PJ Bell Stakes 2024

The PJ Bell Stakes is a Group 3 sprint race run and won over 1200m at Royal Randwick Racecourse on Day 1 of ‘The Championships’ in April during the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

2021 PJ Bell Stakes winner Matchmaker
2021 PJ Bell Stakes winner Matchmaker. Photo: Steve Hart.

Open only to three-year-old fillies, the event is contested at set weights plus penalties and offers $250,000 in prize money.

It is held on one of the biggest Australian race days featuring four Group 1 races including the $4 million Doncaster Mile (1600m) and the $3 million TJ Smith Stakes (1200m).

First held in 1985, the PJ Bell Stakes was originally called the Analie Handicap in honour of the 1973 Doncaster Handicap winning mare Analie.

In 2011 the race was renamed in honour of former the Australian Turf Club Chairman, P J (Jim) Bell who died in 2006.

It has held Group 3 status since 2014 and plenty of classy types have won the race over the years including that year’s Cox Plate champion Dane Ripper (1997) and the ill-fated Ortensia (2009) who won Group 1 races on three continents over her glittering career.

The latest edition of the PJ Bell Stakes ran on Saturday April 6, 2024 on ‘The Championships’ Day 1 at Randwick and was won in an upset by progressive Trapeze Artist filly Facile ($11).

2024 PJ Bell Stakes Results

The complete PJ Bell Stakes 2024 Results and race finishing order will be available right here once the race is run and won on Saturday April 6, 2024.

2024 PJ Bell Stakes winner Facile

2024 PJ Bell Stakes winner Facile. Photo: Steve Hart.

  • 1st: #9 Facile
  • 2nd: #5 Infancy
  • 3rd: #11 French Endeavour

Doncaster Mile winning hoop Tyler Schiller capped off a sensational Day 1 of The Championships with an upset in the last aboard Facile ($11).

2024 PJ Bell Stakes Odds

Betting on the PJ Bell Stakes 2024 and odds for the Group 3 sprint race will be available below the week of the race so stay tuned for markets on the fillies’ showdown.

Early market betting odds on the 2024 PJ Bell 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.

PJ Bell Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 6, 2024
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Set Weights + Penalties – 3YO Fillies
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $250,000
  • First Run: 1985

PJ Bell Stakes Betting

PJ Bell Stakes betting favours the autumn’s in-form sprinting fillies coming off lead-up runs in similar grade company either in Sydney or Melbourne. 

Last start winners are installed at shorter PJ Bell Stakes odds, as are those proven in Group 3 or higher class. 

Favourites only have a fair recent strike rate with plenty of fillies winning at longer PJ Bell odds over the past decade. 

Rubisaki ($2.70 in 2020) followed by Heresy ($5.50 in 2022) are the last favourites in PJ Bell Stakes betting to salute for the punters. 

PJ Bell Stakes Field

The PJ Bell Stakes race field attracts promising young fillies that are chasing a feature race win on one of the biggest days of the autumn carnival in Sydney. 

A potential lead-up into the PJ Bell Stakes field is Flemington’s Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) in March, another fillies’ only set weights plus penalties event. Rubisaki (2020) was the last filly to complete the interstate Kewney Stakes – PJ Bell Stakes double. 

The Group 1 Surround Stakes (1400m) is another good lead-up race and in 2022 Heresy improved on a fourth in that to win the PJ Bell for the Godolphin stable. 

The best fillies out of the PJ Bell Stakes field often back-up in the Group 3 James HB Carr Stakes (1400m) back at the track a fortnight later on All Aged Stakes Day. Rubisaki (2020) was the last to do the PJ Bell Stakes – JHB Carr Stakes double. 

The lucrative Group 2 $1 million Arrowfield 3YO Sprint (1200m) the following Saturday on Day 2 of ‘The Championships’ is another potential next-up option for PJ Bell Stakes graduates. 

PJ Bell Stakes nominations close the Monday before the race runs on the Saturday with the final field and barriers released on the Wednesday.

PJ Bell Stakes Winners - Rubisaki (Photo: Steve Hart) | Ladbrokes

2020 PJ Bell Stakes winner Rubisaki (pictured at Warwick Farm winning the Inglis Sprint). Photo: Steve Hart.

2024 PJ Bell Stakes Field

The official PJ Bell Stakes 2024 final field and barriers are set to be released by Racing NSW on Wednesday April 3, 2024 and will be announced in full below.

