The 2017 Challenge Stakes is a Group 2 weight-for-age race held at Sydney’s Royal Randwick Racecourse in early March as a part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. A 1000m open sprint the Challenge Stakes has increased notably in prize money in recent years and is now worth a lucrative $500,000.
A possible lead-up race into the Challenge Stakes field is the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) held at Randwick in February, but many of the horses race first-up in the half-a-million-dollar showdown.
The Challenge Stakes 2017 will be run on Saturday March 4 on Rosehill Guineas Day.
|Date:||March 4, 2017|
2017 Challenge Stakes Field
The Challenge Stakes field usually attracts a decent variety of sprinters. Because it pays well and is run over a fairly brief distance, the Challenge Stakes field is regularly targeted by decent types in the midst of their Autumn campaign.
The 2017 Challenge Stakes field will be provided below when released by Racing NSW on Wednesday March 1, 2017.
2017 Challenge Stakes Nominations
Usually released on the Monday prior to the race, the Challenge Stakes nominations attract top sprinters from both local and interstate stables after a share in the generous prize money on offer in the lucrative Group 2 sprint.
The 2017 Challenge Stakes nominations will be published here as soon as released on February 27, 2017.
Challenge Stakes History
The first recorded winning of the AJC Challenge Stakes took place in 1966 when Tar Girl won with a finishing time of 58.5 seconds. Since then, the race has recorded a number of triple and double winners including Star Of Florida in 2003-04, Cangronde in 1997-98, At Sea from 1985 to 1987 and Razor Sharp from 1982 to 1984.
The fastest recorded winning time was set in 2010 by De Lightning Ridge with 55.92 seconds, eclipsing the previous record set in 1975 by Zephyr Bay with 56.2 seconds. The slowest winning time was recorded twice in 1969 by Gay Gauntlet and 1978 by Monreale with 1 minute 0.3 seconds.
See below for the full Challenge Stakes results dating back to 2000.
Recent Challenge Stakes Winners
|1st||Miracles Of Life||56.7 seconds|
|1st||Villa Verde||57.30 seconds|
|1st||Rain Affair||1:03.7 seconds|
|1st||Hay List||56.8 seconds|
|1st||De Lightning Ridge||55.92 seconds|
|1st||Hurried Choice||57.35 seconds|
|1st||Spark Of Life||56.89 seconds|
|2nd||Spark Of Life|
|1st||Star Of Florida||56.39 seconds|
|1st||Star Of Florida||56.58 seconds|
|1st||Bomber Bill||56.54 seconds|
|1st||Pimpala Prince||59.24 seconds|
|1st||Easy Rocking||56.90 seconds|