Kicking of the final day of Royal Ascot we have the Chesham Stakes. Run by two-year-old horses in their first season, this race provides an exciting opportunity to view the potential of lightly-raced horses.
Weight is 9st 3lb with an allowance of 5lb for fillies and penalties of 5lb and 3lb for previous Group and Listed winners respectively. The prize purse is £60,000 in total with a winner’s pot of £34,026.
Named in honour of the 1900 and 1901 Master of the Buckhounds, the 3rd Baron Chesham, the inaugural race replaced the previous Triennial Stakes first leg. It was run over 6 furlongs for a period before being extended in 1996 to its current distance of 7 furlongs.
The leading jockey in the recent history of the Chesham Stakes is Frankie Dettori. The Italian jockey has won here on four occasions: in 1997 on Central Park, 1998 with Rhapsodist, 2001 with Seba and most recently in 2012 with Tha’ir.
Trainer Paul Cole has also experienced much success here with four wins himself. Cole entered Fair Cop for a win in 1991, Montjoy in 1994, Dettori’s Central park in 1997 and Berkshire in 2013.
The Chesham Stakes is often a good one for the bettors, with fancied horses typically performing well here. Although 2014 and 2015’s races were won by double-priced horses (with Suits You winning in 2015 at 14/1 and Richard Pankhurst winning in 2014 at 10/1), 14 of the last 18 winners were in the betting top four.
Giving young horses a chance to make some waves in the horse racing scene, the Chesham Stakes is a thrilling 7-furlong charge with plenty to get excited about.