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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.
2020 Ajax Stakes Results
- 1st: #5 Imaging
- 2nd: #3 Yulong Prince
- 3rd: #4 Cascadian
Ajax Stakes News
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) 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 2020 ran on Saturday March 14, 2020 and was won first-up by the Chris Waller-trained Imaging.
|2020 Ajax Stakes|
|Date:||Saturday March 14, 2020|
|Race Type:||Quality Handicap (Low: 52kg – High: 61kg)|
2020 Ajax Stakes Results
- 1st: #5 Imaging
- 2nd: #3 Yulong Prince
- 3rd: #4 Cascadian
Jockey James McDonald made it four straight wins on Coolmore Classic Day and four victories in as many years in the Ajax Stakes 2020 results guiding the Chris Waller-trained Doncaster Mile hopeful Imaging ($6.60) home for a narrow first-up victory over stablemate Yulong Prince ($15), the duo drawing two lengths clear of third placegetter Cascadian ($6).
Click here to read more on the 2020 Ajax Stakes win by Imaging.
|1||5||IMAGING (GB)||Chris Waller||James McDonald||–||9||57kg||$6.50|
|2||3||YULONG PRINCE (SAF)||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||0.3L||6||58kg||$15|
|3||4||CASCADIAN (GB)||James Cummings||Glyn Schofield||2.3L||5||57kg||$6|
|4||2||QUACKERJACK||Mark Newnham||Joshua Parr||3.7L||8||58.5kg||$4.40F|
|5||6||NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ)||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||4.7L||4||56.5kg||$12|
|6||9||VEGADAZE||Anthony Cummings||Jean Van Overmeire (a)||6.3L||7||54kg||$7|
|7||10||I AM SUPERMAN (IRE)||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||6.7L||2||53kg||$6|
|8||1||OLMEDO (FR)||Kacy Fogden||Michael Walker||8.6L||3||59kg||$17|
|9||11||RINGERDINGDING||Anthony Freedman||Robbie Dolan (a)||8.8L||10||53kg||$11|
|10||14||NOBU (NZ)||Chris Waller||Ms Kathy O’Hara||11.8L||1||53kg||$101|
|–||13||DESERT LORD||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Jay Ford||–||0||–||–|
|–||15||SALSONIC||Jason Coyle||Ms Rachel King||–||0||–||–|
|–||7||NORWAY (IRE)||Chris Waller||Jye McNeil||–||0||–||–|
|–||8||ROCK||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||–||0||–||–|
|–||12||SCARLET DREAM||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Andrew Adkins||–||0||–||–|
2020 Ajax Stakes Betting Odds
The latest Ajax Stakes 2020 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the Group 2 will be available below the week of the race.
2020 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 2020 Ajax Stakes field and barriers are due for release on Wednesday March 11, 2019 and will be published in full below.
The Ajax Stakes 2020 field is down to 13 following the early scratching of the Chris Waller-trained Norway (15) who had the outside alley and the Team Hawkes-trained Scarlet Dream (14). Quackerjack for Mark Newnham in barrier 10 looks a hard to beat favourite after a first-up win in the Liverpool City Cup, while the money is also coming for Rock second-up after his eye-catching third in the same traditional lead-up.
Click here to read more on the tight Ajax Stakes 2020 betting market.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||07x420142x||OLMEDO (FR)||Kacy Fogden||Michael Walker||5||59kg||108|
|2||216x3121x1||QUACKERJACK||Mark Newnham||Joshua Parr||10||58.5kg||107|
|3||00x79851x7||YULONG PRINCE (SAF)||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||8||58kg||106|
|4||8x54713x25||CASCADIAN (GB)||James Cummings||Glyn Schofield||7||57kg||104|
|5||2x112x20x8||IMAGING (GB)||Chris Waller||James McDonald||11||57kg||104|
|6||0x59260x07||NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ)||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||6||56.5kg||103|
|7||4x2893731x||NORWAY (IRE)||Chris Waller||Jye McNeil||15||56kg||102|
|8||28x11150x3||ROCK||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||3||55kg||100|
|9||1125x5x612||VEGADAZE||Anthony Cummings||Jean Van Overmeire (a)||9||54kg||98|
|10||156013x0x4||I AM SUPERMAN (IRE)||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||4||53kg||95|
|11||7100x6x406||RINGERDINGDING||Anthony Freedman||(late alt)||13||53kg||95|
|12||727x27000x||SCARLET DREAM||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Andrew Adkins||14||53kg||91|
|13||x1x4399x57||DESERT LORD||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Jay Ford||12||53kg||89|
|14||14402114×8||NOBU (NZ)||Chris Waller||Ms Kathy O’Hara||1||53kg||84|
|15||9400665×56||SALSONIC||Jason Coyle||Ms Rachel King||2||53kg||80|
2020 Ajax Stakes Nominations
The 2020 Ajax Stakes nominations close on the Monday before the race and will be published below.
The Ajax Stakes 2020 nominations attracted 22 potential Doncaster Mile runners including Chris Waller’s Melbourne Cup third placed import Il Paradiso and last start Liverpool City Cup winner Quackerjack.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Ballot||Weight||True Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||07x420142x||OLMEDO (FR)||H||5||Kacy Fogden||1||59kg||59kg||108|
|2||22x171353x||IL PARADISO (USA)||H||4||Chris Waller||2=||58.5kg||58.5kg||107|
|4||00x79851x7||YULONG PRINCE (SAF)||H||5||Chris Waller||4||58kg||58kg||106|
|5||8x54713x25||CASCADIAN (GB)||G||5||James Cummings||5=||57kg||57kg||104|
|6||2x112x20x8||IMAGING (GB)||H||5||Chris Waller||5=||57kg||57kg||104|
|7||0x59260x07||NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ)||G||6||Chris Waller||7||56.5kg||56.5kg||103|
|8||4x2893731x||NORWAY (IRE)||H||4||Chris Waller||8=||56kg||56kg||102|
|10||28x11150x3||ROCK||G||4||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||10=||55kg||55kg||100|
|11||96x21930x5||SPANISH WHISPER||M||4||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||10=||53kg||53kg||100|
|12||212182115x||DR DRILL (GB)||G||5||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||12||54.5kg||54.5kg||99|
|14||3x2x6x65x9||WREN’S DAY (USA)||G||6||James Cummings||14||53.5kg||53.5kg||97|
|15||156013x0x4||I AM SUPERMAN (IRE)||H||4||Peter & Paul Snowden||15=||53kg||53kg||95|
|17||727x27000x||SCARLET DREAM||M||4||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||17=||53kg||53kg||91|
|18||0607263588||SIR PLUSH (NZ)||G||7||Bjorn Baker||17=||53kg||53kg||91|
|19||x1x4399x57||DESERT LORD||G||5||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||19||53kg||53kg||89|
|20||14402114×8||NOBU (NZ)||G||4||Chris Waller||20||53kg||53kg||84|
|21||8x76x31214||MOUNT TABORA (USA)||G||4||Peter & Paul Snowden||21=||53kg||53kg||80|
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||Imaging||1 minute 35.60 seconds|
|1st||Fifty Stars||1 minute 32.63 seconds|
|2nd||Mask Of Time|
|1st||Comin’ Through||1 minute 28.52 seconds|
|1st||It’s Somewhat||1 minute 31.0 seconds|
|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|