2016 Chipping Norton Stakes Field, Barriers & Odds

Chipping Norton Stakes News

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Chipping Norton Stakes

The Chipping Norton Stakes is the first Group 1 race of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival and is the only autumn carnival race day held at Warwick Farm Racecourse.

Worth $600,000 in prize money, the Chipping Norton Stakes is a weight-for-age Group 1 race run over 1600 metres and is held in late February or early March.

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The feature race on Chipping Norton Stakes Day, the 2016 Chipping Norton Stakes will be run on Saturday 27 February 2016. Other races held on this day include the Group 2 Surround Stakes and the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup.

Chipping Norton Stakes Lead-Up Races:

Betting on the Chipping Norton Stakes is hugely popular as it is the only Group 1 race of the day, and the first of the carnival, attracting lots of interest from horse racing news sites and the punters keen, to place a wager on a quality class race. If you are wanting to get in on the action of this first high stakes race in the autumn, then one of the best lead-up events to keep an eye on is the Apollo Stakes, a Group 2 race run over 1400m held a fortnight before the Chipping Norton Stakes.

Since 1994 the Apollo Stakes has imparted nine placegetters in the Chipping Norton Stakes, including three winners. The last horse to win both races in the same season was Grand Armee in 2005.

The fact that the Chipping Norton Stakes is held at the start of the Sydney Autumn Carnival is a big advantage for punters wanting to place a bet on the future carnival races. The winners and placegetters in the Chipping often go on to succeed in the other exciting autumn events; including the elite Doncaster Handicap and Sydney Cup, two of the carnival’s central Group 1 races from which winners of the Chipping Norton Stakes are exempt from ballot.

Upcoming Races

Group 1

Australian Derby

(2400m)

Randwick

$1,500,000

3YO SW

Group 1

TJ Smith Stakes

(1200m)

Randwick

$2,500,000

Open

Group 1

Sires Produce Stakes

(1400m)

Randwick

$500,000

2YO SW

Group 1

Doncaster Mile

(1600m)

Randwick

$2,500,000

Open

Group 1

Australian Oaks

(2400m)

Randwick

$550,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Sydney Cup

(3200m)

Randwick

$500,000

Hcp

Group 1

Queen Elizabeth Stakes

(2000m)

Randwick

$4,000,000

Open

Group 1

Queen Of The Turf Stakes

(1600m)

Randwick

$1,000,000

3YO&UP

Group 2

Queen of the South Stakes

(1600m)

Morphettville

$175,000

3YO & Up SWP

Group 3

Chairman’s Handicap

(2000m)

Morphettville

$115,000

3YO SW

Chipping Norton Stakes History

The Chipping Norton Stakes has a long history of length and status changes since its inception in 1925.

Originally held over 10 furlongs (approx. 2000m), from 1972 -1979 the length was increased to 2100m, before finally being shortened to the distance it is today of 1600m.

From 1925-1979 the Chipping Norton Stakes was registered as a Principle race. Then for five years during 1980-1985 the race enjoyed its new Group 2 status, before finally being instated as a Group 1 race from 1986 onwards.

In 2009 the prestigious Royal Randwick racecourse was the location for the Chipping Norton Stakes, governed by the same club as Warwick Farm, the AJC.

As the status of the race increased, so too did the quality of competing horses and some notable winners in recent years include star gallopers Lonhro (2003), Octagonal (1997) and Super Impose (1991 & 1992).

The horse with the most success in the Chipping Norton Stakes is Tie The Knot, who was first over the line an incredible four years in succession from 1999 – 2002. The list of greats continues further back with the superstar of Australian racing, Phar Lap, claiming his Chipping Norton Stakes victory in 1930.

So start the New Year in Sydney off with a big win and place your bet on the first group one race of the Autumn Carnival, the Chipping Norton Stakes; it might just be the beginning of your winning streak!

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