Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes Betting

Located on 450 acres of rolling countryside in Surrey, Lingfield Park hosts a variety of race events throughout the year, including family days, racing and music nights, and a popular ladies’ evening. One of the most popular gatherings in early May each year is the United Kingdom Meeting, featuring a card of six races and led off by the Group 3 Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes.

This £50,000 sprint covers a distance of seven furlongs on the straight turf of the Lingfield Park track. It is open to Thoroughbred fillies and mares of age three years and upwards. Each of the three-year-olds carries a weight of eight stone five pounds, while the older runners must bear nine-stone-three. Penalties are applied to entries successful in races held since 31st August of the previous year, amounting to eight pounds for Group 1 winners, six pounds for Group 2 winners and four pounds for Group 3 winners.

The very first running of the Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes took place in 1994, when it was classified at the Listed level. The race’s name was taken from Sir Winston Churchill’s former home called Chartwell, which can be found just to the northeast of Lingfield.

The event got its first sponsor, Crawley Warren, in 1995, and they were soon followed by TJH Group, Milcars and Mer Car Polish. In 2004, totesport took on the title role and the race was upgraded to Group 3 status.

In seventeen editions since the five-year-old chestnut mare Branston Abbey won the inaugural contest, the Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes has been won by no Thoroughbred twice. One of the most successful fillies to win here was Echelon in 2006; she went on to capture the Group 3 Princess Elizabeth Stakes twice, plus the Group 3 Dahlia Stakes and the Group 2 Celebration Mile before the end of 2007.

Among jockeys, Pat Eddery is the only one to have gained three victories in the Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes. He got his first riding Supercal in 1997 and then followed up with first place finishes on Nanoushka in 1998 and Presto Vento in 2003. Quite recently, Richard Hughes has gathered two of his own with Lucky Spin in 2005 and Wake Up Maggie in 2007.

The leading trainer here is Richard Hannon with three wins. He was responsible for schooling Nanoushka, Presto Vento and Lucky Spin. Chasing right after him is Wake Up Maggie’s trainer Chris Wall, who added a second victory here in 2010 with Phyrra.

The only other five-year-old to win here was Sabana Perdida in 2008. She did it as a 5/2 favourite after winning the Group 3 Prix du Pin in her last outing, and then she went on a few weeks later to claim the Group 2 Windsor Forest Stakes at Ascot. Otherwise, three- and four-year-olds own this event, with the older ones holding a slight advantage, nine victories to seven.

Echelon was an 8/15 favourite when she won here, following in the hoof prints of 2001 winner Palace Affair paying 5/2, 2002’s Tempting Fate at 4/6, and joint favourite Lucky Spin worth 7/2. More recently, long odds have been getting the job done, as San Sicharia paid 16/1 in 2009 and Perfect Tribute delivered at 12/1 in 2011.

Those who are able to attend the Chartwell Fillies’ Stakes in person will have no difficulty betting on the outcome. There are Tote locations all around the racecourse, with minimum stakes starting at just £2. And for horseracing first-timers there is an excellent promotion called “The Essential Package.” It includes a premier entrance ticket, a racecard, a £10 Tote betting booklet (a £2 bet plus £8 added-value bets), and £10 worth of food and drink vouchers, all for just £26 per person.

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