Chelmsford Stakes 2021

Saturday September 4, 2021

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.

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 $250,000 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 George Main Stakes (1600m) back at the track a fortnight later.

The last horse to complete the Chelmsford Stakes – George Main 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 4, 2021 and was won by Think It Over in the final stride. 

2021 Chelmsford Stakes Results

The official Chelmsford Stakes 2021 Results & Finishing Order will be announced below once the race is run and won on Saturday September 4, 2021.

  • 1st: #1 Think It Over
  • 2nd: #11 Riodini
  • 3rd: #14 Montefilia 

The Kerry Parker-trained Think It Over ($4.20) was back to winning form second-up, the George Ryder winner lunging late to run down the front-running roughie Riodini ($41) in a final stride victory in the 2021 Chelmsford Stakes results

Chelmsford Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday September 4, 2021
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $250,000
  • 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 winner was Complacent ($31 in 2015).

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.

2021 Chelmsford Stakes Odds

The best Chelmsford Stakes 2021 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 2021 ODDS

Early market betting odds on the 2021 Chelmsford Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

Chelmsford Stakes Field

The Chelmsford Stakes 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 placegetter Royal Descent (1st).

Other recent Chelmsford Stakes winners to come off a Warwick 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.

Most recently the 2021 Chelmsford Stakes winner Think It Over improved on a lead-up Winx Stakes sixth. 

2021 Chelmsford Stakes Field

The official Chelmsford Stakes 2021 Final Field & Barriers will be announced by Racing NSW on the Wednesday of race week, the full list of runners to be published below.

A star-studded line-up of 14 do battle in Saturday’s 2021 Chelmsford Stakes field and markets are led by the Doncaster champ Cascadian who was good late making up ground to run a first-up fifth in the Group 1 Winx Stakes over 1400m last time out. 

  • Scratched: #5 Dashing Willoughby (11)

2021 Chelmsford Stakes Nominations

The early Chelmsford Stakes 2021 nominations close the Monday of the race and will be announced below as soon as released.

Eighteen stars make-up the 2021 Chelmsford Stakes nominations this spring including the Chris Waller-trained Kolding out to atone for a lead-up ninth in the Winx Stakes. 

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 0x22501x59 KOLDING (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 1 59kg     116
2 103x1214x6 THINK IT OVER G 6 Kerry Parker 2 59kg     114
3 825x3413x5 CASCADIAN (GB) G 7 James Cummings 3 59kg     112
4 1x1211111x NANCHO (GER) G 7 Anthony Cummings 4 59kg     107
5 27x120138x SHARED AMBITION (IRE) G 6 Chris Waller 5= 59kg     106
6 95x41690x0 STAR OF THE SEAS (NZ) G 7 Chris Waller 5= 59kg     106
7 25x32324x3 SHE’S IDEEL M 6 Bjorn Baker 5= 57kg     106
8 579x11400x DASHING WILLOUGHBY (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 8= 59kg     105
9 4508x663x0 MASTER OF WINE (GER) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 8= 59kg     105
10 228x86541x SELINO (GB) G 6 Chris Waller 8= 59kg     105
11 4113x6345x MONTEFILIA M 4 David Payne 11 56.5kg     104
12 217x6321x2 KUKERACHA (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 12 58.5kg     103
13 04x241441x ATTORNEY (FR) G 7 Matthew Smith 13= 59kg     102
14 x146x32317 ORDER AGAIN (NZ) G 8 Chris Waller 13= 59kg     102
15 02634100×6 FUN FACT G 6 Bjorn Baker 15 59kg     100
16 706×062641 BERDIBEK (FR) G 8 John O’Shea 16= 59kg     98
17 3x9230x875 RIODINI (NZ) G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 16= 59kg     98
18 62120421×4 CEPHEUS (GB) H 5 Matthew Dunn 18 59kg     91

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

Chelmsford Stakes Tips

Good Chelmsford Stakes 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.

2021 Chelmsford Stakes Tips

Our exclusive Ladbrokes’ Chelmsford Stakes 2021 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: #13 She’s Ideel ($7.50 at time of publish) 

The favourite Cascadian will take some beating, but She’s Ideel looks an attractive price to give him a run for his money again. She was at blowout odds of 40/1 when running a first-up third in the Group 1 Winx Stakes over 1400m narrowly beaten and with winning form up to a mile and a half, she’ll be improving off that getting up to a mile. 

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.

2021 Chelmsford Stakes Form

A link to our detailed Chelmsford Stakes 2021 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 Winx (2017), Hawkspur (2013-14), Danleigh (2012), Theseo (2010) and Lonhro (2002-03).

Chelmsford Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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