Fillies' Mile

The Fillies' Mile - which won't come as a surprise to anyone - is a one mile race open only to two-year-old fillies. It is staged at the scenic Ascot Racecourse, usually in late September, on the same day as the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes. Since 2008 the Fillies' Mile has become part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge, meaning that the winning filly will receive an automatic entry into the Breeder' Cup Juvenile Fillies' Turf - perhaps the most prestigious race for fillies in the British racing season.

The race was established in 1973 and was originally called the Green Shield Stakes - after the Green Shields catalogue franchise, which was the first sponsor of the event. When the name of the store chain was changed to Argos in the mid 70s the name of the race changed also, to the Argos Star Fillies' Mile. Around the same time, in1975, the race was also declared to have Group 3 status. In 1986 the race, at this stage known as the Hoover Fillies' Mile after the new sponsor since 1978, was promoted to Group 2 of English racing. Finally, in 1990, one year after it Hoover withdrew sponsorship and the event became known as simply the Fillies' Mile, was elevated to the coveted Group 1 glory. Today, with a purse of £200,000 the Fillies' Mile is still one of the finest filly events you are likely to see.

While no filly has won the event more than once - not for lack of ability but for the fact that no horse can enter this competition twice - two jockeys have made their mark as the most successful Fillies' Mile riders ever. Frankie Dettori and Lester Piggott won the race four times respectively, Dettori between 1990 and 2000, Piggott from 1973 to 1984.

Recent Winners of the Fillies' Mile:

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time


White Moonstone

Frankie Dettori

Saeed bin Suroor




Neil Callan

Clive Brittain



Rainbow View

Jimmy Fortune

John Gosden




Johnny Murtagh

Aidan O'Brien



Simply Perfect

Darryll Holland

Jeremy Noseda




Jimmy Fortune

John Gosden


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