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Dewhurst Stakes

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Inaugurated  1875
Sponsor  Dubai
Distance  7f (1,408 metres)
Race type  Flat / Thoroughbred
Website  Newmarket
Location  Rowley Mile Newmarket, England

The Dewhurst Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain open to two-year-old colts and fillies. It is run on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket over a distance of 7 furlongs (1,408 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in October.

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It is Britain's most prestigious race for juvenile horses. The leading participants usually become major contenders for the following season's Classics.

History

The event was founded by Thomas Gee, who was a close friend of Karl Pearson's father. It was established in 1875 and was originally titled the "Dewhurst Plate". It is named after Gee's Dewhurst Stud at Wadhurst. The first four winners all went on to win one or more of the next year's Classics.

The race was formerly staged during Newmarket's Champions' Day meeting in mid-October. It became part of a new fixture called Future Champions Day in 2011.

The Dewhurst Stakes was added to the Breeders' Cup Challenge series in 2011. The winner was given an automatic invitation to compete in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. It was removed from the series in 2012.

The most recent winner of the Dewhurst Stakes to achieve a Classic victory is Dawn Approach. He won the 2,000 Guineas in 2013.

Winners since 1968

a The 1987 running was abandoned because of high winds and structural damage.

Earlier winners

* The 1910 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

References

Dewhurst Stakes Wikipedia


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