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Superlative Stakes

Group 2 race
Superlative Stakes
Location July Course
Newmarket, England
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor 32Red
Website Newmarket
Race information
Distance 7f (1,408 metres)
Track Turf, straight
Qualification Two-year-olds
Weight 9 st 0 lb
3 lb for fillies
3 lb for G1 / G2 winners
Purse £80,000 (2009)
1st: £45,416

The Superlative Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to two-year-old thoroughbreds. It is run on the July Course at Newmarket over a distance of 7 furlongs (1,408 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in early July.

The event was formerly known as the Bernard van Cutsem Stakes, named in honour of Bernard van Cutsem, a successful racehorse trainer. It was given its present title in 1991, and at that time it held Listed status. Since then it has been upgraded twice – to Group 3 in 2003 and to Group 2 in 2006. The Superlative Stakes is now contested on the final day of Newmarket's three-day July Festival meeting and is sponsored by 32Red, an online casino.



Leading jockey since 1986 (4 wins):

  • Steve CauthenSuhailie (1986), Samoan (1988), Be My Chief (1989), Hokusai (1990)
  • Pat EdderyUndercut (1987), Ardkinglass (1992), Bal Harbour (1993), Allied Forces (1995)

Leading trainer since 1986 (9 wins):

  • Henry CecilSuhailie (1986), Samoan (1988), Be My Chief (1989), Hokusai (1990), Ardkinglass (1992), Bal Harbour (1993), Allied Forces (1995), Baltic State (1997), Vacamonte (2000)

Winners since 1986





1986 Suhailie Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 1:26.86
1987 Undercut Pat Eddery Guy Harwood 1:24.98
1988 Samoan Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 1:29.14
1989 Be My Chief Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 1:26.66
1990 Hokusai Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 1:26.78
1991 Dr Devious Willie Carson Peter Chapple-Hyam 1:26.48
1992 Ardkinglass Pat Eddery Henry Cecil 1:26.07
1993 Bal Harbour Pat Eddery Henry Cecil 1:29.26
1994 Fleet Hill Frankie Dettori Mick Channon 1:25.41
1995 Allied Forces Pat Eddery Henry Cecil 1:27.84
1996 Recondite Kevin Darley Mick Channon 1:26.64
1997 Baltic State Kieren Fallon Henry Cecil 1:26.96
1998 Commander Collins John Reid Peter Chapple-Hyam 1:25.74
1999 Thady Quill Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 1:25.87
2000 Vacamonte Richard Quinn Henry Cecil 1:26.95
2001 Redback Richard Hughes Richard Hannon 1:26.63
2002 Surbiton Michael Hills Barry Hills 1:26.96
2003 Kings Point Richard Hughes Richard Hannon 1:24.42
2004 Dubawi Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 1:26.48
2005 Horatio Nelson Kieren Fallon Aidan O'Brien 1:26.40
2006 Halicarnassus Tony Culhane Mick Channon 1:26.02
2007 Hatta Fort Hugh Bowman Mick Channon 1:25.91
2008 Firth of Fifth Richard Kingscote Tom Dascombe 1:26.15
2009 Silver Grecian Michael Hills John Ryan 1:24.37


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Superlative Stakes (2009).

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