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.
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
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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