The Vintage Stakes is a Group Two race run at Glorious Goodwood over seven furlongs for two-year-old horses and can often throw up a potential Classic contender for the following season.
Established in 1975, this race is now one of the leading juvenile races of the flat racing calendar and is often targeted by trainers who are looking to gain black-type for the youngsters before they go on to bigger and better things. Occasionally, horses can be seen using the Vintage Stakes as a prep race for the Racing Post Trophy at the end of the campaign at Doncaster, as they look to grab Group One glory.
It has also become a leading trial for the Classics and many runners in the race are seen taking part in this before their three-year-old campaign begins at Newmarket where they line up in the 2000 Guineas.
Furthermore, they can look to use this race as a warm-up for the Epsom Derby and the last horse to win this event before bagging Classic glory on the Downs was Marcus Tregoning's Sir Percy, who won the 2005 Vintage Stakes before winning the 2006 Derby in superb fashion.
Dick Hern and Sir Henry Cecil have a terrific record in the Vintage Stakes and both trainers have managed to win the event six times during their illustrious career, whilst some notable winners of the event have been Shamardal, who went on to win the Racing Post Trophy and Dr Devious, who was a superb winner in 1991 before winning the 1992 Derby.