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Middle Park Stakes

Group 1 race
Middle Park Stakes
Location Rowley Mile
Newmarket, England
Inaugurated 1866
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Shadwell
Website Newmarket
Race information
Distance 6f (1,207 metres)
Track Turf, straight
Qualification Two-year-old colts
Weight 8 st 12 lb
Purse £170,000 (2009)
1st: £104,116

The Middle Park Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to two-year-old thoroughbred colts. It is run on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket over a distance of 6 furlongs (1,207 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late September or early October.

The event was established in 1866, and it was initially known as the Middle Park Plate. It was founded by William Blenkiron, and it was named after his stud at Eltham in Kent. The race was originally open to horses of either gender. It was restricted to colts in 1987.

The leading horses from the Middle Park Stakes sometimes go on to compete in the following season's 2,000 Guineas. The first horse to win both events was Prince Charlie (1871–72), and the most recent was Rodrigo de Triano (1991–92).

The race is currently held on the second day of Newmarket's three-day Cambridgeshire Meeting. This is the same day as the Cheveley Park Stakes, the equivalent race for fillies.

Contents

Records

Leading jockey (6 wins):

  • Danny MaherMinstead (1901), Flotsam (1902), Lesbia (1907), Bayardo (1908), Lemberg (1909), Corcyra (1913)
  • Sir Gordon RichardsMedieval Knight (1933), Scottish Union (1937), Khaled (1945), The Cobbler (1947), Abernant (1948), Royal Challenger (1953)
  • Lester PiggottPetingo (1967), Steel Heart (1974), Junius (1978), Mattaboy (1980), Cajun (1981), Diesis (1982)

Leading trainer (4 wins):

  • Joseph Dawson – The Rake (1866), Frivolity (1869), Prince Charlie (1871), Peter (1878)
  • John PorterGreen Sleeve (1867), Pero Gomez (1868), Friar's Balsam (1887), Orme (1891)
  • Mathew Dawson – Busybody (1883), Melton (1884), Minting (1885), Ladas (1893)
  • Peter Gilpin – Pretty Polly (1903), Flair (1905), Galvani (1906), Argos (1915)
  • Atty Persse – Stefan the Great (1918), Tetratema (1919), Portlaw (1930), Hyacinthus (1940)
  • Fred DarlingPress Gang (1929), Medieval Knight (1933), Sun Chariot (1941), The Cobbler (1947)
  • Frank ButtersFelicitation (1932), Bahram (1934), Khaled (1945), Saravan (1946)

Leading owner (6 wins):

  • HH Aga Khan IIIDiophon (1923), Costaki Pasha (1928), Felicitation (1932), Bahram (1934), Khaled (1945), Buisson Ardent (1955)

Winners since 1977

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1977 Formidable Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn Peter Goulandris 1:11.20
1978 Junius Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien Simon Fraser 1:11.00
1979 Known Fact Willie Carson Jeremy Tree Khalid Abdullah 1:13.30
1980 Mattaboy Lester Piggott Robert Armstrong Ravi Tikkoo 1:11.37
1981 Cajun Lester Piggott Henry Cecil J. Stone 1:16.49
1982 Diesis Lester Piggott Henry Cecil Lord Howard de Walden 1:13.36
1983 Creag-an-Sgor Steve Cauthen Charlie Nelson Mrs W. Tulloch 1:13.24
1984 Bassenthwaite Pat Eddery Jeremy Tree Stavros Niarchos 1:13.58
1985 Stalker Joe Mercer Peter Walwyn P. Fetherston-Godley 1:12.12
1986 Mister Majestic Ray Cochrane Robert Williams David Johnson 1:13.75
1987 Gallic League Steve Cauthen Barry Hills Robert Sangster 1:13.95
1988 Mon Tresor Michael Roberts Ron Boss Pam Fitsall 1:12.27
1989 Balla Cove Steve Cauthen Ron Boss Harvey Cohen 1:11.04
1990 Lycius Cash Asmussen André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 1:10.14
1991 Rodrigo de Triano Willie Carson Peter Chapple-Hyam Robert Sangster 1:11.11
1992 Zieten Steve Cauthen André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 1:11.28
1993 First Trump Michael Hills Geoff Wragg Mollers Racing 1:13.74
1994 Fard Willie Carson David Morley Hamdan Al Maktoum 1:11.36
1995 Royal Applause Walter Swinburn Barry Hills Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:11.14
1996 Bahamian Bounty Frankie Dettori David Loder Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:11.95
1997 Hayil Richard Hills David Morley Hamdan Al Maktoum 1:12.39
1998 Lujain Frankie Dettori David Loder Sheikh Mohammed 1:14.74
1999 Primo Valentino Pat Eddery Peter Harris Primo Donnas 1:12.83
2000 Minardi Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Magnier 1:12.75
2001 Johannesburg Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Magnier 1:11.73
2002 Oasis Dream Jimmy Fortune John Gosden Khalid Abdullah 1:09.61
2003 Balmont [1] Pat Eddery Jeremy Noseda Sanford Robertson 1:10.68
2004 Ad Valorem Jamie Spencer Aidan O'Brien Sue Magnier 1:12.19
2005 Amadeus Wolf Neil Callan Kevin Ryan Duddy / McDonald 1:12.36
2006 Dutch Art Frankie Dettori Peter Chapple-Hyam Susan Roy 1:14.07
2007 Dark Angel Michael Hills Barry Hills Corbett / Wright 1:12.08
2008 Bushranger Johnny Murtagh David Wachman Smith / Magnier / Tabor 1:09.56
2009 Awzaan Richard Hills Mark Johnston Hamdan Al Maktoum 1:10.11

