AJ Scahill Stakes

The 2016 AJ Scahill Stakes is a Group 3 sprint held at Ascot Racecourse in December.

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The 2016 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 $1 million Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m), but is now the feature race at a stand along Ascot race meeting a week later.

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).

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 2016 AJ Scahill Stakes will be run on December 10.

AJ Scahill Stakes 2016
Date: December 10, 2016
Track: Ascot Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: 3YO+ WFA
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $250,000

2016 AJ Scahill Stakes Field

The AJ Scahill Stakes field usually features a fairly diverse range of horses. Although it is only a Group 3 event, the AJ Scahill Stakes field often attracts some top quality contenders, many of whom have experienced success at Group 1 level. Because of this, the AJ Scahill Stakes field always puts on an exciting race.

The 2016 AJ Scahill Stakes field will be provided below the week of the race.

2016 AJ Scahill Stakes Nominations

The AJ Scahill Stakes nominations provide punters with a pretty accurate indication as to the likely contenders in the race. Usually released about four days prior to the race itself, the AJ Scahill Stakes can often include horses from a number of different preparations.

The 2016 AJ Scahill Stakes nominations will be published here as soon as made available by Perth Racing.

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).

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

AJ Scahill Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2017
AJ Scahill Stakes
1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
2016
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1st TBD TBD
2nd TBD
3rd TBD
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