Cocked Hat Stakes

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Cocked Hat Stakes
Listed race
Location Goodwood Racecourse
W. Sussex, England
Inaugurated 1970
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website Goodwood
Race information
Distance 1m 3f (2,213 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Three-year-old
colts and geldings
Weight 9 st 0 lb
5 lb for Group winners
3 lb for Listed winners
Purse £40,000 (2016)
1st: £22,684
Cocked Hat Stakes
White, emerald green hoops, white sleeves and cap Royal blue Royal blue, white seams, chevrons on sleeves, white cap
Algometer Prize Money Ormito

The Cocked Hat Stakes is a Listed flat horse race in Great Britain open to three-year-old colts and geldings. It is run at Goodwood over a distance of 1 mile and 3 furlongs (2,213 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in May.


The event was established in 1970, and it was originally called the Predominate Stakes, although developed from a similar race called the Levin Down Stakes run up to 1969. It was named after Predominate, a three-time winner of the Goodwood Stakes from 1958 to 1960, and the winner of the Goodwood Cup in 1961.

For a period the Predominate Stakes was contested over 1 mile and 4 furlongs. It was cut to 1 mile, 1 furlong and 192 yards in 1988. A new distance of 1 mile and 3 furlongs was introduced in 2001.

The event was renamed the Cocked Hat Stakes in 2007. Its title recalls a light-hearted race staged at Goodwood in the 19th century, in which each rider had to wear a military hat.[1]

The race sometimes serves as a trial for the Epsom Derby. The only horse to have won both events is Troy in 1979.


Leading jockey (5 wins):

  • Willie CarsonEnglish Harbour (1978), Troy (1979), Prince Bee (1980), Morcon (1983), Minster Son (1988)

Leading trainer (6 wins):

  • Dick HernCharlton (1970), Buoy (1973), Troy (1979), Prince Bee (1980), Morcon (1983), Minster Son (1988)
  • Sir Henry Cecil - General Ironside (1976), Royal Blend (1977), Lanfranco (1985), Razeen (1990), Opera Score (1994), Disclaimer (2013)


Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
1970 Charlton Joe Mercer Dick Hern
1971 Levanter Lester Piggott Ryan Price
1972 Scottish Rifle Ron Hutchinson John Dunlop
1973 Buoy Joe Mercer Dick Hern
1974 English Prince Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn
1975 No Alimony Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn
1976 General Ironside Lester Piggott Henry Cecil
1977 Royal Blend Joe Mercer Henry Cecil
1978 English Harbour Willie Carson Ian Balding
1979 Troy Willie Carson Dick Hern
1980 Prince Bee [a] Willie Carson Dick Hern
1981 no race [b]
1982 Peacetime Joe Mercer Jeremy Tree
1983 Morcon Willie Carson Dick Hern
1984 Ilium Tony Murray Harry Thomson Jones
1985 Lanfranco Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil
1986 Allez Milord Greville Starkey Guy Harwood
1987 Ibn Bey Richard Quinn Paul Cole 2:34.76
1988 Minster Son Willie Carson Dick Hern 2:07.65
1989 Warrshan Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 2:06.95
1990 Razeen Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 2:09.88
1991 Man from Eldorado Ray Cochrane Guy Harwood 2:07.98
1992 Jeune Michael Hills Geoff Wragg 2:08.45
1993 Geisway Lester Piggott Richard Hannon, Sr. 2:13.28
1994 Opera Score Pat Eddery Henry Cecil 2:20.02
1995 Pentire Michael Hills Geoff Wragg 2:05.83
1996 Don Micheletto Michael Kinane Saeed bin Suroor 2:10.81
1997 Grapeshot John Reid Luca Cumani 2:12.70
1998 Rabah Pat Eddery John Dunlop 2:08.31
1999 Dubai Millennium Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 2:07.54
2000 Roscius Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 2:10.27
2001 Asian Heights Kieren Fallon Geoff Wragg 2:23.00
2002 Coshocton Philip Robinson Michael Jarvis 2:25.51
2003 High Accolade Martin Dwyer Marcus Tregoning 2:25.61
2004 Manyana Martin Dwyer Marcus Tregoning 2:28.01
2005 Unfurled Richard Quinn John Dunlop 2:26.17
2006 Championship Point Ted Durcan Mick Channon 2:26.78
2007 Halicarnassus Darryll Holland Mick Channon 2:29.88
2008 City Leader Jamie Spencer Brian Meehan 2:26.48
2009 Alwaary Richard Hills John Gosden 2:27.98
2010 Rewilding Frankie Dettori Mahmood Al Zarooni 2:24.93
2011 Masked Marvel William Buick John Gosden 2:25.55
2012 Michelangelo William Buick John Gosden 2:24.61
2013 Disclaimer Tom Queally Sir Henry Cecil 2:30.47
2014 Observational James Doyle Roger Charlton 2:35.20
2015 Storm The Stars Pat Cosgrave William Haggas 2:24.36
2016 Algometer Jim Crowley David Simcock 2:33.74

a The 1980 running took place at Kempton Park.
b The 1981 edition was abandoned because of a waterlogged course.

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