A quality field of nine will lineup at Randwick this Saturday to contest a fascinating edition of the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m).
Last year’s winner Kolding is back to defend his crown, while stablemates Star of the Seas, Hungry Heart and eight-time Group 1 winner Verry Elleegant will also fly the flag for Chris Waller.
Godolphin looks a live hope to win the race for the second time in three years with Doncaster Mile winner Cascadian, while there’s also been plenty of support for last fortnight’s impressive Chelmsford Stakes track and distance winner, Think It Over.
Read on for our thoughts on each runner in our 2021 George Main Stakes Preview below!
Kolding returns from a freshen-up and is hoping to become the first horse since Winx to win the George Main in back-to-back years.
The six-year-old resumed to run fifth in the Group 2 Missile Stakes at Randwick last month before finding traffic down the straight to finish ninth in the Winx Stakes over further.
Looks to be worth forgiving on that run after racing three-wide without cover. Must include as a three-time winner over the mile.
Think It Over
Think It Over is having his third run back after overcoming a wide run to win the Chelmsford over the same track and trip two weeks ago.
The son of So You Think exploded down the straight to win right on the line, and will likely be ridden in similar fashion with Nash Rawiller back in the saddle.
The six-year-old has missed the money only twice from six starts over the mile and will appreciate any extra sting out of the track.
Cascadian strips fitter for two runs back and has excellent form at this distance.
The Godolphin galloper won the Doncaster Mile third-up from a spell during the Autumn and has clearly returned in great order after running fifth in the Winx Stakes and fourth in the Chelmsford.
Barrier 9 should see him land somewhere off the speed and there is no doubt he’ll be fighting out the finish with Hugh Bowman on board.
Star of the Seas
Star of the Seas is looking to turn the tables after running a narrow second in last year’s George Main to Kolding.
The son of Ocean Park has failed to run a place at the top level in four runs since, but he did show improvement for third behind Cox Plate favourite Zaaki in the Tramway two weeks ago.
The way he hit the line that day suggested he’s looking for further and another place would not surprise.
Riodini is back up to Group 1 level for the second time in Australia following a narrow second to Think It Over in the Chelmsford a fortnight ago.
The New Zealand import finished only a length third to Probabeel over the Randwick mile in the Epsom Handicap last spring, and has to be respected with four placings to his name over the distance.
The Waterhouse and Bott-trained five-year-old showed plenty of kick last time out and will likely give the others something to chase.
Lion’s Roar failed to fire first-up in the Tramway, but is certainly worth forgiving getting out to the mile in his second run back.
John O’Shea’s four-year-old won the Group 1 Randwick Guineas over this distance during the autumn, before going on to race very competitively over further in the Rosehill Guineas and the ATC Derby.
The son of Contributer is undefeated second-up from a spell and will be given every chance under Regan Bayliss.
Chris Waller’s mighty mare is looking to bounce-back from a narrow defeat to Mo’unga three weeks ago in the Winx Stakes.
The eight-time Group 1 winner just weakened out over the final 100m in her first run back, but is poised to atone after Mo’unga went on to frank the form last week in the Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington.
The six-year-old has finished fourth in this race in back-to-back years and is no doubt the horse to beat with long time pilot James McDonald steering.
Shout The Bar
Dual Group 1 winner Shout The Bar strips fitter for her first-up run when fifth behind Zaaki in the Tramway Stakes.
The popular mare out of Not A Single Doubt won the Empire Rose Stakes over the mile at Flemington during last year’s Spring Carnival but has struggled to repeat that form at the top level.
Looks tough to recommend in a field of this quality.
Hungry Heart returns from a freshen-up carrying just 56.5kg’s.
Her first-up run in the Winx Stakes was a tough watch as she copped a check coming out of the straight, but there’s no question she has the class and the talent to bounce back.
The Frankel mare wrapped up the autumn with back-to-back Group 1 wins in the Vinery Stud Stakes and the ATC Oaks over further at Randwick and certainly looks capable of troubling some of these.