Hampton Court Stakes
|Group 3 race|
|Race type||Flat / Thoroughbred|
|Distance||1m 2f (2,012 metres)|
excluding G1 / G2 winners
|Weight||9 st 0 lb
3 lb for fillies
4 lb for Group 3 winners *
* at 7 furlongs or over
|Hawkbill||Prize Money||Long Island Sound|
The Hampton Court Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Great Britain open to three-year-old horses. It is run at Ascot over a distance of 1 mile and 2 furlongs (2,012 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in June.
The race has been run under several different titles, and its status has been raised twice since the 1980s. For a period it was an ungraded event called the Churchill Stakes, and it was traditionally part of a Saturday fixture known as the Ascot Heath meeting. This took place on the day after the conclusion of Royal Ascot, which at that time was held over four days. The distance of the Churchill Stakes was 1 mile and 4 furlongs.
The car dealer Milcars began to sponsor the race in 1996, and it became known as the Milcars Conditions Stakes. The event was given Listed status in 1999, and from this point it was called the New Stakes (a former title of Royal Ascot's Norfolk Stakes). It was cut to 1 mile and 2 furlongs in 2000, and the sponsorship of Milcars continued until 2001.
The race was switched to day three of Royal Ascot in 2002, when the meeting was extended to five days to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. That year's running was registered as the New Stakes, but for the Royal meeting it was renamed the Hampton Court Stakes. The extension of Royal Ascot was initially intended to be for one year only, but the extra day was retained thereafter. The race was now regularly titled the Hampton Court Stakes, named after Hampton Court, a royal residence of the Tudor period.
The event was promoted to Group 3 level and renamed the Tercentenary Stakes in 2011. Its new title was introduced to mark the 300th anniversary of Ascot Racecourse, which staged its first race meeting in 1711.
In 2017, it was announced that the race would revert to its previous name, the Hampton Court Stakes.
Leading jockey since 1986 (3 wins):
- Steve Cauthen – Russian Steppe (1987), Spritsail (1989), Middle Kingdom (1990)
- Richard Hills – Falak (1997), Port Vila (2000), Zaham (2007)
Leading trainer since 1986 (3 wins):
- Henry Cecil – Russian Steppe (1987), Spritsail (1989), Burning Sun (2002)
- Peter Chapple-Hyam – White Muzzle (1993), Astor Place (1996), Dark Moondancer (1998)
Winners since 1986
|1986||Sadeem||Greville Starkey||Guy Harwood||2:30.00|
|1987||Russian Steppe||Steve Cauthen||Henry Cecil|
|1988||Mazzacano||Greville Starkey||Guy Harwood||2:31.02|
|1989||Spritsail||Steve Cauthen||Henry Cecil||2:31.32|
|1990||Middle Kingdom||Steve Cauthen||Barry Hills||2:36.00|
|1991||Luchiroverte||Michael Roberts||Clive Brittain||2:32.52|
|1992||Profusion||Alan Munro||Paul Cole||2:32.62|
|1993||White Muzzle||John Reid||Peter Chapple-Hyam||2:41.38|
|1994||Rudagi||Michael Roberts||Clive Brittain||2:31.15|
|1995||Juyush||Willie Carson||Barry Hills||2:32.76|
|1996||Astor Place||John Reid||Peter Chapple-Hyam||2:33.18|
|1997||Falak||Richard Hills||Dick Hern||2:39.51|
|1998||Dark Moondancer||Michael Kinane||Peter Chapple-Hyam||2:35.24|
|1999||Zarfoot||Frankie Dettori||Luca Cumani||2:32.56|
|2000||Port Vila||Richard Hills||John Gosden||2:07.27|
|2001||Freefourinternet||Pat Eddery||Brian Meehan||2:06.05|
|2002||Burning Sun||Richard Quinn||Henry Cecil||2:06.85|
|2003||Persian Majesty||Johnny Murtagh||Peter Harris||2:06.45|
|2004||Moscow Ballet||Jamie Spencer||Aidan O'Brien||2:07.98|
|2005||Indigo Cat [a]||Kieren Fallon||Aidan O'Brien||2:08.53|
|2006||Snoqualmie Boy||John Egan||David Elsworth||2:06.73|
|2007||Zaham||Richard Hills||Mark Johnston||2:06.27|
|2008||Collection||Kerrin McEvoy||William Haggas||2:07.55|
|2009||Glass Harmonium||Ryan Moore||Sir Michael Stoute||2:04.52|
|2010||Afsare||Kieren Fallon||Luca Cumani||2:06.22|
|2011||Pisco Sour||Jimmy Fortune||Hughie Morrison||2:11.84|
|2012||Energizer||Adrie de Vries||Jens Hirschberger||2:10.03|
|2013||Remote||William Buick||John Gosden||2:04.46|
|2014||Cannock Chase||Ryan Moore||Sir Michael Stoute||2:05.31|
|2015||Time Test||Frankie Dettori||Roger Charlton||2:03.05|
|2016||Hawkbill||William Buick||Charlie Appleby||2:09.59|
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