History Of A.J.Scahill Stakes

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A.J.SCAHILL STAKES OVERVIEW

The race was first run in 1978 and won by Burgess Queen.

It’s held Group 3 status since 1980.

The race was run over 1200m in 1978 & 1979 and 1450m in 1983 before it’s current distance of 1400m since 1980.

It was held at Belmont Park in 2003.

Notable winners include: Burgess Queen, Heron Bridge (1986), Marasco (2006), Takeover Target (2008), Watermans Bay (2014-15) and Vega Magic (2016).

TRAINERS

  • Ross Price is the most successful trainer of the A.J.Scahill Stakes.
  • 3: Medicine Kid (1990), Page Escort (1992) & Calypso (1995).
  • Fred Kersley
  • 2: Marasco (2006) & Grand Nirvana (2011).
  • Adam Durrant
  • 2: Proart (2009) & Silverstream (2017).
  • Dan Morton
  • 2: Watermans Bay (2014-2015).
  • Morton’s father Len prepared Yilgangie Gold in 1993.
  • Price’s brother John prepared Arctic Park (2005).

JOCKEYS

  • Two riders share the A.J.Scahill Stakes honour roll.
  • Ian Albuino
  • 3: Latin Saint (1982), Westall (1989) & Pago Escort (1992).
  • Paul King
  • 3: Calypso (1995), Double Blue (1999) & Hot Shot Brother (2003).
  • Gerry Donnelly
  • 2: Hanging In (1984) & Eastern Temple (1985).
  • Donnelly was the first rider to win consecutive Scahill Stakes.
  • Stephen Miller
  • 2: Brave Kite (1994) & Tribula (2001).
  • Troy Turner
  • 2: Terwilliger (2000) & Lizzy Long Legs (2001).

GENDER

  • Geldings: 24 wins
  • Mares: 11 wins
  • Horses: 4 wins
  • Fillies: 1 (Burgess Queen (1978).
  • Colts: 1 Hakim Boy (1980).

AGE

  • 4yo: 13 Wins
  • 5yo: 12 Wins
  • 6yo: 9 wins
  • 7yo: 3 wins
  • 3yo: 2 wins
  • 8yo: 1 win (Heron Bridge).
  • Takeover Target (9yo) is the oldest horse to win the Scahill Stakes.

BARRIER 

  • Barrier 3: seven wins
  • Barriers 4, 5, 7 and 9: five wins.
  • Barrier 2: four wins.
  • Barriers 1 and 6: three wins.
  • No winners from barriers 12 & 13.

BIGGEST FIELD.

  • The 1984 edition, won by Hanging In, held a field of 13 starters.

FASTEST TIME (1400M)

  • Eastern Temple: 1.21.20 (1985).

Julio Santarelli
www.rwwa.com.au