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 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 17, 2018 .
2018 Ajax Stakes Results
- 1st: #3 Comin’ Through
- 2nd: #2 Tom Melbourne
- 3rd: #9 Radipole
Ajax Stakes Race Info
- Date: Saturday March 17, 2018
- Track: Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
- Distance: 1500m
- Conditions: Quality Handicap
- Status: Group 2
- Prize Money: $200,000
- First Run: 1974
2018 Ajax Stakes Results
The full Ajax Stakes Results & Finishing Order 2018 will be available below when the race is run and won on Saturday March 17, 2018 .
The official 2018 Ajax Stakes Results saw the Chris Waller-trained duo of Comin’ Through and Tom Melbourne fight it out in a close finish on way to the Doncaster Mile.
|1||3||COMIN’ THROUGH||Chris Waller||Michael Walker||–||2||56kg||$5|
|2||2||TOM MELBOURNE (IRE)||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||0.2L||4||56.5kg||$3.50F|
|3||9||RADIPOLE (IRE)||Michael Moroney||Corey Brown||0.3L||1||53kg||$8|
|4||7||CELLARMAN||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||0.6L||7||53kg||$10|
|5||6||ARBEITSAM||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||0.7L||3||54.5kg||$7|
|6||1||PRIZED ICON||Kris Lees||Glyn Schofield||1.6L||6||58kg||$6.50|
|7||10||KINGSGUARD (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Jay Ford||2.1L||8||53kg||$26|
|8||4||MCCREERY (GB)||Chris Waller||Craig Williams||3.2L||9||55.5kg||$41|
|9||8||LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE)||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||4.8L||5||53kg||$12|
|–||5||INTERLOCUTER (USA)||James Cummings||Tye Angland||–||0||–||–|
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).
2018 Ajax Stakes Odds
The updated Ajax Stakes 2018 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 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. 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.
2018 Ajax Stakes Field
The official Ajax Stakes 2018 field of potential Doncaster Mile horses will be released by Racing NSW on Wednesday March 14, 2018 and published right here so stay tuned.
Trainer Chris Waller dominates the 2018 Ajax Stakes Final Field saddling-up five of the 10 hopefuls including Apollo Stakes third placegetter Comin’ Through who is the favourite drawn in gate two and the returning perennial Group 1 placegetter Tom Melbourne in gate four.
Update: #5 Interlocuter (8) has been scratched from the line-up with nine left in the mix.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||202720×242||PRIZED ICON||Kris Lees||Glyn Schofield||6||58kg||107|
|2||x22226230x||TOM MELBOURNE (IRE)||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||4||56.5kg||104|
|3||338x1160x3||COMIN’ THROUGH||Chris Waller||Michael Walker||2||56kg||103|
|4||95x84730x7||MCCREERY (GB)||Chris Waller||Craig Williams||10||55.5kg||102|
|5||11x21113x6||INTERLOCUTER (USA)||James Cummings||Tye Angland||8||55kg||101|
|6||712111×420||ARBEITSAM||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Tim Clark||3||54.5kg||100|
|7||6113315111||CELLARMAN||Chris Waller||Brenton Avdulla||7||53kg||97|
|8||22x253920x||LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE)||Chris Waller||Kerrin McEvoy||5||53kg||96|
|9||x661x025x2||RADIPOLE (IRE)||Michael Moroney||Corey Brown||1||53kg||95|
|10||017128×653||KINGSGUARD (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Jay Ford||9||53kg||89|
2018 Ajax Stakes Nominations
The official Ajax Stakes 2018 nominations are taken on the Monday leading-up to Coolmore Classic Day and the full list of early entries will be available below.
The 2018 Ajax Stakes Nominations drew 16 hopefuls including Apollo Stakes winner Endless Drama, one of eight in the mix for Chris Waller, who ran fourth in last Saturday’s Canterbury Stakes. The also Waller-trained Comin’ Through finished second in the Apollo Stakes and leads early Ajax Stakes betting along with the likes of his returning stablemate Tom Melbourne and the Kris Lees-trained Prized Icon coming off a second to Winx in the Chipping Norton.
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.
2018 Ajax Stakes Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ insider Ajax Stakes 2018 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.
- 1st: #3 COMIN’ THROUGH ($4)
- 2nd: #7 CELLARMAN ($9.50)
- 3rd: #1 PRIZED ICON ($5.50)
Happy to stick with the narrow favourite COMIN’ THROUGH ($4), one of five in the mix for Sydney’s top trainer Chris Waller. This four-year-old savaged the line when a quarter-length beaten first-up in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m). Month between runs, he’s been kept fresh on purpose. Down in weight, step-up to 1500m suits and it is an open field, but lacking a bit of depth so very winnable for him and the in-form Michael Walker. Also Waller-trained is CELLARMAN ($9.50) coming off three straight wins including back-to-back at the track / distance. Drops right back kilo-wise for his acid test and wouldn’t need to improve much to feature in the finish. PRIZED ICON ($5.50) is classy, but not sure coming back to 1500m will suit with the weight. Was still second to super mare Winx in the Chipping Norton last time out, form that is hard to bet against.
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.
2018 Ajax Stakes Form Guide
A link to our comprehensive Ajax Stakes 2018 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
|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|
|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|
|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|
|2001||On Type||Maitland Gold||Miss Kournikova||1:22.7|
|2000||Ad Alta||Spinning Hill||Camena||1:24.0|