Ajax Stakes 2022

Saturday March 12, 2022

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 12, 2022 and saw the Josh Julius-trained Just Folk ($6.50) win his way into the Doncaster Mile 2022 field. 

Ajax Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday March 12, 2022
  • Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
  • Distance: 1500m
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1974

2022 Ajax Stakes Results

The full Ajax Stakes Results & Finishing Order 2022 will be available below when the race is run and won on Saturday March 12, 2022.

  • 1st: #3 Just Folk ($6.50)
  • 2nd: #1 Ellsberg
  • 3rd: #5 Kiku

Just Folk ($6.50) won his way into the $3 million Doncaster Mile field on April 2 with an upset win over the beaten odds-on favourite Ellsberg in the 2022 Ajax Stakes results on Coolmore Classic Day.

Ajax Stakes Betting

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).

2022 Ajax Stakes Odds

The updated Ajax Stakes 2022 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.

Early market betting odds on the 2022 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

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).

Following a run in the Ajax Stakes many gallopers may back-up at the same track / distance a fortnight later in the Group 3 Doncaster Prelude (1500m). Brilliant Light (2010) was the last to complete the Ajax Stakes – Doncaster Prelude double.

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

2022 Ajax Stakes Field

The official Ajax Stakes 2022 field of potential Doncaster Mile horses will be released by Racing NSW and will be published right here so stay tuned.

First-up Liverpool City Cup winner in the wet last time out, Ellsberg, dominates betting on the small eight-horse Ajax Stakes 2022 final field in Sydney this weekend.

  • Scratched: #4 Atishu (7)

2022 Ajax Stakes Nominations

The official Ajax Stakes 2022 nominations are taken on the Monday leading-up to Coolmore Classic Day and the full list of early entries will be available below.

First-up Group 3 Liverpool City Cup winner Ellsberg is the headline entry in the 2022 Ajax Stakes nominations for this weekend at Rosehill.

Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Penalty Hcp Rating
1 22x12712x1 ELLSBERG H 4 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 1= 59kg 59kg 107
2 11x84837x4 HUNGRY HEART M 4 Chris Waller 1= 57kg 57kg 107
3 4100x582x4 I AM SUPERMAN (IRE) G 6 Peter & Paul Snowden 3 58.5kg 58.5kg 106
4 x320x4x68x ALLIGATOR BLOOD G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 4 57kg 57kg 103
5 824x558x7x NUMERIAN (IRE) G 6 Annabel Neasham 5 56.5kg 56.5kg 102
6 41x03431x2 BRUTALITY G 5 Joseph Pride 6 56kg 56kg 101
7 1232516×87 JUST FOLK G 5 Josh Julius 7= 55.5kg 55.5kg 100
8 48x84972x7 ROCK G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 7= 55.5kg 55.5kg 100
9 321x28057x KUKERACHA (NZ) G 4 Chris Waller 9= 54.5kg 54.5kg 98
10 1x141600x6 ATISHU (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 9= 54kg 53kg 98
11 132x121x22 PROMISE OF SUCCESS (GB) M 6 John O’Shea 11 54kg 53kg 96
12 2184x3121x FOURHOMETWO (GB) G 4 Annabel Neasham 12 54kg 53kg 95
13 16x638x235 KIKU M 4 Chris Waller 13 54kg 53kg 93
14 3x847164x3 BLUE SOLDIER (USA) G 5 David Payne 14 54kg 53kg 92
15 41641×4412 WAIRERE FALLS (NZ) G 5 Chris Waller 15 54kg 53kg 87
16 6x15317x06 CASINO MONDIAL G 7 Kristen Buchanan 16 54kg 53kg 77
17 7x144853x8 ARNAQUEUR G 3 Jean Dubois 17 54kg 53kg 70
18 9x584x412 JALMARI G 3 Danny Williams 18 54kg 53kg 54

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.

2022 Ajax Stakes Tips 

Our insider 2022 Ajax Stakes betting tip will be published below following final acceptances on the Doncaster lead-up.

  • To Win: #1 Ellsberg ($1.95 at time of publish)

Impossible to bet against the odds-on favourite here who was very good in the mud first-up winning the Group 3 Liverpool City Cup. Goes up to 59kg here so the weight is the only query, but there’s just seven rivals (at time of publish) and he’ll be fitter second-up getting out over further. Ace record at the track (6:3-2-0), distance suits and his wet track form is outstanding. Hard to beat.

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.

In 2021 the Ajax Stakes runner-up Think It Over franked the form winning the Group 1 George Ryder next-up before a Queen Elizabeth Stakes fourth. He also won a host of good races in the spring including the $750,000 Rosehill Gold Cup.

2022 Ajax Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Ajax Stakes 2022 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
2022 Just Folk Ellsberg Kiku 1:31.5
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