Hampton Court Stakes

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Hampton Court Stakes
Group 3 race
Location Ascot Racecourse
Ascot, England
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website Ascot
Race information
Distance 1m 2f (2,012 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
excluding G1 / G2 winners
Weight 9 st 0 lb
3 lb for fillies
4 lb for Group 3 winners *
* at 7 furlongs or over
Purse £90,000 (2016)
1st: £51,039
Hampton Court Stakes
Royal blue Royal blue, white cap Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap
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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

In 2017, it was announced that the race would revert to its previous name, the Hampton Court Stakes.[4]


Leading jockey since 1986 (3 wins):

  • Steve CauthenRussian Steppe (1987), Spritsail (1989), Middle Kingdom (1990)
  • Richard HillsFalak (1997), Port Vila (2000), Zaham (2007)

Leading trainer since 1986 (3 wins):

  • Henry CecilRussian Steppe (1987), Spritsail (1989), Burning Sun (2002)
  • Peter Chapple-HyamWhite Muzzle (1993), Astor Place (1996), Dark Moondancer (1998)

Winners since 1986[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
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

a The 2005 running took place at York.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Evans, Richard (17 October 2001). "Extra day for Royal Ascot". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  2. ^ Cobb, John (16 October 2002). "Royal Ascot to keep the party going on Saturday". The Independent. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Lees, Jon (20 January 2011). "BHA secures upgrades for three pattern races". Racing Post. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "Qatar Goodwood Cup and Ascot's Queen's Vase upgraded as part of British Racing's long-term plan to safeguard the staying breed". BHA. Retrieved 16 March 2017.