Equality is everything in the royal race name game

Windsor Forest - lost to Ascot

Windsor Forest - lost to Ascot

There’s a new royal dimension to Ascot next week following a change of name for the Windsor Forest Stakes. This year it becomes the Duke of Cambridge Stakes, and marks a new member of the royals to have a race named after them.

His missus wasn’t far behind him in latching on to the idea, and with the help of Newmarket, she too will have an event named in her honour. The July meeting there has lost the Cherry Hinton Stakes in favour of the Duchess of Cambridge Stakes. At least hers is run just up the road from Cambridge.

In the latest his and hers activity, his race is for older fillies and mares, whilst she gets the baby girls. His is run over a mile, hers over six furlongs. Although each is a Group 2 race, neither features amongst the highlights of the respective meetings.

Julian Richmond-Watson, chairman of Newmarket racecourse said, “We are honoured that the Duchess of Cambridge has generously consented to lend her name to this prestigious race. It is a great thrill for us to have a second royal race at our July festival and, such is the popularity of the Duchess of Cambridge, I am sure it will be a much welcomed addition.”

It runs in the family of course, and William’s mum and dad and his grandparents all have races named after them. I’ll be interested to see what happens when we have a change of monarch. I reckon Chepstow should be preparing for the King Charles Championship and Carlisle for the Camilla Cup.

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