Molecomb Stakes

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Molecomb Stakes
Group 3 race
Location Goodwood Racecourse
W. Sussex, England
Inaugurated 1829
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Victoria Racing Club
Website Goodwood
Race information
Distance 5f (1,006 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Straight
Qualification Two-year-olds
Weight 9 st 1 lb
Allowances
3 lb for fillies
Penalties
5 lb for G1 / G2 winners
3 lb for G3 winners
Purse £75,000 (2016)
1st: £42,533
Molecomb Stakes
2016
Silver, tassel on cap Red, purple sleeves, red armlets, black cap, yellow star Black, yellow braces, black and red hooped sleeves, black cap, yellow star
Yalta The Last Lion Global Applause

The Molecomb Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Great Britain open to two-year-old horses. It is run at Goodwood over a distance of 5 furlongs (1,006 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late July or early August.

History[edit]

The event is named after Molecomb, a house on the Goodwood Estate originally built by the 3rd Duke of Richmond for his sister Lady Sarah Lennox. The race was established in 1829, and the inaugural running was won by Convert.

The Molecomb Stakes was originally open to two-year-olds of either gender, but it was restricted to fillies in 1932. It was reopened to colts and geldings in 1981.

The race is currently held on the second day of the five-day Glorious Goodwood meeting.

Records[edit]

Leading jockey (8 wins):

  • Lester PiggottAbelia (1957), Smooth (1966), Flying Legs (1968), Lady Rowley (1974), Hayloft (1975), Marwell (1980), Prowess Prince (1981), Precocious (1983)

Leading trainer (7 wins):

  • John Barham DayWaresti (1834), Grey Momus (1837), Wapiti (1838), Crucifix (1839), The Ugly Buck (1843), Nutbourne (1844), Elmsthorpe (1852)
  • John PorterRed Hazard (1877), St Blaise (1882), Luminary (1884), Freedom (1886), Friar's Balsam (1887), La Fleche (1891), Rampion (1895)

Winners since 1980[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
1980 Marwell Lester Piggott Michael Stoute
1981 Prowess Prince Lester Piggott Eric Eldin
1982 Kafu Greville Starkey Guy Harwood
1983 Precocious Lester Piggott Henry Cecil
1984 Absent Chimes Philip Robinson David Thom
1985 Hotbee Tyrone Williams John Bridger
1986 Gemini Fire Steve Cauthen Paul Felgate 1:01.15
1987 Classic Ruler John Reid Charlie Nelson 0:59.33
1988 Almost Blue John Carroll Jack Berry 1:01.16
1989 Haunting Beauty Pat Eddery Jimmy Etherington 1:00.15
1990 Poets Cove [a] John Reid Wally Carter 0:57.53
1991 Sahara Star John Reid Michael Stoute 0:59.14
1992 Millyant Michael Roberts Rae Guest 0:57.58
1993 Risky Walter Swinburn Richard Hannon Sr. 1:00.77
1994 Hoh Magic Michael Hills Michael Bell 0:57.75
1995 Almaty Kevin Darley Con Collins 0:58.17
1996 Carmine Lake John Reid Peter Chapple-Hyam 0:58.32
1997 Lady Alexander Pat Shanahan Con Collins 1:00.12
1998 Inya Lake Richard Quinn Mick Channon 0:59.96
1999 Misty Miss John Egan David Evans 0:58.37
2000 Misty Eyed Lee Newman Nerys Dutfield 0:58.48
2001 Whitbarrow Basil Marcus Rod Millman 0:58.25
2002 Wunders Dream Michael Fenton James Given 0:58.28
2003 Majestic Missile Michael Hills William Haggas 0:58.83
2004 Tournedos Ted Durcan Mick Channon 0:58.54
2005 Strike Up the Band Adrian Nicholls David Nicholls 0:58.36
2006 Enticing Michael Hills William Haggas 0:59.19
2007 Fleeting Spirit Johnny Murtagh Jeremy Noseda 0:57.96
2008 Finjaan Richard Hills Marcus Tregoning 0:57.88
2009 Monsieur Chevalier Richard Hughes Richard Hannon Sr. 0:58.24
2010 Zebedee Richard Hughes Richard Hannon Sr. 0:58.49
2011 Requinto Wayne Lordan David Wachman 0:57.51
2012 Bungle Inthejungle Martin Harley Mick Channon 0:58.22
2013 Brown Sugar Pat Dobbs Richard Hannon Sr. 0:59.30
2014 Cotai Glory George Baker Charles Hills 0:57.30
2015 Kachy Richard Kingscote Tom Dascombe 0:58.55
2016 Yalta James Doyle Mark Johnston 0:57.14

