Ladbrokes Tip: Trainer Chris Waller has a gun recent record in the Chelmsford Stakes
The Chelmsford Stakes is a Group 2 race conducted at Royal Randwick Racecourse in early September during the annual Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.
It is one of three Group 2 races on the card along with the Furious Stakes for three-year-old fillies and the Tramway Handicap. Offering $250,000 in total prize money, the Chelmsford Stakes is run over 1600m and the weight-for-age clash is open to gallopers aged three-years-old and over.
The race is a nice lead-up to tougher events in both Sydney and Melbourne during the spring including the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) back at the track a fortnight later.
The last horse to complete the Chelmsford Stakes – George Main Stakes double was Lonhro (2003) who also won the 2002 edition of the former. In 2015 Kermadec ran second in the Chelmsford Stakes before winning the George Main at his next start, while stablemate Royal Descent ran third and second in the same two races respectively that year.
The next edition of the Chelmsford Stakes takes place on Saturday 3rd September, 2016.
Chelmsford Stakes Field
The Chelmsford Stakes field attracts a line-up of the season’s exciting milers and middle-distance weight-for-age performers.
A traditional lead-up to the race is the Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) also run at Randwick a fortnight earlier. In 2015 the Chelmsford Stakes winner Complacent came off a 12th in the Warwick Stakes. The Warwick Stakes also produced the Chelmsford Stakes runner-up Kermadec (5th) and third placegetter Royal Descent (1st).
Other recent Chelmsford Stakes winners to come off a Warwick Stakes run include dual champion Hawkspur (7th in 2013 and 5th in 2014), Danleigh (3rd in 2012), Trusting (5th in 2011) and Theseo (5th in 2010). Lonhro (2003) was the last to complete the double.
Chelmsford Stakes nominations close the Monday prior to the race taking place that Saturday, while the final field and barriers are out on the Wednesday.
McEwen Stakes nominations close the Monday prior to the race taking place that Saturday followed by the release of the final acceptances and barriers on the Wednesday.
Chelmsford Stakes Betting & Odds
Chelmsford Stakes odds are dominated by proven Sydney milers coming off a good run in the Warwick Stakes at the same track two weeks before.
In-form horses from the stables of Chris Waller also feature prominently in Chelmsford Stakes betting as he has a strong recent record in the race. Upsets are not uncommon and the last double-figure winner was Complacent ($31 in 2015).
Chelmsford Stakes Tips
Good Chelmsford Stakes tips include looking at the form coming out of the Warwick Stakes, runners that have good records over the mile, proven weight-for-age performers and horses with a liking for the Randwick track.
Chelmsford Stakes Form Guide
The Chelmsford Stakes form guide gives punters all the information they need to place a well-informed wager on the race like the jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs of the horses in the field.
Over the years the Chelmsford Stakes winner has come off a Warwick Stakes run more than any other lead-up race. Chris Waller has prepared more horses to finish in the Chelmsford Stakes trifecta in the past decade than any other trainer.
The Chelmsford Stakes form has stacked up in other bigger races during the Spring Carnival in Sydney in recent years.
Chelmsford Stakes Results
Local Sydney-trained gallopers under $10 for the win have dominated the Chelmsford Stakes results in the past 10 years. Notable recent Chelmsford Stakes winners include Hawkspur (2013-14), Danleigh (2012), Theseo (2010) and Lonhro (2002-03).
2016 Chelmsford Stakes Results
|1||3||HARTNELL (GB)||John O’Shea||James McDonald||–||2||59kg||$2.05F|
|2||4||GRAND MARSHAL (GB)||Chris Waller||Jason Collett||7.8L||3||59kg||$21|
|3||5||STORM THE STARS (USA)||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||7.9L||1||59kg||$9.50|
|4||1||PREFERMENT (NZ)||Chris Waller||Tommy Berry||8.1L||6||59kg||$8.50|
|5||2||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (NZ)||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||8.2L||4||59kg||$11|
|6||8||PRIZED ICON||James Cummings||Ms Kathy O’Hara||9.2L||5||50.5kg||$3.80|
Chelmsford Stakes Winners
|2016||Hartnell||Grand Marshal||Storm The Stars||1:39.1|
|2011||Trusting||My Kingdom Of Fife||Strike The Stars||1:37.1|
|2009||O’lonhro||Miss Marielle||Triple Honour||1:34.5|
|2008||Gallant Tess||Triple Honour||Kishkat||1:39.3|
|2007||Race not run||–||–||–|
|2006||Eremein||Newton’s Rings||Aqua d’ Amore||1:35.5|
|2005||Nevis||Sir Dex||Natural Blitz||1:35.7|
|2002||Lonhro||Platinum Scissors||Republic Lass||1:36.3|
|2001||Brave Prince||Zabeels Angel||The Man||1:24.5|
|2000||Pasta Express||Celestial Choir||Al Mansour||1:30.3|