Challenge Stakes

The Challenge Stakes is a Group 2 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival sprint run on Randwick Guineas Day offering $500,000 in prize money.

2019 Challenge Stakes Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD



The 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.

The Challenge Stakes is one of the key support races on Randwick Guineas Day and accompanies the Group 1 $1 million Randwick Guineas (1600m) and $500,000 Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m).

A possible lead-up race into the Challenge Stakes field is the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) held at Randwick in February, a double last completed by Le Romain (2017), but many of the horses race first-up in the half-a-million-dollar showdown.

The likely next-up autumn targets for horses out of the Challenge Stakes include the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) and April’s Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) held as part of ‘The Championships’. In 2016 the Challenge Stakes winner English ran third in the TJ Smith Stakes two starts later before success in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) to round-out her autumn. English also returned to take out the 2017 Challenge Stakes results going back-to-back in the race for the first time since Star Of Florida (2003-04).

The Challenge Stakes 2019 runs on Saturday March 9, 2019.

2019 Challenge Stakes
Date: Saturday March 9, 2019
Track: Royal Randwick
Distance: 1000m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $500,000

2019 Challenge Stakes Results

  • 1st: TBD
  • 2nd: TBD
  • 3rd: TBD

2019 Challenge Stakes Tips

  • 1st: #1 Redzel
  • 2nd: #2 Ball Of Muscle
  • 3rd: #7 Estijaab

2019 Challenge Stakes Odds

This autumn’s top Challenge Stakes 2019 betting odds is now available below complete with pricing from Ladbrokes.com.au.

2019 Challenge Stakes Field

The Challenge Stakes field attracts a class line-up of short-distance sprinters chasing the lucrative prize money on offer in the Group 2 including runners down in grade off a Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) start over the same metres at Flemington earlier in the autumn. The 2018 Challenge Stakes winner Redzel was the last to come off the Black Caviar Lightning improving on his second to salute for the punters as the odds-on favourite.

The 2019 Challenge Stakes field will be provided by Racing NSW  on the Wednesday of race week.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 2124x1515x REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 5 58.5kg 120
2 1x66x1101x BALL OF MUSCLE Joseph Pride Glyn Schofield 1 58.5kg 111
3 4369720122 JUNGLE EDGE Mick Bell Tim Clark 7 58.5kg 108
4 416x2x2x44 KAEPERNICK John O’Shea Tommy Berry 4 58.5kg 106
5 43830x4x0x VIRIDINE James Cummings James McDonald 6 58.5kg 98
6 110x434x JONKER David Atkins Sam Clipperton 2 56kg 82
7 1211×2 ESTIJAAB Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 3 54kg 103

2019 Challenge Stakes Nominations

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 2019 Challenge Stakes nominations will be published here as soon as released on March 4, 2019.

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.

See below for the full Challenge Stakes results dating back to 2000.

In 2018 Redzel set a Challenge Stakes winning record saluting in a time of 55.73 seconds.

Recent Challenge Stakes Winners

Year Place Horse Time
2019
Challenge Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2018
Challenge Stakes
1st Redzel 55.73 seconds
2nd Jungle Edge
3rd Super Too
2017
Challenge Stakes
1st English 59.99 seconds
2nd Redzel
3rd Supido
2016
Challenge Stakes
1st English 56.5 seconds
2nd Kinglike
3rd Boss Lane
2015
Challenge Stakes
1st Miracles Of Life 56.7 seconds
2nd Va Pensiero
3rd Rubick
2014
Challenge Stakes
1st Villa Verde 57.30 seconds
2nd Snitzerland
3rd Famous Seamus
2013
Challenge Stakes
1st Snitzerland 56.16 seconds
2nd Decision Time
3rd Howmuchdoyouloveme
2012
Challenge Stakes
1st Rain Affair 1:03.7 seconds
2nd Satin Shoes
3rd Neeson
2011
Challenge Stakes
1st Hay List 56.8 seconds
2nd Keen Commander
3rd Solar Charged
2010
Challenge Stakes
1st De Lightning Ridge 55.92 seconds
2nd Dorf Command
3rd Stryker
2009
Challenge Stakes
1st Olonana 56.92 seconds
2nd Hoystar
3rd Fantene
2008
Challenge Stakes
1st Hurried Choice 57.35 seconds
2nd Keen Commander
3rd German Chocolate
2007
Challenge Stakes
1st Spark Of Life 56.89 seconds
2nd Whoever
3rd Biscayne Bay
2006
Challenge Stakes
1st Snitzel 56.8 seconds
2nd Spark Of Life
3rd Media
2005
Challenge Stakes
1st Impaler 56.25 seconds
2nd Snippetson
3rd Charge Forward
2004
Challenge Stakes
1st Star Of Florida 56.39 seconds
2nd Mistegic
3rd Majestic Fiesta
2003
Challenge Stakes
1st Star Of Florida 56.58 seconds
2nd Snowland
3rd Fair Embrace
2002
Challenge Stakes
1st Bomber Bill 56.54 seconds
2nd Mistegic
3rd Ateates
2001
Challenge Stakes
1st Pimpala Prince 59.24 seconds
2nd Ateates
3rd Notoire
2000
Challenge Stakes
1st Easy Rocking 56.90 seconds
2nd Ab Initio
3rd Adam

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