King's Stand Stakes

The King's Stand Stakes are one of no less than seven Group 1 races taking place during the Royal Ascot Festival, which is hosted annually in June. It is a sprint race, held over a distance of five furlongs on the famous Ascot Racecourse - a distance created by chance rather than careful deliberation.

In 1860, the year the King's Stand Stakes were introduced, the weather was unkind to the Ascot Festival. The track was so badly damaged by the rain it was impossible to host the Royal Stand Plate, a race over a two mile distance. The only segment of the track deemed usable was only five furlong in length. This new provisional race was first titled the Queen's Stand Stakes, in the honour of Queen Victoria. The name was changed upon her death in 1901, when the honours were transferred to the new King, Edward VII.

Today the King's Stand Stakes are open to thoroughbreds of both genders aged three and older, who compete for a purse of £300,000. As it is a truly extraordinary race is was announced as a Group 1 event two years after the rating system was established in 1971.

The race is part of the Global Sprint Challenge, which was introduced in 2005; the King's Stand Stakes are the second of three legs in this competition. It is preceded by the Lightning Stakes and followed by the Golden Jubilee Stakes.

Recent Winners of the King's Stand Stakes:

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time



Michael Hills

Barry Hills



Scenic Blast

Steven Arnold

Daniel Morton




Olivier Peslier

M. Delcher Sanchez



Miss Andretti

Craig Newitt

Lee Freedman



Takeover Target

Jay Ford

Joe Janiak




Christophe Lemaire

Mikel Delzangles

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