The Chipping Norton Stakes is the first Group 1 feature of the Sydney Autumn Carnival and a fittingly impressive field of nine milers will chase a place in the history books at Randwick on Saturday.
For a period of time, it was dominated by Winx, but since the super mare’s retirement the Chipping Norton Stakes has reclaimed its fiercely competitive nature and another quality betting race has materialised in 2021.
You can find my 2021 Chipping Norton Stakes tips below.
- 3 Units straight out #7 Colette
- Boxed Trifecta of the selections below
I’ve always been a fan of hers, but Colette’s dominant first-up performance and win over many of these rivals a couple of weeks ago was breathtaking, and she’ll only be better second-up and out to a mile.
The Hallowed Crown mare enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence last autumn, breaking her maiden at Kembla Grange and winning the Group 1 Australian Oaks just a few starts later.
She continued to impress during the spring, culminating in her winning the Golden Eagle, and prospects simply couldn’t be brighter for her and Godolphin this time in.
Even when considering the depth of talent engaged, it was a reasonably straight forward decision to put Colette on top of my Chipping Norton Stakes tips.
You don’t need me to tell you that Verry Elleegant is verry gooood, and she obviously wouldn’t look out of place in the Chipping Norton Stakes winner’s stall.
The champion mare was typically excellent during her spring prep, winning the Winx Stakes, the Turnbull Stakes and the Caulfield Cup, and finishing a credible seventh in the Melbourne Cup.
She strips fitter for an eye-catching run for third behind Colette in the Apollo Stakes and is yet another one that will be better over a mile.
She has drawn a peach and will be right in the finish again.
Kolding is another horse who appears to have returned to the races in tip-top condition, and he can return another quality performance in the Chipping Norton.
Kolding went somewhat amiss last autumn following his breakout 2019 spring preparation, but he bounced back last time in and added the George Main Stakes to his resume most notably.
So far this time in he has finished second in both the Expressway Stakes and the Apollo Stakes, and there is little doubt that he’ll be at his best third-up and out to a mile.
Rarely does a Saturday pass in Sydney without Chris Waller dominating the program and there’s every chance he will do that on Chipping Norton Stakes Day, highlighted by a dominant performance in the feature race.
Toffee Tongue is yet another live hope for the champion trainer, particularly second-up – she nearly pinched the Turnbull Stakes from Verry Elleegant at this point of her prep last time.
I have no doubt of her class or ability, I think she might just find a couple of these opponents too sharp over a mile.