George Main Stakes 2022

George Main Stakes 2022

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George Main Stakes Quick Facts

In a hurry? We’ve listed all the quick facts that you need to know about the George Main Stakes:

DateSaturday, 17th September, 2022
Start TimeTBA
RacecourseRandwick Racecourse, Sydney, Australia
Distance1,600 metres
GradeGroup 1

George Main Stakes Introduction

The George Main Stakes is a Group One race over 1,600m and is held at Randwick Racecourse. The race is for horses aged three or older and is run under weight-for-age conditions with a total prizemoney pool of $1,000,000. This year’s George Main Stakes will be run on Saturday, September 17th and was won by Verry Elleegant in 2021.

Whilst it is the second Group One in Sydney for the season, the George Main Stakes officially kicks off the Sydney Everest Carnival and sees horses tackle the 1,600m weight-for-age classic. Sharing the day with the Group One Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes in Melbourne, this is the first day of the season with multiple Group Ones across the country.

When looking at horses that typically contest the George Main Stakes, you get middle distance horses progressing through the distances, typically after contesting the Group One Winx Stakes first up, or horses that are around their limit and getting some run under their legs in the lead up to some of the bigger prizemoney races later in the Spring.

However, this race is no pushover itself, with $500,000 prizemoney on offer as well as ballot-free exemption to the Group One Epsom Handicap, there is plenty on the line in the George Main Stakes. Because of that, it attracts some of the best horses that Sydney, and Australia, has to offer, also allowing the winners to have juicy odds for the punters.

Given the race is still weeks away and the field is not set, we are yet to come up with our George Main Stakes tips for 2022, but be sure to read on below to get all of the information you need to know on the history and formlines for the race.

George Main Stakes Tips 2022

The George Main Stakes is an Australian Group 1 race that brings some of the best horses and it attracts the attention of many Aussies who like to have a casual punt. Our expert tipsters will put together a short list of George Main Stakes tips to look out for in the leadup to the big race.

Given nominations are yet to be accepted for the 2022 George Main Stakes, it is hard to provide any updates at this time. However, when the new season starts and as the Spring Carnival gets going, the horses that are targeting this race will become clearer and we will be able to provide you with updates. If you are after George Main Stakes horse tips, then we will keep you informed with which horses are likely to be running, so you can place your futures bets with confidence!

We will list The Sharks’ George Main Stakes best tips for the race this year closer to the time of the race. Make sure you check back on this page for updates!

George Main Stakes Tips From Experts

Our tips are not out for the George Main Stakes in 2022 as it is too far out from the event. But the good news is that when the final field is announced, we will provide guidance on each and every runner in the 2022 Makybe Diva Stakes. You will find all this information below, when it becomes available. Stay tuned!

To get the best tips for today and this weekend, you’ll have to chat to The Shark!

George Main Stakes Betting 2022

As per most races that Winx regularly competed in, the betting history for the George Main Stakes is a little skewed. However, there are always trends to find and when beginning to look at George Main Stakes betting, there are a lot of important factors to consider. Make sure you have a read on below before you place your bets:

Is Previous Form in the George Main Stakes a Good Indicator of Future Success?

Since the first running of the race in 1945, just five horses have been able to win the George Main Stakes multiple times, obviously headlined by Winx. The talented mare won three straight from 2016-2018 before going on to win the Cox Plate in each of those years.

Before her, four others were able to win in back-to-back years, with Kingston Town winning in 1981 & 1982, before also going on to win the Cox Plate in each year. When looking at more recent history, since 2000 just five horses have been able to finish in the top three on multiple occasions, with one being Winx.

Defier came 1st in 2002 before dropping to 3rd in 2003, Grand Armee finished 2nd in 2003 before going on to win in 2004 and Happy Clapper finished 2nd in 2017, behind Winx, before finishing 3rd in 2019. Royal Descent is probably the most successful horse to never win the George Main Stakes, coming 2nd for three consecutive years, from 2013-15.

Kolding won the race in 2020 before finishing last in 2021, albeit with conditions that worked against him, while Verry Elleegant finished fourth in 2020 before winning in 2021.

