Middle Park Stakes

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Middle Park Stakes
Group 1 race
Location Rowley Mile
Newmarket, England
Inaugurated 1866
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Juddmonte
Website Newmarket
Race information
Distance 6f (1,207 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Straight
Qualification Two-year-old colts
Weight 9 st 0 lb
Purse £180,000 (2016)
1st: £102,078
Middle Park Stakes
2016
Red, purple sleeves, red armlets, black cap, yellow star Royal blue Silver, gold braid, maroon cap, gold tassel
The Last Lion Blue Point Mehmas

The Middle Park Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain open to two-year-old colts. It is run on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket over a distance of 6 furlongs (1,207 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

History[edit]

The event was founded by William Blenkiron, and it is named after his stud at Eltham. It was established in 1866, and was initially titled the Middle Park Plate. It was originally open to horses of either gender.

The race was formerly staged during Newmarket's Cambridgeshire Meeting in late September or early October. It was restricted to colts in 1987. It became part of a new fixture called Future Champions Day in 2011.

From 2015, the Middle Park Stakes was moved from Future Champions Day and brought forward two weeks, returning to the Cambridgeshire meeting, to avoid a clash with the similar Dewhurst Stakes.

The Middle Park Stakes was added to the Breeders' Cup Challenge series in 2012. The winner now earns an automatic invitation to compete in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint.[1]

The leading horses from the Middle Park Stakes sometimes go on to compete in the following season's 2,000 Guineas. The first to win both was Prince Charlie (1871–72), and the most recent was Rodrigo de Triano (1991–92).

Records[edit]

Leading jockey (6 wins):

  • Danny MaherMinstead (1901), Flotsam (1902), Lesbia (1907), Bayardo (1908), Lemberg (1909), Corcyra (1913)
  • Sir Gordon RichardsMedieval Knight (1933), Scottish Union (1937), Khaled (1945), The Cobbler (1947), Abernant (1948), Royal Challenger (1953)
  • Lester PiggottPetingo (1967), Steel Heart (1974), Junius (1978), Mattaboy (1980), Cajun (1981), Diesis (1982)

Leading trainer (4 wins):

  • Joseph Dawson – The Rake (1866), Frivolity (1869), Prince Charlie (1871), Peter (1878)
  • John PorterGreen Sleeve (1867), Pero Gomez (1868), Friar's Balsam (1887), Orme (1891)
  • Mathew DawsonBusybody (1883), Melton (1884), Minting (1885), Ladas (1893)
  • Peter GilpinPretty Polly (1903), Flair (1905), Galvani (1906), Argos (1915)
  • Atty PersseStefan the Great (1918), Tetratema (1919), Portlaw (1930), Hyacinthus (1940)
  • Fred DarlingPress Gang (1929), Medieval Knight (1933), Sun Chariot (1941), The Cobbler (1947)
  • Frank ButtersFelicitation (1932), Bahram (1934), Khaled (1945), Saravan (1946)
  • Aidan O'BrienMinardi (2000), Johannesburg (2001), Ad Valorem (2004), Crusade (2011)

Leading owner (6 wins):

  • HH Aga Khan IIIDiophon (1923), Costaki Pasha (1928), Felicitation (1932), Bahram (1934), Khaled (1945), Buisson Ardent (1955)


Winners since 1965[edit]

Year
Winner
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
1965 Track Spare Jimmy Lindley Ronald Mason Ronald Mason
1966 Bold Lad (IRE) D Lake Paddy Prendergast Lady Granard
1967 Petingo Lester Piggott Sam Armstrong Marcos Lemos
1968 Right Tack Geoff Lewis John Sutcliffe J R Brown
1969 Huntercombe Ernie Johnson Arthur Budgett Horace Renshaw
1970 Brigadier Gerard Joe Mercer Dick Hern Jean Hislop
1971 Sharpen Up Willie Carson Bernard van Cutsem Mimi van Cutsem
1972 Tudenham Jimmy Lindley Denys Smith Lionel Brook Holliday
1973 Habat Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn Carlo Vittadini
1974 Steel Heart Lester Piggott Dermot Weld Ravi Tikkoo
1975 Hittite Glory Frankie Durr Scobie Breasley Ravi Tikkoo
1976 Tachypous Geoff Lewis Bruce Hobbs George Cambanis
1977 Formidable Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn Peter Goulandris 1:11.20
1978 Junius Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien Simon Fraser 1:11.00
1979 Known Fact Willie Carson Jeremy Tree Khalid Abdullah 1:13.30
1980 Mattaboy Lester Piggott Robert Armstrong Ravi Tikkoo 1:11.37
1981 Cajun Lester Piggott Henry Cecil James Stone 1:16.49
1982 Diesis Lester Piggott Henry Cecil Lord Howard de Walden 1:13.36
1983 Creag-An-Sgor Steve Cauthen Charlie Nelson Mrs W. Tulloch 1:13.24
1984 Bassenthwaite Pat Eddery Jeremy Tree Stavros Niarchos 1:13.58
1985 Stalker Joe Mercer Peter Walwyn Paddy Fetherston-Godley 1:12.12
1986 Mister Majestic Ray Cochrane Robert Williams David Johnson 1:13.75
1987 Gallic League Steve Cauthen Barry Hills Robert Sangster 1:13.95
1988 Mon Tresor Michael Roberts Ron Boss Pam Fitsall 1:12.27
1989 Balla Cove Steve Cauthen Ron Boss Harvey Cohen 1:11.04
1990 Lycius Cash Asmussen André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 1:10.14
1991 Rodrigo de Triano Willie Carson Peter Chapple-Hyam Robert Sangster 1:11.11
1992 Zieten Steve Cauthen André Fabre Sheikh Mohammed 1:11.28
1993 First Trump Michael Hills Geoff Wragg Mollers Racing 1:13.74
1994 Fard Willie Carson David Morley Hamdan Al Maktoum 1:11.36
1995 Royal Applause Walter Swinburn Barry Hills Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:11.14
1996 Bahamian Bounty Frankie Dettori David Loder Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:11.95
1997 Hayil Richard Hills David Morley Hamdan Al Maktoum 1:12.39
1998 Lujain Frankie Dettori David Loder Sheikh Mohammed 1:14.74
1999 Primo Valentino Pat Eddery Peter Harris Primo Donnas 1:12.83
2000 Minardi Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Magnier 1:12.75
2001 Johannesburg Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Magnier 1:11.73
2002 Oasis Dream Jimmy Fortune John Gosden Khalid Abdullah 1:09.61
2003 Balmont [a] Pat Eddery Jeremy Noseda Sanford Robertson 1:10.68
2004 Ad Valorem Jamie Spencer Aidan O'Brien Sue Magnier 1:12.19
2005 Amadeus Wolf Neil Callan Kevin Ryan Duddy / McDonald 1:12.36
2006 Dutch Art Frankie Dettori Peter Chapple-Hyam Susan Roy 1:14.07
2007 Dark Angel Michael Hills Barry Hills Corbett / Wright 1:12.08
2008 Bushranger Johnny Murtagh David Wachman Smith / Magnier / Tabor 1:09.56
2009 Awzaan Richard Hills Mark Johnston Hamdan Al Maktoum 1:10.11
2010 Dream Ahead William Buick David Simcock Khalifa Dasmal 1:14.28
2011 Crusade Seamie Heffernan Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Smith / Magnier 1:10.75
2012 Reckless Abandon Gérald Mossé Clive Cox Deadman / Barrow 1:11.06
2013 Astaire Neil Callan Kevin Ryan Angie Bailey 1:12.33
2014 Charming Thought William Buick Charlie Appleby Godolphin 1:13.01
2015 Shalaa Frankie Dettori John Gosden Al Shaqab Racing 1:11.92
2016 The Last Lion Joe Fanning Mark Johnston John Brown & Megan Dennis 1:12.13

