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Chipping Norton Stakes Tips & Preview


Looking for Chipping Norton Stakes tips and best bets? We dissect times and form to find the winner of the 2023 Chipping Norton Stakes at Randwick.


Anamoe is the dominant $1.70 favourite in the Chipping Norton Stakes and will be out to add to his collection of seven Group 1 wins with victory in the $600,000 feature. Fangirl is at the $8 quote, while Mo’unga is another under the double figures at the $9.

A field of 12 have accepted and Hinged sits at $12, while Laws Of Indices ($18), El Bodegon ($18) and Montefilia ($19) head the rest.  



Anamoe comes into this second up and has won three of five at this stage of previous campaigns. He was successful as a three-year-old at this stage last year in the Hobartville Stakes (1400m) before claiming the George Main Stakes (1600m) when second up in the spring. 

The Cox Plate (2040m) champion resumed with a win in the Apollo Stakes (1400m) a fortnight ago and went seven lengths faster than standard benchmark, sitting just off the speed before delivering his trademark sprint. 

He should improve off that mark and it is hard to see the beaten brigade out of that race turning things around against the four-year-old. They include Hinged (2nd), Fangirl (3rd), Mo’unga (5th), Laws Of Indices (6th) and Arapaho (7th). 

Fangirl was the eye-catcher and produced the fastest late splits from the 800m. She is one of the three mares in the race and was runner-up being Anamoe in the Winx Stakes (1400m) last spring before just tapering off a bit after that. 

Hinged led in the Apollo Stakes and stuck on well to go down by just over a length. The Waller mare improved a couple of lengths on figures when second up last time before placing 3rd in the Epsom, going more than 11 lengths faster than standard. 

Mo’unga is capable of second up improvement and went 12.3 lengths faster than standard benchmark at this stage in the spring to place 3rd in the Makybe Diva Stakes, improving more that 11 lengths on his first up run. He has finished ahead of Anamoe just once in the five times they have met with that coming in the Champions Stakes (2000m) at Flemington last November. 

Laws Of Indices headed forward in the Apollo and faded late. Second up in the spring he produced one of the real eye-catchers of the Melbourne carnival when settling back before finishing runner-up in the Toorak Handicap (1600m), going 14 lengths faster than standard. Interesting to see where Ryan Maloney decides to settle early on. 

Of the runners that do not come out of the Apollo Stakes we see a few that are first up. Knights Order and Benaud are likely to need the run and an upset from them would surprise. Knights Order was a first up winner at the track and trip last spring, going 9.8 lengths faster than standard. He might need a wet track to show his best but is unlikely to get that. Montefilia is the other fresh runner and was 4th in her first up run last spring behind Anamoe. 


Just about impossible to go past Anamoe in the Chipping Norton Stakes. I like what Mounga has done second up in the past but I do think he is more of a Flemington horse, while I am not sure Hinged and Fangirl have the class to knock over the champ, despite their solid runs in the Apollo Stakes. Tempo might be a bit more genuine in this race in comparison to the Apollo with Knights Order in the mix. That galloper might be one to consider putting into exotics as well as Laws Of Indices.