Craven Stakes

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Craven Stakes
Group 3 race
Location Rowley Mile
Newmarket, England
Inaugurated 1771 (original version)
1878 (current version)
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Bet365
Website Newmarket
Race information
Distance 1 mile (1,609 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Straight
Qualification Three-year-old
colts and geldings
Weight 9 st 0 lb
Purse £60,000 (2017)
1st: £34,026
Craven Stakes
2017
Royal blue, white hoops, grey sleeves, royal blue and white quartered cap Cerise, white hoop on body and armlets, white cap, cerise hoop Royal blue
Eminent Rivet Benbatl

The Craven Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Great Britain open to three-year-old colts and geldings. It is run over a distance of 1 mile (1,609 metres) on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket in mid-April.

History[edit]

The event is named after William Craven, 6th Baron Craven,[1] a member of the Jockey Club in the 18th century. His support for racing at Newmarket led to the introduction of the Craven Meeting in 1771.[2]

The first race had a subscription of 5 guineas, to which 21 subscribed. It was to be run "from the ditch to the turn of the lands." [3] The race was won by Pantaloon, owned by a Mr Vernon. Fourteen horses had taken part.

An open-age version of the Craven Stakes was staged annually until the 1870s.[4] It traditionally took place on a Monday in April, and was usually Newmarket's first race of the season. Several other venues had a race of the same name.

The present race, a one-mile event for three-year-olds, was established in 1878.[5] The inaugural running was won by Thurio.

The modern version of the Craven Stakes can serve as a trial for the 2,000 Guineas. The first horse to win both races was Scot Free in 1884. The most recent was Haafhd in 2004.

The Craven Stakes is currently held on the last day of Newmarket's three-day Craven Meeting.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (3 wins):

  • Woodpecker – 1778, 1779, 1781

Leading jockey since 1878 (6 wins):

  • Morny CannonHarbinger (1893), Sempronius (1894), Guernsey (1897), Solennis (1899), Port Blair (1902), His Eminence (1906)

Leading trainer since 1878 (8 wins):

  • Sir Michael StouteShadeed (1985), Ajdal (1987), Doyoun (1988), Shaadi (1989), Alnasr Alwasheek (1992), Desert Story (1997), King of Happiness (2002), Adagio (2007)

Winners since 1980[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
1980 Tyrnavos Edward Hide Bruce Hobbs 1:41.87
1981 Kind of Hush Steve Cauthen Barry Hills
1982 Silver Hawk Tony Murray Michael Albina 1:39.61
1983 Muscatite Brian Taylor Jeremy Hindley 1:47.23
1984 Lear Fan Greville Starkey Guy Harwood 1:38.12
1985 Shadeed Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 1:38.84
1986 Dancing Brave Greville Starkey Guy Harwood 1:49.96
1987 Ajdal Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 1:39.49
1988 Doyoun Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 1:38.48
1989 Shaadi Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 1:43.76
1990 Tirol Pat Eddery Richard Hannon Sr. 1:38.38
1991 Marju Willie Carson John Dunlop 1:36.12
1992 Alnasr Alwasheek Steve Cauthen Michael Stoute 1:37.39
1993 Emperor Jones Ray Cochrane John Gosden 1:37.80
1994 King's Theatre Michael Kinane Henry Cecil 1:43.42
1995 Painter's Row John Reid Peter Chapple-Hyam 1:37.08
1996 Beauchamp King John Reid John Dunlop 1:37.82
1997 Desert Story Michael Kinane Michael Stoute 1:38.08
1998 Xaar Olivier Peslier André Fabre 1:42.31
1999 Compton Admiral Frankie Dettori Gerard Butler 1:38.72
2000 Umistim Richard Hughes Richard Hannon Sr. 1:41.11
2001 King's Ironbridge Richard Hughes Richard Hannon Sr. 1:42.25
2002 King of Happiness Kieren Fallon Michael Stoute 1:37.39
2003 Hurricane Alan Jimmy Fortune Richard Hannon Sr. 1:39.93
2004 Haafhd Richard Hills Barry Hills 1:38.33
2005 Democratic Deficit Kevin Manning Jim Bolger 1:39.43
2006 Killybegs Michael Hills Barry Hills 1:38.79
2007 Adagio Kerrin McEvoy Michael Stoute 1:35.55
2008 Twice Over Ted Durcan Henry Cecil 1:38.54
2009 Delegator Jamie Spencer Brian Meehan 1:36.56
2010 Elusive Pimpernel Ryan Moore John Dunlop 1:37.16
2011 Native Khan Kieren Fallon Ed Dunlop 1:37.56
2012 Trumpet Major Ryan Moore Richard Hannon Sr. 1:37.44
2013 Toronado Richard Hughes Richard Hannon Sr. 1:35.19
2014 Toormore Ryan Moore Richard Hannon Jr. 1:35.42
2015 Kool Kompany Richard Hughes Richard Hannon Jr. 1:38.86
2016 Stormy Antarctic George Baker Ed Walker 1:44.01
2017 Eminent Jim Crowley Martyn Meade 1:35.15

