King Charles III Stakes (George Main Stakes) 2023

Ladbrokes Tip: Trainer Chris Waller has dominated the race in recent years

The King Charles III Stakes (formerly known as the George Main Stakes) is a mile feature held at the famous Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney each Spring Racing Carnival.

The event was formerly held in September a fortnight before the Epsom Handicap but was moved ahead of the 2023 edition to join the stellar The Everest Day line-up at Randwick in mid-October.

In its place on The Shorts Day program in mid-September is the unlisted $1 million 7 Stakes (1600m) run for the first time in 2023 and offering the winner an Epsom Handicap ballot exemption.

The 2023 King Charles III Stakes winner Fangirl came via a lead-up third in the inaugural 7 Stakes.

The race was originally named after a former chairman on the Australian Jockey Club, the George Main Stakes but was renamed in 2023 to honour His Majesty King Charles III.

2022 George Main Stakes winner Anamoe

2022 George Main Stakes winner Anamoe (pictured at Rosehill). Photo: Steve Hart.

The Everest Day now offers close to $35 million across the 10-race card and is headlined by the $20 million The Everest (1200m) which is the world’s richest turf race.

The King Charles III Stakes offers $5 million in stakes and is now officially the world’s richest weight-for-age 1600m thoroughbred race.

A Group 1 race since 1979 it has been won by many stars including Godolphin hero Anamoe (2022), subsequent Melbourne Cup winning mare Verry Elleegant (2021), three-time champion Winx (2016-18), More Joyous (2010), Grand Armee (2004), Lonhro (2003), Shogun Lodge (1999), and dual champion Kingston Town (1981-82).

The official first edition of the King Charles III Stakes (formerly the George Main Stakes) ran on Saturday October 14, 2023 at Royal Randwick on The Everest Day and was won in commanding fashion by Chris Waller’s now three-time Group 1 winning mare Fangirl ($5.50). 

2023 King Charles III Stakes Results

The official King Charles III Stakes Results 2023 and race finishing order will be known once the race is run and won on Saturday October 14, 2023, and published below.

2023 King Charles III Stakes winner Fangirl

2023 King Charles III Stakes winner Fangirl was at her peak with a 2.6 length win. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • 1st: #14 Fangirl
  • 2nd: #2 Mr Brightside
  • 3rd: #6 My Oberon

He was spruiked as the country’s best miler, but beaten favourite Mr Brightside was no match for Chris Waller’s star mare Fangirl ($5.50) who blitzed him late with a commanding 2.6 length romp home in the 2023 King Charles III Stakes results ahead of a rematch in Melbourne’s Cox Plate on October 28.

2023 King Charles III Stakes Odds

The leading King Charles III Stakes 2023 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 2024 King Charles III Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.

King Charles III Stakes Race Facts

  • Former Race Name: George Main Stkaes
  • Date: Saturday October 14, 2023
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1600m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 1
  • Prize Money: $5,000,000
  • First Run: 1945 (George Main Stakes); 2023 (King Charles III Stakes)

King Charles III Stakes Betting

King Charles III 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, the Group 1 Winx Stakes, and the Group 2 Tramway Stakes that most recently produced a winner in 2011 when Sincero completed the double.

In 2018 the heroic Winx won the race named in her honour (Winx Stakes) 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, while Anamoe (2022) was the last horse to complete the Winx Stakes – George Main Stakes double before the latter was renamed.

In 2023 Fangirl became the first horse to complete the Winx Stakes – King Charles III Stakes double.

Favourites in the George Main Stakes / King Charles III Stakes odds have dominated the results over the past decade or including 11 winners from 2010 – 2022 thanks to the three-peat of Winx (2016-18), the success of Avilius in 2019, the 2021 win by odds-on favourite Verry Elleegant at $1.75 and Anamoe saluting at a short $1.65 in 2022.

In 2023 Fangirl jumped at King Charles III Stakes odds of $5.50 to beat the odds-on favourite Mr Brightside ($1.95) by a big margin.

The last double-figure 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, before taking out the inaugural King Charles III Stakes race with Fangirl in 2023.

