The Duke of Cambridge Stakes
The Duke of Cambridge Stakes (formerly Windsor Forest Stakes) is a Group 2 race for thoroughbred fillies that remained in training beyond their 3-year-old season.
The Duke of Cambridge Stakes is one of the more recent additions to the Royal Ascot meeting and was first run in 2004. The event was created to offer horses that had performed well in the two- and three-year-olds events in previous years the opportunity to continue their careers and contest major races.
The Duke of Cambridge Stakes is open to four-year-old thoroughbred fillies and is run over one mile on the Ascot flat racing course. It is not unusual to see winners of the previous season’s Irish and English 1,000 Guineas participating in this race.
Duke of Cambridge Stakes Betting
A trend that has emerged in the short history of the Duke of Cambridge Stakes betting is race favourites performing well in the race. Class from the previous season tends to carry over into this race, and winners of major 3-year-old group 1 races are therefore favourites in the betting markets.
Duke of Cambridge Stakes Winners
Four horses have won the Duke of Cambridge Stakes. Of these the most notable is Soviet Song, who did credit to her favourite rating in 2006 by winning the Duke of Cambridge Stakes. Her victory came on the heels of her being voted the highest-rated older filly in the world in 2004 and 2005. At present the race record belongs to 2005 winner Peeress, with a time of 1 minute and 37 seconds – three seconds clear of the next fastest time.
A different jockey has claimed the Duke of Cambridge Stakes winners’ title in each year of the race’s running. Some of Britain’s top jockeys have won the race during its brief history, including Michael Kinane, Jamie Spencer and Kieran Fallon.
In the short history of the Duke of Cambridge Stakes, one trainer has stamped his name on the event. Sir Michael Stoute won the first two Duke of Cambridge Stakes with Favourable Terms in 2004 and Peeress in 2005.