King's Stand Stakes

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King's Stand Stakes
Group 1 race
Location Ascot Racecourse
Ascot, England
Inaugurated 1860
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website Ascot
Race information
Distance 5f (1,006 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Straight
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 8 st 12 lb (3yo);
9 st 4 lb (4yo+)
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Purse £375,000 (2014)
1st: £212,663
Bonuses see Global Sprint Challenge
King's Stand Stakes
2014
White, red striped sleeves, check cap Dark blue, yellow epaulets, dark blue sleeves, yellow spots Claret, gold braid, claret sleeves, claret cap, gold tassel
Sole Power Stepper Point Hot Streak

The King's Stand Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Ascot over a distance of 5 furlongs (1,006 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in June.

History[edit]

The event was created as a result of bad weather at Royal Ascot in 1860. Heavy rain made it impossible to run the Royal Stand Plate over its usual distance of 2 miles, so it was shortened to 5 furlongs on the only raceable part of the course. The amended version was called the Queen's Stand Plate, and it subsequently became the most important sprint at the Royal meeting. For a period it was open to horses aged two or older. It was renamed the King's Stand Stakes following the death of Queen Victoria and the accession of King Edward VII in 1901.

The present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and the King's Stand Stakes was given Group 1 status in 1973. It was downgraded to Group 2 level in 1988.

The King's Stand Stakes became part of a new international race series, the Global Sprint Challenge, in 2005. It consequently featured a number of high-quality contenders from overseas, and it regained Group 1 status in 2008. It is now the fourth leg of the series, preceded by the KrisFlyer International Sprint and followed by the Golden Jubilee Stakes.

The race is currently held on the opening day of the Royal Ascot meeting.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Woolsthorpe – 1895, 1897
  • Kilcock – 1898, 1899
  • Sundridge – 1903, 1904
  • Foresight – 1908, 1909
  • Hornet's Beauty – 1911, 1913
  • Diadem1919, 1920
  • Golden Boss – 1923, 1924
  • Gold Bridge – 1933, 1934
  • Elbio – 1991, 1993
  • Equiano – 2008, 2010
  • Sole Power - 2013, 2014


Leading jockey (7 wins):

  • Lester PiggottRight Boy (1957), Majority Rule (1963), Swing Easy (1971), Abergwaun (1973), Godswalk (1977), Solinus (1978), Never So Bold (1985)

Leading trainer (5 wins):

  • Vincent O'BrienCassarate (1962), Abergwaun (1973), Godswalk (1977), Solinus (1978), Bluebird (1987)

Leading owner (4 wins):

  • Jack Joel – Sundridge (1903, 1904), Nice Prospect (1927), Tag End (1929)

Winners since 1979[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1977 Godswalk 3 Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster
1978 Solinus 3 Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien Danny Schwartz
1979 Double Form 4 John Reid F. Johnson Houghton Baroness H. Thyssen 1:01.00
1980 African Song 3 Pat Eddery Paul Kelleway Geoffrey Kaye 1:02.30
1981 Marwell 3 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute Sir Edmund Loder 1:00.40
1982 Fearless Lad 3 Edward Hide Dick Peacock G. Soulsby 1:01.40
1983 Sayf El Arab 3 Taffy Thomas Bill O'Gorman Moufid F. Dabaghi 1:00.10
1984 Habibti 4 Willie Carson John Dunlop Mohamed Mutawa 1:01.70
1985 Never So Bold 5 Lester Piggott Robert Armstrong Edward Kessly 1:01.70
1986 Last Tycoon 3 Cash Asmussen Robert Collet Richard C. Strauss 0:59.28
1987 Bluebird 3 Cash Asmussen Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster 1:05.25
1988 Chilibang 4 Willie Carson John Dunlop Janice Heinz 1:00.61
1989 Indian Ridge 4 Steve Cauthen David Elsworth Anne Coughlan 1:01.36
1990 Dayjur 3 Willie Carson Dick Hern Hamdan Al Maktoum 1:01.96
1991 Elbio 4 Steve Cauthen Peter Makin Brian Brackpool 1:01.40
1992 Sheikh Albadou 4 Walter Swinburn Alex Scott Hilal Salem 1:00.50
1993 Elbio 6 Walter Swinburn Peter Makin Brian Brackpool 1:03.08
1994 Lochsong 6 Frankie Dettori Ian Balding Jeff Smith 1:00.73
1995 Piccolo 4 Richard Hughes Mick Channon John White & Partners 0:59.67
1996 Pivotal 3 George Duffield Sir Mark Prescott Cheveley Park Stud 0:59.49
1997 Don't Worry Me 5 Olivier Peslier Guy Henrot Jean-François Gribomont 1:01.95
1998 Bolshoi 6 Carl Lowther Jack Berry David & Trish Brown 1:01.16
1999 Mitcham 3 Richard Quinn Terry Mills Terry Mills 1:00.58
2000 Nuclear Debate 5 Gérald Mossé John Hammond Bob Chester 1:01.13
2001 Cassandra Go 5 Michael Roberts Geoff Wragg Trevor Stewart 1:00.49
2002 Dominica 3 Martin Dwyer Marcus Tregoning Bobby & Helen Kennard 1:00.89
2003 Choisir 4 Johnny Murtagh Paul Perry Terry Wallace & Partners 0:59.68
2004 The Tatling 7 Darryll Holland Milton Bradley Dab Hand Racing 1:00.16
2005 Chineur [a] 4 Christophe Lemaire Mikel Delzangles Marquesa de Moratalla 0:57.55
2006 Takeover Target 7 Jay Ford Joe Janiak Joe & Ben Janiak 0:59.79
2007 Miss Andretti 6 Craig Newitt Lee Freedman Buckley / Mueller / Guenzi 0:57.44
2008 Equiano 3 Olivier Peslier M. Delcher Sánchez James Acheson 0:59.35
2009 Scenic Blast 5 Steven Arnold Daniel Morton Elio Galante & Partners 0:59.54
2010 Equiano 5 Michael Hills Barry Hills James Acheson 0:59.00
2011 Prohibit 6 Jim Crowley Robert Cowell Dasmal / Rix / Barr et al. 0:59.50
2012 Little Bridge 6 Zac Purton Danny Shum Ko Kam Piu 0.59.69
2013 Sole Power 6 Johnny Murtagh Edward Lynam Mrs S. Power 0.58.88
2014 Sole Power 7 Richard Hughes Edward Lynam Mrs S. Power 0.58.95

