Coronation Stakes

The Coronation Stakes is one of the last Group 1 races to be held at the Royal Ascot Festival, which takes place every year in June at Ascot Racecourse. This prestigious event is run over a distance of one mile on Ascot's right-handed turf track. This is a girls-only event, with entry restricted to three-year-old thoroughbred fillies exclusively. The promising young talents compete for a purse of £250,000; a massive incentive for a female juveniles' flat racing event.

The event was added to the British Flat Racing calendar in 1840, the race name is referring to the coronation of Queen Victoria in 1838 and the event is staged as a commemoration of the much-loved monarch's rise to the throne. While it was initially classified as a Group 2 event in 1971 when the classification system was introduced, the Coronation Stakes has held Group 1 status since 1988. The fillies entering the Coronation Stakes will usually be the top performers from other high-class fillies' events; such as the 1,000 Guineas Stakes, the Irish 1,000 Guineas Stakes and the French equivalent, the Poule D'Essai des Pouliches.

Although no horse can enter the Coronation Stakes more than once, there are two human contenders who have left their mark on this event. Nat Flatman and Morny Cannon both rode six winners at the Coronation Stakes during their stellar careers, from 1844 to 1851 and 1892 to 1989 respectively.

Recent Winners of the Coronation Stakes:

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time

2010

Lillie Langtry

Johnny Murtagh

Aidan O'Brien

1:39.69

2009

Ghanaati

Richard Hills

Barry Hills

1:38.32

2008

Lush Lashes

Kevin Manning

Jim Bolger

1:39.23

2007

Indian Ink

Richard Hughes

Richard Hannon

1:42.26

2006

Nannina

Jimmy Fortune

John Gosden

1:39.14

2005

Maids Causeway

Michael Hills

Barry Hills

1:36.59

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