List of British flat horse races

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A list of notable flat horse races which take place annually in Great Britain, under the authority of the British Horseracing Authority, including all conditions races which currently hold Group 1, 2 or 3 status in the European Pattern.

The distances of the races are expressed in miles, furlongs and yards.

Group 1[edit]

Month Race Name Racecourse Distance Age/Sex
April / May 2,000 Guineas Stakes Newmarket 1m 3yo c&f
April / May 1,000 Guineas Stakes Newmarket 1m 3yo f
May Lockinge Stakes Newbury 1m 4yo+
May / June Coronation Cup Epsom 1m 4f 10y 4yo+
May / June Oaks Stakes Epsom 1m 4f 10y 3yo f
June Derby Stakes Epsom 1m 4f 10y 3yo c&f
June Queen Anne Stakes Ascot 1m 4yo+
June King's Stand Stakes Ascot 5f 3yo+
June St. James's Palace Stakes Ascot 1m 3yo c
June Prince of Wales's Stakes Ascot 1m 2f 4yo+
June Gold Cup Ascot 2m 4f 4yo+
June Coronation Stakes Ascot 1m 3yo f
June Diamond Jubilee Stakes Ascot 6f 3yo+
July Eclipse Stakes Sandown 1m 2f 7y 3yo+
July Falmouth Stakes Newmarket 1m 3yo+ f
July July Cup Newmarket 6f 3yo+
July King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes Ascot 1m 4f 3yo+
July / Aug Sussex Stakes Goodwood 1m 3yo+
July / Aug Nassau Stakes Goodwood 1m 1f 192y 3yo+ f
August International Stakes York 1m 2f 88y 3yo+
August Yorkshire Oaks York 1m 4f 3yo+ f
August Nunthorpe Stakes York 5f 2yo+
September Sprint Cup Haydock 6f 3yo+
September St. Leger Stakes Doncaster 1m 6f 132y 3yo c&f
September Fillies' Mile Newmarket 1m 2yo f
September Cheveley Park Stakes Newmarket 6f 2yo f
September Sun Chariot Stakes Newmarket 1m 3yo+ f
October Middle Park Stakes Newmarket 6f 2yo c
October Dewhurst Stakes Newmarket 7f 2yo c&f
October British Champions Fillies' and Mares' Stakes Ascot 1m 4f 3yo+ f
October Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Ascot 1m 3yo+
October Champion Stakes Ascot 1m 2f 3yo+
October Racing Post Trophy Doncaster 1m 2yo c&f

Group 2[edit]

Month Race Name Racecourse Distance Age/Sex
April Sandown Mile Sandown 1m 14y 4yo+
April / May Jockey Club Stakes Newmarket 1m 4f 4yo+
May Duke of York Stakes York 6f 3yo+
May Middleton Stakes York 1m 2f 88y 4yo+ f
May Dante Stakes York 1m 2f 88y 3yo
May Yorkshire Cup York 1m 6f 4yo+
May Temple Stakes Haydock 5f 3yo+
June Coventry Stakes Ascot 6f 2yo
June Duke of Cambridge Stakes Ascot 1m 4yo+ f
June Queen Mary Stakes Ascot 5f 2yo f
June Norfolk Stakes Ascot 5f 2yo
June Ribblesdale Stakes Ascot 1m 4f 3yo f
June King Edward VII Stakes Ascot 1m 4f 3yo c&g
June Hardwicke Stakes Ascot 1m 4f 4yo+
July Lancashire Oaks Haydock 1m 3f 200y 3yo+ f
July July Stakes Newmarket 6f 2yo c&g
July Princess of Wales's Stakes Newmarket 1m 4f 3yo+
July Duchess of Cambridge Stakes Newmarket 6f 2yo f
July Superlative Stakes Newmarket 7f 2yo
July Summer Mile Stakes Ascot 1m 4yo+
July York Stakes York 1m 2f 88y 3yo+
July / Aug Lennox Stakes Goodwood 7f 3yo+
July / Aug Vintage Stakes Goodwood 7f 2yo
July / Aug King George Stakes Goodwood 5f 3yo+
July / Aug Goodwood Cup Goodwood 2m 3yo+
July / Aug Richmond Stakes Goodwood 6f 2yo c&g
August Hungerford Stakes Newbury 7f 3yo+
August Great Voltigeur Stakes York 1m 4f 3yo c&g
August Lonsdale Cup York 2m 88y 3yo+
August Gimcrack Stakes York 6f 2yo c&g
August Lowther Stakes York 6f 2yo f
August Celebration Mile Goodwood 1m 3yo+
September Park Hill Stakes Doncaster 1m 6f 132y 3yo+ f
September Flying Childers Stakes Doncaster 5f 2yo
September Doncaster Cup Doncaster 2m 2f 3yo+
September May Hill Stakes Doncaster 1m 2yo f
September Champagne Stakes Doncaster 7f 2yo c&g
September Park Stakes Doncaster 7f 3yo+
September Mill Reef Stakes Newbury 6f 8y 2yo
September Rockfel Stakes Newmarket 7f 2yo f
September Joel Stakes Newmarket 1m 3yo+
September Royal Lodge Stakes Newmarket 1m 2yo c&g
October Challenge Stakes Newmarket 7f 3yo+
October British Champions Long Distance Cup Ascot 2m 3yo+
October British Champions Sprint Stakes Ascot 6f 3yo+

