2016 Challenge Stakes Field, Barriers & Odds

Challenge Stakes

The Challenge Stakes is a Group 2 weight-for-age race conducted by the Australian Turf Club (ATC) in March each year as part of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Held on the same day as the prestigious Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m), the Challenge Stakes is a sprint feature run over 1000m and has $500,000 in prize money on offer.

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The 2016 Challenge Stakes will be held on Randwick Guineas Day, Saturday 6 March.

For 2016 the Challenge Stakes will take place at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney.

Runners in the Challenge Stakes may have previously contested other Group 2 weight-for-age features held at Sydney during the autumn carnival including the Group 2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) in early February or the Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) three weeks earlier at Rosehill.

The Challenge Stakes is the perfect lead-up event for horses on the path to the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m), which is another weight-for-age event held at Rosehill Gardens three weeks later. Or, for genuine sprinters only the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Australian Derby Day is often the follow-up race of choice for Challenge Stakes runners.

The Challenge Stakes is held on the same race program as the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m), Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m), Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) and Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m).

Challenge Stakes History:

The Challenge Stakes was first run in 1906 and won by The Pet. The event has run every year since and gained its current Group 2 status in 1979 after originating as a Principal race.

A number of top sprinters have claimed Challenge Stakes victory including Snitzel (2006), Star Of Florida (2003 & 2004) and Classic Magic (1994).

Upcoming Races

Group 3

Birthday Card Stakes

(1200m)

Rosehill

$125,000

3YO & Up Qlty

Group 2

Karrakatta Plate

(1200m)

Ascot

$500,000

2YO SW

Group 3

Western Australian Oaks

(2400m)

Ascot

$250,000

3YO SW

Group 3

Victoria Handicap

(1400m)

Caulfield

$125,000

Hcp

Group 3

Easter Cup

(2000m)

Caulfield

$125,000

Hcp

Group 1

Golden Slipper

(1200m)

Rosehill

$3,500,000

2YO SW

Group 1

Rosehill Guineas

(2000m)

Rosehill

$500,000

3YO SW

Group 1

George Ryder Stakes

(1500m)

Rosehill

$1,000,000

3YO & UP

Group 1

The Galaxy Handicap

(1100m)

Rosehill

$350,000

Open Handicap

Challenge Stakes Betting

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Challenge Stakes News

Eleven talented sprinters have been confirmed in the final field for Saturday’s 2016 Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) at Royal Randwick; offering punters exceptional value from a betting standpoint and several key opportunities to place a winning wager. English has trialled particularly well in the lead-up to her competitive return…