Norfolk Stakes

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Norfolk Stakes Race Facts

  • Location: Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, England
  • Inaugural Race: 1843
  • Distance: 5/8ths of a mile (5 furlongs)
  • Track Type: Straight, Turf
  • Age Qualifications: Two Year Olds
  • 2021 Purse: £80,000
  • 2021 Race Date: Thursday, June 17th

2021 Norfolk Stakes Race Results

POSTHORSEJOCKEY / TRAINERWIN / PLACE
12Perfect Power (IRE)Paul Hanagan / Richard Fahey$31.60 / $9.50
3Go Bears Go (IRE)Silvestre De Sousa / David Loughnane$5.20
13Project DanteGraham Lee / Bryan Smart$3.70
2Cadamosto (IRE)Ryan Moore / Aidan O'Brien
9Lucci (USA)John R. Velazquez / Wesley A. Ward
5KhunanDaniel Tudhope / Richard Fahey
16Twilight Jet (IRE)L. F. Roche / M. D. O'Callaghan
10Nakatomi (USA)Oisin Murphy / Wesley A. Ward
7Korker (IRE)Clifford Lee / K. R. Burke
1Andreas Vesalius (IRE)S. M. Crosse / Joseph Patrick O'Brien
11NavelloNicola Currie / George Boughey
14Second Wind (IRE)Tom Marquand / William Haggas
8Little Earl (IRE)Ray Dawson / Robert Cowell
6King of Speed (IRE)Hollie Doyle / Robert Cowell
15Straits of Moyle (IRE)Luke Morris / Richard Fahey

Exotic Payoffs:

  • $1 Exacta (12-3): $123.90
  • $1 Trifecta (12-3-13): $1,052.80

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Norfolk Stakes Race History

The Norfolk Stakes was established in 1843 and was originally called the New Stakes. It was renamed in 1973 to honor the 16th Duke of Norfolk, and became a Group 2 race in 2006. The Norfolk Stakes is staged on day 3 of the five day Royal Ascot meet in June, and the race is open to 2-year-olds at a distance of 1006 meters (5 furlongs).

The Norfolk Stakes attracts some of the best thoroughbred sprinters in Great Britain and Ireland. Arguably the finest racehorse to have taken the Norfolk was 2001 winner Johannesburg, who never lost a race as a 2-year-old and took four Group 1 races in his career.

Although the Norfolk Stakes is a rather frenetic and short race, a majority of winners have emerged from the first three in betting. However, the favourite underperforms by nearly 405 on the value index. A sound betting strategy may be to look for each-way value at the top of the market among horses likely to place, but priced above 4/1.

Jockey Lester Piggott won the race a record nine times over a 30-year span starting in the early 1960’s. Since 1984, just five sprinters have broken the 1 minute mark with Masta Plasta (2005) in :57.56, No Way Never (2013) in :58.80, Baitha Alga (2014) in :59.81, Waterloo Bridge (2015) in :59.98, and Shang Shang Shang (2018) in :59.87.

In 2018 the race was adding to the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series, offering the winner an automatic bid to the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.

Norfolk Stakes Past Winners

YearWinnerJockey / TrainerDistance (Furlongs) / Time
2021Perfect Power (IRE)Paul Hanagan / Richard Fahey5 F / 1:00.44
2020The Lir JetOisin Murphy / Michael Bell5 F / 1:01.55
2019A'AliFrankie Dettori / Simon Crisford5 F / 1:01.90
2018Shang Shang ShangJoel Rosario / Wesley Ward5 F / 0:59.87
2017Sioux NationRyan Moore / Aidan O'Brien5 F / 1:00.88
2016Prince of LirLuke Morris / Robert Cowell5 F / 1:01.17
2015Waterloo BridgeRyan Moore / Aidan O'Brien5 F / 0:59.98
2014Baitha AlgaFrankie Dettori / Richard Hannon Jr.5 F / 0:59.81
2013No Nay NeverJoel Rosario / Wesley Ward5 F / 0:58.80
2012Reckless AbandonAdam Kirby / Clive Cox5 F / 1:01.51
2011Bapak ChintaPhillip Makin / Kevin Ryan5 F / 1:03.03
2010ApproveEddie Ahern / William Haggas5 F / 1:00.14
2009RadioheadJamie Spencer / Brian Meehan5 F / 1:02.07
2008South CentralRobert Winston / Howard Johnson5 F / 1:01.83
2007Winker WatsonJimmy Fortune / Peter Chapple-Hyam5 F / 1:00.83
2006Dutch ArtAlan Munro / Peter Chapple-Hyam5 F / 1:01.03
2005Masta Plasta [a]Robert Winston / Howard Johnson5 F / 0:57.56
2004Blue DakotaEddie Ahern / Jeremy Noseda5 F / 1:01.97
2003Russian ValourKevin Darley / Mark Johnston5 F / 1:01.37
2002Baron's PitRichard Hughes / Richard Hannon Sr.5 F / 1:01.92
2001JohannesburgMichael Kinane / Aidan O'Brien5 F / 1:02.18
2000Superstar LeoRichard Quinn / William Haggas5 F / 1:03.18
1999Warm HeartFrankie Dettori / John Gosden5 F / 1:01.50
1998RosselliJohn Carroll / Jack Berry5 F / 1:03.74
1997Tippitt BoyJohn Reid / Kevin McAuliffe5 F / 1:02.57
1996Tipsy CreekWillie Ryan / Ben Hanbury5 F / 1:01.37
1995Lucky LionelFrankie Dettori / Richard Hannon Sr.5 F / 1:00.38
1994Mind GamesJohn Carroll / Jack Berry5 F / 1:01.63
1993Turtle IslandJohn Reid / Peter Chapple-Hyam5 F / 1:05.95
1992NicheLester Piggott / Richard Hannon Sr.5 F / 1:01.48
1991Magic RingAlan Munro / Paul Cole5 F / 1:00.25
1990Line EngagedSteve Cauthen / David Elsworth5 F / 1:02.83
1989PetillanteRichard Hills / Alex Scott5 F / 1:01.96
1988SuperpowerTony Ives / Bill O'Gorman5 F / 1:01.49
1987Colmore RowBruce Raymond / William Jarvis5 F / 1:04.60
1986Sizzling MelodyRichard Hills / Lord John FitzGerald5 F / 1:00.57
1985MaroubleJoe Mercer / Charlie Nelson5 F / N/A
1984Magic MirrorLester Piggott / Vincent O'Brien5 F / 1:02.43
1983PrecociousLester Piggott / Henry Cecil5 F / N/A
1982BrondesburyTony Ives / Bill O'Gorman5 F / N/A
1981Day Is DoneWally Swinburn / Dermot Weld5 F / N/A
1980Chummy's SpecialGreville Starkey / Gavin Hunter5 F / N/A