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Fillies' Mile

Group 1 race
Fillies' Mile
Location Ascot Racecourse
Ascot, England
Inaugurated 1973
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Meon Valley Stud
Website Ascot
Race information
Distance 1 mile (1,609 metres)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Two-year-old fillies
Weight 8 st 12 lb
Purse £200,000 (2009)
1st: £123,759

The Fillies' Mile is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to two-year-old thoroughbred fillies. It is run at Ascot over a distance of 1 mile (1,609 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late September.

The event was established in 1973, and it was initially titled the Green Shield Stakes. The Green Shield catalogue shops were rebranded as Argos in the mid 1970s, and for a period the race was called the Argos Star Fillies' Mile. It attained Group 3 status in 1975, and its next sponsor, Hoover, began to support the event in 1978. From this point it was known as the Hoover Fillies' Mile.

The race was promoted to Group 2 level in 1986. Its association with Hoover continued until 1989, and it was given its current status, Group 1, in 1990. It has been backed by Meon Valley Stud since 1998.

The Fillies' Mile became part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series in 2008. The winner now earns an automatic invitation to compete in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. [1]



Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Lester PiggottEscorial (1973), Miss Pinkie (1976), Cherry Hinton (1977), Oh So Sharp (1984)
  • Frankie DettoriShamshir (1990), Glorosia (1997), Teggiano (1999), Crystal Music (2000)

Leading trainer (6 wins):

  • Henry CecilFormulate (1978), Oh So Sharp (1984), Diminuendo (1987), Tessla (1988), Bosra Sham (1995), Reams of Verse (1996)

Leading owner (3 wins): (includes part ownership)

  • Sheikh MohammedOh So Sharp (1984), Diminuendo (1987), Shamshir (1990)







1973 Escorial Lester Piggott Ian Balding Queen Elizabeth II
1974 no race 1974 [1]
1975 Icing Christy Roche Paddy Prendergast Lady Iveagh
1976 Miss Pinkie Lester Piggott Noel Murless Jim Joel
1977 Cherry Hinton Lester Piggott Harry Wragg Budgie Moller
1978 Formulate Joe Mercer Henry Cecil Mrs D. Butler
1979 Quick as Lightning Willie Carson John Dunlop Ogden Phipps
1980 Leap Lively John Matthias Ian Balding Paul Mellon
1981 Height of Fashion Joe Mercer Dick Hern Queen Elizabeth II
1982 Acclimatise Tony Murray Bruce Hobbs Jocelyn Hambro
1983 Nepula Bryn Crossley Geoff Huffer S. Al Qemias
1984 Oh So Sharp Lester Piggott Henry Cecil Sheikh Mohammed 1:42.44
1985 Untold Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute Robert Cowell
1986 Invited Guest Steve Cauthen Robert Armstrong Kinderhill Corp. 1:43.40
1987 Diminuendo Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil Sheikh Mohammed 1:43.10
1988 Tessla Pat Eddery Henry Cecil Charles St. George 1:43.96
1989 Silk Slippers Michael Hills Barry Hills Robert Sangster 1:42.49
1990 Shamshir Frankie Dettori Luca Cumani Sheikh Mohammed 1:43.27
1991 Culture Vulture [2] Richard Quinn Paul Cole Christopher Wright 1:46.11
1992 Ivanka Michael Roberts Clive Brittain Ali Saeed 1:46.65
1993 Fairy Heights Cash Asmussen Neville Callaghan Frank Golding 1:44.44
1994 Aqaarid Willie Carson John Dunlop Hamdan Al Maktoum 1:44.70
1995 Bosra Sham Pat Eddery Henry Cecil Wafic Saïd 1:43.13
1996 Reams of Verse Michael Kinane Henry Cecil Khalid Abdullah 1:44.32
1997 Glorosia Frankie Dettori Luca Cumani Robert H. Smith 1:42.31
1998 Sunspangled Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor 1:44.79
1999 Teggiano Frankie Dettori Clive Brittain Abdullah Saeed Belhab 1:49.69
2000 Crystal Music Frankie Dettori John Gosden Lord Lloyd-Webber 1:44.44
2001 Gossamer Jamie Spencer Luca Cumani Gerald Leigh 1:46.40
2002 Soviet Song Oscar Urbina James Fanshawe Elite Racing Club 1:42.32
2003 Red Bloom Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute Cheveley Park Stud 1:40.81
2004 Playful Act Jimmy Fortune John Gosden Sangster Family 1:42.22
2005 Nannina [3] Jimmy Fortune John Gosden Cheveley Park Stud 1:38.52
2006 Simply Perfect Darryll Holland Jeremy Noseda Smith / Tabor / Magnier 1:41.89
2007 Listen Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 1:43.30
2008 Rainbow View Jimmy Fortune John Gosden George Strawbridge 1:40.82
2009 Hibaayeb Neil Callan Clive Brittain Mohammed Al Nabouda 1:39.78

1 The 1974 running was abandoned because of a waterlogged course.
2 Midnight Air finished first in 1991, but she was relegated to last place following a Stewards' Inquiry.
3 The 2005 edition was held at Newmarket.


  1. "Breeders' Cup Challenge". breederscup.com. http://www.breederscup.com/challenge.aspx. Retrieved 2009-09-23. 

  • The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. 1993. p. 188. ISBN 1-873626-15-0. 

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