The Albany Stakes is a flat race that opens Day Four of Royal Ascot. A relatively new event in the racing calendar, there are plenty of records to be made and broken in this race for two-year-old fillies.

Key information

The Albany Stakes takes place over a distance of 1,207 metres or six furlongs and is held as the first race on the fourth day at Royal Ascot. The sprint is a fillies-only race open to those aged two with a 9st weight requirement.

The prize purse totalled £70,000 in the 2015 race, with a share of £39,697 going to the winning horse and jockey Illuminate and Richard Hughes.

Royal Ascot Albany Stakes riders

The history of the Albany Stakes

The race was introduced as part of the 2002 expansion of the meeting in celebration of the Golden Jubilee of the Queen in 2002.

For its inaugural running the race was entitled the Henry Carnarvon Stakes, named in honour of the late racing manager of Queen Elizabeth II who passed away in 2001: the 7th Earl of Carnarvon, Henry Herbert.

A Listed race for its first three years, the race name was changed to the Albany Stakes in 2003 and the event was promoted in 2005 to Group Three status.

Race records

A relatively new race at Royal Ascot, there are yet to come many highly impressive records here.

However, jockey Jamie Spencer really shines in the Albany Stakes, claiming four wins to date. He first rode to victory in 2005 on La Chunga, followed by his 2007 win on Nijoom Dubai. Several years later in 2011 he won once more with Samitar before taking home his most recent victory in 2013 with Kiyoshi.

Leading trainer Mick Channon also worked with Nijoom Dubai and Samitar as well as the 2003 winner Silca’s Gift, making him the current record holder with three winners.

The quickest winning time was 1:10:35, achieved by Jamie Spencer in his 2005 win with La Chunga.

With many of the horses relatively unseen and few definite patterns to be pondered over, the opening race on day four of Royal Ascot is a tricky one to make any decisive selections on. The Sandown Maiden Stakes offers bettors a few pointers, but in many ways one guess is as good as another in this exciting flat race.