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 1867 Group 1 New Mile
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 BLACK DIAMOND Fry 2-6st 0lbs Mr James Merry 100/8
2 NORTH LINCOLN filly Prangle John Day 2-5st 9lbs Mr John Day 100/8
3 OSTREGER George Fordham 5-10st 9lb Mr Thellusson 3/1 fav
4 PERO Butler 2-5st 9lbs Mr J Foy 5/1
5 MARQUIS OF CARABAS Fielder 2-6st 0lb Count Batthyany 100/8
6 BELFAST Wilson 2-5st 9lbs Marquess of Hastings 25/1
7 CHARLES II Parry 3-8st 2lbs Sir F Johnstone 25/1
8 LEADING SUIT J Sadler 3-8st 7lbs Sir F Johnstone 25/1
9 LITTLE BEN T French 3-8st 7lbs Mr C Rayner 10/1
10 VICTRESS S Mordan 3-8st 7lbs Mr R Porter 25/1
11 SKIRMISHER filly Hammond 2-6st 0lbs Mr H Savile 100/8
12 REDAN J Mann 4-9st 9lbs Mr S Montgomerie 10/1
13 SPURGEON H Sharp J Saxon 3-8st 2lbs Mr J Saxon 25/1
14 WARRINGTON Wyatt 2-6st 0lbs Lord Stamford 25/1
15 MUSA Custance 3-8st 7lbs Mr Chaplin 25/1
16 VENOMOUS Quince 2-5st 12lbs Mr Hodgman 25/1
The Trail Plate, forerunner of the Queen Anne Stakes, over the New Mile, took place on Tuesday 4th June 1867 and the winner, a black colt by Dundee out of Ennui, won a first prize of 205 sovereigns from 21 subscribers (equivalent to £23,000 in 2020). Over round 123%
Queen Anne Stakes Group 1 1 mile 1840
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