George Main Stakes

George Main Stakes, Royal Randwick

Looking for early info on this year’s George Main Stakes? The experts at Neds have put together everything you need to know on the race.

The George Main Stakes is one of the early Group 1 races held during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival. Check out the information on this year’s George Main Stakes including fields, odds, betting tips and form guide below. 

Named in honour of former Australian Jockey Club chairman George Main, the race takes place in September at Royal Randwick Racecourse now offering $1,000,000 in prize money after having its stakes doubled in 2021.

The event is run over 1600m (a mile) at weight-for-age conditions and the George Main Stakes winner also earns a ballot exemption into the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) held in October. Racing To Win (2006) was the last horse to win both the George Main Stakes and the Epsom Handicap in a single season.

The George Main Stakes race record currently stands at 1 minute 33.65 seconds and was set in 2017 by equine superstar Winx. Winx also 2016 and 2018 editions during her incredible career.

Other standout George Main Stakes winners throughout history include Kingston Town (1981, 1982), Lonhro (2003) and More Joyous (2010).

In 2020 trainer Chris Waller posted his incredible seventh George Main Stakes victory with Kolding leading an all-Waller first four and then his eighth in 10 years in 2021 with Verry Elleegant.

The 2021 George Main Stakes winner Verry Elleegant did so at her third attempt in the event, and franked the form going on to win that year’s iconic Melbourne Cup race over the two miles at Flemington.


  • Race Day: Saturday, September 17th, 2022
  • Track Location: Randwick Racecourse
  • Track Surface: Turf
  • Track Direction: Right-handed
  • Race Distance: 1,600m
  • Weight Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Qualification: Three years and older
  • Type: Thoroughbred
  • Grade: Group 1
  • Operator: Australian Turf Club
  • Prize Purse: $1,000,000
  • Inaugural Race: 1945
  • 2022 George Main Stakes Winner: TBD

george Main Stakes 2022 RESULTS

The official 2022 George Main Stakes results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday September 17, 2022. 

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New Ways to Bet at neds

There are many different ways to bet on the George Main Stakes, we’ve included some of the most popular options below:

Bet Type How To Place This Type Of Bet In This Year’s George Main Stakes
Win Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will take first place in this year’s George Main Stakes.
Place Bet Place your bet on the horse you think will place in the top three finishers at this year’s George Main Stakes. Pays less than a win bet, but offers safer odds.
Each-Way Bet If your runner finishes 1st in the George Main Stakes, you will collect both the Win and the Place dividend. If your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd you will collect the Place dividend.
Quinella Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in any order, within the George Main Stakes, in order to win the Quinella.
Exacta Bet You must select the runners that finish 1st and 2nd in the correct order, within the George Main Stakes to win the Exacta.
Trifecta Bet You must select runners to finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the correct order, within the George Main Stakes to win the Trifecta.
First Four You must select runners that finish 1st, 2nd ,3rd and 4th in the correct order, within the George Main Stakes to win the First 4.
Quadrella Bet (Quaddie) You must select the winners of four nominated races to win the Quaddie. This means you would have to select three other races apart from the George Main Stakes in order to be eligible to place a Quaddie.

How to Bet on the George Main STAKES

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  2. Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
  3. Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
  4. Decide what kind of bet you’re going to place (Win, Place, Each-Way, Trifecta + more betting options, please read our section on George Main Stakes Betting above).
  5. Select the horse(s) for the race.

George Main Stakes 2022 Odds

Early market betting odds on the 2022 George Main Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit


The best way to pick which horse will win the George Main Stakes in 2022 is to take into account their lead-up spring racing form, assess the barriers, and consider the weight each horse will carry. 

Additional form factors to consider when picking the George Main Stakes winner include: 

  • Waller Factor – Trainer Chris Waller trained eight of the winners from 2012-21 including triple hero Winx, Kolding (2020) for an all-Waller first four that year and most recently Verry Elleegant (2021) so watching for an in-form Waller horse is always a good idea.
  • Sydney Leads – No George Main Stakes winner has come off a run outside of Sydney in over three decades.
  • Favourites Salute – Winx (2016-18) followed by Avilius (2019)  made it four straight wins for the favourites.

