King Charles III Stakes

King Charles III Stakes

Group One Betting Guide
Date: October 12, 2024
Location: Randwick Racecourse – Sydney, New South Wales
Prize Money: $5,000,000
Distance: 1600m

A major Sydney spring carnival race, the King Charles III Stakes is in honour of its namesake, King Charles III.

The 1600m Group 1 is typically held at Randwick in September. But from 2023 will be run on the same day as The Everest during the middle of October

The weight-for-age feature has been won by some of Australia’s champion thoroughbreds and there will be many horses vying to add their names to the list this year. Anamoe, Verry Elleegant, Winx, Imposing, Kingston Town, Vo Rogue, Lonhro and More Joyous are just a handful of past winners of the King Charles III.

Known as the George Main Stakes up until 2023, the race was renamed to the King Charles III Stakes in honour of the new monarch.

2024 King Charles III Stakes betting odds

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King Charles III Stakes betting guide

Favourites punters rejoice come King Charles III Stakes time. Mainly due to the fact that superstar Winx won the race on three consecutive occasions between 2016-2018.

King Charles III Stakes favourites had saluted for six straight years between 2014-2019 before the streak was ended in 2020 when favourite Verry Elleegant failed to place in the race when finishing fourth.

King Charles III fields are almost always the cream of the crop when it comes to Australian horses, and the highly fancied runners typically fare well.

Recent favourites to have won include Anamoe, Verry Elleegant, Avilius, Winx, Kermadec, Sacred Falls, Shoot Out, Sincero, More Joyous and Racing To Win, which currently holds the track record. There have been favourites to get beaten and there’s some top names among that list. Mr Brightside, Verry Elleegant, Shogun Lodge, Sunline, Danewin, Lonhro, Might And Power and Super Impose all suffered defeat when heavily backed.

There has been only seven double-figure priced winners since 1983 at an average price of $20, with the most recent coming in 2009 when Road To Rock paid a massive $40.

Look for the male horses when placing your bets. There has been only five female horses win in the last 32 years (Fangirl, Verry Elleegant, Winx, Streama, More Joyous and Ma Chipquita) so history isn’t on the side of the fillies and mares.

Gai Waterhouse has a good record with four wins from 25 starters in modern history, but T.J. Smith’s record of 11 wins will take some catching. There is one particular jockey to follow which is Hugh Bowman who has won this race four times.

2024 King Charles III Stakes Final Field

HorseBetting will update this page when the 2024 King Charles III Stakes final field is released.

Previous King Charles III Stakes Fields

Plenty of Group 1 superstars have gone on to win the King Charles III Stakes as they kick off their spring campaigns. Check the previous fields here.

  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Silks Think It Over Kerry Parker Nash Rawiller 4 59kg
    2 Silks Mr Brightside Ben, Will & JD Hayes Craig Williams 8 59kg
    3 Silks Zaaki Annabel Neasham Jamie Kah 7 59kg
    4 Silks Huetor Peter & Paul Snowden Joshua Parr 12 59kg
    5 Silks Light Infantry Man Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Zac Purton 6 59kg
    6 Silks My Oberon Annabel Neasham Chad Schofield 3 59kg
    7 Silks Buckaroo Joseph O’Brien Hugh Bowman 10 59kg
    8 Silks Zeyrek Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Sam Clipperton 13 59kg
    9 Silks Nugget Ciaron Maher & David Eustace Dylan Gibbons 9 59kg
    10 Silks Democracy Manifest Chris Waller Tyler Schiller 16 59kg
    11 Silks Golden Mile James Cummings Zac Lloyd 5 58.5kg
    12 Silks Kovalica Chris Waller Tommy Berry 15 58.5kg
    13 Silks Rediener Chris Waller Kathy O’Hara 1 58.5kg
    14 Silks Fangirl Chris Waller James McDonald 2 57kg
    15 Silks Atishu Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 11 57kg
    16 Silks Hope In Your Heart Kerry Parker Jason Collett 14 57kg
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Zaaki Annabel Neasham Tommy Berry 7 59kg
    2 Maximal John O’Shea James McDonald 8 58.5kg
    3 Anamoe James Cummings James McDonald 8 58.5kg
    4 Converge Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 10 58.5kg
    5 Profondo Richard Litt Brenton Avdulla 2 58.5kg
    6 Duais Edward Cummings Joshua Parr 5 57kg
    7 Montefilia David Payne Jason Collett 6 57kg
    8 Icebath Brad Widdup Tommy Berry 4 57kg
    9 Fangirl Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 3 56.5kg
    10 Hinged Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 1 56.5kg
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Kolding Chris Waller Tim Clark 4 59kg
    2 Think It Over Kerry Parker Nash Rawiller 6 59kg
    3 Cascadian James Cummings Hugh Bowman 9 59kg
    4 Star Of The Seas Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 5 59kg
    5 Riodini Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Rachel King 1 59kg
    6 Lion’s Roar John O’Shea Regan Bayliss 8 58.5kg
    7 Verry Elleegant Chris Waller James McDonald 2 57kg
    8 Shout The Bar Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Kathy O’Hara 3 57kg
    9 Hungry Heart Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 7 56.5kg
  • No. Silks Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight
    1 Avilius James Cummings Hugh Bowman 6 59kg
    2 Dreamforce John Thompson Nash Rawiller 1 59kg
    3 Kolding Chris Waller Tommy Berry 7 59kg
    4 Imaging Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 5 59kg
    5 Star Of The Seas Chris Waller Sam Clipperton 3 59kg
    6 Verry Elleegant Chris Waller James McDonald 2 57kg
    7 Colette James Cummings Rachel King 4 56.5kg

