Park Hill Stakes

The Park Hill Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain open to fillies and mares aged three years or older. It is run at Doncaster over a distance of 1 mile, 6 furlongs and 115 yards (2,922 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

Park Hill Stakes
Group 2 race
LocationDoncaster Racecourse
Doncaster, England
Inaugurated1839
Race typeFlat / Thoroughbred
SponsorDFS Furniture
WebsiteDoncaster
Race information
Distance1m 6f 115y (2,922 m)
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationThree-years-old and up
fillies and mares
Weight8 st 9 lb (3yo);
9 st 5 lb (4yo+)
Penalties
5 lb for Group 1 winners *
3 lb for Group 2 winners *
* after 31 March
Purse£100,000 (2018)
1st: £56,710
Park Hill Stakes
2019
Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap Dark blue Royal blue, white spots, white sleeves, royal blue armlets and spots on white cap
Enbihaar Delphinia Vivid Diamond

HistoryEdit

The event is named after Park Hill, an estate formerly owned by Anthony St. Leger, the founder of Doncaster's most famous race, the St. Leger Stakes. The Park Hill Stakes was established in 1839, and it was originally restricted to three-year-old fillies.

The victory of Blink Bonny in 1857 provoked a riot among spectators who believed she had been dishonestly prevented from winning the previous day's St. Leger.[1]

The present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and the Park Hill Stakes was initially given Group 2 status. It was opened to fillies and mares aged four or older and relegated to Group 3 level in 1991. It was promoted back to Group 2 in 2004.

The Park Hill Stakes is currently held on the second day of Doncaster's four-day St. Leger Festival. It is sometimes referred to as the Fillies' St. Leger.

RecordsEdit

Most successful horse:

  • no horse has won this race more than once

Leading jockey (6 wins):

  • Sim Templeman – Calypso (1840), Sally (1842), Peggy (1843), Tiff (1850), Honeysuckle (1854), Clotilde (1855)
  • John Osborne, Jr. – Qui Vive (1859), Lady Trespass (1860), Agility (1870), Experiment (1880), Belinda (1884), Minthe (1889)

Leading trainer (7 wins):

  • John ScottMickleton Maid (1839), Sally (1842), Peggy (1843), Canezou (1848), Honeysuckle (1854), Hepatica (1858), Toison d'Or (1869)
  • Noel MurlessBara Bibi (1954), Collyria (1959), Bracey Bridge (1965), Pink Gem (1967, dead-heat), Parmelia (1970), Attica Meli (1972), Mil's Bomb (1974)

Winners since 1975Edit

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Time
1975 May Hill 3 Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn 3:08.70
1976 African Dancer 3 Tony Murray Harry Wragg 3:11.40
1977 Royal Hive 3 Joe Mercer Henry Cecil 3:15.70
1978 Idle Waters 3 John Reid Fulke Johnson Houghton 3:09.90
1979 Quay Line 3 Philip Waldron Henry Candy
1980 Shoot A Line 3 Willie Carson Dick Hern 3:12.60
1981 Alma Ata 3 Tony Ives Luca Cumani 3:11.40
1982 Swiftfoot 3 Willie Carson Dick Hern 3:13.50
1983 High Hawk 3 Willie Carson John Dunlop 3:08.90
1984 Borushka 3 Kevin Darley Fulke Johnson Houghton 3:10.70
1985 I Want to Be 3 Lester Piggott John Dunlop
1986 Rejuvenate 3 Brent Thomson Barry Hills 3:06.64
1987 Trampship 3 Pat Eddery Barry Hills 3:08.40
1988 Casey 3 Ray Cochrane Luca Cumani 3:04.89
1989 Lucky Song 3 Steve Cauthen Luca Cumani 3:09.72
1990 Madame Dubois 3 Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 3:10.61
1991 Patricia 3 Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 3:05.37
1992 Niodini 3 Paul Eddery Michael Stoute 3:07.11
1993 Anna of Saxony 4 Frankie Dettori John Gosden 3:11.63
1994 Coigach 3 Willie Ryan Henry Cecil 3:03.89
1995 Noble Rose 4 Frankie Dettori Luca Cumani 3:11.40
1996 Eva Luna 4 Pat Eddery Henry Cecil 3:03.93
1997 Book at Bedtime 3 Michael Roberts Charles Cyzer 3:02.44
1998 Delilah 4 Richard Quinn Sir Michael Stoute 3:07.42
1999 Mistle Song 3 Richard Quinn Clive Brittain 3:07.22
2000 Miletrian 3 Craig Williams Mick Channon 3:04.87
2001 Ranin 3 Willie Supple Ed Dunlop 3:10.17
2002 Alexander Three D 3 Michael Hills Barry Hills 3:05.26
2003 Discreet Brief 3 Pat Eddery John Dunlop 3:07.36
2004 Echoes in Eternity 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 3:05.82
2005 Sweet Stream 5 Thierry Gillet John Hammond 3:03.89
2006 Rising Cross [a] 3 Martin Dwyer John Best 2:58.46
2007 Hi Calypso 3 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute 3:01.07
2008 Allegretto 5 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute 3:13.31
2009 The Miniver Rose 3 Pat Dobbs Richard Hannon Sr. 3:02.81
2010 Eastern Aria 4 Frankie Dettori Mark Johnston 3:02.00
2011 Meeznah 4 Frankie Dettori David Lanigan 3:05.53
2012 Wild Coco 4 Tom Queally Sir Henry Cecil 3:05.94
2013 The Lark 3 Jamie Spencer Michael Bell 3:08.95
2014 Silk Sari 4 Andrea Atzeni Luca Cumani 3:05.11
2015 Gretchen 3 Robert Havlin John Gosden 3:06.46
2016 Simple Verse 4 Oisin Murphy Ralph Beckett 3:06.08
2017 Alyssa 4 Pat Dobbs Ralph Beckett 3:11.59
2018 God Given 4 Jamie Spencer Luca Cumani 3:09.77
2019 Enbihaar 4 Jim Crowley John Gosden 3:02.79