a Jimmy Barnie finished first in 1990, but he was relegated to fourth place following a stewards' inquiry.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1829: Convert
  • 1830: filly by Emilius
  • 1831–32: no race
  • 1833: Defensive
  • 1834: Waresti
  • 1835: Elis
  • 1836: Defender
  • 1837: Grey Momus
  • 1838: Wapiti
  • 1839: Crucifix
  • 1840: Decision
  • 1841: Barrier
  • 1842: The Caster
  • 1843: The Ugly Buck
  • 1844: Nutbourne
  • 1845: Sting
  • 1846: Planet
  • 1847: Glendower
  • 1848: Mr Milner
  • 1849: William the Conqueror
  • 1850: Teddington
  • 1851: Glenluce
  • 1852: Elmsthorpe
  • 1853: Andover
  • 1854: Polydore
  • 1855: Enchanter
  • 1856: Lambourn
  • 1857: The Lord of Lorn
  • 1858: Merryman
  • 1859: Buccaneer
  • 1860: Diophantus
  • 1861: Ace of Clubs
  • 1862: colt by Lord of the Isles
  • 1863: Fille de l'Air
  • 1864: Koenig
  • 1865: The Student
  • 1866: Marksman
  • 1867: Banditto
  • 1868: Belladrum
  • 1869: Mantilla
  • 1870: General
  • 1871: Vanderdecken
  • 1872: Somerset
  • 1873: Packington
  • 1874: Craig Millar
  • 1875: Red Cross Knight
  • 1876: Shillelagh
  • 1877: Red Hazard
  • 1878: colt by Cambuscan
  • 1879: Brotherhood
  • 1880: Paw Paw
  • 1881: Adrastus
  • 1882: St Blaise
  • 1883: La Trappe
  • 1884: Luminary
  • 1885: The Devil to Pay
  • 1886: Freedom
  • 1887: Friar's Balsam
  • 1888: Seclusion
  • 1889: Le Nord
  • 1890: Cleator
  • 1891: La Fleche
  • 1892: Harbinger
  • 1893: La Nievre
  • 1894: Bentworth
  • 1895: Rampion
  • 1896: Galtee More
  • 1897: Royal Footstep
  • 1898: Vara
  • 1899: O'Donovan Rossa
  • 1900: Princess Melton
  • 1901: filly by Melton
  • 1902: Quintessence
  • 1903: Islesman
  • 1904: Vedas
  • 1905: Colonia
  • 1906: My Pet
  • 1907: Sea King
  • 1908: Perdiccas
  • 1909: Tressady
  • 1910: Beaurepaire
  • 1911: White Star
  • 1912: Rock Flint
  • 1913: Black Jester
  • 1914: Redfern
  • 1915–18: no race
  • 1919: Tetratema
  • 1920: Trash
  • 1921: Lembach
  • 1922: Town Guard
  • 1923: Mumtaz Mahal
  • 1924: Priory Park
  • 1925: Review Order
  • 1926: Shian Mor
  • 1927: Black Watch
  • 1928: Belle Mere
  • 1929: Diolite
  • 1930: Jacopo
  • 1931: Safe Return
  • 1932: Betty
  • 1933: Light Brocade
  • 1934: La Gaiete
  • 1935: Crosspatch
  • 1936: Bright Beam
  • 1937: Ann of Austria
  • 1938: Money Down
  • 1939: Allure
  • 1940: no race
  • 1941: Feberion *
  • 1942–45: no race
  • 1946: Rule Britannia
  • 1947: Phaetonia
  • 1948: Integrity
  • 1949: Diableretta
  • 1950: Crawley Beauty
  • 1951: Tayeh
  • 1952: Tessa Gillian
  • 1953: Urshalim
  • 1954: Brave Venture
  • 1955: Palariva
  • 1956: Pharsalia
  • 1957: Abelia
  • 1958: Krakenwake
  • 1959: Queensberry
  • 1960: Cynara
  • 1961: La Tendresse
  • 1962: Royal Indiscretion
  • 1963: Crimea II
  • 1964: Regal Pink
  • 1965: Reet Lass
  • 1966: Smooth
  • 1967: Lowna
  • 1968: Flying Legs
  • 1969: Mange Tout
  • 1970: Cawston's Pride
  • 1971: Pert Lassie
  • 1972: Miss Slip
  • 1973: Bitty Girl
  • 1974: Lady Rowley
  • 1975: Hayloft
  • 1976: Be Easy
  • 1977: Hatta
  • 1978: Greenland Park
  • 1979: Keep Off

* The 1941 running took place at Newmarket.

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