George Main Stakes 2021

Saturday September 18, 2021

Ladbrokes Tip: Trainer Chris Waller has dominated the recent George Main Stakes results

The George Main Stakes is a mile feature held at the famous Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney each Spring Racing Carnival during September. The headline race at the meeting it is run over 1600m under weight-for-age conditions and is now worth $1,000,000 in total prize money after having its stakes doubled in 2021. Named after a former chairman on the Australian Jockey Club, the George Main Stakes offers an exemption to the winner into the Epsom Handicap.

Other races run on George Main Stakes Day include the Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) for The Everest-bound sprinters, the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) for Flight Stakes hopefuls, the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) offering an Epsom Handicap ballot exemption and the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m) that has a ballot free ride into the Group 1 The Metropolitan for the winner.

A Group 1 race since 1979 it has been won by many stars including Verry Elleegant (2021), three-time champion Winx (2016-18), More Joyous (2010), Grand Armee (2004), Lonhro (2003) and Shogun Lodge (1999) as well as the dual champion Kingston Town (1981-82).

The latest edition of the George Main Stakes ran on Saturday September 18, 2021 and saw Chris Waller celebrate his eighth success with Verry Elleegant. 

2021 George Main Stakes Results

The official George Main Stakes Results 2021 and race finishing order will be known once the race is run and won on Saturday September 18, 2021, and published below.

  • 1st: #7 Verry Elleegant
  • 2nd: #5 Riodini
  • 3rd: #2 Think It Over

Chris Waller’s Caulfield Cup winning mare Verry Elleegant ($1.75) posted her ninth Group 1 victory showing true grit to return to the inside on a Soft (6) track and run down the tearaway leader Riodini late in the George Main Stakes 2021 results.

George Main Stakes Race Facts

  • Date: Saturday September 18, 2021
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $1,000,000
  • First Run: 1945

George Main Stakes Betting

George Main Stakes betting markets in recent years have featured 10 or fewer chances making it one of the easier Sydney Spring Racing Carnival majors to pick the winner of.

The odds are usually led by horses that ran well in their lead-up races like the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes that produced Kermadec (2nd in 2015) and Winx (1st in 2017), the Group 2 Warwick Stakes – now the Group 1 Winx Stakes – that Winx (1st in 2016) came via for her first win in the race and the Group 3 Tramway Handicap – now the Group 2 Tramway Stakes – that most recently produced a winner in 2011 when Sincero completed the double.

The Warwick Stakes was recently upgraded to Group 1 status and renamed the Winx Stakes. In 2018 the heroic Winx won the race named in her honour before saluting in her third straight George Main Stakes.

Most recently in 2021 Verry Elleegant improved on a first-up second in the Winx Stakes to win the George Main Stakes.

Favourites in the George Main Stakes odds have dominated the results over the past decade or including ten winners from 2010 – 2021 thanks to the three-peat of Winx (2016-18), the success of Avilius in 2019 and 2021 win by odds-on favourite Verry Elleegant at $1.75. The last double-figure George Main Stakes winner to score an upset was Road To Rock ($41 in 2009).

In 2020 trainer Chris Waller saddled up the first four over the line in the George Main Stakes results with Kolding scoring an upset at odds of $9.50. He won again in 2021 celebrating his eighth George Main win with Verry Elleegant.

2021 George Main Stakes Odds

The leading George Main Stakes 2021 betting odds will be available here for punters the week of the race so stay tuned to access the premium Group 1 spring racing odds in Sydney this season.

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

George Main Stakes Field

The George Main Stakes field has a capacity of 20 starters plus four emergencies, but is not commonly run at that maximum.

Horses often come into the George Main Stakes field, which is the opening Group 1 race of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, via a lead-up run in the previous month’s Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) or the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) run over the same track / distance a fortnight prior to the elite level feature.

Other gallopers may run first-up in the George Main Stakes field, or come off a run in the Group 2 Tramway Stakes (1400m) run on the same day as the Chelmsford Stakes.

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Winx became the eighth favourite in George Main Stakes betting in nine years to salute for the punters with her third success in 2018. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

2021 George Main Stakes Field

The official George Main Stakes 2021 field and barrier draw will be released on the Wednesday of race week and published in full below so stay tuned to see the horses that make the line-up for the first Sydney Group 1 race of the spring.

