The PJ Bell Stakes is an exclusive event for 3yo fillies in the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival. The Group 3 race is run under set weight conditions over a sprint distance of 1200M. The 2013 race saw great contests between gifted fillies with Catkins finally winning it ahead of Brave Earth and Diamond Soul in second and third respectively.
The PJ Bell Stake is worth $200,000 in prize money and the race is held every year in April at Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse in New South Wales. For the better part of the last decade, the PJ Bell Stake has produced consistent and thrilling racing year after year. The event was elevated from a listed race to a Group 3 event and even in the 2014 edition horse trainers and jockeys expect tough competition and an overall exciting race at Randwick.
The race will also feature on the first day of the championship races along the $3 million Doncaster Handicap. The PJ Bell Stake tends to attract some of the best sprinters in the country. A number of quality 3yo fillies have emerged from this race. Notable performers include The Red Tracer back in 2011, Private Steer back in 2003, Ortensia in 2009 and the Dane Ripper in 1993.
The recent revamp of the Sydney Autumn has helped to increase the prize money for the PJ Bell Stake. This will play a key role in attracting even better 3yos and in the coming few years, the race is expected to grow into a high profile and major event in the Sydney Autumn. As for Horse Racing Enthusiasts, the PJ Bell Stake presents a great opportunity to witness some of the best and upcoming sprinters across the country.
PJ Bell Stakes recent winners & placegetters
|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|