The Ladbrokes 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 2018/19 Night Racing 'Ladbrokes Friday Night Lights' Season.

On each of the night meetings in season 2018/19, The Valley will stage a 55 Second Challenge heat, with each heat carrying minimum prize money of $55,000.

The trainer of the fastest heat winner will win a cheque valued at $55,000 thanks to our partners at Ladbrokes.

Ladbrokes 55 Second Challenge - Terms and Conditions

Season Winners  |  Ladbrokes 55 Second Challenge
 Season Winner/Trainer Time
2017/18  Sunday Escape (Andrew Murray)  54.75 
2016/17 Sirbible (Russell Bell)  54.84
 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

* 955 metre rack record.

Date
Race
Winner
Trainer
Time
Fri 28 Sept
Benchmark 84 Essence of Terror Matthew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 55.76
Fri 5 Oct Benchmark 78 Written Choice Logan McGill 55.22
Fri 26 Oct 0-84 Handicap Written Choice Logan McGill 54.77
Fri 2 Nov Benchmark 70 Our Luca Jerome Hunter 55.83
Fri 16 Nov Benchmark 64 Tbilisi Steve Richards 55.86
Fri 23 Nov Benchmark 84 Matty Matthew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 57.12
Fri 7 Dec Benchmark 64 Non Paear Christopher Diplock 55.43
Fri 14 Dec

Fri 21 Dec

Fri 25 Jan

Fri 1 Feb

Fri 8 Feb

Fri 15 Feb
 
Fri 22 Feb
Fri 1 Mar   
Fri 15 Mar

Fri 22 Mar