Named after the Wills portion of Kate and Wills, The Duke of Cambridge Stakes is a contest that features as part of Royal Ascot, staged around the namesake course.

Key information

Female horses who are aged four or older – better known as fillies and mares – can compete in this flat race, run over the distance of just one mile (1,609 metres).

Weight requirements stand at 9st, with penalties of 5lb and 3lb for previous winners of Group One or Group Two races, respectively.

Out of the eight runners, around £76,000 awaits the lucky winner, taking home the lion’s share of the typical £135,000 prize fund, with pay-outs continuing all the way up to the sixth place horse and jockey partnership.

The history of the Duke of Cambridge Stakes

The Duke of Cambridge Stakes was formerly known as the Windsor Forest Stakes since its inception in 2004. It was renamed in 2013, when the current royal name was bestowed upon it.

With the need for more races for fillies spreading across Europe in 2004, the Duke of Cambridge Stakes was one of the races borne from this; the incentive for such races was to keep female horses from being exported or retired to stud too early.

Duke of Cambridge Stakes riders

Race records

No horse has ever won the race twice, meaning this record is still up for grabs. However, two jockeys have ridden the winning horse twice, Wayne Lordan in 2011 and 2013, and Ryan Moore in 2010 and 2014.

Moore also holds the record of quickest time around the course, clocking a 1:37:09 in 2014. Sir Michael Stoute claims the title of most wins by a single trainer, with four wins occurring over a decade from 2004 to 2014.

The vast majority of winners have been four years old, with just two horses aged five and above winning the Duke of Cambridge Stakes since its inception in 2004.

As a sprint over a short distance, this is an action-packed eight-fold contest that’s sure to drum up excitement in every equestrian enthusiast.