|Group 3 race|
|Race type||Flat / Thoroughbred|
|Distance||1 mile (1,609 metres)|
|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
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):
- Michael Kinane – Raj Waki (1990), Beckett (2001), Rob Roy (2005)
Leading trainer since 1987 (3 wins):
- Sir Michael Stoute – Sabotage (1989), Rob Roy (2005), Confront (2009)
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|
- galopp-sieger.de – Joel Stakes (ex Main Reef Stakes).
- horseracingintfed.com – International Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Joel Stakes (2009).
- pedigreequery.com – Joel Stakes – Newmarket.