George Main Stakes News

Trainer John O’Shea was pleased with the first-up effort produced by Sweynesse despite a luckless run in transit, and is confident the classy entire will have taken plenty of benefit from the hit-out ahead of Saturday’s featured Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick. Sweynesse has been a…


George Main Stakes

Widely regarded as the premier weight-for-age event at the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival, the Group 1 2015 George Main Stakes takes place at the Royal Randwick Racecourse each year during September.

The 2015 George Main Stakes will be held on Saturday, September 19th.

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Spanning 1,600 metres, the George Main Stakes is worth $350,000 and is an important event for its contenders, as the winner becomes exempt from ballot on the Epsom Handicap. Many of the George Main Stakes starters will back up in the prestigious handicap held the following week.

The George Main Stakes is the headline event of the day. Other black-type races which share the program on George Main Stakes Day include:

  • Group 2 $200,000 Hill Stakes (2000m) – 3YO&UP WFA
  • Group 2 $200,000 The Shorts (1100m) – 3YO&UP SWP
  • Group 2 $175,000 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m) – 3YO Fillies SWP
  • Group 3 $125,000 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) – 3YO&UP Quality
  • Listed $100,000 Heritage Stakes (1100m) – 3YO SWP

Named after George Main, a former chairman of the Australian Jockey Club (AJC), the George Main Stakes was first raced in 1945, with the fastest time being set in 2006 at 1.33.75 by Racing To Win. A quality race which allows top class milers and sprinters to compete well, the George Main Stakes is a thrilling race to watch every year and has had some of Australia’s top quality horses win it including Road To Rock (2009), Grand Armee (2004), Lonhro (2003) and Kingston Town (1981, 1982).

Upcoming Races

Group 1

Cox Plate

(2,040m)

Moonee Valley

$3,000,000

3YO WFA

Group 1

Caulfield Cup

(2,400m)

Caulfield

$2,500,000

3YO up Handicap

Group 1

Thousand Guineas

(1600m)

Caulfield

$500,000

3YO SWPP

Group 1

Epsom Handicap

(1600m)

Randwick

$500,000

Open Handicup

Group 1

Metropolitan Handicap

(2400m)

Randwick

$400,000

3YO & up Handicap

Group 1

Melbourne Cup 2015

(3200m)

Flemington

$6,000,000

3YO QH

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George Main Stakes Information

  • Date: 19 September 2015
  • Location: Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1,600 metres
  • Race Status: Group 1
  • Race Conditions: 3YO Plus, Weight-For-Age
  • Prize Money: $500,000