Royal Ascot: Queen Anne Stakes

The Queen Anne Stakes, originally open to horses aged three and older, was established in 1840, and during the early part of its history it was called the Trial Stakes. In 1930, it was renamed in honour of Queen Anne, the founder of Ascot Racecourse. The Queen Anne Stakes was classed as a Group 3 race in 1971, and it was promoted to Group 2 level in 1984. It was given Group 1 status in 2003, and at this point the minimum age of participating horses was raised to four. It is now the first race on the opening day of the Royal Ascot meeting.
Early history:- Queen Victoria was in attendance on Tuesday 16th June 1840 when the opening race, the Trial Stakes, was won by the Duke of Rutland's 4-year-old Flambeau (4/7 fav) ridden by Jem Robinson, beating Barabbas, Camelino and 3 others. Prestonjee Boinanjee (4/1) made the early running until half a mile from home, at which point Flambeau took over and went on to win unextended by an easy 2 lengths, making it back to back wins in 1841.

Trial Plate 1852 Group 1 New Mile
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 OFFICIOUS Nat Flatman 5-8st 11lbs Duke of Richmond 7/2 jt fav
2 HOTHORPE Alfred Day 4-8st 7lbs Mr H Hill 7/2 jt fav
3 COTHERSTONE filly George Fordham 2-4st 1lb Mr George Osbaldeston 10/1
4 IANTHE Wakefield 4-8st 4lbs Mr Isaac Day 10/1
5 KNIGHT OF THE WHISTLE filly Bundy 2-4st 1lb Mr W Treen 10/1
6 JACK THE GIANT-KILLER J Edwards 2-4st 4lbs Sir R Pigot 8/1
7 MOUNTAIN FLOWER J Mann 3-7st 1lb Lord Exeter 8/1
8 SHROPSHIRE LASS Quinton 2-4st 1lb Mr T Williams 10/1
9 KREMLIN filly Maton 4-8st 4lbs Mr S Scott 10/1
10 ST MARTIN colt Salter 2-4st 4lbs Mr J Arnold 10/1
The Trail Plate, forerunner of the Queen Anne Stakes, over the New Mile, took place on Tuesday 8th June 1852 and the winner, a bay mare by Pantaloon out of Saleine, won a first prize of 115 sovereigns from 13 subscribers (equivalent to £16,000 in 2020). Over round 111%
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