PJ Bell Stakes 2022

Saturday April 2, 2022

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.

Open only to three-year-old fillies, the event is contested at set weights plus penalties and offers $200,000 in prize money.

It is held on one of the biggest Australian race days featuring four Group 1 races including the $3 million Doncaster Mile (1600m) and the $2.5 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 2, 2022 on ‘The Championships’ Day 1 at Randwick and was won by the James Cummings-trained favourite Hersey ($5.50).

PJ Bell Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday April 2, 2022
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1200m
  • Conditions: Set Weights + Penalties – 3YO Fillies
  • Status: Group 3
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1985

2022 PJ Bell Stakes Results

The complete PJ Bell Stakes 2022 Results and race finishing order will be available right here once the race is run and won on Saturday April 2, 2022.

  • 1st: #5 Hersey
  • 2nd: #13 Zapateo 
  • 3rd: #1 Arcaded 

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 Hersey ($5.50 in 2022) are the last favourites in PJ Bell Stakes betting to salute for the punters. 

2022 PJ Bell Stakes Odds

Betting on the PJ Bell Stakes 2022 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 2022 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 Field

The PJ Bell Stakes 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 Hersey 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.

2022 PJ Bell Stakes Field

The official PJ Bell Stakes 2022 final field and barriers are set to be released by Racing NSW on Wednesday March 30, 2022 and will be announced in full below.

2022 PJ Bell Stakes Nominations

The early PJ Bell Stakes 2022 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 14x31562x3 A VERY FINE RED F 3 Mark Newnham 80
2 11015x7x96 ARCADED F 3 James Cummings 82
3 21x BANANA QUEEN F 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 65
4 5x461x BELLA ROUGE F 3 Chris Waller 63
5 262×462841 COMPASSIONATE F 3 Tracey Bartley 63
6 134×1 COMRADE ROSA F 3 John O’Shea 66
7 342×314 DALCHINI F 3 Lee & Cherie Curtis 66
8 44x3516x07 FOUR MOVES AHEAD F 3 John Sargent 92
9 2x1x14x3 GIMMIE PAR F 3 Peter G Moody 82
10 5111 HELLFEST F 3 James Cummings 84
11 1x23204x54 HERESY F 3 James Cummings 84
12 66×11 I AM BRAZEN F 3 John Thompson 62
13 2113x KIR ROYALE F 3 Chris Waller 70
14 x172267x40 LARKSPUR RUN F 3 James Cummings 75
15 14x3260x85 LATINO BLEND (NZ) F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 77
16 9x5320x524 MALLORY F 3 Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou 85
17 14x112x ME ME LAGARDE F 3 Toby & Trent Edmonds 86
18 118x47000x NAJMATY F 3 Peter & Paul Snowden 72
19 4x314x6 PARTY FOR ONE F 3 Joseph Pride 67
20 x42x20540x ROBODIRA F 3 John O’Shea 82
21 12×31 SHORT SHORTS (NZ) F 3 Brad Widdup 65
22 111×53 SMIRNOVA F 3 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 76
23 11x17x5 SNEAKY FIVE F 3 Ciaron Maher & David Eustace 91
24 313286×35 STERN IMPULSE F 3 Shane Nichols 62
25 6x TAURASI F 3 Anthony Cummings  
26 1212×24 ZAPATEO F 3 James Cummings 76

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 nine winners from 2014 – 2022 jumped from gate 13 or wider most recently Hersey (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. 

2022 PJ Bell Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive PJ Bell Stakes 2022 Form Guide will be provided for punters below the week of the race.

PJ Bell Stakes Tips

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 Hersey (56kg in 2022), so another good tip is to back the lighter-weighted runners. 

2022 PJ Bell Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ exclusive PJ Bell Stakes 2022 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: #10 A Very Fine Red ($6.50 at time of publish) 

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 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). 

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
2022 Hersey 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