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.
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 ran on Saturday 4 March, 2017.
|Date:||4 March, 2017|
2017 Challenge Stakes Results
Check out the official Challenge Stakes 2017 Results & Finishing Order below, the race won by defending champion English first-up ahead of The Galaxy and TJ Smith Stakes in Group 1 class this autumn in Sydney.
|1||7||ENGLISH||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Blake Shinn||–||1||56.5kg||$4.20F|
|2||2||REDZEL||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||0.1L||9||58.5kg||$6|
|3||3||SUPIDO||Michael Kent||Luke Nolen||1.6L||6||58.5kg||$6|
|4||9||FELINES||Kris Lees||Brenton Avdulla||1.9L||4||56.5kg||$12|
|5||6||JUNGLE EDGE||Mick Bell||Arron Lynch||4.1L||8||58.5kg||$21|
|6||5||WOULDNT IT BE NICE||Paul Perry||Tim Clark||6.9L||2||58.5kg||$31|
|7||4||DAL CIELO (NZ)||Kris Lees||Glyn Schofield||7.3L||7||58.5kg||$7.50|
|8||10||KENTUCKY MISS||Joseph Pride||Corey Brown||7.9L||5||54kg||$9.50|
|9||1||BALL OF MUSCLE||Joseph Pride||Tommy Berry||14.2L||3||58.5kg||$5|
|–||8||HEATHERLY||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Joao Moreira||–||0|
2017 Challenge Stakes Odds
This autumn’s top Challenge Stakes 2017 betting odds will be available below the week of the race with pricing from Ladbrokes.com.au.
2017 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 2017 Challenge Stakes field will be provided below when released by Racing NSW on Wednesday March 1, 2017.
Check out the official 2017 Challenge Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw below – following the link to read more on the acceptors including the reigning champion English drawn the rails.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||68x265x633||BALL OF MUSCLE||Joseph Pride||Tommy Berry (late alt)||3||58.5kg||104|
|2||2215x1181x||REDZEL||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy (late alt)||10||58.5kg||104|
|3||1x11x113x9||SUPIDO||Michael Kent||Luke Nolen||6||58.5kg||98|
|4||62x600x211||DAL CIELO (NZ)||Kris Lees||Glyn Schofield||7||58.5kg||93|
|5||6247×27684||WOULDNT IT BE NICE||Paul Perry||Tim Clark||2||58.5kg||89|
|6||212134028x||JUNGLE EDGE||Mick Bell||Arron Lynch||8||58.5kg||88|
|7||1631x5470x||ENGLISH||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Blake Shinn||1||56.5kg||110|
|8||1113x132x6||HEATHERLY||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Joao Moreira||9||56.5kg||107|
|9||15x447317x||FELINES||Kris Lees||Brenton Avdulla||4||56.5kg||101|
|10||56x153116x||KENTUCKY MISS||Joseph Pride||Corey Brown||5||54kg||82|
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.
Check out the official 2017 Challenge Stakes Nominations below – following the link for a rundown on the key entries including last start Black Caviar Lightning winner Terravista and the defending champion English.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Sex||Age||Trainer||Hcp. Rating|
|1||68x265x633||BALL OF MUSCLE||G||6||Joseph Pride||104|
|2||62x600x211||DAL CIELO (NZ)||G||4||Kris Lees||93|
|3||1631x5470x||ENGLISH||M||4||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||110|
|5||97x000x670||HEART TESTA||G||7||Matthew Smith||86|
|6||1113x132x6||HEATHERLY||M||4||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||107|
|7||212134028x||JUNGLE EDGE||G||6||Mick Bell||88|
|8||56x153116x||KENTUCKY MISS||F||3||Joseph Pride||82|
|9||431160x19x||PALAZZO PUBBLICO||M||5||Matthew Smith||98|
|10||2215x1181x||REDZEL||G||4||Peter & Paul Snowden||104|
|13||6247×27684||WOULDNT IT BE NICE||G||6||Paul Perry||89|
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|