Group 3[edit]

Month Race Name Racecourse Distance Age/Sex
March Winter Derby Lingfield 1m 2f 4yo+
April Nell Gwyn Stakes Newmarket 7f 3yo f
April Abernant Stakes Newmarket 6f 3yo+
April Craven Stakes Newmarket 1m 3yo c&g
April Earl of Sefton Stakes Newmarket 1m 1f 4yo+
April John Porter Stakes Newbury 1m 4f 5y 4yo+
April Fred Darling Stakes Newbury 7f 3yo f
April Greenham Stakes Newbury 7f 3yo c&g
April Gordon Richards Stakes Sandown 1m 2f 7y 4yo+
April Sandown Classic Trial Sandown 1m 2f 7y 3yo
April / May Sagaro Stakes Ascot 2m 4yo+
April / May Palace House Stakes Newmarket 5f 3yo+
April / May Dahlia Stakes Newmarket 1m 1f 4yo+ f
May Huxley Stakes Chester 1m 2f 75y 4yo+
May Chester Vase Chester 1m 4f 66y 3yo c&g
May Ormonde Stakes Chester 1m 5f 89y 4yo+
May Chartwell Fillies' Stakes Lingfield 7f 3yo+ f
May Musidora Stakes York 1m 2f 88y 3yo f
May Henry II Stakes Sandown 2m 78y 4yo+
May Brigadier Gerard Stakes Sandown 1m 2f 7y 4yo+
May / June Princess Elizabeth Stakes Epsom 1m 114y 3yo+ f
May / June Diomed Stakes Epsom 1m 114y 3yo+
May / June Pinnacle Stakes Haydock 1m 3f 200y 4yo+ f
May / June John of Gaunt Stakes Haydock 7f 4yo+
June Jersey Stakes Ascot 7f 3yo
June Tercentenary Stakes Ascot 1m 2f 3yo
June Albany Stakes Ascot 6f 2yo f
June / July Chipchase Stakes Newcastle 6f 3yo+
June / July Criterion Stakes Newmarket 7f 3yo+
July Sprint Stakes Sandown 5f 6y 3yo+
July Bahrain Trophy Newmarket 1m 5f 3yo
July Summer Stakes York 6f 3yo+ f
July Hackwood Stakes Newbury 6f 8y 3yo+
July Princess Margaret Stakes Ascot 6f 2yo f
July / Aug Gordon Stakes Goodwood 1m 4f 3yo
July / Aug Molecomb Stakes Goodwood 5f 2yo
July / Aug Lillie Langtry Stakes Goodwood 1m 6f 3yo+ f
July / Aug Glorious Stakes Goodwood 1m 4f 4yo+
July / Aug Thoroughbred Stakes Goodwood 1m 3yo
July / Aug Oak Tree Stakes Goodwood 7f 3yo+ f
August Rose of Lancaster Stakes Haydock 1m 2f 95y 3yo+
August Sweet Solera Stakes Newmarket 7f 2yo f
August Sovereign Stakes Salisbury 1m 3yo+ c&g
August Geoffrey Freer Stakes Newbury 1m 5f 61y 3yo+
August Acomb Stakes York 7f 2yo
August Strensall Stakes York 1m 208y 3yo+
August Prestige Stakes Goodwood 7f 2yo f
August Winter Hill Stakes Windsor 1m 2f 7y 3yo+
Aug / Sept Supreme Stakes Goodwood 7f 3yo+
Aug / Sept Solario Stakes Sandown 7f 16y 2yo
Aug / Sept Atalanta Stakes Sandown 1m 14y 3yo+ f
September Dick Poole Fillies' Stakes Salisbury 6f 2yo f
September September Stakes Kempton 1m 4f 3yo+
September Sirenia Stakes Kempton 6f 2yo
September Superior Mile Haydock 1m 3yo+
September Sceptre Stakes Doncaster 7f 3yo+ f
September Arc Trial Newbury 1m 3f 5y 3yo+
September Firth of Clyde Stakes Ayr 6f 2yo f
September World Trophy Newbury 5f 34y 3yo+
September Somerville Tattersall Stakes Newmarket 7f 2yo c&g
September Oh So Sharp Stakes Newmarket 7f 2yo f
October Cumberland Lodge Stakes Ascot 1m 4f 3yo+
October Bengough Stakes Ascot 6f 3yo+
October Cornwallis Stakes Newmarket 5f 2yo
October Autumn Stakes Newmarket 1m 2yo
October Darley Stakes Newmarket 1m 1f 3yo+
October Horris Hill Stakes Newbury 7f 2yo c&g
October St. Simon Stakes Newbury 1m 4f 5y 3yo+

