Jockey Club Stakes

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The Jockey Club Stakes is a Group 2 race for four-year-olds and upwards over a mile and a half at Newmarket. It typically takes place on the opening day of the Guineas Festival in late April/early May.

The Jockey Club Stakes takes place on the 3rd of May 2024.

It is often the first run of the season for horses being aimed at the Coronation Cup at the Epsom Derby meeting. Phardante (1986, 1987) is the only dual winner of the Jockey Club Stakes while notable recent winners include Silver Patriarch (1999), Sixties Icon (2007) and Al Kazeem (2012).

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Jockey Club Stakes

Race Overview – Jockey Club Stakes

The Jockey Club Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race for horses aged four and above annually in the United Kingdom.

It takes place in late April or early May on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs.

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Jockey Club Stakes Previous Winners

Here are the previous winners for the Jockey Club Stakes.

2013Universal4Joe FanningMark Johnston
2014Gospel Choir5Ryan MooreSir Michael Stoute
2015Second Step4Andrea AtzeniLuca Cumani
2016Exosphere4Ryan MooreSir Michael Stoute
2017Seventh Heaven4Ryan MooreAidan O’Brien
2018Defoe4Andrea AtzeniRoger Varian
2019Communique4Silvestre de SousaMark Johnston
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2021Sir Ron Priestley5Franny NortonMark Johnston
2022Living Legend6Joe FanningCharlie and Mark Johnston
2023Hurricane Lane5William BuickCharlie Appleby

Jockey Club Stakes 2023 Result

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Famous Jockey Club Stakes Winners

The Jockey Club Stakes was first run over ten furlongs in 1894. The distance was extended to a mile and three-quarters in 1901 and later reduced to a mile and a half in 1962.

The great stayer Ardross won it in 1982, the winner of the Ascot Gold Cup in 1981 and 1982 and failing by only a head to win the 1982 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe. Phardante won it in consecutive seasons in 1986 and 1987 for Trainer Guy Harwood and jockey Greville Starkey.

Other high-class winners include St Leger winners Silver Patriarch (1999), Millenary (2001) and Sixties Icon (2007).

Al Kazeem was another top-class winner of this event in 2012 for Roger Charlton and James Doyle. His subsequent Group 1 victories included the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown in 2013. He also won the Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh in 2013 and 2015 and retired with career earnings in excess of £1.5 million.

Key Jockey Club Stakes Trials

The Jockey Club Stakes is often the first start of the new season for potential Group 1 middle-distance horses. This often includes horses who ran well in the St Leger at Doncaster in their final race the previous season.

The John Porter Stakes at Newbury has produced three of the last eleven winners with two of them having been successful in that race. Five of the last eleven winners have contested the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot later in the season although only Universal (2013) was placed in that Group 1 contest.

Five of the last eleven Jockey Club Stakes winners started favourite or joint-favourite; Jukebox Jury (2010), Dandino (2011), Seventh Heaven (2017), Defoe (2018) and Sir Ron Priestley (2021).

Three of the remaining winners featured in the first three in the betting and shock results are rare in this event. The longest-priced winner during that period was Communique at 12-1 for Mark Johnson and Silvestre de Sousa in 2019.

Four and five-year-olds have dominated this race. The only exceptions since Ardross won in 1982 were Sapience (1992) and Only Royale (1995), all three winning at the age of six.

The official rating of the winner has consistently been between 110 and 115. The only horse to fall below this mark in recent years was Communique (2019) on 108.

Jockey Club Stakes – Top Trainers and Jockeys

Lester Piggott remains the most successful rider in the Jockey Club Stakes with seven victories between 1950 and 1982.

The late Pat Eddery won it six times, his last victory coming aboard Millenary for John Dunlop in 2001.

The leading trainer in the history of the race is Alex Taylor Jr. who won it 9 times between 1897 and 1927.

Sir Michael Stoute has won it seven times, his most recent success coming with Exosphere in 2016.

Mark Johnson has a good recent record with four victories in the last eight seasons.

Betting on the Jockey Club Stakes

The Jockey Club Stakes usually goes the way of a fancied runner with a field of five or less runners in six of the last eleven renewals. This trend looks set to continue and it could be a race to note for horses capable of stepping up to Group 1 company for the big meetings at Epsom and Royal Ascot.

Popular Questions

What distance is the Jockey Club Stakes?

The Jockey Club Stakes is 1 mile and 4 furlongs long.

Where is the Jockey Club Stakes run?

The Jockey Club Stakes is run on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket.

Summary of Jockey Club Stakes

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