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
 2018/19 Written Choice (Logan McGill)  54.77 
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 Benchmark 70 Freeze Over Matthew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 57.12
Fri 21 Dec Benchmark 78 Matty Matthew Ellerton & Simon Zahra 57.42
Fri 25 Jan Benchmark 78 Caribbean Pearl Mark Young 56.06
Fri 1 Feb Benchmark 78 Pravro Gwenda Johnstone 55.97
Fri 8 Feb Benchmark 64 Algadon Miss Matt Laurie 56.30
Fri 15 Feb Benchmark 84 Makahu Boy Enver Jusufovic 55.66 
Fri 22 Feb Benchmark 70 McGarrett Tom Hughes 55.89
Fri 1 Mar Benchmark 78   Plateau Gold Quinton Scott 55.99
Fri 15 Mar Benchmark 78 Tell Me Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 56.29
Fri 22 Mar  Open Handicap  Desert Lashes Tony McEvoy   55.53