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Princess of Wales's Stakes

Group 2 race
Princess of Wales's Stakes
Location July Course
Newmarket, England
Inaugurated 1894
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Blue Square
Website Newmarket
Race information
Distance 1m 4f (2,414 metres)
Track Turf, right-hand "L"
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 8 st 3 lb (3yo);
9 st 2 lb (4yo+)
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Penalties
5 lb for Group 1 winners *
3 lb for Group 2 winners *
* since November 1 last year
(2yo wins not penalised)
Purse £100,000 (2009)
1st: £56,770

The Princess of Wales's 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 Newmarket over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs (2,414 metres), and the latter part is on the July Course. It is scheduled to take place each year in early July.

The event was established in 1894 (as a leg of a couple of races worth £10,000 prizemoney [1]), and its title honours the Princess of Wales at that time, Alexandra of Denmark. The inaugural running was won by Isinglass, and a prize of £1,916 was awarded for his victory. The distance of the race was initially set at 1 mile, and this was extended to the current length in 1902.

The present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and for a period the Princess of Wales's Stakes was classed at Group 3 level. It was promoted to Group 2 status in 1978. The event is now held on the second day of Newmarket's three-day July Festival meeting.

Contents

Records

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Lance Chest – 1912, 1913
  • Primera – 1959, 1960
  • Lomond – 1965, 1966
  • Millenary – 2002, 2003

Leading jockey (8 wins):

  • Lester PiggottZucchero (1952), Primera (1959, 1960), Apostle (1961), Lord Helpus (1977), Pollerton (1978), Light Cavalry (1981), Head for Heights (1984)

Leading trainer (7 wins):

  • Dick HernBuoy (1974), Smuggler (1976), Milford (1979), Height of Fashion (1982), Head for Heights (1984), Petoski (1985), Unfuwain (1988)
  • Sir Michael StouteShardari (1986), Rock Hopper (1991), Saddlers' Hall (1992), Little Rock (2000), Gamut (2005), Papal Bull (2007), Doctor Fremantle (2009)

Winners since 1979

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Time
1979 Milford 3 Willie Carson Dick Hern 2:30.30
1980 Nicholas Bill 5 Philip Waldron Henry Candy 2:37.00
1981 Light Cavalry 4 Lester Piggott Henry Cecil 2:32.10
1982 Height of Fashion 3 Willie Carson Dick Hern 2:29.30
1983 Quilted 3 Billy Newnes Mick O'Toole 2:32.80
1984 Head for Heights 3 Lester Piggott Dick Hern 2:34.60
1985 Petoski 3 Willie Carson Dick Hern 2:31.02
1986 Shardari 4 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 2:31.25
1987 Celestial Storm 4 Ray Cochrane Luca Cumani 2:28.68
1988 Unfuwain 3 Willie Carson Dick Hern 2:31.83
1989 Carroll House 4 Walter Swinburn Michael Jarvis 2:33.23
1990 Sapience 4 Pat Eddery Jimmy FitzGerald 2:34.96
1991 Rock Hopper 4 Pat Eddery Michael Stoute 2:33.47
1992 Saddlers' Hall 4 Pat Eddery Michael Stoute 2:31.01
1993 Desert Team 3 Willie Carson Jim Bolger 2:26.70
1994 Wagon Master 4 Richard Hills Alec Stewart 2:27.53
1995 Beauchamp Hero 5 John Reid John Dunlop 2:28.83
1996 Posidonas 4 Richard Quinn Paul Cole 2:28.92
1997 Shantou 4 Frankie Dettori John Gosden 2:29.16
1998 Fruits of Love 3 Michael Hills Mark Johnston 2:28.76
1999 Craigsteel 4 Kieren Fallon Henry Cecil 2:25.29
2000 Little Rock 4 Pat Eddery Sir Michael Stoute 2:33.30
2001 Mutamam 6 Richard Hills Alec Stewart 2:28.82
2002 Millenary 5 Pat Eddery John Dunlop 2:32.22
2003 Millenary 6 Pat Eddery John Dunlop 2:27.60
2004 Bandari 5 Richard Hills Mark Johnston 2:32.90
2005 Gamut 6 Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute 2:29.98
2006 Soapy Danger 3 Kevin Darley Mark Johnston 2:32.82
2007 Papal Bull 4 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute 2:28.73
2008 Lucarno 4 Jimmy Fortune John Gosden 2:33.37
2009 Doctor Fremantle 4 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute 2:30.70
2010 Sans Frontieres 4 Tom Queally Jeremy Noseda 2:30.34

Earlier winners

  • 1895 - Le Var
  • 1896 - St. Frusquin
  • 1897 - Velasquez
  • 1898 - Goletta
  • 1900 - Merry Gal
  • 1901 - Epsom Lad
  • 1902 - Veles
  • 1905 - St. Denis
  • 1906 - Dinneford
  • 1908 - Queen's Advocate
  • 1910 - Ulster King
  • 1912 - Lance Chest
  • 1913 - Lance Chest
  • 1914 - The Curragh
  • 1915 - Rossendale
  • 1916 - Nassovian
  • 1917 - no race
  • 1918 - Blink
  • 1919 - Buchan
  • 1920 - Attilius
  • 1921 - Orpheus
  • 1923 - Triumph
  • 1924 - Salmon-Trout
  • 1926 - Tournesol
  • 1928 - Tourist
  • 1929 - Fairway
  • 1930 - Press Gang
  • 1931 - Shell Transport / The Recorder *
  • 1932 - Jacopo
  • 1933 - Raymond
  • 1934 - Bright Bird
  • 1935 - Fairbairn
  • 1936 - Taj Akbar
  • 1938 - Pound Foolish
  • 1939 - Heliopolis
  • 1940–44 - no race
  • 1945 - Stirling Castle
  • 1946 - Airborne
  • 1947 - Nirgal
  • 1949 - Dogger Bank
  • 1950 - Double Eclipse
  • 1951 - Pardal
  • 1952 - Zucchero
  • 1953 - Rawson
  • 1954 - Woodcut
  • 1955 - Cobetto
  • 1956 - Cash and Courage
  • 1957 - Wake Up!
  • 1958 - Miner's Lamp
  • 1959 - Primera
  • 1960 - Primera
  • 1961 - Apostle
  • 1962 - Silver Cloud
  • 1963 - Trafalgar
  • 1964 - Carrack
  • 1965 - Lomond
  • 1966 - Lomond
  • 1967 - Hopeful Venture
  • 1968 - Mount Athos
  • 1969 - Harmony Hall
  • 1970 - Prince Consort
  • 1971 - Lupe
  • 1972 - Falkland
  • 1973 - Our Mirage
  • 1974 - Buoy
  • 1975 - Libra's Rib
  • 1976 - Smuggler
  • 1977 - Lord Helpus
  • 1978 - Pollerton

* The 1931 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

References



  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Princess of Wales's Stakes (2009).
  • The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. 1993. p. 110. ISBN 1-873626-15-0. 

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