The Ribblesdale Stakes
The Ribblesdale Stakes is a Group 2 race run on the Ascot flat racing course on the third day of the Royal Ascot meeting.
The Ribblesdale Stakes was first run in 1919 and is in honour of Thomas Lister, the 4th Baron Ribblesdale. The race is regarded as unofficial sequel to the annual Epsom Oaks race, with many of the same fillies involved in both races. Ribblesdale Stakes runners often go on to run in the Irish Oaks the following month.
The Ribblesdale Stakes is open to three-year-old fillies and is run over the distance of a mile.
Ribblesdale Stakes Betting
The key to Ribblesdale Stakes betting is awareness of results at the English and Irish Oaks and Guineas, as the race features many entries coming from these events. Although race favourites do have a decent record of finishing placed in the Ribblesdale Stakes, recent trends have demonstrated that antepost favourites are not living up to pre-race hype.
Ribblesdale Stakes Winners
The Ribblesdale Stakes involves the best of the three-year-old filly milers in Britain. The stand-out Ribblesdale Stakes winner in recent years was Bolas, who clocked the one-minute, 28-second race record in 1994.
Celebrity jockey Frankie Dettori has the best record in the Ribblesdale Stakes. The Italian has ridden four Ribblesdale Stakes winners, easily overshadowing the race’s next best jockey, two-time winner Michael Roberts.
With a Ribblesdale Stakes win a much sought-after prize amongst trainers, it is unsurprising that several top trainers have made a strong showing in the history of the event. Saeed bin Suroor, one of the most famous names in the recent history of the Royal Ascot, has trained three Ribblesdale Stakes Winners, matching Henry Cecil’s win tally.