a The 2005 running took place at York.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1860: Queen of the Vale
  • 1861: Buckstone
  • 1862: Shillelagh
  • 1863: Umpire
  • 1864: Le Bearnais
  • 1865: Saccharometer
  • 1866: Hippia
  • 1867: Cecrops
  • 1868: Xi
  • 1869: Gertrude
  • 1870: King of the Forest
  • 1871: Chopette
  • 1872: Bertram
  • 1873: Prince Charlie
  • 1874: Blenheim
  • 1875: Tangible
  • 1876: Lowlander
  • 1877: Springfield
  • 1878: Lollypop
  • 1879: Hackthorpe
  • 1880: Charibert
  • 1881: Ishmael
  • 1882: Eastern Empress
  • 1883: Prince William
  • 1884: Geheimniss
  • 1885: Glen Albyn
  • 1886: Financier
  • 1887: Crowberry
  • 1888: Noble Chieftain
  • 1889: Formidable
  • 1890: Bumptious
  • 1891: Lady Caroline
  • 1892: Lady Lena
  • 1893: Prince Hampton
  • 1894: Best Man
  • 1895: Woolsthorpe
  • 1896: Wishard
  • 1897: Woolsthorpe
  • 1898: Kilcock
  • 1899: Kilcock
  • 1900: Eager
  • 1901: Elizabeth M
  • 1902: Zanoni
  • 1903: Sundridge
  • 1904: Sundridge
  • 1905: Delaunay
  • 1906: Thrush
  • 1907: Camp Fire II
  • 1908: Foresight
  • 1909: Foresight
  • 1910: Spanish Prince
  • 1911: Hornet's Beauty
  • 1912: Great Surprise
  • 1913: Hornet's Beauty
  • 1914: Adular
  • 1915–18: no race
  • 1919: Diadem
  • 1920: Diadem
  • 1921: Tetratema
  • 1922: King Sol
  • 1923: Golden Boss
  • 1924: Golden Boss
  • 1925: Diomedes
  • 1926: Highborn II
  • 1927: Nice Prospect
  • 1928: Chichester Cross
  • 1929: Tag End
  • 1930: Oak Ridge
  • 1931: Stingo
  • 1932: Lemnarchus
  • 1933: Gold Bridge
  • 1934: Gold Bridge
  • 1935: Shalfleet
  • 1936: Sweet Polly
  • 1937: Ticca Gari
  • 1938: Foray
  • 1939: Mickey the Greek
  • 1940–45: no race
  • 1946: Vilmorin
  • 1947: Greek Justice
  • 1948: Squander Bug
  • 1949: Abernant
  • 1950: Tangle
  • 1951: Stephen Paul
  • 1952: Easter Bride
  • 1953: Fairy Flax
  • 1954: Golden Lion
  • 1955: Pappa Fourway
  • 1956: Palariva
  • 1957: Right Boy
  • 1958: Drum Beat
  • 1959: Chris
  • 1960: Sound Track
  • 1961: Silver Tor
  • 1962: Cassarate
  • 1963: Majority Rule
  • 1964: no race
  • 1965: Goldhill
  • 1966: Roughlyn
  • 1967: Be Friendly
  • 1968: D'Urberville
  • 1969: Song
  • 1970: Amber Rama
  • 1971: Swing Easy
  • 1972: Sweet Revenge
  • 1973: Abergwaun
  • 1974: Bay Express
  • 1975: Flirting Around
  • 1976: Lochnager

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