a Three Valleys finished first in 2003, but he was subsequently disqualified after testing positive for a banned substance.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1866: The Rake
  • 1867: Green Sleeve
  • 1868: Pero Gomez
  • 1869: Frivolity
  • 1870: Albert Victor
  • 1871: Prince Charlie
  • 1872: Surinam
  • 1873: Newry
  • 1874: Plebeian
  • 1875: Petrarch
  • 1876: Chamant
  • 1877: Beauclerc
  • 1878: Peter
  • 1879: Beaudesert
  • 1880: St Louis
  • 1881: Kermesse
  • 1882: Macheath
  • 1883: Busybody
  • 1884: Melton
  • 1885: Minting
  • 1886: Florentine
  • 1887: Friar's Balsam
  • 1888: Donovan
  • 1889: Signorina
  • 1890: Gouverneur
  • 1891: Orme
  • 1892: Isinglass
  • 1893: Ladas
  • 1894: Speedwell
  • 1895: St Frusquin
  • 1896: Galtee More
  • 1897: Dieudonne
  • 1898: Caiman
  • 1899: Democrat
  • 1900: Floriform
  • 1901: Minstead
  • 1902: Flotsam
  • 1903: Pretty Polly
  • 1904: Jardy
  • 1905: Flair
  • 1906: Galvani
  • 1907: Lesbia
  • 1908: Bayardo
  • 1909: Lemberg
  • 1910: Borrow
  • 1911: Absurd
  • 1912: Craganour
  • 1913: Corcyra
  • 1914: Friar Marcus
  • 1915: Argos
  • 1916: North Star
  • 1917: Benevente
  • 1918: Stefan the Great
  • 1919: Tetratema
  • 1920: Monarch
  • 1921: Golden Corn
  • 1922: Drake
  • 1923: Diophon
  • 1924: Picaroon
  • 1925: Lex
  • 1926: Call Boy
  • 1927: Pharamond
  • 1928: Costaki Pasha
  • 1929: Press Gang
  • 1930: Portlaw
  • 1931: Orwell
  • 1932: Felicitation
  • 1933: Medieval Knight
  • 1934: Bahram
  • 1935: Abjer
  • 1936: Fair Copy
  • 1937: Scottish Union
  • 1938: Foxbrough
  • 1939: Djebel
  • 1940: Hyacinthus *
  • 1941: Sun Chariot
  • 1942: Ribbon
  • 1943: Orestes
  • 1944: Dante
  • 1945: Khaled
  • 1946: Saravan
  • 1947: The Cobbler
  • 1948: Abernant
  • 1949: Masked Light
  • 1950: Big Dipper
  • 1951: King's Bench
  • 1952: Nearula
  • 1953: Royal Challenger
  • 1954: Our Babu
  • 1955: Buisson Ardent
  • 1956: Pipe of Peace
  • 1957: Major Portion
  • 1958: Masham
  • 1959: Venture VII
  • 1960: Skymaster
  • 1961: Gustav
  • 1962: Crocket
  • 1963: Showdown
  • 1964: Spanish Express

* The 1940 running took place at Nottingham.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2012 Breeders' Cup Challenge Schedule" (PDF). breederscup.com. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 

  • galopp-sieger.deMiddle Park Stakes (ex Middle Park Plate).
  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Middle Park Stakes (2016).
  • pedigreequery.comMiddle Park Stakes – Newmarket.
  • Abelson, Edward; Tyrrel, John (1993). The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. pp. 197–200. ISBN 1-873626-15-0.