Royal Ascot: Queen Anne Stakes
The Queen Anne Stakes, originally open to horses aged three and older, was established in 1840, and during the early part of its history it was called the Trial Stakes. In 1930, it was renamed in honour of Queen Anne, the founder of Ascot Racecourse. The Queen Anne Stakes was classed as a Group 3 race in 1971, and it was promoted to Group 2 level in 1984. It was given Group 1 status in 2003, and at this point the minimum age of participating horses was raised to four. It is now the first race on the opening day of the Royal Ascot meeting.
|Trial Plate 1850||Group 1||New Mile|
|1||FLATCATCHER||S Rogers||Stebbing 6-9st 0lbs||Mr W Stebbing 10/6|
|2||NINA||W Boyce||4-8st 3lbs||Duke of Rutland evens fav|
|3||BLONDETTE||S Mann||3-7st 1lbs||Major Martyn 2/1|
|The Trail Plate, forerunner of the Queen Anne Stakes, over the New Mile, took place on Tuesday 11th June 1850 and the winner, a bay horse by Touchstone out of Decoy, won a first prize of 75 sovereigns from 5 subscribers (equivalent to £10,000 in 2020).||Over round 119%|
|Queen Anne Stakes||Group 1||1 mile||1840|