Challenge Stakes

  • Date: Saturday March 4, 2017
  • Racecourse: Eagle Farm
  • Race Distance: 1000m
  • Conditions: Open, Weight For Age
  • Prize Money: $500,000

2016 Challenge Stakes News

Full field of 14 for 2017 Galaxy

Full field of 14 for 2017 Galaxy

A full field of fourteen sprinters will line up to contest the Group 1 $700,000 Nathan’s Famous Hotdogs Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill on Saturday.

English (white cap) and Redzel (red cap) are set to clash again in the Galaxy at Rosehill. Photo by Steve Hart.

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained English is looking …

The 2017 Challenge Stakes are a Group 2 contest raced annually in March at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney. The race forms part of the Sydney autumn racing carnival, the feature period for the New South Wales capital.

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The Challenge Stakes are a weight for age test making it an event only for the true leaders of the industry. The race itself is a 1000m sprint and worth $500,000 in prize money to the winners. It is usually held on the same card as the Group 1 Randwick Guineas.

Given the equal weights and the short trip the best horses seemingly always win the Challenge Stakes. It can sometimes be used as an early assignment ahead of tilts at the Group 2 Star Kingdom Stakes on Golden Slipper Day and ultimately even the Group 1 Galaxy towards the end of the carnival.

Some horses may even come to this after the Melbourne autumn with the Group 1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington providing the winner here on numerous occasions.

Previous winners of the Challenge Stakes include Cangronde with a double in 1997 and 1998 as well as Star Of Florida that did the same in 2003 and 2004.

Since then Snitzel triumphed in 2006 and Hay List won as a short priced favourite in 2011.

2017 Challenge Stakes Field

The Challenge Stakes field is usually released around the same time as the barrier draw on the Wednesday prior to the race.

The 2017 Challenge Stakes field will be published below.

No 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 Nominations

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Hcp. Rating
1 68x265x633 BALL OF MUSCLE G 6 Joseph Pride 104
2 62x600x211 DAL CIELO (NZ) G 4 Kris Lees 93
3 1631x5470x ENGLISH M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 110
4 15x447317x FELINES M 5 Kris Lees 101
5 97x000x670 HEART TESTA G 7 Matthew Smith 86
6 1113x132x6 HEATHERLY M 4 Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 107
7 212134028x JUNGLE EDGE G 6 Mick Bell 88
8 56x153116x KENTUCKY MISS F 3 Joseph Pride 82
9 431160x19x PALAZZO PUBBLICO M 5 Matthew Smith 98
10 2215x1181x REDZEL G 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 104
11 1x11x113x9 SUPIDO H 5 Michael Kent 98
12 3x296x20x1 TERRAVISTA G 7 Joseph Pride 113
13 6247×27684 WOULDNT IT BE NICE G 6 Paul Perry 89

Challenge Stakes Winners & Results

Winners and placers in the Challenge Stakes since 2000 with winning times.

Year Results Winning Time
2017 1 English 2 Redzel 3 Supido 0:59.9
2016 1 English 2 Kinglike 3 Boss Lane 0:56.5
2015 1 Miracles Of Life 2 Va Pensiero 3 Rubick  0:56.7
2014 1 Villa Verde 2 Snitzerland 3 Famous Seamus  0:57.3
2013 1 Snitzerland 2 Decision Time 3 Howmuchdoyouloveme  0:56.16
2012 1 Rain Affair 2 Satin Shoes 3 Neeson  1:03.7
2011 1 Hay List 2 Keen Commander 3 Solar Charged  0:56.8
2010 1 De Lightning Ridge 2 Dorf Command 3 Stryker  0:55.9
2009 1 Olonana 2 Hoystar 3 Fantene  0:56.9
2008 1 Hurried Choice 2 Keen Commander 3 German Chocolate  0:57.3
2007 1 Spark Of Life 2 Whoever 3 Biscayne Bay  0:56.8
2006 1 Snitzel 2 Spark of Life 3 Media  0:56.8
2005 1 Impaler 2 Snippetson 3 Charge Forward  0:56.2
2004 1 Star Of Florida 2 Mistegic 3 Majestic Fiesta  0:56.3
2003 1 Star Of Florida 2 Snowland 3 Fair Embrace  0:56.5
2002 1 Bomber Bill 2 Mistegic 3 Ateates  0:56.5
2001 1 Pimpala Prince 2 Ateates 3 Notoire  0:59.2
2000 1 Easy Rocking 2 Ab Initio 3 Adam  0:56.9