Ormonde Stakes

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Ormonde Stakes
Group 3 race
Location Chester Racecourse
Chester, England
Inaugurated 1936
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Boodles
Website Chester
Race information
Distance 1m 5f 89y (2,697 m)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
Weight 9 st 0 lb
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Penalties
7 lb for Group 1 winners *
5 lb for Group 2 winners *
3 lb for Group 3 winners *
* since August 31 last year
Purse £75,000 (2014)
1st: £42,532.50
Ormonde Stakes
2014
Turquoise, dark blue cap Dark blue, yellow cap Purple, white diamonds on sleeves, check cap
Brown Panther Hillstar Banoffee

The Ormonde Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged four years or older. It is run over a distance of 1 mile, 5 furlongs and 89 yards (2,697 metres) at Chester in May.

History[edit]

The event is named after Ormonde, a famous racehorse foaled at Eaton Hall in Cheshire. The original version was a 5-furlong race for two-year-olds.[1]

The present Ormonde Stakes was established in 1936.[2] It was initially open to horses aged three or older, and contested over 1 mile, 5 furlongs and 75 yards. The first running was won by Quashed.

The race was confined to three-year-olds and cut to 1 mile, 2 furlongs and 10 yards in 1955.[3] Its previous distance was restored in 1958, and from this point it was restricted to older horses.[4] It was extended by several yards in 1970.

The Ormonde Stakes can serve as a trial for the Coronation Cup. The last horse to win both races in the same year was St Nicholas Abbey in 2011.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Sovrango – 1962, 1963
  • Shambo – 1993, 1994
  • St Expedit – 2001, 2002

Leading jockey (5 wins):

  • Lester PiggottPrimera (1959), Arctic Vale (1964), Biomydrin (1966), David Jack (1967), Quayside (1971)
  • Pat EdderyOats (1977), Crow (1978), Teenoso (1984), Saddlers' Hall (1992), Sadian (1999)

Leading trainer (5 wins):

  • Harry WraggSovrango (1962, 1963), Ormindo (1973), Pelerin (1981), Six Mile Bottom (1982)
  • Geoff WraggTeenoso (1984), St Expedit (2001, 2002), Asian Heights (2003), The Whistling Teal (2006)


Winners since 1980[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Time
1980 Niniski 4 Willie Carson Dick Hern 2:49.63
1981 Pelerin 4 Brian Taylor Harry Wragg
1982 Six Mile Bottom 4 Steve Cauthen Harry Wragg
1983 no race [a]
1984 Teenoso 4 Pat Eddery Geoff Wragg 2:51.92
1985 Seismic Wave 4 Brent Thomson Barry Hills
1986 Brunico 4 Brent Thomson Rod Simpson 3:15.38
1987 Rakaposhi King 5 Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 2:45.43
1988 Mr Pintips 4 Willie Carson William Hastings-Bass 3:20.49
1989 Mountain Kingdom 5 Steve Cauthen Clive Brittain 2:55.96
1990 Braashee 4 Michael Roberts Alec Stewart 2:58.17
1991 Per Quod 6 Bruce Raymond Ben Hanbury 2:55.68
1992 Saddlers' Hall 4 Pat Eddery Michael Stoute 2:48.38
1993 Shambo 6 Michael Roberts Clive Brittain 2:50.45
1994 Shambo 7 Michael Roberts Clive Brittain 2:51.74
1995 Zilzal Zamaan 4 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 2:52.47
1996 Oscar Schindler 4 Michael Kinane Kevin Prendergast 2:55.39
1997 Royal Court 4 John Reid Peter Chapple-Hyam 3:15.85
1998 Stretarez 5 Kevin Darley Venetia Williams 2:50.64
1999 Sadian 4 Pat Eddery John Dunlop 2:52.26
2000 Daliapour 4 Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute 2:50.16
2001 St Expedit 4 Darryll Holland Geoff Wragg 2:49.47
2002 St Expedit 5 Darryll Holland Geoff Wragg 2:47.40
2003 Asian Heights 5 Darryll Holland Geoff Wragg 2:52.96
2004 Systematic 5 Kevin Darley Mark Johnston 2:56.34
2005 Day Flight 4 Richard Hughes John Gosden 2:59.70
2006 The Whistling Teal 10 Steve Drowne Geoff Wragg 3:00.71
2007 Ask 4 Kerrin McEvoy Sir Michael Stoute 2:52.33
2008 Macarthur 4 Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien 2:53.20
2009 Buccellati 5 William Buick Andrew Balding 3:45.91
2010 Harbinger 4 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute 2:56.73
2011 St Nicholas Abbey 4 Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien 2:52.27
2012 Memphis Tennessee 4 Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien 3:08.73
2013 Mount Athos 6 Jamie Spencer Luca Cumani 2:56.13
2014 Brown Panther 6 Richard Kingscote Tom Dascombe 3:05.96

a The 1983 running was abandoned because of a waterlogged course.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1936: Quashed
  • 1937: Young England
  • 1938: Senor
  • 1939: Tricameron
  • 1940–45: no race
  • 1946: High Stakes
  • 1947: Turkish Tune
  • 1948: Goyama
  • 1949: Alycidon
  • 1950: Oleins Grace
  • 1951: Cagire II
  • 1952: Tulyar
  • 1953: Wyandank
  • 1954: Stem King
  • 1955: North Cone
  • 1956: Stephanotis
  • 1957: Hindu Festival
  • 1958: Doutelle
  • 1959: Primera
  • 1960: Light Horseman
  • 1961: Alcaeus
  • 1962: Sovrango
  • 1963: Sovrango
  • 1964: Arctic Vale
  • 1965: Indiana
  • 1966: Biomydrin
  • 1967: David Jack
  • 1968: Hopeful Venture
  • 1969: no race
  • 1970: Blakeney
  • 1971: Quayside
  • 1972: Selhurst
  • 1973: Ormindo
  • 1974: Crazy Rhythm
  • 1975: Rouser
  • 1976: Zimbalon
  • 1977: Oats
  • 1978: Crow
  • 1979: Remainder Man

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1935 Ormonde Stakes". Glasgow Herald. 10 May 1935. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "1936 Ormonde Stakes". Glasgow Herald. 7 May 1936. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "1955 Ormonde Stakes". Glasgow Herald. 5 May 1955. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "1958 Ormonde Stakes". Glasgow Herald. 8 May 1958. Retrieved 1 April 2013.