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2021 George Main Stakes Tips, Preview & Best Bets

  • The George Main Stakes is a Group One WFA contest
  • This event is run over 1600 metres at Royal Randwick
  • Verry Elleegant dominates the early markets ahead of the September 18 feature
  • Our Best & Value selections are included in the preview below
George Main Stakes Tips
Kolding winning the 2020 George Main Stakes. He's back to defend his crown this year. (Getty)
Alex Marsh 15 Sep 2021
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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.
  • George Main Stakes 2021 Field & Odds
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In 1979 the race was given Group One status where some of Australia’s best ever horses have competed in the grand event, while the George Main Stakes winner is exempt from ballot for the Epsom Handicap.

Verry Elleegant is the clear favourite for the 2021 George Main Stakes where $2.20 is currently available with bookmaker.com.au

George Main Stakes 2021 Field & Odds

No.
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Barrier
Weight
Odds
1Kolding (NZ)Chris WallerTim Clark459kg$8
2Think It OverKerry ParkerNash Rawiller659kg$4.40
3Cascadian (GB)James CummingsHugh Bowman959kg$9.50
4Star Of The Seas (NZ)Chris WallerSam Clipperton559kg$19
5Riodini (NZ)Gai Waterhouse & Adrian BottRachel King159kg$15
6Lion's Roar (NZ)John O'SheaRegan Bayliss858.5kg$34
7Verry Elleegant (NZ)Chris WallerJames McDonald257kg$2.20
8Shout The BarGai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Kathy O'Hara357kg$34
9Hungry HeartChris WallerKerrin McEvoy756.5kg$14
                                                                                
Odds courtesy of bookmaker.com.au & correct at 10.15pm on 15/09/2021.

George Main Stakes 2021 Tips

2021 George Main Stakes Best Bet - Verry Elleegant

Aiming for her ninth Group One victory on Saturday is this star mare from the Chris Waller yard, who is following the same pattern last spring in going from the Winx Stakes to the George Main Stakes second-up.

Verry Elleegant is also coming off a similar run, being three-wide the trip in both of her last two Winx Stakes attempts, although instead of gripping on to win this year, she was touched off late by Mo'unga who finished second to Incentivise last Saturday.

That Makybe Diva Stakes form does read a lot stronger than the other references in this field and despite failing in the George Main Stakes last year, going from good ground to soft ground this time around is much more suitable.

2021 George Main Stakes Value Bet - Hungry Heart

Another Waller runner going straight from the Winx Stakes to the George Main Stakes is this daughter of Frankel, a runner who was costly for punters as an early three-year-old before making amends in the autumn.

It was a definite pass mark for her first-up, balancing up well late in the piece and to the eye at least, it was a better performance than Kolding's (third fav here) and she was only just over a length off Think It Over (second fav).

On a good surface, she's more of a $7-$8 chance in this feature following a nice tick-over trial, although her last attempt on a Soft 7 was only a two-length defeat over 1200m in a leader dominated race, with the mile being a big tick now.

2021 George Main Stakes Roughie - Shout The Bar

This honest mare from the Waterhouse & Bott stable does have history as a giant killer in Group One's, knocking off Probabeel and Funstar at 14/1 in Vinery Stud Stakes before saluting in the Empire Rose at 30/1 last spring.

Shout The Bar can be a hard one to read off the trials as she always works a like Grand Annual runner, but the return as the pick of the on-speed runners behind Zaaki had some merit, especially as she was in the worst part of the track.

Her best chance would be trying opening up a break early as she won't have the brilliance to out-sprint most of her key rivals at WFA level, and although I'd be a little surprised if she won, a top three finish off a favourable map wouldn't at all shock.


George Main Stakes FAQs

When is the 2021 George Main Stakes?

The 2021 George Main Stakes is scheduled to run on Saturday, September 18.

It will run as Race 7 on the Randwick meeting.

Where is the George Main Stakes held?

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

What distance is the George Main Stakes?

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

What is the George Main Stakes worth?

The George Main Stakes is worth $1 million in total.

$580,000 goes to the winner.

Who won the 2020 George Main Stakes?

Kolding won the 2020 George Main Stakes.

How can I live stream the 2021 George Main Stakes?

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Verdict

It's hard to go past Verry Elleegant in the 2021 George Main Stakes, especially now getting back on to her preferred soft ground.

Hungry Heart was okay fresh, the tick-over trial was sound and she should have more improvement than Kolding and Think It Over from that Winx Stakes.

Best Bet: Verry Elleegant To Win @120.00 at Bookmaker - 4 Units
Value Bet: Hungry Heart To Win @1300.0 at Bookmaker - 1 Unit

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