This shows that it may not necessarily be important for a horse to have done well in the race before, when looking for the best George Main Stakes betting tips out there. Instead look at how a horse is performing in their current preparation, and look out for some key leadup races, which we will touch on below.

Should I Bet On The Favourite in the George Main Stakes?

While Winx, once again, skews the data, the numbers here are quite clear – the favourite is the way to go for George Main Stakes betting. Over the last 11 years, the favourite has won nine times, with Winx being three of those.

While Winx jumped at $1.10 in each of her three wins, given the quality of the George Main Stakes fields, there is still value to be had by betting on the favourite. In the last 10 runnings up until 2021, the price of the favourite who has gone on to win has varied from $2.10 to $4. However, Verry Elleegant was the clear class horse in the 2021 race and had the conditions to suit her running style, jumping at $1.75 before going on to win.

Formlines Heading into the George Main Stakes

There seems to be a clear path to success when looking at the last seven winners of the George Main Stakes. Three winners have won the race when second up, after first competing in the Winx Stakes. Those three horses are Winx twice, in 2016 & 2018, and Verry Elleegant in 2021, showing the type of horse you need to be able to achieve such a feat.

Each of the four horses that have won when third up over the last six years challenged the 1,400m Group Two Warwick Stakes/Group One Winx Stakes (same race, just changed name and Group rating) first up. Kemadec (2015), Winx (2017) and Avilius (2019) then progressed to the 1,600m Group Two Chelmsford second up before running in the George Main.

Kolding took a slightly different path when winning in 2020, going from the Winx Stakes to the Group Two Tramway Stakes second up, opting for another run at 1,400m before progressing to 1,600m for the George Main.

When looking ahead to 2022 George Main Stakes tips, it is pretty clear that you will want your horse to have gone into the Winx Stakes first up and then ideally had another run after that, in either the Tramway or Chelmsford.


Over the last 11 years, a clear trend stands out when looking at the ages of winners in the George Main Stakes. Winx, in 2018, was the only seven-year-old to win over that time, leaving 10 winners coming from the ages four to six.

Five of those were five-year-olds, being the clear dominant age of winners in the race. Three six-year-olds have won, including Winx and Verry Elleegant, while two four-year-olds have been good enough to win the George Main Stakes. A clear trend is that, unless you have a champion horse in the race, five-year-olds are the way to go, winning four of the last six runnings.

Here is a table indicating the ages of winners of the George Main Stakes since the 2010 edition:

Age# of Wins


Given the weight-for-age status of the race and older horses being dominant, there are two clear weights that stick out over the last 10 years. Those carrying 58.5kg have won twice while those carrying 59kg have won four times each and those carrying 57kg have won the most, five times.

Once again, obviously Winx skews the data, carrying 57kg in each of her three wins. That means that outside of the great mare, over the last 10 years there have been eight other winners and those carrying 59kg have won four of them.

Here is a table indicating the weights of winners of the George Main Stakes since the 2010 edition:

Weight# of Wins


When looking at the performance of entires (ungelded male horses), geldings and mares over the last 11 years, mares have had the dominance. While Winx won three of those by herself, two other mares, including Verry Elleegant in 2021, have won the George Main Stakes.

Entires have won twice over that time while geldings are next best winning four of the last 11 George Main Stakes.

Based on our data that we have analysed so far, your George Main Stakes best bet is to look for a champion mare or a five-year-old gelding that will naturally be carrying 59kg due to the conditions of the race. They will ideally be hitting the race third-up after previously contesting the Winx Stakes and either Tramway or Chelmsford Stakes two weeks earlier.

George Main Stakes Best Bets

Our tips are not out for the George Main Stakes in 2022 as it is too far out from the event. But the good news is that when the final field is announced, we will provide guidance on each and every runner in the 2022 Makybe Diva Stakes. You will find all this information below, when it becomes available. Stay tuned!

To get the best tips for today and this weekend, you’ll have to chat to The Shark!

George Main Stakes Odds 2022

Long before the George Main Stakes field is officially announced – online bookies will open early markets, or all-in markets, for George Main betting. This is prime time to bet on your favourite horse, as you might be able to bet on strong contenders for the 2022 George Main Stakes at double-digit odds.

