Princess of Wales's Stakes
The Princess of Wales's Stakes, sponsored by Blue Square bookmakers, is a Group 2 Flat horse race for three-year-olds or older and is run over a distance of one mile and four furlongs on Newmarket's July Course as part of the three-day festival in early July.
History of the Princess of Wales's Stakes
First run in 1894, when the winner was Triple Crown winner Isinglass, the race was named in honour of the Princess of Wales, Alexandra of Denmark. The race distance was a mile until it was extended to 1m4f in 1902. When race grading was first introduced in Britain in 1971, the Princess of Wales's Stakes was given a Group 3 rating. It was elevated to Group 2 status in 1978.
The Princess of Wales's Stakes often attracts four-year-olds who have run well in Classic races the previous year and it can act as a stepping stone to the Group 1 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot at the end of July. High-class horses often contest successive runnings of this race and there have been four dual winners: Lance Chest (1912-13), Primera (1959-60), Lomond (1965-66) and Millenary (2002-03).
Three-year-olds do not have a great record. In the past 20 years, up to 2009, only three three-year-olds won the race, the latest being Soapy Danger in 2006.
Newmarket Racecourse, Home of the Princess of Wales's Stakes
Newmarket, Suffolk, is regarded as the home of British horse racing and has two racecourses, known as the Rowley Mile and the July course.
The first recorded race at Newmarket took place on March 18, 1622. In 1660 King Charles II began twice-yearly visits to Newmarket and his patronage ensured that horse racing in the town was formalised. In 1665 the Town Plate became the first horse race to be run under written rules. The Jockey Club, which instituted the rules of horse racing, moved to Newmarket in 1750 and in the 1760s Newmarket started to host fixed annual race meetings.
Newmarket stages the 1,000 Guineas and the 2,000 Guineas - two of the five British Classic horse races for three-year-old horses.
Newmarket was the first British racecourse to use the photo-finish (1949) and starting stalls (1965).
Princess of Wales's Stakes Betting
The race attracted moderate betting by punters up until the advent of online horse racing betting
. Thereafter and together with the sponsorship by bookmaker BlueSquare the horse race has been showing continually growing turnover in the betting markets. In part the steady spectator attendance at the Newmarket July Festival have also helped secure the placement of the race as a significant betting event in the English racing season.Today all UK bookmakers offer a variety of betting markets for the race and a selection of other European sportsbooks do the same.
Princess of Wales's Stakes Facts
- The only dead-heat for first place in the race came in 1931 when honours were shared by The Recorder and Shell Transport.
- Her Majesty the Queen has a good record in the race. The royal colours have been carried to victory four times in post-war years, by Miner's Lamp (1958), Hopeful Venture (1967), Milford (1979) and Height Of Fashion (1982).
- Unfuwain, the 6-4 favourite, won by 15 lengths in 1988. He was a son of the Queen?s 1982 winner, Height Of Fashion.
- Lester Piggott rode a 20-1 winner of the race ? Zucchero in 1952.
Princess of Wales's Stakes Resources
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- Wikipedia Entry for the Race
- List of past Winners on Pedigree Query
- Online Betting Guide
- Sussex Stakes