The 2016 AJ Scahill Stakes is a Group 3 contest raced annually at Ascot Racecourse, in Perth, the capital of Western Australia.
It’s a weight for age affair raced over a trip of 1400m in the middle of the Perth summer racing carnival.
The AJ Scahill Stakes is worth $250,000 and raced on the same day as the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m). This race is also the final event of the carnival contested under weight for age conditions for sprinters.
The AJ Scahill Stakes is a great race in that it can combine runners coming from very different routes.
Some may be rising in grade after performing well earlier in the carnival and others dropping down from something like the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m).
The Group 2 Lee Steere Stakes (1400m) also provides some decent form insight for the AJ Scahill Stakes.
Remember too though that proven weight for age form counts for so much in races like this.
Horses to have risen to the challenge of the AJ Scahill Stakes in the past include Willoughby in 1998 and Marasco in 2006.
Tarzi won it in 2007 and was unlucky to not win it again after running second in both 2008 and 2009.
The 2008 defeat would have been easier to swallow though coming at the hands of legendary Perth sprinter Takeover Target.
2015 AJ Scahill Stakes Field
The AJ Scahill Stakes field is usually comprised of some fairly talented weight-for-agers. For the most part, those horses which end up in the final AJ Scahill Stakes field have had fairly extensive experience in other weight for age events throughout their racing career.
The 2015 AJ Scahill Stakes field will be published below.
|1||21x2591x22||WATERMANS BAY||Daniel Morton||William Pike||7||59kg|
|2||036x6827x4||RESPONDENT||Adam Durrant||Glenn Smith||5||59kg|
|3||23122×3260||DAWN APPROACH||Vaughn Sigley||Takahide Ikenushi||1||59kg|
|4||86217x31x9||ROMMEL||Neville Parnham||Steven Parnham||6||59kg|
|5||x32x33x3x8||CHECKPOINT||Neville Parnham||Brad Parnham||3||59kg|
|6||1118×11220||BATTLE HERO||Grant Williams||Chris Parnham||2||59kg|
|7||112x40x320||MAGNIFISIO||Vaughn Sigley||Jason Brown||4||57kg|
2015 AJ Scahill Stakes Nominations
The AJ Scahill Stakes nominations are usually released on the Monday prior to the event. As a consequence of being one of the last major weight-for-age events in the Perth Summer Racing Carnival, AJ Scahill Stakes nominations tend to feature quite a large number of talented runners.
The 2015 AJ Scahill Stakes nominations will be provided here.
|1||1118×11220||BATTLE HERO||G||4||Grant Williams||59kg|
|3||23122×3260||DAWN APPROACH||G||5||Vaughn Sigley||59kg|
|4||x111x56315||HAZZABEEL (NZ)||G||5||Daniel Morton||59kg|
|5||33411124×2||KING OF WU||G||6||Brian Lucas||59kg|
|9||21x2591x22||WATERMANS BAY||G||7||Daniel Morton||59kg|
|11||2131114240||WINK AND A NOD||M||6||Justin Warwick||57kg|
AJ Scahill Stakes Winners & Results
Winners and placers in the AJ Scahill Stakes since 2000 with winning times.
|2016||1 Vega Magic||2 Chocolate Holic||3 First Among Equals||1:23.0|
|2015||1 Waterman’s Bay||2 Magnifisio||3 Respondent||1:24.5|
|2014||1 Watermans Bay||2 Magnifisio||3 Antique Belle||1:23.3|
|2013||1 Conservatorium||2 Luke’s Luck||3 Power Princess||1:24.1|
|2012||1 Power Princess||2 Waratah’s Secret||3 Conservatorium||1:23.7|
|2011||1 Grand Nirvana||2 Waratah’s Secret||3 Grey Monarch||1:22.4|
|2010||1 Waratah’s Secret||2 Hadabeclorka||3 Elliotto||1:21.8|
|2009||1 Proart||2 Tarzi||3 Elliotto||1:22.1|
|2008||1 Takeover Target||2 Tarzi||3 Royal Lott||1.22.8|
|2007||1 Tarzi||2 Glory Hunter||3 Grasspatch Girl||1:24.0|
|2006||1 Marasco||2 Mansion House||3 Hartley’s Dream||1:22.7|
|2005||1 Arctic Park||2 Star Laser||3 Is Amazing||1:22.2|
|2004||1 Avenida Madero||2 Eastern Standard||3 Who Did It||1:22.0|
|2003||1 Hot Shot Brother||2 Kame’s Hope||3 Kaprats||1:23.3|
|2002||1 Kensyl Bay||2 Irish Pride||3 Early Express||1:23.1|
|2001||1 (Dec) Tribula||2 Lady Belvedere||3 Exit Lane||1:25.6|
|2001||1 (Jan) Lizzy Long Leg||2 Master Park||3 Star System||1:24.0|
|2000||1 Terwilliger||2 Willoughby||3 Jevanswer||1:10.8|