Chipping Norton Stakes

Chipping Norton Stakes

Group One Betting Guide
Date: Saturday, February 26, 2022
Location: Royal Randwick
Prize Money: $600,000
Distance: 1600m

The Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes is one of Sydney’s feature mile races and is now the official opening of Sydney’s Autumn Racing Carnival.

Held at Randwick at weight-for-age level, the $600,000 mile race is considered a major lead-up race to the Doncaster Handicap and the Sydney Cup.

With names such as Phar Lap, Bernborough, Winx, Tulloch and Tie The Knot among the lost of past winners, the Chipping Norton Stakes is a race steeped in history.


2022 Chipping Norton Stakes betting odds

Verry Elleegant
Verry Elleegant took out a dramatic Chipping Norton in 2021, who will be successful in 2022?

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Favourites have a good record in the Chipping Norton Stakes, and it pays to follow the quality milers that are proven winners over the distance.

A lot of runners in the Chipping Norton Stakes are stayers looking for more ground, but this makes it easier for punters to sift through the field and find the winning selection. Quality thoroughbreds which have won as the favourite include the likes of Winx, Shoot Out, Starcraft, Lonhro, Tie The Knot (on four occasions), Super Impose and Our Waverley Star.

The shortest favourite in recent history to win was Winx at $1.10, while the longest price paid was $80 when He’s No Pie Eater lived up to his name in 2007. The son of Canny Lad came from nowhere to win the Chipping Norton before taking out the Rosehill Guineas later that month.

The best form guide for the Chipping Norton is the Group 2 Apollo Stakes, which is run two weeks prior. Five horses have completed the double since 2005 – Winx (2016), Contributer (2015), Theseo (2010), Grand Armee (2005) and Lonhro (2003). Winx and Tuesday Joy are the only mares to have won the Chipping Norton, which is a race firmly dominated by the males.

The best barrier to follow is easily barrier four. It has a record of nine wins from the last 36 starts which is fpur more than any other barrier. Horses in barriers five and nine have struggled with only one win a piece from the last 35 attempts. Horses drawn wide found it tough to cross from the 1600m when the race was held at Warwick Farm, but it has been made easier since the race moved to Randwick.

Hugh Bowman is a world-class jockey and is arguably the one to follow in the Chipping Norton Stakes. Bowman has had 1/ rides for seven wins and four placings.The training ranks are dominated by Gai Waterhouse and Chris Waller. Waterhouse has six wins from 27 starters and Waller has six wins from 32 starts. With the recent dominance of Chris Waller in Sydney, expect his numbers to rise over the next few years.


2021 Chipping Norton Stakes result


1stVerry Elleegant ($2.30)
2ndColette ($1.35)
3rdAvilius ($3.70)

