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Queen Alexandra Stakes

The Queen Alexandra Stakes is a flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to thoroughbreds aged four years or older. It is run at Ascot over a distance of 2 miles, 5 furlongs and 159 yards (4,370 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in June.

The event is named after Queen Alexandra, the consort of King Edward VII. It was established in 1864, and it was originally called the "Alexandra Plate". It later became the "Alexandra Stakes", and this was changed to its current title in 1931. The Queen Alexandra Stakes is traditionally the last race on the final day of the Royal Ascot meeting.

It is Britain's longest flat race, with a distance 37 yards longer than that of the Marathon Handicap at Pontefract. It was formerly contested over 2 miles, 6 furlongs and 34 yards. This was cut to the present length as a result of the realignment of Ascot's track in 2005. The extreme distance tends to attract a varied field, and it often features hurdlers. It is sometimes contested by horses which ran in the Ascot Stakes earlier in the week – the last to win both events in the same year was Baddam in 2006.

Perhaps the most famous winner of the Queen Alexandra Stakes is Brown Jack. He recorded six consecutive victories in the race from 1929 to 1934.

Winners since 1986

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Time
1986 Otabari 4 Richard Quinn Paul Cole 4:51.32
1987 Sprowston Boy 4 Gay Kelleway Paul Kelleway 5:21.58
1988 Overdrive 4 Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 5:01.91
1989 Ala Hounak 5 Billy Newnes Frankie Durr 5:00.63
1990 Regal Reform 7 Dean McKeown George Moore 5:05.65
1991 Easy to Please 4 Christy Roche Jim Bolger 5:01.10
1992 Romany Rye 4 Walter Swinburn Geoff Wragg 4:54.15
1993 Riszard 4 Christy Roche Jim Bolger 5:18.57
1994 Cuff Link 4 Pat Eddery Dick Hern 4:57.66
1995 Cuff Link 5 Paul Eddery Dick Hern 4:56.73
1996 Admiral's Well 6 Richard Quinn Reg Akehurst 4:52.05
1997 Canon Can 4 Kieren Fallon Henry Cecil 5:07.37
1998 Dovedon Star 4 Frankie Dettori Anthony Kelleway 5:02.44
1999 San Sebastian 5 Michael Kinane Michael Grassick 4:55.32
2000 Dominant Duchess 6 Richard Quinn John Hills 4:56.57
2001 Life Is Life 5 Philip Robinson Michael Jarvis 4:51.26
2002 Cover Up 5 Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute 4:53.89
2003 Cover Up 6 Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute 4:47.89
2004 Corrib Eclipse 5 John Egan Jamie Poulton 4:57.41
2005 Cruzspiel [1] 5 Johnny Murtagh James Fanshawe 4:47.15
2006 Baddam 4 Ian Mongan Mick Channon 5:04.06
2007 Enjoy the Moment 4 Jamie Spencer Jamie Osborne 4:56.25
2008 Honolulu 4 Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien 4:49.07
2009 Caracciola 12 Eddie Ahern Nicky Henderson 4:53.90
2010 Bergo 7 Ryan Moore Gary L Moore 4:47.79

1 The 2005 running took place at York.

References


See also

  • Recurring sporting events established in 1864 – the Queen Alexandra Stakes is included under its original title, Alexandra Plate.



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