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.

2021 Ajax Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 I Am Superman
  • 2nd: #4 Think It Over
  • 3rd: #6 Rock



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 2021 ran on Saturday March 13, 2021 and was won by the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained I Am Superman.  

2021 Ajax Stakes
Date: Saturday March 13, 2021
Track: Rosehill Racecourse
Distance: 1500m
Race Type: Quality Handicap (Low: 52kg – High: 61kg)
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $200,000

2021 Ajax Stakes Results

  • 1st: #5 I Am Superman
  • 2nd: #4 Think It Over
  • 3rd: #6 Rock

The Team Snowden-trained I Am Superman ($9.50) enjoyed a second career Group 2 success with a three-quarter length win over Think It Over ($20) and Rock ($5.50) in the Ajax Stakes 2021 results ahead of a potential Group 1 Doncaster bid next month.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 5 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 8 56.5kg $9.50
2 4 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Glen Boss 0.8L 2 58kg $20
3 6 ROCK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 0.9L 5 56.5kg $5.50
4 7 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) Michael Moroney James McDonald 1.1L 4 56kg $5.50
5 10 LOOKS LIKE ELVIS Jarrod Austin Jason Collett 2.1L 3 53.5kg $15
6 3 GREYWORM Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 2.9L 10 58.5kg $15
7 11 CRIADERAS James Cummings Ms Rachel King 3.1L 1 53kg $2.40F
8 1 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 4L 6 59kg $21
9 2 PLUMATIC (GB) Lloyd Kennewell Joshua Parr 14.4L 9 59kg $41
10 9 MR SATCHMO (FR) Chris Waller Tom Marquand 15.6L 7 54.5kg (cd 55kg) $101
8 SHRAAOH (IRE) Chris Waller Tim Clark 0

Table Credit: Racing Australia.

2021 Ajax Stakes Betting Odds

The latest Ajax Stakes 2021 odds and betting market links to Ladbrokes.com.au on the Group 2 will be available below the week of the race.

2021 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 2021 Ajax Stakes field and barriers are due for release on Wednesday March 10, 2021 and will be published in full below.

Godolphin’s progressive four-year-old Criaderas heads markets on the 11-starter Ajax Stakes 2021 field this weekend in Sydney.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Probable Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 300x51068x MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) Chris Waller Nash Rawiller 7 59kg 108
2 44x1x3x20x PLUMATIC (GB) Lloyd Kennewell Joshua Parr 10 59kg 108
3 x1412x7x45 GREYWORM Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Brenton Avdulla 11 58.5kg 107
4 x2325103x1 THINK IT OVER Kerry Parker Glen Boss 3 58kg 106
5 470x1107x4 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 9 56.5kg 103
6 0x3x51730x ROCK Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Tommy Berry 6 56.5kg 103
7 11x2203x23 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) Michael Moroney James McDonald 5 56kg 102
8 x0006x063x SHRAAOH (IRE) Chris Waller Tim Clark 2 56kg 102
9 x6x834470x MR SATCHMO (FR) Chris Waller Tom Marquand 8 54.5kg 55kg 99
10 2x073575x4 LOOKS LIKE ELVIS Jarrod Austin Jason Collett 4 53.5kg 95
11 1x131283x2 CRIADERAS James Cummings Ms Rachel King 1 53kg 96

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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
2021
Ajax Stakes
1st I Am Superman 1 minute 27.91 seconds
2nd Think It Over
3rd Rock
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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