The 2024 PJ Bell Stakes field features a smart line-up of three-year-old fillies led in betting by the Annabel Neasham-trained Learning To Fly coming off a good fourth in the Group 1 Surround Stakes. 

2024 PJ Bell Stakes Nominations

The early PJ Bell Stakes 2024 nominations close the Monday leading-up to Doncaster Mile Day and will be available in full below once released.

  Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp Rating
1 443x104x AUGUST BLOOM F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 71
2 7x1122x433 BALLROOM BELLA F 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 78
3 13x2326x07 BLANC DE BLANC F 3 Michael Freedman 81
4 87x160558x CAPTAIN AMELIA F 3 John O’Shea 72
5 53x14540x7 CIGAR FLICK F 3 Chris Waller 73
6 1x264x1 COMMEMORATIVE F 3 James Cummings 76
7 242×1218 COUNTYOURBLESSINGS F 3 John O’Shea 67
8 522x120x56 FACILE F 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 79
9 x19140x624 FRENCH ENDEAVOUR F 3 Matthew Smith 77
10 9×421 ILLATIVE F 3 Mick Price & Michael Kent (Jnr) 65
11 1153×83631 INFANCY F 3 Kris Lees 83
12 39x3x115 ISTHMUS F 3 Anthony & Sam Freedman 68
13 1x2221x JOLIESTAR F 3 Chris Waller 102
14 1x42147x5 KONASANA F 3 Chris Waller 70
15 21x08x439 KRISTILLI F 3 Annabel Neasham 88
16 8x0940x200 LAZZAGO F 3 Chris Waller 79
17 111Lx24 LEARNING TO FLY F 3 Annabel Neasham 95
18 11×101478 MATERIAL DREAMS F 3 Nick Ryan 76
19 2x121x MIRAVAL ROSE F 3 Grahame Begg 80
20 31131x MISS HADES F 3 Gary Portelli 66
21 2134×462 MOESHA F 3 Peter G Moody & Katherine Coleman 76
22 1631 MONTE SUPREME F 3 Robert & Luke Price 64
23 635×11 PAJANTI F 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 69
24 2220x760x0 PLATINUM JUBILEE F 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 76
25 11x61548x6 SHESALLSHENANIGANS F 3 Simon Zahra 80
26 3519×23802 SHINE YOUR LIGHT F 3 John Ramsey  
27 0x444x183 SKIESTHELIMIT F 3 David Pfieffer 58
28 1113x SKYBIRD F 3 Mitchell Freedman 89
29 8×21 SLINKY F 3 Bjorn Baker 60
30 2x200x1 UNIQUE AMBITION (NZ) F 3 John Sargent 64
31 05121×6080 WEST OF DALBY F 3 Benjamin Smith 74
32 x53141x67x ZOUKERETTE F 3 Ciaron Maher 72

Table Credit: Racing Australia. 

PJ Bell Stakes Form Guide

The PJ Bell Stakes form guide details all the crucial info punters need before placing a bet like saddlecloth numbers, jockeys, trainers, barriers and lead-up runs.

Looking for fillies coming off a winning lead-up in Group company is key when doing the PJ Bell Stakes form. 

The PJ Bell Stakes form guide often also lists the latest odds on each runner and backing fillies around $8 – $10 in the markets has proved profitable in recent years. 

Looking on the PJ Bell Stakes form guide for fillies drawn in a double-digit barrier is also worth noting as four of the 10 winners from 2014 – 2024 jumped from gate 13 or wider most recently Heresy (14 of 15 in 2022).

The PJ Bell Stakes form has gone on to hold in tougher grade races a number of times over the years including when the 2020 winner Rubisaki finished third in the following year’s Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes in Adelaide. 

The 2023 PJ Bell Stakes form was franked with the winner Magic Time continuing on to run third in that spring’s $2 million The Invitation race before a Group 1 victory in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield in November. 

2024 PJ Bell Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive PJ Bell Stakes 2024 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

PJ Bell Stakes Tips

2023 PJ Bell Stakes winner Magic Time

2023 PJ Bell Stakes winner Magic Time went on to become a Group 1 winner that spring. Photo: Steve Hart.

PJ Bell Stakes tips favour fillies with proven Black-Type form in Sydney, those around $8 – $10 in betting and the Sydney-trained runners in the mix. 

