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Chipping Norton Stakes 2017

DateSaturday 25 February
TrackRandwick Racecourse
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeWeight-for-age
Prize Money$600,000
Age3YO and Upwards


Our experts will have their pre-race predictions and Chipping Norton Stakes betting selections available for the Group 1 race.

Some key Chipping Norton Stakes pointers are:

  • The Apollo Stakes is the key lead up race
  • Ignore horses at double figure odds
  • Inside barriers have a distinct advantage


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The Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) takes place at Randwick Racecourse annually in March and is the first Group 1 race of the Sydney Autumn Carnival.

The Open Weight-for-age race takes place on the fifth week of the Carnival and is the feature race on the card having been previously staged at Warwick Farm.

Other high profile races on the day include the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) for three-year-old fillies, and the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m).

Wallace Mortlake won the inaugural Chipping Norton Stakes in 1892. It was awarded Group 1 status in 1986 and was the most highly-regarded Warwick Farm feature before being moved to Randwick

With $600,000 in prizemoney the Chipping Norton Stakes attracts the country’s best milers and middle distance horses as they prepare for further Sydney Autumn Carnival targets.

The Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) held at Royal Randwick Racecourse two weeks earlier is the most reliable guides to the Chipping Norton.

Some of Australia’s most talented horses have won the premiere weight-for-age event including Amounis (1927), Phar Lap (1930), Bernborough (1946), Tulloch (1958 & 1960), Rain Lover (1969), Emancipation (1984), Our Waverly Star (1987), Super Impose (1991-92), Octagonal (1997), Tie The Knot (1999-2002), Lonhro (2003), Grand Armee (2005), Desert War (2006) and Shoot Out (2012-13).

Winners of the Chipping Norton Stakes have recently gone on to win the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap (1600m) held five weeks later at Randwick after earning a balloting exemption.

Chipping Norton Stakes Winners (Since 2000)

2000Tie The Knot
2001Tie The Knot
2002Tie The Knot
2005Grand Armee
2006Desert War
2007He's No Pie Eater
2008Casino Prince
2009Tuesday Joy
2012Shoot Out
2013Shoot Out


Randwick is the largest racetrack in New South Wales and all races are run in a clockwise direction. It is a sweeping track with a rise from the 300m mark to the winning post in the home straight.

As well as the main track, Randwick Racecourse contains a second track known as Kensington. Due to large rainfall in the area, Kensington has been reconstructed using the Strathayr racing surface which is similar to Moonee Valley.

Strathayr is a turf cover over a base of sand, this means it is a free draining track which can take a substantial amount of rain without affecting the rating.


Originally known as the ‘Sandy Course,’ Randwick Racecourse was first used in 1833 where a private match race between two horses was held. 

In 1840 the track was abandoned as a racecourse and used for training purposes before the Australian Jockey Club (AJC) moved its headquarters to Randwick and held a meeting in 1860. 

The Queen Elizabeth II stand was opened to the public on August 4, 1969, and in 1992, Queen Elizabeth II visited Randwick and opened the new $30 million Paddock Grandstand. 

The Australian Derby (2400m) remains one of the longest standing races to be held at Randwick after its inaugural running took place in 1861.

Randwick hosts some of Australia's most iconic Group 1 races throughout the year, during both the spring and autumn carnivals in Sydney.

The Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Doncaster Mile and TJ Smith Stakes are some of the elite races taking place at Randwick during the prestigious The Championships during the autumn.

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