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 1858 Group 1 New Mile
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 ROSABEL Reeves 2-4st 8lbs Mr Leppingwell 10/1
2 WHIMSICAL J Adams 2-4st 7lbs Mr Parker 5/1
3 HELIA Challoner 2-5st 1lb Mr W S S Crawfurd 100/15
4 CHANOINESSE Bray 3-7st 4lbs Lord Clifden 4/1 fav
5 LADY KINGSTON Roper 2-4st 0lb Mr Copperthwaite 20/1
6 NORTHAMPTON Parson 2-4st 7lbs Lord Ribblesdale 100/15
7 THE ANCIENT BRITON D Dales 3-7st 4lbs Mr Saxon 20/1
8 CHATELAINE J Daley 2-4st 7lbs Baron Rothschild 6/1
9 GAYLASS Bushmell 2-4st 7lbs Mr W Goater 20/1
The Trail Plate, forerunner of the Queen Anne Stakes, over the New Mile, took place on Tuesday 1st June 1858 and the winner, a chestnut filly by Newminster out of a Jereed mare, won a first prize of 95 sovereigns from 9 subscribers (equivalent to £12,000 in 2020). Over round 104%
Queen Anne Stakes Group 1 1 mile 1840
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