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The Duke of Cambridge Stakes is a Group 2 race for fillies and mares aged four and upwards over a mile at Royal Ascot. It was first run in 2004 and is currently staged on day 2 of the festival meeting.

The Duke of Cambridge Stakes takes place on the 19th June 2024.

Notable past winners include Soviet Song (2006), Integral (2014), Amazing Maria (2015) and Qemah (2017).

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Duke of Cambridge Stakes

Race Overview – Duke of Cambridge Stakes

The Duke of Cambridge Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse event for fillies and mares aged four and above that takes place in the United Kingdom. Every year in June, it is held at Ascot on a one-mile course as part of the Royal Meeting.

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Duke of Cambridge Stakes Previous Winners

YearWinnerAgeJockeyTrainer
2013Duntle4Wayne LordanDavid Wachman
2014Integral4Ryan MooreSir Michael Stoute
2015Amazing Maria4James DoyleDavid O’Meara
2016Usherette4Mickael BarzalonaAndré Fabre
2017Qemah4Grégory BenoistJean-Claude Rouget
2018Aljazzi5William BuickMarco Botti
2019Move Swiftly4Daniel TudhopeWilliam Haggas
2020Nazeef4Jim CrowleyJohn Gosden
2021Indie Angel4Frankie DettoriJohn & Thady Gosden
2022Saffron Beach4William BuickJane Chapple-Hyam
2023Rogue Millennium4Daniel TudhopeTom Clover

Duke of Cambridge Stakes Previous Result

Famous Duke of Cambridge Stakes Winners

The Duke of Cambridge Stakes (previously known as the Windsor Forest Stakes) was one of several new Group races added to the European programme for older fillies in 2004. The first two runnings of the race were both won by Sir Michael Stoute with Favourable Terms and Peeress. The latter went on to win the Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket in 2005 and the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury in 2006.

The 2006 Duke of Cambridge Stakes was won by the brilliant Soviet Song, trained by James Fanshawe and ridden by Jamie Spencer. She had been the highest-rated filly in training in 2004 and 2005. Her nine career victories included the 2004 Sussex Stakes at Goodwood and the 2005 Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket.

Sir Michael Stoute claimed a third victory in the race in 2010 with Strawberrydaiquiri, ridden by Ryan Moore. He later secured a record fourth success with Integral (2014), once again with Moore in the saddle. Integral won the 2014 Falmouth Stakes and Sun Chariot Stakes. She was kept in training the following season and finished runner-up when attempting a second Sun Chariot victory.

Amazing Maria sprang a 25-1 surprise in this race in 2015, trained by David O’Meara and ridden by James Doyle. She went on to win the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes and Prix Rothschild. The talented grey stayed in training for a further season but without success.

2017 winner Qemah has won the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2016 and the Prix Rothschild at Deauville. She had her compatriot and 2016 winner Usherette back in third. The pair were separated by 40-1 outsider Aljazzi who would go one better in 2018 for trainer Marco Botti.

2020 winner Nazeef continued the run of subsequent Group 1 winners to emerge from this race, taking the Falmouth Stakes and the Sun Chariot Stakes for John Gosden. She had started the season contesting handicaps on the all-weather.

Key Duke of Cambridge Stakes Trials

The most informative trial for the Duke of Cambridge Stakes has been the Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket. Four of the last twelve winners ran in that race, two of them winning and one being placed. Nine of the twelve had at least one previous victory in a Group 1 to 3 race. All but one of them had finished in the first three last time out.

The two subsequent targets for Duke of Cambridge winners are the Falmouth Stakes and the Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket. Seven of the last twelve winners ran in the Falmouth Stakes next time. Three of them won; Integral (2014), Amazing Maria (2015) and Nazeef (2020). Six went on to contest the Sun Chariot Stakes with two of them winning and one finishing in the frame.

Four ran in the Prix Rothschild in the same season but without success.

Favourites have a mixed record in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes. Integral (2014) at 9-4, Usherette (2016) at 9-4 and Qemah (2017) at 5-2 were successful. Strawberrydaiquiri (2010), Duntle (2013) and Aljazzi (2018) all started second favourite.

There have also been a couple of shock results here with Amazing Maria (2015) at 25-1 and Indie Angel (2021) at 22-1. Lolly For Dolly (2011) and Joviality (2012) both started at 11-1 and Move Swiftly (2019) won at 9-1.

An official rating of 103 or higher has been required to win this race.

The highest-rated winner in recent seasons was Usherette (2015) with a figure of 117. Integral (2014) was rated only 2lbs lower on 115 and Qemah (2017) on 114.

Four-year-olds have been dominant here, accounting for all but three of the races since the inaugural running in 2004. Soviet Song (2006) was the oldest winner at six while Sabana Perdida (2008) and Aljazzi (2018) won at the age of five.

Duke of Cambridge Stakes – Top Trainers and Jockeys

Sir Michael Stoute and John Gosden lead the all-time trainer standings for the Duke of Cambridge Stakes with four winners. Stoute’s winners were Favourable Terms (2004), Peeress (2005), Strawberrydaiquiri (2010) and Integral (2014).

Gosden won it with Nannina (2007), Joviality (2012) and Nazeef (2020). He added a fourth in partnership with son Thady with Indie Angel in 2021.

France won the race for the first time with Sabana Perdida in 2008, trained by Alain de Royer-Dupre. They struck again with Andre Fabre’s Usherette (2016) and Jean-Claude Rouget’s Qemah (2017).

Three jockeys have won this race twice; Wayne Lordan (2011, 2013), Ryan Moore (2010, 2014) and William Buick (2012, 2018).

Betting on the Duke of Cambridge Stakes

The Duke of Cambridge Stakes has brought mixed results for punters. It is certainly worth noting runners from the yards of Sir Michael Stoute and John and Thady Gosden, particularly those racing in the colours of Cheveley Park Stud.

The race has produced some top class winners so the form is worth following in races such as the Falmouth Stakes and Sun Chariot Stakes later in the season.

Popular Questions

What distance is the Duke of Cambridge Stakes?

The Duke of Cambridge Stakes is 1 mile long.

Where is the Duke of Cambridge Stakes run?

The Duke of Cambridge Stakes is run at Ascot Racecourse.

When does the Duke of Cambridge Stakes take place?

The Duke of Cambridge Stakes is held in June as part of Royal Ascot.

Summary of Duke of Cambridge Stakes

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