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 2003 Listed race 1 mile 2 furlongs
Pos. Horse Jockey Trainer Owner
1 IN TIME'S EYE Pat Smullen Dermot Weld Moyglare Stud Farm 5/1
2 PERSIAN LIGHTNING Pat Eddery John Dunlop Wildflower Overseas Holdings12/1
3 AKSHAR Mick Kinane Sir Michael Stoute HH Aga Khan 7/2 fav
4 SAMHARI Frankie Dettori David Loder Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum 20/1
5 BOURGAINVILLE Kevin Darley Andrew Balding R & E H Investments 25/1
6 BINARY FILE Richard Hughes John Gosden Khaled Abdulla 7/1
7 PERSIAN LASS T Quinn P W Harris Dr Jamal Ahmadzadeh 25/1
8 ALBUHERA Keith Dalgleish Mark Johnston D J & F A Jackson 10/1
9 GOBLET OF FIRE Darryll Holland Brian Meehan Paul Nicholls 16/1
10 FOREIGN AFFAIRS George Duffield Sir Mark Prescott Miss K Rausing, Walker, Carroll 12/1
11 SCOTTY'S FUTURE Gary Stevens David Nicholls Lucayan Stud 50/1
12 SALUTE Joseph Tate James Eustace Blue Peter Racing 20/1
13 LEO'S LUCKYMAN Joe Fanning Mark Johnston Mrs S J Brookhouse 16/1
14 SALIM TOTO Jimmy Fortune Hughie Morrison L A Garfield 14/1
15 JABAAR Ted Durcan David Nicholls P Lake & S Hull 50/1
16 FOOTBALL CRAZY Steve Drowne Neville Callaghan R Abbott & M Stavrou 50/1
17 MAGNIFICO Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute Sir Evelyn De Rothschild 10/1
This race took place on Friday 20th June 2003, the winner, a bay gelding by Singspiel out of Irish Edition, won a first prize of £29,000 (equivalent to £47,000 in 2020). Over round 127%
Wolferton Stakes Listed race 1 mile 2 furlongs 2002
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