King Charles III Stakes Field

The King Charles III Stakes race field has a capacity of 20 starters plus four emergencies, but is not commonly run at that maximum.

Horses often come into the field via a lead-up run in the Group 1 Winx Stakes (1400m) or the Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) run over the same track / distance.

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

The newly-created $1.5 million Alan Brown Stakes (1400m) – a quality handicap run on Hill Stakes Day at the start of October – also now serves as a key lead-up into the King Charles III Stakes field.

Winx | Photo: Steve Hart | Ladbrokes

Winx (pictured in Sydney, 2017) is the most famous of the Sunshine George Main Stakes winners in history. Photo: Steve Hart.

2023 King Charles III Stakes Field

The official King Charles III Stakes 2023 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 $5 million WFA feature this The Everest Day.

The inaugural 2023 King Charles III Stakes field features a cracking field of spring stars led by Mr Brightside who is out for his sixth straight win including a third Group 1 on the trot after doing the Memsie Stakes – Makybe Diva Stakes double in Melbourne at his two latest starts.

Update: Zaaki is a late scratching from the King Charles III Stakes field today due to an elevated blood cell count.

2023 King Charles III Stakes Nominations

The early King Charles III Stakes 2023 nominations are taken the Monday ahead of the race.

The 2023 King Charles III Stakes nominations feature a star-studded list of weight-for-age heroes dominated by the champion galloper Mr Brightside chasing his sixth win on the trot and third Group 1 straight this spring.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 x14241x631 THINK IT OVER G 8 Kerry Parker 1 59kg 120
2 3x5211x111 MR BRIGHTSIDE (NZ) G 6 Ben, Will & JD Hayes 2 59kg 119
3 341x217x32 ZAAKI (GB) G 9 Annabel Neasham 3 59kg 118
4 62x3227x13 FANGIRL M 5 Chris Waller 4 57kg 114
5 8x0653216x HUETOR (FR) G 7 Peter & Paul Snowden 5= 59kg 111
6 23x216Px52 ATISHU (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 5= 57kg 111
7 2x6x372332 LIGHT INFANTRY (FR) H 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 7 59kg 110
8 6x6026x647 MY OBERON (IRE) G 7 Annabel Neasham 8= 59kg 109
9 x2400x9013 GOLDEN MILE H 4 James Cummings 8= 58.5kg 109
10 42x1442x36 HOPE IN YOUR HEART M 5 Kerry Parker 8= 57kg 109
11 11x3131x92 KOVALICA (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 11 58.5kg 108
12 x216x143x2 BUCKAROO (GB) H 5 Joseph O’Brien 12= 59kg 107
13 x641211x11 REDIENER G 4 Chris Waller 12= 58.5kg 107
14 0x73027x40 CONVERGE G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 14= 59kg 106
15 121735×454 ZEYREK (FR) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 14= 59kg 106
16 1113553×40 NUGGET (GB) G 7 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 16 59kg 104
17 3x1761x015 DEMOCRACY MANIFEST G 5 Chris Waller 17 59kg 101
18 36x254x156 AMENABLE H 4 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 18 58.5kg 96
19 641×345937 GALERON (IRE) H 4 Charles Hills 19 57.5kg 93
20 3285210×53 SPANGLER (IRE) G 6 Kris Lees 20 59kg 92

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

King Charles III Stakes Form Guide

The King Charles III 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 form guide is a good tip.

The 2022 George Main Stakes winner Anamoe franked the form his next two starts winning the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes – Ladbrokes Cox Plate double before the George Main was renamed the following year.

King Charles III Stakes Form Facts

  • Trainer Chris Waller prepared nine of the George Main Stakes / King Charles III Stakes winners from 2012 – 2023 including triple champion Winx (2016-18) and most recently Fangirl (2023).
  • The Winx Stakes, Chelmsford Stakes and Tramway Stakes are the key lead-up races to look for on the King Charles III Stakes form guide.
  • No horse has come off a non-Sydney lead-up into the King Charles III field in over 30 years.
  • Favourites have a dominant record in recent results including the wins by Winx (2016, 2017, 2018), Avilius (2019), Verry Elleegant (2021), and Anamoe (2022).

