George Main Stakes Tips & Preview

George Main Stakes Tips & Preview

George Main Stakes Tips 2021

Looking for George Main Stakes Tips on Saturday September 18? Our form expert previews the Randwick Group 1 and gives his best bets.

 

George Main Stakes Betting

The champion mare, Verry Elleegant, has been installed as a $2.20 favourite with ladbrokes after the barrier draw, while the last start Chelmsford Stakes (1600m) winner, Think It Over, is at $4.50.

The 2020 winner of this race, Kolding is at $8 while Cascadian ($9) is also single figures. Hungry Heart $13, Riodini ($14), Star Of The Seas ($19), Shout The Bar ($34) and Lions Roar ($34) round out the field of nine.

George Main Stakes Preview

There are three key lead up races to look at and we start off with the Winx Stakes (1400m). Six contenders took part in that and three of those have since had one further start.

Verry Elleegant comes in with four weeks in between runs and finished runner-up behind Mo’unga that day. Mo’unga has since finished a narrow runner-up behind Incentivise in the Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.

Verry Elleegant was trapped out wide and without cover in the Winx Stakes but stuck on well, going 9.5 lengths faster than standard benchmark, which are the best last start figures of any runner.

She gets out to the mile and improved seven lengths on figures last time when going from a 3rd in the Apollo Stakes (1400m) when fresh to a victory in the Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m).

In her spring preparation last year, the Chris Waller-trained galloper missed out in this race behind Kolding last year when 4th but never really had a clear crack at them until the last 200m.

Hungry Heart and Kolding were 8th and 9th respectively in the Winx Stakes but were within two lengths in what was a blanket finish. Both were held up and should improve out to the 1600m.

Cascadian and Think It Over also had to shuffle off heels and finished 5th and 6th. That pair have since clashed in the Chelmsford Stakes with Think It Over running down Riodini late in the piece. Cascadian was 4th and we didn’t see him let down over the last 200m.

But it is worth noting they didn’t go hard early on and he needs a bit of pace, while he was a bit flat second up last time before improving seven lengths on figures to take out the Doncaster Mile (1600m) on a Soft track.

Of the roughies in this race, Riodini showed improvement last time but couldn’t pinch it after enjoying a cushy time in front and I doubt he can trouble the likes of Verry Elleegant. Star Of The Seas battled in the Winx Stakes but was ok when 3rd behind Zaaki in the Tramway Stakes (1400m) last time. Shout The Bar and Lions Roar were behind Star Of The Seas in that race and are probably after a fraction further

George Main Stakes History

12 of the past 17 winners of this race were favourites, with Winx accounting for four of those. Verry Elleegant missed at the $2.20 last year. Chris Waller-trained gallopers have won this race seven times in the last nine years. Four of the past seven winners have come out of the Chelmsford Stakes, while the Winx Stakes has provided two of the past five winners. Kolding was runner-up in the Tramway Stakes last year before his success in this race. 10 of the past 11 winners of the George Main were in the top two at their previous start.

Who will win the George Main Stakes?

Very hard to go past Verry Elleegant. The knocks are the four weeks in between runs, which was the template last year, while barrier 2 might present some issues. Hopefully James McDonald doesn’t get caught behind runners as she seems to race keenly while this happens, while there could be possible traffic jams later on. But I am banking on her class. The tempo looks genuine which is a bonus with Shout The Bar, Kolding and Riodini all a chance to string them out a little bit. The biggest danger for me is Cascadian and each-way players should consider the seven-year-old, particularly if the track doesn’t firm up too much from the Soft 7 rating.

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