The Chipping Norton Stakes is the first Group 1 of the Sydney Autumn Carnival and has traditionally been held at Warwick Farm. In 2016 the race has been transferred to Royal Randwick which has hosted the race previously.
A 1600m event held under weight-for-age conditions, the 2016 edition will carry total stakes of $600,000 with the winner receiving a cheque for $360,000.
It is a race that dates back to 1925, was raised to Group 2 in 1980 and attained G1 status in 1986. Names such as Phar Lap, Bernborough and Tulloch from the past and the modern stars such as Lonhro, Octagaonal, Super Impose and the 4 time winner Tie The Knot all appear on the honour roll.
The Chipping Norton Stakes forms a part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
Odds and previews are available for all the major Autumn Racing Carnival races at UBET's Autumn Racing Betting Hub.
How can they beat Winx? In short, they probably can’t. The champion 4YO didn’t get it all her own way when 1st up in the Apollo, but in the end it was a comfortable victory and once she accelerated, the race was never in doubt. She is shooting for her 7th win in succession and her 4th G1 in that streak and should be simply too good.
Hartnell is 1st up since the Melbourne Cup and with 2 fair trials under his belt, will be ready to run a tidy race and will be one to follow in the longer races later in the Autumn.
Hauraki did well running 3rd to Winx in the Apollo after tracking her in the run and was left a bit flat when they sprinted, the 1600m here looks preferable.
Mongolian Khan resumes after taking out the Caulfield Cup and then missing the Melbourne Cup. He will be better over more ground but can run a strong mile and won’t be far from the action.
Magic Hurricane has a 2nd up win and that was over 1800m following a 1400m 1st up run and was left a bit flat-footed in the Apollo when 1st up and can be an improver.
|Chipping Norton Stakes Guide|
|Date:||Saturday 27th February 2016|
|Race Time:||15:25 AEST|
|Distance 1600 metres||GR 1|
|Race Type||Weight for Age 3YO & Upwards|
|2016 Chipping Norton Stakes Odds|
|10||STORM THE STARS||-||-|
|4||WHO SHOT THEBARMAN||-||-|
|12||GUST OF WIND||-||-|
The 4YO mare stamped her dominance at the end of 2015 with Group 1 wins across each of the 3 big state carnivals. With wins in the Brisbane Winter, Sydney Spring and Melbourne Spring Carnivals she was victorious in the G1 Queensland Oaks, the G1 Epsom and the ultimate win in the Cox Plate. 1st up in the Apollo Stakes, she delivered an arrogant winning performance and served notice of what her competitors will be up against this Autumn. She is undoubtedly the best mare racing, has a good record at Randwick and if successful, discussion should lead to where she stands in the rankings of the best mares of the modern era.
The only other runner under double figures, Hartnell resumed in this race last year in a 4 start Autumn campaign. He finished 2nd, beaten a half-length behind Contributer before going on to win the G3 Sky High Stakes and the G1 The BMW. He then had a 4 start Spring campaign without success that culminated in a 15th in the Melbourne Cup. He has trialled twice in preparation for his return to racing, the same format he followed last year and he will be a player in the longer races later in the carnival.
The 2015 Caulfield Cup winner resumes here after a colic attack derailed his Spring campaign when he had been installed as the favourite for the Melbourne Cup. After returning home to New Zealand to spell, the 4YO entire has returned to full health and has trialled in nice fashion at Matamata. An 8 time winner form just 13 starts, he has raced at Randwick just once, recording victory in the ATC Derby last year. He will be a horse to follow once he gets over some more ground and if Winx were not in this field, he may be more of a genuine chance.
Owned by Godolphin and trained by John O’Shea, the 6YO gelding closed out his last preparation the best way possible by securing a 2 length victory in the G1 The Metropolitan at Randwick back in October. He has performed fairly in 2 trials, the 1st on January 19 has already produced 3 Group winners since with Winx, Our Boy Malachi and Amicus coming out of the same trial. His 1st up performance in the Apollo Stakes was good, he just didn’t have the dash to go with them when the sprint went on. Although still looking for longer later in the Autumn, he has 2 wins and a 2nd from 5 starts at Randwick.
The Chipping Norton Stakes is a Group 1 race held at the Warwick Farm Racecourse. Taking place during Chipping Norton Stakes Day, it is not only the first Group 1 race for the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, but also the first one for the year. Raced under weight-for-age conditions over a distance of 1600m, the feature event favours better quality gallopers. First introduced as a Listed Race in 1925, it became a Group 2 in 1980, before finally reaching Group 1 status in 1986. Some notable horses have taken out the Chipping Norton in the past including Tie the Knot, who won the race four years in a row (1999 – 2002) and Shoot Out who was successful in 2012 and 2013.
Other champions of the turf to win this event include Phar Lap (1930), Lough Neagh (1933,1936,1937), Bernborough (1946), Tulloch (1958 & 1960), Rain Lover (1969), Emancipation (1984), Super Impose (1991 & 1992), Octagonal (1997) and Lonhro (2003).
|2016||WINX||HUGH BOWMAN||CHRIS WALLER||01:33.9|
|2015||CONTRIBUTER||JAMES MCDONALD||JOHN O'SHEA||01:36.5|
|2014||BOBAN||GLYN SCHOFIELD||CHRIS WALLER||01.38.1|
|2013||SHOOT OUT||HUGH BOWMAN||CHRIS WALLER||01.35.8|
|2012||SHOOT OUT||HUGH BOWMAN||CHRIS WALLER||01.37.4|
|2011||DANLIEGH||HUGH BOWMAN||CHRIS WALLER||01.35.7|
|2010||THESEO||NASH RAWILLER||GAI WATERHOUSE||01.37.4|
|2009||TUESDAY JOY||COREY BROWN||GAI WATERHOUSE||01.34.8|
|2008||CASINO PRINCE||DAMIEN OLIVER||ANTHONY CUMMINGS||01.36.4|
|2007||HE’S NO PIE EATER||ZAC PURTON||GRAEME ROGERSON||01.37.6|
|2006||DESERT WAR||LARRY CASSIDY||GAI WATERHOUSE||01.36.3|