2023 King Charles III Stakes result

1stFangirl (+450)
2ndMr Brightside (-10000)
3rdMy Oberon (+800)

Recent King Charles III Stakes winners

  • The inaugural running of the Group 1 King Charles III Stakes (1600m) has been taken out by Fangirl ($5), as Chris Waller & James McDonald combined for their fourth success on the five-year-old mare. It was a race setup by the stablemate and Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) winner, Rediener ($34.00) electing to head straight to the front, along with Godolphin colt Golden Mile ($23.00), giving the back markers every opportunity to travel into the race strongly. Craig Williams was smoking the pipe from the one-one position aboard Mr Brightside ($1.90) and when the race went on, you would’ve thought the two-time Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) winner was going to career away with the prize. It wasn’t to be, however, as James McDonald just sat quietly in behind the leading pair and travelled strongly before putting them away in style, with Mr Brightside and My Oberon ($34.00) clearing out on the rest of the field holding the minor money spots.
  • Having claimed the Winx Stakes first-up, Godolphin’s Anamoe claimed a second Group 1 of his spring campaign when winning the George Main Stakes. Having been sent out as a long odds-on favourite , James McDonald had the superstar colt settled outside race leader Hinged upon settling and when turning, the four-year-old colt simply never looked like getting beaten. He botted clear inside the final furlong and despite winning by just under a length to Icebath, the result was never in doubt.
  • The Chris Waller-trained legend that is Verry Elleegant was an outstanding winner in the 2021 George Main Stakes. Having spotted tearaway leader Riodini four-lengths with 400m to go, Verry Elleegant and James McDonald had it all to do in the home straight. However, McDonald knew what he had underneath him and had the mare powering to the line over the final 100m to gift Verry Elleegant connections a ninth Group 1 with the mare. The win handed Chris Waller his eight George Main Stakes win as a trainer, including eight of the last nine George Main’s.
  • The 2020 George Main Stakes will go long live in the memory of superstar trainer Chris Waller as he trained the first four across the line in the race. Despite race favourite Verry Elleegant finishing fourth, it was the star mares stablemate Kolding who took out the top honours. It was Kolding’s first win since taking out the 2019 Golden Eagle, with Star Of The Seas and Imaging rounding out the trifecta.
  • After settling last in the nine horse field, the Godolphin star Avilius let loose with an electric turn of foot to run down Dreamforce and pulling away at the 100 metre mark to bag his third Group 1.
  • It was easy as you like for Winx to complete a third-straight George Main Stakes. Le Romain pinched a handy lead at the 400m approached but the mighty mare clicked into gear to leave the field in her wake. Le Romain held on well for second while Egg Tart rocketed him just to miss out on the quinella placing.
  • Winx delivered yet another win in a big Group 1 race, but it wasn’t easy as the margin suggested. The champion was under pressure at the 1000m, and Hugh Bowman admitted after the race that he had to give Winx a couple of reminders before the turn. The mighty mare eventually powered away to win from Happy Clapper, but on second viewing it wasn’t the stroll in the park many anticipated.
  • It was another easy win for Winx which continued the terrific race record of Chris Waller. Winx was never going to get beat as it strolled past its opposition and Hugh Bowman barely moved a muscle. The George Main was a pivotal lead-up to the Cox Plate where Winx would go on to win. Read race report here.
  • Chris Waller lined up Kermadec to victory in 2015 and it quickly became the 2015 Cox Plate favourite. The four-year-old settled midfield and recorded a half-length win over Royal Descent which suffered its third straight second placing in as many years. It carried 5.8kg on a slow track and paid $2.30 for the win.
  • Multiple Doncaster Handicap winner Sacred Falls defeated a field of 10 runners. A Chris Waller-trained import from New Zealand, Sacred Falls burst through runners to record an impressive victory over Royal Descent and Laser Hawk. The stake money was only $350,000, but this race would be a stepping stone for much richer races further down the line.
  • One of only three female horses to win the George Main Stakes, Streama was in a purple patch of form and it fought off all challengers to win for the late Guy Walter. The five-year-old mare again handed Royal Descent another placing and both were just over a length in front of the New Zealand-trained Veyron. Some of the spring stayers were having a hit out, such as Hawkspur and Fawkner, but take nothing away from the win.
  • Shoot Out was a $15,000 purchase which scored many big wins, including the 2012 George Main. Chris Waller had three runners in the field and scored the quinella with the lovable Rangirangdoo narrowly missing out by a neck. Shoot Out defeated only a field of eight runners and small fields are normal for this race, but the quality was there with All Too Hard finishing only fourth with 50.5kg on its back – Shoot Out carried 59kg.
  • Another field of only eight runners lined up in 2011 with Sincero giving punters a big win. The Scott Farley-trained provincial horse proved too good for its rivals when winning by a neck over Ilovethiscity. It was one of the weakest fields in George Main history and it was also held at Rosehill instead of Randwick. They raced over 1500m instead of the mile which made this running a unique one.

