AJ Scahill Stakes

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

2020 AJ Scahill Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Kementari
  • 2nd: #10 Celebrity Queen
  • 3rd: #11 Dance Music



The 2020 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 a 1400m event worth $200,000 in prize money.

The A.J. Scahill Stakes runs on Kingston Town Classic Day alongside the Group 1 $1 million Kingston Town Classic (1800m).

Supporting the AJ Scahill Stakes and Kingston Town Classic on the Perth card at the meeting are the Listed Lee-Steere Classic (1400m) and Listed Jungle Dawn Classic (1400m).

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 2020 AJ Scahill Stakes ran on Saturday December 5, 2020 and was won by Group 1 winning Sydney raider Kementari. 

AJ Scahill Stakes 2020
Date: Saturday December 5, 2020
Track: Ascot Racecourse
Distance: 1400m
Race Type: 3YO+ WFA
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000

2020 AJ Scahill Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Kementari
  • 2nd: #10 Celebrity Queen
  • 3rd: #11 Dance Music

The AJ Scahill Stakes 2020 results saw the Godolphin-raced interstate raider Kementari ($8) return to winning form for his first victory since the Group 1 Randwick Guineas back in 2018. He defeated the odds-on favourite Celebrity Queen ($1.70F) by a length, with the Simon Miller-trained Dance Music ($15) in third.

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Penalty Starting Price
1 1 KEMENTARI James Cummings Chris Parnham 10 59kg $8
2 10 CELEBRITY QUEEN Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 1L 7 57kg $1.70F
3 11 DANCE MUSIC Simon A Miller Brad Parnham 2.72L 2 57kg $15
4 2 GREAT SHOT Rhys Radford Craig Staples 2.84L 5 59kg $61
5 8 LAVERROD Sean & Jake Casey Jordan Turner 3.12L 8 59kg $17
6 6 RED PUBLISHER Ashley Maley Brad Rawiller 3.57L 11 59kg $101
7 4 VALOUR ROAD Simon A Miller Mitchell Pateman 3.59L 6 59kg $8
8 9 FLIRTINI Simon A Miller Paul Harvey 5.04L 3 57kg $9
9 7 FLOW Martin Allan Ms Jade McNaught 6.41L 9 59kg $51
10 5 DURENDAL Chris & Michael Gangemi Jarrad Noske 6.56L 1 59kg $91
11 3 MALIBU STYLE Neville Parnham Peter Hall 7.14L 4 59kg $31

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

2020 AJ Scahill Stakes Odds

The summer’s top AJ Scahill Stakes 2020 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.

2020 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.

Last Saturday’s Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes runner-up Celebrity Queen is hot favourite in an 11-horse field for the 2020 A.J. Scahill Stakes on the quick back-up and dropping in grade.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 33580×4538 KEMENTARI James Cummings Chris Parnham 10 59kg 108
2 4x33x94980 GREAT SHOT Rhys Radford Craig Staples 5 59kg 99
3 934403×008 MALIBU STYLE Neville Parnham Peter Hall 4 59kg 99
4 02122×6170 VALOUR ROAD Simon A Miller Mitchell Pateman 6 59kg 107
5 0x430x0960 DURENDAL Chris & Michael Gangemi Jarrad Noske 1 59kg 100
6 8×66676061 RED PUBLISHER Ashley Maley Brad Rawiller 11 59kg 80
7 5198820226 FLOW Martin Allan Ms Jade McNaught 9 59kg 97
8 21123×4193 LAVERROD Sean & Jake Casey Jordan Turner 8 59kg 92
9 56x3240x05 FLIRTINI Simon A Miller Paul Harvey 3 57kg 101
10 x1611x1212 CELEBRITY QUEEN Grant & Alana Williams William Pike 7 57kg 102
11 2113×83010 DANCE MUSIC Simon A Miller Brad Parnham 2 57kg 98

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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
2020
AJ Scahill Stakes
1st Kementari 1 minute 22.80 seconds
2nd Celebrity Queen
3rd Dance Music
2019
AJ Scahill Stakes
1st The Celt 1 minute 23.64 seconds
2nd Valour Road
3rd Abdicator
2018
AJ Scahill Stakes
1st Arcadia Prince 1 minute 24.60 seconds
2nd Great Shot
3rd Red Publisher
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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