The Ajax Stakes is a Group 2 quality handicap race held annually each year in late March at Rosehill racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales. The race is run over a distance of 1500 metres and worth $200,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 Ajax Stakes was won by Comin' Through from Tom Melbourne with Radipole third.
|Date:||Saturday 17th March 2018|
|Track:||Rosehill racecourse, Sydney|
|Race Type:||Quality Handicap|
|2018 Winner:||Comin' Through|
The Ajax Stakes is a quality handicap that attracts more than handy types, rather than the elite gallopers, and horses contesting this race may look at races like the Gr1 Doncaster Handicap later in the carnival at Randwick. Grand Armee (2003) was the last horse to win both races.
The Gr3 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap at Newcastle has been a fair guide to this event in recent times with Star Octagonal (3rd in 2012) placing in both events, while Brilliant Light (2010) finished second in the Newcastle Newmarket before scoring a narrow victory in this race. Centennial Park (2nd in 2010) ran sixth in the Newcastle race prior to his second placing here.
The last horse to claim the Ajax Stakes & Newcastle Newmarket Handicap was Solo Flyer (2009) and it often pays to keep an eye on the Newcastle feature race result when assessing the form for this event.
Upcoming feature races during the Sydney autumn carnival are likely to be on the agenda for entrants contesting the Ajax Stakes. Smart galloper Weary (2nd in 2014) went on to win the Gr3 Doncaster Prelude at Rosehill after running second in the Ajax Stakes, while both It's Somewhat (2016) and Pornichet (5th in 2015) claimed the Gr3 Neville Sellwood Stakes at their next start.
It's Somewhat (2016-2017) was resuming from a spell when he captured this race for the second year in a row and recent Ajax Stakes winners include Burbero (2015) and Messene (2014).
1. $5.00 Comin' Through 56.0 Michael Walker
2. $3.50 Tom Melbourne 56.5 Blake Shinn
3. $8.00 Radipole 53.0 Corey Brown
4. $10.00 Cellarman 53.0 Brenton Avdulla
5. $7.00 Arbeitsam 54.5 Tim Clark
6. $6.50 Prized Icon 58.0 Glyn Schofield
7. $26.00 Kingsguard 53.0 Jay Ford
8. $41.00 Mccreery 55.5 Craig Williams
9. $12.00 Life Less Ordinary 53.0 Kerrin McEvoy
Margins: 0.2 len, 0.1 len
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|2018||Comin' Through||Tom Melbourne||Radipole||1:28.5|
|2017||It's Somewhat||New Tipperary||Testashadow||1:31.0|
|2016||It's Somewhat||Excess Knowledge||Dances On Stars||1:28.1|
|2015||Burbero||Ninth Legion||San Diego||1:29.7|
|2013||Havana Rey||Riva De Lago||Monton||1:29.6|
|2012||Niagara||Star Of Octagonal||Alma's Fury||1:28.8|
|2010||Brilliant Light||Centennial Park||Mentality||1:28.5|
|2008||All Silent||Friday Creek||Bobadah||1:29.2|
|2007||High Cee||Danleigh||The Free Stater||1:29.7|
|2005||River To The Sea||Daniel's The Man||This Manshood||1:27.8|
|2004||True Glo||Gordo||So Assertive||1:28.7|
|2003||Grand Armee||Lord Essex||Carael Boy||1:28.4|
|2002||Mowerman||Make Me A Miracle||Gordo||1:27.9|
|2000||Normal Practice||Beauchamp||Old Man||1:28.4|
|1999||Confiscate||Room For A Slew||Morphy||1:27.7|
|1997||Catalan Opening||Holy Roller||Pragmatism||1:28.6|
|1996||Catalan Opening||Kidman's Cove||Sprint By||1:28.5|
|1995||Protara's Bay||Allez Glen||Sovereign Kite||1:28.9|
|1994||Poetic King||Never Undercharge||Just Awesome||1:29.5|
|1993||Soho Square||Durbridge||Tarheel Boy||1:27.4|
|1991||From The Planet||Royal Creation||Thrifty Reserve||1:27.7|
|1990||Windsor's Pal||Our Poverty Bay||Livistona Lane||1:33.2|
|1989||Jondolar||Winner's Intent||Classic Hand||1:31.5|
|1988||Imprimatur||Swift Cheval||Special Finish||1:32.4|