First held in 1895, the Chelmsford Stakes has featured in many distance and venue changes since the inaugural edition was taken out by Newman. Originally conducted at 9 furlongs or the equivalent of 1800m it has never been held further than that distance, but has been run as short as 1400m. Since 2008 the race has been held at 1600m and is held at weight-for-age conditions.
The race was a principal race from 1895 up until 1979 and in 1980 it was granted Group 2 status, a level it has maintained since. In 2016 the race will be held at Randwick, with Sydney’s premier track hosting the race since 2013. Randwick has hosted the race across various years, with Warwick Farm and Rosehill having also held the race.
Total prizemoney on offer in 2017 will be $250,000 with the winner to receive $142,000. The 2016 winner was the John O’Shea trained Hartnell, ridden by Sam Clipperton. Other winners throughout the history of the race include Complacent, Theseo, Intergaze, Might And Power, Filante and the dual winners Hawkspur, Lonhro and Kingston Town.
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|Date:||Saturday 2nd September 2017|
|Race Type:||Weight for Age|
|2017 Chelmsford Stakes Odds|
The Chelmsford Stakes is a Group 2 weight for age race held at the famous Royal Randwick Racecourse. It takes place during the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival on the Chelmsford Stakes Day. It is staged alongside other prominent races such as the Group 2 Furious Stakes and the Group 2 Tramway Quality Handicap. It covers a distance of 1600m and offers $175,000 in prize money. First run as a Principal Race back in 1895, it reached Group 2 status in 1980.
The Chelmsford Stakes is considered a good lead up race for the Group 1 George Main Stakes and the Group 2 Hill Stakes. Some of Australia’s equine greats have won this event including; Lonhro (2002/03), Might And Power (1998), Filante (1996), Emancipation (1983), Kingston Town (1980/81), Ming Dynasty (1978), Roman Consul (1967/68/69), Tulloch (1960), Delta (1950/51/52), Bernborough (1946), Rogilla (1933/34), Phar Lap (1930), Limerick (1926/27/28) and Gloaming (1918).
|2016||HARTNELL||JAMES MCDONALD||JOHN O'SHEA||01:39.1|
|2015||COMPLACENT||SAM CLIPPERTON||JOHN O'SHEA||01:37.6|
|2014||HAWKSPUR||JIM CASSIDY||CHRIS WALLER||01:39.3|
|2013||HAWKSPUR||JIM CASSIDY||CHRIS WALLER||01:34.7|
|2012||DANLEIGH||HUGH BOWMAN||CHRIS WALLER||01:36.2|
|2011||TRUSTING||JOAO MOREIRA||JOHN THOMPSON||01:37.1|
|2010||THESEO||NASH RAWILLER||GAI WATERHOUSE||01:39.6|
|2009||O'LONHRO||JAY FORD||JOHN HAWKES||01:34.5|
|2008||GALLANT TESS||JEFF LLOYD||DAVID PAYNE||01:39.3|
|2006||EREMEIN||GLEN BOSS||ALLEN DENHAM||01:35.1|
* Race was not held in 2007 due to outbreak of equine influenza