The Diamond Jubilee Stakes, previously known as the Golden Jubilee Stakes, is staged at the annual Royal Ascot Festival, which takes place at Ascot Racecourse every June. Since 2005, the event has been part of the Global Sprint Challenge, which has resulted in contenders from all over the world travelling to Ascot to take a shot at international sprinting fame.
The Diamond Jubilee Stakes is a sprint race held over six furlongs of straight turf at Ascot. The race is open to thoroughbred horses of both genders aged four years and older. A weight requirement of 9st-3lbs applies to males. Females must carry 9 stones.
location: Ascot Racecourse
grade: Group 1
race type: Flat
Since it was inaugurated in 1868, the Diamond Jubilee Stakes has been known by many different names. Originally, the race was called the "All-Aged Stakes." This changed in 1926 to the "Cork and Orrery Stakes."
The new name was chosen in honour of the 9th Earl of Cork, a prominent figure in the 19th century. It was not until 2002 that the flat race was renamed the Golden Jubilee Stakes, in commemoration of the Queen Elizabeth II 'Golden Jubilee'. That same year, the event was promoted to Group 1 status.
Then in 2012, the Golden Jubilee Stakes was dubbed the Diamond Jubilee Stakes and today you can place bets on the race and we recommend betting online. Diamond Jubilee Stakes plays a key role in the Quipco Global Sprint Challenge.
These records have stood for decades and remain unbroken (as of 2017).
The most successful trainer is Vincent O'Brien who has five wins from Welsh Saint in 1970 to College Chapel in 1993.
The most successful jockey is Lester Piggott with nine wins from double winner Right Boy from 1958-1959 to College Chapel in 1993.
Prince Charlie remains the most successful horse with a trio of consecutive wins from 1872 to 1874.
As a time-honoured Ascot fixture, the Diamond Jubilee Stakes has a rich history. Below is a pair of the best moments in the recent portion of its timeline (as of 2017).
The 2006 race was a memorable occasion as 33/1 shot Les Arcs and 50/1 shot Balthazaar's Gift battled it out along the final furlong. Les Arcs managed to win by a neck with Balthazar's Gift placing second for one of the most thrilling upsets in the recent history of the Diamond Jubilee Stakes.
Then only two years later, 33/1 shot Kingsgate Native also took the day leaving the favourite, Takeover Target, to place fourth.