The 2017 Ajax Stakes is a 1500m quality handicap clash run during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. The minimum weight is 52kg, while some horses may have to carry up to 61kg. Held at Sydney’s Rosehill Racecourse in March on Coolmore Classic Day the Ajax Stakes offers $200,000 in prize money.
The Group 2 Ajax Stakes is considered a lead-up event to the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) held on the first Saturday in April on Day 1 of Royal Randwick’s ‘The Championships’. The last horse to win the Ajax Stakes – Doncaster Mile double without another run in between was Grand Armee (2003).
Horses may come into the Ajax Stakes field via a number of different lead-up runs including the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) at Warwick Farm in late February or the $600,000 Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at the same meeting.
As well as the Doncaster Mile another Group 1 autumn target for horses out of the Ajax Stakes is the $1 million Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) held a week later.
The Ajax Stakes 2017 will be run on Saturday March 11.
|Date:||March 11, 2017|
|Race Type:||Quality Handicap (Low: 52kg – High: 61kg)|
2017 Ajax Stakes Field
Each autumn the Ajax Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of middle-distance gallopers eyeing a Group 1 run later in the autumn and is released by Racing NSW on the Wednesday before Coolmore Classic Day.
The 2017 Ajax Stakes field and barriers are due for release on Wednesday March 8, 2017 and will be published in full below.
2017 Ajax Stakes Nominations
The 2017 Ajax Stakes nominations close on the Monday before the race and will be published below on March 6, 2017.
Ajax Stakes History
The first recorded running of the Ajax Stakes took place in 1976 and was won by Count Rajan. Since then, there have only been two horses to win the event twice, Confiscate in 1998-99 and Catalan Opening in 1996-97. The fastest recorded winning time since 1990 was 1 minute 27.38 seconds by Soho Square in 1993. The slowest winning time was recorded by Windsor’s Pal in 1990.
The Ajax Stakes is named in honour of the Australian Hall of Fame horse Ajax. Ajax was a champion chestnut colt who won 18 races in succession and had a career of 43 starts for 36 wins, 7 seconds and 2 thirds with total prize money of £40,250. His major wins include the 1938 Cox Plate as well as the All Aged Stakes (1938, 1939, 1940), Memsie Stakes (1938, 1939, 1940), Futurity Stakes (1938, 1939, 1940) and Underwood Stakes (1938, 1939, 1940).
Recent Ajax Stakes Results
|1st||It’s Somewhat||1 minute 28.1 seconds|
|3rd||Dances On Stars|
|1st||First Seal||1 minute 22.9 seconds|
|1st||Messene||1 minutes 28.1 seconds|
|1st||Havana Rey||1 minutes 29.6 seconds|
|2nd||Riva De Lago|
|1st||Niagara||1 minutes 28.8 seconds|
|2nd||Star of Octagonal|
|1st||Pureness||1 minutes 30.4 seconds|
|1st||Brilliant Light||1 minute 28.53 seconds|
|1st||Zavite||1 minute 28.75 seconds|
|1st||All Silent||1 minute 29.17 seconds|
|1st||High Cee||1 minute 29.73 seconds|
|3rd||The Free Stater|
|1st||Malcolm||1 minute 28.7 seconds|
|1st||River To The Sea||1 minute 27.75 seconds|
|2nd||Daniel’s The Man|
|1st||True Glo||1 minute 28.74 seconds|
|1st||Grand Armee||1 minute 28.42 seconds|
|1st||Mowerman||1 minute 27.91 seconds|
|2nd||Make Me A Miracle|
|1st||Galiano||1 minute 27.7 seconds|
|1st||Normal Practice||1 minute 28.43 seconds|