Middle Park Stakes Preview: Tips, Betting Offers and Odds, 3.00 at Newmarket, 28 September 2019
One of the real highlights of Newmarket’s three day Cambridgeshire meeting is the Middle Park Stakes for the juveniles. Here we take a look at the best odds and racing offers and provide our betting tips for one of the top two year old 6f contests of the year.
This Group 1 event was first run at Newmarket way, way back in 1866. Now restricted to two year old colts, the contest offers £180,000 in total prize money. This year’s renewal looks as good as ever and we’ve got two great betting tips to help you enjoy it even more!
Middle Park Stakes Betting Tips
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Recent Race Winners
- 2018 – Ten Sovereigns – jockey Donnacha O’Brien, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2017 – US Navy Flag – jockey Seamie Heffernan, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2016 – The Last Lion – jockey Joe Fanning, trainer Mark Johnston
- 2015 – Shalaa – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer John Gosden
- 2014 – Charming Thought – jockey William Buick, trainer Charlie Appleby
- 2013 – Astaire – jockey Neil Callan, trainer Kevin Ryan
- 2012 – Reckless Abandon – jockey Gérald Mossé, trainer Clive Cox
- 2011 – Crusade – jockey Seamie Heffernan, trainer Aidan O’Brien
- 2010 – Dream Ahead – jockey William Buick, trainer David Simcock
- 2009 – Awzaan – jockey Richard Hills, trainer Mark Johnston
- 2008 – Bushranger – jockey Johnny Murtagh, trainer David Wachman
- 2007 – Dark Angel – jockey Michael Hills, trainer Barry Hills
- 2006 – Dutch Art – jockey Frankie Dettori, trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam
Race History, Top Jockeys and Best Trainers
First run back in 1866, the “Middle Park” of this races title refers to the stud of one William Blenkiron, which was at the time one of the most influential breeding operations in the world. Blenkiron himself helped to fund the race he founded for a number of years, and proved influential in its ascent to become one of the top two year old sprint contests of the year.
For well over 100 years the event was open to both colts and fillies, with the contest only being restricted to the colts for the first time in 1987.
This event tends to attract a high quality field, with the winner often going on to great things. The talented but unpredictable Petrarch was one of the smartest early winners, subsequently going on to land both the 2000 Guineas and St Leger in 1876. The race also provided an early pointer as to the brilliance of both Isinglass (1892) and Pretty Polly (1903), with both horses going on to famously land the triple crown.
Triple crown winner, Sun Chariot (1941), and the super sprinter Abernant (1948) carried on the procession of top class winners into the 1900s, a century which saw one of the greatest of them all score here, when Brigadier Gerard took the prize in 1970.
Winners in more recent times have been more likely to stick to sprinting than move on to a Classic campaign. Oasis Dream (2002) and Dream Ahead (2010) both went on to land the July Cup, whilst Johannesburg recorded a famous success at the Breeders Cup.
Jockeys and Trainers
Danny Maher set an early benchmark amongst the jockeys here, with six wins between the years of 1901 and 1913. As of 2017, this feat had been twice equalled but never bettered. Maher certainly finds himself in elevated company as the two men to share his record are two of the true legends of the game, Sir Gordon Richards and Lester Piggott.
A total of eight trainers have achieved four wins in this race, with Joseph Dawson being the first back in the 1800’s, but Irishman Aidan O’Brien is in the lead with six wins after back-to-back victories in 2017 and 2018.