Chesham Stakes

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Chesham Stakes
Listed race
LocationAscot Racecourse
Ascot, England
Race typeFlat / Thoroughbred
Race information
Distance7f (1,408 metres)
sired by winner at 1 mile 2 furlongs+
Weight9 st 3 lb
5 lb for fillies
5 lb for Group winners
3 lb for Listed winners
Purse£40,000 (2020)
1st: £23,680
Chesham Stakes
Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap Black, white triple diamond, white and black striped sleeves, black cap, white diamond Purple, light blue chevron, light blue cap
Battleground March Law Seattle Rock

The Chesham Stakes is a Listed flat horse race in Great Britain open to two-year-old horses. It is run at Ascot over a distance of 7 furlongs (1,408 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in June.


The event is named after the 3rd Baron Chesham, who served as the last Master of the Buckhounds in 1900–01. It was established in 1919, and it was originally contested over 5 furlongs. It replaced a previous race, the first leg of the Triennial Stakes. The race has an unusual restriction, being open only to horses sired by stallions who won over ten furlongs or more.

For a period the Chesham Stakes was contested over 6 furlongs, and it was extended to 7 furlongs in 1996. It is currently restricted to horses whose sires won at a distance in excess of 1 mile and 1½ furlongs, or in excess of 1,900 metres.[1]

The Chesham Stakes is now the opening race on the final day of the Royal Ascot meeting.

Lester Piggott rode seven winners of the race between 1960 and 1982.


Leading jockey since 1986 (4 wins):

  • Frankie DettoriCentral Park (1997), Rhapsodist (1998), Seba (2001), Tha'ir (2012)
  • Ryan Moore - Maybe (2011), Churchill (2016), September (2017), Battleground (2020)

Leading trainer since 1986 (5 wins):

  • Aidan O'BrienBach (1999), Maybe (2011), Churchill (2016), September (2017), Battleground (2020)

Winners since 1984[edit]

1984 Old Bailey Greville Starkey Guy Harwood 1:14.96
1985 Bakharoff Greville Starkey Guy Harwood 1:15.31
1986 Minstrella John Reid Charlie Nelson 1:13.63
1987 Lapierre Steve Cauthen Clive Brittain 1:19.29
1988 Jacamar Bruce Raymond Ben Hanbury 1:14.21
1989 Be My Chief Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 1:15.21
1990 Chicarica Pat Eddery John Gosden 1:16.72
1991 Fair Cop Alan Munro Paul Cole 1:14.80
1992 Humam Richard Hills Harry Thomson Jones 1:14.26
1993 State Performer John Reid Peter Chapple-Hyam 1:20.34
1994 Montjoy Richard Quinn Paul Cole 1:15.14
1995 World Premier Brett Doyle Clive Brittain 1:14.97
1996 Shamikh Richard Hills Saeed bin Suroor 1:30.57
1997 Central Park Frankie Dettori Paul Cole 1:29.84
1998 Rhapsodist Frankie Dettori John Gosden 1:32.84
1999 Bach Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 1:28.88
2000 Celtic Silence Kieren Fallon Mark Johnston 1:30.59
2001 Seba Frankie Dettori David Loder 1:29.64
2002 Helm Bank Keith Dalgleish Mark Johnston 1:29.00
2003 Pearl of Love Darryll Holland Mark Johnston 1:28.50
2004 Whazzat Michael Hills Barry Hills 1:29.55
2005 Championship Point [a] Ted Durcan Mick Channon 1:24.14
2006 Champlain Philip Robinson Michael Jarvis 1:27.90
2007 Maze Royston Ffrench Bryan Smart 1:29.28
2008 Free Agent Richard Hughes Richard Hannon Sr. 1:29.59
2009 Big Audio Richard Hughes Richard Hannon Sr. 1:30.19
2010 Zaidan Seb Sanders Clive Brittain 1:27.51
2011 Maybe Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien 1:32.46
2012 Tha'ir Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 1:30.01
2013 Berkshire Jim Crowley Paul Cole 1:28:46
2014 Richard Pankhurst William Buick John Gosden 1:27:58
2015 Suits You[b] Cristian Demuro Eoghan O'Neill 1:26.93
2016 Churchill Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien 1:29.57
2017 September Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien 1:26.70
2018 Arthur Kitt Richard Kingscote Tom Dascombe 1:28.08
2019 Pinatubo James Doyle Charlie Appleby 1:25.73
2020 Battleground Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien 1:30.62
  1. ^ The 2005 running took place at York
  2. ^ The 2015 winner Suits You was later exported to Hong Kong and renamed Sunny Way

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Chesham Stakes" (pdf). British Horseracing Authority. p. 88. Retrieved 17 August 2016.