Sunday 20 January 2013

Lily Agnes Stakes

Chester's Boodles May Festival - Stan James Cup Day will see a bumper crowd for the Manor House Stables Lily Agnes Stakes (Class 4). This opening race of the meeting (8th May) starts at 1:35 - a 5f sprint for 2 year olds. It is sponsored by leading 2yo horse trainer, Tom Dascombe. This race has seen many a talented winner & tip for future success. In recent year it has been won by All Fur Coat, Lily's Angel & Julius Geezer. Talented juveniles, such as The Lord, trained by Bill Turner, and Star Rover, trained by David Evans, won this race before making names for themselves. 

But who was Lily Agnes? 

In fact, Lily Agnes (1871 - 1899) was a thoroughbred racehorse. This daughter of 2,000 Guineas & Derby winner, Macaroni, was a talented two year old who won all of her six starts. At three, she won six of her ten races including the Northumberland Plate & Doncaster Cup. In total she won 21 races. She is probably best known for being the dam of a racing great, Ormonde, who won the Triple Crown in 1886.Other notable foals included Farewell who went on to win the 1,000 Guineas. 

Lily Agnes died in June 1899 aged 28 at Eaton Stud.