The George Main Stakes is a Group 1 weight-for-age race over 1600 metres, run at Randwick Racecourse during the Spring Carnival. The race is named after George Main, who was a former chairman of the Australian Jockey Club, one of the forerunners to the Australian Turf Club.
The race has been around since 1945 and has some superstars of the turf on its honour roll – big winners include horses such as Kingston Town, Vo Rogue, Shaftsbury Avenue, Lohnro and More Joyous. More recently, the race has been dominated by champion mare Winx. The George Main was a regular step in Winx’s spring campaigns, and she won the race three years in a row between 2016 and 2018.
The race had held Principal Race or Group 1 status since its 1945 inception, and has always been run over 1,600 or a mile. Its place on the calendar means it often attracts horses aimed at major races later in the Spring Carnival, as thus often boasts a high-quality field. The winner of the race gains a guaranteed start in the Group 1 Epsom Handicap.
George Main Stakes
Randwick Racecourse, 1600m
Group 1 weight-for-age, three-year-olds and up
George Main Stakes Stakes 2020
The 2020 George Main Stakes was won by the Chris Waller-trained Kolding, which was ridden by Tommy Berry. The Randwick track was rated a Good 4. It was a trifecta for the Waller stable, with Star Of The Seas (ridden by Sam Clipperton) running second, and Imaging (Kerrin McEvoy) finishing third.
|1||3. Kolding||Tommy Berry||Chris Waller||1:33.30||7||59||$9.50|
|2||5. Star Of The Seas||Sam Clipperton||Chris Waller||0.4||3||59||$12|
|3||4. Imaging||Kerrin McEvoy||Chris Waller||0.6||5||59||$9.50|
— Sky Racing (@SkyRacingAU) September 19, 2020
George Main Stakes: past winners
2014 Sacred Falls
2012 Shoot Out
2010 More Joyous