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Challenge Stakes

Group 2 race
Challenge Stakes
Location Rowley Mile
Newmarket, England
Inaugurated 1878
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Victor Chandler
Website Newmarket
Race information
Distance 7f (1,408 metres)
Track Turf, straight
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 9 st 1 lb (3yo);
9 st 3 lb (4yo+)
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Penalties
4 lb for G1 / G2 winners
since February 28
Purse £100,000 (2009)
1st: £60,829

The Challenge Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket over a distance of 7 furlongs (1,408 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in October.

The event was established in 1878, and the inaugural edition was called the "First Great Challenge Stakes". It was originally contested over 6 furlongs, and it used to be open to horses aged two or older.

The present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and for a period the Challenge Stakes was classed at Group 3 level. Its distance was extended to 7 furlongs in 1977, and the minimum age of participating horses was raised to three in 1985. The event was promoted to Group 2 status in 1987.

The Challenge Stakes is now staged during Champions' Day – the second day of Newmarket's two-day Champions' Meeting.

Contents

Records

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Energy – 1882, 1884
  • Mephisto – 1886, 1890
  • Kilcock – 1896, 1897
  • Sonatura – 1900, 1901
  • Chacornac – 1902, 1903
  • Succour – 1907, 1908
  • Hornet's Beauty – 1912, 1914
  • Phalaris – 1917, 1918
  • Boldboy – 1973, 1977
  • Moorestyle – 1980, 1981

Leading jockey (7 wins):

  • Lester PiggottPrincely Gift (1954), Forlorn River (1967), Mountain Call (1968), Abergwaun (1972), Moorestyle (1980, 1981), Salieri (1983)

Leading trainer (5 wins):

  • Atty Persse – Sunblaze (1921), Twelve Pointer (1925), Reedsmouth (1929), Portlaw (1931), Bob Cherry (1950)
  • Barry HillsAsteroid Field (1987), Distant Relative (1989), Last Resort (2000), Munir (2001), Miss Lucifer (2007)

Winners since 1977

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Time
1977 Boldboy 7 Willie Carson Dick Hern
1978 Spence Bay 3 Joe Mercer Seamus McGrath
1979 Kris 3 Joe Mercer Henry Cecil 1:24.49
1980 Moorestyle 3 Lester Piggott Robert Armstrong
1981 Moorestyle 4 Lester Piggott Robert Armstrong
1982 Noalcoholic 5 George Duffield Gavin Pritchard-Gordon
1983 Salieri 3 Lester Piggott Henry Cecil
1984 Brocade 3 Greville Starkey Guy Harwood
1985 Efisio 3 Willie Carson John Dunlop
1986 Lucky Ring 4 Willie Carson Dick Hern
1987 Asteroid Field 4 Michael Hills Barry Hills 1:33.94
1988 Salse 3 Michael Roberts Henry Cecil 1:27.04
1989 Distant Relative 3 Michael Hills Barry Hills 1:25.13
1990 Sally Rous 3 Gary Carter Geoff Wragg 1:25.42
1991 Mystiko 3 Michael Roberts Clive Brittain 1:22.77
1992 Selkirk 4 Ray Cochrane Ian Balding 1:22.27
1993 Catrail 3 Michael Roberts John Gosden 1:27.92
1994 Zieten 4 Frankie Dettori John Gosden 1:25.89
1995 Harayir 3 Willie Carson Dick Hern 1:23.79
1996 Charnwood Forest 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 1:25.12
1997 Kahal 3 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 1:25.38
1998 Decorated Hero 6 Olivier Peslier John Gosden 1:25.76
1999 Susu 6 Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute 1:24.20
2000 Last Resort 3 Michael Hills Barry Hills 1:26.34
2001 Munir 3 Darryll Holland Barry Hills 1:27.50
2002 Nayyir 4 Eddie Ahern Gerard Butler 1:22.69
2003 Just James 4 Pat Eddery Jeremy Noseda 1:24.68
2004 Firebreak 5 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 1:27.22
2005 Le Vie dei Colori 5 Gérald Mossé Luca Cumani 1:25.34
2006 Sleeping Indian 5 Jimmy Fortune John Gosden 1:26.16
2007 Miss Lucifer 3 Michael Hills Barry Hills 1:25.56
2008 Stimulation 3 Darryll Holland Hughie Morrison 1:22.48
2009 Arabian Gleam 5 Johnny Murtagh Jeremy Noseda 1:23.81

Earlier winners

  • 1878 - Lollypop
  • 1880 - Thebais
  • 1881 - Nellie
  • 1882 - Energy
  • 1883 - Busybody
  • 1884 - Energy
  • 1885 - Modwena
  • 1886 - Mephisto
  • 1887 - Kilwarlin
  • 1888 - Sandal
  • 1889 - Heaume
  • 1890 - Mephisto
  • 1891 - Sir Frederick Roberts
  • 1892 - St. Angelo
  • 1893 - Dame President
  • 1894 - Whittier
  • 1895 - Amandier / Chasseur *
  • 1896 - Kilcock
  • 1897 - Kilcock
  • 1898 - Heir Male
  • 1899 - Fosco
  • 1900 - Sonatura
  • 1901 - Sonatura
  • 1902 - Chacornac
  • 1903 - Chacornac
  • 1904 - Delaunay
  • 1905 - Thrush
  • 1906 - Rocketter
  • 1907 - Succour
  • 1908 - Succour
  • 1910 - Jack Snipe
  • 1911 - Iron Mask
  • 1912 - Hornet's Beauty
  • 1913 - Borrow
  • 1914 - Hornet's Beauty
  • 1915 - Golden Sun
  • 1916 - King's Joker
  • 1919 - Diadem
  • 1920 - Poltava
  • 1921 - Sunblaze
  • 1922 - Two Step
  • 1923 - Black Gown
  • 1924 - Drake
  • 1925 - Twelve Pointer
  • 1926 - Diomedes
  • 1927 - Highborn II
  • 1928 - Nice Prospect
  • 1929 - Reedsmouth
  • 1930 - Soloptic
  • 1931 - Portlaw
  • 1932 - The Divot
  • 1933 - Myrobella
  • 1935 - Bellacose
  • 1936 - Solerina
  • 1937 - Ipsden
  • 1938 - Old Reliance
  • 1939–44 - no race
  • 1946 - Daily Double
  • 1947 - Closeburn
  • 1948 - The Cobbler
  • 1949 - Combined Operations
  • 1950 - Bob Cherry
  • 1951 - Hard Sauce
  • 1952 - Agitator
  • 1953 - Parakeet
  • 1954 - Princely Gift
  • 1955 - Royal Palm
  • 1956 - Coronation Year
  • 1957 - Welsh Abbot
  • 1958 - Logarithm
  • 1959–66 - no race
  • 1967 - Forlorn River
  • 1968 - Mountain Call
  • 1969 - Burglar
  • 1970 - Realm
  • 1971 - Joshua
  • 1972 - Abergwaun
  • 1973 - Boldboy
  • 1974 - New Model
  • 1975 - Be Tuneful
  • 1976 - Star Bird

* The 1895 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

References


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Challenge Stakes (2009).
  • The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. 1993. p. 208. ISBN 1-873626-15-0. 

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