The All Aged Stakes is a Gr 1 Australian weight-for-age horse
race contested in April every year at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney
over a distance of 1400m. It currently carries a purse of
AUD$400,000 and is one of the oldest races in Australia, having been
inaugurated in 1868, making the race 140 years old in 2008.
The All Aged Stakes is considered to be a sprint race and is always
held on the final day of Randwick's popular autumn carnival. Up
until 2003, the All Aged Stakes used to be run over a distance of
Since then, the race's current shorter distance has proved to be a
perfect stepping stone for Sydney trainers. Run just one week after
the 1200m TJ Smith Stakes (Gr 1) at Randwick, trainers can gauge
just how their charges handle the extra 200m.
As such, since the distance was changed, only two horses have proved
triumphant in both races - Shamekha in 2005 and Bentley Biscuit in
2007. At the All Aged Stakes' old distance of 1600m, only one horse
has ever won the race three times - Ajax, a great war time stallion
who was triumphant in 1938, 1939 and 1940.
Ajax also won top races such as the Caulfield Stakes, the Cox Plate,
the Futurity Stakes (three times), the CB Fisher Plate, the
Newmarket Handicap, the LKS MacKinnon Stakes, the Memsie Stakes
(three times) and the Underwood Stakes (three times). He was
inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2004.