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55 Second Challenge

The Jeep 55 Second Challenge is a pure test of speed over 955 metres.

The barriers are positioned in the 1000 metre chute and the challenge will be to see which horse can break the 55 second mark across the City Jeep Night Racing Season.

On each of the night meetings in season 2015/16, The Valley will stage a Jeep 55 Second Challenge heat, with each heat carrying minimum prize money of $55,000.

The winning trainer of the fastest horse will take home a brand new Jeep Grand Cherokee valued at $70,000, which will be awarded after the last heat on Friday 24 March.

In the 2014/15 season, trainer Brent Stanley led the Jeep 55 Second Challenge since December with the outstanding time of 55.08 seconds set by Beach Front over the 955 metres. 

We thank Jeep for their continued support of racing at The Valley.

Jeep 55 Second Challenge Season Winners

2015 / 16 - Tuscan Sling (Darren Weir) - 54.90
2014 / 15 - Beach Front (Brent Stanley)  - 55.08
2013 / 14 - Minaj (Anthony Freedman)  - 55.36
2012 / 13 - Vatican (Byron Cozamanis) - 54.69*
2011 / 12 - General Truce (Ricky Maund) - 55.26
2010 / 11 - La Bella Roo (Peter Boynton) - 55.48

*Race Record

2015/16 Heats

Date Race Winner Trainer Time
Fri 25 Sept BM78 Handicap Tuscan Sling D. Weir 54.90
Fri 2 Oct BM90 Handicap Reldas R. Smerdon 55.05
Fri 23 Oct BM84 Handicap Grane R. Griffiths 55.93
Fri 30 Oct BM70 Handicap Appalachian Annie V. Malady 55.79
Fri 13 Nov BM90 Handicap Trevinder M. Ellerton & S. Zahra 55.59
Fri 20 Nov BM78 Handicap Rough Justice M. Ellerton & S. Zahra 56.89
Fri 4 Dec BM78 Handicap Beau Rada J. McArdle 54.97
Fri 11 Dec Open Handicap Celeritas R. Smerdon 55.93
Fri 18 Dec BM70 Handicap Petite's Reward B. McCarthy 55.56
Fri 29 Jan Open Handicap Estaminet L. & A. Freedman 56.01
Fri 5 Feb BM78 Handicap Aunty Mo B. McCarthy 55.15
Fri 12 Feb BM70 Handicap Certain Ellie P. Rocke 55.78
Fri 19 Feb BM84 Handicap Aunty Mo B. McCarthy 55.33
Fri 26 Feb BM90 Handicap Jennyfromtheblock L. Kennewell 55.22
Fri 18 Mar BM70 Handicap Very Choosy R. Smerdon 56.83
Thur 24 Mar Open Handicap Beau Rada J. McArdle 54.92