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Ajax Stakes

Winners and Past Results for the Ajax Stakes

Ajax Stakes

The Ajax Stakes is an Australian Turf Club Group 2 Australian quality handicap horse race for horses aged three years old and upwards.

The Group 2 Ajax Stakes is held at the Rosehill Racecourse in Sydney.

The race is held on honour of Ajax, a formidable champion Australian thoroughbred racehorse and sire, with a record of 36 wins, 7 second, and 2 third placings from just 46 starts, which included the 1938 Cox Plate.

The 1500 meter race is held during the autumn carnival at the end of March. Each year an impressive field vies for the $175,000 prize money. Tonotan was the winner of the first Ajax Stakes held in 1974, when it was a principal race.

It became a listed race in 1979 and was upgraded to Group 3 status in 1984. In 2006, the Ajax Status became a Group 2 race, attracting the cream of Australian racehorses. A number of major Group 1 and Group 2 events are held on the day at Rosehill.

This includes the Coolmore Stud Classic, Ranvet Stakes, Phar Lap Stakes, and Reisling Stakes.

The Ajax Stakes has been a stepping stone for many notable winners. Catalan Opening scored a double in 1996 and 1997. Confiscate repeated the feat in 1998 and 1999. The race is a lead up to the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap at Randwick Racecourse. Grand Armee is among the notable horses to lift both races.

Many handy horses enter the Ajax Stakes after scoring well in the Group 3 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap at Newcastle. Solo Flyer scored a Newmarket/Ajax Stakes double in 2009 while Chasm who was placed third in the same race at Newmarket, bagged the second spot.

The Newmarket Handicap serves as the perfect form guide for punters looking for a winner in the Ajax Stakes line up.

The Group 3 Liverpool City Cup is also a lead up to the Ajax Stakes. Pureness, the 2011 winner of the Ajax Stakes with Glen Boss in the saddle, ran an impressive third in the Liverpool City Cup before winning by a margin of ¾ lengths from Mentality, followed by Lebrechaun.

The majestic looking Rosehill race track on Rosehill Guineas day is definitely the right place for horse racing enthusiasts to try their luck with the blessings of Ajax, one of the greatest champion horses in Australian history.

2014 Ajax Stakes

Ecuador took the early lead, but favourite Messene was always close at hand, while Malavio raced in the second half of the field with Weary second last. Ecuador continued to lead the way but Messene looked to be coasting and as they came to the turn, he began to make his move. Ecuador led until the 300 metre mark, when Messene went to the front, with Weary starting a run from well back and Malavio also finishing strongly. Try as they might, these two couldn't catch Messene who was full of running as they went past the post, with Weary in second and Malavio in third.

2014 Ajax Stakes result

1. Messene
2. Weary
3. Malavio

Then came:

4. Ecuador
5. Monton
6. Less Is More
7. Mouro
8. Rhythm To Spare
9. Riva De Lago

Year
Ajax Stakes Winners
2014
Messene
2013
Havana Rey
2012
Niagara
2011
Pureness
2010
Brilliant Light
2009
Solo Flyer
2008
All Silent
2007
High Cee
2006
Malcolm
2005
River To The Sea
2004
True Glo
2003
Grand Armee
2002
Mowerman
2001
Galiano
2000
Normal Practice
1999
Confiscate
1998
Confiscate
1997
Catalan Opening
1996
Catalan Opening
1995
Protara's Bay
1994
Poetic King
1993
Soho Square
1992
Alderson
1991
From The Planet
1990
Windsor's Pa
1989
Jondolar
1988
Imprimatur
1987
Mac's Treasure
1986
Sea Pictures
1985
Royal Troubador
1984
Vite Cheval
1983
C'Est Si Bon
1982
Winter's Dance
1981
Thumb Print
1980
Lowan Star
1979
Lloyd Boy
1978
Count Rajan
1977
Tiger Town
1976
Wayne's Bid
1975
Helmsman
1974
Tontonan

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