The Ribblesdale Stakes is the third race of the six run on Day Three at Royal Ascot. It is run over a distance of 2,414 metres (1 mile, 4 furlongs) and is open to fillies aged three.

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This flat race is run on the right-handed Ascot course over 4,214 metres. Fillies are required to carry 8st 12lb and there are weight penalties of 3lb for those horses that have previously won either a Group One or Group Two race over a distance of a mile and a quarter or more.

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The prize purse totalled £160,000 in 2015, with winning horse and jockey Curvy and Ryan Moore gaining a share of £90,736.

The Ribblesdale Stakes is the third race of the six run on Day Three at Royal Ascot. It is run over a distance of 2,414 metres (1 mile, 4 furlongs) and is open to fillies aged three.

Royal Ascot Ribblesdale Stakes horses

The history of the Ribblesdale Stakes

The Ribblesdale Stakes was originally open to horses of either gender aged three or four. Named for the 1892–1895 Master of the Buckhounds, the 4th Baron Ribblesdale, the inaugural running of this race took place in 1919, when it was won by a horse named Milton over a distance of 1 mile.

After the race had to be abandoned over the course of the Second World War, it was reinstated in 1948 at its current distance of 1 mile, 4 furlongs. From 1950 entry to the race become restricted to three-year-old fillies.

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After the race had to be abandoned over the course of the Second World War, it was reinstated in 1948 at its current distance of 1 mile, 4 furlongs. From 1950 entry to the race become restricted to three-year-old fillies.

Royal Ascot Ribblesdale Stakes jockey

Race records

The leading jockey by far for the Ribblesdale Stakes is Frankie Dettori, who has managed six winners to date, most recently on Hibaayeb in 2010. He also won the previous year on Flying Cloud, in 2004 on Punctilious, in 1999 on Fairy Queen, in 1998 on Bahr and in 1995 on Phantom Gold.

In the past half a century there have been three trainers who have each entered five winners: Henry Cecil, John Dunlop and Saeed bin Suroor.

The Ribblesdale Stakes makes for exciting betting as many of the fillies entered have not yet had the opportunity to show their true colours. It is not often a race that favourites do well in, with only one favourite having won since 2001.

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Those in second position under starting prices tend to fare better, with five wins for the second favourite in recent years. 2005 and 2006 saw the most upset when Thakafaat and then Mont Etoile came in first despite being priced at 25/1.

Winners of this race often next go on to attempt the Irish Oaks in July, while six winners since 1997 came off the back of a good run at the Epsom Oaks.

As a Group Two race the Ribblesdale is not perhaps the best showcase of the top-class females, but it nevertheless often proves fascinating as lightly-raced fillies are presented with the opportunity to live up to their promise.