Handicaps[edit]

Month Race Name Racecourse Distance Age/Sex
March / April Lincoln Handicap Doncaster 1m 4yo+
March / April Rosebery Stakes Kempton 1m 3f 4yo+
April European Free Handicap Newmarket 7f 3yo
April City and Suburban Handicap Epsom 1m 2f 18y 4yo+
April Great Metropolitan Handicap Epsom 1m 4f 10y 4yo+
May Chester Cup Chester 2m 2f 147y 4yo+
May Victoria Cup Ascot 7f 4yo+
May Silver Bowl Haydock 1m 30y 3yo
May / June Zetland Gold Cup Redcar 1m 2f 3yo+
June Ascot Stakes Ascot 2m 4f 4yo+
June Sandringham Handicap Ascot 1m 3yo f
June Royal Hunt Cup Ascot 1m 3yo+
June Wolferton Handicap Ascot 1m 2f 4yo+
June Wokingham Stakes Ascot 6f 3yo+
June Duke of Edinburgh Stakes Ascot 1m 4f 3yo+
June Britannia Stakes Ascot 1m 3yo
June King George V Stakes Ascot 1m 4f 3yo
June Buckingham Palace Stakes Ascot 7f 3yo+
June Carlisle Bell Carlisle 1m 3yo+
June / July Northumberland Plate Newcastle 2m 19y 3yo+
July Old Newton Cup Haydock 1m 3f 200y 3yo+
July Bunbury Cup Newmarket 7f 3yo+
July John Smith's Cup York 1m 2f 88y 3yo+
July / Aug Stewards' Cup Goodwood 6f 3yo+
August Great St. Wilfrid Stakes Ripon 6f 3yo+
August Ebor Handicap York 1m 6f 3yo+
August Chester Stakes Chester 1m 5f 89y 3yo+
September Portland Handicap Doncaster 5f 140y 3yo+
September Ayr Gold Cup Ayr 6f 3yo+
September Cambridgeshire Handicap Newmarket 1m 1f 3yo+
October Cesarewitch Handicap Newmarket 2m 2f 3yo+
November November Handicap Doncaster 1m 4f 3yo+

Other races[edit]

