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Fred Darling Stakes

Group 3 race
Fred Darling Stakes
Location Newbury Racecourse
Newbury, England
Inaugurated 1949
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Dubai Duty Free
Website Newbury
Race information
Distance 7f (1,408 metres)
Track Turf, straight
Qualification Three-year-old fillies
Weight 9 st 0 lb
Purse £65,000 (2010)
1st: £36,901

The Fred Darling Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to three-year-old Thoroughbred fillies. It is run at Newbury over a distance of 7 furlongs (1,408 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in April.

The event was established in 1949, and it was initially called the Lambourn Stakes. It was renamed in memory of Fred Darling (1884–1953), a successful trainer, in 1955.

The Fred Darling Stakes has been sponsored by Dubai Duty Free since 1996, and it is now also known as the Dubai Duty Free Stakes. It used to be run on a left-handed course over a slightly longer distance, but it has been contested over a straight 7 furlongs since 1999.

The race serves as a trial for the first fillies' Classics of the European flat season. The most recent participant to win the 1,000 Guineas was Lahan, the fourth-placed horse in 2000. The last to win the Poule d'Essai des Pouliches was Culture Vulture, third in 1992.

Contents

Records

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Lester PiggottSijui (1957), Royal Saint (1967), Durtal (1977), Millingdale Lillie (1980)
  • Jimmy Lindley – Soldier's Song (1960), Anassa (1962), Night Appeal (1965), Highest Hopes (1970)
  • Walter SwinburnMarwell (1981), Top Socialite (1985), Maysoon (1986), Sueboog (1993)
  • Willie CarsonSalsabil (1990), Shadayid (1991), Bulaxie (1994), Aqaarid (1995)

Leading trainer (6 wins):

  • Noel MurlessSerocco (1950), Refreshed (1952), Sijui (1957), Royal Saint (1967), Sea Lavender (1969), Mysterious (1973)
  • John DunlopSalsabil (1990), Shadayid (1991), Bulaxie (1994), Aqaarid (1995), Iftiraas (2000), Muthabara (2008)

Winners since 1979

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Time
1979 Topsy Steve Cauthen Harry Wragg
1980 Millingdale Lillie Lester Piggott Charlie Nelson
1981 Marwell Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute
1982 Slightly Dangerous Steve Cauthen Barry Hills
1983 Goodbye Shelley John Lowe Steve Norton
1984 Mahogany Joe Mercer Charlie Nelson
1985 Top Socialite Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute
1986 Maysoon Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 1:39.16
1987 Littlefield Tony Ives Ian Balding 1:41.73
1988 Bluebook Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 1:29.94
1989 Pass the Peace Richard Quinn Michael Bell 1:35.76
1990 Salsabil Willie Carson John Dunlop 1:31.63
1991 Shadayid Willie Carson John Dunlop 1:32.18
1992 Musicale Pat Eddery Henry Cecil 1:35.22
1993 Sueboog Walter Swinburn Clive Brittain 1:35.22
1994 Bulaxie Willie Carson John Dunlop 1:36.40
1995 Aqaarid Willie Carson John Dunlop 1:28.37
1996 Bosra Sham Pat Eddery Henry Cecil 1:33.46
1997 Dance Parade Richard Quinn Paul Cole 1:31.99
1998 Daunting Lady Richard Hughes Richard Hannon 1:36.95
1999 Wince Kieren Fallon Henry Cecil 1:24.20
2000 Iftiraas Pat Eddery John Dunlop 1:33.24
2001 Rolly Polly Richard Quinn Henry Cecil 1:31.00
2002 Queen's Logic Steve Drowne Mick Channon 1:24.74
2003 Tante Rose Michael Hills Barry Hills 1:23.92
2004 Majestic Desert Kieren Fallon Mick Channon 1:29.51
2005 Penkenna Princess Seb Sanders Ralph Beckett 1:30.32
2006 Nasheej Ryan Moore Richard Hannon 1:24.61
2007 Majestic Roi Jamie Spencer Mick Channon 1:23.67
2008 Muthabara Richard Hills John Dunlop 1:28.67
2009 Lahaleeb Darryll Holland Mick Channon 1:27.87
2010 Puff Jim Crowley Ralph Beckett 1:23.80

Earlier winners

  • 1949 – Vale of Towy
  • 1950 – Serocco
  • 1951 – no race
  • 1952 – Refreshed
  • 1953 – Rose Coral
  • 1954 – Felise
  • 1955 – Feria
  • 1956 – None Fairer
  • 1957 – Sijui
  • 1958 – Nicaria
  • 1959 – Rosalba
  • 1960 – Soldier's Song
  • 1961 – Who Can Tell
  • 1962 – Anassa
  • 1963 – Gazpacho
  • 1964 – Ela Marita
  • 1965 – Night Appeal
  • 1966 – no race
  • 1967 – Royal Saint
  • 1968 – Raymonda
  • 1969 – Sea Lavender
  • 1970 – Highest Hopes
  • 1971 – Rotisserie
  • 1972 – Miss Paris
  • 1973 – Mysterious
  • 1974 – Northern Gem
  • 1975 – Carnauba
  • 1976 – Rowantree
  • 1977 – Durtal
  • 1978 – Shapina


See also

  • Recurring sporting events established in 1949 – this race is included under its original title, Lambourn Stakes.

References


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Fred Darling Stakes (2010).
  • The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. 1993. p. 12. ISBN 1-873626-15-0. 



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