George Main Stakes History

Racingbase Staff in George Main Stakes 6 Feb 2020
George Main Stakes History

 

The George Main Stakes is steeped in history and is a Group 1 race staged during the Sydney Spring Carnival at Randwick Racecourse in September each year.

The weight-for-age event is open to all ages, run over a distance of one mile (1600 metres) and has a prizepool in excess of $500,000.

The race’s name is derived from George Main, a former chairman of the Australian Jockey Club and breeder, and it was first held in 1945 and won by Modulation. There was no race held in 2007 due to Equine Influenza.

The George Main Stakes was initially introduced as a principal race, however, was upgraded to Group 1 Status in 1979.

The George Main Stakes attracts both top tier milers and middle-distance gallopers alike making it one of the more exciting races of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

Over the race’s history, a number of horses have managed to win this event on more than one occasion since 1946 including Kingston Town (1981-82), Regal Rhythm (1967-68), Count Radiant (1964-65) and Shannon (1946-47).

The George Main Stakes has been won by some other classy gallopers including Lonrho (2003), Grand Armee (2004), Road To Rock (2009), Stream (2013), Sacred Falls (2014) and Kermadec (2015).

The winner of The George Main Stakes is exempt from a ballot for the Group 1 Epsom Handicap held at the Randwick race track two weeks after this event on the final day of the carnival. Both Streama (2013) and Trusting (2010) went on to finish runner-up in the Epsom after running second in this race.