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.

2018 Challenge Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Redzel
  • 2nd: #3 Jungle Edge
  • 3rd: #7 Super Too



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 2018 ran on Saturday March 10, 2018 and saw the odds-on favourite Redzel return to winning form.

2018 Challenge Stakes
Date: Saturday March 10, 2018
Track: Royal Randwick
Distance: 1000m
Race Type: Weight-For-Age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $500,000

2018 Challenge Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Redzel
  • 2nd: #3 Jungle Edge
  • 3rd: #7 Super Too

Check out the official Challenge Stakes 2018 Results & Finishing Order below, following the link to read more on the brilliant win by the odds-on favourite Redzel who returned to winning form after the shock first-up loss in the Black Caviar Lightning. Running second was Mick Bell’s $81 roughie Jungle Edge, the known mudlark brilliant in the sprint on an unsuitable track, while Super Too added even more value to the trifecta in third.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 1 REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 3 58.5kg $1.40F
2 3 JUNGLE EDGE Mick Bell Kevin Forrester 1.8L 7 58.5kg $81
3 7 SUPER TOO Marc Conners Blake Shinn 2.8L 5 56.5kg $15
4 9 VIRIDINE James Cummings Brenton Avdulla 2.9L 4 56kg $7
5 6 ENGLISH Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Corey Brown 3.9L 2 56.5kg $9.50
6 2 TERRAVISTA Joseph Pride Jason Collett 5.3L 8 58.5kg $21
7 4 TAKEDOWN Gary Moore Tim Clark 5.6L 6 58.5kg $41
8 8 THE MISSION Paul Perry Joshua Parr 5.8L 1 56kg $151
5 BALL OF MUSCLE Joseph Pride Glyn Schofield 0

2018 Challenge Stakes Tips

  • 1st: #1 Redzel
  • 2nd: #7 Super Too
  • 3rd: #2 Terravista

Read our exclusive Challenge Stakes 2018 Betting Tips & Preview now.

2018 Challenge Stakes Odds

This autumn’s top Challenge Stakes 2018 betting odds is now available below complete with pricing from Ladbrokes.com.au.

2018 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 2018 Challenge Stakes field will be provided by Racing NSW  on the Wednesday of race week.

The Challenge Stakes 2018 Final Field is now out featuring only nine sprinters, the line-up and current Challenge Stakes betting markets dominated by the odd-on favourite Redzel who is out to atone for a narrow first-up loss to Redkirk Warrior in the Black Caviar Lightning in Melbourne.

Read more on the Redzel-dominated 2018 Challenge Stakes Field of 9.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 211x1111x2 REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 4 58.5kg 118
2 0x100x02x8 TERRAVISTA Joseph Pride Hugh Bowman 9 58.5kg 112
3 076875113x JUNGLE EDGE Mick Bell Kevin Forrester 8 58.5kg 108
4 x847x5400x TAKEDOWN Gary Moore Tim Clark 7 58.5kg 108
5 394x2531x6 BALL OF MUSCLE Joseph Pride Glyn Schofield 2 58.5kg 105
6 7266x4269x ENGLISH Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Corey Brown 3 56.5kg 112
7 423x5112x9 SUPER TOO Marc Conners Blake Shinn 6 56.5kg 96
8 161x70600x THE MISSION Paul Perry Joshua Parr 1 56kg 90
9 11x115x VIRIDINE James Cummings Brenton Avdulla 5 56kg 87

2018 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 2018 Challenge Stakes nominations will be published here as soon as released on March 5, 2018.

The original Challenge Stakes 2018 nominations drew 11 hopefuls led by Peter & Paul Snowden’s The Everest – Darley Classic champion Redzel and the defending winner English. Racing NSW have also extended the entries until 11am (AEDT) on Tuesday morning.

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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