Ajax Stakes 2017

Saturday March 11, 2017

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 $115,000 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 last horse to complete the Ajax Stakes – Doncaster double was Grand Armee (2003).

The latest edition of the Ajax Stakes took place on Saturday March 11, 2017 .

2017 Ajax Stakes Results

  • 1st: It’s Somewhat
  • 2nd: New Tipperary
  • 3rd: Testashadow

Ajax Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday March 11, 2017
  • Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
  • Distance: 1500m
  • Conditions: Quality Handicap
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $200,000
  • First Run: 1974

Ajax Stakes Field

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.

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

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. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

2017 Ajax Stakes Field

The official Ajax Stakes 2017 field of potential Doncaster Mile horses will be released by Racing NSW on Wednesday March 8, 2017 and published right here so stay tuned.

The 2017 Ajax Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw attracted 12 hopefuls including the defending champion It’s Somewhat, the Doncaster Mile-bound Dibayani for Lindsay Park and Chris Waller’s progressive French import Arod drawn wide in gate 11.

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp. Rating
1 1653x4313x IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) John O’Shea William Buick 1 59kg 108
2 3x00352x02 AROD (IRE) Chris Waller Tye Angland 11 58.5kg 107
3 11x1110x87 HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Kerrin McEvoy 3 58.5kg 107
4 x561019x77 LEEBAZ (NZ) Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Christian Reith 12 58.5kg 107
5 249×232924 DIBAYANI (IRE) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig Blake Shinn 2 58kg 106
6 x1290x1211 CYLINDER BEACH (NZ) Desleigh Forster Glyn Schofield 7 56kg 102
7 1x1782x163 TESTASHADOW Gary Portelli Sam Clipperton 10 55kg 100
8 2x145x227x SINGING (FR) Kris Lees Tim Clark 6 53.5kg 97
9 9x6781040x SLOW PACE (USA) Kris Lees Andrew Adkins (a) 5 53kg 91
10 110x7111x6 NEW TIPPERARY Joseph Pride Brenton Avdulla 8 53kg 88
11 14x120143x FLOODLIGHT (USA) John O’Shea Jay Ford 9 53kg 84
12 1182×53 NO DOUBT Anthony & Edward Cummings Daniel Moor 4 53kg 68

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.

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

2017 Ajax Stakes Odds

The updated Ajax Stakes 2017 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 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.

2017 Ajax Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Ajax Stakes 2017 betting tips will be detailed below soon after the field is out so stay tuned for the best Ajax Stakes bets to place this autumn.

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.

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 Messene (2014), All Silent (2008) and Grand Armee (2003).

2017 Ajax Stakes Results

The full Ajax Stakes Results & Finishing Order 2017 will be available below when the race is run and won on Saturday March 11, 2017 .

Ajax Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 TBD TBD TBD TBD
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