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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 2015 Challenge Stakes was won by Miracles Of Life from Va Pensiero with Rubick 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.

Challenge Stakes info
Date: Saturday 5th March 2016
Track: Randwick racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1000 metres
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prizemoney: $400,000
2015 Winner: Miracles Of Life

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.

Miracles Of Life (2015) resumed from a spring spell to win this event in classy fashion and recent Challenge Stakes winners include Villa Verde (2014) and Snitzerland (2013).

2015 Challenge Stakes result
1. $5.00 Miracles Of Life 56.5 Hugh Bowman
2. $12.00 Va Pensiero 58.5 Jason Collett
3. $3.20 Rubick 56.0 Kerrin McEvoy

then followed
4. $8.00 Knoydart 58.5 James McDonald
5. $6.00 Famous Seamus 58.5 Tim Clark
6. $11.00 Mossfun 54.0 Tommy Berry
7. $31.00 Rain Affair 58.5 Tye Angland
8. $6.50 Villa Verde 56.5 Blake Shinn
9. $81.00 Nuclear Class 56.5 Ms Kathy O'Hara

Margins: 2 1/4 len, 1/2 head
Time: 56.72

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Challenge Stakes recent winners & placegetters
Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2015 Miracles Of Life Va Pensiero Rubick 0:56.7
2014 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

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