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 1840 Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 DARKNESS Percy J Roe 3-5st 4lbs Captain Williamson 7/1
2 LITTLE WONDER Nat Flatman 3-7st 0lbs Mr Robertson 4/6 fav
3 ARCTIC John Day aged-8st 13lbs Mr Herbert 20/1
4 QUO MINUS Sam Chifney 5-8st 13lbs Mr Morgan 5/1
5 JENNY JONES Wakefield 4-8st 4lbs Mr Corbet 10/1
6 ANNE BOLEYN S Mann 5-7st 1lbs Captain Gardnor 20/1
7 HELLESPONT J Howlett 3-5st 7lbs Lord Exeter 20/1
The race took place on Tuesday 16th June 1840 when the winner, a chestnut filly by Glencoe out of Fanny, won a first prize of 720 sovereigns from 44 subscribers, (equivalent to £72,000 in 2020) Over round 112%
Ascot Stakes Handicap 2 miles 4 furlongs