Earlier winners[edit]

Original version[edit]

  • 1771: Pantaloon
  • 1772: Jason
  • 1773: Firetail
  • 1774: Sweetwilliam
  • 1775: Barbary
  • 1776: Hephestion
  • 1777: Maiden
  • 1778: Woodpecker
  • 1779: Woodpecker
  • 1780: Triumph
  • 1781: Woodpecker
  • 1782: Potoooooooo
  • 1783: Alaric
  • 1784: Buzaglo
  • 1785: Dungannon
  • 1786: Premier
  • 1787: Ulysses
  • 1788: Mufti
  • 1789: Thorn
  • 1790: Bullfinch
  • 1791: Mufti
  • 1792: Minos
  • 1793: Buzzard
  • 1794: Buzzard
  • 1795: Kitt Carr
  • 1796: Play or Pay
  • 1797: Hambletonian
  • 1798: Aimator
  • 1799: Spoliator
  • 1800: Oscar
  • 1801: Eagle
  • 1802: Cockfighter
  • 1803: Eagle
  • 1804: Aniseed
  • 1805: Ditto
  • 1806: Sir David
  • 1807: Selim
  • 1808: Deceiver
  • 1809: Violante
  • 1810: Rubens
  • 1811: Recorder
  • 1812: Flash
  • 1813: Offas's Dyke
  • 1814: Slender Billy
  • 1815: Wire
  • 1816: Bourbon
  • 1817: Roller
  • 1818: Skim
  • 1819: Cannon Ball
  • 1820: Antar
  • 1821: colt by Comus
  • 1822: Godolphin
  • 1823: Scarborough
  • 1824: Vargas
  • 1825: Longwaist
  • 1826: Trinculo
  • 1827: The Alderman
  • 1828: Lamplighter
  • 1829: Zinganee
  • 1830: Seraph
  • 1831: Priam
  • 1832: Chapman
  • 1833: Camarine
  • 1834: Colwick
  • 1835: Plenipotentiary
  • 1836: Redshank
  • 1837: Flock
  • 1838: Redshank
  • 1839: Quo Minus
  • 1840: Scroggins
  • 1841: Epirus
  • 1842: The Currier
  • 1843: Ma Mie
  • 1844: Corranna
  • 1847: King of Morven
  • 1850: Retail
  • 1851: Sotterley
  • 1852: Lady Agnes
  • 1853: Ariosto
  • 1854: Calamus
  • 1855: Orinoco
  • 1856: Napoleon III
  • 1857: Flacrow
  • 1858: Fisherman
  • 1859: Sedbury
  • 1860: Cynricus
  • 1861: Crater
  • 1862: Blackcock
  • 1863: Romanoff
  • 1864: Bathilde
  • 1865: Pirate
  • 1866: Mazeppa
  • 1867: Lord Lyon
  • 1868: Lady Coventry
  • 1869: Blue Gown
  • 1870: Rosicrucian
  • 1871: Panoplite
  • 1872: Sterling
  • 1873: Prince Charlie
  • 1874: Drummond
  • 1875: Gang Forward
  • 1876–77: no race


