British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes

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British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes
(ex Pride Stakes / Princess Royal Stakes)
Group 1 race
Location Ascot Racecourse
Ascot, England
Inaugurated 1946
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor QIPCO
Website Ascot
Race information
Distance 1m 4f (2,414 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Three-years-old and up
fillies and mares
Weight 8 st 12 lb (3yo);
9 st 5 lb (4yo+)
Purse £600,000 (2016)
1st £340,260
British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes
2016
White, emerald green hoop Black, white spots, black sleeves, white cap Red, white sash, royal blue cap
Journey Speedy Boarding Queen's Trust

The British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain open to fillies and mares aged three years or older. It is run over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs (2,414 metres) as part of British Champions Day at Ascot in October.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1946 and was originally called the Princess Royal Stakes. It was named after the Princess Royal at that time, Princess Mary. For a period it took place in September,[1] and it later moved to October.

The current system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and the Princess Royal Stakes subsequently held Group 3 status.

The race was run at Newmarket in 2000, after being called off at Ascot due to a security alert.[2] It was switched to Ascot's late September fixture in 2004. It took place at Newmarket again in 2005, as its usual home was closed for redevelopment. It reverted to October in 2007.

The event was promoted to Group 2 level, transferred to Newmarket and renamed the Pride Stakes in 2008.[3] It was named after Pride, a recent winner of the Champion Stakes. From this point it was staged during the venue's Champions' Meeting in mid-October. The title "Princess Royal Stakes" was assigned to a different race at Ascot, an event previously called the Harvest Stakes. The Pride Stakes had a purse of £100,000 in 2010.[4]

The race returned to Ascot and was given its present name in 2011. Its prize fund was now £250,000. Part of the newly created British Champions Day, it became the final race in the fillies & mares division of the British Champions Series.

The British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes was upgraded to Group 1 in 2013.[5] Its total prize money was doubled to £500,000. The title Pride Stakes was given to a Listed race at Newmarket formerly known as the Severals Stakes.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Shebeen – 1974, 1975
  • Crystal Capella – 2008, 2010

Leading jockey (8 wins):

  • Lester PiggottRose of Medina (1959), Green Opal (1960), Vhairi (1963), Bracey Bridge (1965), Bamboozle (1967), Mandera (1973), Karamita (1980), One Way Street (1984)

Leading trainer (9 wins):

  • John DunlopPredicament (1966), Trillionaire (1978), Flighting (1981), Believer (1982), Banket (1988), Labibeh (1995), Signorina Cattiva (1999), Head in the Clouds (2001), Acts of Grace (2006)

Leading owner (4 wins):

  • HH Aga Khan IVKaramita (1980), Tashtiya (1986), Narwala (1990), Ashalanda (2009)

