Mill Reef Stakes

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Mill Reef Stakes
Group 2 race
Location Newbury Racecourse
Newbury, England
Inaugurated 1972
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Dubai Duty Free
Website Newbury
Race information
Distance 6f 8y (1,214 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Straight
Qualification Two-year-olds
Weight 9 st 1 lb
Allowances
3 lb for fillies
Penalties
3 lb for G1 / G2 winners
Purse £75,000 (2016)
1st: £42,353
Mill Reef Stakes
2016
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The Mill Reef Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain open to two-year-olds. It is run at Newbury over a distance of 6 furlongs and 8 yards (1,214 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

History[edit]

The event is named after Mill Reef, a highly successful racehorse in the early 1970s. He was trained at Kingsclere, located several miles from Newbury.

The Mill Reef Stakes replaced a similar race, the Crookham Stakes, in 1972. The winner of the inaugural running, Mon Fils, went on to win the following year's 2,000 Guineas.

The leading horses from the Mill Reef Stakes sometimes race next in the Middle Park Stakes or the Dewhurst Stakes.

Records[edit]

Leading jockey (5 wins):

  • Pat EdderyHabat (1973), Red Cross (1974), Formidable (1977), Lord Seymour (1979), Magic of Life (1987)

Leading trainer (4 wins):

  • Richard Hannon Sr.Mon Fils (1972), Showbrook (1991), Galeota (2004), Cool Creek (2005)
  • Peter WalwynHabat (1973), Red Cross (1974), Formidable (1977), Luqman (1985)

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
1972 Mon Fils Ron Hutchinson Richard Hannon Sr. 1:18.40
1973 Habat Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn 1:13.40
1974 Red Cross Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn 1:18.90
1975 Royal Boy Bruce Raymond Michael Jarvis 1:16.80
1976 Anax Geoff Lewis Bruce Hobbs 1:16.40
1977 Formidable Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn 1:12.50
1978 King of Spain Paul Cook Peter Cundell 1:14.80
1979 Lord Seymour Pat Eddery Michael Stoute 1:12.80
1980 Sweet Monday Philip Waldron Jack Holt 1:13.20
1981 Hays Bruce Raymond Guy Harwood 1:16.50
1982 Salieri Lester Piggott Henry Cecil
1983 Vacarme Lester Piggott Henry Cecil 1:15.50
1984 Local Suitor Willie Carson Dick Hern 1:17.60
1985 Luqman Nicky Howe Peter Walwyn
1986 Forest Flower Tony Ives Ian Balding 1:14.03
1987 Magic of Life Pat Eddery Jeremy Tree 1:16.51
1988 Russian Bond Willie Ryan Henry Cecil 1:14.07
1989 Welney Gary Carter Geoff Wragg 1:12.11
1990 Time Gentlemen Willie Carson John Dunlop 1:15.21
1991 Showbrook Willie Carson Richard Hannon Sr. 1:13.95
1992 Forest Wind Frankie Dettori Mohammed Moubarak 1:14.80
1993 Polish Laughter Walter Swinburn Ben Hanbury 1:15.59
1994 Princely Hush Michael Fenton Michael Bell 1:17.23
1995 Kahir Almaydan Willie Carson John Dunlop 1:16.28
1996 Indian Rocket Richard Hills John Dunlop 1:11.52
1997 Arkadian Hero Kieren Fallon Luca Cumani 1:15.05
1998 Golden Silca Seb Sanders Mick Channon 1:12.85
1999 Primo Valentino Michael Roberts Peter Harris 1:11.52
2000 Bouncing Bowdler Richard Hills Mark Johnston 1:13.56
2001 Firebreak Martin Dwyer Ian Balding 1:11.79
2002 Zafeen Steve Drowne Mick Channon 1:12.91
2003 Byron Jamie Spencer David Loder 1:12.68
2004 Galeota Ryan Moore Richard Hannon Sr. 1:13.84
2005 Cool Creek Ryan Moore Richard Hannon Sr. 1:11.85
2006 Excellent Art Kerrin McEvoy Neville Callaghan 1:11.68
2007 Dark Angel Michael Hills Barry Hills 1:11.68
2008 Lord Shanakill Jim Crowley Karl Burke 1:11.82
2009 Awzaan Richard Hills Mark Johnston 1:12.40
2010 Temple Meads Richard Mullen Ed McMahon 1:11.73
2011 Caspar Netscher Kieren Fallon Alan McCabe 1:13.49
2012 Moohaajim Adam Kirby Marco Botti 1:11.19
2013 Supplicant Tony Hamilton Richard Fahey 1:13.59
2014 Toocoolforschool Silvestre de Sousa Karl Burke 1:14.35
2015 Ribchester James Doyle Richard Fahey 1:14.39
2016 Harry Angel Adam Kirby Clive Cox 1:13.18

Crookham Stakes[edit]

The Crookham Stakes, named after the village of Crookham, was the precursor of the Mill Reef Stakes (although run over a distance of 7 furlongs and 60 yards (1,463 metres)).

  • 1960: Colour Blind
  • 1961: All a Gogg
  • 1962: My Myosotis
  • 1963: Soderini
  • 1964: Audience
  • 1965: Fontex
  • 1966: Karpathos
  • 1967: Hurry Hurry
  • 1968: Full Dress
  • 1969: Hazy Idea
  • 1970: Revellarie
  • 1971: Alonso

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