Previous King Charles III Stakes winners

King Charles III Stakes Past Winners
Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2023 Fangirl James McDonald Chris Waller
2022 Anamoe James McDonald James Cummings
2021 Verry Eleegant James McDonald Chris Waller
2020 Kolding Tommy Berry Chris Waller
2019 Avilius Kerrin McEvoy James Cummings
2018 Winx Hugh Bowman Chris Waller
2017 Winx Hugh Bowman Chris Waller
2016 Winx Hugh Bowman Chris Waller
2015 Kermadec Glyn Schofield Chris Waller
2014 Sacred Falls Zac Purton Chris Waller
2013 Streama Blake Shinn Guy Walter
2012 Shoot Out Hugh Bowman Chris Waller
2011 Sincero Chris O’Brien Stephen Farley
2010 More Joyous Corey Brown Gai Waterhouse
2009 Road To Rock Glyn Schofield Anthony Cummings
2008 Mentality Corey Brown John Hawkes
2007 Race Not Held
2006 Racing To Win Glen Boss John O’Shea
2005 Mr Celebrity Lenny Beasley Gai Waterhouse
2004 Grand Armee Darren Beasley Gai Waterhouse
2003 Lonhro Darren Beadman John Hawkes
2002 Defier Chris Munce Guy Walter
2001 Viscount Kerrin McEvoy John Hawkes
2000 Adam Justin Sheehan Ray Brock

King Charles III Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000

King Charles III Stakes Past Winners Pre 2000
Year Horse
1999 Shogun Lodge
1998 Dracula
1997 Encounter
1996 Juggler
1995 Turridu
1994 Durbridge
1993 March Hare
1992 Coronation Day
1991 Planet Ruler
1990 Shaftesbury Avenue
1989 Vo Rogue
1988 Gennaker
1987 Campaign King
1986 Ma Chiquita
1985 Roman Artist
1984 Inspired
1983 Emancipation
1982 Kingston Town
1981 Kingston Town
1980 Tullmax
1979 Imposing
1978 Party’s Pride
1977 Blockbuster
1976 Purple Patch
1975 Hartshill
1974 Itchy Feet
1973 All Shot
1972 Nippon
1971 Baguette
1970 Riccochet
1969 Zephyrus
1968 Regal Rhythm
1967 Regal Rhythm
1966 Chantal
1965 Count Radiant
1964 Count Radiant
1963 Wenona Girl
1962 New Statesman
1961 Martello Towers
1960 Second Earl
1959 Amanullah
1958 Lindbergh
1957 Landy
1956 Kingster
1955 Prince Morvi
1954 Gendarme
1953 Tarien
1952 Montana
1951 Oversight
1950 San Domenico
1949 The Groom
1948 De La Salle
1947 Shannon
1946 Shannon
1945 Modulation
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