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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 2017 Challenge Stakes was won by English from Redzel with Supido 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 (2016-2017), just like the previous year, resumed fron a spell to win this event for the second year in a row and recent Challenge Stakes winners include Miracles Of Life (2015) and Villa Verde (2014).
2017 Challenge Stakes result
1. $4.20 English 56.5 Blake Shinn
2. $6.00 Redzel 58.5 Kerrin McEvoy
3. $6.00 Supido 58.5 Luke Nolen
4. $12.00 Felines 56.5 Brenton Avdulla
5. $21.00 Jungle Edge 58.5 Arron Lynch
6. $31.00 Wouldnt It Be Nice 58.5 Tim Clark
7. $7.50 Dal Cielo 58.5 Glyn Schofield
8. $9.50 Kentucky Miss 54.0 Corey Brown
9. $5.00 Ball Of Muscle 58.5 Tommy Berry
Margins: 0.1 len, 1.5 len Time: 0:59.99
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