Chipping Norton Stakes 2022

Saturday February 26, 2022

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 Chris Waller’s 2021 Melbourne Cup champion Verry Elleegant (2021-22), 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.

Trainer Chris Waller celebrated his ninth Chipping Norton Stakes success in 11 years with Verry Elleegant in 2021 who went on to win that year’s Melbourne Cup and his tenth in 12 years when Verry Elleegant returned to defend her title in 2022.

The latest edition of the Chipping Norton Stakes ran on Saturday February 26, 2022 with the reigning champion Verry Elleegant ($2.50F) defending her title for an 11th career Group 1 success. 

Chipping Norton Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday February 26, 2022
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $600,000
  • First Run: 1925

2022 Chipping Norton Stakes Results

The official Chipping Norton Stakes Results 2022 and finishing order will be published below on Saturday February 26, 2022.

  • 1st: #8 Verry Elleegant ($2.50F)
  • 2nd: #12 She’s Ideel
  • 3rd: #5 Angel Of Truth

Australian Horse of the Year Verry Elleegant ($2.50F) continued her dominance on the turf, last year’s champion returning to go back-to-back in the 2022 Chipping Norton Stakes results handing trainer Chris Waller his 10th success in the race.

Chipping Norton Stakes Betting

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 nine wins in the 10 years from 2013 – 2022, boosted by the four straight victories by the Chris Waller-trained superstar mare Winx (2016-19) and most recently the also Waller-trained Verry Elleegant ($2.30 in 2021 and $2.50 in 2022). 

The Chipping Norton Stakes odds are always affected by the barrier draw with gates 1 – 8 the most successful in the past two decades.

2022 Chipping Norton Stakes Odds

The updated Chipping Norton Stakes 2022 odds can be found here as soon as released.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 Chipping Norton Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit

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 in early February, about three weeks out from the race before final acceptances the Wednesday of race week.

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, while Verry Elleegant saluted in 2021 and 2022.

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).

Waller however is the master trainer with preparing nine of the 12 winners from 2011-2022 most recently in 2021 and 2022 with his Melbourne Cup hero Verry Elleegant.

2022 Chipping Norton Stakes Field & Barrier Draw

The 2022 Chipping Norton Stakes Field & Barrier Draw is set for release on Wednesday February 23, 2022 and will be published right here so stay tuned to see what WFA horses make the starting line-up.

The Chipping Norton Stakes 2022 final field features a star-studded line-up of autumn gallopers including Melbourne Cup winning mare Verry Elleegant chasing back-to-back wins in the event and first-up Group 2 Apollo Stakes champ Think It Over.

  • SCRATCHINGS UPDATE: #2 Kolding (7); #7 Maximal (1); #11 Hungry Heart (10)

2022 Chipping Norton Stakes Nominations

Nominations for the Chipping Norton Stakes 2022 are open until Monday the 21st of February, 2022.

Chris Waller’s reigning champion and the spring’s Melbourne Cup winner Verry Elleegant headlines the 15 Chipping Norton Stakes 2022 nominations for this Saturday in Sydney.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 6538x2500x ANGEL OF TRUTH G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 100
2 3x545432x3 CASCADIAN (GB) G 7 James Cummings 112
3 54x65118x2 COLETTE M 5 James Cummings
4 121x3610x9 DUAIS M 4 Edward Cummings
5 11x84837x4 HUNGRY HEART M 4 Chris Waller 107
6 2501x599x0 KOLDING (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 114
7 8x2242x6x0 MAXIMAL (GB) H 4 John O’Shea 96
8 6345x3214x MONTEFILIA M 4 David Payne
9 1x211x088x MOUNT POPA (IRE) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 103
10 4x371970x0 SHE’S IDEEL M 6 Bjorn Baker 105
11 0x877247x8 SIKANDARABAD (IRE) G 9 Sam Kavanagh 92
12 2311x0244x STOCKMAN (NZ) G 5 Joseph Pride 100
13 4x613111x1 THINK IT OVER G 6 Kerry Parker 118
14 6x13624x3x TOP RANKED (IRE) H 6 Annabel Neasham 108
15 12x21431x7 VERRY ELLEEGANT (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

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 11 champions of the race from 1983 – 2022, most recently Winx (4 of 10 in 2017 and 4 of 7 in 2019) and Verry Elleegant (4 of 9 in 2021). Verry Elleegant returned to win from barrier three in 2022.

2022 Chipping Norton Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Chipping Norton Stakes 2022 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.

  • To Win: #1 Think It Over ($3.80 at time of publish)

What a race! There’s potential value to be had in some of the runners who flashed home behind him in the Apollo Stakes, but really hard to bet against the Kerry Parker-trained Think It Over again. He’s won four on the trot, three in the spring and then the Group 2 at 1400m with a bold front-running domination fresh. Will only improve off that, the mile suits (7:1-3-2) as he’s won up to 2000m and Randwick is a tick. Good mid-field draw, still a backable price.

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 10 of the 12 Chipping Norton Stakes winners from 2011 – 2022 including four-time hero Winx (2016-19) and dual champion Verry Elleegant (2021-22)
  • 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 10 of the 12 winners from 2011 – 2022

2022 Chipping Norton Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Chipping Norton Stakes 2022 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
2022 Verry Elleegant She’s Ideel Angel Of Truth 1:39.64
2021 Verry Elleegant Colette Avilius 1:35.49
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