Queen Anne Stakes

When the Queen Anne Stakes was established in 1840, it was originally known as the Trial Stakes, a race which was open to three-year-old thoroughbred horses and older. It was not until 1930 that the name of this amazing flat racing event was changed. The name the race carries now serves to honour the memory of Queen Anne, the monarch who introduced horse racing to the Ascot area in the early 19th century.

The Queen Anne Stakes is part of the prestigious Royal Ascot Flat Racing Festival, held annually at Ascot Racecourse in June. It is run over the distance of one mole and is open to thoroughbred horses of both genders aged four years and older. The contenders compete for an impressive purse of £250,000 in prize money - making it one of the more lucrative races on the British Flat Racing calendar.

Although it is now considered a Group 1 race, the Queen Anne Stakes was initially classified as a Group 3 event when the classification system was introduced in 1970. It was promoted to Group 2 in 1984, before finally rising to the much coveted Group 1 status in 2003 - the same year the age limit was raised to restrict the Queen Anne Stakes to equine athletes aged four and over.

Recent Winners of the Queen Anne Stakes:

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time

2010

Goldikova

Olivier Peslier

Freddy Head

1:37.74

2009

Paco Boy

Richard Hughes

Richard Hannon

1:39.31

2008

Haradasun

Johnny Murtagh

Aidan O'Brien

1:38.98

2007

Ramonti

Frankie Dettori

Saeed Bin Suroor

1:37.21

2006

Ad Valorem

Kieren Fallon

Aidan O'Brien

1:40.00

2005

Valixir

Christophe Soumillon

Andre Fabre

1:36.64

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