Month Race Name Racecourse Distance Age/Sex
March Brocklesby Stakes Doncaster 5f 2yo
April Easter Stakes Kempton 1m 3yo c&g
April Feilden Stakes Newmarket 1m 1f 3yo
April Investec Derby Trial Epsom 1m 2f 18y 3yo
April King Richard III Stakes Leicester 7f 9y 4yo+
April / May Newmarket Stakes Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo c
April / May Pretty Polly Stakes Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo f
May Cheshire Oaks Chester 1m 3f 79y 3yo f
May Dee Stakes Chester 1m 2f 75y 3yo c&g
May Oaks Trial Stakes Lingfield 1m 3f 106y 3yo f
May Derby Trial Stakes Lingfield 1m 3f 106y 3yo c&g
May Fillies' Trial Stakes Newbury 1m 2f 6y 3yo f
May Fairway Stakes Newmarket 1m 2f 3yo
May Height of Fashion Stakes Goodwood 1m 1f 192y 3yo f
May Cocked Hat Stakes Goodwood 1m 3f 3yo c&g
May Heron Stakes Sandown 1m 14y 3yo
June Woodcote Stakes Epsom Downs 6f 2yo
June Windsor Castle Stakes Ascot 5f 2yo
June Chesham Stakes Ascot 7f 2yo
June Queen's Vase Ascot 2m 3yo
June Queen Alexandra Stakes Ascot 2m 5f 159y 4yo+
July Sir Henry Cecil Stakes Newmarket 1m 3yo
July Glasgow Stakes Hamilton 1m 3f 16y 3yo
July Weatherbys Super Sprint Newbury 5f 34y 2yo
July Winkfield Stakes Ascot 7f 2yo
August Dick Hern Fillies' Stakes Haydock Park 1m 3yo+ f
August St Hugh's Stakes Newbury 5f 34y 2yo f
August Washington Singer Stakes Newbury 7f 2yo
August Flying Fillies' Stakes Pontefract 6f 3yo+ f
August Galtres Stakes York 1m 4f 3yo+ f
August City of York Stakes York 7f 3yo+
August Roses Stakes York 5f 2yo
August Hopeful Stakes Newmarket 6f 3yo+
August March Stakes Goodwood 1m 6f 3yo+
August August Stakes Windsor 1m 3f 135y 3yo+
August Ripon Champion Two Years Old Trophy Ripon 6f 2yo
August Stonehenge Stakes Salisbury 1m 2yo
August Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes Beverley 5f 3yo+
September Stardom Stakes Goodwood 7f 2yo
September Ascendant Stakes Haydock Park 1m 2yo
September Garrowby Stakes York 6f 3yo+
September Scarbrough Stakes Doncaster 5f 2yo+
September Flying Scotsman Stakes Doncaster 7f 2yo
September John Musker Fillies' Stakes Yarmouth 1m 2f 21y 3yo+ f
September Fortune Stakes Sandown Park 1m 14y 3yo+
September Haynes, Hanson and Clark Stakes Newbury 1m 2yo c&g
September Harry Rosebery Stakes Ayr 5f 2yo
September Doonside Cup Ayr 1m 2f 3yo+
September Foundation Stakes Goodwood 1m 1f 192y 3yo+
September Jockey Club Rose Bowl Newmarket 2m 3yo+
September Rosemary Stakes Newmarket 1m 3yo+ f
September Sakhee Stakes Newmarket 1m 4f 3yo+ f
September Godolphin Stakes Newmarket 1m 4f 3yo+
October Silver Tankard Stakes Pontefract 1m 4y 2yo
Oct / Nov Zetland Stakes Newmarket 1m 2f 2yo

Discontinued[edit]

Last Run Race Name Racecourse Distance Age/Sex
April 1986 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes Salisbury 7f 3yo f
April 1986 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes Salisbury 7f 3yo c&g
April 1993 White Rose Stakes Ascot 1m 2f 3yo
May 1960 Duke of York Handicap Kempton 1m 2f 3yo
July 2005 Golden Daffodil Stakes Chepstow 1m 2f 36y 3yo+ f
July 2005 Scottish Derby Ayr 1m 2f 3yo+
July 1999 Beeswing Stakes Newcastle 7f 3yo+
Aug 1985 Seaton Delaval Stakes Newcastle 7f 2yo
Sept 2011 Select Stakes Goodwood 1m 1f 192y 3yo+

Historic races[edit]

First Run Race Name Racecourse Distance Age/Sex
1751 Great Subscription Purse York 4m 4yo+
1757 1200 Guineas Stakes Newmarket 3m 6½f 5yo
1758 1400 Guineas Stakes Newmarket 4m 1½f 4yo
1808 Claret Stakes Newmarket 2m 4yo
1810 Epsom Gold Cup Epsom 1m 4f 3yo+
1815 Riddlesworth Stakes Newmarket 1m 3yo
1815 Port Stakes Newmarket 1m 7½f 4yo
1878 Rous Memorial Stakes Ascot 1m 3yo+
1888 Lancashire Plate Manchester 7f / 1m 2yo+

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