King Charles II Stakes

The King Charles II Stakes is a Listed race for three-year-olds over seven furlongs.

It is now held on the opening day of the Guineas Festival in late April/early May having previously taken place later in the month.

In 2023, The King Charles II Stakes takes place on Friday 5th May 2023.

Notable past winners include In Excess (1990), Ali-Royal (1996), Trade Fair (2003), Jeremy (2006) and Aljamaaheer (2012).

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King Charles II Stakes

Race Overview – King Charles II Stakes

The King Charles II Stakes is a listed racing event held on the first day of the 2023 Guineas Festival, for horses aged three.

It takes place every year in May at Newmarket over a distance of 7 furlongs.

King Charles II Stakes Tips

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King Charles II Stakes 2023 Odds

The King Charles II Stakes 2023 odds are below:

2.25 Newmarket (Race 3) - BOG
  • Date: Sunday 7th of May 2023
  • Time: 14:25
  • Details: 10 Runners Flat Flat 1m 2f 0y
1 Cloudbreaker
6 Queen Of Fairies
7 Running Lion
10 Trust The Stars
8 Sumo Sam
4 Floating Spirit
9 Tarjamah
5 Joyful Act
2 Crackovia
3 Fantizzy

King Charles II Stakes Previous Winners

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
1988RawnakRay CochranePeter Walwyn1:24.74
1989Magical StrikeRay CochraneMichael Stoute1:26.11
1990In ExcessAlan MunroBill O'Gorman1:26.35
1991BalwaJimmy FortuneAlex Scott1:25.66
1992King OlafLester PiggottPeter Chapple-Hyam1:26.02
1993Eurolink ThunderRay CochraneJohn Dunlop1:25.60
1994DumaaniWillie CarsonJohn Dunlop1:25.30
1995EpagrisWillie RyanHenry Cecil1:24.98
1996Ali-RoyalWillie RyanHenry Cecil1:27.92
1997AndreyevRichard HughesRichard Hannon Sr.1:28.44
1998Bold FactKieren FallonHenry Cecil1:25.06
1999Fragrant Oasis[a]Gary CarterEd Dunlop1:25.66
2000ShibbolethRichard QuinnHenry Cecil1:24.08
2001MalhubRichard HillsJohn Gosden1:23.31
2002Millennium DragonFrankie DettoriMichael Jarvis1:22.50
2003Trade FairFrankie DettoriRoger Charlton1:27.09
2004FokineMichael HillsBarry Hills1:24.58
2005Council MemberKerrin McEvoySaeed bin Suroor1:24.91
2006JeremyRobert WinstonMichael Stoute1:28.81
2007TariqJimmy FortunePeter Chapple-Hyam1:25.66
2008Calming InfluenceKerrin McEvoySaeed bin Suroor1:26.01
2009AlyarfMichael HillsBarry Hills1:24.97
2010Field Of DreamJ-P GuillambertLuca Cumani1:27.40
2011CodemasterDane O'NeillHenry Candy1:22.18
2012AljamaaheerPaul HanaganRoger Varian1:24.66
2013DundonnellMartin HarleyRoger Charlton1:23.53
2014CoulstySean LeveyRichard Hannon Jr.1:23.72
2015TupiCam HardieRichard Hannon Jr.1:21.98
2016ThikriyaatTed DurcanMichael Stoute1:25.25
2017TaamolJim CrowleyMichael Stoute1:26.68
2018PurserRobert HavlinJohn Gosden1:26.46
2019JashDane O'NeillSimon Crisford1:24.79
2020Surf Dancer[b]Ryan MooreWilliam Haggas1:24.14
2021BellosaRichard KingscoteJane Chapple-Hyam1:26.85
2022Noble TruthWilliam BuickCharlie Appleby1:26.50
2023ShouldvebeenaringSean LeveyRichard Hannon Jr.1:24.97

King Charles II Stakes 2023 Result

Famous King Charles II Stakes Winners

One of the most talented King Charles II Stakes winners was Henry Cecil’s Ali-Royal, successful in 1996 under Willie Ryan. He also won the Ben Marshall Stakes but reached his peak in 1997 with victories in the Earl of Sefton Stakes and the Group 1 Sussex Stakes. He was rated 127 by Timeform after that success.

Trade Fair was a son of 2000 Guineas winner Zafonic and finished third in the Dewhurst Stakes as a juvenile. He won this race by two and a half lengths under Richard Hughes in 2003 and followed up in the Group 3 Criterion Stakes. He was beaten favourite in the Sussex Stakes later in the season and never quite fulfilled his potential.

2006 winner Jeremy won the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot next time and the Group 2 Betfred Mile at Sandown in 2007. He failed by only a short-head to win the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes later that year.

Key King Charles II Stakes Trials

It is difficult to pinpoint any particular trials for this race, although previous form at Newmarket is a definite plus. More than half of the last twenty winners of this race had previous form at this venue.

Only three of the last twenty King Charles II Stakes winners managed to win next time out.

King Charles II Stakes Betting Trends

Favourites have a good record in the King Charles II Stakes, winning ten of the last twenty renewals. This includes five of the last six; Thikriyaat (2016), Taamol (2017), Bear Slam (2018), Jash (2019) and Bellosa (2021).

There has been the occasional turn-up including Richard Hannon’s Coulsty at 16-1 in 2014.

The longest-priced winner in the history of the race was Field Of Dream at 33-1 in 2010.

King Charles II Stakes – Top Trainers and Jockeys

Sir Michael Stoute is the leading trainer in the history of the King Charles II Stakes with four winners; Magical Strike (1989), Jeremy (2006), Thikriyaat (2016) and Taamol (2017). Richard Hannon Jnr also won this race in successive seasons with Coulsty (2014) and Tupi (2015).

No jockey has managed to win this race more than three times, that record currently held by Ray Cochrane who won it for the last time on Eurolink Thunder in 1993.

Betting on the King Charles II Stakes

The King Charles II Stakes invariably seems to follow the form book. It is worth looking out for a three-year-old with progressive form which could possibly make its mark in Group races as the season progresses.

Popular Questions

Where is the King Charles II Stakes held?

The King Charles II Stakes is held at Newmarket Racecourse.

Summary of the King Charles II Stakes at Newmarket

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