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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 prize money. The 2019 PJ Bell Stakes was won by Multaja from Into The Abyss with So Taken third.

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 4th April 2020
Track: Randwick racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1200 metres
Race Type: 3yo Fillies - Set Weights + Penalty
Status: Group 3
Prize Money: $200,000
2019 Winner: Multaja

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 prize money 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 Group 3 Sapphire Stakes on the second day of 'The Championships' after finishing runner-up in this race.

Multaja (2019) took out a Fillies & Mares BM70 race over 1100m at Hawkesbury before coming from well back to win this event in stylish fashion for the James Cummings stable.

Recent PJ Bell Stakes winners include Houtzen (2018) and Diddums (2017).

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2018 PJ Bell Stakes result

1. $5.50 Multaja 54.0 Craig Williams
2. $15.00 Into The Abyss 54.0 Damian Lane
3. $26.00 So Taken 54.0 Kerrin McEvoy

then followed
4. $13.00 Causeway Girl 54.0 Damien Oliver
5. $151.00 She's Furline 54.0 Tim Clark
6. $4.60 Mizzy 54.0 Tommy Berry
7. $6.50 Fiesta 57.0 Hugh Bowman
8. $17.00 Laburnum 54.0 Glyn Schofield
9. $11.00 Spanish Whisper 58.0 Dwayne Dunn
10. $9.00 Madam Rouge 54.0 Karis Teetan
11. $20.00 Invictus Salute 54.0 Robbie Dolan
12. $71.00 Eawase 55.0 Sam Clipperton
13. $101.00 Buckle Up Baby 54.5 Chad Lever
14. $61.00 Melt 56.5 Brenton Avdulla
15. $21.00 My Xpression 57.0 Corey Brown
16. $151.00 Alison Of Tuffy 54.0 Jay Ford
17. $71.00 Fiera Vista 55.0 James McDonald
18. $41.00 Bleu Roche 56.0 Luke Currie

Margins: 0.2 len, 1.3 len
Time: 1:12.67

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PJ Bell Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2019 Multaja Into The Abyss So Taken 1:12.6
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