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Albany Stakes History

The Albany Stakes is a Group Three race run at Royal Ascot over six furlongs for two-year-old filles and could well throw up a potential contender for the 1000 Guineas the following season.

Established in 2002, the race was originally run as a Listed contest, but was then promoted to its current status in 2005 and is now one of the highlights on the fourth day of Royal Ascot.

Mick Channon is certainly a trainer to watch out for in this race and since its inception the former England international footballer has bagged three victories in the contest and trained his first winner in 2003 with Silca's Gift.

Channon then teamed up with Jamie Spencer and the pair then racked up another brace of victories in the Albany Stakes with Nijoom Dubai bagging victory in 2007 before Samitar completed the trilogy in 2011 to cement the duo's name in the roll of honour.

Arguably, the finest winner of the race came in 2010 when Richard Hannon's Memory stormed to victory at the Royal meeting, but all didn't go to plan for the filly afterwards, as she went on to flop in the 1000 Guineas as she decided to stay put when the stalls opened and she finished last.

Even though no Classic winner has come out of the race in the first decade, it is sure to attract some top notch runners as it gains more prestige and it shouldn't be long before potential Guineas fillies will be utilising this contest as a springboard to bigger and better things.

Recent Winners of Albany Stakes

  • 2002 - Duty Paid
  • 2003 - Silca's Gift
  • 2004 - Jewel In The Sand
  • 2005 - La Chunga
  • 2006 - Sander Camillo
  • 2007 - Nijoom Dubai
  • 2008 - Cuis Ghaire
  • 2009 - Habaayib
  • 2010 - Memory
  • 2011 - Samitar
  • 2012 - Newfangled
  • 2013 - Kiyoshi
  • 2014 - Cursory Glance