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Sandringham Handicap Stakes History

The Sandringham Handicap Stakes is a Listed handicap race run at Royal Ascot over one mile for three-year-old fillies.

Rounding off the second day of the five-day extravaganza, this contest often attracts a competitive field and accommodates those fillies that are just below Pattern company and it is their chance to try and secure a big race victory at the Royal meeting.

Originally known as the Fern Hill Stakes, its names was changed and in 2005 was made into a handicap contest, which has seen it become a more wide open race, but occasionally it has seen a classy winner.

In 2010, Sir Henry Cecil saddled Timepiece was long being touted as a potential Oaks filly, but when she struggled in the top grade over the middle distances, she was dropped to handicap company and was an emphatic winner of the Sandringham Stakes, when being sent off at 5/1.

It may not have the class of a lot of the other Royal Ascot races, but it certainly gives punters the chance to get their teeth into a handicap conundrum and it can pay to stay with the class element and the horses dropping in grade than the progressive horses that are on the upgrade.

Notable winners of the last few years include Michael Bell's Red Evie, who was a cracking winner in 2006, whilst John Dunlop won this race twice in the 2000s with Hold To Ransom in 2003 and Festivale in 2008.

Recent Winners of Sandringham Handicap

  • 2000 - Papabile
  • 2001 - Independence
  • 2002 - Tashawak
  • 2003 - Hold To Ransom
  • 2004 - Celtic Heroine
  • 2005 - Beautyandthebeast
  • 2006 - Red Evie
  • 2007 - Barshiba
  • 2008 - Festivale
  • 2009 - Moneycantbuymelove
  • 2010 - Timepiece
  • 2011 - Rhythm Of Light
  • 2012 - Duntle
  • 2013 - Annecdote
  • 2014 - Muteela