Royal Lodge Stakes

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Royal Lodge Stakes
Group 2 race
Location Rowley Mile
Newmarket, England
Inaugurated 1946
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Juddmonte
Website Newmarket
Race information
Distance 1 mile (1,609 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Straight
Qualification Two-year-old
colts and geldings
Weight 8 st 12 lb
Penalties
3 lb for G1 / G2 winners
Purse £100,000 (2013)
1st: £56,710
Royal Lodge Stakes
2013
Yellow, black sash, white sleeves, black and white quartered cap Maroon, black epaulets Yellow, black cross belts, halved sleeves, black cap
Berkshire Somewhat Sir Jack Layden

The Royal Lodge Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain open to two-year-old thoroughbred colts and geldings. It is run on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket over a distance of 1 mile (1,609 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late September.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1946, and it was originally held at Ascot. It is named after Royal Lodge, a royal residence located in Windsor Great Park. It was initially contested over 5 furlongs and open to horses of either gender. It was extended to a mile in 1948, and restricted to colts and geldings in 1987.

The race was first staged at Newmarket in 2005, when Ascot was closed for redevelopment. It was transferred more permanently in 2011.

The Royal Lodge Stakes is sometimes included in the Breeders' Cup Challenge series, with the winner earning an automatic invitation to compete in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. Its latest period of inclusion began in 2012.[1]

The race is currently held on the final day of Newmarket's three-day Cambridgeshire Meeting, the same day as the Cambridgeshire Handicap.

Records[edit]

Leading jockey (8 wins):

  • Lester PiggottPinched (1957), St Paddy (1959), Casabianca (1963), Soft Angels (1965), Royal Palace (1966), Remand (1967), Sir Wimborne (1975), Dunbeath (1982)

Leading trainer (8 wins):

  • Noel MurlessPinched (1957), St Paddy (1959), Casabianca (1963), Soft Angels (1965), Royal Palace (1966), Domineering (1969), Yaroslav (1971), Adios (1972)


Winners since 1976[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
1976 Gairloch Brian Taylor Ryan Price 1:46.00
1977 Shirley Heights Greville Starkey John Dunlop 1:43.36
1978 Ela-Mana-Mou Greville Starkey Guy Harwood 1:41.91
1979 Hello Gorgeous Joe Mercer Henry Cecil 1:43.50
1980 Robellino John Matthias Ian Balding 1:41.80
1981 Norwick Joe Mercer Guy Harwood 1:46.60
1982 Dunbeath Lester Piggott Henry Cecil 1:46.00
1983 Gold and Ivory Steve Cauthen Ian Balding 1:41.60
1984 Reach Richard Quinn Paul Cole 1:43.50
1985 Bonhomie Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 1:40.90
1986 Bengal Fire Michael Roberts Clive Brittain 1:43.92
1987 Sanquirico Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 1:41.66
1988 High Estate Michael Roberts Henry Cecil 1:44.31
1989 Digression Pat Eddery Guy Harwood 1:42.20
1990 Mujaazif Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 1:41.53
1991 Made of Gold Tony Cruz Mohammed Moubarak 1:46.66
1992 Desert Secret Pat Eddery Michael Stoute 1:47.72
1993 Mister Baileys Frankie Dettori Mark Johnston 1:45.14
1994 Eltish Pat Eddery Henry Cecil 1:43.64
1995 Mons Frankie Dettori Luca Cumani 1:42.74
1996 Benny the Dip Walter Swinburn John Gosden 1:43.67
1997 Teapot Row Seb Sanders James Toller 1:41.74
1998 Mutaahab Richard Hills Ed Dunlop 1:45.04
1999 Royal Kingdom Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 1:50.06
2000 Atlantis Prince Frankie Dettori Sean Woods 1:46.32
2001 Mutinyonthebounty Jamie Spencer Aidan O'Brien 1:45.86
2002 Al Jadeed Richard Hills John Gosden 1:42.21
2003 Snow Ridge Martin Dwyer Marcus Tregoning 1:41.19
2004 Perfectperformance Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 1:41.89
2005 Leo Jimmy Fortune John Gosden 1:37.72
2006 Admiralofthefleet Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 1:41.06
2007 City Leader Kevin Darley Brian Meehan 1:43.64
2008 Jukebox Jury Royston Ffrench Mark Johnston 1:40.59
2009 Joshua Tree Colm O'Donoghue Aidan O'Brien 1:39.55
2010 Frankel Tom Queally Henry Cecil 1:41.73
2011 Daddy Long Legs Colm O'Donoghue Aidan O'Brien 1:37.77
2012 Steeler Kieren Fallon Mark Johnston 1:35.67[2]
2013 Berkshire Jim Crowley Paul Cole 1:39.97

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1946: Royal Barge
  • 1947: Black Tarquin
  • 1948: Swallow Tail
  • 1949: Tabriz
  • 1950: Fraise du Bois II
  • 1951: Khor Mousa
  • 1952: Neemah
  • 1953: Infatuation
  • 1954: Solarium
  • 1955: Royal Splendour
  • 1956: Noble Venture
  • 1957: Pinched
  • 1958: Cantelo
  • 1959: St Paddy
  • 1960: Beta *
  • 1961: Escort
  • 1962: Star Moss
  • 1963: Casabianca *
  • 1964: Prominer
  • 1965: Soft Angels
  • 1966: Royal Palace
  • 1967: Remand
  • 1968: Dutch Bells
  • 1969: Domineering
  • 1970: Sea Friend
  • 1971: Yaroslav
  • 1972: Adios
  • 1973: Straight as a Die
  • 1974: no race
  • 1975: Sir Wimborne

* The 1960 and 1963 runnings took place at Newbury.

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