Recent Chipping Norton Stakes results

  • Wins do not come with much more heart or grit than what Verry Elleegant had to produce to take out the 2021 Chipping Norton Stakes. Aided by a perfect steer from James McDonald, Verry Elleegant had a fight on her hands to hold out Colette, Avilius, Funstar and Kolding where the was less than a length seperating the first five across the line and under half a length between the trifecta. The win handed Chris Waller his fifth winner in six years in the race and has taken out nine of the previous 11.
  • It was a barnstorming finish that helped the Jamie Richards trained Te Akau Shark claim a second Group 1. The Shark was circling the field at the top of the straight and despite Verry Elleegant looking the winner at the 200m mark, Opie Bosson got to work and hit the front with 50m to go to take out the Chipping Norton
  • It was meant to be a formality for Winx heading into her fourth Chipping Norton Stakes and while on paper it was a procession an enterprising ride on the second placed Happy Clapper certainly made it interesting. Blake Shinn speared the Clapper out to an early lead and rode the horse hard to lead by a long margin. The leader pinched a huge break, but of course the mare was good enough to run him down and stride away to record yet another Group 1 win.
  • It was expected to be a stroll in the park for Winx in her third attempt at the Chipping Norton and the mare obliged to those who took the short odds. While she didn’t jump all that well Winx travelled well throughout and streaked away from the field untouched. Prized Icon battled well into second while long-shot Classic Uniform injected some value into the trifecta.
  • 2017: There were a few punters which doubted whether Winx could win in the wet conditions, but the champion mare put those doubts quickly to bed. It cruised around the field to post an easy victory where it never left second gear. Race rival Hartnell was left three-wide and flat footed into the straight and the only horses making ground were stayers. The win gave Winx 15 consecutive wins and back-to-back Chipping Norton Stakes successes. Read full report.
  • 2016: Winx continued on its unbeaten run 2016 when taking out the Chipping Norton Stakes by 1.5 lengths. The champion mare settle near the back of the field before starting a searching run nearing the corner. It easily found the front in the straight before pulling away from the likes of Dibayani and Hauraki. Winx would continue through its 2016 campaign without suffering a defeat.
  • 2015: Contributer scored the prize for the many punters which took the $2.50 on offer. The John O’Shea-trained import burst onto the scene in 2015 and it continued its winning way by taking out the Chipping Norton over stablemate Hartnell. The five-year-old held on by a half-length over Hartnell which was making its Australian debut and although the rest of the field was made up by long-distance staying types, the win was one of Contributer’s career highlights.
  • 2014: Boban scored a minor upset in 2014 when downing $1.90 favourite It’s A Dundeel. The Chris Waller-trained gelding was paying $4.75 so a good run was expected, but after It’s A Dundeel hit the front in the straight many punters thought the race was over. Boban kicked strongly on the outside and pulled away for a one length victory. Waller also trained the third-placed Hawkspur and Moriarty which finished in fourth.
    • 2013: Chris Waller scored his second consecutive win with Shoot Out in 2013. The six-year-old was always well-favoured in the betting which was the case here. The Hugh Chaparral gelding paid $4 for the win with Hugh Bowman in the saddle and the ride was perfection. Shoot Out sustained a long run after settling back and it nabbed Monton right on the line to win by a nose. The disappointing effort in the race came from $5.50 chance Manighar which finished 11th.
    • 2012: Shoot Out scored the first of its two Chipping Norton Stakes victories in 2012 and it did it in style. The five-year-old settle near the pace before pouncing at the 300m where it put two lengths on the chasers in quick time. The $5 win chance defeated stablemate Danleigh and Trusting to secure a good result for punters. The only disappointment was from $2.38 favourite Pinker Pinker which ran sixth.


    Chipping Norton past winners list

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    Year Horse Jockey Trainer
    2020 Verry Elleegant James McDonald Chris Waller
    2020 Te Akau Shark Opie Bosson Jamie Richards
    2019 Winx Hugh Bowman Chris Waller
    2018 Winx Hugh Bowman Chris Waller
    2017 Winx Hugh Bowman Chris Waller
    2016 Winx Hugh Bowman Chris Waller
    2015 Contributer James McDonald John O’Shea
    2014 Boban Glyn Schofield Chris Waller
    2013 Shootout Hugh Bowman Chris Waller
    2012 Shootout Hugh Bowman Chris Waller
    2011 Danleigh Hugh Bowman Chris Waller
    2010 Theseo Nash Rawiller Gai Waterhouse
    2009 Tuesday Joy Corey Brown Gai Waterhouse
    2008 Casino Prince Damien Oliver Anthony Cummings
    2007 He’s No Pie Eater Zac Purton Graeme Rogerson
    2006 Desert War Larry Cassidy Gai Waterhouse
    2005 Grand Armee Danny Beasley Gai Waterhouse
    2004 Starcraft Glen Boss Garry Newham
    2003 Lohnro Darren Beadman John Hawkes
    2002 Tie The Knot Patrick Payne Guy Walter
    2001 Tie The Knot Patrick Payne Guy Walter
    2000 Tie The Knot Shane Dye Guy Walter

    Chipping Norton Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000

    Year Horse
    1999 Tie the Knot
    1998 Encounter
    1997 Octagonal
    1996 Juggler
    1995 Pharaoh
    1994 Telesto
    1993 Kingston Bay
    1992 Super Impose
    1991 Super Impose
    1990 Dr. Grace
    1989 Flotilla
    1988 Wong
    1987 Our Waverley Star
    1986 Heat Of The Moment
    1985 Rising Prince
    1984 Emancipation
    1983 Dalmacia
    1982 Vivacite
    1981 Prince Ruling
    1980 Embasadora
    1979 Leonotis
    1978 Grey Affair
    1977 In Pursuit
    1976 Taras Bulba
    1975 Apollo Eleven
    1974 Igloo
    1973 Apollo Eleven
    1972 Latin Knight
    1971 Gay Icarus

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