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The Challenge Stakes is a Group 2 weight-for-age race held annually each March at Randwick racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales during the autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1000 metres and worth $400,000 in prizemoney. The 2016 Challenge Stakes was won by English from Kinglike with Boss Lane third.
Held on on the same day as the Gr1 Randwick Guineas and Gr1 Canterbury Stakes, the Challenge Stakes is one of the better weight-for-age sprint events of the early autumn.
The Challenge Stakes is a good quality sprint race run under weight-for-age conditions and generally sees a field of more than handy sprinters assembled. The better quality horses entered for the race have a decided advantage under the weight scale and more often than not the classier gallopers will figure in the finish.
Sprinters from this race may consider upping the ante and taking on the elite gallopers in the upcoming Gr1 The Galaxy on Golden Slipper day at Rosehill or the Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes on Doncaster day at Randwick.
English (2016) resumed fron a lengthy spell to win this event in classy style and recent Challenge Stakes winners include Miracles Of Life (2015) and Villa Verde (2014).
2016 Challenge Stakes result
1. $5.00 English 54.0 Tommy Berry
2. $7.00 Kinglike 56.0 Craig Williams
3. $21.00 Boss Lane 58.5 Christian Reith
4. $8.50 Shiraz 58.5 Hugh Bowman
5. $15.00 Felines 56.5 Brenton Avdulla
6. $4.20 Ball Of Muscle 58.5 Tim Clark
7. $21.00 Ottoman 54.0 James McDonald
8. $16.00 Rule The River 56.5 Blake Shinn
9. $4.60 Speak Fondly 54.0 Kerrin McEvoy
10. $15.00 Lord Of The Sky 58.5 Glyn Schofield
Margins: 0.3L, 0.3L Time: 0:56.57
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