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Rockfel Stakes

Group 2 race
Rockfel Stakes
Location Rowley Mile
Newmarket, England
Inaugurated 1981
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Lotus
Website Newmarket
Race information
Distance 7f (1,408 metres)
Track Turf, straight
Qualification Two-year-old fillies
Weight 8 st 12 lb
4 lb for G1 / G2 winners
Purse £80,000 (2009)
1st: £45,416

The Rockfel Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to two-year-old thoroughbred fillies. It is run on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket over a distance of 7 furlongs (1,408 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in October.

The event is named after Rockfel, a successful filly whose victories included two Classics in 1938. The race was established in 1981, and it was given Listed status in 1985. It was promoted to Group 3 level in 1986, and to Group 2 in 1998.

Four winners of the Rockfel Stakes have gone on to win the following year's 1,000 Guineas Stakes. The most recent of these was Finsceal Beo, the winner of the latter event in 2007.

The Rockfel Stakes is currently staged on Champions' Day – the second day of Newmarket's two-day Champions' Meeting.



Leading jockey (3 wins):

  • Michael HillsNegligent (1989), Hula Angel (1998), Maids Causeway (2004)

Leading trainer (4 wins):

  • Barry HillsNegligent (1989), Yawl (1992), Hula Angel (1998), Maids Causeway (2004)






1981 Top Hope Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute
1982 Saving Mercy Brian Taylor Jeremy Hindley
1983 Mahogany Joe Mercer Charlie Nelson
1984 Kashi Lagoon Bruce Raymond Ben Hanbury
1985 Tralthee Lester Piggott Luca Cumani
1986 At Risk Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil
1987 no race 1987 [1]
1988 Musical Bliss Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 1:28.64
1989 Negligent Michael Hills Barry Hills 1:24.42
1990 Crystal Gazing Frankie Dettori Luca Cumani 1:29.80
1991 Musicale Pat Eddery Henry Cecil 1:23.92
1992 Yawl Darryll Holland Barry Hills 1:23.81
1993 Relatively Special Ray Cochrane Luca Cumani 1:27.82
1994 Germane Michael Fenton Michael Bell 1:25.76
1995 Bint Salsabil Willie Carson John Dunlop 1:26.05
1996 Moonlight Paradise Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 1:26.26
1997 Name of Love Kieren Fallon David Loder 1:26.42
1998 Hula Angel Michael Hills Barry Hills 1:25.84
1999 Lahan Richard Hills John Gosden 1:26.79
2000 Sayedah Richard Hills Marcus Tregoning 1:27.96
2001 Distant Valley Dane O'Neill Richard Hannon 1:28.53
2002 Luvah Girl Kevin Darley Roger Charlton 1:24.98
2003 Cairns Ted Durcan Mick Channon 1:25.88
2004 Maids Causeway Michael Hills Barry Hills 1:28.93
2005 Speciosa Michael Fenton Pam Sly 1:27.01
2006 Finsceal Beo Kevin Manning Jim Bolger 1:27.12
2007 Kitty Matcham Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien 1:27.01
2008 Lahaleeb Darryll Holland Mick Channon 1:23.95
2009 Music Show Kieren Fallon Mick Channon 1:23.83

1 The 1987 running was abandoned because of high winds and structural damage.


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Rockfel Stakes (2009).
  • The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. 1993. p. 212. ISBN 1-873626-15-0. 

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