Challenge Stakes 2017

Saturday March 4, 2017

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.

Challenge Stakes betting open at Ladbrokes.com.au

English won the 2016 Challenge Stakes and later the Group 1 All Aged Stakes back at Royal Randwick that autumn. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

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 .

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Wgt. SP
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

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 TBD TBD TBD TBD
2017 English Redzel Supido 0.59.9
2016 English Kinglike Boss Lane 0:56.5
2015 Miracles Of Life Va Pensiero Rubick 0:56.7
2014 Villa Verde Snitzerland Famous Seamus 0:57.3
2013 Snitzerland Decision Time Howmuchdoyouloveme 0:56.1
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
2009 Olonana Hoystar Fantene 0:56.9
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
2005 Impaler Snippetson Charge Forward 0:56.2
2004 Star Of Florida Mistegic Majestic Fiesta 0:56.3
2003 Star Of Florida Snowland Fair Embrace 0:56.5
2002 Bomber Bill Mistegic Ateates 0:56.5
2001 Pimpala Prince Ateates Notoire 0:59.2
2000 Easy Rocking Ab Initio Adam 0:56.9