Royal Ascot: The Wolferton Handicap Stakes

Royal Ascot: The Wolferton Handicap Stakes

By 10/03/2016 Horseracing, Royal Ascot

The Wolferton Handicap Stakes comes as race two on day five of Ascot. It is one of the newer races of the meeting, having been first introduced as part of the extension in 2002 when Royal Ascot opened for five days rather than the previous four in honour of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.

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Although the extension was originally planned as a one-off, its success meant the five-day event became a permanent fixture. The race was initially called the Wolferton Rated Stakes and was named after Wolferton village, which is situated near Sandringham House.

Key information

The Wolferton Stakes is a Listed, handicap race which is open to horses aged four years and older. It is run on a right-handed, turf track over a distance of 2,012 metres or approximately 1 mile, 2 furlongs.

The prize purse is currently £70,000, with the winner’s share of the pot being £39,697.

Race records and trends

As a relatively new race there have as yet been no great records set for the Wolferton Stakes. No single horse has won twice, although jockey William Buick has managed two consecutive wins on Beachfire in 2011 and Gatewood in 2012.

Trainer John Gosden was responsible for both of Buick’s winning horses and came in first again in 2015 with Mahsoob ridden by Paul Hanagan.

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Favourites have not got the best history in the Wolferton Stakes, with only three winning since its inception. 13/8 favourite Rainbow Peak won in 2010, 3/1 favourite Gatewood in 2012 and 7/4 favourite Mahsoob in 2015.

There have been several double-priced winners to date, including three at 12/1 (Forgotten Voice in 2013, Beachfire in 2011 and Supaseus in 2008), plus a few even longer shots such as the 16/1 I’m So Lucky, who was certainly lucky in 2006 when winning at 16/1, and the 2007 and 2005 winners Championship Point and Imperial Stride, each of whom had a starting price of 25/1.

Four and five-year-old horses have dominated the race since 2002, with only inaugural winner Ulundi aged seven and 2013’s winner Forgotten Voice aged eight breaking this trend so far.

With a short history, there are plenty of opportunities for horses to set big records in the Wolferton Handicap Stakes. Charged over 1 mile, 2 furlongs, this is a thrilling recent addition to the Royal Ascot billing.