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.
Early history:- A massive field of 29 contested the very first running of the Alexandra Plate, forerunner of the Queen Alexandra Stakes, over the Old Mile on Friday 10th June 1864. It was won by Mr J Lowe's Anglo-Saxon (20/1) who defeated Crisis (5/1) and Exchequer (8/1) by 2 lengths and a length and a half.

Alexandra Plate 1887 Conditions race Old Mile course (3 miles)
Pos. Horse Jockey Age/weight Owner
1 EURASIAN F Barrett James Waugh 5-9st 6lbs Mr Jack Hammond 7/2
2 SIR KENNETH Charles Wood George Bloss 5-9st 6lbs Lord Hartington 8/1
3 STONE CLINK John Osborne Matthews 5-9st 2lbs Mr R C Vyner 9/4 jt fav
4 WAVELET John Watts McKenna (Ire) aged-9st 3lbs Mr J McKenna 100/8
5 MIDDLETHORPE Tom Cannon Joseph Hayhoe aged-9st 7lbs Leopold De Rothschild 10/1
6 ALB Bruckshaw Matthews 5-9st 2lbs Mr R C Vyner 20/1
7 THE COB G Barrett Alec Taylor 4-9st 0lbs Duke of Beaufort 9/4 jt fav
The Alexandra Plate, forerunner of the Queen Alexandra Stakes, was held over the Old Mile on Friday 10th June 1887 when won by a chesnut horse by Camballo out of Lais, won a first prize of 1600 sovereigns from 24 subscribers (equivalent to £212,000 in 2020). Actual first prize was £1175. Over round 115%
Queen Alexandra Stakes Conditions race 2 miles 5 furlongs 159 yards 1864
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