Middle Park Stakes Tips & Predictions

DateSaturday September 29, 2018
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeSet weights
Prize money€180,000
Age2YO colts

{The last 12 winners all have winning form over six furlongs.}

The Middle Park Stakes is the colts version of the Cheveley Park Stakes, which is run on the same day in September.

Having been won by some of the best colts in Britain, such as Dream Ahead, Johannesburg and US Navy Flag, the Middle Park Stakes is a great race to win and it always attracts a big betting crowd.

Middle Park Stakes betting card 2018

The Middle Park Stakes is held on the same day as the Cheveley Park Stakes and it's a great betting card across the board, which also includes the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes to kick off proceedings.

Race No.
Race Name
1Royal Lodge Stakes
2Cheveley Park Stakes
3Middle Park Stakes
4Class 2 Handicap
5Class 4 Maiden
6Class 2 Nursery Stakes
7Class 2 Handicap

Middle Park Stakes betting selections & tips

We will have expert tips for the Middle Park Stakes available when the final-field markets are released by bookmakers.

Middle Park Stakes history

The first running of the Middle Park Stakes was in 1866 when titled the Middle Park Plate.

It was only restricted to colts in 1987 and after spending a brief period featured on Future Champions Day, it was moved back to the Cambridgeshire meeting alongside the Cheveley Stakes.

The Middle Park Stakes is also a feature of the Breeders' Cup Challenge, which typically peaks the interest of international punters.

The winners an automatic entry into the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint, but the form out of the race can often be seen in the 2000 Guineas the following year.

Three jockeys have incredibly won the race on six occasions. Danny Maher, Sir Gordon Richards and Lester Piggott have all scored six wins in the Middle Park Stakes.

There is a host of trainers with four winners to their names, but Aidan O'Brien has trained five winners to top the list.

His most recent win came in 2017 with US Navy Flag.

Middle Park Stakes betting guide

There has been a good mix of favourites and long shots win the Middle Park Stakes.

Shalaa scored at short odds in 2015, but two double-figure chances have scored since then. The Last Lion paid 25/1 in 2016 and it was followed up by US Navy Flag at 10/1 in 2017.

Recent winners that have paid double-figure odds include Charming Thought (22/1) and Crusade (25/1).

Five of the last 12 winners were either favourite or joint favourite, but the Middle Park Stakes is definitely a race for the each way punters.

Of those favourites to win, only one paid less than even money and even the highly-regarded Bushranger paid 15/8 with bookmakers.

Middle Park Stakes trends

Winning form is key as 10 of the last 12 winners have won at their most recent start.

Only three of those 12 had previously won at Newmarket, so winning form on this track isn't needed.

Form over the sprinting distances is key, however, as all 12 winners have won over six furlongs during their two-year-old career.

Only six of the 12 most recent winners were rated 105 or higher, with 2014 winner Charming Thought rated at only 98.

Recent Middle Park Stakes winners

Race Winner
2017US Navy Flag
2016The Last Lion
2014Charming Thought
2012Reckless Abandon
2010Dream Ahead
2007Dark Angel
2006Dutch Art
2005Amadeus Wolf
2004Ad Valorem
2002Oasis Dream
1999Primo Valentino
1996Bahamian Bounty
1995Royal Applause
1993First Trump
1991Rodrigo de Triano
1989Balla Cove
1988Mon Tresor