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Challenge Stakes - Run by the ATC at Randwick Racecourse

ATC Challenge Stakes run at the Randwick Racecourse. Winners and past results of the Challenge Stakes

Winners and Past Results for the ATC Challenge Stakes.

The Australian Turf Club Group 2 Challenge Stakes is a century-old weight for age open race held at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney.

2023 Challenge Stakes Race Details

Date Of The Challenge Stakes: 4/3/23

Venue For The Challenge Stakes: Randwick Racecourse

Recommended Online Bookmaker To Bet On For The Challenge Stakes: Ladbrokes

The Autumn Racing Carnival features a number of races with quality mares and fillies competing in the Group ATC Challenge Stakes. The race held in mid- March is run over a distance of 1000 meters with a total of $400,000 in prize money up for grabs among a field of handy sprinters.

Being a race run at Weight For Age, the notable gallopers have a distinct advantage and usually oblige their connections and punters with an impressive run.

The event serves as a lead up to the 1100 meters Group 2 Star Kingdom Stakes on Golden Slipper Stakes Day at Rosehill Racecourse. Some of the runners move on to Randwick for the Group 1 The Galaxy also run over 1000 meters.

The inaugural ATC Challenge Stakes in 1906 was won by a horse named The Pet.

The event was a principal race until 1978 after which it was upgraded to Group 2 status. Golden Hop was the first to score back to back victories in 1913 and 1914. Felbeam repeated the feat in 1945 and 1946 followed by San Domenico in 1949 and 1950. Razor Sharp and At Sea stamped their authority on the AJC Challenge Stakes with three consecutive victories from 1982-1984 and 1985-1987 respectively. Cangronde won the 1997 trophy with a repeat performance in 1998 as well. Star Of Florida followed suit in 2003 and 2004. Tar Girl, who clocked 58.5 seconds, is the first recorded winner of the AJC Challenge Stakes in 1966.

The fastest time of 56.2 seconds set by Zephyr Bay in 1975 was eclipsed by De Lightning Ridge in 2010, with a record breaking 55.92 seconds.

The race is a true test for quality sprinters who desire to make it to Group 1 races towards the end of the autumn racing carnival.

The Group 1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington Racecourse is what punters ought to pay great attention to, as many horses enter the field in the AJC Challenge Stakes after an outing in Melbourne.

Crack sprinters usually head for a showdown in the TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick Racecourse following a good performance in the race. Bomber Bill, a perennial favorite with the Australian crowd was among a notable winner in the 2002 AJC Challenge Stakes, amassing over $1.8 million in prize money over his career.

ATC Challenge Stakes Past Winners

YearWinner
2022Eduardo
2021Eduardo
2020Nature Strip
2019Ball Of Muscle
2018Redzel
2017English
2016English
2015Miracles Of Life
2014Villa Verde
2013Snitzerland
2012Rain Affair
2011Hay List
2010De Lightning Ridge
2009Olonana
2008Hurried Choice
2007Spark Of Life
2006Snitzel
2005Impaler
2004Star Of Florida
2003Star Of Florida
2002Bomber Bill
2001Pimpala Prince
2000Easy Rocking
1999Ab Initio
1998Cangronde
1997Cangronde
1996Light Up The World
1995Moss Rocket
1994Classic Magic
1993Spanish Mix
1992All Archie
1991Lightning Bend
1990Show County
1989Groucho
1988Snippets
1987At Sea
1986At Sea
1985At Sea
1984Razor Sharp
1983Razor Sharp
1982Razor Sharp
1981Steel Blade
1980Acamar
1979Christole
1978Monreale
1977Crimson Cloud
1976River Ridge
1975Zephyr Bay
1974War Island
1973Bounty
1972Playbill
1971Farlara
1970Biarritz Star
Constant Rhythm
1969Gay Gauntlet
1968Dawn Boy
1967Gay Gauntlet
1966Tar Girl
1965Time And Tide
1964The Tempest
1963Wenona Girl
1962Rush Bye
1961Gili
1960Olympiad
1959Huntly
1958Dubbo
1957My Kingdom
1956Apple Bay
1955Gay Vista
1954Tarien
1953Apex
1952True Leader
1951Donegal
1950San Domenico
1949San Domenico
1948Gay Monarch
1947Brazier
1946Felbeam
1945Felbeam
1944Yaralla
1943Gold Salute
1942High Caste
1941Caesar
1940High Caste
1939Bradford
1938Hammer Head
1937Silver Rose
1936Heritor
1935The Marne
1934Air Queen
1933Captivation
1932Golden Gate
1931Casque D'Or
1930Venetian Lady
1929Whitta
1928Greenline
1927Don Moon
1926Quixotic
1925The Hawk
1924Laneffe
1923Duke Isinglass
1922Sir Maitland
1921Maltgilla
1920Aries
1919Sydney Damsel
1918Bonnie Plume
1917Wedding Day
1916Quinn's Post
1915Ninfia
1914Golden Hop
1913Golden Hop
1912Pride Of Murillo
1911Poi Dance
1910Fille Fogi
1909Neith
1908Lord Merv
1907Queen's Court
1906The Pet

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