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.

2017 Ajax Stakes Results

  • 1st: It's Somewhat
  • 2nd: New Tipperary
  • 3rd: Testashadow

Ajax Stakes News

2017 Ajax Stakes Winner It’s Somewhat Back-to-Back

2017 Ajax Stakes Winner It’s Somewhat Back-to-Back

Godolphin stable stalwart It’s Somewhat celebrated a successful Ajax Stakes 2017 title defence winning the Coolmore Classic Day Group 2 first-up on way to possible Doncaster Mile bid this autumn. Last Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival the John O’Shea-trained son of Dynaformer took out the $200,000 Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) and on Saturday he went…

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 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 ran on Saturday March 11, 2017.

Ajax Stakes
Date: March 11,
Track: Rosehill Racecourse
Distance: 1500m
Race Type: Quality Handicap (Low: 52kg – High: 61kg)
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2017 Ajax Stakes Results

See below for the complete Ajax Stakes 2017 Results & Finishing Order – the race won by the defending champion It’s Somewhat for Godolphin.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 1 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) John O’Shea William Buick 1 59kg $9.50
2 10 NEW TIPPERARY Joseph Pride Brenton Avdulla 0.2L 8 53kg $10
3 7 TESTASHADOW Gary Portelli Sam Clipperton 0.4L 10 55kg $15
4 3 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 1.6L 3 58.5kg $4F
5 12 NO DOUBT Anthony & Edward Cummings Daniel Moor 2.2L 4 53kg $21
6 9 SLOW PACE (USA) Kris Lees Andrew Adkins (a) 2.5L 5 53kg $101
7 6 CYLINDER BEACH (NZ) Desleigh Forster Glyn Schofield 2.6L 7 56kg $6.50
8 11 FLOODLIGHT (USA) John O’Shea Jay Ford 2.7L 9 53kg $31
9 5 DIBAYANI (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Blake Shinn 2.8L 2 58kg $4.60
10 2 AROD (IRE) Chris Waller Tye Angland 2.9L 11 58.5kg $6
11 8 SINGING (FR) Kris Lees Tim Clark 6.8L 6 53.5kg $15
4 LEEBAZ (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Christian Reith 0

2017 Ajax Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Ajax Stakes 2017 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the Group 2 will be available below the week of the race.

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.

Check out the official 2017 Ajax Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw below – following the link for more on the top acceptors including Chris Waller’s French import Arod, the Lindsay Park-trained Dibayani and last year’s Ajax Stakes winner It’s Somewhat carrying top weight this autumn.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1653x4313x IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) John O’Shea William Buick 1 59kg 108
2 3x00352x02 AROD (IRE) Chris Waller Tye Angland 11 58.5kg 107
3 11x1110x87 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 3 58.5kg 107
4 x561019x77 LEEBAZ (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Christian Reith 12 58.5kg 107
5 249×232924 DIBAYANI (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Blake Shinn 2 58kg 106
6 x1290x1211 CYLINDER BEACH (NZ) Desleigh Forster Glyn Schofield 7 56kg 102
7 1x1782x163 TESTASHADOW Gary Portelli Sam Clipperton 10 55kg 100
8 2x145x227x SINGING (FR) Kris Lees Tim Clark 6 53.5kg 97
9 9x6781040x SLOW PACE (USA) Kris Lees Andrew Adkins (a) 5 53kg 91
10 110x7111x6 NEW TIPPERARY Joseph Pride Brenton Avdulla 8 53kg 88
11 14x120143x FLOODLIGHT (USA) John O’Shea Jay Ford 9 53kg 84
12 1182×53 NO DOUBT Anthony & Edward Cummings Daniel Moor 4 53kg 68

2017 Ajax Stakes Nominations

The 2017 Ajax Stakes nominations close on the Monday before the race and will be published below.

Check out the official 2017 Ajax Stakes Nominations below with early entries led by the likes of the defending champion It’s Somewhat and the Doncaster Mile-bound Dibayani.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 3x00352x02 AROD (IRE) H 6 Chris Waller 107
2 7x0x96341x BRING LUCK G 5 Amanda Turner & Mauro Poletti 75
3 x1290x1211 CYLINDER BEACH (NZ) G 4 Desleigh Forster 103
4 249×232924 DIBAYANI (IRE) G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 106
5 1117×232 ECHO EFFECT G 3 Kristen Buchanan 82
6 14x120143x FLOODLIGHT (USA) H 4 John O’Shea 84
7 11x1110x87 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) G 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 108
8 124×619155 I TOLD GEORGIE M 4 Danny Williams 70
9 1653x4313x IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) G 6 John O’Shea 108
10 x561019x77 LEEBAZ (NZ) G 7 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 108
11 110x7111x6 NEW TIPPERARY G 4 Joseph Pride 88
12 1182×53 NO DOUBT H 4 Anthony Cummings 68
13 276×771566 SHUTTER BUG M 5 Danny Williams 67
14 2x145x227x SINGING (FR) H 7 Kris Lees 97
15 9x6781040x SLOW PACE (USA) G 9 Kris Lees 91
16 13x68x2305 SOLD FOR SONG M 4 Kevin Kemp 90
17 1x1782x163 TESTASHADOW G 5 Gary Portelli 101
18 3x522845x7 TORGERSEN (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 88

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
2018
Ajax Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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