Ajax Stakes

The Ajax Stakes is a Group 2 race run over 1500m at Rosehill Gardens on Coolmore Classic Day as a lead-up to the Doncaster Mile.

2020 Ajax Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Imaging
  • 2nd: #3 Yulong Prince
  • 3rd: #4 Cascadian



The Ajax Stakes is a 1500m quality handicap clash run during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. The minimum weight is 52kg, while some horses may have to carry up to 61kg. Held at Sydney’s Rosehill Racecourse in March on Coolmore Classic Day the Ajax Stakes offers $200,000 in prize money.

The Group 2 Ajax Stakes is considered a lead-up event to the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) held on the first Saturday in April on Day 1 of Royal Randwick’s ‘The Championships’. The last horse to win the Ajax Stakes – Doncaster Mile double was It’s Somewhat (2017).

Horses may come into the Ajax Stakes field via a number of different lead-up runs including the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) in late February or the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at the same meeting.

As well as the Doncaster Mile another Group 1 autumn target for horses out of the Ajax Stakes is the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) held a week earlier.

The Ajax Stakes 2020 ran on Saturday March 14, 2020 and was won first-up by the Chris Waller-trained Imaging. 

2020 Ajax Stakes
Date: Saturday March 14, 2020
Track: Rosehill Racecourse
Distance: 1500m
Race Type: Quality Handicap (Low: 52kg – High: 61kg)
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2020 Ajax Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 Imaging
  • 2nd: #3 Yulong Prince
  • 3rd: #4 Cascadian

Jockey James McDonald made it four straight wins on Coolmore Classic Day and four victories in as many years in the Ajax Stakes 2020 results guiding the Chris Waller-trained Doncaster Mile hopeful Imaging ($6.60) home for a narrow first-up victory over stablemate Yulong Prince ($15), the duo drawing two lengths clear of third placegetter Cascadian ($6).

Click here to read more on the 2020 Ajax Stakes win by Imaging.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
1 5 IMAGING (GB) Chris Waller James McDonald 9 57kg $6.50
2 3 YULONG PRINCE (SAF) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 0.3L 6 58kg $15
3 4 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Glyn Schofield 2.3L 5 57kg $6
4 2 QUACKERJACK Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 3.7L 8 58.5kg $4.40F
5 6 NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 4.7L 4 56.5kg $12
6 9 VEGADAZE Anthony Cummings Jean Van Overmeire (a) 6.3L 7 54kg $7
7 10 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 6.7L 2 53kg $6
8 1 OLMEDO (FR) Kacy Fogden Michael Walker 8.6L 3 59kg $17
9 11 RINGERDINGDING Anthony Freedman Robbie Dolan (a) 8.8L 10 53kg $11
10 14 NOBU (NZ) Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 11.8L 1 53kg $101
13 DESERT LORD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jay Ford 0
15 SALSONIC Jason Coyle Ms Rachel King 0
7 NORWAY (IRE) Chris Waller Jye McNeil 0
8 ROCK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 0
12 SCARLET DREAM Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Andrew Adkins 0

2020 Ajax Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Ajax Stakes 2020 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the Group 2 will be available below the week of the race.

2020 Ajax Stakes Field

Each autumn the Ajax Stakes field attracts a quality line-up of middle-distance gallopers eyeing a Group 1 run later in the autumn and is released by Racing NSW on the Wednesday before Coolmore Classic Day.

The 2020 Ajax Stakes field and barriers are due for release on Wednesday March 11, 2019 and will be published in full below.

The Ajax Stakes 2020 field is down to 13 following the early scratching of the Chris Waller-trained Norway (15) who had the outside alley and the Team Hawkes-trained Scarlet Dream (14). Quackerjack for Mark Newnham in barrier 10 looks a hard to beat favourite after a first-up win in the Liverpool City Cup, while the money is also coming for Rock second-up after his eye-catching third in the same traditional lead-up.

Click here to read more on the tight Ajax Stakes 2020 betting market.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 07x420142x OLMEDO (FR) Kacy Fogden Michael Walker 5 59kg 108
2 216x3121x1 QUACKERJACK Mark Newnham Joshua Parr 10 58.5kg 107
3 00x79851x7 YULONG PRINCE (SAF) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 8 58kg 106
4 8x54713x25 CASCADIAN (GB) James Cummings Glyn Schofield 7 57kg 104
5 2x112x20x8 IMAGING (GB) Chris Waller James McDonald 11 57kg 104
6 0x59260x07 NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 6 56.5kg 103
7 4x2893731x NORWAY (IRE) Chris Waller Jye McNeil 15 56kg 102
8 28x11150x3 ROCK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 3 55kg 100
9 1125x5x612 VEGADAZE Anthony Cummings Jean Van Overmeire (a) 9 54kg 98
10 156013x0x4 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 4 53kg 95
11 7100x6x406 RINGERDINGDING Anthony Freedman (late alt) 13 53kg 95
12 727x27000x SCARLET DREAM Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Andrew Adkins 14 53kg 91
13 x1x4399x57 DESERT LORD Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Jay Ford 12 53kg 89
14 14402114×8 NOBU (NZ) Chris Waller Ms Kathy O’Hara 1 53kg 84
15 9400665×56 SALSONIC Jason Coyle Ms Rachel King 2 53kg 80

2020 Ajax Stakes Nominations

The 2020 Ajax Stakes nominations close on the Monday before the race and will be published below.

