Horse Racing - King Charles III Stakes

Staged on the first day of the Royal meeting each June at Ascot racecourse in Berkshire, England over the shortest possible distance in racing, five furlongs (1,006 metres), this is one of the premier sprints in the UK racing calendar.
It is open to horses aged three years or older. It became a Group 1 event in 1973 under the name "King's Stand Stakes" but its predecessor was actually at the other extreme of the racing slate, a stamina event over two miles called the Royal Stand Plate. In 1860, heavy rain made it impossible to run that race, so it was shortened to five furlongs on the only raceable part of the course and named the Queen's Stand Plate.
It became the King's Stand Stakes following the monarch's death in 1901. The race was downgraded to Group 2 level from 1988-2007 but returned to the elite level in 2008. In 2023 it was renamed the King Charles III Stakes

The winners since the race has had Group 1 status (1988-2007 were Group 2) have been:

1973 ABERGWAUN L Piggott V O'Brien
1974 BAY EXPRESS B Taylor P Nelson
1975 FLIRTING AROUND Y St Martin R Carver
1976 LOCHNAGER E Hide M Easterby
1977 GOD'S WALK L Piggott V O'Brien
1978 SOLINUS L Piggott V O'Brien
1979 DOUBLE FORM J Reid F Johnson-H
1980 AFRICAN SONG P Eddery P Kelleway
1981 MARWELL W Sw'burn M Stoute
1982 FEARLESS LAD E Hide D Peacock
1983 SAYF EL ARAB T Thomas B O'Gorman
1984 HABIBTI W Carson J Dunlop
1985 NEVER SO BOLD L Piggott R Armstrong
1986 LAST TYCOON C Asm'sen R Collet
1987 BLUEBIRD C Asm'sen V O'Brien
*1988 CHILIBANG W Carson J Dunlop
*1989 INDIAN RIDGE S Cauthen D Elsworth
*1990 DAYJUR W Carson D Hern
*1991 ELBIO S Cauthen P Makin
*1992 SHEIKH ALBADOU W Sw'burn A Scott 
*1993 ELBIO W Sw'burn P Makin
*1994 LOCH SONG F Dettori I Balding
*1995 PICCOLO R Hughes M Channon
*1996 PIVOTAL G Duffield M Prescott
*1997 DON'T WORRY ME O Peslier G Henrot
*1998 BOLSHOI C Lowther J Berry
*1999 MITCHAM R Quinn T Mills
*2000 NUCLEAR DEBATE G Mosse J Hammond
*2001 CASSANDRA GO M Roberts G Wragg
*2002 DOMINICA M Dwyer M Tregoning
*2003 CHOISIR J Murtagh P Perry
*2004 THE TATLING D Holland M Bradley
*2005 CHINEUR C Lemaire M Delzangles
*2006 TAKEOVER TARGET J Ford J Janiak
*2007 MISS ANDRETTI C Newitt L Freedman
2008 EQUIANO O Peslier M Delcher S
2009 SCENIC BLAST S Arnold D Morton
2010 EQUIANO M Hills B Hills
2011 PROHIBIT J Crowley R Cowell
2012 LITTLE BRIDGE Z Purton D Shum
J Murtagh E Lynam
R Hughes E Lynam
2015 GOLDREAM M Harley R Cowell
2016 PROFITABLE A Kirby C Cox
2017 LADY AURELIA J Velazquez W Ward
2018 BLUE POINT W Buick C Appleby
2019 BLUE POINT J Doyle C Appleby
2020 BATTAASH J Crowley C Hills
2021 OXTED C Fallon R Teal
2022 NATURE STRIP J McDonald C Waller
2023 BRADSELL H Doyle A Watson
2024 ASFOORA O Murphy H Dwyer

 * Group 2 status

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