George Main Stakes FAVOURITES 2022

The early George Main Stakes favourites for 2022 include classy Godolphin youngster Anamoe, the Annabel Neasham-trained All-Star Mile champ Zaaki and his Group 1 winning stablemate Mo’unga.

Favourites in George Main Stakes betting have an excellent recent record thanks to the three straight wins by Winx (2016-18) followed by Avilius ($3.10 in 2019) who was the last top elect to salute for the punters until Verry Elleegant ($1.75 in 2021).

George Main Stakes 2022 Field

The official 2022 George Main Stakes field of final acceptances is announced the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below. 

George Main Stakes 2022 Tips

Favourite: TBD

Best Bet: TBD

Best Roughie: TBD

Our insider George Main Stakes betting tips for 2022 will be listed here the week of the race and a full tipping preview available on the Neds Blog.


 George Main STAKES RACE DAY 2022

Race day takes place on Saturday the 17th of September, 2022 with the Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) the feature attraction on the line-up. Four other Group status support acts also take place on 2022 George Main Stakes Day with the running of the:


The 2022 George Main Stakes barrier draw will be released to the public a few days before the race. The official George Main Stakes barriers will be published in our above George Main Stakes Field section. 


Nominations close by 11:00 AM on Monday, the 12th of September, 2022.

George Main Stakes WeightS 2022

Standard weight-for-age conditions apply to this race. Final weights will be announced by 4:00 PM on Tuesday, the 13th of September, 2022. The official George Main Stakes weights will be available in our above George Main Stakes Field section. 

George Main STAKES 2022 Acceptances

Acceptances must be declared before 9:00 AM on Wednesday, the 14th of September, 2022. The official George Main Stakes acceptances will be available in our above George Main Stakes Field section. 

George Main Stakes 2022 Jockeys

The final riders announcement is at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, the 14th of September, 2022 and will be published in our above George Main Stakes Field section.

George Main StakeS SCRATCHINGS 2022

Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 17th of September, 2022. 

George Main StakeS PRIZE MONEY 2022

Prize money for the George Main Stakes is now set for $1,000,000 including $580,000 for the winner. George Main Stakes prize money is paid down to 10th place.

Place Prize Money
1st $580,000
2nd $190,000
3rd $98,000
4th $44,000
5th $22,000
6th $10,000
7th $10,000
8th $10,000
9th $8,000
10th $8,000


The 2022 George Main Stakes race number is TBC for Saturday the 17th of September, 2022. There are a total of ten races running at Randwick Racecourse on George Main Stakes Day. 


The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check below for a link to our full 2022 George Main Stakes Form Guide following final acceptances. 

The George Main Stakes form is traditionally worth following into the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) run at The Valley in Melbourne that October, a double achieved by superstar mare Winx three times (2016-18). Winx made history in 2018 as the sole four-time Cox Plate champion in history having also won the classic in 2015. Prior to Winx, the last horse to do the George Main – Cox Plate double was Kingston Town.



The race is an important part of the Spring in Sydney, not only because of the prize money that it comes with  but also because the winner automatically qualifies for the Epsom Handicap which is held in October.

One of the trainers who have made a record in this race is TJ Smith. The late, great Tommy Smith managed to amass a record of 11 winners for the race. Gai Waterhouse, TJ Smith’s daughter, also has three wins under her belt.

The horse that has made the most wins on this extremely challenging track is Winx. Winx, the Australian sweetheart won this race between 2016 and 2018 – three years in a row. 

She also set the current George Main Stakes race record time for her second victory in 2017 of 1 minute 33.65 seconds.

In 2020 trainer Chris Waller made it seven wins in the past nine years with Kolding leading an all-Waller first four and then in 2021 the Waller stable was in winning form again with that year’s subsequent Melbourne Cup winning mare Verry Elleegant.

 George Main Stakes Live 2022

The following channels will be airing the George Main Stakes in September: 

  • Free To Air TV: Channel 7
  • Paid Television:  Sky Racing 1
  • Radio: Radio Sport National
  • Streaming: Online via 7Live; Racing NSW

 George Main Stakes Winners

A list of the recent George Main Stakes winners going back to 2000 can be found below. To view a complete list of past George Main Stakes winners from the race’s inauguration in 1945 to the present date please click here.

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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