Southern Alps Challenge

About the $350,000 Southern Alps Challenge (1600m)

Date: Saturday 13 April 2024

Meeting: Riccarton Park

Distance: 1600m

Weights: HCP conditions max weight of 62kg 

Conditions: Three ‘Golden Ticket’ event winners are exempt from the Ballot. The first three eligible placegetters in the Southern Mile Final are also exempt from the ballot

Eligibility: Open to all horses trained by a trainer operating a Trainer’s Premises (as defined in the Rules) located in the South Island as of 1 August 2023. Horses must be stabled or trained at the Trainer’s Premises in the South Island as at 31 December 2023. Horses must start in a minimum of two races conducted at racecourses in the South Island after 31 December 2023

2024 Winner: Matscot
Trainer: Sharon Robertson
Jockey: Joe Doyle
Owner(s): Ross Falloon, Sharon Robertson & Alan Reeves
R W Adams, A L Reeves & Mrs S J Robertson

Golden Ticket Races:

Club Track Date Race Winner Trainer
Banks Peninsula Racing Club Riccarton Park Saturday 10 February 2024

Rating 75 Benchmark* 1400m - $40,000

Mystic Park Michael & Matthew Pitman
Otago Racing Club* Wingatui Racecourse Saturday 2 March 2024 Rating 82 Benchmark 1600m - $200,000 The Grey Goose Jo-Ann Gordon
Canterbury Jockey Club Riccarton Park Saturday 23 March 2024  Rating 65 Benchmark* 1600m - $40,000 NA NA
Riverton Racing Club Riverton Racecourse Saturday 30 March 2024  Rating 75 Benchmark* 1600m - $40,000 Charbano Michael & Matthew Pitman

*The first three placegetters in the 2024 Southern Mile run at Wingatui on Saturday 2 March 2024 will (if eligible) also be exempt from the ballot