Group 2 Flat Races

While they are not considered as 'important' as the Group 1 races, Group 2 races are also rated as class 1 events. They still attract international contenders, especially those longing to make a name for themselves and break into Group 1. As they are held on a slightly smaller scale they are slightly less lucrative for the starters, however they are just as much fun to bet on for the punter. Also, which is one of the biggest thrills of Group 2 races, they are the Class 1 races with the most surprises. Occasionally a flash of brilliance, usually expected at Group 1 events, will take over and make a Group 2 race truly memorable.

These are the annual Group 2 races in the United Kingdom:

Race

Location

Distance

Age Group

April

Sandown Mile

Sandown

1m 14y

4yo+

April / May

Jockey Club Stakes

Newmarket

1m 4f

4yo+

May

Duke of York Stakes

York

6f

3yo+

Middleton Stakes

York

1m 2f 88y

4yo+ f

Dante Stakes

York

1m 2f 88y

3yo

Yorkshire Cup

York

1m 6f

4yo+

Henry II Stakes

Sandown

2m 78y

4yo+

Temple Stakes

Haydock

5f

3yo+

June

Coventry Stakes

Ascot

6f

2yo

Windsor Forest Stakes

Ascot

1m

4yo+ f

Queen Mary Stakes

Ascot

5f

2yo f

Norfolk Stakes

Ascot

5f

2yo

Ribblesdale Stakes

Ascot

1m 4f

3yo f

King Edward VII Stakes

Ascot

1m 4f

3yo+ c/g

Hardwicke Stakes

Ascot

1m 4f

4yo+

July

Lancashire Oaks

Haydock

1m 3f 200y

3yo+ f

Cherry Hinton Stakes

Newmarket

6f

2yo f

July Stakes

Newmarket

6f

2yo c/g

Princess of Wales' Stakes

Newmarket

1m 4f

3yo+

Superlative Stakes

Newmarket

7f

2yo

Summer Mile Stakes

Ascot

1m

4yo+

York Stakes

York

1m 2f 88y

3yo+

July / August

Lennox Stakes

Goodwood

7f

3yo+

Richmond Stakes

Goodwood

3yo+

2yo c/g

Vintage Stakes

Goodwood

7f

2yo

King George Stakes

Goodwood

5f

3yo+

Goodwood Cup

Goodwood

2m

3yo+

August

Hungerford Stakes

Newbury

7f

3yo+

Great Voltigeur Stakes

York

1m 4f

3yo c/g

Lonsdale Cup

York

1m 4f

3yo c/g

Gimcrack Stakes

York

6f

2yo c/g

Lowther Stakes

York

6f

2yo f

Celebration Mile

Goodwood

1m

3yo+

September

Park Hill Stakes

Doncaster

1m 6f 132y

3yo+ f

Flying Childers Stakes

Doncaster

5f

2yo

Doncaster Cup

Doncaster

2m 2f

3yo+

May Hill Stakes

Doncaster

1m

2yo f

Champagne Stakes

Doncaster

7f

2yo c/g

Park Stakes

Doncaster

7f

3yo+

Mill Reef Stakes

Newbury

6f 8y

2yo

Royal Lodge Stakes

Ascot

1m

2yo c/g

Diadem Stakes

Ascot

6f

3yo+

October

Challenge Stakes

Newmarket

7f

3yo+

Rockfel Stakes

Newmarket

7f

2yo f

Pride Stakes

Newmarket

1m 4f

3yo+ f


Distance: mile (m), furlong (f), yard (y)
Age Group: colt (c) = male horse 5 years old and under; gelding (g) = castrated male horse; fillie (f) = female horse 5 years old and under

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