Royal Ascot: Queen Alexandra Stakes
The Queen Alexandra Stakes, named after the consort of King Edward VII, is a flat race over 2 miles 5 furlongs and 159 yards open to horses aged four years or older. It was established in 1864, and it was originally called the Alexandra Plate. It later became known as the Alexandra Stakes, and it was given its current title in 1931. It was formerly contested over 2 miles, 6 furlongs and 34 yards, but it was shortened as a result of the realignment of Ascot's track in 2005. The Queen Alexandra Stakes, the longest flat race in Britain, is traditionally the last race on the final day of the five-day Royal Ascot meeting. It sometimes features horses which ran on the opening day in the Ascot Stakes, and the most recent to win both in the same year was Simenon in 2012.
|Alexandra Plate 1873||Conditions race||Old Mile course (3 miles)|
|1||CREMORNE||Maidment||Gilbert 4-9st 5lbs||Mr H Savile 1/7 fav|
|2||VANDERDECKEN||Cannon||Joe Cannon 4-9st 0lbs||Lord Aylesford 5/1|
|The Alexandra Plate, forerunner of the Queen Alexandra Stakes, was held over the Old Mile on Friday 13th June 1873 when won by a bay horse by Parmesan out of Rigolboche, won a first prize of 1500 sovereigns from 20 subscribers (equivalent to £164,000 in 2020).||Over round 102%|
|Queen Alexandra Stakes||Conditions race||2 miles 5 furlongs 159 yards||1864|