Ajax Stakes 2020

Saturday March 14, 2020

Ladbrokes Tip: The Ajax Stakes is a good lead-up to the Group 1 The Championship races in April

The Ajax Stakes is a Group 2 support race on Coolmore Classic Day held at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse in early March during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

The feature on the card is the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) for the fillies and mares, which is supported by two Group 2 events.

One of those is the Ajax Stakes run over 1500m under quality handicap conditions for horses aged three-years-old and above.

The race is named in honour of Australian Hall of Fame racehorse and 1938 Cox Plate champion Ajax who won 18 straight races during his career of 43 starts that produced a total of 36 victories.

The Ajax Stakes offers a total of $200,000 in prize money including $110,000 to the winner.

The Ajax Stakes winner is exempt from ballot for the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) held on Day 1 of Royal Randwick’s The Championships in April and the latest horses to complete the Ajax Stakes – Doncaster double were Grand Armee (2003) and It’s Somewhat (2017).

The latest edition of the Ajax Stakes took place on Saturday March 14, 2020 and saw Imaging defeat stablemate Yulong Prince in a tight finish. 

Ajax Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday March 14, 2020
  • Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
  • Distance: 1500m
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1974

2020 Ajax Stakes Results

The full Ajax Stakes Results & Finishing Order 2020 will be available below when the race is run and won on Saturday March 14, 2020.

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

Trainer Chris Waller prepared the quinella in the 2020 Ajax Stakes results, Imaging ($6.60) enjoying a return to winning form ahead of a potential Doncaster Mile bid with a narrow win over stablemate Yulong Prince ($15).

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

Ajax Stakes Betting & Odds

Ajax Stakes odds are traditionally led by horses with proven form over 1500m – 1600m coming off nice lead-up runs.

Runners dropping back in class off a strong Group 1 run in a race like the Chipping Norton Stakes usually feature prominently in Ajax Stakes betting as do last start winners.

Messene (2014) was the last Ajax Stakes winner to come off a lead-up victory having taken out a black-type over 1400m in Canberra until 2019 when Fifty Stars won on the back of a Group 2 Blamey Stakes win at Flemington.

Single figure hopes have a good record in the race and the last double figure Ajax Stakes winner was Brilliant Light ($14 in 2011).

2020 Ajax Stakes Odds

The updated Ajax Stakes 2020 betting odds on the Group 2 Coolmore Classic Day race will be available below the week of the race so bookmark this page for access to the best autumn racing markets.


Ajax Stakes Field
Ajax Stakes betting odds at Ladbrokes.com.au

Ajax Stakes winner It’s Somewhat (2016) went on to win the Neville Sellwood Stakes back at the track next start. It’s Somewhat returned to do the Ajax Stakes – Doncaster Mile double in 2017. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

A field of middle distance gallopers looking to step out over a mile face off in the Ajax Stakes each autumn.

Horses come into the Ajax Stakes field via a variety of different lead-up races including the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Randwick a month earlier and the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) in late February. The Apollo Stakes last produced an Ajax Stakes winner with Comin’ Through (3rd in 2018).

Ajax Stakes nominations close on the Monday before the race followed by the release of the final field and barrier draw on the Wednesday.

2020 Ajax Stakes Field

The official Ajax Stakes 2020 field of potential Doncaster Mile horses will be released by Racing NSW and will be published right here so stay tuned.

The 2020 Ajax Stakes field sees Liverpool City Cup winner Quackerjack take on a similar line-up of rivals chasing the double second-up with both Vegadaze (2nd) and Rock (3rd) looking to turn the tables on their last start conqueror.

  • Scratchings: #7 Norway (15), # 12 Scarlet Dream (14)
# 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 official Ajax Stakes 2020 nominations are taken on the Monday leading-up to Coolmore Classic Day and the full list of early entries will be available below.

The 2020 Ajax Stakes nominations feature 22 gallopers including Liverpool City Cup winner Quackerjack and Chris Waller’s European expat Il Paradiso racing for the first time since an official third in the Melbourne Cup results.

# 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 Tips

Looking for gallopers coming off a top two black-type run last start and for those with good Sydney form are top Ajax Stakes tips.

Favourites have a good record in the race so sticking with the runners under $10 in betting is also a good Ajax Stakes tip. Another Ajax Stakes betting tip is to check the top runners in the markets for the following month’s Doncaster Mile over 1600m.

2020 Ajax Stakes Tips 

Our insider 2020 Ajax Stakes betting tip will be published below following final acceptances on the Doncaster lead-up.

Ajax Stakes Form Guide

The lead-up form into the Ajax Stakes varies and it is hard to pinpoint the best to follow into the race.

Sydney runs dominate however and the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup (1300m) has produced a number of recent winners including Pureness (2011) who ran second in the Group 3 before a win in the Group 2 next start.

The Ajax Stakes form has stacked up in other autumn Group 1 races over the years including the Doncaster Mile (1600m) held the following month. In 2014 Weary ran second in the Ajax Stakes and went on to place third to Sacred Falls in the Doncaster Mile two starts later. More recently, back-to-back Ajax Stakes winner It’s Somewhat backed-up from his second in 2017 to take out the Doncaster Mile that autumn.

2020 Ajax Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Ajax Stakes 2020 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

Ajax Stakes Results

Single figure hopes have dominated the Ajax Stakes results in recent years and favourites have a credible record. Notable recent Ajax Stakes winners include It’s Somewhat (2016-17), Messene (2014), All Silent (2008) and Grand Armee (2003).

Ajax Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Imaging Yulong Prince Cascadian 1:35.6
2019 Fifty Stars Mask of Time Dyslexic 1:32.6
2018 Comin’ Through Tom Melbourne Radipole 1:28.5
2017 It’s Somewhat New Tipperary Testashadow 1:31.0
2016 It’s Somewhat Excess Knowledge Dances On Stars 1:28.1
2015 First Seal Supara Slightly Sweet 1:28.9
2014 Thump Real Surreal Lucia Valentina 1:23.5
2013 Dear Demi Driefontein Longport 1:22.2
2012 Streama Sea Siren Hallowell Belle 1:24.7
2011 Parables Red Tracer Rose Of Peace 1:22.3
2010 More Joyous Hurtle Myrtle So Anyway 1:23.6
2009 Portillo Romneya Rocha 1:21.8
2008 Chinchilla Rose Occurrence Mimi Lebrock 1:24.2
2007 Gold Edition Tuesday Joy Just Dancing 1:22.3
2006 Regal Cheer Mnemosyne Star Mystic 1:22.8
2005 Lotteria Shania Dane Johan’s Toy 1:22.8
2004 Only Words Ike’s Dream Shamekha 1:25.9
2003 Bollinger Bumptious Sunday Joy 1:23.1
2002 Hosannah Heritiere Quays 1:22.8
2001 On Type Maitland Gold Miss Kournikova 1:22.7
2000 Ad Alta Spinning Hill Camena 1:24.0