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Mill Reef Stakes

Group 2 race
Mill Reef Stakes
Location Newbury Racecourse
Newbury, England
Inaugurated 1972
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Dubai Duty Free
Website Newbury
Race information
Distance 6f 8y (1,214 metres)
Track Turf, straight
Qualification Two-year-olds
Weight 9 st 1 lb
3 lb for fillies
3 lb for G1 / G2 winners
Purse £80,000 (2009)
1st: £45,416

The Mill Reef Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to two-year-old thoroughbreds. It is run at Newbury over a distance of 6 furlongs and 8 yards (1,214 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

The event was established in 1972, although it was preceded by a similar race, the Crookham Stakes. It was named after Mill Reef, a highly successful racehorse in the early 1970s. He was trained at Kingsclere, located several miles from Newbury. The inaugural winner, Mon Fils, went on to win the following year's 2,000 Guineas at odds of 50/1.

The leading horses from the Mill Reef Stakes sometimes race next in the Middle Park Stakes or the Dewhurst Stakes.



Leading jockey (5 wins):

  • Pat EdderyHabat (1973), Red Cross (1974), Formidable (1977), Lord Seymour (1979), Magic of Life (1987)

Leading trainer (4 wins):

  • Richard HannonMon Fils (1972), Showbrook (1991), Galeota (2004), Cool Creek (2005)
  • Peter WalwynHabat (1973), Red Cross (1974), Formidable (1977), Luqman (1985)






1972 Mon Fils Ron Hutchinson Richard Hannon 1:18.40
1973 Habat Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn 1:13.40
1974 Red Cross Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn 1:18.90
1975 Royal Boy Bruce Raymond Michael Jarvis 1:16.80
1976 Anax Geoff Lewis Bruce Hobbs 1:16.40
1977 Formidable Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn 1:12.50
1978 King of Spain Paul Cook Peter Cundell 1:14.80
1979 Lord Seymour Pat Eddery Michael Stoute 1:12.80
1980 Sweet Monday Philip Waldron Jack Holt 1:13.20
1981 Hays Bruce Raymond Guy Harwood 1:16.50
1982 Salieri Lester Piggott Henry Cecil
1983 Vacarme Lester Piggott Henry Cecil 1:15.50
1984 Local Suitor Willie Carson Dick Hern 1:17.60
1985 Luqman N. Howe Peter Walwyn
1986 Forest Flower Tony Ives Ian Balding 1:14.03
1987 Magic of Life Pat Eddery Jeremy Tree 1:16.51
1988 Russian Bond Willie Ryan Henry Cecil 1:14.07
1989 Welney Gary Carter Geoff Wragg 1:12.11
1990 Time Gentlemen Willie Carson John Dunlop 1:15.21
1991 Showbrook Willie Carson Richard Hannon 1:13.95
1992 Forest Wind Frankie Dettori Mohammed Moubarak 1:14.80
1993 Polish Laughter Walter Swinburn Ben Hanbury 1:15.59
1994 Princely Hush Michael Fenton Michael Bell 1:17.23
1995 Kahir Almaydan Willie Carson John Dunlop 1:16.28
1996 Indian Rocket Richard Hills John Dunlop 1:11.52
1997 Arkadian Hero Kieren Fallon Luca Cumani 1:15.05
1998 Golden Silca Seb Sanders Mick Channon 1:12.85
1999 Primo Valentino Michael Roberts Peter Harris 1:11.52
2000 Bouncing Bowdler Richard Hills Mark Johnston 1:13.56
2001 Firebreak Martin Dwyer Ian Balding 1:11.79
2002 Zafeen Steve Drowne Mick Channon 1:12.91
2003 Byron Jamie Spencer David Loder 1:12.68
2004 Galeota Ryan Moore Richard Hannon 1:13.84
2005 Cool Creek Ryan Moore Richard Hannon 1:11.85
2006 Excellent Art Kerrin McEvoy Neville Callaghan 1:11.68
2007 Dark Angel Michael Hills Barry Hills 1:11.68
2008 Lord Shanakill Jim Crowley Karl Burke 1:11.82
2009 Awzaan Richard Hills Mark Johnston 1:12.40

Crookham Stakes

Before the Mill Reef Stakes, Newbury staged a similar event for two-year-olds called the Crookham Stakes (named after the village of Crookham). It was last contested in 1971.

  • 1960 - Colour Blind
  • 1961 - All a Gogg
  • 1962 - My Myosotis
  • 1963 - Soderini
  • 1964 - Audience
  • 1965 - Fontex
  • 1966 - Karpathos
  • 1967 - Hurry Hurry
  • 1968 - Full Dress
  • 1969 - Hazy Idea
  • 1970 - Revellarie
  • 1971 - Alonso


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Mill Reef Stakes (2009).
  • The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. 1993. p. 185. ISBN 1-873626-15-0. 

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