Star Studded Ajax Stakes 2012 Nominations Revealed

March 26, 2012

Star Studded Ajax Stakes 2012 Nominations Revealed

A high class list of middle distance gallopers has been nominated for the 2012 Ajax Stakes for Rosehill Guineas Day on Saturday, the race to run as one of nine on the bumper all black-type card.


Doncaster Mile-bound Niagara has been nominated for the 2012 Ajax Stakes on Saturday

There were 21 horses in total entered for the $175,000 Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m), a race often used in the lead-up for Doncaster Mile-bound runners.

This year the $2 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile Handicap (1600m) runs at Randwick on April 21.

Of the Ajax Stakes nominees, almost all of which are Doncaster nominated, just five are under triple figures in the latest 2012 Doncaster Mile odds at

The shortest priced of these is the Gai Waterhouse-trained Niagara at $31, out to give their trainer back-to-back wins in the Ajax Stakes following the success of Pureness in the feature 12 months earlier.

Encosta De Lago colt Niagra failed in their distance test during the spring when finishing nearly 18 lengths away 13th behind Sangster in the Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington.

They proved there was nothing amiss aside from not being able to stay next start when they came within a half-head of victory in the Group 2 Sandown Guineas over the mile.

Following a fourth month break Niagara resumed at Randwick on March 17 to run a close first-up second to Nobby Snip in the Listed Eskimo Prince (1200m), a performance that Waterhouse hopes they can go one better than on Saturday.

Waterhouse has also nominated for Fast Clip, a $71 chance in the Doncaster Mile markets at, in the Ajax after the improving Snippetson four-year-old finished a good third to subsequent Coolmore Classic winner Ofcourseican in the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) on March 10.

Pied A Terre is then the next best fancied Ajax Stakes entry in the Doncaster Mile odds at a quote of $41.

Peter Snowden’s Ad Valorem gelding has won four of their six career starts to date, running second in their other two.

After breaking their Group maiden in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield last month they were last seen crossing a length away runner-up behind Green Moon in the open-age Group 2 Blamey Stakes over the Flemington mile.

Rounding out the Doncaster hopes under $100 that have been nominated to race next-up in the Ajax on Saturday are then Bart Cummings’ Newmarket Handicap failure Rock Classic ($71) and the Mick Price-trained Group 2 winner Testa My Patience ($81).

Some in-form Ajax Stakes hopefuls this year then include last-start Randwick winner Knot Out, Blame Stakes fourth placed Speediness, surprise Newmarket Handicap third placegetter Star Of Octagonal, and the Guy Walter-trained duo of Al Dhafra and National Sprint winner in Canberra Hood.

Also among the entries is the resuming 2012 Australian Oaks winner Absolutely and the Gerald Ryan’s dual Group 3 winner Ironstein who will also be first-up for the year.

Bookmark us here at to view the complete 2012 Ajax Stakes field and barriers once released on Wednesday.

Until then why not check out the futures Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival odds available at our preferred online bookie

Don’t have a account? Sign up today and enjoy an additional $300 Bonus Welcome Bet when you enter the code BONUSBET!

2012 Ajax Stakes Nominations

Rosehill Gardens – 31/03/2012

# Horse Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 ABSOLUTELY Michael Kent 105
2 AL DHAFRA Guy Walter 91
3 ALL SILENT Grahame Begg 107
4 ALMA’S FURY Paul Murray 90
5 FAST CLIP Gai Waterhouse 99
6 FIREBOLT (NZ) Chris Waller 98
7 GATHERING John P Thompson 104
8 HAPPY TRAILS Paul Beshara 92
9 HOOD Guy Walter 94
10 IRONSTEIN Gerald Ryan 103
11 KNOT OUT Paul Messara 80
12 LADYS ANGEL Joseph Pride
13 NIAGARA Gai Waterhouse 93
14 PIED A TERRE Peter Snowden 99
15 REVOLT (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 80
16 ROCK CLASSIC Bart Cummings 104
17 SOMEPIN ANYPIN (NZ) Gary Portelli
18 SPEEDINESS Colin Scott
19 STAR OF OCTAGONAL Todd Howlett 96
20 TESTA MY PATIENCE Mick Price 104

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

2018 Kingsford-Smith Final fie...

2018 Kingsford-Smith Final field: English draws barrier 1

Rejuvenated Group 1 performer English has drawn barrier one in the final field...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

BRC Sires’ Produce Stake...

BRC Sires’ Produce Stakes nominations: Waller’s trio top 3 in betting

The Chris Waller trained two year ods  The Autumn Sun, Zousain and Lean Mean...

Waller to have multiple runner...

Waller to have multiple runners in 2018 Queensland Oaks

Recently inducted Hall Of Fame trainer Chris Waller is likely to have multiple...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field