The Ajax Stakes 2020 nominations attracted 22 potential Doncaster Mile runners including Chris Waller’s Melbourne Cup third placed import Il Paradiso and last start Liverpool City Cup winner Quackerjack.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Hcp. Rating
1 07x420142x OLMEDO (FR) H 5 Kacy Fogden 1 59kg 59kg 108
2 22x171353x IL PARADISO (USA) H 4 Chris Waller 2= 58.5kg 58.5kg 107
3 216x3121x1 QUACKERJACK G 4 Mark Newnham 2= 58.5kg 58.5kg 107
4 00x79851x7 YULONG PRINCE (SAF) H 5 Chris Waller 4 58kg 58kg 106
5 8x54713x25 CASCADIAN (GB) G 5 James Cummings 5= 57kg 57kg 104
6 2x112x20x8 IMAGING (GB) H 5 Chris Waller 5= 57kg 57kg 104
7 0x59260x07 NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 7 56.5kg 56.5kg 103
8 4x2893731x NORWAY (IRE) H 4 Chris Waller 8= 56kg 56kg 102
9 1490×62742 IRITHEA M 6 Bjorn Baker 8= 54kg 54kg 102
10 28x11150x3 ROCK G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 10= 55kg 55kg 100
11 96x21930x5 SPANISH WHISPER M 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 10= 53kg 53kg 100
12 212182115x DR DRILL (GB) G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 12 54.5kg 54.5kg 99
13 1125x5x612 VEGADAZE G 4 Anthony Cummings 13 54kg 54kg 98
14 3x2x6x65x9 WREN’S DAY (USA) G 6 James Cummings 14 53.5kg 53.5kg 97
15 156013x0x4 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) H 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 15= 53kg 53kg 95
16 7100x6x406 RINGERDINGDING H 4 Anthony Freedman 15= 53kg 53kg 95
17 727x27000x SCARLET DREAM M 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 17= 53kg 53kg 91
18 0607263588 SIR PLUSH (NZ) G 7 Bjorn Baker 17= 53kg 53kg 91
19 x1x4399x57 DESERT LORD G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 19 53kg 53kg 89
20 14402114×8 NOBU (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 20 53kg 53kg 84
21 8x76x31214 MOUNT TABORA (USA) G 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 21= 53kg 53kg 80
22 9400665×56 SALSONIC G 6 Jason Coyle 21= 53kg 53kg 80

Ajax Stakes History

The first recorded running of the Ajax Stakes took place in 1976 and was won by Count Rajan. Since then, there have only been two horses to win the event twice, Confiscate in 1998-99 and Catalan Opening in 1996-97. The fastest recorded winning time since 1990 was 1 minute 27.38 seconds by Soho Square in 1993. The slowest winning time was recorded by Windsor’s Pal in 1990.

The Ajax Stakes is named in honour of the Australian Hall of Fame horse Ajax. Ajax was a champion chestnut colt who won 18 races in succession and had a career of 43 starts for 36 wins, 7 seconds and 2 thirds with total prize money of £40,250. His major wins include the 1938 Cox Plate as well as the All Aged Stakes (1938, 1939, 1940), Memsie Stakes (1938, 1939, 1940), Futurity Stakes (1938, 1939, 1940) and Underwood Stakes (1938, 1939, 1940).

Recent Ajax Stakes Results

Year Place Horse Time
2020
Ajax Stakes
1st Imaging 1 minute 35.60 seconds
2nd Yulong Prince
3rd Cascadian
2019
Ajax Stakes
1st Fifty Stars 1 minute 32.63 seconds
2nd Mask Of Time
3rd Dyslexic
2018
Ajax Stakes
1st Comin’ Through 1 minute 28.52 seconds
2nd Tom Melbourne
3rd Radipole
2017
Ajax Stakes
1st It’s Somewhat 1 minute 31.0 seconds
2nd New Tipperary
3rd Testashadow
2016
Ajax Stakes
1st It’s Somewhat 1 minute 28.1 seconds
2nd Excess Knowledge
3rd Dances On Stars
2015
Ajax Stakes
1st First Seal 1 minute 22.9 seconds
2nd Supara
3rd Slightly Sweet
2014
Ajax Stakes
1st Messene 1 minutes 28.1 seconds
2nd Weary
3rd Malavio
2013
Ajax Stakes
1st Havana Rey 1 minutes 29.6 seconds
2nd Riva De Lago
3rd Monton
2012
Ajax Stakes
1st Niagara 1 minutes 28.8 seconds
2nd Star of Octagonal
3rd Alma’s Fury
2011
Ajax Stakes
1st Pureness 1 minutes 30.4 seconds
2nd Mentality
3rd Lebrechaun
2010
Ajax Stakes
1st Brilliant Light 1 minute 28.53 seconds
2nd Centennial Park
3rd Mentality
2009
Ajax Stakes
1st Zavite 1 minute 28.75 seconds
2nd Kerdem
3rd Banana Man
2008
Ajax Stakes
1st All Silent 1 minute 29.17 seconds
2nd Friday Creek
3rd Bobadah
2007
Ajax Stakes
1st High Cee 1 minute 29.73 seconds
2nd Danleigh
3rd The Free Stater
2006
Ajax Stakes
1st Malcolm 1 minute 28.7 seconds
2nd Lantwin
3rd Utzon
2005
Ajax Stakes
1st River To The Sea 1 minute 27.75 seconds
2nd Daniel’s The Man
3rd This Manshood
2004
Ajax Stakes
1st True Glo 1 minute 28.74 seconds
2nd Gordo
3rd So Assertive
2003
Ajax Stakes
1st Grand Armee 1 minute 28.42 seconds
2nd Lord Essex
3rd Carael Boy
2002
Ajax Stakes
1st Mowerman 1 minute 27.91 seconds
2nd Make Me A Miracle
3rd Gordo
2001
Ajax Stakes
1st Galiano 1 minute 27.7 seconds
2nd Palladium Star
3rd Emission
2000
Ajax Stakes
1st Normal Practice 1 minute 28.43 seconds
2nd Beauchamp
3rd Old Man

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