a The 2006 running took place at York over 1 mile, 5 furlongs and 197 yards.

Earlier winnersEdit

  • 1839: Mickleton Maid
  • 1840: Calypso
  • 1841: Disclosure
  • 1842: Sally
  • 1843: Peggy
  • 1844: Sorella
  • 1845: Miss Sarah
  • 1846: Ennui
  • 1847: Ellerdale
  • 1848: Canezou
  • 1849: Lady Evelyn
  • 1850: Tiff
  • 1851: Aphrodite
  • 1852: Bird on the Wing
  • 1853: Mayfair
  • 1854: Honeysuckle
  • 1855: Clotilde
  • 1856: Melissa
  • 1857: Blink Bonny
  • 1858: Hepatica
  • 1859: Qui Vive
  • 1860: Lady Trespass
  • 1861: Brown Duchess
  • 1862: Imperatrice
  • 1863: Fantail
  • 1864: Battaglia
  • 1865: White Duck
  • 1866: Lass o'Gowrie
  • 1867: filly by Wild Dayrell
  • 1868: Athena
  • 1869: Toison d'Or
  • 1870: Agility
  • 1871: Hopbine
  • 1872: Maid of Perth
  • 1873: Marie Stuart
  • 1874: Aventuriere
  • 1875: Skotzka
  • 1876: Twine the Plaiden
  • 1877: Lady Golightly
  • 1878: Jannette
  • 1879: Peace
  • 1880: Experiment
  • 1881: Bal Gal
  • 1882: Shotover
  • 1883: Britomartis
  • 1884: Belinda
  • 1885: Hurry
  • 1886: Miss Jummy
  • 1887: Porcelain
  • 1888: Belle Mahone
  • 1889: Minthe
  • 1890: Ponza
  • 1891: Cereza
  • 1892: Gantlet
  • 1893: Self Sacrifice
  • 1894: Amiable
  • 1895: Bass
  • 1896: Canterbury Pilgrim
  • 1897: Galatia
  • 1898: Lowood
  • 1899: Irish Ivy
  • 1900: Goosander
  • 1901: St Aldegonde
  • 1902: Elba
  • 1903: Quintessence
  • 1904: Pretty Polly
  • 1905: Adula
  • 1906: Demure
  • 1907: Jubilee
  • 1908: Siberia
  • 1909: Electra
  • 1910: Yellow Slave
  • 1911: Hair Trigger II
  • 1912: Eufrosina
  • 1913: Arda
  • 1914: First Spear
  • 1915–18: no race
  • 1919: Flying Spear
  • 1920: Redhead
  • 1921: Love in Idleness
  • 1922: Selene
  • 1923: Brownhylda
  • 1924: Charley's Mount
  • 1925: Juldi
  • 1926: Glasheen
  • 1927: Cinq a Sept
  • 1928: Girandola
  • 1929: Nuwara Eliya
  • 1930: Glorious Devon
  • 1931: Volume
  • 1932: Fury
  • 1933: Typhonic
  • 1934: Poker
  • 1935: Fox Lair
  • 1936: Traffic Light
  • 1937: Nadushka
  • 1938: Gainly
  • 1939–40: no race
  • 1941: Bright Lady 1
  • 1942–45: no race
  • 1946: Procne
  • 1947: Mitrailleuse
  • 1948: Vertencia
  • 1949: Sea Idol
  • 1950: La Baille
  • 1951: Verse
  • 1952: Moon Star
  • 1953: Kerkeb
  • 1954: Bara Bibi
  • 1955: Ark Royal
  • 1956: Kyak
  • 1957: Almeria
  • 1958: Cutter
  • 1959: Collyria
  • 1960: Sunny Cove
  • 1961: Never Say
  • 1962: Almiranta
  • 1963: Outcrop
  • 1964: Cursorial
  • 1965: Bracey Bridge
  • 1966: Parthian Glance
  • 1967: Pia / Pink Gem 2
  • 1968: Bringley
  • 1969: Aggravate
  • 1970: Parmelia
  • 1971: Example
  • 1972: Attica Meli
  • 1973: Reload
  • 1974: Mil's Bomb

1 The 1941 running took place at Newmarket.
2 The 1967 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Blink Bonny Disturbances". Trove (Bell's Life in Sydney, 23 January 1858). Retrieved 8 January 2012.