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Ajax II

For the French racehorse of the same name, see Ajax (horse)
Ajax II (2)
Sire Heroic
Dam Medmenham
Grandsire Valais
Damsire Prince Galahad
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1934
Country Australia
Color Chestnut
Breeder Widden Stud
Trainer Frank Musgrave
Record 46: 36-7-2
Earnings ₤40,275
Ajax II (2) is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Medmenham by Heroic. He was born around 1934 in Australia, and was bred by Widden Stud.
Major wins
AJC Sires Produce Stakes (1937)
Caulfield Guineas (1937)
Champagne Stakes (1937)
Rosehill Guineas (1937)
Linlithgow Stakes (1937, 1938)
All Aged Stakes (1938, 1939, 1940)
Caulfield Stakes (1938)
Cox Plate (1938)
Futurity Stakes (1938, 1939, 1940)
CB Fisher Plate (1938)
Newmarket Handicap (1938)
LKS MacKinnon Stakes (1938)
Memsie Stakes (1938, 1939, 1940)
Underwood Stakes (1938, 1939, 1940)
VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes (1938)
Australian Racing Hall of Fame (2004)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on 18 May 2009

Ajax was a champion Australian Thoroughbred racehorse and sire, foaled in 1934 at the Widden Stud in the Denman, New South Wales area and by the great racehorse and sire, Heroic out of Medmenham (IRE) (by Prince Galahad) who was a race winner in Australia after her importation.[1]


Racing record

He is best remembered for winning 18 races in a row, and for losing in the 1939 Rawson Stakes, when at 40/1 on, in a three horse race where he went down to Spear Chief.[2][3] He won the Memsie Stakes three times and the 1938 Cox Plate.

Ajax's record was 46 starts for 36 wins, 7 seconds and 2 thirds for prize money of £40,250. He started at 40/1 on in the Rawson Stakes where he ran second. Ajax is still the shortest-priced favourite ever beaten in Australia.[4]

Stud record

At stud, in the upper Hunter Valley Ajax was a prolific sire who produced nine individual stakes winners including the good horses Achilles (1950 AJC Epsom Handicap) and dual Derby winner Magnificent (1945 AJC and VRC Derbies). Other good horses that he sired included Havoc, Pantomine, Chaperone, Lady Ajax and Heroic Lad.[3]

In 1948 he was sold to America for 13,000 guineas as an aged horse, but did not meet with the same stud success that he had in Australia.[3][5]

All this justified his inclusion in the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in 2004.


Pedigree of Ajax (2) Ch. h. 1934
Heroic (Aus)
ch. 1921
Valais (GB)
Cicero (GB) Cyllene (GB)
Gas (GB)
Lily of the Valley (GB) Martagon (GB)
Hamptonia (GB)
Chersonese (GB)
Cylgad (GB) Cyllene (GB)
Gadfly (GB)
Chelandry (GB) Goldfinch (GB)
Illuminata (GB)
Medmenham (IRE)
Prince Galahad (GB)
Prince Palatine (GB) Persimmon (GB)
Lady Lightfoot (GB)
Decagone (GB) Martagon (GB)
Desca (GB)
Meadow Grass (Ire)
Lemberg (GB) Cyllene (GB)
Galicia (GB)
Bunch Grass (GB) Sainfoin (GB)
Charm (GB) (Family: 2)

See also

  • List of notable Thoroughbred racehorses


  1. Pring, Peter; "Analysis of Champion Racehorses", The Thoroughbred Press, Sydney, 1977, ISBN 0-908133-00-6
  2. Ajax defeated at Rosehill
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Barrie, Douglas M., The Australian Bloodhorse, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1956
  4. Ajax Retrieved on 28 April 2009
  5. Ajax may be leading sire in California

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