Challenge Stakes

  • Date: Saturday March 5, 2016
  • Racecourse: Eagle Farm
  • Race Distance: 1000m
  • Conditions: Open, Weight For Age
  • Prize Money: $500,000

2016 Challenge Stakes News

English installed as favourite for The Shorts

English installed as favourite for The Shorts

First up specialist English has been installed as the early favourite for the Group 2 $200,000 Bowermans Office Furniture Shorts (1100m) at Randwick on Saturday.

English, above, has been installed the favourite for the The Shorts at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Ladbrokes.com.au have English marked at $2.40 for her first appearance since winning the …

The 2016 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.

2016 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 2016 Challenge Stakes field will be published below.

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x221x3223x BALL OF MUSCLE Joseph Pride Tim Clark 1 58.5kg 106
2 227042270x LORD OF THE SKY Robbie Laing Glyn Schofield 5 58.5kg 105
3 15x111136x SHIRAZ Tony McEvoy Hugh Bowman 7 58.5kg 105
4 x1120x3415 BOSS LANE Ron Quinton Christian Reith 8 58.5kg 100
5 40x25x20x6 VA PENSIERO Jason Coyle Jason Collett 11 58.5kg 100
6 31933×1611 FELINES Kris Lees Brenton Avdulla 10 56.5kg 92
7 5x12x11113 RULE THE RIVER Anthony Cummings Blake Shinn 2 56.5kg 90
8 21x16x KINGLIKE Peter G Moody Craig Williams 9 56kg 89
9 x210x1121x SPEAK FONDLY Gai Waterhouse Kerrin McEvoy 3 54kg 105
10 1126x ENGLISH Gai Waterhouse Tommy Berry 6 54kg 95
11 x4291x374x OTTOMAN John O’Shea James McDonald 4 54kg 86

Challenge Stakes Winners & Results

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

Year Results Winning Time
2017 1 TBD 2 TBD 3 TBD TBD
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