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CHALLENGE STAKES - FOUR FAST FACTS


Held under weight-for-age conditions, the Challenge Stakes is a Group 2 event run over 1000m. It is the only Group race over the distance for 3YO and older horses in the Sydney Autumn and is the only Group weight-for-age sprint over 1000m or 1100m held in Sydney.

In 2016 the Challenge Stakes will carry $500,000 in total stakes with the winner to receive $300,000.

At weight-for-age it is used by the second-tier sprinters or the better sprinters beginning their campaigns towards Sydney’s Autumn G1 sprint races, The Galaxy at Rosehill or the TJ Smith at Randwick.

The Challenge Stakes forms a part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Odds and previews are available for all the major Autumn Racing Carnival races at UBET's Autumn Racing Betting Hub.


Challenge Stakes Guide
Date: Saturday 5th March 2016
Race Time: 15:50 AEST
Race Code: SR8
Location: Randwick Racecourse
Distance: 1000 metres
Race Type: Weight For Age 3YO & Upwards
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $500,000
2015 Winner: Miracles of Life
2016 Challenge Stakes Odds

NO. NAME RESULT ODDS
10 ENGLISH 1ST $5.20 (win)
8 KINGLIKE 2ND $2.30 (pl)
4 BOSS LANE 3RD $5.40 (pl)
3 SHIRAZ 4TH -
6 FELINES - -
1 BALL OF MUSCLE - -
11 OTTOMAN - -
7 RULE THE RIVER - -
9 SPEAK FONDLY - -
2 LORD OF THE SKY - -


CHALLENGE STAKES CONTENDERS

CHALLENGE STAKES CONTENDERS

ENGLISH

Un-sighted in the Spring, the Gai Waterhouse trained filly had 4 starts as a 2YO in the Autumn of 2015 and displayed some great talent. 2nd up she captured one of the traditional Golden Slipper lead-ups in the G2 Riesling Stakes. Well supported for the Golden Slipper she finished under a length from Vancouver in running 2nd. Trialling twice to prepare for her return to the track, both efforts have been impressive, the first defeating subsequent Group winners Winx, Amicus and First Seal.

BALL OF MUSCLE

From 17 starts, the talented on pace runner Ball Of Muscle is yet to finish out of the money, with his record showing 17:8-6-3. A winner in the Qld Winter of the G2 QTC Cup, his spring campaign realised a 3rd in the G3 Concorde, a narrow 2nd behind Rebel Dane in the G2 The Shorts, a 2nd in the G1 Moir, beaten a half-length behind Buffering and finished with a 1.25 length 3rd behind the dead-heaters Lumosty and Eclair Choice in the G2 Caulfield Sprint. He too has trialled twice to prepare, the 1st trial finishing 3rd behind Terravista.

SHIRAZ

A 10 time winner, Shiraz opens his Autumn campaign here following a 3rd in a trial behind I Am Zelady and Tiger Tees. Last Spring his campaign started with a win in the G3 Auries Star and followed that with a win in the G3 Concorde over 1000m at Randwick. Backing up a fortnight later in the G2 The Shorts he finished under a length, finishing 3rd behind Rebel Dane with Ball Of Muscle finishing 2nd. His campaign finished with a disappointing effort in the G2 Schillaci. He has 4 wins from 5 attempts when 1st up and is 1 from 1 at the Randwick 1000m.



THE ROUGHIE TIP

THE ROUGHIE TIP

SPEAK FONDLY

Not at a rough price, but at each way value on the 4th line of betting, Speak Fondly is the 2nd of the 2 fillies in the race trained by Gai Waterhouse. With a career record of 8:4-2-1, she will open her Autumn campaign on the back of a pipe opening trial win at Randwick beating some nice types. From 4 runs in the Spring she was successful in the G2 Silver Shadow, the G2 Furious Stakes, was 2nd in the G1 Golden Rose behind Exosphere and rounded out her campaign with a win in the Group 1 Flight Stakes. She has won 3 from 4 at Randwick and has finished in the money at all of her 3 starts when 1st up.



CHALLENGE STAKES INFORMATION

The Challenge Stakes is a Group 2 sprint that is held on Randwick Guineas Day. It is one of the shortest races of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival and offers a total prize pool of $400,000. First held in 1906 as a Principal Race, it became a Group 2 in 1987 and is one of the oldest races of the Carnival. This race generally is a lead up to the Group 1 The Galaxy on Rosehill Guineas Day or the Group 2 Star Kingdom Stakes on Golden Slipper Day.

Being a weight for age event, the more talented gallopers have a distinct advantage and usually perform quite well. Two sprinters dominated the event in the 80s. Razor Sharp was successful in 1982/83/84, while At Sea saluted in 1985/86/87. Other notable winners include; San Domenico (1949/50), Bomber Bill (2002), Snitzel (2006) and Hay List (2011).



PREVIOUS CHALLENGE STAKES WINNERS

PREVIOUS CHALLENGE STAKES WINNERS

YEAR WINNER JOCKEY TRAINER RACE TIME
2016 ENGLISH TOMMY BERRY GAI WATERHOUSE 00:56.5
2015 MIRACLES OF LIFE HUGH BOWMAN PETER SNOWDEN 00:56.7
2014 VILLA VERDE JAMES MCDONALD ANTHONY CUMMINGS 00:57.3
2013 SNITZERLAND COREY BROWN GERALD RYAN 00:56.1
2012 RAIN AFFAIR COREY BROWN JOE PRIDE 01:03.7
2011 HAY LIST GLYN SCHOFIELD JOHN MCNAIR 00:56.8
2010 DE LIGHTNING RIDGE GLYN SCHOFIELD JOE PRIDE 00:55.9
2009 OLONANA TIM CLARK JOHN O’SHEA 00:56.9
2008 HURRIED CHOICE JEFF LLOYD DAVID PAYNE 00:57.3
2007 SPARK OF LIFE ZAC PURTON ALLAN DENHAM 00:56.8
2006 SNITZEL CRAIG NEWITT GERALD RYAN 00:56.8