- Three-year-olds only. One mile. First run in 1998
The Henry Cecil-trained Great Dane proved a worthy winner of the inaugural running of the Thoroughbred Stakes in 1998.
That victory commenced a five-race winning sequence for the horse that spilled into the 1999 season and culminated with a success in the Group Two Budweiser International at the Curragh, Ireland. Adilabad, who twice won the Group Three Winter Hill Stakes at Windsor, scored here from Summoner in 2000. The runner-up caused an upset the next season when winning the Group One Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at 33/1. Another to win that prestigious Ascot contest was Where Or When, the 2002 victor.
The Goodwood race continued its tradition of showcasing top-class talent in 2003 when Court Masterpiece landed the spoils. He returned to Goodwood in 2005, winning both the On The House Stakes and Lennox Stakes, before enjoying his biggest triumph when defeating Soviet Song to win the Sussex Stakes in 2006.
Mark Johnston made it two wins in as many years in 2007 with Dubai’s touch following on from Prince Of Light’s 2006 success. River Proud, third previously in the French equivalent of the 2,000 Guineas, succeeded in 2008 from Godolphin’s Alexandros. Zacinto made his seasonal reappearance in the 2009 renewal, winning by a head under Ryan Moore who was also successful in 2005, and then returned to Goodwood a month later to
finish second in the Group two Betfred Celebration Mile, only to be subsequently awarded the race after Delegator failed a drug test.
The Barry Hills-trained Critical Moment hung on tenaciously to win the 2010 renewal by a head, while Goldolphin’s Neebras, fourth and sixth in Group One races previously, took the spoils in 2011 under Frankie Dettori.
The RSA Thoroughbred Stakes has been promoted to Group Three status in 2012.
Only two out of the 14 favourites have won.
RSA sponsored this race for the first time in 2011.