Britannia Stakes

The Britannia Stakes is a handicap restricted to three-year-old colts and geldings over a mile at Royal Ascot. It is currently held on the third day of Royal Ascot, immediately after the Ascot Gold Cup.

The winners of the Britannia Stakes often go on to become high-class handicappers and occasionally Group horses. Notable past winners include Wizard King (1994), Fly To The Stars (1997), New Seeker (2003), Ransom Note (2010) and Bless Him (2017).

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Britannia Stakes

Race Overview – The Britannia Stakes

The Britannia Stakes is an aged three colt and gelding flat handicap horse event held in Great Britain. It is contested at Ascot every year on the 3rd day of the Royal Ascot meeting, and it is contested over a distance of 1 mile on the straight course.

Check out our guides to all the other UK Premier Handicap horse races.

Britannia Stakes Odds

Here are the latest odds for the Britannia Stakes in June 2023:

  • The odds for this race have not yet been released.

Britannia Stakes Tips

Here are some tips for Britannia Stakes in June 2023:

  • 2 points to win for TBC at odds of TBC
  • 1 point each way for TBC at odds of TBC

Some horses in the Britannia Stakes will be seen in more races throughout this year. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the horses to see how they perform or place your bets on ante-post betting.

Britannia Stakes Previous Winners

Year Winner Jockey Trainer
2013 Roca Tumu[b] Billy Lee Joanna Morgan
2014 Born In Bombay[c] David Probert Andrew Balding
2015 War Envoy Ryan Moore Aidan O’Brien
2016 Defrocked[d] Jamie Spencer Jamie Osborne
2017 Bless Him Jamie Spencer David Simcock
2018 Ostilio Silvestre de Sousa Simon Crisford
2019 Biometric Harry Bentley Ralph Beckett
2020 Khaloosy Jim Crowley Roger Varian
2021 Perotto Oisin Murphy Marcus Tregoning
2022 Thesis Ryan Moore Roger Charlton

Famous Britannia Stakes Winners

In 1990 the Britannia Stakes was won by 100-1 outsider Fox Chapel, trained by Richard Hannon Snr and ridden by Gary Hind. It was the longest priced winner in the history of Royal Ascot until matched by Flashmans Papers in the 2008 Windsor Castle Stakes. Both were ultimately superseded by 150-1 Nando Parrado in the 2020 Coventry Stakes. Fox Chapel won seven races from 77 races under rules, including five over hurdles.

Wizard King (1994) carried only 7st 7lbs when successful for Sir Mark Prescott and John Lowe. At the time of his victory he was officially rated 77 but he retired to stud with a rating of 119. His biggest victories included the Group 3 Boland Stakes at the Curragh and Concorde Stakes at Tipperary.

Mark Johnston’s Fly To The Stars won the race in 1997 and later won the competitive all-aged Schweppes Golden Mile at Goodwood. He was purchased by Godolphin and sent to Saeed bin Suroor the following season, winning the Prix Messidor and Prix du Rond Point. He returned to Royal Ascot to finish second in the Royal Hunt Cup and gained the biggest win of his career in the 1999 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury.

2003 winner New Seeker provided several of the finest moments in the history of the Elite Racing Club. He also won the 2005 Royal Hunt Cup (staged at York) and two valuable seven-furlong handicaps at Ascot as well as scoring at listed level. He was a tough and consistent performer, winning 8 of his 35 career starts.

2010 winner Ransom Note was trained by Barry Hills and ridden by son Michael. He also won the Group 3 Earl of Sefton Stakes in 2011 and finished runner-up to Twice Over in the Group 2 Sky Bet York Stakes. Bless Him was a shock 25-1 winner in 2017 for David Simcock and Jamie Spencer. Although he only has three career wins to his credit, he has been regularly campaigned in Group 2 races. His best effort was runner-up to Palace Pier in the 2021 Bet365 Mile at Sandown.

Key Britannia Stakes Trials

This race is notoriously difficult to predict with numerous “dark horses” coming here after winning a maiden or lower grade handicap. Seven of the last twelve Britannia Stakes winners had been successful on their previous start.

The last four winners all ran in the Group 3 Thoroughbred Stakes at Goodwood in August but all were beaten. Ostilio (2018) finished second, Biometric (2019) finished only eighth while Khaloosy (2020) finished third. Perotto was beaten in the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket before fourth at Goodwood.

Britannia Stakes Betting Trends

Fast Or Free (2012) was the only winning favourite in the last twelve renewals, starting 6-1 favourite for William Haggas and Ryan Moore. Only four of the twelve featured in the first three in the betting, notably Khaloosy (2020) who was a well-backed 9-2 second favourite in 2021.

The longest priced winner during that time was 28-1 chance Biometric in 2019 who ran down the heavily-backed 7-2 favourite Turgenev. That saved bookmakers a small fortune as Turgenev would have provided Frankie Dettori with his fifth successive winning ride of the day.

Other shock Britannia Stakes winners in recent years include Bless Him (2017) at 25-1, Roca Tumu (2013) at 20-1 and Perotto (2021) at 18-1. Nine of the last twelve winners came from stall 11 or higher. An official rating of between 90 and 96 accounted for eight winners. Only Fast Or Free and Born In Bombay (2017) fell below it on 87. The highest rated winners were Aidan O’Brien’s War Envoy (2015) on 104 and Marcus Tregoning’s Perotto (2021) rated 99.

Britannia Stakes – Top Trainers and Jockeys

John Gosden looked to have found the key to this race, training the winner four times in a six-year period from 1996 to 2001; North Song (1996), Plan-B (1998), El Gran Papa (2000) and Analyser (2001). However, he has not been able to win it since. Remarkably, the last twenty renewals from 2001 to 2021 have all been won by different trainers. The only Irish-trained winners during that time were Roca Tumu (2013) and War Envoy (2015).

Jockey Jamie Spencer seems to enjoy this cavalry charge. He has won it four times; New Seeker (2003), Sir Gerard (2006), Defrocked (2016) and Bless Him (2017), all for different stables.

Betting on the Britannia Stakes

The Britannia Stakes is one of the trickiest betting races of Royal Ascot with over thirty runners spread across the track. There are very few clues to be gleaned from recent statistics, although a low draw does seem to be a disadvantage. This does not look like a race to get too heavily involved in, although it will inevitably throw up plenty of future winners.

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Summary of Britannia Stakes

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Popular Questions

What distance is the Britannia Stakes?

The Britannia Stakes is 1 mile long.

Where is the Britannia Stakes held?

The Britannia Stakes is held at Ascot Racecourse.

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