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Bengough Memorial Stakes

Group 3 race
Bengough Memorial Stakes
Location Ascot Racecourse
Ascot, England
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Willmott Dixon
Website Ascot
Race information
Distance 6f (1,207 metres)
Track Turf, straight
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 9 st 0 lb (3yo);
9 st 1 lb (4yo+)
3 lb for fillies and mares
8 lb for Group 1 winners *
6 lb for Group 2 winners *
4 lb for Group 3 winners *
* since February 28
Purse £65,000 (2009)
1st: £36,900

The Bengough Memorial Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Ascot over a distance of 6 furlongs (1,207 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in October.

The event was formerly held at Newmarket, and it used to be called the Bentinck Stakes. It was named in honour of Lord George Bentinck (1802–1848), who was a successful racehorse owner. For a period the race was contested over 5 furlongs, and it was classed at Listed level. It was extended to 6 furlongs in 1993, and promoted to Group 3 status in 2003.

The race was transferred to Ascot in 2008, and at the same time it was given a new title, the Bengough Memorial Stakes. This was in memory of Sir Piers Bengough (1929–2005), who served as Her Majesty's Representative at Ascot from 1984 to 1997.



Most successful horse since 1987:

  • no horse has won this race more than once since 1987

Leading jockey since 1987 (2 wins):

  • John ReidMontendre (1993), Royale Figurine (1995)
  • Seb SandersDanehurst (2001), Needwood Blade (2002)
  • Ted Durcan – Royal Millennium (2004), Greek Renaissance (2007)

Leading trainer since 1987 (3 wins):

  • Saeed bin SuroorRussian Revival (1996), Bygone Days (2006), Greek Renaissance (2007)

Winners since 1987






1987 Perion 5 Pat Eddery Geoff Lewis 1:02.96
1988 Umbelata 5 Michael Roberts Mick Naughton 1:00.90
1989 Lugana Beach 3 Steve Cauthen David Elsworth 0:59.45
1990 Ra'A 3 Willie Carson Harry Thomson Jones 1:00.20
1991 On Tiptoes 3 Michael Roberts Jimmy Leigh 0:58.64
1992 Hamas 3 Willie Carson Peter Walwyn 0:58.22
1993 Montendre 6 John Reid Matt McCormack 1:13.32
1994 Elrafa Ah 3 Richard Hills Harry Thomson Jones 1:11.80
1995 Royale Figurine 4 John Reid Martin Fetherston-Godley 1:11.53
1996 Russian Revival 3 Walter Swinburn Saeed bin Suroor 1:11.38
1997 My Best Valentine 7 Ray Cochrane Vic Soane 1:14.81
1998 Bold Edge 3 Dane O'Neill Richard Hannon 1:11.52
1999 Gaelic Storm 5 Darryll Holland Mark Johnston 1:13.60
2000 Bahamian Pirate 5 Adrian Nicholls David Nicholls 1:13.63
2001 Danehurst 3 Seb Sanders Sir Mark Prescott 1:14.97
2002 Needwood Blade 4 Seb Sanders Bryan McMahon 1:11.20
2003 Ashdown Express 4 Richard Mullen Chris Wall 1:13.18
2004 Royal Millennium 6 Ted Durcan Mick Channon 1:13.71
2005 Welsh Emperor 6 Darryll Holland Tom Tate 1:13.06
2006 Bygone Days 5 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 1:12.89
2007 Greek Renaissance 4 Ted Durcan Saeed bin Suroor 1:12.21
2008 Conquest 4 Jimmy Fortune William Haggas 1:14.74
2009 Royal Rock 5 George Baker Chris Wall 1:14.99


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Bengough Memorial Stakes (2009).

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