The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes
The Class 2 heritage handicap Duke of Edinburgh Stakes is run annually at the Royal Ascot meeting.
The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes was first run in 1973, and was named after Prince Phillip, the royal consort to Queen Elizabeth II. The race is one of the less prestigious events at the Royal Ascot meeting, frequently giving less fancied stables the opportunity to claim a Royal Ascot title.
The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes is open to three-year-old and over racehorses, and is run over the middle distance of one mile and four furlongs.
Duke of Edinburgh Stakes Betting
The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes betting trends show that highly rated horses tend to perform well in the race, and that handicaps have a minimal impact on race results. Eight of the last ten winners carrying nine stone or more, which suggests you can focus your attention on horses with the highest ratings rather than entries carrying lighter loads.
Duke of Edinburgh Stakes Winners
The Duke of Edinburgh Stakes is a tough race to win as the handicappers tend to be particularly harsh on horses coming into the race on the back of a win in another event. In 2006 Young Mick reversed the recent trend of short-odds horses coming in placed by winning the race despite 28-1 odds.
Michael Kinane has had a good record in the Duke of Edinburgh Stakes in recent races, having won the 2005 event and finishing placed on two other occasions. The top jockeys of the Royal Ascot contest this race with surprising ferocity, which means that although the top names in the sport are always in evidence in the final standings – no jockey has managed to win the race twice since the turn of the millennium.
Sir Michael Stoute has extended his dominance of the Royal Ascot meeting into the Prince of Edinburgh Stakes in the last decade, winning the race once and finishing placed on two other occasions. Mark Johnston saw his horses come in 1st and 2nd in 2001, but hasn’t managed to train a Duke of Edinburgh Stakes winner since.