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Princess of Wales's Stakes

Princess of Wales's Stakes
Group 2 race
Location July Course
Newmarket, England
Inaugurated 1894
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Boylesports
Website Newmarket
Race information
Distance 1m 4f (2,414 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Right-hand "L"
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 8 st 3 lb (3yo);
9 st 2 lb (4yo+)
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Penalties
5 lb for Group 1 winners *
3 lb for Group 2 winners *
* since November 1 last year
(2yo wins not penalised)
Purse £100,000 (2015)
1st: £56,710
Princess Of Wales's Stakes
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The Princess of Wales's Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged three years or older. It is run on the July Course at Newmarket over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs (2,414 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in July.

History

The event is named in honour of Alexandra of Denmark, who became the Princess of Wales in 1863. It was established in 1894, and the inaugural running was won by Isinglass. In its early history, the race was one of the British season's most valuable and prestigious all-aged races. It was initially contested over a mile, and it was extended to its current distance in 1902.

The present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and for a period the Princess of Wales's Stakes was classed at Group 3 level.

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