1 Three Valleys finished first in 2003, but he was subsequently disqualified after testing positive for the banned substance clenbuterol.

Earlier winners

  • 1866 - The Rake
  • 1867 - Green Sleeve
  • 1868 - Pero Gomez
  • 1869 - Frivolity
  • 1870 - Albert Victor
  • 1871 - Prince Charlie
  • 1872 - Surinam
  • 1873 - Newry
  • 1874 - Plebeian
  • 1875 - Petrarch
  • 1876 - Chamant
  • 1877 - Beauclerc
  • 1878 - Peter
  • 1879 - Beaudesert
  • 1880 - St. Louis
  • 1881 - Kermesse
  • 1882 - Macheath
  • 1883 - Busybody
  • 1884 - Melton
  • 1885 - Minting
  • 1886 - Florentine
  • 1887 - Friar's Balsam
  • 1888 - Donovan
  • 1889 - Signorina
  • 1890 - Gouverneur
  • 1891 - Orme
  • 1893 - Ladas
  • 1894 - Speedwell
  • 1895 - St. Frusquin
  • 1896 - Galtee More
  • 1897 - Dieudonne
  • 1898 - Caiman
  • 1899 - Democrat
  • 1900 - Floriform
  • 1901 - Minstead
  • 1902 - Flotsam
  • 1904 - Jardy
  • 1905 - Flair
  • 1906 - Galvani
  • 1907 - Lesbia
  • 1909 - Lemberg
  • 1910 - Borrow
  • 1911 - Absurd
  • 1912 - Craganour
  • 1913 - Corcyra
  • 1914 - Friar Marcus
  • 1915 - Argos
  • 1916 - North Star
  • 1917 - Benevente
  • 1918 - Stefan the Great
  • 1920 - Monarch
  • 1921 - Golden Corn
  • 1922 - Drake
  • 1923 - Diophon
  • 1924 - Picaroon
  • 1925 - Lex
  • 1926 - Call Boy
  • 1927 - Pharamond
  • 1928 - Costaki Pasha
  • 1929 - Press Gang
  • 1930 - Portlaw
  • 1931 - Orwell
  • 1932 - Felicitation
  • 1933 - Medieval Knight
  • 1935 - Abjer
  • 1936 - Fair Copy
  • 1937 - Scottish Union
  • 1938 - Foxbrough II
  • 1940 - Hyacinthus *
  • 1942 - Ribbon
  • 1943 - Orestes
  • 1946 - Saravan
  • 1947 - The Cobbler
  • 1949 - Masked Light
  • 1950 - Big Dipper
  • 1951 - King's Bench
  • 1952 - Nearula
  • 1953 - Royal Challenger
  • 1954 - Our Babu
  • 1955 - Buisson Ardent
  • 1956 - Pipe of Peace
  • 1957 - Major Portion
  • 1958 - Masham
  • 1959 - Venture VII
  • 1960 - Skymaster
  • 1961 - Gustav
  • 1962 - Crocket
  • 1963 - Showdown
  • 1964 - Spanish Express
  • 1965 - Track Spare
  • 1967 - Petingo
  • 1968 - Right Tack
  • 1969 - Huntercombe
  • 1971 - Sharpen Up
  • 1972 - Tudenham
  • 1973 - Habat
  • 1974 - Steel Heart
  • 1975 - Hittite Glory
  • 1976 - Tachypous

* The 1940 running took place at Nottingham.

References


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Middle Park Stakes (2009).
  • The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. 1993. p. 197. ISBN 1-873626-15-0. 

See also

  • Recurring events established in 1866 – this race is included under its original title, Middle Park Plate.



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