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Dee Stakes

Group 3 race
Dee Stakes
Location Chester Racecourse
Chester, England
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Addleshaw Goddard
Website Chester
Race information
Distance 1m 2f 75y (2,080 m)
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-old
colts and geldings
Weight 8 st 12 lb
Penalties
7 lb for Group 1 winners *
5 lb for Group 2 winners *
3 lb for Group 3 winners *
* at 7 furlongs or over
Purse £70,000 (2009)
1st: £39,739

The Dee Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and geldings. It is run at Chester over a distance of 1 mile, 2 furlongs and 75 yards (2,080 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in May.

The event dates back to the early 19th century, and it takes its name from the River Dee, which runs alongside the racecourse. When the present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, the Dee Stakes was given Group 3 status. It was relegated to Listed class in 1988. Its current distance was set in 1992, prior to which it had been contested over 1m 4f 53y (1937–57), 1m 2f 10y (1958–69), 1m 2f 24y (1970–72) and 1m 2f 85y (1973–91). The race was promoted back to Group 3 level in 2003.

The Dee Stakes serves as a trial for the Epsom Derby, and several horses have achieved victory in both events. The most recent of these are Oath (1999) and Kris Kin (2003).

Contents

Records

Leading jockey since 1960 (5 wins):

  • Lester PiggottSweet Moss (1964), Averof (1974), Heir Presumptive (1978), Kirtling (1981), Ivano (1982)
  • Willie CarsonLaureate (1968), Golden Monad (1970), Natsun (1973), Ravel (1975), Blue Stag (1990)

Leading trainer since 1960 (11 wins):

  • Barry HillsGolden Monad (1970), Our Mirage (1972), Natsun (1973), Ravel (1975), Two of Diamonds (1979), Infantry (1985), Sir Harry Lewis (1987), Free Sweater (1989), Blue Stag (1990), Prolix (1998), Sohaib (2002)

Winners since 1978

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Time
1978 Heir Presumptive Lester Piggott Fulke Johnson Houghton
1979 Two of Diamonds Steve Cauthen Barry Hills
1980 Playboy Jubilee Philip Robinson Frankie Durr
1981 Kirtling Lester Piggott Harry Wragg
1982 Ivano Lester Piggott Henry Cecil
1983 no race 1983 [1]
1984 Trial by Error Darrel McHargue Luca Cumani
1985 Infantry Brent Thomson Barry Hills
1986 Faraway Dancer Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 2:26.50
1987 Sir Harry Lewis Cash Asmussen Barry Hills 2:08.60
1988 Clifton Chapel John Lowe Steve Norton 2:31.93
1989 Free Sweater Michael Hills Barry Hills 2:09.14
1990 Blue Stag Willie Carson Barry Hills 2:13.29
1991 Hundra Bruce Raymond Paul Kelleway 2:14.59
1992 My Memoirs John Reid Richard Hannon 2:09.29
1993 Beneficial Michael Hills Geoff Wragg 2:07.98
1994 Cicerao Walter Swinburn Henry Cecil 2:10.92
1995 Pentire Michael Hills Geoff Wragg 2:11.78
1996 Prize Giving Michael Hills Geoff Wragg 2:12.11
1997 Crystal Hearted Tony McGlone Henry Candy 2:35.14
1998 Prolix Darryll Holland Barry Hills 2:10.37
1999 Oath Kieren Fallon Henry Cecil 2:10.51
2000 Merry Merlin [2] Richard Quinn Michael Bell 2:10.00
2001 Dr Greenfield Kieren Fallon Gerard Butler 2:09.09
2002 Sohaib Richard Hills Barry Hills 2:08.30
2003 Kris Kin Fergal Lynch Sir Michael Stoute 2:10.11
2004 African Dream Jimmy Quinn Peter Chapple-Hyam 2:19.74
2005 Gypsy King Kieren Fallon Aidan O'Brien 2:16.47
2006 Art Deco Frankie Dettori Charles Egerton 2:16.15
2007 Admiralofthefleet Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 2:09.82
2008 Tajaaweed Richard Hills Sir Michael Stoute 2:11.03
2009 South Easter Neil Callan William Haggas 2:10.21
2010 Azmeel Frankie Dettori John Gosden 2:14.75

1 The 1983 running was abandoned because of a waterlogged course.
2 The 2000 winner Merry Merlin was later exported to Hong Kong and renamed Trillion Delight.

Earlier winners

  • 1826 - Leviathan
  • 1830 - Moss Rose
  • 1844 - The Cure
  • 1876 - Advance
  • 1901 - Sir Edgar
  • 1906 - Troutbeck
  • 1915 - Achtoi
  • 1920 - Paladin
  • 1921 - no race
  • 1922 - Fred Power
  • 1923 - Roger de Busli
  • 1924 - Battleship
  • 1925 - Runnymede
  • 1926 - no race
  • 1927 - Royal Pom
  • 1928 - Ranjit Singh
  • 1929 - Free Forester
  • 1930 - Master Mint
  • 1931 - Mangosteen
  • 1932 - Yellowstone
  • 1933 - Highlander
  • 1934 - Alishah
  • 1935 - Pry II
  • 1936 - Noble King
  • 1937 - Sunbather
  • 1938 - Pactolus
  • 1939 - Triguero
  • 1946 - Neapolitan
  • 1947 - Maray
  • 1948 - King's Acre
  • 1949 - Father Thames
  • 1950 - Khorassan
  • 1951 - Sybil's Nephew
  • 1952 - Torcross
  • 1953 - Victory Roll
  • 1954 - Cloonroughan
  • 1955 - Tippecanoe
  • 1956 - Atlas
  • 1957 - Palor
  • 1958 - Pandour
  • 1959 - Parthia
  • 1960 - Alcaeus
  • 1961 - Oakville
  • 1962 - Persian Wonder
  • 1963 - My Myosotis
  • 1964 - Sweet Moss
  • 1965 - Look Sharp
  • 1966 - Grey Moss
  • 1967 - French Vine
  • 1968 - Laureate
  • 1969 - no race
  • 1970 - Golden Monad
  • 1971 - Colum
  • 1972 - Our Mirage
  • 1973 - Natsun
  • 1974 - Averof
  • 1975 - Ravel
  • 1976 - Great Idea
  • 1977 - Royal Plume


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