Middle Park Stakes

The Middle Park Stakes are the masculine equivalent of the Cheveley Park Stakes, the most prestigious fillies' event to be held at Newmarket Racecourse. Like its sister event it is held at the second day of the Cambridgeshire Meeting, a three day racing festival held at the racecourse, and like its sister event it is the most anticipated juvenile event of its kind in the Newmarket season. It is a flat race open to two-year-old colts only and is considered the non-official practise race for future contenders in the 2,000 Guineas Stakes - the first leg of the Triple Crown series for three year olds. The first cold to achieve the double win was Prince Charlie, winner of the 1871/72 season; the latest double winner Rodrigo De Triano recorded his successes in 1991/92.

The race was established in 1866 and was originally known as the Middle Park Plate. The Middle Park Stakes founder, William Blenkiron, named the race after a stud he kept in Kent. During its first years of running the race was open to juveniles of both sexes. Since 1987 the six furlongs of the Middle Park Stakes are contested by colts only. The contenders race for a purse of £170,000, a high prize up for grabs at a juvenile only event.

Recent Winners of the Middle Park Stakes:

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time

2009

Awzaan

Richard Hills

Mark Johnston

1:10.11

2008

Awzaan

Johnny Murtagh

David Wachman

1:09.56

2007

Dark Angel

Michael Hills

Barry Hills

1:12.08

2006

Dutch Art

Frankie Dettori

Peter Chapple-Hyam

1:14.07

2005

Dutch Art

Neil Callan

Kevin Ryan

1:12.36

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