While they are yet to be released, the 2022 George Main Stakes odds will obviously fluctuate frequently in the lead up to the race, especially when we have a better idea of which horses will be targeting the race and their form leading into the race.

Punting early on these markets can find you a favourite at prices of $10 or more, which will retain you a much higher return on investment. However, there is increased risk with doing this and you should be well aware.

Depending on when you place your 2022 George Main Stakes futures bet, your horse may not even run but you won’t get your money back, occurring when the market is ‘All-In’ or closer to the starting date. If you are betting when it says ‘Before Noms’, you have the security of receiving your money back if your horse doesn’t run.

The 2022 George Main Stakes betting odds aren’t available at this time. Check back in in the months leading into the race once the bookies have released their odds and we will provide you with the best value on the market!

George Main Stakes Field 2022

The Group One George Main Stakes field is always packed full of exceptional talent. You can find horses making their way through the distances with the Caulfield Cup or Cox Plate in their sights or also horses that have found their distance and are settling in for some of the big Group One short-middle distance races as the Spring Carnival rolls on.

The official 2022 George Main Stakes field will be announced on the Wednesday before the race! While we wait for that time to come, let’s take a look back at the small, yet talented field from 2021:

1. Kolding (59kg)4Tim ClarkChris Waller
2. Think It Over (59kg)6Nash RawillerKerry Parker
3. Cascadian (59kg)9Hugh BowmanJames Cummings
4. Star Of The Seas (59kg)5Sam ClippertonChris Waller
5. Riodini (59kg)1Rachel KingG Waterhouse & A Bott
6. Lion’s Roar (58.5kg)8Regan BaylissJohn O’Shea
7. Verry Elleegant (57kg)2James McDonaldChris Waller
8. Shout The Bar (57kg)3Kathy O’HaraG Waterhouse & A Bott
9. Hungry Heart (56.5kg)7Kerrin McEvoyChris Waller

George Main Stakes Results 2022

With the race yet to be run, we still don’t know what the George Main Stakes results for 2022 will be! However, check back in after the race and we will have all of the information on how the big race went and what the results are.

Looking back at the George Main Stakes results from 2021, Verry Elleegant had an incredible final 200m to storm to the lead and win her ninth Group One. She finished almost a length ahead of Riodini, who held on for second ahead of a fast-finishing Think It Over.

Verry Elleegant stuck to the fence and didn’t get the open space that she usuaully prefers and actually looked a bit flat at the 300m mark. J-Mac then took her back along the rails and powered her to the line. Riodini, like in the Chelmsford, attempted to jump, lead and win, by putting lengths on the field entering the straight but was just run down in the final 50m. He did show some grit by being able to hold off Think It Over, who had to run wide throughout but still flashed home for third.

You’ve read the words, now watch the video! Have a squiz below at the 2021 George Main Stakes race:

Here are the full George Main Stakes results from 2021:

1st7. Verry Elleegant (2)James McDonald
2nd5. Riodini (1)Rachel King0.81L
3rd2. Think It Over (6)Nash Rawiller0.88L
4th9. Hungry Heart (7)Kerrin McEvoy2.58
5th3. Cascadian (9)Hugh Bowman2.97L
6th4. Star Of The Seas (5)Sam Clipperton3.63L
7th8. Shout The Bar (3)Kathy O’Hara7.4L
8th6. Lion’s Roar (8)Regan Bayliss22.92L
9th1. Kolding (4)Tim Clark50.63L

George Main Stakes Winners

The results for the upcoming George Main Stakes are not yet available, but in the meantime, you can have a look below at all the recent past winners:

2021Verry ElleegantRiodiniThink It Over
2020KoldingStar Of The SeasImaging
2019AviliusDreamforceHappy Clapper
2018WinxLe RomainEgg Tart
2017WinxHappy ClapperFoxplay
2016WinxHaurakiIt’s Somewhat
2015KermadecRoyal DescentPornichet
2014Sacred FallsRoyal DescentLaser Hawk
2013StreamaRoyal DescentVeyron
2012Shoot OutRangirangdooSecret Admirer
2011SinceroIlovethiscityTriple Elegance
2010More JoyousTrustingEmpires Choice

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