The All Aged Stakes is a Group 1 Thoroughbred flat race run by the Australian Turf Club. It is currently a 1400-metre trip and is run at Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney in late April or early May.
The running conditions are weight-for-age. Many race punters and racing industry experts think highly of weight-for-age racing.
All Aged Stakes Race Details
Race Distance: 1400m
Prize Money: $600,000
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When Is The All Aged Stakes: 20/4/24
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Where Is The All Aged Stakes: Randwick Racecourse
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Racing industry connections enjoy knowing what burden their gallopers will have and also the relief of not having to worry about a handicapper deciding their horse needs to work a little harder by carrying a bit more weight.
The All Aged Stakes is high on the prestige gauge, but not quite there with the prizemoney. It was lifted from $400,000 to $600,000 for 2016.
The 2021 winner was Kolding. He is a big winner for the Chris Waller stables and he won $349,000 for his narrow All Aged win over Savatiano and Cascadian. Kolding has already taken in over $6.4 million in prizemoney, so you could almost take the view that the All Aged Stakes was track work, although the lie would be put to that view when Kolding’s next two races produced a fifth and ninth place finish.
History of the All Aged Stakes
The All Aged Stakes has roots dating back to the early days of organised Thoroughbred Flats racing. Royal Randwick opened in 1833 and the All Aged Stakes made its debut in 1865.
It has always been held at Randwick and it did manage to jump in 2007, the year the equine influenza outbreak caused many races in New South Wales to be abandoned.
For over 100 years, from 1865 through 2003, it was a mile or 1600-metre race. It was shortened to 1400 metres in 2004.
It has always been classified as a top race, with the designation Principal being applied prior to the Group classification system coming along in 1979. From 1979 forward, the All Aged Stakes has been a Group 1 race.
The weight-for-age running conditions and the prestige the race carries has ensured that throughout the years, the race has featured quality field and legendary winners, some of which won the All Aged Stakes on multiple occasions.
Venue for the All Aged Stakes
The All Aged Stakes has always been held at Royal Randwick Racecourse about seven kilometres south of the Sydney CBD and just north of the Sydney campus of the University of New South Wales.
Horse Racing was first conducted there in 1833. It was a private affair held in June. Racing was halted in 1840 and the facility was used for training purposes only. The Australian Jockey Club, formed in the early years of the 1840s, relocated its headquarters to Randwick in 1860, the year before the first Melbourne Cup, for historical perspective. Racing resumed at Randwick in May of 1860.
The name Royal Randwick did not come into use until 1992, when Britain’s Queen Elizabeth presided over the dedication of the Paddock Stand.
As of early 2022, Royal Randwick stages 20 Group 1, 18 Group 2, 11 Group 3 and three Listed races.
The Everest is the big money race held at Randwick. The Everest is billed as the World’s Richest Turf Race, at least until the Yanks convert an old golf course to racing and throw money at a special conditions race with some obscenely big prize.
Racing History of the All Aged Stakes
We would expect to find a rich history of a race as old as the All Aged Stakes and we found exactly that.
The race has been won by the legendary horses, trainers and jockeys that have left behind a historical legacy that requires races such as the Melbourne Cup, the Epsom Handicap and others that have attained somewhat mythical status.
As a mile race for much of its existence, the trip was right in the sweet spot for many of the top Thoroughbreds of any era. Some of the stayers would move down and some of the sprinters would move up in trip in pursuit of an All Aged Stakes victory.
Now that the race has been 1400 metres since 2004, it might not attract the stayers the way it once did. Milers will be fine with the trip for the most part, but sprinters might find it a task to find those extra 200 metres beyond the common sprint distance of 1200 metres.
Here is a brief look at some of the past winners of the All Aged Stakes.
Maid of the Lake was the winner of the first All Aged Stakes in 1865.
As is often the case with races and racers from the early era, not much about Maid of the Lake has been preserved. Much of her pedigree beyond her grand sire and grand dam is riddled with gaps. One connection on her dam’s side is given as “Colonial Family Sixteen.” About the only fact we discovered is that she won the Sydney Handicap in 1864. The records do not even tell us what colour she was.
The second year of the race supplied the first racing controversy in the history of the race. The Pitsford was the winner past the post, but was disqualified for some reason, leaving Falcon as the winner.
Glencoe from 1869 was the first notable to win the All Aged Stakes.
Glencoe won the 1868 Melbourne Cup and eight other Principal races Along with the AJC All Aged Stakes, Glencoe won the VRC All-Aged Stakes in 1868 and 1870.
The next two years supply us with Tim Whiffler with All Aged Stakes wins in 1870 and 1871. Like Glencoe, Tim Whiffler won a Melbourne Cup. His was in 1867. He also won The Metropolitan than same year and He won the AJC Queen’s Plate in 1868, 1870 and 1871.
We are jumping forward to 1876 to look at the winner from that year, Briseis. In 1876, she won the Melbourne Cup, the Doncaster Handicap and the VRC Victoria Derby. Her sire was Tim Whiffler. She was three years aged when she did all that winning. She was removed from the track the following year and she supplied six winners.
Like the other notables, Briseis is a member of the Australian Racing Hall of Fame.
We jump forward again, this time all the way to 1889 and 1890, when the immortal Carbine posted back-to-back wins.
Carbine won all the important races, including two Sydney Cups (1889 and 1890) and the 1890 Melbourne Cup. When he retired, he had established a new high water mark for prizemoney, almost £30,000, which is about a gazillion in today’s money. That record would hold for almost 20 years, which is truly remarkable, assuming that prizemoney growth over two decades would make the record vulnerable.
