Challenge Stakes

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Challenge Stakes

Date: Saturday 7th March 2015
Track: Randwick racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1000 metres
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $400,000
2014 Winner: Villa Verde

The Challenge Stakes is one of the major events in the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. The Group2 Race is run under set weight conditions over a distance of 1000M and is worth a prize money of $400,000. The Challenge Stakes is held every year in March at the Randwick Racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. Last year, the race was won by outstanding horse Snitzerland with Decision Time and Howmuchdoyouloveme finishing closely in second and third respectively.

The Challenge Stakes is regarded as one of the best sprint Autumn Races. The race also features on the same day as the group 1 Randwick Guineas and Canterbury stakes which complete a fine lineup for an exciting day of racing. In its decorated history, the Challenge Stakes has seen a number of remarkable horses compete for honors at the Randwick Racecourse. The Challenge Stakes is a very good spring board for horses looking to tackle other major sprint events at Rosehill.

Group 2 race The Galaxy and The Star Kingdom Stakes are two good progression races for horses that do well in the Challenge Stakes. In recent years, some of the horses that have won the Challenge Stakes include the Rain Affair in 2012 and The Hay List in 2011. In this year’s Sydney Autumn Carnival, the Challenge Stakes is expected to light up the turf with some thrilling and high quality racing.

Challenge Stakes recent winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2012 Villa Verde Snitzerland Famous Seamus 0:57.3
2013 Snitzerland Decision Time Howmuchdoyouloveme 0:56.1
2012 Rain Affair Satin Shoes Neeson 1:03.7
2011 Hay List Keen Commander Solar Charged 0:56.8
2010 De Lightning Ridge Dorf Command Stryker 0:55.9
2009 Olonana Hoystar Fantene 0:56.9
2008 Hurried Choice Keen Commander German Chocolate 0:57.3
2007 Spark Of Life Whoever Biscayne Bay 0:56.8
2006 Snitzel Spark of Life Media 0:56.8
2005 Impaler Snippetson Charge Forward 0:56.2
2004 Star Of Florida Mistegic Majestic Fiesta 0:56.3
2003 Star Of Florida Snowland Fair Embrace 0:56.5
2002 Bomber Bill Mistegic Ateates 0:56.5
2001 Pimpala Prince Ateates Notoire 0:59.2
2000 Easy Rocking Ab Initio Adam 0:56.9
1999 Ab Initio Rebel Rock Anthems 0:58.4
1998 Cangronde Lusty’s Bank Dane Ripper 0:56.9
1997 Cangronde Alfa Moss Rocket 0:57.3
1996 Light Up The World Christer Our Lance 0:57.1
1995 Moss Rocket Identikit Brawny Spirit 0:57.8
1994 Classic Magic Stormy Regent Legal Agent 0:57.0
1993 Spanish Mix Classic Magic Office 0:59.3
1992 All Archie Burrendah Boy Friend’s Venture 0:58.3
1991 Lightning Bend Dr. Grace Pagan Jest 0:57.7
1990 Show County Lightning Bend Sunalong Lass 0:57.0
1989 Groucho Paris Weekend Diamond Benny 0:56.8
1988 Snippets At Sea Lynn’s Love 0:59.1