Ormonde Stakes

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Ormonde Stakes
Group 3 race
Location Chester Racecourse
Chester, England
Inaugurated 1936
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Boodles
Website Chester
Race information
Distance 1m 5f 89y (2,697 m)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
Weight 9 st 0 lb
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Penalties
7 lb for Group 1 winners *
5 lb for Group 2 winners *
3 lb for Group 3 winners *
* since 31 August last year
Purse £75,000 (2015)
1st: £56,710
Ormonde Stakes
2016
Purple, gold braid, scarlet sleeves, black velvet cap, gold fringe Purple, orange seams, purple cap, orange star Dark blue and maroon diabolo, maroon sleeves, dark blue cap
Dartmouth Wicklow Brave Elidor

The Ormonde Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged four years or older. It is run over a distance of 1 mile, 5 furlongs and 89 yards (2,697 metres) at Chester in May.

History[edit]

The event is named after Ormonde, a famous racehorse foaled at Eaton Hall in Cheshire. The original version was a 5-furlong race for two-year-olds.[1]

The present Ormonde Stakes was established in 1936.[2] It was initially open to horses aged three or older, and contested over 1 mile, 5 furlongs and 75 yards. The first running was won by Quashed.

The race was confined to three-year-olds and cut to 1 mile, 2 furlongs and 10 yards in 1955.[3] Its previous distance was restored in 1958, and from this point it was restricted to older horses.[4] It was extended by several yards in 1970.

The Ormonde Stakes can serve as a trial for the Coronation Cup. The last horse to win both races in the same year was St Nicholas Abbey in 2011.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Sovrango – 1962, 1963
  • Shambo – 1993, 1994
  • St Expedit – 2001, 2002

Leading jockey (5 wins):

  • Lester PiggottPrimera (1959), Arctic Vale (1964), Biomydrin (1966), David Jack (1967), Quayside (1971)
  • Pat EdderyOats (1977), Crow (1978), Teenoso (1984), Saddlers' Hall (1992), Sadian (1999)

Leading trainer (6 wins):

  • Michael Stoute - Saddlers' Hall (1992), Zilzal Zamaan (1995), Daliapour (2000), Ask (2007), Harbinger (2010), Dartmouth (2016)

Winners since 1980[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Time
1980 Niniski 4 Willie Carson Dick Hern 2:49.63
1981 Pelerin 4 Brian Taylor Harry Wragg
1982 Six Mile Bottom 4 Steve Cauthen Harry Wragg
1983 no race [a]
1984 Teenoso 4 Pat Eddery Geoff Wragg 2:51.92
1985 Seismic Wave 4 Brent Thomson Barry Hills
1986 Brunico 4 Brent Thomson Rod Simpson 3:15.38
1987 Rakaposhi King 5 Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 2:45.43
1988 Mr Pintips 4 Willie Carson William Hastings-Bass 3:20.49
1989 Mountain Kingdom 5 Steve Cauthen Clive Brittain 2:55.96
1990 Braashee 4 Michael Roberts Alec Stewart 2:58.17
1991 Per Quod 6 Bruce Raymond Ben Hanbury 2:55.68
1992 Saddlers' Hall 4 Pat Eddery Michael Stoute 2:48.38
1993 Shambo 6 Michael Roberts Clive Brittain 2:50.45
1994 Shambo 7 Michael Roberts Clive Brittain 2:51.74
1995 Zilzal Zamaan 4 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 2:52.47
1996 Oscar Schindler 4 Michael Kinane Kevin Prendergast 2:55.39
1997 Royal Court 4 John Reid Peter Chapple-Hyam 3:15.85
1998 Stretarez 5 Kevin Darley Venetia Williams 2:50.64
1999 Sadian 4 Pat Eddery John Dunlop 2:52.26
2000 Daliapour 4 Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute 2:50.16
2001 St Expedit 4 Darryll Holland Geoff Wragg 2:49.47
2002 St Expedit 5 Darryll Holland Geoff Wragg 2:47.40
2003 Asian Heights 5 Darryll Holland Geoff Wragg 2:52.96
2004 Systematic 5 Kevin Darley Mark Johnston 2:56.34
2005 Day Flight 4 Richard Hughes John Gosden 2:59.70
2006 The Whistling Teal 10 Steve Drowne Geoff Wragg 3:00.71
2007 Ask 4 Kerrin McEvoy Sir Michael Stoute 2:52.33
2008 Macarthur 4 Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien 2:53.20
2009 Buccellati 5 William Buick Andrew Balding 3:45.91
2010 Harbinger 4 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute 2:56.73
2011 St Nicholas Abbey 4 Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien 2:52.27
2012 Memphis Tennessee 4 Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien 3:08.73
2013 Mount Athos 6 Jamie Spencer Luca Cumani 2:56.13
2014 Brown Panther 6 Richard Kingscote Tom Dascombe 3:05.96
2015 Clever Cookie 7 Graham Lee Peter Niven 3:03.15
2016 Dartmouth 4 Ryan Moore Michael Stoute 2:58.70

a The 1983 running was abandoned because of a waterlogged course.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1936: Quashed
  • 1937: Young England
  • 1938: Senor
  • 1939: Tricameron
  • 1940–45: no race
  • 1946: High Stakes
  • 1947: Turkish Tune
  • 1948: Goyama
  • 1949: Alycidon
  • 1950: Oleins Grace
  • 1951: Cagire II
  • 1952: Tulyar
  • 1953: Wyandank
  • 1954: Stem King
  • 1955: North Cone
  • 1956: Stephanotis
  • 1957: Hindu Festival
  • 1958: Doutelle
  • 1959: Primera
  • 1960: Light Horseman
  • 1961: Alcaeus
  • 1962: Sovrango
  • 1963: Sovrango
  • 1964: Arctic Vale
  • 1965: Indiana
  • 1966: Biomydrin
  • 1967: David Jack
  • 1968: Hopeful Venture
  • 1969: no race
  • 1970: Blakeney
  • 1971: Quayside
  • 1972: Selhurst
  • 1973: Ormindo
  • 1974: Crazy Rhythm
  • 1975: Rouser
  • 1976: Zimbalon
  • 1977: Oats
  • 1978: Crow
  • 1979: Remainder Man

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1935 Ormonde Stakes". Glasgow Herald. 10 May 1935. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "1936 Ormonde Stakes". Glasgow Herald. 7 May 1936. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "1955 Ormonde Stakes". Glasgow Herald. 5 May 1955. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "1958 Ormonde Stakes". Glasgow Herald. 8 May 1958. Retrieved 1 April 2013.