George Main Stakes

George Main Stakes 2014

Sat, 20 September 2014

The George Main Stakes is a Group 1 race run under weight-for-age conditions over 1600 metres at Randwick racecourse. The race is run in late September for $350,000 in prize money and is the precursor race for the Group 1 Epsom Handicap which is run a week later at Randwick. The winner of the George Main Stakes receives an exemption from the ballot for a start in the Epsom Handicap.

Named after former chairman of the Australian Jockey Club, The George Main Stakes was first run in 1945 when Modualtion won the race. Some of the more modern day champions who have their names on the honours board include the mighty Kingston Town (1981, 1982), Vo Rogue (1989), Lonhro (2003) and More Joyous (2010), who was the first mare to win the race in 14 years. Since the inaugural race there has only been one year when the George Main Stakes did not run which was in 2007 due to the impact of equine influenza.

In 2013 favourite Hawkspur finished outside of a place in fourth. Streama ($8.50) ridden by Blake Shinn won the race ahead of Royal Descent ($5) by half a neck, with Veyron ($20) finishing 1.25 lengths away third. Streama only grabbed the lead at the 100 metre mark after the New Zealand horse Veyron scooted a few lengths in front on the turn. Royal Descent was winding up from the 350 metre mark out wide while Streama was pegging Veyron's lead back with every stride. At the finish line, Streama managed to keep out the fast finishing Royal Descent for the victory.

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