Royal Ascot: Wolferton Stakes

The Wolferton Stakes, a Listed race open to horses of four-year-old and upwards, is run over 1 mile 1 furlong and 212 yards (2,004 metres), and was first run in 2002 when Royal Ascot was extended to five days to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II. It was named after the village of Wolferton, near Sandringham House and initially called the Wolferton Rated Stakes. The village contained a famous railway station which was opened in 1862 after Queen Victoria had purchased the site of Sandringham House as a Norfolk retreat. The station contained a set of elegant reception rooms used by successive generations of the Royal family. In 2018 the race was moved to the opening Tuesday of Royal Ascot and the handicap element was removed to comply with a recommendation that no handicap should carry Listed status, meaning it became a conventional Listed Race.
Early history:- The inaugural running of the Wolferton Stakes, then known as the Wolferton Rated Stakes, was staged on Friday 21st June 2002 when Ulundi, owned by Mr D Heath, defeated Arabie and Rasm by a head and two lengths.

Wolferton Rated Stakes 2002 Listed race 1 mile 2 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 ULUNDI Richard Hughes Paul Webber Mr D Heath 10/1
2 ARABIE Richard Quinn Sir Henry Cecil Newgate Stud 7/1
3 RASM Richard Hills Alec Stewart Hamdan Al Maktoum 12/1
4 POLE STAR Johnny Murtagh James Fanshawe Mr D I Russell 17/2
5 CRIED FOR YOU Micky Fenton James Given One Step Partnership 14/1
6 VINTAGE PREMIUM Paul Hanagan Richard Fahey Mr J C Parsons 20/1
7 HOLY ORDERS Davy Condon Willie Mullins Allan McLuckie 10/1
8 PRIZE WINNER Pat Eddery Jeremy Noseda Sir Gordon Brunton 14/1
9 MUTAKARRIM Pat Smullen Dermot Weld Mrs Eliza Lynch Long 20/1
10 JOHANNIAN Philip Robinson Michael Jarvis Mr J R Good 10/1
11 TORCELLO I Darryll Holland Geoff Wragg Mollers Racing 25/1
12 CHIANTI Kieren Fallon John Dunlop Wafic Said 14/1
13 TRANSATLANTIC Kevin Darley R Johnson-Houghton Major D N Chappell 14/1
14 DIVINE TASK Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 9/2
15 HERODOTUS Jimmy Fortune Clive Brittain Mr A J Richards 66/1
16 SUPERIORITY Ted Durcan Mick Channon Zaid A Galadani 50/1
17 WELSH MAIN Mick Kinane S J Magnier Marcus Reeder 50/1
This race took place on Friday 21st June 2002, the winner, a bay gelding by Rainbow Quest out of Flit I, won a first prize of £29,000 (equivalent to £47,500 in 2020). Ulundi beat Arabie and Rasm by a head and 2 lengths in 2 minutes 8.07 seconds. Over round 122%
Wolferton Stakes Listed race 1 mile 2 furlongs 2002