Brocklesby Stakes

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The Brocklesby Stakes is a conditions race for two-year-olds over five furlongs at Doncaster in late March.

The Brocklesby Stakes takes place on the 23rd of March 2024.

It is traditionally the first juvenile race of the new turf flat racing season.

Notable past winners include Donovan, Provideo, Mind Games, The Last Lion and Persian Force.

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Brocklesby Stakes

Race Overview – The Brocklesby Stakes

The Brocklesby Stakes is a two-year-old horse race held in Great Britain.

It is noteworthy because it serves as the British Flat Racing season’s customary first race for two-year-olds.

It is run over five furlongs.

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Brocklesby Stakes Previous Winners

Here are the previous winners for the Brocklesby Stakes.

2013Mick’s Yer Man[6][c]Ryan WhileBill Turner
2014Cock of the NorthMatthew HopkinsScott Dixon
2015RavenhoeSilvestre De SousaMark Johnston
2016The Last LionFranny NortonMark Johnston
2017 (1)SantryNeil FarleyDeclan Carroll
2017 (2)Requinto DawnTony HamiltonRichard Fahey
2018IzzerCharles BishopMick Channon
2019Show Me Show MePaul HanaganRichard Fahey
no race 2020 [d]
2021ChipotleCharles BishopEve Johnson Houghton
2022Persian ForceRossa RyanRichard Hannon Jr.
2023Doddie’s ImpactBilly LoughnaneRobyn Brisland

Brocklesby Stakes Previous Result

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Famous Brocklesby Stakes Winners

The Brocklesby was first run in 1849 as an all-age twelve-furlong race run at Lincoln. It became a five-furlong race for two-year-olds in 1875 and produced a dual Classic winner in 1888. Donovan went on to win the Epsom Derby and the St Leger at Doncaster in 1889.

In modern times the race has produced some smart sprint winners over the years. Provideo was a prolific two-year-old winner trained by Bill O’Gorman. He set a new record for a juvenile in 1984 when winning sixteen of his twenty-four races including the Star Stakes at Sandown and the Champion Two-year-old Trophy at Ripon.

Mind Games (1994) was a high-class sprinter trained by Jack Berry while 2016 winner The Last Lion won the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket. 2022 winner Persian Force also proved to be much better than an early season two-year-old. He was placed in three Group 1 races including the Prix Morny at Deauville. He was also a creditable fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf and was retired to stand at the Tally Ho Stud.

Key Brocklesby Stakes Trials

There are obviously no trials for the first two-year-old race of the new season. The winner sometimes runs at the Newmarket Craven meeting and it has produced a surprisingly high level of juvenile in recent seasons.

There have been three winning favourites and one joint-favourite in the past ten seasons; Ravenhoe (2015) 7-2 joint-favourite, The Last Lion (2016) 4-5, Show Me Show Me (2019) 11-4 and Persian Force (2022) Evens.

The market is often a good guide to the chances of these unraced juveniles. The last winner to start at a double-figure price as Cock Of The North (2014) at 14-1. Chipotle (2021) was the next highest price over the same ten-year period at 8-1.

Brocklesby Stakes – Top Trainers and Jockeys

Bryan McMahon trained the winner for three consecutive seasons from 1999 to 2001 with Seraphina, Nearly A Fool and Shuffling Kid.

Bill Turner always liked to have a speedy juvenile primed for the Brocklesby, winning it six times between 1996 and 2013; Indian Spark (1996), The Lord (2002), Spoof Master (2006), Sally’s Dilemma (2008), He’s So Cool (2011) and Mick’s Yer Man (2013).

In more recent seasons Richard Fahey has won it four times with Mister Hardy (2007), Chiswick Bey (2010), Requinto Dawn (2017) and Show Me Show Me (2019).

Paul Hanagan is among the leading jockeys in the race with three winners; Mister Hardy (2007), Chiswick Bey (2010) and Show Me Show Me (2019).

Betting on the Brocklesby Stakes

The Brocklesby Stakes has produced some decent two-year-olds over the years. The market is often a good guide to the leading contenders and shock results have been surprisingly rare.

Brocklesby Stakes Facts

  • The Brocklesby Stakes is a flat horse race in the United Kingdom open to two-year-old thoroughbreds.
  • It is run over a distance of 5 furlongs (1,006 metres) at Doncaster Racecourse, and it takes place annually in late March or early April.

Summary of the Brocklesby Stakes

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