AJ Scahill Stakes

The AJ Scahill Stakes is a Group 3 sprint held at Ascot Racecourse in December during the Perth Summer Racing Carnival.

2017 AJ Scahill Stakes Results

  • 1st: #9 Silverstream
  • 2nd: #3 Properantes
  • 3rd: #8 Django



The 2017 AJ Scahill Stakes is a Group 3 sprint held at Perth’s Ascot Racecourse during the Perth Summer Racing Carnival.

Raced under weight-for-age conditions and open to horses aged three years and older, the AJ Scahill Stakes is an exciting test of some of the most talented sprinters in Perth. Raced over 1400m, the AJ Scahill Stakes offers a total of $250,000 prize money, making it a very lucrative Group 3 event.

It was previously held on Kingston Town Classic Day alongside the Group 1 $1 million Kingston Town Classic (1800m) a week earlier, but is now the feature race at a standalone Ascot race meeting the Saturday after the year’s final Group 1 race down under.

Supporting the AJ Scahill Stakes on the Perth card at the meeting are the Listed R.S. Crawford Stakes (1000m) for short-distance sprinters and the $100,000 Listed JRA Trophy (2200m) for horses heading towards the Group 2 Perth Cup (2400m) on New Year’s Day.

There are a variety of paths horses might take to the AJ Scahill Stakes. Most have already had a few runs in Perth. Some may even be continuing their spring campaign and will likely head to the paddock following this race. Others still might have plans to head to Queensland. The Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) and Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) have in the past been contested by some talented types on their way to the AJ Scahill Stakes.

The 2017 AJ Scahill Stakes ran on Saturday December 16, 2017 and was won by the Adam Durrant-trained mare Silverstream.

AJ Scahill Stakes 2017
Date: Saturday December 16, 2017
Track: Ascot Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: 3YO+ WFA
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $250,000

2017 AJ Scahill Stakes Results

  • 1st: #9 Silverstream
  • 2nd: #3 Properantes
  • 3rd: #8 Django

See below for the official A.J. Scahill Stakes 2017 Results & Finishing Order, the middle-distance sprint narrowly won by the Adam Durrant-trained mare Silverstream ($6.50) who relished a drop back in grade and distance after her 13th in the Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) the start before. She defeated Properantes ($11) and outsider Django ($31), while the hot favourite State Solicitor ($2.90) only managed to run a length back fifth in a blanket finish.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 9 SILVERSTREAM Adam Durrant Clint Johnston-Porter (a) 5 57kg $6.50
2 3 PROPERANTES Colin Webster Troy Turner 0.35L 3 59kg $11
3 8 DJANGO Alan Mathews Patrick Carbery 1L 4 59kg $31
4 4 MR UTOPIA Steve Wolfe Shaun Mc Gruddy 1L 2 59kg $81
5 6 STATE SOLICITOR Grant & Alana Williams Chris Parnham 1L 6 59kg $2.90F
6 2 ULMANN Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 2.25L 7 59kg $3.10
7 5 PROFIT STREET Peter & Matthew Giadresco Jarrad Noske 2.75L 8 59kg $7.50
8 7 ZUCCHEROS Adam Durrant Daniel Staeck 3.25L 1 59kg $26
1 VARIATION Stephen Miller Brad Parnham 0

2017 AJ Scahill Stakes Odds

The summer’s top AJ Scahill Stakes 2017 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the Group 3 Perth sprint race will be available below the week of the race.

2017 AJ Scahill Stakes Field

The AJ Scahill Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of both local and interstate summer sprint types. Many horses in the AJ Scahill Stakes field may be down in grade after a Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) run, or be dropping back in distance after a Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m) run the month before.

The official AJ Scahill Stakes 2017 Final Field & Barrier Draw is announced by Perth Racing the Wednesday before the race and will be available in full below.

The 2017 AJ Scahill Stakes Field attracted just the nine weight-for-age hopefuls including Stephen Miller’s in-form four-year-old Variation dropping in grade after the close fourth when under a length beaten in the Railway Stakes back in late November.

Read more on the AJ Scahill Stakes 2017 Field.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 11511×3234 VARIATION Stephen Miller Brad Parnham 6 59kg 93
2 6x130x6148 ULMANN Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 8 59kg 105
3 x651007113 PROPERANTES Colin Webster Troy Turner 3 59kg 92
4 9x39x80x66 MR UTOPIA Steve Wolfe Shaun Mc Gruddy 2 59kg 90
5 233112×244 PROFIT STREET Peter & Matthew Giadresco Jarrad Noske 9 59kg
6 116x61x118 STATE SOLICITOR Grant & Alana Williams Chris Parnham 7 59kg
7 9483×36661 ZUCCHEROS Adam Durrant Daniel Staeck 1 59kg 92
8 1x58777x02 DJANGO Alan Mathews Patrick Carbery 4 59kg 86
9 90122×2110 SILVERSTREAM Adam Durrant Clint Johnston-Porter (a) 5 57kg 103

AJ Scahill Stakes History

Inaugurated in 1978, the AJ Scahill Stakes has since developed a rich reputation for quality racing and producing talented sprinting types. Invariably, winners of the AJ Scahill Stakes go on to continued racing success.

