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 2018 Challenge Stakes was won by Redzel from Jungle Edge with Super Too third.
|Date:||Saturday 9th March 2019|
|Track:||Randwick racecourse, Sydney|
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.
Redzel (2018) finished runner-up in the Gr1 Lightning Stakes over 1000m at Flemington in Melbourne before heading up to Sydney to score a classy victory in this event. Recent Challenge Stakes winners include English (2016-2017) and Miracles Of Life (2015).
1. $1.40 Redzel 58.5 Kerrin McEvoy
2. $81.00 Jungle Edge 58.5 Kevin Forrester
3. $15.00 Super Too 56.5 Blake Shinn
4. $7.00 Viridine 56.0 Brenton Avdulla
5. $9.50 English 56.5 Corey Brown
6. $21.00 Terravista 58.5 Jason Collett
7. $41.00 Takedown 58.5 Tim Clark
8. $151.00 The Mission 56.0 Joshua Parr
Margins: 1.8 len, 1 len
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|2018||Redzel||Jungle Edge||Super Too||0:55.7|
|2015||Miracles Of Life||Va Pensiero||Rubick||0:56.7|
|2014||Villa Verde||Snitzerland||Famous Seamus||0:57.3|
|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|
|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|
|2004||Star Of Florida||Mistegic||Majestic Fiesta||0:56.3|
|2003||Star Of Florida||Snowland||Fair Embrace||0:56.5|
|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|
|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|