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Park Stakes

Group 2 race
Park Stakes
Location Doncaster Racecourse
Doncaster, England
Inaugurated 1978
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor DFS
Website Doncaster
Race information
Distance 7f (1,408 metres)
Track Turf, straight
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 9 st 0 lb (3yo);
9 st 4 lb (4yo+)
3 lb for fillies and mares
Purse £160,000 (2009)
1st: £90,832

The Park Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Doncaster over a distance of 7 furlongs (1,408 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

The event was established in 1978, and during the early part of its history it was sponsored by Kiveton Park Steel. For a period the Kiveton Park Stakes was classed at Listed level, and it was promoted to Group 3 status in 1986. Its distance was increased from 7 furlongs to a mile in 1993. The word "Kiveton" was removed from its title in 1996.

The length of the Park Stakes was restored to 7 furlongs in 2003, and the race was upgraded to Group 2 level in 2004. It is held during Doncaster's four-day St. Leger Festival, and it is now run on the final day, the same day as the St. Leger Stakes.



Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Bishop of Cashel – 1995, 1996
  • Iffraaj – 2005, 2006
  • Arabian Gleam – 2007, 2008

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Willie CarsonKnown Fact (1980), The Quiet Bidder (1982), Lucky Ring (1985), Gold Seam (1989)

Leading trainer (3 wins):

  • Dick HernKittyhawk (1981), Lucky Ring (1985), Gold Seam (1989)







1978 Green Girl 3 George Duffield Paul Kelleway
1979 Tap on Wood 3 Steve Cauthen Barry Hills
1980 Known Fact 3 Willie Carson Jeremy Tree
1981 Kittyhawk 3 Lester Piggott Dick Hern
1982 The Quiet Bidder 4 Willie Carson Michael Stoute
1983 Annie Edge 3 Sandy Barclay Derek Haydn Jones
1984 Sarab 3 Richard Quinn Paul Cole
1985 Lucky Ring 3 Willie Carson Dick Hern
1986 Hadeer 4 Tony Ives Clive Brittain 1:25.66
1987 Guest Performer 3 Cash Asmussen John Hills 1:26.54
1988 Salse 3 Michael Roberts Henry Cecil 1:26.53
1989 Gold Seam 3 Willie Carson Dick Hern 1:27.26
1990 Green Line Express 4 Frankie Dettori Mohammed Moubarak 1:25.69
1991 Bog Trotter 3 Lester Piggott William Haggas 1:23.62
1992 Pursuit of Love 3 Ray Cochrane Henry Cecil 1:23.95
1993 Swing Low 4 John Reid Richard Hannon 1:42.79
1994 Soviet Line 4 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 1:37.68
1995 Bishop of Cashel 3 Walter Swinburn James Fanshawe 1:40.13
1996 Bishop of Cashel 4 Walter Swinburn James Fanshawe 1:36.85
1997 Almushtarak 4 Ray Cochrane Kamil Mahdi 1:36.02
1998 Handsome Ridge 4 Frankie Dettori John Gosden 1:41.02
1999 Sugarfoot 5 Pat Eddery Nigel Tinkler 1:38.77
2000 Distant Music 3 Michael Hills Barry Hills 1:38.70
2001 Tough Speed 4 Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute 1:39.88
2002 Duck Row 7 Richard Hughes James Toller 1:37.49
2003 Polar Ben 4 Jamie Spencer James Fanshawe 1:27.58
2004 Pastoral Pursuits 3 Steve Drowne Hughie Morrison 1:21.66
2005 Iffraaj 4 Philip Robinson Michael Jarvis 1:23.95
2006 Iffraaj [1] 5 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 1:21.98
2007 Arabian Gleam 3 Johnny Murtagh Jeremy Noseda 1:24.24
2008 Arabian Gleam 4 Johnny Murtagh Jeremy Noseda 1:26.18
2009 Duff 6 Fran Berry Edward Lynam 1:24.38

1 The 2006 running took place at York.


  • The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. 1993. p. 172. ISBN 1-873626-15-0. 

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