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Kempton Park is the home of quality horse racing for a full twelve months every year. It offers Jump racing from October to April and afternoon and evening Flat racing taking place year round on the all-weather track.

One of the most highly rated fixtures of all here is the totesport.com Ladies’ Day conducted on a Saturday afternoon in early September. It features spectacular prizes in its “Fashion on the Field” competitions, plus both of Kempton’s only two Group-level conditions races: the September Stakes and the Sirenia Stakes.

The latter of the pair is a £50,000 Group 3 sprint, covering a distance of six furlongs on the right-handed Polytrack surface. The Sirenia Stakes is open exclusively to two-year-old Thoroughbreds, each of which carries a weight of nine stone even. There is an allowance of three pounds for fillies. Penalties are applied to entries successful in previous races, amounting to five pounds for Group 1 or Group 2 winners and three pounds for Group 3 winners.

When the Sirenia Stakes was first held in 1974, it was run on turf as a Listed race. Its name refers to a filly foaled in 1895 that won a number of Kempton Park meetings, such as the Duke of York Stakes and the Great Jubilee Handicap. Sirenia went on to become a leading broodmare after her retirement from racing.

BonusPrint sponsored the Sirenia Stakes for the better part of a decade before Grosvenor Casinos assumed the title role in 1993. The two took turns backing the race through 1996. In 1998, Gearhouse Group took up the sponsorship, followed by ITS Aviation Service and City Index.

In 2003, the event was promoted to Group 3 status, and the location was moved to Kempton Park’s new all-weather course three years later. During that period, bookmakers Coral and 32red backed the race, along with Pentax. Since 2006, the Tote has held the race’s sponsorship, using the title to alternately promote its various brands, including totepool, totescoop6 and toteswinger.

The inaugural winner of the Sirenia Stakes was a chestnut stallion named Grundy that turned this maiden victory into an illustrious career. He went on to win the Epsom Derby along with the Irish Derby and the Irish 2,000 Guineas in 1975. But perhaps his greatest fame at Ascot, when he ran the “Race of the Century,” beating Bustino in the 1975 King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Grundy’s jockey was Pat Eddery, who accumulated more Sirenia Stakes wins than any other rider with five in total. His other four victories came aboard Adviser in 1976, Northern Chimes in 1984, Silver Wizard in 1992 and Art of War in 1994. More recently, jockey Steve Drowne did something almost as remarkable, with a hat-trick of consecutive wins on Lipstick in 2001, Sir Edwin Landseer in 2002 and Pastoral Pursuits in 2003.

Among trainers, Richard Hannon leads all others with three victories here. His first was with Bletchley Park in 1991, followed by Arethusa in 1996 and Elnawin in 2008. Sir Michael Stoute, Guy Harwood, John Gosden, Mark Johnston, and Henry Cecil each have two Sirenia Stakes wins.

Bookmakers have done rather week predicting the outcome of this event since the turn of the new millennium. They were correct in listing Lipstick as the favourite at 2/1 odds as well as Pastoral Pursuits at 11/10. In 2005, they were right about Prince Of Light delivering at 10/11. And they forecast Elnawin’s victory at 6/4. Their sole miss in the past decade was in 2007, when Ireland’s plucky Philario outdistanced eleven other sprinters to pay a lovely 16/1.

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