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The PJ Bell Stakes is a Group 3 event for three-year-old Fillies held at Randwick racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales, during The Championships in April. The race is run over a distance of 1200 metres under set weight plus penalties conditions and is worth $200,000 in prizemoney. The 2018 PJ Bell Stakes was won by Houtzen from Manicure and Problem Solver who dead-heated for second.

Upgraded to a Group 3 event for the 2013/2014 racing season, the PJ Bell Stakes is held on the same day as the $3 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile on the first day of The Championships.

PJ Bell Stakes info

Date: Saturday 6th April 2019
Track: Randwick racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1200 metres
Race Type: 3yo Fillies - Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 3
Prizemoney: $200,000
2018 Winner: Houtzen

The PJ Bell Stakes is feature sprint event for three-year-old fillies on the first day of The Championships and generally attracts the best 3yo females going around at the time. A number of classy gallopers have won the PJ Bell Stakes over the years including Red Tracer (2011), Ortensia (2009), Private Steer (2003) and Dane Ripper (1997).

With the 2014 changes in progamming for the Sydney autumn racing carnival and the increased prizemoney for the PJ Bell Stakes, this race is sure to gain more prominence in coming years. Cosmic Endeavour (2nd in 2014) went on to win the Gr3 Sapphire Stakes on the second day of 'The Championships' after finishing runner-up in this race.

Houtzen (2018) ran third in the Listed Fireball Stakes over 1100m at Randwick before showing her rivals a clean pair of heels to win this event and recent PJ Bell Stakes winners include Diddums (2017) and Tempt Me Not (2016).

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2018 PJ Bell Stakes result

1. $8.50 Houtzen 56.0 Glyn Schofield
=2. $21.00 Manicure 54.0 Damian Lane
=2. $15.00 Problem Solver 54.0 Robbie Fradd

then followed
4. $5.50 Demerara 54.0 Craig Williams
5. $3.50 She's So High 55.0 Damien Oliver
6. $31.00 Dyslexic 54.0 Brenton Avdulla
7. $8.50 Catchy 59.0 Kerrin McEvoy
8. $20.00 Sweet Deal 54.0 Sam Clipperton
9. $11.00 Charlayne 54.0 Michael Walker
10. $20.00 Frolic 57.0 Jason Collett
11. $81.00 Debonairly 55.0 Adam Hyeronimus
12. $101.00 Stratum Charge 54.0 Jay Ford
13. $31.00 Dinnigan 54.0 Tim Clark
14. $26.00 Rotterdam 54.0 Michael Dee
15. $41.00 Banish 57.0 Tye Angland
16. $21.00 True Excelsior 54.0 Stephen Baster

Margins: 0.2 len, dead-heat
Time: 1:08.64

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PJ Bell Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2018 Houtzen =2 Manicure =2 Problem Solver 1:08.6
2017 Diddums Prompt Response Smart Amelia 1:12.3
2016 Tempt Me Not Pearls Egyptian Symbol 1:11.0
2015 Miss Cover Girl Peeping Matilija 1:11.6
2014 Politeness Cosmic Endeavour Miniature 1:12.4
2013 Catkins Diamond Earth Brave Soul 1:10.8
2012 Ever The Same Aerobatics Leviosa 1:10.0
2011 Red Tracer Steps In Time Palomares 1:10.8