Joel Stakes

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Joel Stakes
Group 2 race
Location Rowley Mile
Newmarket, England
Inaugurated 1987
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Shadwell
Website Newmarket
Race information
Distance 1 mile (1,609 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Straight
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 9 st 0 lb (3yo);
9 st 4 lb (4yo+)
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Penalties
4 lb for Group 1 winners *
* since February 28
Purse £100,000 (2016)
1st: £61,814
Joel Stakes
2016
Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap Maroon and royal blue (quartered), maroon sleeves, royal blue armlets, royal blue cap, maroon star Red, white stripe, striped sleeves
Cougar Mountain Gifted Master Nathra

The Joel Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged three years or older. 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 1987, and it was originally called the Main Reef Stakes. It was named after Main Reef, a successful horse owned and bred by Jim Joel. It was initially restricted to three-year-olds and contested over 1 mile and 2 furlongs.

The race was opened to older horses and cut to a mile in 1989. For a period it was classed at Listed level. Jim Joel died in 1992, and it was renamed the Joel Stakes in 1994.

The Joel Stakes was promoted to Group 3 status in 2003. The Shadwell breeding organisation became its sponsor in 2008, and its full title included the name of Nayef, a Shadwell stallion for a period. It was upgraded to Group 2 in 2011.[1]

The race is currently held on the second day of Newmarket's three-day Cambridgeshire Meeting, the day before the Cambridgeshire Handicap.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse:

  • no horse has won this race more than once

Leading jockey (3 wins):

  • Michael HillsLockton (1987), Splendid Era (2003), Ransom Note (2011)
  • Michael KinaneRaj Waki (1990), Beckett (2001), Rob Roy (2005)
  • Ryan Moore - Confront (2009). Time Test (2015), Cougar Mountain (2016)

Leading trainer (3 wins):

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Time
1987 Lockton 3 Michael Hills Jeremy Hindley 2:06.88
1988 Hibernian Gold 3 Greville Starkey Guy Harwood 2:06.10
1989 Sabotage 3 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 1:43.13
1990 Raj Waki 3 Michael Kinane Guy Harwood 1:36.93
1991 Rudimentary 3 Pat Eddery Henry Cecil 1:36.55
1992 Inner City 3 Frankie Dettori Luca Cumani 1:37.50
1993 Gabr 3 Willie Carson Robert Armstrong 1:42.41
1994 Fraam 5 Walter Swinburn Alex Scott 1:36.05
1995 Bin Rosie 3 Kevin Darley David Loder 1:36.24
1996 Yeast 4 Ray Cochrane William Haggas 1:37.43
1997 Intikhab 3 Richard Hills David Morley 1:38.09
1998 Im Proposin 3 Richard Quinn John Dunlop 1:42.02
1999 Indian Lodge 3 Michael Roberts Amanda Perrett 1:39.00
2000 Hopeful Light 3 Jimmy Fortune John Gosden 1:40.39
2001 Beckett 3 Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 1:38.54
2002 Desert Deer 4 Kevin Darley Mark Johnston 1:34.54
2003 Splendid Era 3 Michael Hills Barry Hills 1:37.40
2004 Polar Ben 5 Johnny Murtagh James Fanshawe 1:37.33
2005 Rob Roy 3 Michael Kinane Sir Michael Stoute 1:39.22
2006 Satchem 4 Kerrin McEvoy Saeed bin Suroor 1:39.95
2007 Creachadoir 3 Kerrin McEvoy Saeed bin Suroor 1:36.68
2008 Eagle Mountain 4 Kevin Shea Mike de Kock 1:34.07
2009 Confront 4 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute 1:36.18
2010 Cityscape 4 Steve Drowne Roger Charlton 1:39.84
2011 Ransom Note 4 Michael Hills Charles Hills 1:34.68
2012 Penitent 6 Daniel Tudhope David O'Meara 1:36.32
2013 Soft Falling Rain 4 Paul Hanagan Mike de Kock 1:37.20
2014 Custom Cut 5 Daniel Tudhope David O'Meara 1:35.66
2015 Time Test 3 Ryan Moore Roger Charlton 1:35.84
2016 Cougar Mountain 5 Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien 1:36.85

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lees, Jon (20 January 2011). "BHA secures upgrades for three pattern races". Racing Post. Retrieved 2 April 2011.