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King's Stand Stakes

Group 1 race
King's Stand Stakes
Location Ascot Racecourse
Ascot, England
Inaugurated 1860
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website Ascot
Race information
Distance 5f (1,006 metres)
Track Turf, straight
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 8 st 12 lb (3yo);
9 st 4 lb (4yo+)
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Purse £300,000 (2009)
1st: £170,310

The King's Stand Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Ascot over a distance of 5 furlongs (1,006 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in June.

The event was created as a result of bad weather at Royal Ascot in 1860. Heavy rain made it impossible to run the Royal Stand Plate over its usual distance of 2 miles, and so it was shortened to the only raceable part of the course, 5 furlongs. The amended race was titled the Queen's Stand Plate, and in time it became the most important sprint at the Royal meeting. During its early years the event was open to horses aged two or older. Its name was changed to the King's Stand Stakes in 1901, following the death of Queen Victoria and the accession of King Edward VII.

The current system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and the King's Stand Stakes was given Group 1 status in 1973. It was downgraded to Group 2 level in 1988 so that another event, the Haydock Sprint Cup, could be promoted.

The King's Stand Stakes became part of a new international race series, the Global Sprint Challenge, in 2005. It consequently featured a number of high-quality contenders from overseas, and it regained Group 1 status in 2008. It is now the second leg of the series, preceded by the Lightning Stakes and followed by the Golden Jubilee Stakes. It is presently run on the opening day of the Royal Ascot meeting.

Contents

Records

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Woolsthorpe – 1895, 1897
  • Kilcock – 1898, 1899
  • Sundridge – 1903, 1904
  • Foresight – 1908, 1909
  • Hornet's Beauty – 1911, 1913
  • Diadem – 1919, 1920
  • Golden Boss – 1923, 1924
  • Gold Bridge – 1933, 1934
  • Elbio – 1991, 1993
  • Equiano - 2008, 2010

Leading jockey (7 wins):

  • Lester PiggottRight Boy (1957), Majority Rule (1963), Swing Easy (1971), Abergwaun (1973), Godswalk (1977), Solinus (1978), Never So Bold (1985)

Leading trainer (5 wins):

  • Vincent O'BrienCassarate (1962), Abergwaun (1973), Godswalk (1977), Solinus (1978), Bluebird (1987)

Leading owner (4 wins):

  • Jack Joel – Sundridge (1903, 1904), Nice Prospect (1927), Tag End (1929)

Winners since 1979

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1979 Double Form 4 John Reid F. Johnson Houghton Baroness H. Thyssen 1:01.00
1980 African Song 3 Pat Eddery Paul Kelleway G. Kaye 1:02.30
1981 Marwell 3 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute Edmund Loder 1:00.40
1982 Fearless Lad 3 Edward Hide Dick Peacock G. Soulsby 1:01.40
1983 Sayf El Arab 3 Taffy Thomas Bill O'Gorman Moufid F. Dabaghi 1:00.10
1984 Habibti 4 Willie Carson John Dunlop Mohamed Mutawa 1:01.70
1985 Never So Bold 5 Lester Piggott Robert Armstrong Edward Kessly 1:01.70
1986 Last Tycoon 3 Cash Asmussen Robert Collet Richard C. Strauss 0:59.28
1987 Bluebird 3 Cash Asmussen Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster 1:05.25
1988 Chilibang 4 Willie Carson John Dunlop Mrs H. J. Heinz 1:00.61
1989 Indian Ridge 4 Steve Cauthen David Elsworth Anne Coughlan 1:01.36
1990 Dayjur 3 Willie Carson Dick Hern Hamdan Al Maktoum 1:01.96
1991 Elbio 4 Steve Cauthen Peter Makin Brian Brackpool 1:01.40
1992 Sheikh Albadou 4 Walter Swinburn Alex Scott Hilal Salem 1:00.50
1993 Elbio 6 Walter Swinburn Peter Makin Brian Brackpool 1:03.08
1994 Lochsong 6 Frankie Dettori Ian Balding Jeff Smith 1:00.73
1995 Piccolo 4 Richard Hughes Mick Channon John White & Partners 0:59.67
1996 Pivotal 3 George Duffield Sir Mark Prescott Cheveley Park Stud 0:59.49
1997 Don't Worry Me 5 Olivier Peslier Guy Henrot Jean-François Gribomont 1:01.95
1998 Bolshoi 6 Carl Lowther Jack Berry Mrs David Brown 1:01.16
1999 Mitcham 3 Richard Quinn Terry Mills Terry Mills 1:00.58
2000 Nuclear Debate 5 Gérald Mossé John Hammond Bob Chester 1:01.13
2001 Cassandra Go 5 Michael Roberts Geoff Wragg Trevor Stewart 1:00.49
2002 Dominica 3 Martin Dwyer Marcus Tregoning R. B. Kennard 1:00.89
2003 Choisir 4 Johnny Murtagh Paul Perry Terry Wallace & Partners 0:59.68
2004 The Tatling 7 Darryll Holland Milton Bradley Dab Hand Racing 1:00.16
2005 Chineur [1] 4 Christophe Lemaire Mikel Delzangles Marquesa de Moratalla 0:57.55
2006 Takeover Target 7 Jay Ford Joe Janiak Joe & Ben Janiak 0:59.79
2007 Miss Andretti 6 Craig Newitt Lee Freedman Buckley / Mueller / Guenzi 0:57.44
2008 Equiano 3 Olivier Peslier M. Delcher Sánchez James Acheson 0:59.35
2009 Scenic Blast 5 Steven Arnold Daniel Morton Elio Galante & Partners 0:59.54
2010 Equiano 5 Michael Hills Barry Hills James Acheson 0:59.00

