Royal Ascot: Ascot Stakes

The Ascot Stakes is a flat handicap open to horses aged four years or older and it is scheduled to take place each year in June on the first day of the meeting.
Early history:- The inaugural running of the Ascot Stakes over two and a half miles was on Tuesday 28th May 1839 when Mr Forth’s 3-year-old Merchant filly defeated The Skater and Hyllus.

Ascot Stakes 1839 Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 MERCHANT Filly A Lad 3-Feather Mr Forth 100/8
2 THE SKATER Arthur Pavis 6-7st 5lbs Mr Dolphin 10/1
3 HYLLUS Francis 3-5st 10lbs Mr Dixon 20/1
4 CALMUCK Coleman 6-8st 13lbs Mr C Jerman 12/1
5 INDUSTRY Nat Flatman 4-8st 0lbs Lord Chesterfield 7/2 fav
6 JOANNINA Eddie Edwards 4-7st 6lbs Lord Jersey 9/2
7 BAY HAMPTON Wakefield 4-7st 4lbs Mr Shelley 25/1
8 CORNBOROUGH Balchin 5-6st 13lbs Mr Gerrard 25/1
9 I WISH YOU MAY GET IT Chapple 4-6st 13lbs Fulwar Craven 10/1
10 SLENDER Mann 4-6st 11lbs Mr H Falconer 100/8
11 BULLCALF Cotton 4-6st 0lbs Lord Albemarle 6/1
12 CONFUSIONED Howlett 3-5st 0lbs Duke of Richmond 25/1
This race took place on Tuesday 28th May 1839 when the winner, a chestnut filly by Merchant out of Turquoise, won by a neck, with a head back to the third. First prize was £1,125 (equivalent to £118,000 in 2020) Over round 113%
Ascot Stakes Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs