Chipping Norton Stakes 2020

Saturday February 29, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: Wide barriers have been a big hoodoo for horses in the Chipping Norton Stakes field over the past 20 years

The Chipping Norton Stakes is the opening Group 1 race of the annual Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival and takes place at Royal Randwick Racecourse on the last Saturday in February or first in March. One of two Group 1 races on the card after the recent upgrade to the Surround Stakes (1400m), the Chipping Norton Stakes is run under weight-for-age conditions over a mile (1600m) and offers $600,000 in total prize money.

The event has held Group 1 status since 1986 and was cut from 2000m to 1600m in 1980. Multiple Chipping Norton Stakes winners are not uncommon with notable champions to take out the race more than once including the world’s best mare Winx (2016-19), Shoot Out (2012-13), four-time winner Tie The Knot (1999-2002) and Super Impose (1991-92).

The traditional lead-up into the Chipping Norton Stakes is via the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) held at Randwick Racecourse a fortnight before with the last horse to complete the Apollo – Chipping Norton Stakes double being Winx (2016 & 2017 & 2019). Winx also saluted in her third Chipping Norton Stakes in 2018 first-up by seven lengths.

This autumn’s Chipping Norton Stakes ran on Saturday February 29, 2020 and was won by the New Zealand-trained favourite Te Akau Shark. 

Chipping Norton Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday February 29, 2020
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $600,000
  • First Run: 1925

2020 Chipping Norton Stakes Results

The official Chipping Norton Stakes Results 2020 and finishing order will be published below on Saturday February 29, 2020 .

  • 1st: #3 Te Akau Shark
  • 2nd: #13 Verry Elleegant
  • 3rd: #5 Fierce Impact

The George Ryder Stakes – Queen Elizabeth Stakes Group 1 features are on the agenda this autumn for the Jamie Richards-trained Kiwi Te Akau Shark following the gun galloper’s impressive win from out wide in the Chipping Norton Stakes 2020 results.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 3 TE AKAU SHARK (NZ) Jamie Richards Opie Bosson 12 59kg $2.80F
2 13 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 0.5L 8 57kg $21
3 5 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) Matthew Smith Brenton Avdulla 1.8L 5 59kg $7
4 1 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 2L 7 59kg $6
5 2 HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Tommy Berry 2.1L 9 59kg $16
6 9 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Jason Collett 2.3L 1 59kg $101
7 7 HOMESMAN (USA) Anthony Freedman Ben Melham 2.5L 2 59kg $9.50
8 4 DREAMFORCE John Thompson Blake Shinn 4L 3 59kg $5
9 10 ANGEL OF TRUTH Gwenda Markwell Sam Clipperton 5.3L 10 59kg $201
10 12 DJUKON (GB) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 5.6L 4 58.5kg $101
11 11 CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 5.9L 11 59kg $201
12 6 DANCETERIA (FR) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 6L 13 59kg $21
13 8 COME PLAY WITH ME Chris Waller Joshua Parr 6.7L 6 59kg $201
14 DANZDANZDANCE Chris Waller Glen Boss 0

Chipping Norton Stakes Betting & Odds

Chipping Norton Stakes betting markets are usually dominated by horses coming out of the Apollo Stakes a fortnight earlier at Randwick. Favourites in the Chipping Norton Stakes odds have a strong recent record with seven wins in the eight years from 2013 – 2020, boosted by the four straight victories by the Chris Waller-trained superstar mare Winx (2016-19).

The Chipping Norton Stakes odds are always affected by the barrier draw with gates 1 – 8 the most successful in the past two decades. In-form Gai Waterhouse-trained runners are also well favoured in the Chipping Norton Stakes markets based her hot winning strike rate in the race.

2020 Chipping Norton Stakes Odds

The updated Chipping Norton Stakes 2020 odds can be found here as soon as released.


Chipping Norton Stakes Field
Winx dominated Chipping Norton Stakes odds for her 2016 win

Winx won a record four straight editions of the Chipping Norton Stakes. Photo: Steve Hart.

The Chipping Norton Stakes field is made up of the season’s best weight-for-age hopefuls and milers and usually attracts graduates of the Apollo Stakes run two weeks prior. Chipping Norton Stakes nominations are taken the Monday before the race with the final field of acceptances announced two days later.

While the field features a mix of male and female gallopers, four-time champion Winx (2016-19) became the first mare since Tuesday Joy (2009) to salute. Trainer Gai Waterhouse always has a strong hand in the Chipping Norton Stakes field and has won the race six times most recently with Theseo (2010).

2020 Chipping Norton Stakes Field & Barrier Draw

The 2020 Chipping Norton Stakes Field & Barrier Draw is set for release on Wednesday February 26, 2020 and will be published right here so stay tuned to see what WFA horses make the starting line-up.

The Chipping Norton Stakes 2020 final field features 14 weight-for-age hopefuls with the event running without super mare Winx for the first time in five years. The NZ star Te Akau Shark leads the betting markets, while Dreamforce is out to go one better than his lead-up second in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes.

