- Three-year-olds and upwards. One mile. First run 1987
The totesport Mile has established itself as one of the top handicaps of the season. It attracts the highest class handicappers around and remains one of the richest handicaps in Europe.
Waajib was a fine winner of the inaugural running – when the race was called the Golden Mile – as he went on to win the Group Two Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot the following year. Safawan stepped up from his 1989 win to take the Group Two Lockinge Stakes in 1990, while Fly To The Stars won at Goodwood in 1997 and landed the Lockinge – by then a Group One – in 1999. William Hill took over the sponsorship in 1998, while totesport first provided backing in 2005.
Ancient World became a notable winner for Godolphin in 2004 as he was the first favourite to win the race. The four-year-old enhanced the contest’s reputation with a Group Three victory at Windsor followed by a deserved triumph in the Group One Premio Vittorio Di Capua in Italy that autumn.
The second market leader to win was 5/2 chance Third Set who scored by three lengths in 2007. Fifteen Love had already captured the Britannia at Royal Ascot in June, 2008, and clinched a major handicap double when winning the totesport Mile plus giving trainer Roger Charlton a double in successive years.