Challenge Stakes 2018

Saturday March 10, 2018

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 early – mid March each Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

The meeting is headlined by the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) and the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m). 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 10, 2018 .

2018 Challenge Stakes Results

  • 1st: #1 Redzel
  • 2nd: #3 Jungle Edge
  • 3rd: #7 Super Too

Challenge Stakes Race Info

  • Date: Saturday March 10, 2018
  • Track: Royal Randwick Racecourse
  • Distance: 1000m
  • Conditions: Weight-for-age
  • Status: Group 2
  • Prize Money: $500,000
  • First Run: 1906

2018 Challenge Stakes Results

The full Challenge Stakes 2018 Results & Finishing Order will be detailed right here when the race is run and won on Saturday March 10, 2018 .

Odds-on favourite Redzel dominated the official 2018 Challenge Stakes Results, The Everest champ winning in a record 55.73 seconds.

Place # Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Br. Weight SP
1 1 REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 3 58.5kg $1.40F
2 3 JUNGLE EDGE Mick Bell Kevin Forrester 1.8L 7 58.5kg $81
3 7 SUPER TOO Marc Conners Blake Shinn 2.8L 5 56.5kg $15
4 9 VIRIDINE James Cummings Brenton Avdulla 2.9L 4 56kg $7
5 6 ENGLISH Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Corey Brown 3.9L 2 56.5kg $9.50
6 2 TERRAVISTA Joseph Pride Jason Collett 5.3L 8 58.5kg $21
7 4 TAKEDOWN Gary Moore Tim Clark 5.6L 6 58.5kg $41
8 8 THE MISSION Paul Perry Joshua Parr 5.8L 1 56kg $151
5 BALL OF MUSCLE Joseph Pride Glyn Schofield 0

Challenge Stakes Odds & Betting

Challenge Stakes betting markets open the week of the race are led by the standout sprinters from the previous spring that contested races like The Everest. Redzel (2017-2018) became the first horse to do The Everest – Challenge Stakes double.

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. Redzel ($1.40 in 2018) was the last favourite in Challenge Stakes betting to salute for the punters.

2018 Challenge Stakes Betting

The latest Challenge Stakes 2018 odds on the Group 2 sprint taking place at Royal Randwick will be provided below once announced so stay tuned for the best betting markets on the Guineas Day support act.

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 2018 Redzel improved on a shock loss (2nd) in the Black Caviar Lightning to return to winning form in the Challenge Stakes results.

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

English won the 2016 Challenge Stakes and later the Group 1 All Aged Stakes back at Royal Randwick that autumn. She also returned and took out the 2017 Challenge Stakes. Photo Credit: Steve Hart.

2018 Challenge Stakes Field

The official Challenge Stakes 2018 Field & Barriers will be provided below once final acceptances by Racing NSW have been released on the Wednesday of race week.

The 2018 Challenge Stakes Final Field features a small but class field of nine sprinters led by superstar Redzel who is odds-on favourite to return to winning form after the shock first-up loss in Melbourne’s Group 1 Black Caviar (1000m).

Update: Ball Of Muscle has been scratched from the Challenge Stakes 2018 field but trainer Joe Pride remains certain the horse is on track for a Golden Slipper Day run in the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill on March 24.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 211x1111x2 REDZEL Peter & Paul Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 4 58.5kg 118
2 0x100x02x8 TERRAVISTA Joseph Pride Hugh Bowman 9 58.5kg 112
3 076875113x JUNGLE EDGE Mick Bell Kevin Forrester 8 58.5kg 108
4 x847x5400x TAKEDOWN Gary Moore Tim Clark 7 58.5kg 108
5 394x2531x6 BALL OF MUSCLE Joseph Pride Glyn Schofield 2 58.5kg 105
6 7266x4269x ENGLISH Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Corey Brown 3 56.5kg 112
7 423x5112x9 SUPER TOO Marc Conners Blake Shinn 6 56.5kg 96
8 161x70600x THE MISSION Paul Perry Joshua Parr 1 56kg 90
9 11x115x VIRIDINE James Cummings Brenton Avdulla 5 56kg 87

2018 Challenge Stakes Nominations

The early Challenge Stakes 2018 Nominations close the Monday of race week and the full list of early entries will be available below.

Racing NSW have extended the Challenge Stakes nominations for 2018 until Tuesday morning after only 11 early entries were received for the half-a-million-dollar sprint. Standout Challenge Stakes nominees including the dual defending champion English and champion sprinter Redzel who took out The Everest – Darley Classic double in the spring.

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.

2018 Challenge Stakes Tips

Our Ladbrokes’ insider Challenge Stakes tips 2018 will be detailed below the week of the race giving you the best bets to place on the race this autumn.

  • 1st: #1 REDZEL ($1.55)
  • 2nd: #7 SUPER TOO ($26)
  • 3rd: #2 TERRAVISTA ($14)

Back at Randwick second-up REDZEL ($1.55) is odds-on and deservingly so. Won six straight in the spring including finishing his prep with The Everest – Darley Classic interstate double before returning to be run down late for the narrow second to Redkirk Warrior in the Black Caviar Lightning (1000m). At Randwick his record is outstanding, this is a far easier field of rivals and he gets things his way from barrier three. Won’t lose again. SUPER TOO ($26) is huge value for a place. Short-distance specialist who was well beaten in the Black Caviar, but gets chance to atone taking up the front-running on a better-suited Soft track. TERRAVISTA ($14) at his best can challenge.

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). In 2016 English won the Challenge Stakes and went on to finish third in the TJ Smith Stakes before winning the All Aged Stakes (1400m) later that April at Randwick.

2018 Challenge Stakes Form Guide

A link to our comprehensive Challenge Stakes 2018 Form Guide will be available below the week of the race for punters.

Challenge Stakes Results

The Challenge Stakes results have been dominated by the favourites in recent years and defending champions had a poor record in the race until the successive wins by English (2016-17).

Notable recent Challenge Stakes winners include Redzel (2018), Miracles Of Life (2015), Rain Affair (2012) the ill-fated Hay List (2011) and subsequent star sire Snitzel (2006).


Challenge Stakes Winners

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 Redzel Jungle Edge Super Too 0:55.7
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