Ajax Stakes

The Ajax Stakes is a Group 2 race run over 1500m at Rosehill Gardens on Coolmore Classic Day as a lead-up to the Doncaster Mile.

2018 Ajax Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Comin' Through
  • 2nd: #2 Tom Melbourne
  • 3rd: #9 Radipole



The 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 was It’s Somewhat (2017).

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 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 Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) held a week earlier.

The Ajax Stakes 2018 ran on Saturday March 17, 2018 and saw the Chris Waller-trained stablemates Comin’ Through and Tom Melbourne run the quinella.

2018 Ajax Stakes
Date: Saturday March 17, 2018
Track: Rosehill Racecourse
Distance: 1500m
Race Type: Quality Handicap (Low: 52kg – High: 61kg)
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2018 Ajax Stakes Results

  • 1st: #3 Comin’ Through
  • 2nd: #2 Tom Melbourne
  • 3rd: #9 Radipole

See below for the full Ajax Stakes 2018 Results & Finishing Order, following the link to read more on the narrow win by the Chris Waller-trained Doncaster Mile hope Comin’ Through who defeated his better fancied stablemate Tom Melbourne.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 3 COMIN’ THROUGH Chris Waller Michael Walker 2 56kg $5
2 2 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Blake Shinn 0.2L 4 56.5kg $3.50F
3 9 RADIPOLE (IRE) Michael Moroney Corey Brown 0.3L 1 53kg $8
4 7 CELLARMAN Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 0.6L 7 53kg $10
5 6 ARBEITSAM Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 0.7L 3 54.5kg $7
6 1 PRIZED ICON Kris Lees Glyn Schofield 1.6L 6 58kg $6.50
7 10 KINGSGUARD (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jay Ford 2.1L 8 53kg $26
8 4 MCCREERY (GB) Chris Waller Craig Williams 3.2L 9 55.5kg $41
9 8 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 4.8L 5 53kg $12
5 INTERLOCUTER (USA) James Cummings Tye Angland 0

2018 Ajax Stakes Tips

  • 1st: #3 Comin’ Through
  • 2nd: #7 Cellarman
  • 3rd: #1 Prized Icon

Check out our insider Ajax Stakes 2018 Betting Tips & Preview now.

2018 Ajax Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Ajax Stakes 2018 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the Group 2 will be available below the week of the race.

2018 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 2018 Ajax Stakes field and barriers are due for release on Wednesday March 14, 2018 and will be published in full below.

The official Ajax Stakes 2018 Final Field attracted 10 hopefuls, half of which are prepared by Chris Waller. Waller saddles-up five in the race including early favourite Comin’ Through looking to improve on a first-up third in the Apollo Stakes last month.

Read more on the Ajax Stakes 2018 Field of Doncaster Mile Hopefuls.

2018 Ajax Stakes Field Update: Interlocuter has been scratched from the field from the Godolphin stable leaving just nine runners in the Doncaster Mile lead-up.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 202720×242 PRIZED ICON Kris Lees Glyn Schofield 6 58kg 107
2 x22226230x TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) Chris Waller Blake Shinn 4 56.5kg 104
3 338x1160x3 COMIN’ THROUGH Chris Waller Michael Walker 2 56kg 103
4 95x84730x7 MCCREERY (GB) Chris Waller Craig Williams 10 55.5kg 102
5 11x21113x6 INTERLOCUTER (USA) James Cummings Tye Angland 8 55kg 101
6 712111×420 ARBEITSAM Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Tim Clark 3 54.5kg 100
7 6113315111 CELLARMAN Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 7 53kg 97
8 22x253920x LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 5 53kg 96
9 x661x025x2 RADIPOLE (IRE) Michael Moroney Corey Brown 1 53kg 95
10 017128×653 KINGSGUARD (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jay Ford 9 53kg 89

2018 Ajax Stakes Nominations

The 2018 Ajax Stakes nominations close on the Monday before the race and will be published below.

The official Ajax Stakes 2018 Nominations drew 16 hopeful milers including a bumper eight early entries for Chris Waller led by last start Apollo Stakes runner-up Comin’ Through and winner of that lead-up Endless Drama whose latest run produced a fourth in last Saturday’s Canterbury Stakes.

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

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Ajax Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2018
Ajax Stakes
1st Comin’ Through 1 minute 28.52 seconds
2nd Tom Melbourne
3rd Radipole
2017
Ajax Stakes
1st It’s Somewhat 1 minute 31.0 seconds
2nd New Tipperary
3rd Testashadow
2016
Ajax Stakes
1st It’s Somewhat 1 minute 28.1 seconds
2nd Excess Knowledge
3rd Dances On Stars
2015
Ajax Stakes
1st First Seal 1 minute 22.9 seconds
2nd Supara
3rd Slightly Sweet
2014
Ajax Stakes
1st Messene 1 minutes 28.1 seconds
2nd Weary
3rd Malavio
2013
Ajax Stakes
1st Havana Rey 1 minutes 29.6 seconds
2nd Riva De Lago
3rd Monton
2012
Ajax Stakes
1st Niagara 1 minutes 28.8 seconds
2nd Star of Octagonal
3rd Alma’s Fury
2011
Ajax Stakes
1st Pureness 1 minutes 30.4 seconds
2nd Mentality
3rd Lebrechaun
2010
Ajax Stakes
1st Brilliant Light 1 minute 28.53 seconds
2nd Centennial Park
3rd Mentality
2009
Ajax Stakes
1st Zavite 1 minute 28.75 seconds
2nd Kerdem
3rd Banana Man
2008
Ajax Stakes
1st All Silent 1 minute 29.17 seconds
2nd Friday Creek
3rd Bobadah
2007
Ajax Stakes
1st High Cee 1 minute 29.73 seconds
2nd Danleigh
3rd The Free Stater
2006
Ajax Stakes
1st Malcolm 1 minute 28.7 seconds
2nd Lantwin
3rd Utzon
2005
Ajax Stakes
1st River To The Sea 1 minute 27.75 seconds
2nd Daniel’s The Man
3rd This Manshood
2004
Ajax Stakes
1st True Glo 1 minute 28.74 seconds
2nd Gordo
3rd So Assertive
2003
Ajax Stakes
1st Grand Armee 1 minute 28.42 seconds
2nd Lord Essex
3rd Carael Boy
2002
Ajax Stakes
1st Mowerman 1 minute 27.91 seconds
2nd Make Me A Miracle
3rd Gordo
2001
Ajax Stakes
1st Galiano 1 minute 27.7 seconds
2nd Palladium Star
3rd Emission
2000
Ajax Stakes
1st Normal Practice 1 minute 28.43 seconds
2nd Beauchamp
3rd Old Man

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