Current version[edit]

  • 1878: Thurio
  • 1879: Discord
  • 1880: Fernandez
  • 1881: Cameliard
  • 1882: Laureate
  • 1883: Grandmaster
  • 1884: Scot Free
  • 1885: Esterling
  • 1886: Grey Friars
  • 1887: The Baron
  • 1888: Orbit
  • 1889: Gay Hampton
  • 1890: Morion
  • 1891: Friar Lubin
  • 1892: The Lover
  • 1893: Harbinger
  • 1894: Sempronius
  • 1895: The Owl
  • 1896: Lord Hervey
  • 1897: Guernsey
  • 1898: Jeddah
  • 1899: Solennis
  • 1900: Headpiece
  • 1901: Rigo
  • 1902: Port Blair
  • 1903: Countermark
  • 1904: Airlie
  • 1905: St Oswald
  • 1906: His Eminence
  • 1907: Slieve Gallion
  • 1908: no race
  • 1909: Howick
  • 1910: Neil Gow
  • 1911: Irish King
  • 1912: Jingling Geordie
  • 1913: Sanquhar
  • 1914: Kennymore
  • 1915: Rossendale
  • 1916: Sir Dighton / Roi d'Ecosse *
  • 1917: Dansellon
  • 1918: Benevente
  • 1919: Buchan
  • 1920: Daylight Patrol
  • 1921: no race
  • 1922: Collaborator
  • 1923: Light Hand
  • 1924: St Germans
  • 1925: Picaroon
  • 1926: Harpagon
  • 1927: Tattoo
  • 1928: Royal Minstrel
  • 1929: Cragadour
  • 1930: Writ
  • 1931: Philae
  • 1932: Loaningdale
  • 1933: Lochiel
  • 1934: Colombo
  • 1935: Buckleigh
  • 1936: Monument
  • 1937: Snowfall
  • 1938: Challenge
  • 1939: Signal Light
  • 1940: Prince Tetra
  • 1941: Morogoro
  • 1942–45: no race
  • 1946: Gulf Stream
  • 1947: Migoli
  • 1948: My Babu
  • 1949: Moondust
  • 1950: Rising Flame
  • 1951: Claudius
  • 1952: Kara Tepe
  • 1953: Oleandrin
  • 1954: Ambler II
  • 1955: True Cavalier
  • 1956: Pirate King
  • 1957: Shearwater
  • 1958: Bald Eagle
  • 1959: Pindari
  • 1960: Tudorich
  • 1961: Aurelius
  • 1962: High Noon
  • 1963: Crocket
  • 1964: Young Christopher
  • 1965: Corifi
  • 1966: Salvo
  • 1967: Sloop
  • 1968: Petingo
  • 1969: Paddy's Progress
  • 1970: Tamil
  • 1971: Levanter
  • 1972: Leicester
  • 1973: My Drifter
  • 1974: Numa
  • 1975: No Alimony
  • 1976: Malinowski
  • 1977: Limone
  • 1978: Admiral's Launch
  • 1979: Lyphard's Wish

* The 1916 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "William Craven 6th Baron". stepneyrobarts.co.uk. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "History of racing at Newmarket". british-history.ac.uk. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Whyte, James Christie (1840). History of the British turf, from the earliest period to the present day, Volume I. London: H. Colburn. p. 401. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "1875 Craven Stakes". Glasgow Herald. 14 April 1875. Retrieved 17 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "1878 Craven Stakes". Glasgow Herald. 26 April 1878. Retrieved 17 February 2013.