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Gordon Richards Stakes

Group 3 race
Gordon Richards Stakes
Location Sandown Park
Esher, England
Inaugurated 1963
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Bet365
Website Sandown Park
Race information
Distance 1m 2f 7y (2,018 m)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
Weight 9 st 0 lb
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Penalties
7 lb for Group 1 winners *
5 lb for Group 2 winners *
3 lb for Group 3 winners *
* since August 31 last year
Purse £65,000 (2010)
1st: £36,901

The Gordon Richards Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to Thoroughbreds aged four years or older. It is run at Sandown Park over a distance of 1 mile, 2 furlongs and 7 yards (2,018 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in April.

The event was established in 1963, and it was originally called the Westbury Stakes. It was renamed in memory of Sir Gordon Richards (1904–1986), a highly successful flat racing jockey, in 1987. During his career Richards rode 4,870 winners, and he was Britain's Champion Jockey twenty-six times.

The Gordon Richards Stakes now takes place at a meeting which features both flat and jump races. Other events at this meeting include the Bet365 Gold Cup, the Celebration Chase and the Sandown Mile.

Contents

Records

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Chancellor – 2002, 2004

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Lester PiggottSidon (1968), Never Return (1975), Gregorian (1980), Ivano (1983)

Leading trainer (7 wins):

  • Sir Michael StouteHard Fought (1981), Dolpour (1990), Singspiel (1996), Little Rock (2000), Ask (2008), Tartan Bearer (2009), Glass Harmonium (2010)

Winners since 1978

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Time
1978 Hot Grove 4 Willie Carson Fulke Johnson Houghton
1979 Sexton Blake 4 Steve Cauthen Barry Hills
1980 Gregorian 4 Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien
1981 Hard Fought 4 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute
1982 Princes Gate 5 Greville Starkey Harry Thomson Jones
1983 Ivano 4 Lester Piggott Henry Cecil
1984 Morcon 4 Willie Carson Dick Hern
1985 Elegant Air 4 John Matthias Ian Balding
1986 Supreme Leader 4 Philip Robinson Clive Brittain 2:19.92
1987 Allez Milord 4 Greville Starkey Guy Harwood 2:06.30
1988 Infamy 4 Ray Cochrane Luca Cumani 2:14.33
1989 Indian Skimmer 5 Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 2:18.57
1990 Dolpour 4 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 2:05.24
1991 Noble Patriarch 4 John Reid John Dunlop 2:07.23
1992 Dear Doctor 5 Cash Asmussen John Hammond 2:07.42
1993 Ruby Tiger 6 Richard Quinn Paul Cole 2:12.60
1994 Scribe 4 Willie Carson John Dunlop 2:21.92
1995 Prince of Andros 5 Jason Weaver David Loder 2:09.69
1996 Singspiel 4 Frankie Dettori Michael Stoute 2:06.68
1997 Sasuru 4 Michael Hills Geoff Wragg 2:13.08
1998 Germano 5 Michael Hills Geoff Wragg 2:21.22
1999 Generous Rosi 4 Richard Quinn John Dunlop 2:13.03
2000 Little Rock 4 Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute 2:20.69
2001 Island House 5 Darryll Holland Geoff Wragg 2:21.90
2002 Chancellor 4 Michael Hills Barry Hills 2:12.77
2003 Indian Creek 5 Richard Quinn David Elsworth 2:09.56
2004 Chancellor 6 Kieren Fallon John Dunlop 2:11.19
2005 Weightless 5 Johnny Murtagh Amanda Perrett 2:08.90
2006 Day Flight 5 Richard Hughes John Gosden 2:08.17
2007 Red Rocks 4 Frankie Dettori Brian Meehan 2:09.16
2008 Ask 5 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute 2:10.63
2009 Tartan Bearer 4 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute 2:08.65
2010 Glass Harmonium 4 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute 2:08.03

Earlier winners

  • 1963 – Miralgo
  • 1964 – Tacitus
  • 1965 – Goupi
  • 1966 – Super Sam
  • 1967 – Chinwag
  • 1968 – Sidon
  • 1969 – Remand
  • 1970 – Connaught
  • 1971 – Arthur
  • 1973 – Scottish Rifle
  • 1974 – Funny Fellow / Tudor Rhythm *
  • 1975 – Never Return
  • 1976 – Jolly Good
  • 1977 – Lucky Wednesday

* The 1974 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

See also

  • Recurring sporting events established in 1963 – this race is included under its original title, Westbury Stakes.

References


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Gordon Richards Stakes (2010).
  • The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. 1993. p. 20. ISBN 1-873626-15-0. 



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