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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 2014 Challenge Stakes was won by Villa Verde from Snitzerland with Famous Seamus 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 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 a good quality sprint race run under weight-for-age conditions and generally sees a field of more than handy sprinters assembled. Raced at level weights, the better horses entered for the race have a decided advantage and more often than not the classier gallopers will figure in the finish.

Sprinters from this race may consider tackling other short sprint races at Rosehill like the Gr1 The Galaxy on Ryder Stakes day of the Gr2 Star Kingdom Stakes on Slipper day.

Villa Verde (2014) resumed from a spring spell to win this event and recent Challenge Stakes winners include Snitzerland (2013) and Rain Affair (2012).

2014 Challenge Stakes result
1. $14.00 Villa Verde 54.0 James McDonald
2. $3.10 Snitzerland 56.5 Brenton Avdulla
3. $61.00 Famous Seamus 58.5 Tim Clark

then followed
4. $8.50 Bel Sprinter 58.5 Craig Newitt
5. $17.00 Whittington 56.0 Tommy Berry
6. $6.00 Sessions 58.5 Kerrin McEvoy
7. $3.30 Buffering 58.5 Damian Browne
8. $31.00 Temple Of Boom 58.5 Hugh Bowman
9. $41.00 Tiger Tees 58.5 Nash Rawiller
10. $101.00 Satin Shoes 56.5 Blake Shinn

Margins: 1/2 len, 3/4 len
Time: 0:57.30

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Challenge Stakes recent winners & placegetters
Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
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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