Cheshire Oaks

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Cheshire Oaks
Listed race
Location Chester Racecourse
Chester, England
Inaugurated 1950
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Weatherbys Bank
Website Chester
Race information
Distance 1m 3f 79y (2,285 m)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-old fillies
Weight 9 st 0 lb
Penalties
5 lb for Group winners *
3 lb for Listed winners *
* at 7 furlongs or over
Purse £40,000 (2014)
1st: £22,684
Cheshire Oaks
2014
Light blue, yellow and light blue halved sleeves Mauve, purple epaulets and sleeves, striped cap White, red sash, red and white striped cap
Anipa Secret Pursuit Bright Approach

The Cheshire Oaks is a Listed flat horse race in Great Britain open to three-year-old fillies. It is run over a distance of 1 mile, 3 furlongs and 79 yards (2,285 metres) at Chester in May.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1950, and it was originally contested over 1 mile, 4 furlongs and 53 yards.[1] The inaugural running was won by Requete.

The Cheshire Oaks was extended by several yards in 1970.[2] It held Group 3 status from 1971 to 1985.[3] It was relegated to Listed level in 1986.

The race was scheduled to be run over 1 mile, 4 furlongs and 65 yards in 1988,[4] but it was abandoned due to waterlogging. It was cut by about a furlong in 1989.[5]

The current trophy is named in memory of Robert Sangster (1936–2004), a successful owner-breeder of racehorses. The Robert Sangster Memorial Cup was first presented in 2005.

The Cheshire Oaks can serve as a trial for the Epsom Oaks. The last horse to win both races was Light Shift in 2007.

Records[edit]

Leading jockey since 1960 (6 wins):

  • Pat EdderyOne Over Parr (1975), African Dancer (1976), Braiswick (1989), Peplum (1991), Bolas (1994), Valentine Girl (1999)

Leading trainer since 1960 (7 wins):

  • Barry HillsDibidale (1974), Chaudennay (1987), Aquamarine (1992), Bolas (1994), High and Low (1998), Valentine Girl (1999), Alumni (2005)


Winners since 1980[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
1980 Shoot A Line Willie Carson Dick Hern
1981 Hunston Geoff Baxter Bruce Hobbs
1982 Swiftfoot Willie Carson Dick Hern
1983 no race [a]
1984 Malaak Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute
1985 Helenetta Steve Cauthen Geoff Wragg
1986 Salchow Willie Carson Dick Hern
1987 Chaudennay Cash Asmussen Barry Hills
1988 no race [b]
1989 Braiswick Pat Eddery Geoff Wragg 2:23.71
1990 Pharian Michael Roberts Clive Brittain 2:31.40
1991 Peplum Pat Eddery Henry Cecil 2:31.42
1992 Aquamarine Paul Eddery Barry Hills 2:25.79
1993 Abury John Reid Peter Chapple-Hyam 2:25.21
1994 Bolas Pat Eddery Barry Hills 2:23.80
1995 Dance a Dream Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 2:25.07
1996 Tout a Coup Michael Kinane Gerry Cusack 2:26.50
1997 Kyle Rhea Kieren Fallon Henry Cecil 2:36.37
1998 High and Low Darryll Holland Barry Hills 2:29.49
1999 Valentine Girl Pat Eddery Barry Hills 2:25.02
2000 Solaia Jimmy Fortune Paul Cole 2:26.35
2001 Rockerlong Darryll Holland Geoff Wragg 2:22.55
2002 Shadow Dancing Martin Dwyer Marcus Tregoning 2:24.07
2003 Hammiya Willie Supple Marcus Tregoning 2:25.49
2004 Hidden Hope Ted Durcan Geoff Wragg 2:27.30
2005 Alumni Richard Hughes Barry Hills 2:31.04
2006 Time On Frankie Dettori John Dunlop 2:26.06
2007 Light Shift Ted Durcan Henry Cecil 2:22.99
2008 Sail Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien 2:27.92
2009 Perfect Truth Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien 2:22.17
2010 Gertrude Bell William Buick John Gosden 2:26.98
2011 Wonder of Wonders Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien 2:24.81
2012 Good Morning Star Francis Norton Mark Johnston 2:31.87
2013 Banoffee Kieren Fallon Hughie Morrison 2:23.77
2014 Anipa Andrea Atzeni Roger Varian 2:25.48

a b The 1983 and 1988 runnings were abandoned because of a waterlogged course.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1950: Requete
  • 1951: Queen of Sheba
  • 1952: Good Earth
  • 1953: Brolly
  • 1954: Amora
  • 1955: Lark
  • 1956: Fairy Grove
  • 1957: Mulberry Harbour
  • 1958: Scryer
  • 1959: Cantelo
  • 1960: Courtesan
  • 1961: Bernie
  • 1962: Tropic Star
  • 1963: Elite Royale
  • 1964: Paddy's Song
  • 1965: Bell Top
  • 1966: Lucaya
  • 1967: Pink Gem
  • 1968: Hardiesse
  • 1969: no race
  • 1970: Lupe
  • 1971: Yelda
  • 1972: Coral Beach
  • 1973: Milly Moss
  • 1974: Dibidale
  • 1975: One Over Parr
  • 1976: African Dancer
  • 1977: Brightly
  • 1978: Princess Eboli
  • 1979: L'Ile du Reve

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1950 Cheshire Oaks". Glasgow Herald. 3 May 1950. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "1970 Cheshire Oaks". Glasgow Herald. 6 May 1970. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "1985 Cheshire Oaks". Glasgow Herald. 8 May 1985. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "1988 Cheshire Oaks". Glasgow Herald. 4 May 1988. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "1989 Cheshire Oaks". Glasgow Herald. 10 May 1989. Retrieved 1 April 2013.