The Ribblesdale Stakes is a Group 2 Flat race run over 1 mile, 3 furlongs and 211 yards. It is held on the third day of Royal Ascot (Wednesday).
JOCKEY & TRAINER
It is open exclusively to three-year-old fillies, and being the same trip as the Epsom Oaks, often features runners from that race, and can act as a mid-way point between that race and the Irish Oaks in mid-to-late July.
The Ribblesdale has been run annually since 1919, but was abandoned for the duration of World War II. Upon its return, the race was extended to its current distance, having previously been run over one mile. It was also open to three- and four-year-old horses of either sex, until being restricted to three-year-old fillies in 1950.
There is one jockey who stands – and occasionally leaps – head and shoulders above the rest, having won the race eight times (1995, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2019, 2020): Frankie Dettori. Having said that, Ryan Moore is hot on his heels, having won three of the six renewals of this race between 2015 and 2018.
As far as trainers are concerned, there are three men with five victories under their belts. The late Sir Henry Cecil (1976, 1981, 1987, 1989 and 1997) and John Dunlop (1983, 1986, 1991, 1993 and 2005), as well as Godolphin trainer Saeed bin Suroor (1998, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2010).