The Norfolk Stakes is a flat sprint run over 1,006 metres or 5 furlongs on the straight. The race is open to two-year-old horses only with a weight of 9st 1lb (3lb allowance for fillies).
The prize purse in 2015 was £70,000, of which winner Ryan Moore on Waterloo Bridge took home £39,697. It is a Group Two race, having been promoted from Group Three in 2006.
The history of the Norfolk Stakes
It was inaugurated at the 1843 meeting, at which it was originally called the New Stakes and won by Rattan. The name change occurred in 1973 to honour HM’s Representative at Ascot, the 16th Duke of Norfolk, who attended from 1945 until 1972.
Open only to two-year-olds, horses cannot be entered in the Norfolk Stakes more than once.
1961 – Abermaid
1965 – Tin King
1966 – Falcon
1970 – Swing Easy
1975 – Faliraki
1977 – Emboss
1983 – Precocious
1984 – Magic Mirror
1992 – Niche
There have been four trainers who have each scored four wins in the Norfolk Stakes, although none have achieved this feat in nearly a hundred years.
|Trainer||Year / horse||Year / horse||Year / horse||Year / horse|
|Mathew Dawson||1851 / Hobbie Noble||1864 / Liddington||1868 / Belladrum||1884 / Melton|
|James Ryan||1875 / Coltness||1882 / Adriana||1886 / Enterprise||1890 / Orvieto|
|John Porter||1887 / Friar’s Balsam||1891 / Goldfinch||1894 / Kissing Cup||1898 / Flying Fox|
|Atty Persse||1907 / Sir Archibald||1910 / Seaforth||1926 / Damon||1928 / Mr Jinks|
This historic race is the perfect event to start Day Three of Royal Ascot, marrying the tradition of the meeting with the thrills and excitement of watching the horses charging towards the finishing post.