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The Chipping Norton Stakes

Warwick Farm Race Track

The Chipping Norton Stakes was first held in 1925 with Wallace Mortlake winning the inaugural race. Back then, it was still a principal race and it was held over ten furlongs or about 2000 metres. In 1980, the race was elevated to Group 2 status and it became a Group 1 race in 1986. The race distance also changed from ten furlongs to 2100 metres in 1972 following Australia’s conversion to the metric system.

In 1980, the race distance was adjusted to 1600 metres which is still used up to now. The Chipping Norton Stakes is held every February or March at the Warwick Farm Racecourse but it has been held at the Royal Randwick Racecourse in 1992, 2001 and 2008. The race distance of the Chipping Norton Stakes makes it highly ideal to mile-distance to middle-distance expert race horses.

The Warwick Farm Racecourse is located in south western Sydney and it has a circumference of 1,937 metres and a short home straight of 326 metres. It is hard to pull off a come-from-behind victory at this racecourse due to its sharp turns. Families can also watch the races at Warwick Farm while enjoying a meal at the picnic grounds.

Several race horses have won the Chipping Norton Stakes more than once. Lough Neagh is the first multiple winner of the Chipping Norton Stakes as he won in 1936 and 1937 and Katanga copied that feat when he won back-to-back Chipping Norton Stakes in 1944 and 1945. In 1949 and 1950, Carbon Copy won the race and Carioca also won the Chipping Norton Stakes of 1953 and 1955.

Tulloch took home the title in 1958 and 1960 while Apollo Eleven rose to the top in 1973 and 1975. Super Impose won successive Chipping Norton Stakes in 1991 and 1992 while Tie the Knot is the latest and the most impressive multiple winner of the Chipping Norton Stakes for he took home the title for four consecutive years in 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002.

Some great Australian horse racing thoroughbreds also have a Chipping Norton Stakes victory on their resume. The legendary Phar Lap won in 1930 while Rogilla won in 1935. Bernborough won in 1946 while Comic Court did the same in 1951. Tulloch won the race in 1958 and Sky High took home the crown in 1962. Rain Lover also won the Chipping Norton Stakes of 1969 and Emancipation followed suit in 1984. Our Waverly Star took home the Chipping Norton Stakes of 1987 while Lohnro bagged the title in 2003.

The 2011 Chipping Norton Stakes was won by Danleigh with jockey Danny Bowman on board. Centennial Park took home the runner-up place while Sacred Choice finished third. Maluckyday finished in fourth place while Melito is in fifth position. Descarado, Lorne Dancer and Theseo finished in sixth, seventh and eighth place respectively while Luen Yat Forever finished the race in ninth spot.

Rounding up the bottom of the 2011 Chipping Norton Stakes order of finish are Illustrious Blue in tenth place, Once Were Wild in 11th position, Zavite in 12th place and Vision and Power in the last position. Just like any other Australian horse race, the Chipping Norton Stakes is available for betting via online bookmakers that you can access by registering a real money account and making an initial deposit.

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