It is named after Alan Scahill, who was one of the founding members of the WA TAB. He also served on the Western Australian Turf Club committee for over twenty years, from 1953 to 1975. He held the position of vice chairman for the final year of his service.

Originally a Principal Race, the AJ Scahill Stakes was changed to a Group 3 event in 1980, and has retained that status since.

While usually held at Ascot, in 2003 Belmont Park hosted the race. In its early days, the AJ Scahill Stakes was 1200m long. This was changed to 1400m in 1980, and increased again to 1450m in 1983. From 1984 onwards, the AJ Scahill Stakes has been raced over 1400m.

Due to a reshuffle of the Perth racing calendar, there were two editions of the AJ Scahill Stakes in 2001, one in January and one in December.

Notable AJ Scahill Stakes winners include Burgess Queen (1978), Heron Bridge (1986), Willoughby (1998), Arctic Park (2005), Takeover Target (2008), Grand Nirvana (2011) and Conservatorium (2013). In recent years, the quality of AJ Scahill Stakes winners has been quite high.

Interestingly in 2014 and 2015 the same horses ran the AJ Scahill Stakes Exacta: Watermans Bay (1st) and Magnifisio (2nd).

Vega Magic (2016) would become one of the most notable AJ Scahill Stakes winners in history going on to win Adelaide’s Group 1 The Goodwood (1200m) next-start the following May as well as the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) in September of 2017 in Melbourne before a second in the inaugural running of the country’s newest and richest turf race – The Everest.

AJ Scahill Stakes results, place getters and winning times since 2000 are provided below.

AJ Scahill Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2018
AJ Scahill Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2017
AJ Scahill Stakes
1st Silverstream 1 minute 24.32 seconds
2nd Properantes
3rd Django
2016
AJ Scahill Stakes
1st Vega Magic 1 minute 23 seconds
2nd Chocolate Holic
3rd First Among Equals
2015
AJ Scahill Stakes
1st Watermans Bay 1 minute 24.5 seconds
2nd Magnifisio
3rd Respondent
2014
AJ Scahill Stakes
1st Watermans Bay 1 minute 23.3 seconds
2nd Magnifisio
3rd Antique Belle
2013
AJ Scahill Stakes
1st Conservatorium 1 minute 24.1 seconds
2nd Luke’s Luck
3rd Power Princess
2012
AJ Scahill Stakes
1st Power Princess 1 minute 23.7 seconds
2nd Waratah’s Secret
3rd Conservatorium
2011
AJ Scahill Stakes
1st Grand Nirvana 1 minute 22.4 seconds
2nd Waratah’s Secret
3rd Grey Monarch
2010
AJ Scahill Stakes
1st Waratah’s Secret 1 minute 21.8 seconds
2nd Hadabeclorka
3rd Elliotto
2009
AJ Scahill Stakes
1st Proart 1 minute 22.1 seconds
2nd Tarzi
3rd Elliotto
2008
AJ Scahill Stakes
1st Takeover Target 1 minute 22.8 seconds
2nd Tarzi
3rd Royal Lott
2007
AJ Scahill Stakes
1st Tarzi 1 minute 24.0 seconds
2nd Glory Hunter
3rd Grasspatch Girl
2006
AJ Scahill Stakes
1st Marasco 1 minute 22.7 seconds
2nd Mansion House
3rd Hartley’s Dream
2005
AJ Scahill Stakes
1st Arctic Park 1 minute 22.2 seconds
2nd Star Laser
3rd Is Amazing
2004
AJ Scahill Stakes
1st Avenida Madero 1 minute 22.0 seconds
2nd Eastern Standard
3rd Who Did It
2003
AJ Scahill Stakes
1st Hot Shot Brother 1 minute 23.3 seconds
2nd Kame’s Hope
3rd Kaprats
2002
AJ Scahill Stakes
1st Kensyl Bay 1 minute 23.1 seconds
2nd Irish Pride
3rd Early Express
2001 (Dec)
AJ Scahill Stakes
1st Tribula 1 minute 25.6 seconds
2nd Lady Belvedere
3rd Exit Lane
2001 (Jan)
AJ Scahill Stakes
1st Lizzy Long Leg 1 minute 24.0 seconds
2nd Master Park
3rd Star System
2000
AJ Scahill Stakes
1st Terwilliger 1 minute 10.8 seconds
2nd Willoughby
3rd Jevanswer

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