2023 King Charles III Stakes Form

A link to our detailed King Charles III Stakes 2023 Form Guide & Betting Preview will be available for punters below the week of the race.

King Charles III Stakes Tips

King Charles III 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 King Charles III Stakes tip.

Sydney trainer Chris Waller prepared nine George Main Stakes winners / King Charles III Stakes winners from 2012 – 2023, including Hall of Fame mare Winx (2016-18), so looking for in-form Waller hopes in the field is also a good racing tip.

2023 King Charles III Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive King Charles III Stakes 2023 betting tips and Group 1 Randwick racing selections will be detailed below the week of the race.

To Win: #3 Zaaki ($9.50 at time of publish)SCRATCHED

Mr Brightside is a star in flying form out to stamp himself as the world’s best miler….but I’m tipping against him here. I could be crazy as the favourite’s form is imposing and he is in outstanding form this spring as the season’s premiere performer, but think the old marvel Zaaki at the price looks enormous value for the upset. This nine-year-old continues to show a tremendous zest for racing and this should be some contest! He has plenty of form at Randwick, a good strike-rate over the distance, and is third-up and fit here. Brings the Sydney form lines to the front having run third fresh in the Winx Stakes before a second in the $1 million 7 Stakes over the mile at Randwick on September 16. Kept fresh for this returning to the same track and trip. Starts one on the inside of MB in barrier seven, and was only a nose beaten last time out with natural improvement to come. Can surprise!

The Danger: #2 Mr Brightside ($1.90 at time of publish) – BET NOW

You can’t put forward you’re King Charles III Stakes tips and omit a horse of this calibre. If he wins, he becomes arguably the best sprinter getting around anywhere right now. He won the All-Star Mile – Doncaster Mile in the autumn and is three-from-three this prep improving each time out. Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes win over this distance at Flemington last start defeating subsequent Underwood Stakes champ Alligator Blood. The form around this six-year-old son of Bullbars continues to hold up in races both north and south of the border. He is undefeated at the Randwick track with two previous wins, and his mile record over the 1600m is just plain imposing (14:10-0-1). Craig Williams and barrier eight are two more ticks. Could just come out and blitz them. Let’s see!

The Roughie: #13 Rediener ($31 at time of publish) – BET NOW

There’s a host of Group 1 horses right in this race including one of the forgotten chances at a blowout price of 40/1. Waller’s Redoute’s Choice four-year-old is in terrific winning form having won his last four on the trot. Latest saw him box on well after an on-speed run at this track and trip in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m). Now, let’s forget for a moment he goes up from 50kg to 58.5kg…which is why he is at this price. Looking further back shows he’s carted 59.5kg to victory before. Not against a Group 1 field obviously, but he is a horse on the up that knows how to win from the master trainer who has a dominant record in the George Main. He’ll be out quick from the inside alley using that barrier to be in the first few in the run and could finish better than his price suggests.

George Main Stakes / King Charles III Stakes Results

The George Main Stakes results (officially the King Charles III Stakes results as of 2023) are known each year after the event runs at Royal Randwick on The Everest Day in October and display the winning horse, successful trifecta, winning margin and time so you can see how your bets went.

From 2010 – 2023 the favourites saluted for the punters in the race 11 times.

Notable recent George Main Stakes winners prior to the race being renamed in 2023 include Anamoe (2022), Verry Elleegant (2021), Avilius (2019), Winx (2016-18), Sincero (2011), More Joyous (2010), and Racing To Win (2006).

Fangirl (2023) was the last George Main Stakes / King Charles III Stakes winning mare.

Viscount (2001) was the last three-year-old George Main Stakes / King Charles III Stakes winner.

Kolding holds the current 1600m George Main Stakes race record winning in 2020 in a time of 1 minute 33:3 seconds.

Past George Main Stakes / King Charles III Stakes Winners

Recent George Main Stakes / King Charles III Stakes winners and place-getters dating back to the year 2000 are detailed in the below table.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2023 Fangirl Mr Brightside My Oberon 1:33.7
2022 Anamoe Icebath Hinged 1:38.6
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