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.
Named in honour of former Australian Jockey Club chairman George Main, the race takes place in September at Royal Randwick Racecourse offering $500,000 in prize money.
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).
2020 GEORGE MAIN STAKES – QUICK INFORMATION
- Race Day: Saturday, September 19, 2020
- 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: $500,000
- Inaugural Race: 1945
GEORGE MAIN STAKES Betting
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 2020 George Main STAKES
- Join up at neds.com.au
- Make a deposit, using your credit card, PayPal or other safe electronic method
- Make sure to check out form guide, once it’s released
- 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).
- Select the horse(s) for the race.
George Main STAKES 2020 Odds
Early market odds on the George Main Stakes will be displayed below. If you would like to know the current odds, you can check our live market for the 2020 edition of the George Main Stakes here.
|All In||Win Odds||Place Odds|
WHICH HORSE WILL WIN THE GEORGE MAIN STAKES IN 2020
The best way to pick who will win the George Main Stakes is to take into account the form, assess the barriers, consider the weight the horse will carry, among other factors.
Additional form factors to take into consideration are as follows:
- Waller Factor – Trainer Chris Waller trained six of the winners from 2012-19 including triple hero Winx 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
The early George Main Stakes favourites will be detailed below closer to the race.
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.
George Main Stakes 2020 Field
The official George Main Stakes field is announced the Wednesday of race week and will be published in full below.
George Main Stakes 2020 Tips
Best Bet: TBA.
Best Roughie: TBA.
Our insider George Main Stakes betting tips for 2020 will be listed here the week of the race.
George Main STAKES RACE DAY
Race day takes place on Saturday the 19th of September 2020 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 George Main Stakes Day with the running of the:
- Group 2 The Shorts (1100m)
- Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes (1400m)
- Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m)
- Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes (2000m)
GEORGE MAIN STAKES 2020 BARRIER DRAW
The 2020 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 available in our above George Main Stakes field section.
GEORGE MAIN STAKES 2020 NOMINATIONS
Nominations close by 11:00 AM on Monday, the 14th of September, 2020.
George Main Stakes WeightS
Standard weight-for-age conditions apply to this race. Final weights will be announced by 4:00 PM on Tuesday, the 15th of September, 2020. The official George Main Stakes weights will be available in our above George Main Stakes field section.
George Main STAKES 2020 Acceptances
Acceptances must be declared before 9:00 AM on Wednesday, the 16th of September, 2020. The official George Main Stakes acceptances will be available in our above George Main Stakes field section.
George Main Stakes 2020 Jockeys
The final riders announcement is at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, the 16th of September, 2020.
George Main StakeS SCRATCHINGS
Scratchings close at 7:30 AM on Saturday, the 19th of September, 2020.
George Main StakeS PRIZE MONEY
Prize money for the George Main Stakes is set for $500,000 including $287,000 for the winner. George Main Stakes prize money is paid down to 10th place.
George Main STAKES RACE NUMBER
The George Main Stakes is likely to run as Race 7 on Saturday September 19, 2020. There are a total of nine races running at Caulfield Racecourse on George Main Stakes Day.
GEORGE MAIN STAKES FORM GUIDE
The final form guide will be available the week of the race. You can check our full form guide closer to race day to see if the form guide for 2020’s George Main Stakes has been released.
The George Main Stakes form is traditionally worth following into the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) run a 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.
GEORGE MAIN STAKES HISTORY
The main sponsor for the event has been Colgate Optic white for the past few years. 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. Smith managed to amass a record of 11 winners for the race. Gai Waterhouse, TJ Smiths 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.
George Main Stakes Live
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
GEORGE MAIN STAKES 2020 RESULTS
The official 2020 George Main Stakes results will be available below once the race takes place on Saturday September 19, 2020.
George Main Stakes Winners
A list of the recent George Main Stakes winners going back to 2000 can be found below.
|2018||Winx||Le Romain||Egg Tart||1:34.2|
|2014||Sacred Falls||Royal Descent||Laser Hawk||1:35.6|
|2012||Shoot Out||Rangirangdoo||Secret Admirer||1:36.4|
|2010||More Joyous||Trusting||Empires Choice||1:35.6|
|2009||Road to Rock||Black Piranha||Onemorenomore||1:35.5|
|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|
|2000||Adam||Mr. Innocent||Al Mansour||1:35.3|