Aston Park Stakes

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The Aston Park Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race for horses aged four and higher that takes place in the United Kingdom.

The Aston Park Stakes is held on 18th May 2024.

The Aston Park Stakes is a Group 3 race for horses aged four and upwards over a mile and a half.

It takes place at Newbury in May and Crystal Ocean became the first dual winner in 2018 and 2019.

Other notable winners include Snurge (1991), Persian Punch (1997), Telescope (2015) and Hawkbill (2017).

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Aston Park Stakes

Race Overview – Aston Park Stakes

At Newbury, Aston Park Stakes is run over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs.

It used to be conducted every year in May over a distance of 1 mile 5 furlongs and 61 yards, but now it is held every year in May.

Aston Park Stakes 2024 Odds

Here are the latest odds for the Aston Park Stakes in May 2024:

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Aston Park Stakes Tips

Here are some tips for Aston Park Stakes in May 2024:

  • 2 points to win for YIBIR
  • 1 point each way for HASKOY

Some of the horses in the Aston Park Stakes will run in other events later in the year. Stay updated on the horses and place ante-post bets if you want to wager on them.

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Aston Park Stakes Previous Winners

Check out the previous winners for the Aston Park Stakes:

1988Merce Cunningham4Willie CarsonNeil Graham2:47.35
1989Albadr4Michael RobertsRobert Armstrong2:47.83
1990Sesame5Walter SwinburnDavid Morley2:48.87
1991Snurge4Richard QuinnPaul Cole2:54.15
1992Endoli5Michael RobertsClive Brittain2:45.15
1993Brier Creek4Ray CochraneJohn Gosden2:55.01
1994Right Win4Pat EdderyRichard Hannon Sr.2:53.19
1995Escarpment4John ReidPeter Chapple-Hyam2:47.26
1996Election Day4Willie CarsonMichael Stoute2:56.66
1997Persian Punch4Ray CochraneDavid Elsworth2:58.07
1998Yorkshire4Richard QuinnPaul Cole2:48.52
1999Dark Shell4Olivier PeslierMichael Stoute2:56.05
2000Sea Wave5Frankie DettoriSaeed bin Suroor2:50.23
2001Water Jump4Pat EdderyJohn Dunlop3:07.96
2002High Pitched4Richard QuinnHenry Cecil2:50.68
2003Gamut4Kieren FallonMichael Stoute2:48.64
2004The Whistling Teal8Darryll HollandGeoff Wragg2:48.97
2005Wolfe Tone4Kieren FallonAidan O'Brien2:48.96
2006Distinction7Michael KinaneMichael Stoute3:03.45
2007Peppertree Lane4Kevin DarleyMark Johnston2:52.03
2008Tranquil Tiger4Ted DurcanHenry Cecil2:52.31
2009Tastahil5Richard HillsBarry Hills2:52.42
2010Claremont4William BuickMahmood Al Zarooni2:50.90
2011Drunken Sailor6Kieren FallonLuca Cumani2:47.91
2012Hawaafez4K T O'NeillMarcus Tregoning2:58.44
2013Willing Foe6Silvestre De SousaSaeed bin Suroor2:50.15
2014Mount Athos7Jamie SpencerMarco Botti2:48.72
2015Telescope5Ryan MooreMichael Stoute2:34.11
2016Astronereus5Pat DobbsAmanda Perrett2:38.41
2017Hawkbill4William BuickCharlie Appleby2:42.75
2018Crystal Ocean4Ryan MooreMichael Stoute2:35.69
2019Crystal Ocean5Ryan MooreMichael Stoute2:33.78
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2021Al Aasy4Jim CrowleyWilliam Haggas2:39.11
2022Ilaraab5Tom MarquandWilliam Haggas2:30.55
2023Haskoy4Frankie DettoriRalph Beckett2:32.33

Aston Park Stakes Previous Results

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Famous Aston Park Stakes Winners

The Aston Park Stakes was over an extended mile and five furlongs until being shortened to a mile and a half in 2014. It had traditionally attracted St Leger horses from the previous season and potential Cup horses but the change in trip has put it on the radar for top middle-distance horses.

1991 winner Snurge won the St Leger in 1990 and he became something of a globetrotter for Trainer Paul Cole. His subsequent career wins included the Gran Premio di Milano (1991), Grand Prix de Deauville (1991, 1993) and the Canadian International Stakes (1992).

In 1997 the race was won by the popular stayer Persian Punch, trained by David Elsworth. He won 20 of his 63 races including the Henry II Stakes (1997, 1998, 2000) and the Jockey Club Cup (2000, 2002, 2003). He also won the Doncaster Cup and the Goodwood Cup twice but missed out on Ascot Gold Cup glory.

Sir Michael Stoute’s Telescope (2015) had missed the Derby as a three-year-old and produced a career-best to win the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot by seven lengths. He was later placed in Group 1 company including the King George and the decision was made to keep him in training at five. His six lengths win here promised much but he was retired after sustaining a tendon injury.

2017 winner Hawkbill was another top class performer, winning the Eclipse in 2016 and the Princess of Wales’s Stakes in 2017 for Godolphin. In his final season on the track Hawkbill won the Dubai City of Gold and the Sheema Classic, taking his career earnings to an incredible £3.54 million!

Key Aston Park Stakes Trials

The two key trials for this race in recent seasons have been the Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown and the John Porter Stakes at Newbury. Four of the last eleven winners ran in one of those races last time out, two winning the Gordon Richards and one taking the John Porter.

Three of the last eleven Aston Park winners ran in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot next time. Crystal Ocean won both races in 2018 and the following season he went on to take the Prince of Wales’s Stakes.

Five of the last eleven winners started favourite; Telescope (2015), Hawkbill (2017), Crystal Ocean (2018, 2019) and Al Aasy (2021). Only two of those winners were not in the first three in the betting, the only surprise winner being Astronereus at 14-1 in 2016. Horses aged four and five have accounted for the last eight winners of this race. An official rating of 107 or higher is usually required to win here, Crystal Ocean being the highest rated winner in recent seasons on 125 in 2019.

Aston Park Stakes – Top Trainers and Jockeys

Sir Michael Stoute has a fine record in this event with a record seven winners; Election Day (1996), Dark Shell (1999), Gamut (2003), Distinction (2006), Telescope (2015) and Crystal Ocean (2018, 2019). Ryan Moore was aboard the last three of those winners

Betting on the Aston Park Stakes

The Aston Park Stakes often sets up promising middle-distance horses for a successful campaign at a higher level. Shock results are rare and the form can be followed with confidence. Entries from the stable of Sir Michael Stoute are always worth noting.

Popular Questions

Where does the Aston Park Stakes take place?

The Aston Park Stakes takes place at Newbury Racecourse.

What distance is the Aston Park Stakes?

The Aston Park Stakes is 1 mile and 4 furlongs long.

Summary of Aston Park Stakes

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The Aston Park Stakes, which had previously been held as a Listed race, was moved up from the 2016 running to Group 3 level. The race has been sponsored by Al Rayyan since the 2016 edition and is now known as the Al Rayyan Stakes.

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