John Porter Stakes

The John Porter Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged four years or older. It is run over a distance of 1 mile, 4 furlongs (2,414 metres) at Newbury in April.

John Porter Stakes
(Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes)
Group 3 race
LocationNewbury Racecourse
Newbury, England
Inaugurated1928
Race typeFlat / Thoroughbred
SponsorDubai Duty Free
WebsiteNewbury
Race information
Distance1m 4f (2,414 m)
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationFour-years-old and up
Weight9 st 0 lb
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Penalties
7 lb for Group 1 winners *
5 lb for Group 2 winners *
3 lb for Group 3 winners *
* at 1 mile or over
since 31 August last year
Purse£60,000 (2019)
1st: £34,026
John Porter Stakes
2019
Royal blue and yellow diabolo, yellow sleeves, royal blue cap Royal blue, white stars, white cap, royal blue star Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap
Marmelo Aspetar Laraaib

HistoryEdit

The event is named after John Porter (1838–1922), a successful horse trainer who co-founded Newbury Racecourse.[1]

The race was established in 1928, and it was originally held in late September. It was initially restricted to three-year-olds and run over 1 mile and 5 furlongs.[2] It was opened to four-year-olds in 1929,[3] and cut to 1¼ miles in 1936.[4]

The present version of the John Porter Stakes was introduced in 1949. From this point it was staged in April, and contested by older horses over 1½ miles.[5]

The John Porter Stakes is currently sponsored by Dubai Duty Free. Its sponsored title promotes the company's Finest Surprise lottery.

RecordsEdit

Most successful horse:

  • no horse has won this race more than once

Leading jockey (5 wins):

  • Pat EdderyRock Hopper (1991), Saddlers' Hall (1992), Right Win (1994), Sadian (1999), Lucido (2001)

Leading trainer (7 wins):

  • Sir Michael StouteRock Hopper (1991), Saddlers' Hall (1992), Whitewater Affair (1997), Maraahel (2007), Harbinger (2010), Arab Spring (2015), Dartmouth (2016)

Winners since 1980Edit

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Time
1980 Niniski 4 Willie Carson Dick Hern 2:31.07
1981 Pelerin 4 Brian Taylor Harry Wragg 2:44.30
1982 Glint of Gold 4 John Matthias Ian Balding 2:31.85
1983 Diamond Shoal 4 Steve Cauthen Ian Balding 2:40.40
1984 Gay Lemur 4 Geoff Baxter Bruce Hobbs 2:31.90
1985 Jupiter Island 6 Greville Starkey Clive Brittain
1986 Lemhill 4 Ray Cochrane Michael Blanshard 2:47.35
1987 Rakaposhi King 5 Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 2:54.62
1988 Alwasmi 4 Richard Hills Harry Thomson Jones 2:37.39
1989 Unfuwain 4 Willie Carson Dick Hern 2:40.85
1990 Brush Aside 4 Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 2:33.73
1991 Rock Hopper 4 Pat Eddery Michael Stoute 2:32.90
1992 Saddlers' Hall 4 Pat Eddery Michael Stoute 2:41.70
1993 Linpac West 7 Frankie Dettori Bill Elsey 2:41.92
1994 Right Win 4 Pat Eddery Richard Hannon Sr. 2:43.99
1995 Strategic Choice 4 Richard Quinn Paul Cole 2:32.36
1996 Spout 4 Tim Sprake Roger Charlton 2:38.80
1997 Whitewater Affair 4 Olivier Peslier Michael Stoute 2:35.63
1998 Posidonas 6 Richard Quinn Paul Cole 2:50.65
1999 Sadian 4 Pat Eddery John Dunlop 2:31.21
2000 Yavana's Pace [a] 8 Darryll Holland Mark Johnston 2:45.86
2001 Lucido 5 Pat Eddery John Dunlop 2:43.23
2002 Zindabad 6 Kevin Darley Mark Johnston 2:30.64
2003 Warrsan 5 Philip Robinson Clive Brittain 2:32.32
2004 Dubai Success 4 Michael Hills Barry Hills 2:35.54
2005 Day Flight 4 Richard Hughes John Gosden 2:40.22
2006 Mubtaker 9 Martin Dwyer Marcus Tregoning 2:33.18
2007 Maraahel 6 Richard Hills Sir Michael Stoute 2:36.83
2008 Royal and Regal 4 Neil Callan Michael Jarvis 2:43.19
2009 Enroller 4 Martin Dwyer Willie Muir 2:42.78
2010 Harbinger 4 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute 2:30.58
2011 Indian Days 6 Tom Queally James Given 2:32.11
2012 Harris Tweed 5 Liam Jones William Haggas 2:44.02
2013 Universal 4 Silvestre de Sousa Mark Johnston 2:37.86
2014 Cubanita 5 Jim Crowley Ralph Beckett 2:37.98
2015 Arab Spring 5 Ryan Moore Michael Stoute 2:32.35
2016 Dartmouth[b] 4 Ryan Moore Michael Stoute 2:50.43
2017 Muntahaa 4 Jim Crowley John Gosden 2:31.58
2018 Defoe 4 Andrea Atzeni Roger Varian 2:40.21
2019 Marmelo 6 Gerald Mosse Hughie Morrison 2:42.15
no race 2020 [c]
  1. ^ The 2000 edition was run at Haydock Park over 1 mile, 3 furlongs and 200 yards
  2. ^ The 2016 running took place at Chelmsford City over 1 mile, 5 furlongs and 66 yards
  3. ^ The 2020 running was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom[6]

Earlier winnersEdit

  • 1928: Ox and Ass
  • 1929: Silver Hussar
  • 1930: Wedding Favour
  • 1931: Birthday Book
  • 1932: Corn Belt
  • 1933: Sarum
  • 1934: Felicitation
  • 1935: Night Owl
  • 1936: St Botolph
  • 1937: Haulfryn
  • 1938: Fair Copy
  • 1939–40: no race
  • 1941: Ruscus
  • 1942–48: no race
  • 1949: Solar Slipper
  • 1950: Native Heath
  • 1951: no race
  • 1952: Neron
  • 1953: Wilwyn
  • 1954: Harwin
  • 1955: Entente Cordiale
  • 1956: Acropolis
  • 1957: China Rock
  • 1958: Doutelle
  • 1959: Cutter
  • 1960: Aggressor
  • 1961: High Perch
  • 1962: Hot Brandy
  • 1963: Peter Jones
  • 1964: Royal Avenue
  • 1965: Soderini
  • 1966: no race
  • 1967: Charlottown
  • 1968: Fortissimo
  • 1969: Crozier
  • 1970: Torpid
  • 1971: Meadowville
  • 1972: Rock Roi
  • 1973: Rheingold
  • 1974: Freefoot
  • 1975: Salado
  • 1976: Quiet Fling
  • 1977: Decent Fellow
  • 1978: Orchestra
  • 1979: Icelandic

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Inauguration Day at Newbury". Glasgow Herald. 27 September 1905. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  2. ^ "1928 John Porter Stakes". Glasgow Herald. 29 September 1928. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  3. ^ "1929 John Porter Stakes". Glasgow Herald. 28 September 1929. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  4. ^ "1936 John Porter Plate". Glasgow Herald. 26 September 1936. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  5. ^ "1949 John Porter Stakes". Glasgow Herald. 2 April 1949. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  6. ^ "Coronavirus: Horse racing in Great Britain suspended until end of April". BBC Sport. 17 March 2020.

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