Winners since 1979[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1979 Alia 3 Steve Raymont Jeremy Tree Khalid Abdullah
1980 Karamita 3 Lester Piggott Michael Stoute HH Aga Khan IV
1981 Flighting 3 Brian Rouse John Dunlop Sandy Struthers
1982 Believer 3 Brian Rouse John Dunlop Arthur Budgett
1983 Sylph 3 Tony Ives Jeremy Tree Khalid Abdullah
1984 One Way Street 3 Lester Piggott Henry Cecil Louis Freedman
1985 Free Guest 4 Rae Guest Luca Cumani Fittocks Stud
1986 Tashtiya 3 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute HH Aga Khan IV
1987 no race [a]
1988 Banket 3 Brian Rouse John Dunlop 3rd Earl of Halifax 2:40.66
1989 Snow Bride 3 Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil Saeed bin M. Al Maktoum 2:30.73
1990 Narwala 3 Pat Eddery Luca Cumani HH Aga Khan IV 2:30.36
1991 Always Friendly 3 Alan Munro Henry Candy Fahd Salman 2:38.78
1992 Cunning 3 Frankie Dettori Luca Cumani Fittocks Stud 2:36.19
1993 no race [b]
1994 Dancing Bloom 4 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute Lord Weinstock 2:34.15
1995 Labibeh 3 Willie Carson John Dunlop Hamdan Al Maktoum 2:41.86
1996 Time Allowed 3 John Reid Michael Stoute Robert Barnett 2:33.44
1997 Delilah 3 Olivier Peslier Michael Stoute Highclere Racing Ltd 2:45.33
1998 Silver Rhapsody 3 Kieren Fallon Henry Cecil Lordship Stud 2:43.68
1999 Signorina Cattiva 3 Frankie Dettori John Dunlop Maria Mai Goransson 2:35.40
2000 Sacred Song 3 Richard Quinn Henry Cecil Niarchos Family 2:31.86
2001 Head in the Clouds 3 Pat Eddery John Dunlop Neil Jones 2:35.73
2002 Love Everlasting 4 Kevin Darley Mark Johnston G. & L. Middlebrook 2:33.55
2003 Itnab 3 Richard Hills Ben Hanbury Hamdan Al Maktoum 2:34.16
2004 Mazuna 3 Ryan Moore Clive Brittain Saeed Manana 2:30.24
2005 Ouija Board 4 Frankie Dettori Ed Dunlop 19th Earl of Derby 2:32.45
2006 Acts of Grace 3 Kerrin McEvoy John Dunlop Prince A. A. Faisal 2:35.64
2007 Trick or Treat 4 Tom Queally James Given Onslow / Henderson 2:36.93
2008 Crystal Capella 3 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute Sir Evelyn de Rothschild 2:31.48
2009 Ashalanda 3 Christophe Lemaire Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:31.55
2010 Crystal Capella 5 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute Sir Evelyn de Rothschild 2:34.73
2011 Dancing Rain 3 Johnny Murtagh William Haggas Martin and Lee Taylor 2:27.29
2012 Sapphire 4 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld Moyglare Stud Farm 2:37.32
2013 Seal of Approval 4 George Baker James Fanshawe T R G Vestey 2:39.09
2014 Madame Chiang 3 Jim Crowley David Simcock Kirsten Rausing 2:38.76
2015 Simple Verse 3 Andrea Atzeni Ralph Beckett QRL / Al Thani / Al Kubaisi 2:32.01
2016 Journey 4 Frankie Dettori John Gosden George Strawbridge 2:28.41
2017 Hydrangea 3 Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor

a b The 1987 and 1993 runnings were abandoned because of a waterlogged course.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1946: Mehmany
  • 1947: Mombasa
  • 1948: Angelola
  • 1949: Jet Plane
  • 1950: Divinalh
  • 1951: Verse
  • 1952: Nicky Nook
  • 1953: Skye
  • 1954: Dust Storm
  • 1955: Nemora
  • 1956: Carezza
  • 1957: Nagaika
  • 1958: Mother Goose
  • 1959: Rose of Medina
  • 1960: Green Opal *
  • 1961: Tenacity
  • 1962: Romantica
  • 1963: Vhairi *
  • 1964: French Possession
  • 1965: Bracey Bridge
  • 1966: Predicament
  • 1967: Bamboozle
  • 1968: no race
  • 1969: Seventh Bride
  • 1970: Heavenly Thought
  • 1971: Hill Circus
  • 1972: Attica Meli
  • 1973: Mandera
  • 1974: Shebeen
  • 1975: Shebeen
  • 1976: no race
  • 1977: Aloft
  • 1978: Trillionaire

* The 1960 and 1963 runnings took place at Newbury.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "First Day at Ascot". Glasgow Herald. 26 September 1947. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Armytage, Marcus (9 October 2000). "Lost Ascot races may be run elsewhere". Telegraph. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Britain's flat Pattern boosted by upgrades". British Horseracing Authority. 14 January 2008. Retrieved 15 October 2009. 
  4. ^ "2010 Pride Stakes". International Federation of Horseracing Authorities. Retrieved 27 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Eight races upgraded by European Pattern Committee". the-racehorse.com. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
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  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes (2016).
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  • Abelson, Edward; Tyrrel, John (1993). The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. pp. 205–206. ISBN 1-873626-15-0.