Ajax Stakes 2021

Saturday March 13, 2021

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

Ajax Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday March 13, 2021
  • Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
  • Distance: 1500m
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1974

2021 Ajax Stakes Results

The full Ajax Stakes Results & Finishing Order 2021 will be available below when the race is run and won on Saturday March 13, 2021.

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

The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained I Am Superman ($8.50) could be Group 1 Doncaster Mile-bound after his three-quarter length win in the 2021 Ajax Stakes results

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).

2021 Ajax Stakes Odds

The updated Ajax Stakes 2021 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 2021 ODDS

Early market betting odds on the 2021 Ajax Stakes will be displayed below once available. Odds are subject to fluctuation. For current odds on all of our live markets, please visit ladbrokes.com.au.

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.

2021 Ajax Stakes Field

The official Ajax Stakes 2021 field of potential Doncaster Mile horses will be released by Racing NSW and will be published right here so stay tuned.

James Cummings saddles-up the favourite of the 11 final acceptors for Saturday’s Ajax Stakes 2021 field with Criaderas tipped to improve on a lead-up second fresh in the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup. 

2021 Ajax Stakes Nominations

The official Ajax Stakes 2021 nominations are taken on the Monday leading-up to Coolmore Classic Day and the full list of early entries will be available below.

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 300x51068x MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) G 9 Chris Waller 1= 59kg 59kg   108
2 44x1x3x20x PLUMATIC (GB) H 7 Lloyd Kennewell 1= 59kg 59kg   108
3 42x6220x44 FUNSTAR M 4 Chris Waller 1= 57kg 57kg   108
4 x1412x7x45 GREYWORM G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 4 58.5kg 58.5kg   107
5 x2325103x1 THINK IT OVER G 5 Kerry Parker 5 58kg 58kg   106
6 470x1107x4 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) H 5 Peter & Paul Snowden 6= 56.5kg 56.5kg   103
7 0x3x51730x ROCK G 5 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 6= 56.5kg 56.5kg   103
8 11x2203x23 BUFFALO RIVER (USA) G 5 Michael Moroney 8= 56kg 56kg   102
9 x0006x063x SHRAAOH (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller 8= 56kg 56kg   102
10 x6x834470x MR SATCHMO (FR) G 6 Chris Waller 10 54.5kg 54.5kg   99
11 1x131283x2 CRIADERAS G 4 James Cummings 11 54kg 53kg   96
12 2x073575x4 LOOKS LIKE ELVIS G 6 Jarrod Austin 12 54kg 53kg   95
13 35x35046x9 RELOADED G 4 Chris Waller 13 54kg 53kg   94
14 x35113x236 DISCHARGED G 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 14= 54kg 53kg   92
15 211x2235x1 NIMALEE M 4 Matthew Smith 14= 54kg 53kg   92
16 44x33387x4 ALIFEROUS M 5 Kris Lees 16 54kg 53kg   86
17 37x311918x JUNIPAL G 5 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 17 56.5kg 56.5kg   103

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

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.

2021 Ajax Stakes Tips 

Our insider 2021 Ajax Stakes betting tip will be published below following final acceptances on the Doncaster lead-up.

  • To Win: #4 Think It Over ($14 at time of publish) 

Tipping an upset in the Ajax this season from the in-form Think It Over who looks overs at 13/1 in an open edition of the Doncaster lead-up. Drawn well in barrier three, he comes off the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup win defeating Saturday’s favourite. Does go up a kilo in weight, but went around at a huge price last time out and is underrated yet again. He’s honest, has winning form up to 2000m so will relish the step-up here and is going well enough to suggest another victory. 

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.

2021 Ajax Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Ajax Stakes 2021 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
2021 I Am Superman Think It Over Rock 1:27.9
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