Chelmsford Stakes 2023

Ladbrokes Tip: Trainer Chris Waller has a gun recent record in the Chelmsford Stakes

The Chelmsford Stakes is a Group 2 race conducted at Royal Randwick Racecourse in early September during the annual Sydney Spring Racing Carnival the day after the Listed Wyong Gold Cup (2100m) takes place on the Friday.

2022 Chelmsford Stakes winner Knights Order

2022 Chelmsford Stakes winner Knights Order. Photo: Steve Hart.

It is one of three Group 2 races on the card along with the Furious Stakes for three-year-old fillies and the Tramway Handicap. The other key support act on the program is the Group 3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) for potential The Everest horses.  Offering $300,000 in total prize money the Chelmsford Stakes is run over 1600m and the weight-for-age clash is open to gallopers aged three-years-old and over.

The race is a nice lead-up to tougher events in both Sydney and Melbourne during the spring including the Group 1 King Charles III Stakes (1600m) – formerly the George Main Stakes – which now runs in mid-October on The Everest Day race card.

The last horse to complete the Chelmsford Stakes – George Main Stakes (now King Charles III Stakes) double was Winx in 2017. In 2015 Kermadec ran second in the Chelmsford Stakes before winning the George Main at his next start, while stablemate Royal Descent ran third and second in the same two races respectively that year.

The latest edition of the Chelmsford Stakes took place on Saturday September 2, 2023 and saw the David Payne-trained Navajo Peak ($41) improve on a 13th in the Winx Stakes to post a massive upset with a big run late. 

2023 Chelmsford Stakes Results

The official Chelmsford Stakes 2023 Results & Finishing Order will be announced below once the race is run and won on Saturday September 2, 2023.

2023 Chelmsford Stakes winner Navajo Peak

2023 Chelmsford Stakes winner Navajo Peak surprised his rivals with a notable upset at 40/1. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • 1st: #6 Navajo Peak
  • 2nd: #8 Major Beel
  • 3rd: #1 Think It Over

David Payne’s progressive Territories gelding Navajo Peak ($41) was huge the final furlong hitting the front and holding out the likes of ATC Derby winner Major Beel and star galloper Think It Over for a massive upset in the 2023 Chelmsford Stakes results second-up.

Chelmsford Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday September 2, 2023
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $300,000
  • First Run: 1895

Chelmsford Stakes Betting

Chelmsford Stakes odds are dominated by proven Sydney milers coming off a good run in the Group 1 Winx Stakes at the same track two weeks before.

In-form horses from the stables of Chris Waller also feature prominently in Chelmsford Stakes betting as he has a strong recent record in the race with victories from the likes of two-time champion Hawkspur (2013-14), Winx (2017) and Unforgotten (2018). Upsets are not uncommon however and the last double-figure winners were Complacent ($31 in 2015) and Navajo Peak ($41 in 2023).

In 2020 Waller celebrated his sixth win in nine years with Mister Sea Wolf ($5EF) becoming the latest Chelmsford Stakes favourite to salute leading an all-Waller trifecta in the event.

2023 Chelmsford Stakes Odds

The best Chelmsford Stakes 2023 betting odds and market links to the milers contesting the Group 2 spring event at Royal Randwick will be provided below as soon as released.

Chelmsford Stakes Field

The Chelmsford Stakes race field attracts a line-up of the season’s exciting milers and middle-distance weight-for-age performers.

Chelmsford Stakes winners & history -

Winx (2017) is the best-known Chelmsford Stakes winner in recent history. Photo: Steve Hart.

The traditional lead-up to the race is the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) run at Randwick a fortnight earlier. Hartnell (2016) ran second in the then Group 2 Warwick Stakes before his Chelmsford success and would continue on to finish third in the Melbourne Cup trifecta that spring. The next spring the world’s best mare did the Warwick Stakes – Chelmsford Stakes double, before in 2018 her stablemate Unforgotten improved on a lead-up sixth in the Winx Stakes to take out the Group 2.

In 2019 Samadoubt became the latest horse to complete the Winx Stakes – Chelmsford Stakes double.

Earlier in 2015 the Chelmsford Stakes winner Complacent came off a 12th in the Warwick Stakes. The Warwick Stakes also produced the Chelmsford Stakes runner-up Kermadec (5th) and third place-getter Royal Descent (1st).

Other recent Chelmsford Stakes winners to come off a Warwick Stakes / Winx Stakes run include dual champion Hawkspur (7th in 2013 and 5th in 2014), Danleigh (3rd in 2012), Trusting (5th in 2011), and Theseo (5th in 2010).

In 2018 the Warwick Stakes was renamed the Winx Stakes and elevated to a Group 1 event in honour of the race’s multiple champion Winx.

