Challenge Stakes Race Information

The Challenge Stakes is a 1000 metre weight for age race run by the Australian Turf Club in early March. It is held at Randwick as part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

  • Race Type: Group 2
  • Distance: 1000 metres
  • Conditions: Weight for age, 3YO & upwards
  • Track: Randwick Racecourse, Sydney, New South Wales
  • Prizemoney: $500,000
  • Date: Saturday 6 March 2021

Challenge Stakes Race History

The winner of the Challenge Stakes is exempt from the ballot for both the upcoming Group 1 The Galaxy and the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes later in the autumn.

History coming soon.

Challenge Stakes Facts

Last mare to win: English (2017)

Last 3YO to win: C&G – Snitzel (2006); Filly – English (2016)

Multiple winners: English (2016 & 2017); Star Of Florida (2003 & 2004); Cangronde (1997 & 1998); At Sea (1985, 1986 & 1987); Razor Sharp (1982, 1983 & 1984); Gay Gauntlet (1967 & 1969); San Domenico (1949 7 1950); Felbeam (1945 & 1946); High Caste (1940 & 1942); Golden Hop (1913 & 1914).

Fastest time (1000m): Redzel (2018) 0:55:73

Challenge Stakes & The Galaxy: Snippets (1988); Playbill (1972)

Challenge Stakes & TJ Smith Stakes: Ab Initio (1999)

Interesting trivia: Ron Quinton rode 4 winners as a jockey (At Sea 1985, Acamar 1980, Farala 1971, Dawn Boy 1968) then trained Easy Rocking to win in 2000.

Past winners of the Challenge Stakes

Winners of past Challenge Stakes include horses that come back to try and win again.

Year Winner Second Third
2020 Nature Strip Redzel Jungle Edge
2019 Ball Of Muscle Redzel Viridine
2018 Redzel Jungle Edge Super Too
2017 English Redzel Supido