The Ajax Stakes is held at The Rosehill racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales every year in late March. It’s a Group 2 quality handicap race worth $175, 000 in prize money and it is run over a total distance of 1500m. The 2013 event was won by outstanding horse Havana Rey with Riva De Lago and Monton taking second and third respectively. The Ajax Stakes is hailed as one of the best handicap races that feature on the Sydney Autumn Racing carnival and it is held on the same day as the Group 2 Coolmore Classic and the Ranvet Stakes.
Mostly, handy horses are attracted to this race although a number of elite mares still feature. The Group 1 Doncaster Handicap scheduled later in the carnival at Randwick Racecourse is seen as the best progression event for horses that do well in the Ajax Stakes. The last horse to win both the Ajax Stakes and the Doncaster Handicap in the same year was the Grand in 2003. The Ajax Stakes is also a good progression race for the Gr3 Newcastle New market Handicap. Octagonal (3rd in 2012) managed a double swoop for these two events while Brilliant Light (2013) came in second in the Newcastle New market Handicap before taking a close win in the Ajax Stakes.
Centennial ran and came sixth in the Newcastle race just before running second in the Ajax Stakes. Results in the Newcastle New Market Handicap can guide bookmarkers on which horses have a better chance in taking home the Ajax Stakes. The recent horse to have successfully won The Ajax Stakes and the Newcastle Newmarket handicap was Solo Flyer (2009). Before winning the Ajax Stakes, Havana Rey (2013) had participated in the Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes covering 1600m at Warwick farm where she ran fifth. Other previous winners of the Ajax Stakes include Niagara (2012) and Pureness (2011).
Ajax Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|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|