Rose of Lancaster Stakes Betting

The Rose of Lancaster Stakes is a Group 3 flat race conducted in early August each year at Haydock Park in Merseyside, Northwest England. The £65,000 event is open to Thoroughbreds aged three years or older and covers a distance of one mile, two furlongs and 95 yards on the left-handed turf with a slightly uphill home straight of about 4½ furlongs.

This is the main race on a Saturday card featuring six other contests with numerous media enterprises involved in sponsorships, such as,, Sky432 and This particular event, however, has been sponsored by the Totesport since 2007, following periods of backing by Burtonwood Brewery and the property development company Petros.

When this event was inaugurated in 1986, it was a Listed race known as the Summer Trophy and run over a course of one mile, two furlongs and 120 yards. The current name was adopted in 1989 when it was promoted to Group 3 status. Then, in 2009 the distance was cut by 25 yards to the present length.

Three-year-olds entered in the Rose of Lancaster Stakes carry a weight of eight stone eight pounds, while those aged four years and upwards must bear nine-stone-three. An allowance of three pounds is granted to fillies and mares.

Penalties are applied to those who have finished first in meetings since 1st November of the previous year, amounting to exclusion of all Group 1 winners, seven pounds for Group 2 winners and four pounds for Group 3 winners. However, a penalty exemption is made for any two-year-old wins.

No horse has managed to win this race more than once. Among jockeys, only four have multiple victories. Willie Carson rode to victory in the very first two events of 1986-87 aboard Wassl Touch and Free Fact, respectively. Gary Carter followed with wins atop Braiswick in 1989 and Tamayaz in 1996. And Michael Roberts added a pair of triumphs with Knifebox in 1993 and Mutamam in 1998. However, only Richard Hills has accomplished the hat-trick here, riding to victory on Fahal in 1995, Ekraar in 2000 and Nayef in 2001

The trainer who tops the leader board at the Rose of Lancaster Stakes is Marcus Tregoning with three victories. He earned his first two with Ekraar and Nayef, and then added Mulaqat in 2006. Chasing him has been Sir Michael Stoute with two wins, including Greek Dance in 1999 and Notable Guest in 2005. Likewise trainer Richard Hannon has schooled two winners: Mister Monet in 2004 and Jukebox Jury in 2009.

By age, three-year-olds have dominated this event from the very start, taking every one of the first five installments. Since then, they have accumulated ten more victories, compared to six for the four-year-olds and just three for the five-year-olds. There was no running is 2002; it was abandoned due to a waterlogged course.

Track conditions can play an important role in the outcome of the Rose of Lancaster Stakes. When the going is heavy, stamina is the key to victory. When the going is soft, high numbers have the preferred starting lanes.

Bookmakers have a spotty record at this event. They correctly identified Ekraar at 7/4 and Nayef at 5/4 to kick off the new millennium, but since then they have picked only two winners correctly: Mister Monet at evens and the 2008 winner, Multidimensional, at 2/1. Their worst miss came when Mulaqat thwarted Notable Guest’s attempt at the double in 2006, paying a lovely 25/1.

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