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2020 George Main Stakes Tips, Preview & Best Bets

  • The George Main Stakes (Colgate Optic White Stakes) is a Group One WFA contest 
  • This feature is run over 1600 metres at Royal Randwick
  • Last start Winx Stakes winner Verry Elleegant dominates the early markets
  • Is there value around the short favourite?
George Main Stakes Tips
Avilius winning the 2019 George Main Stakes. Will he be back to defend his crown in 2020? (Getty)

The George Main Stakes is one of Sydney’s premier weight-for-age mile races held at Royal Randwick. The race is named after George Main, a former chairman of the AJC.

In 1979 the race was given Group One status where some of Australia’s best ever horses have competed in the grand event.

The winner of the George Main is exempt from ballot for the Group One Epsom Handicap and Champion mare Winx is the only winner of the race to have won three in succession.

The sponsored name is the Colgate Optic White Stakes and below, we detail our best and value bets ahead of this feature where Verry Elleegant is a clear $3 favourite with Bet365

2020 George Main Stakes Odds

Verry Elleegant$3.00
Master Of Wine$11.00
Con Te Partiro$11.00
Fierce Impact$11.00
Star Of The Seas$13.00
Dawn Passage$26.00

Odds are provided Bet365 and are correct as of 04/09/2020 - 5pm

2020 George Main Stakes Tips

George Main Stakes 2020 Best Bet - Verry Elleegant

Certainly no prizes for finding her, however, she's the deserved top seed and the best bet for the 2020 George Main Stakes following the bravest of first-up wins via the Winx Stakes.

The talented Chris Waller-trained mare completed a fourth group one in the process and is seemingly going from strength to strength as one of premier mares in Australia who can prospe from seven to twelve furlongs and on wet ground especillay, she's very hard to beat.

That probably is the one query (if the Sydney tracks continue to dry out) although she was still Group One Chipping Norton placed on a Good 4 back in the autumn under the same race condtions and this George Main Stakes field is likely to be weaker than that event.

George Main Stakes 2020 Value Bet - Imaging

The Chris Waller-trained Imaging backed-up a luckless fresh attempt in the Missile Stakes with a strong performance in the Group One Winx Stakes behind Verry Elleegant and arguably should've won that August 22 feature.

He was somewhat uncharacteristically slow out of the barriers and as a consequence, was forced to race at the rear and riding for luck in the straight, did lose momentum at a key stage when checked off the heels of Flit at the 350m.

Imaging recorded the fastest last 200m of the Winx Stakes and at 35.14, was only narrowly edged out for the quickest last 600m which further supports he's in very good order and with entry into the Group One Epsom Handicap on offer, he should definitely be respected at a good price. 

George Main Stakes FAQ

When is the 2020 George Main Stakes taking place?

The 2020 George Main Stakes is scheduled to run on Saturday, September 19.

The sponsored name for this feature is now the Colgate Optic White Stakes.

What distance is the George Main Stakes?

The George Main Stakes is run over a distance of 1600 metres.

Who won the 2019 George Main Stakes?

Avilius won the 2019 George Main Stakes.

What's the best bet in the 2020 George Main Stakes?

We're with Verry Elleegant as the best bet in the 2020 George Main Stakes.

Where is the George Main Stakes held?

The George Main Stakes is held at the Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney.

What's the George Main Stakes worth?

The George Main Stakes is worth $500,000 in total.

$287,000 of that goes to the winner.



Verry Eleegant heads straight to the George Main Stakes following her fresh triumph and is certainly the one to beat at this early stage.

Stable mate Imaging has been luckless so far this campaign but he's building nicely and should be respected at big odds.

Best Bet: Verry Elleegant To Win @3.00 at bet365 Australia - 4 Units
Value Bet: Imaging To Win @15.00 at bet365 Australia - 1 Unit

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