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Royal Lodge Stakes

Group 2 race
Royal Lodge Stakes
Location Ascot Racecourse
Ascot, England
Inaugurated 1946
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Juddmonte
Website Ascot
Race information
Distance 1 mile (1,609 metres)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Two-year-old
colts and geldings
Weight 8 st 12 lb
Penalties
3 lb for G1 / G2 winners
Purse £125,000 (2009)
1st: £86,188

The Royal Lodge Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to two-year-old thoroughbred colts and geldings. It is run at Ascot over a distance of 1 mile (1,609 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late September.

The event is named after Royal Lodge, a royal residence located in Windsor Great Park. It was first run in 1946, and it was originally open to horses of either gender. It was initially contested over a distance of 5 furlongs, and it was extended to its present length in 1948. The race was restricted to male horses only in 1987.

The Royal Lodge Stakes became part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series in 2008. The winner now earns an automatic invitation to compete in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. [1]

Four winners of the Royal Lodge Stakes have gone on to win the following year's Derby. These are St. Paddy, Royal Palace, Shirley Heights and Benny the Dip.

Contents

Records

Leading jockey (8 wins):

  • Lester PiggottPinched (1957), St. Paddy (1959), Casabianca (1963), Soft Angels (1965), Royal Palace (1966), Remand (1967), Sir Wimborne (1975), Dunbeath (1982)

Leading trainer (8 wins):

  • Noel MurlessPinched (1957), St. Paddy (1959), Casabianca (1963), Soft Angels (1965), Royal Palace (1966), Domineering (1969), Yaroslav (1971), Adios (1972)

Winners since 1976

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Time
1976 Gairloch Brian Taylor Ryan Price 1:46.00
1977 Shirley Heights Greville Starkey John Dunlop 1:43.36
1978 Ela-Mana-Mou Greville Starkey Guy Harwood 1:41.91
1979 Hello Gorgeous Joe Mercer Henry Cecil 1:43.50
1980 Robellino John Matthias Ian Balding 1:41.80
1981 Norwick Joe Mercer Guy Harwood 1:46.60
1982 Dunbeath Lester Piggott Henry Cecil 1:46.00
1983 Gold and Ivory Steve Cauthen Ian Balding 1:41.60
1984 Reach Richard Quinn Paul Cole 1:43.50
1985 Bonhomie Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 1:40.90
1986 Bengal Fire Michael Roberts Clive Brittain 1:43.92
1987 Sanquirico Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 1:41.66
1988 High Estate Michael Roberts Henry Cecil 1:44.31
1989 Digression Pat Eddery Guy Harwood 1:42.20
1990 Mujaazif Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 1:41.53
1991 Made of Gold Tony Cruz Mohammed Moubarak 1:46.66
1992 Desert Secret Pat Eddery Michael Stoute 1:47.72
1993 Mister Baileys Frankie Dettori Mark Johnston 1:45.14
1994 Eltish Pat Eddery Henry Cecil 1:43.64
1995 Mons Frankie Dettori Luca Cumani 1:42.74
1996 Benny the Dip Walter Swinburn John Gosden 1:43.67
1997 Teapot Row Seb Sanders James Toller 1:41.74
1998 Mutaahab Richard Hills Ed Dunlop 1:45.04
1999 Royal Kingdom Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 1:50.06
2000 Atlantis Prince Frankie Dettori Sean Woods 1:46.32
2001 Mutinyonthebounty Jamie Spencer Aidan O'Brien 1:45.86
2002 Al Jadeed Richard Hills John Gosden 1:42.21
2003 Snow Ridge Martin Dwyer Marcus Tregoning 1:41.19
2004 Perfectperformance Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 1:41.89
2005 Leo [1] Jimmy Fortune John Gosden 1:37.72
2006 Admiralofthefleet Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 1:41.06
2007 City Leader Kevin Darley Brian Meehan 1:43.64
2008 Jukebox Jury Royston Ffrench Mark Johnston 1:40.59
2009 Joshua Tree Colm O'Donoghue Aidan O'Brien 1:39.55

1 The 2005 edition was held at Newmarket.

Earlier winners

  • 1946 - Royal Barge
  • 1947 - Black Tarquin
  • 1948 - Swallow Tail
  • 1949 - Tabriz
  • 1950 - Fraise du Bois II
  • 1951 - Khor-Mousa
  • 1952 - Neemah
  • 1953 - Infatuation
  • 1954 - Solarium
  • 1955 - Royal Splendour
  • 1956 - Noble Venture
  • 1957 - Pinched
  • 1958 - Cantelo
  • 1960 - Beta *
  • 1961 - Escort
  • 1962 - Star Moss
  • 1963 - Casabianca *
  • 1964 - Prominer
  • 1965 - Soft Angels
  • 1967 - Remand
  • 1968 - Dutch Bells
  • 1969 - Domineering
  • 1970 - Sea Friend
  • 1971 - Yaroslav
  • 1972 - Adios
  • 1973 - Straight as a Die
  • 1974 - no race
  • 1975 - Sir Wimborne

* The 1960 and 1963 runnings took place at Newbury.

References

  1. "Breeders' Cup Challenge". breederscup.com. http://www.breederscup.com/challenge.aspx. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 




  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Royal Lodge Stakes (2009).
  • The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. 1993. p. 189. ISBN 1-873626-15-0. 

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