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Challenge Stakes

The Challenge Stakes is a Group 2 weight-for-age race held annually each March at Randwick racecourse in Sydney, New South Wales during the autumn racing carnival. The race is run over a distance of 1000 metres and worth $400,000 in prize money. The 2020 Challenge Stakes was won by Nature Strip from Redzel with Jungle Edge third.

Held on the same day as the Group 1 Randwick Guineas and Group 1 Canterbury Stakes, the Challenge Stakes is one of the better weight-for-age sprint events of the early autumn.

Challenge Stakes info

Date: Saturday 6th March 2021
Track: Randwick racecourse, Sydney
Distance: 1000 metres
Race Type: Weight-for-age
Status: Group 2
Prize Money: $400,000
2020 Winner: Nature Strip

The Challenge Stakes is a good quality sprint race run under weight-for-age conditions and generally sees a field of more than handy sprinters assembled. The better quality horses entered for the race have a decided advantage under the weight scale and more often than not the classier gallopers will figure in the finish.

Sprinters from this race may consider upping the ante and taking on the elite gallopers in the upcoming Group 1 The Galaxy on Golden Slipper day at Rosehill or the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes on Doncaster day at Randwick.

Ball Of Muscle (2019) resumed from a spell to win this event in narrow fashion for Warwick Farm trainer Joseph Pride and recent Challenge Stakes winners include Redzel (2018) and English (2016-2017).

2020 Challenge Stakes result

1. $3.10 Nature Strip 58.5 James McDonald
2. $4.40 Redzel 58.5 Kerrin McEvoy
3. $31.00 Jungle Edge 58.5 Ms Jade Darose

then followed
4. $31.00 Miss Leonidas 56.5 Joe Bowditch
5. $3.70 Deprive 58.5 Hugh Bowman
6. $5.50 Santa Ana Lane 58.5 Mark Zahra
7. $31.00 Ball Of Muscle 58.5 Glyn Schofield
8. $26.00 I Am Immortal 56.0 Tim Clark

Margins: 3 len, 0.20 len
Time: 0:56.87

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Challenge Stakes winners & placegetters

Year Winner 2nd 3rd Time
2020 Nature Strip Redzel Jungle Edge 0:56.8
2019 Ball Of Muscle Redzel Viridine 0:55.7
2018 Redzel Jungle Edge Super Too 0:55.7
2017 English Redzel Supido 0:59.9
2016 English Kinglike Boss Lane 0:56.5
2015 Miracles Of Life Va Pensiero Rubick 0:56.7
2014 Villa Verde Snitzerland Famous Seamus 0:57.3
2013 Snitzerland Decision Time Howmuchdoyouloveme 0:56.1
2012 Rain Affair Satin Shoes Neeson 1:03.7
2011 Hay List Keen Commander Solar Charged 0:56.8
2010 De Lightning Ridge Dorf Command Stryker 0:55.9
2009 Olonana Hoystar Fantene 0:56.9
2008 Hurried Choice Keen Commander German Chocolate 0:57.3
2007 Spark Of Life Whoever Biscayne Bay 0:56.8
2006 Snitzel Spark of Life Media 0:56.8
2005 Impaler Snippetson Charge Forward 0:56.2
2004 Star Of Florida Mistegic Majestic Fiesta 0:56.3
2003 Star Of Florida Snowland Fair Embrace 0:56.5
2002 Bomber Bill Mistegic Ateates 0:56.5
2001 Pimpala Prince Ateates Notoire 0:59.2
2000 Easy Rocking Ab Initio Adam 0:56.9
1999 Ab Initio Rebel Rock Anthems 0:58.4
1998 Cangronde Lusty's Bank Dane Ripper 0:56.9
1997 Cangronde Alfa Moss Rocket 0:57.3
1996 Light Up The World Christer Our Lance 0:57.1
1995 Moss Rocket Identikit Brawny Spirit 0:57.8
1994 Classic Magic Stormy Regent Legal Agent 0:57.0
1993 Spanish Mix Classic Magic Office 0:59.3
1992 All Archie Burrendah Boy Friend's Venture 0:58.3
1991 Lightning Bend Dr. Grace Pagan Jest 0:57.7
1990 Show County Lightning Bend Sunalong Lass 0:57.0
1989 Groucho Paris Weekend Diamond Benny 0:56.8
1988 Snippets At Sea Lynn's Love 0:59.1