  • Scratchings: #14 Danzdanzdance (3)
# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 11x42147x5 AVILIUS (GB) James Cummings Hugh Bowman 8 59kg 116
2 2284x231x3 HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Tommy Berry 10 59kg 116
3 111x2223x1 TE AKAU SHARK (NZ) Jamie Richards Opie Bosson 13 59kg 113
4 132x1205x2 DREAMFORCE John Thompson Blake Shinn 4 59kg 112
5 6720x211x2 FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) Matthew Smith Brenton Avdulla 6 59kg 112
6 4x13141x0x DANCETERIA (FR) Kris Lees Kerrin McEvoy 14 59kg 110
7 2172x1260x HOMESMAN (USA) Anthony Freedman Ben Melham 2 59kg 110
8 11112617×9 COME PLAY WITH ME Chris Waller Joshua Parr 7 59kg 107
9 24x03374x6 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Jason Collett 1 59kg 106
10 11x65800x8 ANGEL OF TRUTH Gwenda Markwell Sam Clipperton 11 59kg 101
11 5x5015222x CARIF Peter & Paul Snowden Tim Clark 12 59kg 99
12 21112x DJUKON (GB) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 5 58.5kg 92
13 111x9410x4 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) Chris Waller James McDonald 9 57kg 111
14 237x5955x5 DANZDANZDANCE Chris Waller Glen Boss 3 57kg 107

Chipping Norton Stakes Tips

Chipping Norton Stakes tips favour the best performers in the Apollo Stakes, a race that has produced more Chipping Norton Stakes winners than any other event in the past 30 years including Contributer (2015) and Winx (2016 & 2017 & 2019) who did the double on three occasions. Winx also won the Chipping Norton Stakes in 2018 and dominated tipping and betting on the weight-for-age autumn feature, but did so first-up.

A top Chipping Norton Stakes tip is to look at the horse drawn in barrier four as that gate has produced 10 champions of the race from 1983 – 2020, most recently Winx (4 of 10 in 2017 and 4 of 7 in 2019).

2020 Chipping Norton Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Chipping Norton Stakes 2020 tips will be provided below the week of the race each autumn so stay tuned for the runners to back and sack in the mile Group 1 this season.

Chipping Norton Stakes Form Guide

The Chipping Norton Stakes form guide is essential viewing by all smart punters as it shows the saddlecloth numbers, lead-up form, trainers, jockeys and barriers for all the runners in the field.

Based on the form placing a well-informed Chipping Norton Stakes bet becomes easier and it is crucial to look at horses drawn inside the first eight barriers that come off solid lead-up form especially out of the Apollo Stakes.

Chipping Norton Stakes Form Facts

  • Trainer Chris Waller prepared eight of the 10 Chipping Norton Stakes winners from 2011 – 2020 including four-time hero Winx (2016-19)
  • Te Akau Shark (12 of 13 in 2020) became the first winner since Kingston Bay (10 of 12 in 1993) to jump from wider than barrier eight
  • Favourites have dominated the Chipping Norton Stakes results in the past 30 years
  • The Apollo Stakes is the key Chipping Norton Stakes form race to follow producing eight of the 10 winners from 2011 – 2020

2020 Chipping Norton Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Chipping Norton Stakes 2020 Form Guide will be provided below the week of the race.

Chipping Norton Stakes Results

The Chipping Norton Stakes results and finishing order of the field is known when the race runs at Royal Randwick in late February.

Punters can view that autumn’s Chipping Norton Stakes winner, see the winning exotics and payouts and check the winning time and margins. The Chipping Norton Stakes results from the past decade have been dominated by the favourites and graduates out of the Apollo Stakes.

The most notable upset Chipping Norton Stakes result in recent history was the 80/1 shock win by three-year-old He’s No Pie Eater in 2007. No other three-year-old has led the Chipping Norton Stakes results since.

Key Chipping Norton Stakes winners include the four-time champions Tie The Knot (1999-2002) and Winx (2016-19).

Recent Chipping Norton Stakes Winners

Year Winner Runner-Up Third Winning Time
2020 Te Akau Shark Verry Elleegant Fierce Impact 1:33.87
2019 Winx Happy Clapper Unforgotten 1:33.27
2018 Winx Prized Icon Classic Uniform 1:34.92
2017 Winx Lasqueti Spirit Who Shot Thebarman 1:40.37
2016 Winx Dibayani Hauraki 1:33
2015 Contributer Hartnell He’s Your Man 1:36.5
2014 Boban It’s A Dundeel Hawkspur 1:38.2
2013 Shoot Out Monton Danleigh 1:35.8
2012 Shoot Out Danleigh Trusting 1:37.4
2011 Danleigh Centennial Park Sacred Choice 1:35.7
2010 Theseo Rangirangdoo Danleigh 1:37.4
2009 Tuesday Joy Vision And Power Gallant Tess 1:34.8
2008 Casino Prince Tuesday Joy Sniper’s Bullet 1:36.4
2007 He’s No Pie Eater Desert War Mentality 1:37.6
2006 Desert War Eremein Ike’s Dream 1:36.3
2005 Grand Armee Court’s In Session Winning Belle 1:35.4
2004 Starcraft Ambulance Gentle Genius 1:40.8
2003 Lonhro Shogun Lodge Dress Circle 1:37.9
2002 Tie The Knot Freemason Universal Prince 1:37.3
2001 Tie The Knot Dottoressa Referral 1:35.8
2000 Tie The Knot Adam Staging 1:37.7