Duke of Edinburgh Stakes

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Duke of Edinburgh Stakes
Handicap race
Location Ascot Racecourse
Ascot, England
Inaugurated 1914 as Bessborough Stakes
1999 as Duke of Edinburgh Stakes
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website Ascot
Race information
Distance 1m 3f 211yd (2,406 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight Handicap
Purse £90,000 (2018)
1st: £56,025
Duke Of Edinburgh Handicap
2018
Purple, light blue chevron, light blue cap Black and pink diabolo, black sleeves, pink cap, black star Royal blue, white cap
Dash Of Spice Sir Chauvelin Walton Street

The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes is a flat Handicap horse race in Great Britain open to horses of three-year-old and up. It is run at Ascot over a distance of 1 mile 3 furlongs and 211 yards (2,406 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in June.

The race was previously known as the Bessborough Stakes and was named after John Ponsonby, 5th Earl of Bessborough who was Master of the Buckhounds on three occasions in the 19th century.[1] The first race under the original name was a five furlong race for two-year-olds run at Royal Ascot in 1914. The title was later bestowed on a mile and a half handicap race at the same meeting. In 1999 the race was renamed in honour of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.[2] The name Duke of Edinburgh Stakes had previously been used for a two-year-old race run at Ascot[3] in autumn whose winners included the future Champion Hurdler Sea Pigeon.[4]

The race has been won by horses who have gone on to win at Group level, including Blueprint (Jockey Club Stakes),[5] Young Mick (Cumberland Lodge Stakes)[6] and Fox Hunt (Deutsches St Leger).[7]

Winners since 1988[edit]

  • Weights given in stones and pounds.
Year
Winner
Age
Weight
Jockey
Trainer
SP
Time
1982 Spin Of a Coin 4 8-09 Brian Rouse Ryan Price 9/1
1988 Vouchsafe 6 7-13 Willie Carson Dick Hern 1012 12/1 2:32.70
1989 Stratford Ponds 4 8-01 Pat Eddery John Dunlop 1010 10/1 2:29.32
1990 Hateel 4 9-00 Willie Carson Peter Walwyn 1005 5/1 F 2:29.65
1991 Rinja 4 7-09 John Lowe David Arbuthnot 1016 16/1 2:32.18
1992 Spinning 5 9-03 Ray Cochrane Ian Balding 1025 25/1 2:27.82
1993 Source Of Light 4 9-03 Pat Eddery Roger Charlton 1011 11/1 2:39.62
1994 Master Charlie 4 9-02 Frankie Dettori Ian Balding 1010 10/1 2:28.48
1995 Son Of Sharp Shot 5 8-13 Pat Eddery John Dunlop 1005 5/1 2:28.71
1996 Tykeyvor 6 8-01 Fergal Lynch Lady Herries 1014 14/1 2:29.88
1997 Zaralaska 6 8-13 Pat Eddery Luca Cumani 1008 8/1 2:31.76
1998 Greek Palace 4 9-08 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 1009 9/1 2:35.56
1999 Blueprint 4 9-09 Gary Stevens Sir Michael Stoute 1004 4/1 2:28.60
2000 Katiykha 4 9-09 Johnny Murtagh John Oxx 1010 10/1 2:31.68
2001 Takamaka Bay 4 9-00 Darryll Holland Mark Johnston 1010 10/1 2:30.58
2002 Thundering Surf 5 9-00 Richard Hughes John Jenkins 1011 11/1 2:31.79
2003 Waverley 4 9-00 Jimmy Fortune Hughie Morrison 1014 14/1 2:30.76
2004 Wunderwood 5 9-01 Seb Sanders Lady Herries 1007.5 15/2 2:28.74
2005 Notable Guest 4 9-08 Michael Kinane Sir Michael Stoute 1004 4/1 2:28.01
2006 Young Mick 4 8-08 Richard Quinn George Margarson 1028 28/1 2:29.97
2007 Pevensey 5 8-10 Graham Gibbons John Quinn 1008 8/1 2:36.64
2008 Sugar Ray 4 9-00 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute 1008 8/1 2:32.95
2009 Drill Sergeant 4 9-07 Joe Fanning Mark Johnston 1014 14/1 2:29.70
2010 Cill Rialaig 5 8-11 Steve Drowne Hughie Morrison 1016 16/1 2:29.64
2011 Fox Hunt 4 9-08 Silvestre de Sousa Mark Johnston 1012 12/1 2:40.03
2012 Camborne 4 9-04 William Buick John Gosden 1005.5 11/2 2:31.47
2013 Opinion 4 9-00 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute 1008 8/1 2:31.30
2014 Arab Spring 4 9-10 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute 1002.75 11/4F 2:28.85
2015 Arab Dawn 4 9-02 Richard Hughes Hughie Morrison 1006 6/1 2:28.12
2016 Kinema 5 9-04 Fran Berry Richard Hughes 1008 8/1 2:32.59
2017 Rare Rhythm 5 9-02 William Buick Charlie Appleby 1020 20/1 2:31.15
2018 Dash Of Spice 4 9-03 Silvestre de Sousa David Elsworth 1003.5 7/2 F 2:27.76

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "History and conditions of the races at Royal Ascot". eclipsemagazine.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2013-04-20. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  2. ^ "Duke of Edinburgh Stakes". At The Races. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  3. ^ "Duke of Edinburgh gets his own race at Ascot". Milwaukee Journal. July 9, 1948. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  4. ^ "Ups and downs of the Sea Pigeon story". Glasgow Herald. December 1, 1982. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  5. ^ "Blueprint". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  6. ^ "Young Mick". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 
  7. ^ "Fox Hunt". Racing Post. Retrieved 2012-09-07. 

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