Since Ortensia (58kg in 2009), just three PJ Bell Stakes winning fillies have carried more than 55.5kg to victory with Houtzen (56kg in 2018), Rubisaki (57kg in 2020) and Heresy (56kg in 2022), so another good tip is to back the lighter-weighted runners. 

2024 PJ Bell Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive PJ Bell Stakes 2024 best bets will be detailed below before the race takes place on the first Saturday of April so bookmark this page for the fillies to back and sack this autumn.

  • To Win: #1 Learning To Fly ($3.50 at time of publish) – BET NOW

Big field of fillies but hard to go past the consistent and back in form favourite Learning To Fly. She was the hard luck story last autumn when losing her rider in the Golden Slipper after winning her three opening career starts. Had the time off and came back well beaten a nostril flare fresh in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes as a three-year-old. Back to Group 1 company last start running fourth in the Surround over 1400m beaten 1.83 lengths a month ago. Kept fresh, down in grade and distance, big chance to return to winning form. 

PJ Bell Stakes Results

Proven Sydney-trained fillies coming off a top three run and those just under double-figures in betting have dominated the recent PJ Bell Stakes race results

PJ Bell Stakes winners of note throughout the race’s history include Snippet’s Girl (1993), Dane Ripper (1997), Ortensia (2009), Red Tracer (2011), Catkins (2013), Houtzen (2018), and Rubisaki (2020). 

Past PJ Bell Stakes Winners

A list of past PJ Bell Stakes winning fillies from the race’s inauguration in 1985 through to the present date are detailed below complete with the successful jockeys, weights carried to victory and winning times. 

Year Winner Jockey Weight Time
2024 Facile T. Schiller 54 kg 1:11.24
2023 Magic Time J. Childs 55 kg 1:13.00
2022 Heresy N. Rawiller 56 kg 1:13.14
2021 Matchmaker J. McDonald 55kg (carried 55.5kg) 1:11.17
2020 Rubisaki N. Rawiller 57 kg 1:12.74
2019 Multaja C. Williams 54 kg 1:12.67
2018 Houtzen G. Schofield 56 kg 1:08.64
2017 Diddums S. Clipperton 54 kg 1:12.35
2016 Tempt Me Not G. Schofield 54 kg 1:11.07
2015 Miss Cover Girl G. Boss 54 kg 1:11.62
2014 Politeness C. Williams 54 kg 1:12.48
2012 Ever The Same J. Cassidy 54 kg 1:10.03
2011 Red Tracer G. Schofield 55 kg 1:10.86
2010 Zingaling J. Cassidy 54 kg 1:09.88
2009 Ortensia C. Williams 58 kg 1:10.13
2008 Espurante G. Schofield 53 kg 1:12.17
2007 Hot ‘N’ Ready D. Oliver 55 kg 1:12.19
2006 Kakakakatie J. Ford 53 kg 1:10.14
2005 Rich Megadale J. Ford 55.5 kg 1:10.95
2004 Besame Mucho H. Bowman 53.5 kg 1:09.68
2003 Private Steer G. Childs 57 kg 1:11.43
2002 Oomph L. Beasley 55.5 kg 1:09.74
2001 She’s Purring C. Munce 54 kg 1:10.26
2000 Mulan Princess R.S. Dye 52.5 kg 1:8.980
1999 Wynciti D. Beasley 58 kg 1:10.60
1998 Flickering Fire J. Byrne 52 kg 1:11.42
1997 Dane Ripper D. Beadman 58 kg 1:10.16
1996 Presina G. Boss 58 kg 1:10.20
1995 Verocative B. York 55.5 kg 1:12.20
1994 Hot To Race B. York 56 kg 1:12.30
1993 Snippet’s Girl D. Oliver 55.5 kg 1:10.00
1992 Regina Madre L. Dittman 58.5 kg 1:10.30
1991 Peignoir J. Marshall 51 kg 1:11.50
1990 Reverse Pass R.S. Dye 54.5 kg 1:13.90
1989 St. Bridget’s Way C. Carmody 50 kg 1:10.20
1988 Bronze Empress M. Johnston 53 kg 1:11.50
1987 Winged Prayer R.S. Dye 51 kg 1:11.70
1986 Sweet Dream Lady D. Gauci 50 kg 1:11.20
1985 Deal B. Compton 52 kg 1:11.80