1 The 2005 running took place at York.

Earlier winners

  • 1860 - Queen of the Vale
  • 1861 - Buckstone
  • 1862 - Shillelagh
  • 1863 - Umpire
  • 1864 - Le Bearnais
  • 1865 - Saccharometer
  • 1866 - Hippia
  • 1867 - Cecrops
  • 1868 - Xi
  • 1869 - Gertrude
  • 1870 - King of the Forest
  • 1871 - Chopette
  • 1872 - Bertram
  • 1873 - Prince Charlie
  • 1874 - Blenheim
  • 1875 - Tangible
  • 1876 - Lowlander
  • 1877 - Springfield
  • 1878 - Lollypop
  • 1879 - Hackthorpe
  • 1880 - Charibert
  • 1881 - Ishmael
  • 1882 - Eastern Empress
  • 1883 - Prince William
  • 1884 - Geheimniss
  • 1885 - Glen Albyn
  • 1886 - Financier
  • 1887 - Crowberry
  • 1888 - Noble Chieftain
  • 1889 - Formidable
  • 1890 - Bumptious
  • 1891 - Lady Caroline
  • 1892 - Lady Lena
  • 1893 - Prince Hampton
  • 1894 - Best Man
  • 1895 - Woolsthorpe
  • 1896 - Wishard
  • 1897 - Woolsthorpe
  • 1898 - Kilcock
  • 1899 - Kilcock
  • 1900 - Eager
  • 1901 - Elizabeth M
  • 1902 - Zanoni
  • 1903 - Sundridge
  • 1904 - Sundridge
  • 1905 - Delaunay
  • 1906 - Thrush
  • 1907 - Camp Fire II
  • 1908 - Foresight
  • 1909 - Foresight
  • 1910 - Spanish Prince
  • 1911 - Hornet's Beauty
  • 1912 - Great Surprise
  • 1913 - Hornet's Beauty
  • 1914 - Adular
  • 1915–18 - no race
  • 1919 - Diadem
  • 1920 - Diadem
  • 1922 - King Sol
  • 1923 - Golden Boss
  • 1924 - Golden Boss
  • 1925 - Diomedes
  • 1926 - Highborn II
  • 1927 - Nice Prospect
  • 1928 - Chichester Cross
  • 1929 - Tag End
  • 1930 - Oak Ridge
  • 1931 - Stingo
  • 1932 - Lemnarchus
  • 1933 - Gold Bridge
  • 1934 - Gold Bridge
  • 1935 - Shalfleet
  • 1936 - Sweet Polly
  • 1937 - Ticca Gari
  • 1938 - Foray
  • 1939 - Mickey the Greek
  • 1940–45 - no race
  • 1946 - Vilmorin
  • 1947 - Greek Justice
  • 1948 - Squander Bug
  • 1950 - Tangle
  • 1951 - Stephen Paul
  • 1952 - Easter Bride
  • 1953 - Fairy Flax
  • 1954 - Golden Lion
  • 1956 - Palariva
  • 1958 - Drum Beat
  • 1959 - Chris
  • 1960 - Sound Track
  • 1961 - Silver Tor
  • 1962 - Cassarate
  • 1963 - Majority Rule
  • 1964 - no race
  • 1965 - Goldhill
  • 1966 - Roughlyn
  • 1967 - Be Friendly
  • 1968 - D'Urberville
  • 1969 - Song
  • 1970 - Amber Rama
  • 1971 - Swing Easy
  • 1972 - Sweet Revenge
  • 1973 - Abergwaun
  • 1974 - Bay Express
  • 1975 - Flirting Around
  • 1976 - Lochnager
  • 1977 - Godswalk
  • 1978 - Solinus


References


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – King's Stand Stakes (2009).
  • The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. 1993. p. 100. ISBN 1-873626-15-0. 

See also

  • Recurring sporting events established in 1860 – the King's Stand Stakes is included under its original title, Queen's Stand Plate.



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