Warwick Farm Races

Warwick Farm races, held at Sydney’s Warwick Farm Racecourse, are some of the best in Australia.

Held regularly on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the year, some of the best gallopers in the country can often line up in Warwick Farm races.

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While racing action is on offer throughout the year, the major events take place in the early autumn as part of Sydney’s Autumn Racing Carnival and in the early spring ahead of the Sydney Spring Racing Carnival.

Some of the biggest Warwick Farm races include the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes, the Group 2 Surround Stakes and the Group 2 Warwick Stakes.

Chipping Norton Stakes

Undeniably the biggest of all the Warwick Farm races, the Chipping Norton Stakes is the only Group 1 race held at the track.

Run over 1600m, it is held annually in late February or early March and offers $350,000 in prizemoney.

Given its status as a Group 1 race, the Chipping Norton Stakes always attracts a quality field, many of who go on to target some of the autumn’s most prestigious races.

Notable winners include Super Impose, Emancipation, Lonhro and Tie The Knot who famously won the event four years in a row from 1999-2002.

Recent Winners

Year Winner
2012 Shoot Out
2011 Danleigh
2010 Theseo
2009 Tuesday Joy
2008 Casino Prince
2007 He’s No Pie Eater
2006 Desert War
2005 Grand Armee
2004 Starcraft
2003 Lonhro
2002 Tie the Knot
2001 Tie the Knot
2000 Tie the Knot
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

The Surround Stakes

The Surround Stakes is another of the big Warwick Farm races, taking place annually in March.

Restricted to three-year-old fillies, it is a Group 2 1400m event offering $1750,000 in prizemoney.

It is held on the same day as the Chipping Norton Stakes and provides a key stepping stone to some of the biggest fillies’ races of the autumn as was the case in 2012 when Streama backed up her Surround Stakes win to take out the Australian Oaks.

Recent Winners

Year Winner
2012 Streama
2011 Parables
2010 More Joyous
2009 Portillo
2008 Chinchilla Rose
2007 Gold Edition
2006 Regal Cheer
2005 Lotteria
2004 Only Words
2003 Bollinger
2002 Hosannah
2001 On Type
2000 Ad Alta
1999 Savannah Success
1998 Staging
1997 Dashing Eagle
1996 Shame
1995 Princess D’Or
1994 So Keen
1993 Skating
1992 Office
1991 Let’s Hurry
1990 Ochiltree

Warwick Stakes

The Warwick Stakes is a Group 2 weight-for-age event held annually in August and is the biggest Warwick Farm race of the spring.

Run over 1400m, it is often used as a spring kickoff point for classy horses ahead of bigger goals and famous winners include Super Impose, Lonhro and Sunline.

Recent Winners

Year Winner
2012 Pinwheel
2011 Pinwheel
2010 Metal Bender
2009 Trusting
2008 Racing To Win
2007 no race
2006 Court’s In Session
2005 Sir Dex
2004 Private Steer
2003 Lonhro
2002 Defier
2001 Lonhro
2000 Al Mansour
1999 Sunline
1998 What Can I Say
1997 Filante
1996 Filante
1995 Star Dancer
1994 March Hare
1993 Prince Of Praise
1992 Shaftesbury Avenue
1991 Super Impose
1990 Super Impose

While the Chipping Norton, Surround Stakes and Warwick Stakes are the biggest events at Warwick Farm, other major Warwick Farm races include the Up and Coming Stakes, the Silver Shadow Stakes and the Liverpool City Cup.