WATC Challenge Stakes Race Information

The WATC Challenge Stakes is a 1500 metre set weights plus penalties race for three-year-olds run by the Western Australian Turf Club in February. It is held at Ascot as one of the feature events of the meeting.

  • Race Type: Listed
  • Distance: 1500 metres
  • Conditions: Set weights & penalties, 3YOs
  • Track: Ascot Racecourse, Perth, Western Australia
  • Prizemoney: $125,000
  • Date: Wednesday 21 February 2024

WATC Challenge Stakes Race History

See the 2024 WATC Challenge Stakes Preview and results.

See the 2023 WATC Challenge Stakes Preview and results.

There is also a Group 2 race in Sydney called the Challenge Stakes.

The race was first held as a Principal Race over 1400m in 1978 when it was won by horse called Sovereign Shell. In 1979 it became a Listed race and in 2012 the distance was increased to the current 1500m.

Useful Facts

Last filly to win: Feels Playful (2023)

Fastest time (1500m): Precious Memories (2017) 1:28:56

Interesting trivia:

Past winners of the WATC Challenge Stakes

Winners of past WATC Challenge Stakes include many horses who go on to become good milers and middle distance horses.

Year Winner Second Third
2024 Russian To The Bar Investmentstrategy A Lot Of Good Men
2023 Feels Playful Admiration Express Saintorio
2022 Trix Of The Trade Hear Me Sing Let’sdeal
2021 Solaia Kissonallforcheeks Western Empire
2020 Superstorm Naughty By Nature Wine Night
2019 Creative Hero Regal Power Final Hearing
2018 Private Dancer Showcase Abdicator
2017 Precious Memories Veuve De Vega Gangbuster
2016 Dreamtime Dancer Spirit Bird Impassioned
2015 Neverland Palace Intruder Delicacy
2014 Spin Da Wheels Black Heart Bart My Sister Lil
2013 Express Service Antique Belle Helder The Painter
2012 Full Reign Pop Culture Flag Officer
2011 Big Hold Up Private Dance Favourite Star
2010 Morant Yabigorse Zentrate
2009 Danebeela Jeverre Locus Standi
2008 Jolanta Star Proart Verossi
2007 French Favorite Beaugondo Mr President
2006 Raise A Call Scenic Shot Storm On By
2005 Local Legend King’s Carnival Danny Blue
2004 Mr Sandgroper Knight Academy Rockatansky
2003 Early Express Mercury Halo Moon Talk
2002 Oxidation White Foil Suspicion
2001 Old Fashion Metal Master Simon Said
2000 Devilish Dealer Voile D’Or Face Your Fears