Ladbrokes Tip: The Challenge Stakes is a classic lead-up to the Group 1 The Galaxy every autumn.
The Challenge Stakes is a Group 2 support race run at Randwick Racecourse on Royal Randwick Guineas Day on a Saturday in late February – early March each Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.
The meeting is headlined by the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) and the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) and also features three Group 2 events and two Group 3 races. Run over a short distance sprint of 1000m, the Challenge Stakes offers a total of $500,000 in prize money including $300,000 to the winner.
The race is run at weight-for-age conditions and is open to gallopers aged three-years-old and above. The Challenge Stakes winner is exempt from ballot for both the upcoming Group 1 The Galaxy and the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes later in the autumn.
The latest edition of the Challenge Stakes took place on Saturday March 4, 2017 .
2017 Challenge Stakes Results
- 1st: English
- 2nd: Redzel
- 3rd: Supido
Challenge Stakes Race Info
- Date: Saturday March 4, 2017
- Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
- Distance: 1000m
- Conditions: Weight-for-age
- Status: Group 2
- Prize Money: $500,000
- First Run: 1906
Challenge Stakes Field
The Challenge Stakes field attracts the season’s top short-distance sprinters eyeing Group 1 glory later in the carnival.
The top prize money and ballot exemption into The Galaxy and TJ Smith Stakes sees a high-class field face off in the Group 2 and there are plenty of lead-up races into the Challenge Stakes including the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) over the same distance in Melbourne the month before.
In 2014 Snitzerland won the Melbourne Group 1 at Flemington before crossing second to Villa Verda as the beaten Challenge Stakes favourite.
Challenge Stakes nominations close on the Monday before the race followed by the final field and barriers out on the Wednesday.
2017 Challenge Stakes Field
The official Challenge Stakes 2017 Field & Barriers will be published below when final acceptances are taken the Wednesday before Randwick Guineas Day so check back to see who is in and out of the lucrative sprint showdown.
Racing NSW announced the 2017 Challenge Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw on Wednesday March 1, the weight-for-age sprint attracted a ten-horse field led by the likes of Joe Pride’s Expressway Stakes third placegetter Ball Of Muscle and the rails-drawn English.
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Barrier||Weight||Hcp. Rating|
|1||68x265x633||BALL OF MUSCLE||Joseph Pride||Tommy Berry (late alt)||3||58.5kg||104|
|2||2215x1181x||REDZEL||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy (late alt)||10||58.5kg||104|
|3||1x11x113x9||SUPIDO||Michael Kent||Luke Nolen||6||58.5kg||98|
|4||62x600x211||DAL CIELO (NZ)||Kris Lees||Glyn Schofield||7||58.5kg||93|
|5||6247×27684||WOULDNT IT BE NICE||Paul Perry||Tim Clark||2||58.5kg||89|
|6||212134028x||JUNGLE EDGE||Mick Bell||Arron Lynch||8||58.5kg||88|
|7||1631x5470x||ENGLISH||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Blake Shinn||1||56.5kg||110|
|8||1113x132x6||HEATHERLY||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Joao Moreira||9||56.5kg||107|
|9||15x447317x||FELINES||Kris Lees||Brenton Avdulla||4||56.5kg||101|
|10||56x153116x||KENTUCKY MISS||Joseph Pride||Corey Brown||5||54kg||82|
Challenge Stakes Odds & Betting
Challenge Stakes betting markets open on the Wednesday before the race after the final acceptances close and the official field of hopeful sprinters is released by Racing NSW.
Horses with proven form over the short 1000m distance often sit high up the Challenge Stakes odds as do those with previous winning records at Randwick. Favourites have a strong record in the Challenge Stakes and the form often stacks up in later carnival features.
2017 Challenge Stakes Betting
The latest Challenge Stakes 2017 odds will be provided below as soon as markets on the Group 2 sprint are released the week of the race so stay tuned to get behind your tips on the Randwick clash.
Challenge Stakes Tips
Challenge Stakes tips are usually led by proven Group winners with form over 1000 – 1200m in Sydney and or Melbourne.
Many gallopers have Group 1 experience and looking for those runners that have held their own against the best sprinters in the country can be key to Challenge Stakes tipping.
2017 Challenge Stakes Tips
Our Ladbrokes’ insider Challenge Stakes tips 2017 will be detailed below the week of the race giving you the best bets to place on the race this autumn.
Challenge Stakes Form Guide
The Challenge Stakes form guide lists all of the essential information punters need including barriers, jockeys, trainers and lead-up form. The Challenge Stakes form often holds up later in the carnival with the winner exempt from The Galaxy and TJ Smith Stakes ballot.
In 2012 Rain Affair won the Challenge Stakes before finishing second in both the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) and the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick. The 2013 Challenge Stakes winner Snitzerland went on to finish runner-up in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) and finished second in the following year’s Challenge Stakes.
The following year in 2014 Villa Verda backed up from a Challenge Stakes win to cross third in The Galaxy, as did 2015 Challenge winner Miracles Of Life who then headed to Adelaide and won the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m).
Challenge Stakes Results
The Challenge Stakes results have been dominated by the favourites in recent years and defending champions have a poor record in the race.
Notable recent Challenge Stakes winners include Miracles Of Life (2015), Rain Affair (2012) the ill-fated Hay List (2011) and subsequent star sire Snitzel (2006).
2017 Challenge Stakes Results
The full Challenge Stakes 2017 Results will be detailed right here when the race is run and won on Saturday March 4, 2017 .
|1||7||ENGLISH||Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott||Blake Shinn||–||1||56.5kg||$4.20F|
|2||2||REDZEL||Peter & Paul Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||0.1L||9||58.5kg||$6|
|3||3||SUPIDO||Michael Kent||Luke Nolen||1.6L||6||58.5kg||$6|
|4||9||FELINES||Kris Lees||Brenton Avdulla||1.9L||4||56.5kg||$12|
|5||6||JUNGLE EDGE||Mick Bell||Arron Lynch||4.1L||8||58.5kg||$21|
|6||5||WOULDNT IT BE NICE||Paul Perry||Tim Clark||6.9L||2||58.5kg||$31|
|7||4||DAL CIELO (NZ)||Kris Lees||Glyn Schofield||7.3L||7||58.5kg||$7.50|
|8||10||KENTUCKY MISS||Joseph Pride||Corey Brown||7.9L||5||54kg||$9.50|
|9||1||BALL OF MUSCLE||Joseph Pride||Tommy Berry||14.2L||3||58.5kg||$5|
|–||8||HEATHERLY||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Joao Moreira||–||0|
Challenge Stakes Winners
|2015||Miracles Of Life||Va Pensiero||Rubick||0:56.7|
|2014||Villa Verde||Snitzerland||Famous Seamus||0:57.3|
|2012||Rain Affair||Satin Shoes||Neeson||1:03.7|
|2011||Hay List||Keen Commander||Solar Charged||0:56.8|
|2010||De Lightning Ridge||Dorf Command||Stryker||0:55.9|
|2008||Hurried Choice||Keen Commander||German Chocolate||0:57.3|
|2007||Spark Of Life||Whoever||Biscayne Bay||0:56.8|
|2006||Snitzel||Spark of Life||Media||0:56.8|
|2004||Star Of Florida||Mistegic||Majestic Fiesta||0:56.3|
|2003||Star Of Florida||Snowland||Fair Embrace||0:56.5|
|2000||Easy Rocking||Ab Initio||Adam||0:56.9|