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 1851||Group 1||New Mile|
|1||THE MOOR||W Abdale||6-9st 3lbs||Mr Death 1/3 fav|
|2||THE SPHINX||Rickards||2-4st 6lbs||Captain Archdall 2/1|
|The Trail Plate, forerunner of the Queen Anne Stakes, over the New Mile, took place on Tuesday 3rd June 1851 and the winner, a black horse by Sir Hercules out of Elf, won a first prize of 400 sovereigns from 8 subscribers (equivalent to £56,000 in 2020).||Over round 108%|
|Queen Anne Stakes||Group 1||1 mile||1840|