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.