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May Hill Stakes

Group 2 race
May Hill Stakes
Location Doncaster Racecourse
Doncaster, England
Inaugurated 1976
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor DFS
Website Doncaster
Race information
Distance 1 mile (1,609 metres)
Track Turf, straight
Qualification Two-year-old fillies
Weight 8 st 12 lb
3 lb for G1 / G2 winners
Purse £80,000 (2009)
1st: £45,416

The May Hill Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to two-year-old thoroughbred fillies. It is run at Doncaster over a distance of 1 mile (1,609 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

The event was established in 1976, and it was originally classed at Group 3 level. It was named after May Hill, a successful filly whose victories included Doncaster's Park Hill Stakes in 1975. The race was promoted to its current status, Group 2, in 2003.

The May Hill Stakes is held during Doncaster's four-day St. Leger Festival, and it is presently run on day three, the day before the St. Leger Stakes. The leading horses from the event often go on to compete in the Fillies' Mile.



Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Willie CarsonTartan Pimpernel (1977), The Dancer (1979), Satinette (1983), Majmu (1990)

Leading trainer (12 wins):

  • Henry CecilFormulate (1978), Bright Crocus (1982), Ever Genial (1984), Laluche (1986), Intimate Guest (1987), Tessla (1988), Rafha (1989), Midnight Air (1991), Solar Crystal (1995), Reams of Verse (1996), Midnight Line (1997), Half Glance (2001)






1976 Triple First Greville Starkey Michael Stoute
1977 Tartan Pimpernel Willie Carson Dick Hern
1978 Formulate Joe Mercer Henry Cecil
1979 The Dancer Willie Carson Dick Hern
1980 Exclusively Raised [1] Greville Starkey Michael Stoute
1981 Height of Fashion Joe Mercer Dick Hern
1982 Bright Crocus Lester Piggott Henry Cecil
1983 Satinette Willie Carson Dick Hern
1984 Ever Genial Lester Piggott Henry Cecil
1985 Midway Lady Lester Piggott Ben Hanbury 1:38.98
1986 Laluche Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 1:40.42
1987 Intimate Guest Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 1:39.27
1988 Tessla Michael Roberts Henry Cecil 1:39.24
1989 Rafha Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 1:41.85
1990 Majmu Willie Carson John Gosden 1:41.67
1991 Midnight Air Pat Eddery Henry Cecil 1:38.72
1992 Marillette Pat Eddery John Gosden 1:38.56
1993 Hawajiss Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 1:40.61
1994 Mamlakah Richard Hills Harry Thomson Jones 1:39.59
1995 Solar Crystal Willie Ryan Henry Cecil 1:39.44
1996 Reams of Verse Pat Eddery Henry Cecil 1:38.87
1997 Midnight Line Kieren Fallon Henry Cecil 1:37.49
1998 Calando Frankie Dettori David Loder 1:41.37
1999 Teggiano Frankie Dettori Clive Brittain 1:40.01
2000 Karasta Johnny Murtagh Sir Michael Stoute 1:37.95
2001 Half Glance Richard Quinn Henry Cecil 1:42.64
2002 Summitville Michael Fenton James Given 1:38.48
2003 Kinnaird Kevin Darley Patrick Haslam 1:40.66
2004 Playful Act Jimmy Fortune John Gosden 1:35.40
2005 Nasheej Richard Hughes Richard Hannon 1:36.67
2006 Simply Perfect [2] Darryll Holland Jeremy Noseda 1:39.24
2007 Spacious Jamie Spencer James Fanshawe 1:37.58
2008 Rainbow View Jimmy Fortune John Gosden 1:42.42
2009 Pollenator Ryan Moore Richard Hannon 1:37.93

1 The 1980 running took place at Kempton Park.
2 The 2006 race was held at York.


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – May Hill Stakes (2009).
  • The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. 1993. p. 168. ISBN 1-873626-15-0. 

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