Carbine had a successful stud career that includes ties to over half of the Melbourne Cup winners, more than 30, from the years of 1914 through 1978. Names such as Comic Court, Phar Lap, Rising Fast, Rain Lover and Think Big. Another Carbine descendant was three-time Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva. Winx can trace her lines to Carbine.
Horses from that era would be deemed versatile today, with all the focus on specialisation. While it is true that those early champions won at myriad distances, part of that can be attributed to the fact that there were fewer races then and that trainers and owners from that era did not fancy horses lounging around the loafing shed. If there was a race that offered enough prizemoney, those horses were racing.
After Carbine’s wins, we jump ahead again. We know we are passing over some good horses. We know they were good because they were able to win races such as the All Aged Stakes, a race that seldom goes to some lucky boiler.
We arrive at 1901 to find a horse named Advance as the winner.
Advance was a Kiwi product foaled in 1896 by Vanguard out of Laurel.
Advance made 33 jumps for 19 wins and 8 placings. The year prior to winning the All Aged Stakes, he won the AJC Autumn Stakes. He was known as a draft horse for the huge impounds he carried. Thirteen of his wins saw him carrying above nine stone (57+ kg.) Some experts of the time claim that Advance was a better horse than Carbine.
The winner from 1902, the mare Wakeful, was a true great. From 44 jumps, she was unplaced just three times, with 25 wins and 16 placings. She had 21 major wins. She did not win a Melbourne Cup, but she did win a Sydney Cup, so the two miles was not an issue. Wakeful was unplaced in the 1901 Melbourne Cup as a five-year-old. She returned for the last race of her career to post a second in the 1903 Melbourne Cup. She did produce a Melbourne Cup winner, 1918’s Night March.
We have to mention a couple of dual winners next.
They are Gladsome from 1904/05 and Malt King from 1911/12.
Both good gallopers, space dictates that we leave Gladsome and Malt King. We also have to neglect some very good horses, such as Desert Gold (1918), Beauford (1922), The Hawk (1925), Limerick (1928) and Amounis (1930).
We wanted to mention and examine Winooka from 1933.
He was by Windbag (1925 Melbourne Cup winner) and he recorded big wins in Australia, including the Futurity Stakes and the Doncaster Handicap before going to America and winning there.
Again, we need to move ahead, although it disturbs us to jump over Chatham, Peter Pan and Cuddle.
We have space to mention three-time All Aged Stakes winner Ajax. Of this legend, we will say that the 1938 Cox Plate was his best win, which is saying something, because Ajax won 36 times from 46 jumps, with nine placings and just one unplaced result.
We next find Yaralla, winner in 1942 and 1943.
Yaralla’s record indicates a good-not-great horse, but apparently, he was good enough to win a major Sydney race two years running.
Our next two-time winner was Kilshery from 1962 and 1963.
Note that to get from Yaralla to Kilshery, we jumped twenty years and in the process skipped Bernborough, San Domenico, Prince Cortauld, Tulloch, Lord, Noholme and Sky High.
While those seven gallopers were obviously better than Kilshery, there are places to which we could direct you to read about them in depth.
Few remember Kilshery and as a gelding, he did leave any progeny. He was quite good, obviously, given the calibre of some of those that immediately preceded and followed him. He won four other races that would now be considered Group 1, with victories in the Canterbury Guineas, Stradbroke Handicap, Daily and Sunday Telegraph Stakes and the VATC Oakleigh Plate. He staged multiple duals with Wenona Girl and came out the winner from some. She beat him in the 1964 All Aged Stakes.
Our next dual winner dictates that we skip Wenona Girl and Tobin Bronze (1967) to find Dalrello from 1976 and 1977.
Dalrello was a force in the 70s, winning in Queensland and NSW. He won 10 major races. Other than his two All Aged Stakes wins, his best was probably the 1975 Doncaster Handicap, although we should mention the Craven Plate from that same year.
Our next leap in time is all the way to 1992. We are skipping Emancipation and Shaftesbury Avenue to look at 1992/93 winner Rough Habit.
Rough Habit won over $3.9 million from 74 jumps (PGR Hall of Famer) for 29 wins and 23 placings. He bettered his two All Aged wins with three Doomben Cups and also won two Southport Cups and two Stradbroke Handicaps during the early 90s.
The next dual winner was Sunline.
She comes with a twist, though, as her wins came in 2000 and 2002. She lined up in 2001, but finished half a length behind El Mirada and Final Fantasy.
Sunline was the last to win two All Aged Stakes, but the race continued to supply top echelon gallopers, such as Paratroopers (2006), Hay List (2011), Atlantic Jewel (2012), All Too Hard (2013), English (2016) and Tivaci (2017).
The 2018 winner Trapeze Artist won over $5.5 million. An injury forced him off after only 20 jumps. Just as well, perhaps, as he is standing at Widden Stud, where his services command $90,000.
Trapeze Artist can be seen winning the All Aged Stakes at the following link.
Our final mention goes to 2019 winner Pierata. He has won more than $5.8 million and he came within a nose of winning the All Aged Stakes again in 2020, losing by a nose to Tofane.
Here is a link to Pierata’s 2019 All Aged Stakes win.
The All Aged Stakes has always put on a good race, even if there are others that pay a little more in prizemoney.
Great champions have won the race and even those that were not necessarily Racing Hall of Fame material were better than average. Go here to see further Racing News.
All Aged Stakes Past Winners
|2013||All Too Hard|
|2008||Racing To Win|
|1997||All Our Mob|
|1994||Prince Of Praise|
|1982||My Gold Hope|
|1980||Bit Of A Skite|
|1886||Cerise And Blue|
|1884||Brown And Rose|