The 2021 George Main Stakes final field features nine runners including four for trainer Chris Waller who chases an eighth win and back-to-back victories with the reigning champion Kolding.

2021 George Main Stakes Nominations

The early George Main Stakes 2021 nominations are taken the Monday ahead of the race.

George Main Stakes Form Guide

The George Main Stakes form guide features all the facts and stats you need to place a well-informed wager on the race including the jockey, trainer, weight allocation, barrier, age and lead-up form of all the horses in the field.

No George Main Stakes winner since Road To Rock (2009) has finished worse than fourth in their final lead-up, so looking for horses that ran well last time out on the George Main form guide is a good tip.

George Main Stakes Form Facts

  • Trainer Chris Waller prepared eight of the George Main Stakes winners from 2012 – 2021 including triple champion Winx (2016-18) and most recently Verry Elleegant (2021)
  • The Winx Stakes, Chelmsford Stakes and Tramway Stakes are the key lead-up races to look for on the George Main Stakes form guide
  • No horse has come off a non-Sydney lead-up into the George Main Stakes field in over 30 years
  • Favourites have a dominant record in recent George Main Stakes results including the wins by Winx (2016, 2017, 2018), Avilius (2019) and Verry Elleegant (2021)

2021 George Main Stakes Form

A link to our detailed George Main Stakes 2021 Form Guide & Betting Preview will be available for punters below the week of the race.

George Main Stakes Tips

George Main Stakes tips are a great way to get an idea of who to back and who to sack in the mile classic and most commonly have the favourite selected to win. Favourites have an excellent record in the race, so backing the top fancy in betting is a top George Main Stakes tip.

Sydney trainer Chris Waller prepared eight George Main Stakes winners from 2012 – 2021, including Hall of Fame mare Winx (2016-18), so looking for in-form Waller hopes in the field is also a good racing tip.

2021 George Main Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive George Main Stakes 2021 betting tips and Group 1 Randwick racing selections will be detailed below the week of the race.

  • To Win: #7 Verry Elleegant ($2.20 at time of publish)

Chris Waller’s Caulfield Cup winning mare Verry Elleegant is out to atone for her first-up second to Mo’unga in the Winx Stakes. She’s fitter second-up and gets the extra metres here so looks very hard to beat. The Winx Stakes form was franked with Mo’unga brave in defeat running second to Incentivise in last weekend’s Makybe Diva Stakes in Melbourne, so expect a big showing from this brilliant mare.

George Main Stakes Results

The George Main Stakes results are known each year after the event runs at Royal Randwick on George Main Stakes Day in mid-September and display the winning horse, successful trifecta, winning margin and time so you can see how your bets went.

From 2010 – 2021 the favourites saluted for the punters in the George Main Stakes ten times and notable recent George Main Stakes winners include Verry Elleegant (2021), Avilius (2019), Winx (2016-18), Sincero (2011), More Joyous (2010) and Racing To Win (2006).

George Main Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2021 Verry Elleegant Riodini Think It Over 1:36.0
2020 Kolding Star Of The Seas Imaging 1:33.3
2019 Avilius Dreamforce Happy Clapper 1:36.1
2018 Winx Le Romain Egg Tart 1:34.2
2017 Winx Happy Clapper Foxplay 1:33.6
2016 Winx Hauraki It’s Somewhat 1:36.1
2015 Kermadec Royal Descent Pornichet 1:37.7
2014 Sacred Falls Royal Descent Laser Hawk 1:35.6
2013 Streama Royal Descent Veyron 1:34.7
2012 Shoot Out Rangirangdoo Secret Admirer 1:36.4
2011 Sincero Ilovethiscity Triple Elegance 1:28.5
2010 More Joyous Trusting Empires Choice 1:35.6
2009 Road to Rock Black Piranha Onemorenomore 1:35.5
2008 Mentality Theseo Gallant Tess 1:34.6
2007 Race Not Run
2006 Racing To Win Red Dazzler Desert War 1:33.8
2005 Mr Celebrity Shania Dane Outback Prince 1:34.6
2004 Grand Armee King’s Chapel Shamekha 1:36.9
2003 Lonhro Grand Armee Defier 1:37.5
2002 Defier Excellerator Sunline 1:38.3
2001 Viscount Shogun Lodge Courvoisier 1:36.7
2000 Adam Mr. Innocent Al Mansour 1:35.3