It remains an excellent lead-up into the Chelmsford Stakes field having produced the 2018 winner with another Chris Waller-trained mare, Unforgotten, improving on a lead-up sixth to her star stablemate in the Group 1 to win the Chelmsford for the stable.

More recently the 2021 Chelmsford Stakes winner Think It Over improved on a lead-up Winx Stakes sixth, while in 2023 Navajo Peak ran 13th in the Winx Stakes before a massive Chelmsford upset at $41 with Think It Over third that year.

2023 Chelmsford Stakes Field

The official Chelmsford Stakes 2023 Final Field & Barriers will be announced by Racing NSW on the Wednesday of race week, the full list of runners to be published below.

2023 Chelmsford Stakes Nominations

The early Chelmsford Stakes 2023 nominations close the Monday of the race and will be announced below as soon as released.

Chelmsford Stakes Tips

Good Chelmsford Stakes betting tips include looking at the form coming out of the Winx Stakes, runners that have good records over the mile, proven weight-for-age performers, and horses with a liking for the Randwick track.

Backing in-form Chris Waller-trained mares and any Group 1 performers dropping in grade are other top Chelmsford Stakes betting tips to take to the bookies this spring.

2023 Chelmsford Stakes Tips

Our exclusive Ladbrokes’ Chelmsford Stakes 2023 tips with the runners to back and sack in the feature race on Chelmsford Stakes Day will be detailed below following final acceptances the week of the race.

  • To Win: TBD

Chelmsford Stakes Form Guide

The Chelmsford Stakes form guide gives punters all the information they need to place a well-informed wager on the race like the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs of the horses in the field.

Over the years the Chelmsford Stakes winner has come off a Warwick Stakes – now the Winx Stakes – run more than any other lead-up race. Chris Waller has prepared more horses to finish in the Chelmsford Stakes trifecta in the past decade than any other trainer.

The Chelmsford Stakes form has stacked up in other bigger races during the Spring Carnival in Sydney in recent years.

The 2021 Chelmsford Stakes winner Think It Over ran a next-up third in the George Main Stakes trifecta before winning a host of other races that spring and the following autumn including the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) in 2022.

The Chelmsford Stakes 2022 form held with the winner Knights Order running third later that spring in Melbourne’s Caulfield Cup, while the third placed No Compromise went on to win The Metropolitan on Epsom Day at elite level.

2023 Chelmsford Stakes Form

A link to our detailed Chelmsford Stakes 2023 form guide and betting preview will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Chelmsford Stakes Results

Local Sydney-trained gallopers under $10 for the win have dominated the Chelmsford Stakes results in the past 10 years.

Notable recent Chelmsford Stakes winners include Think It Over (2021), Winx (2017), Hawkspur (2013-14), Danleigh (2012), Theseo (2010), and Lonhro (2002-03).

Unforgotten (2018) was the last Chelmsford Stakes winning mare.

Winx holds the current Chelmsford Stakes race record winning in 2017 in a time of 1 minute 34:11 seconds.

Past Chelmsford Stakes Winners

Recent Chelmsford Stakes winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2023 Navajo Peak Major Beel Think It Over 1:35.92
2022 Knights Order Numerian No Compromise 1:42.57
2021 Think It Over Riodini Montefilia 1:35.77
2020 Mister Sea Wolf Yulong Prince Finche 1:34.32
2019 Samadoubt Avilius Girl Tuesday 1:35.15
2018 Unforgotten Ace High Libran 1:35:1
2017 Winx Red Excitement Chocante 1:34.3
2016 Hartnell Grand Marshal Storm The Stars 1:39.1
2015 Complacent Kermadec Royal Descent 1:37.6
2014 Hawkspur Royal Descent Bagman 1:39.3
2013 Hawkspur Beaten Up Lightinthenite 1:34.7
2012 Danleigh Secret Admirer Lamasery 1:36.2
2011 Trusting My Kingdom Of Fife Strike The Stars 1:37.1
2010 Theseo Metal Bender Purple 1:39.6
2009 O’lonhro Miss Marielle Triple Honour 1:34.5
2008 Gallant Tess Triple Honour Kishkat 1:39.3
2007 Race not run
2006 Eremein Newton’s Rings Aqua d’ Amore 1:35.5
2005 Nevis Sir Dex Natural Blitz 1:35.7
2004 Unearthly So Assertive Niello 1:37.9
2003 Lonhro Platinum Scissors Excellerator 1:35.1
2002 Lonhro Platinum Scissors Republic Lass 1:36.3
2001 Brave Prince Zabeels Angel The Man 1:24.5
2000 Pasta Express Celestial Choir Al Mansour 1:30.3