Ajax Stakes Race Information

The Ajax Stakes is a 1500 metre quality handicap race run by the Australian Turf Club in March. It is held at Rosehill as part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

  • Race Type: Group 2
  • Distance: 1500 metres
  • Conditions: Quality handicap, 3YO & upwards
  • Track: Rosehill Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Prizemoney: $300,000
  • Date: Saturday 16 March 2024

Ajax Stakes Race History

See the 2024 Ajax Stakes Preview and results.

See the 2023 Ajax Stakes Preview and results.

See the 2022 Ajax Stakes Preview and results.

The winner of the Ajax Stakes is exempt from the ballot and penalty for the Doncaster Mile at Randwick.

The Ajax Stakes was first held as a Principal race over 1200m in 1974 and was won by Tontonan. In 1979 the distance was increased to 1400m and it became a Listed race. In 1984 the distance increased to the current 1500m and it was upgraded to a Group 2 race. It has been known by a few different names – Sir Robert Askin Cup (1984), Diners’ Club Cup (1985-1991), Sydney Turf Club 50th Anniversary Stakes (1993), Konica Stakes (1996) and Parramatta League Club Stakes (1998 and 2000-2002) but all other years has had the original name. In 2006 it was upgraded to the current Group 2 status.

Ajax Stakes Facts

Last mare to win; Sea Pictures (1986)

Last 3YO to win: C&G – Niagara (2012); Filly – Lowan Star (1980)

Multiple winners: It’s Somewhat (2016 & 2017); Confiscate (1998 & 1999); Catalan Opening  (1996 & 1997)

Fastest time (1500m): Soho Square (1993) 1:27:3

Ajax Stakes & Doncaster Mile: It’s Somewhat (2017); Grand Armee (2003); Vite Cheval (1984); Tontonan (1974)

Interesting trivia: 1974 winner Tontonan carries 57.5 kg to win as a three-year-old.

Past winners of the Ajax Stakes

Winners of past Ajax Stakes include horses that go on to Group 1 wins.

Year Winner Second Third
2024 Democracy Manifest Territory Express Detonator Jack
2023 Cepheus Waterford Caesars Palace
2022 Just Folk Ellsberg Kiku
2021 I Am Superman Think It Over Rock
2020 Imaging Yulong Prince Cascadian
2019 Fifty Stars Mask of Time Dyslexic
2018 Comin’ Through Tom Melbourne Radipole
2017 It’s Somewhat New Tipperary Testashadow
2016 It’s Somewhat Excess Knowledge Dances On Stars
2015 Burbero Ninth Legion San Diego
2014 Messene Weary Malavio
2013 Havana Rey Riva De Lago Monton
2012 Niagara Star Of Octagonal Alma’s Fury
2011 Pureness Mentality Lebrechaun
2010 Brilliant Light Centennial Park Mentality
2009 Solo Flyer Marching Chasm
2008 All Silent Friday Creek Bobadah
2007 High Cee Danleigh The Free Stater
2006 Malcolm Lantwin Utzon
2005 River To The Sea Daniel’s The Man This Manshood
2004 True Glo Gordo So Assertive
2003 Grand Armee Lord Essex Carael Boy
2002 Mowerman Make Me A Miracle Gordo
2001 Galiano Palladium Star Emission
2000 Normal Practice Beauchamp Old Man
1999 Confiscate Room For A Slew Morphy
1998 Confiscate Juggler Monet’s Cove
1997 Catalan Opening Holy Roller Pragmatism
1996 Catalan Opening Kidman’s Cove Sprint By
1995 Protara’s Bay Allez Glen Sovereign Kite
1994 Poetic King Never Undercharge Just Awesome
1993 Soho Square Durbridge Tarheel Boy
1992 Alderson Power Chief Palatin
1991 From The Planet Royal Creation Thrifty Reserve
1990 Windsor’s Pal Our Poverty Bay Livistona Lane
1989 Jondolar Winner’s Intent Classic Hand
1988 Imprimatu Swift Cheval Special Finish
1987 Mac’s Treasure Faris King Zip Home
1986 Sea Pictures Eye Of The Sky Chanteclair
1985 Royal Troubador Vain Fury Tide Time
1984 Vite Cheval Uno Petera Row Of Waves
1983 C’Est Si Bon Ideal Planet Tandrio
1982 Winter’s Dance Foxbay Dalmacia
1981 Thumb Print Avatar The Funofit
1980 Lowan Star Arbogast King’s Deal
1979 Lloyd Boy Raise Your Glass Bernard
1978 Count Rajan King Amura Blockbuster
1977 Tiger Town Itchy Feet Oramore
1976 Wayne’s Bid Toy Show Maybe Mahal
1975 Helmsman Gilt Patten Let’s Fly
1974 Tontonan Kista All Profit