Royal Ascot: The Queen Alexandra Stakes

Royal Ascot: The Queen Alexandra Stakes

By 10/03/2016 Horseracing, Royal Ascot

The Queen Alexandra Stakes is the final event at Royal Ascot, closing the meeting in style as the longest race in the flat racing calendar.

Key information

It is not only the longest race of the meeting but also the longest race on the entire flat racing calendar. It is a conditions race for horses from the age of four.

The Queen Alexandra Stakes is a flat conditions race which traditionally closes the festivities at Royal Ascot every year. Run over a distance of 4,370 metres or just under 2 miles, 6 furlongs on a right-handed track, this is a true test of stamina for the runners.

The race is open to horses aged four and over, with weight of 9st for the four-year olds and of 9st 2lb for those aged five and over. There are penalties for each Class One prior win of 5lb and for each Class Two or Three win of 3lb, plus a 5lb allowance for mares and fillies.

The prize purse is £60,000 in total with a winning share of £37,350.

The history of the Queen Alexandra Stakes

The inaugural running of the Queen Alexandra Stakes occurred in 1864, when the event was titled the Alexandra Plate. It gained its current name in 1931 after being called simply the Alexandra Stakes for some time until then.

The longest flat race in Britain, it used to be even longer (by 95 yards) until the 2005 realignment of the track during extensive refurbishments at Ascot. In that year Royal Ascot was held at York Racecourse.

Race records

The most successful horse in the Queen Alexandra Stakes ran in the inter-war years, with Brown Jack taking home six consecutive victories between 1929 and 1934 and ridden each time by Champion jockey Steve Donoghue.

Since 1960 there have been three jockeys who have each bagged three wins – Bill Williamson, Richard Quinn and Kieren Fallon – but none have come close to the record of Steve Donoghue.

The Queen Alexandra Stakes tends to be dominated by younger and more progressive horses, with all but one winning horses since 1980 being aged seven or under. The exception to this rule was Caracciola who won in 2009 aged 12.

Favourites don’t have a bad record here, with five of them winning since 2002. Double-priced winners in recent years include Cruzspiel in 2005 and Bergo in 2010, both priced at 10/1, as well as the 2004 winner Corrib Eclipse who came in at 25/1.

As the final race of the Royal Ascot, the Queen Alexandra Stakes is the last chance for bettors to recoup their losses or add to their winning pot.

With everyone wanting to go home a winner, this race can often attract a large number of bets as race-goers await the finale of the prestigious weekend.