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Gordon Richards Stakes History

The Gordon Richards Stakes is a Group Three race run at Sandown Park over one mile, two furlongs for horses aged four years or older.

Established in 1963, the race was originally named as the Westbury Stakes before it was eventually named in honour of legendary jockey Gordon Richards and the race now attracts some leading middle distance horses.

Sir Henry Cecil's Indian Skimmer is certainly a name that jumps out of the illustrious roll of honour as after a successful four-year-old campaign that saw him win the Champion Stakes and Iriish equivalent, he returned to the track aged five and stormed to victoy in the 1989 running of this race.

Sir Michael Stoute's Singspiel was a classy winner of the 1996 Gordon Richards Stakes before becoming a real globetrotter, as he used this race as a springboard to victory in the Japan Cup and the Dubai World Cup.  Closer to home, the classy gelding went on to lift the Coronation Cup and Juddmonte International Stakes to emphasise that this race can produce superstars.

Stoure has a terrific recent record in the race as well and he recorded a hat-trick of successes between 2008 and 2010 as Ask, Tartan Bearer and Glass Harmonium were all victorious to propel his record to seven winners in the contest.

The only dual winner of the event was Chancellor, who won the race for Barry Hills in 2002 before regaining the title in 2004 under the stewardship of John Dunlop.

Recent Winners of Gordon Richards Stakes

  • 2000 - Little Rock
  • 2001 - Island House
  • 2002 - Chancellor
  • 2003 - Indian Creek
  • 2004 - Chancellor
  • 2005 - Weightless
  • 2006 - Day Flight
  • 2007 - Red Rocks
  • 2008 - Ask
  • 2009 - Tartan Bearer
  • 2010 - Glass Harmonium
  • 2011 - Kings Gambit
  • 2012 - Colombian
  • 2013 - Al Kazeem
  • 2014 - Noble Mission