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Chipping Norton Stakes 2021 Tips, Preview & Best Bets

Last updated: 24 Feb 2021
Alex Marsh 24 Feb 2021
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  • The Chipping Norton Stakes headlines the first Group One meeting of the calendar year in Sydney
  • Colette, Verry Elleegant and Mugatoo clash again following the Apollo Stakes on February 13
  • Preview and Tips below
Chipping Norton Stakes Tips
Can Colette back-up her brilliant fresh performance in the Chipping Norton Stakes? (Getty)
The Group One Chipping Norton Stakes is the first major in Sydney for 2021.

Run over the mile at Royal Randwick, this is a weight for age event and the winner is exempt from ballot for both the Doncaster Handicap and Sydney Cup later in the autumn.

Six-time Group One winner Verry Elleegant is the early favourite for the 2021 Chipping Norton Stakes where $2.60 is currently available with bookmaker.com.au

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2021 Chipping Norton Stakes Field & Odds

1Kolding (NZ)Chris WallerHugh Bowman2$4.80
2Avilius (GB)James CummingsNash Rawiller7$15
3Southern France (IRE)Ciaron Maher & David EustaceJason Collett3$81
4Master Of Wine (GER)Michael, Wayne & John HawkesTommy Berry9$12
5Prince FawazAnthony CummingsTom Marquand1$81
6Verry Elleegant (NZ)Chris WallerJames McDonald4$2.60
7ColetteJames Cummings Rachel King
8FunstarChris WallerGlen Boss5$11
9Toffee TongueChris WallerBrenton Avdulla6$26

Odds are provided by bookmaker.com.au & correct at 6.20pm on 23/02/2021.

2021 Chipping Norton Stakes Tips

2021 Chipping Norton Stakes Best Bet - Colette

It looms as another great contest following the Apollo Stakes prequel on February 13 and while we have to be wary of a bounce back with Verry Elleegant who will be much better suited over the mile, the advantage for now is with this Godolphin mare who is unbeaten from five attempts on soft/heavy tracks.

After a slow build-up last spring, the 2020 ATC Oaks winner thrived once she found a wet track with victory in the Golden Eagle and was able to continue that form first-up this campaign, winning the lead-up to this soft fashion, recording the fastest late splits and 600m of that contest.

On what is currently a Soft 5 surface, trainer James Cummings will be hoping the predicted large downpour on Wednesday and Thursday doesn't miss Royal Randwick, which gives Colette every chance to record a second Group One victory.

Colette - $3.30Chipping Norton Stakes Best Betbet now
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2021 Chipping Norton Stakes Value Bet - Avilius

While there's an obvious question mark on whether this rising eight-year-old can still match the likes of Colette and Verry Elleegant, he's capable of a big fresh run and back to Sydney where he can get his toe in, does look a better set-up.

A three-time Group One winner and a consistent weight-for-age performer, last spring was geared towards the big cups in Melbourne and he should've gone very close in the Caulfield Cup but was inconvenienced at a key stage.

There was more intent than usual from a James Cummings runner in his second trial ahead of this return, where he got home late for second behind Greysful Glamour in a 1200m heat, so Godolphin are looking for a forward showing straight up from this classy veteran

Avilius - $15.00Chipping Norton Stakes Value Betbet now
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Chipping Norton Stakes FAQ

Who won the 2020 Chipping Norton Stakes?

Te Akau Shark won the 2020 Chipping Norton Stakes.

When is the 2021 Chipping Norton Stakes?

The Chipping Norton Stakes in 2021 will be held on Saturday, February 27.

The race number and time is still to be confirmed.

How much is the Chipping Norton Stakes worth?

The total prize money for the Chipping Norton Stakes is $600,000.

$344,000 goes to the winner.

What distance is the Chipping Norton Stakes?

The Chipping Norton Stakes is run over 1600 metres.

Where is the Chipping Norton Stakes?

The Chipping Norton Stakes is held at the Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney.

It was held at Warwick Farm from 2010 to 2015, 2002 to 2007, 1993 to 2000 and 1971 to 1991.

How to bet on the 2020 Chipping Norton Stakes?

To place a bet on the Chipping Norton Stakes you'll need to be signed up with an online bookmaker.

Corporate bookies provide betting markets on the Chipping Norton well in advance of the race date and provide best tote and fixed odds markets in the week leading into the race.

When did the Chipping Norton Stakes gain Group One status?

The Chipping Norton became a Group One race in 1986.

Heart Of The Moment won it that year.



Off the Apollo Stakes, Colette is one to beat in the 2021 Chipping Norton.

Avilius is an each-way chance at a double figure quote.

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Value Bet: Avilius Each Way @14/1 at Puntnow - 1 Unit
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