sacred Falls
2013 Streama
2012 Shoot Out
2011 Sincero
2010 More Joyous
2009 Road To Rock
2008 Mentality
2007 Not Held
2006 Racing To Win
2005 Mr Celebrity
2004 Grand Armee
2003 Lonhro
2002 Defier
2001 Viscount
2000 Adam
1999 Shogun Lodge
1998 Dracula
1997 Encounter
1996 Juggler
1995 Turridu
1994 Durbridge
1993 March Hare
1992 Coronation Day
1991 Planet Ruler
1990 Shaftesbury Avenue
1989 Vo Rogue
1988 Gennaker
1987 Campaign King
1986 Ma Chiquita
1985 Roman Artist
1984 Inspired
1983 Emancipation
1982 Kingston Town
1981 Kingston Town
1980 Tullmax
1979 Imposing
1978 Party's Pride
1977 Blockbuster
1976 Purple Patch
1975 Hartshill
1974 Itchy Feet
1973 All Shot
1972 Nippon
1971 Baguette
1970 Ricochet
1969 Zephyrus
1968 Regal Rhythm
1967 Regal Rhythm
1966 Chantal
1965 Count Radiant
1964 Count Radiant
1963 Wenona Girl
1962 New Statesman
1961 Martello Towers
1960 Second Earl
1959 Amanullah
1958 Lindbergh
1957 Landy
1956 Kingster
1955 Prince Movi
1954 Gendarme
1953 Tarien
1952 Montana
1951 Oversight
1950 San Domenico
1949 The Groom
1948 De La Salle
1947 Shannon
1946 Shannon
1945 Modulation
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