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Joel Stakes

Group 3 race
Joel Stakes
Location Rowley Mile
Newmarket, England
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Shadwell
Website Newmarket
Race information
Distance 1 mile (1,609 metres)
Track Turf, straight
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 8 st 11 lb (3yo);
9 st 0 lb (4yo+)
3 lb for fillies and mares
7 lb for Group 1 winners *
5 lb for Group 2 winners *
3 lb for Group 3 winners *
* since February 28
Purse £65,000 (2009)
1st: £36,900

The Joel Stakes is a Group 3 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 1 mile (1,609 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late September or early October.

The event was formerly known as the Main Reef Stakes, and for a period it was classed at Listed level. It was named after Main Reef, a colt owned and bred by Jim Joel. His victories included Newmarket's July Stakes in 1978. The Main Reef Stakes used to be contested over 1 mile and 2 furlongs, and it was cut to its present length in 1989.

Jim Joel died in 1992, and the race was renamed the Joel Stakes in 1994. It was promoted to Group 3 status in 2003. It is now held on the second day of Newmarket's three-day Cambridgeshire Meeting. It is currently sponsored by Shadwell, and its full title includes the name of Nayef, a Shadwell stallion.



Most successful horse since 1987:

  • no horse has won this race more than once since 1987

Leading jockey since 1987 (3 wins):

Leading trainer since 1987 (3 wins):

Winners since 1987






1987 Lockton 3 Michael Hills Jeremy Hindley 2:06.88
1988 Hibernian Gold 3 Greville Starkey Guy Harwood 2:06.10
1989 Sabotage 3 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 1:43.13
1990 Raj Waki 3 Michael Kinane Guy Harwood 1:36.93
1991 Rudimentary 3 Pat Eddery Henry Cecil 1:36.55
1992 Inner City 3 Frankie Dettori Luca Cumani 1:37.50
1993 Gabr 3 Willie Carson Robert Armstrong 1:42.41
1994 Fraam 5 Walter Swinburn Alex Scott 1:36.05
1995 Bin Rosie 3 Kevin Darley David Loder 1:36.24
1996 Yeast 4 Ray Cochrane William Haggas 1:37.43
1997 Intikhab 3 Richard Hills David Morley 1:38.09
1998 Im Proposin 3 Richard Quinn John Dunlop 1:42.02
1999 Indian Lodge 3 Michael Roberts Amanda Perrett 1:39.00
2000 Hopeful Light 3 Jimmy Fortune John Gosden 1:40.39
2001 Beckett 3 Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 1:38.54
2002 Desert Deer 4 Kevin Darley Mark Johnston 1:34.54
2003 Splendid Era 3 Michael Hills Barry Hills 1:37.40
2004 Polar Ben 5 Johnny Murtagh James Fanshawe 1:37.33
2005 Rob Roy 3 Michael Kinane Sir Michael Stoute 1:39.22
2006 Satchem 4 Kerrin McEvoy Saeed bin Suroor 1:39.95
2007 Creachadoir 3 Kerrin McEvoy Saeed bin Suroor 1:36.68
2008 Eagle Mountain 4 Kevin Shea Mike de Kock 1:34.07
2009 Confront 4 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute 1:36.18


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