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Queen Mary Stakes History

The Queen Mary Stakes is a Group Two race run at Royal Ascot over five furlongs and is open to two-year-old fillies.

Established in 1921, this contest has now become one of the highlights of the Royal meeting and is targeted by the leading trainers in the UK & Ireland with their star two-year-olds and look to use it as a stepping stone to bigger and better things.

It may be run over the minimum distance of five furlongs, but it has often been used as a trial for the 1000 Guineas the following season and some fillies have managed to step up to a mile after winning the Queen Mary Stakes and bag victory at Newmarket at the beginning of the following season.

Mark Johnston's Attraction managed the coveted double when storming to victory in the 2003 Queen Mary, before bagging Classic glory the following season at Newmarket in the 1000 Guineas.

However, it more likely that you see a plethora of runners take part in the leading sprints over the rest of the season with some attacking the Nunthorpe Stakes at York's Ebor Festival, whilst some have gone on to bag victory in the Cheveley Park Stakes.

Richard Hannon has a pretty good record in the Queen Mary and trained back-to-back winners in 1992 and 1993 with Lyric Fantasy and Risky, whilst Best Terms was a classy winner for the legendary handler in 2011 to cement his place as one of the leading trainers in what often throws up a star of the future.

Recent Winners of Queen Mary Stakes

  • 2000 - Romantic Myth
  • 2001 - Queen's Logic
  • 2002 - Romantic Liason
  • 2003 - Attraction
  • 2004 - Damson
  • 2005 - Flashy Wings
  • 2006 - Gilded
  • 2007 - Elletelle
  • 2008 - Langs Lash
  • 2009 - Jealous Again
  • 2010 - Maqaasid
  • 2011 - Best Terms
  • 2012 - Ceiling Kitty
  • 2013 - Rizeena
  • 2014 - Anthem Alexander