Park Stakes

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Park Stakes
Group 2 race
Location Doncaster Racecourse
Doncaster, England
Inaugurated 1978
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor OLBG.com
Website Doncaster
Race information
Distance 7f (1,408 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
Purse £100,000 (2014)
1st: £56,710
Park Stakes
2015
Dark green, black chevron, white cap Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap Purple and white (quartered), white sleeves
Limato Markaz Breton Rock

The Park Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged three years or older. It is run at Doncaster over a distance of 7 furlongs (1,408 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1978 and it used to be sponsored by Kiveton Park Steel. For a period the Kiveton Park Stakes was classed at Listed level and contested over 7 furlongs. It was promoted to Group 3 status in 1986, and extended to a mile in 1993. The word "Kiveton" was removed from its title in 1996. In 2012, sports betting community OLBG.com secured sponsorship and naming rights.

The race reverted to 7 furlongs in 2003, and it was upgraded to Group 2 in 2004.

The Group Two OLBG Park Stakes is held during Doncaster's four-day St. Leger Festival. It is currently run on the final day, the same day as the St. Leger Stakes.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Bishop of Cashel – 1995, 1996
  • Iffraaj – 2005, 2006
  • Arabian Gleam – 2007, 2008

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Willie CarsonKnown Fact (1980), The Quiet Bidder (1982), Lucky Ring (1985), Gold Seam (1989)

Leading trainer (3 wins):

  • Dick HernKittyhawk (1981), Lucky Ring (1985), Gold Seam (1989)
  • Sir Michael StouteThe Quiet Bidder (1982), Soviet Line (1994), Tough Speed (2001)
  • James FanshaweBishop of Cashel (1995, 1996), Polar Ben (2003)

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Time
1978 Green Girl 3 George Duffield Paul Kelleway
1979 Tap On Wood 3 Steve Cauthen Barry Hills
1980 Known Fact 3 Willie Carson Jeremy Tree
1981 Kittyhawk 3 Lester Piggott Dick Hern
1982 The Quiet Bidder 4 Willie Carson Michael Stoute
1983 Annie Edge 3 Sandy Barclay Derek Haydn Jones
1984 Sarab 3 Richard Quinn Paul Cole
1985 Lucky Ring 3 Willie Carson Dick Hern
1986 Hadeer 4 Tony Ives Clive Brittain 1:25.66
1987 Guest Performer 3 Cash Asmussen John Hills 1:26.54
1988 Salse 3 Michael Roberts Henry Cecil 1:26.53
1989 Gold Seam 3 Willie Carson Dick Hern 1:27.26
1990 Green Line Express 4 Frankie Dettori Mohammed Moubarak 1:25.69
1991 Bog Trotter 3 Lester Piggott William Haggas 1:23.62
1992 Pursuit of Love 3 Ray Cochrane Henry Cecil 1:23.95
1993 Swing Low 4 John Reid Richard Hannon, Sr. 1:42.79
1994 Soviet Line 4 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 1:37.68
1995 Bishop of Cashel 3 Walter Swinburn James Fanshawe 1:40.13
1996 Bishop of Cashel 4 Walter Swinburn James Fanshawe 1:36.85
1997 Almushtarak 4 Ray Cochrane Kamil Mahdi 1:36.02
1998 Handsome Ridge 4 Frankie Dettori John Gosden 1:41.02
1999 Sugarfoot 5 Pat Eddery Nigel Tinkler 1:38.77
2000 Distant Music 3 Michael Hills Barry Hills 1:38.70
2001 Tough Speed 4 Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute 1:39.88
2002 Duck Row 7 Richard Hughes James Toller 1:37.49
2003 Polar Ben 4 Jamie Spencer James Fanshawe 1:27.58
2004 Pastoral Pursuits 3 Steve Drowne Hughie Morrison 1:21.66
2005 Iffraaj 4 Philip Robinson Michael Jarvis 1:23.95
2006 Iffraaj [a] 5 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 1:21.98
2007 Arabian Gleam 3 Johnny Murtagh Jeremy Noseda 1:24.24
2008 Arabian Gleam 4 Johnny Murtagh Jeremy Noseda 1:26.18
2009 Duff 6 Fran Berry Edward Lynam 1:24.38
2010 Balthazaar's Gift 7 Philip Robinson Clive Cox 1:24.30
2011 Premio Loco 7 George Baker Chris Wall 1:25.93
2012 Libranno 4 Kieren Fallon Richard Hannon, Sr. 1:23.16
2013 Viztoria 3 Wayne Lordan Edward Lynam 1:25.54
2014 Ansgar 6 James Doyle Sabrina Harty 1:22.41
2015 Limato 3 Andrea Atzeni Henry Candy 1:24.98

a The 2006 running took place at York.

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