Craven Stakes Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Craven Meeting)

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See which trainers and jockeys have performed well in this fact-packed blog for the Craven Stakes. This is a race that is hosted at Newmarket during the Craven Meeting with the race being run over a distance of 1m, see which trends the past winners of the Craven Stakes have set for this year.

Craven Stakes Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Craven Meeting)
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Horse Racing stats man, Andy has contributed to OLBG for 18 years - An Ipswich fan and F1 fanatic, he also contributes EFL football and Motor Sport opinion.

2025 Craven Stakes Preview

The Craven Stakes is a Group 3 race that under today's conditions was first run back in 1878, the race itself has been going on since 1771.

The race is open to three-year-old colts and geldings and is run over a straight mile.

The Craven Stakes can be a trial with the 2,000 Guineas which is also hosted here at Newmarket, Haafhd (2004) was the last runner to win both.

Sir Michael Stoute has won this race an incredible eight times with his first winner back in 1985 and his latest in 2007.

Craven Stakes Information:

We also have a dedicated Newmarket tips page that will cover this race as well as all of the other races on the day of the race, see which runners the OLBG racing tipsters are predicting to win this race and the others on the cards. You may also be interested in other preview blogs that we have packed full of information, head down to the Other Principal Races at Newmarket Racecourse section for links to these.

How competitive is the Craven Stakes market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2004 when the race had an over-round of 107%. The race in 2012 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 121%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Craven Stakes, the over-round has been 113%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £113 which is bet.

Craven Stakes Trends:

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 20 if you had followed the winner of the Craven Stakes next time out then you would have backed a total of 1 winner. Backing all 19 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -12.50. Ahead of the 2025 Craven Stakes why not head over to the racing predictions for tips on other races today?

When looking over the past 20 renewals, a time of 1:35.09 was set by Haatem in 2024, which is the quickest time over that period, the runner was trained by Richard Hannon and ridden by Sean Levey. The slowest winning time was set in 2016 when Stormy Antarctic won in a time of 1:44.01, booked to ride was George Baker on this Ed Walker trained runner.

These are the top three quickest-run Craven Stakes over the last 20 renewals:

  1. Haatem (1:35.09) in 2024
  2. Eminent (1:35.15) in 2017
  3. Toronado (1:35.19) in 2013

Craven Stakes Past Winners

Here are the Craven Stakes past winners for the last 10 renewals. Each row details the year of the race, the horse which won along with the age & weight of the horse. Also detailed is the stall where the horse came from and the total number of runners in the race. The trainer of the horse at the time of winning the Craven Stakes as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

YearHorse (Drawn)Info
2024
1:35.09
Haatem (IRE)
3yo 9-2 (2 of 7) 17/2
Sean Levey
Richard Hannon (GB)
2023
1:39.78
Indestructible (IRE)
3yo 9-2 (7 of 7) 8/1
Kevin Stott
K R Burke (GB)
2022
1:35.91
Native Trail (GB)
3yo 9-0 (5 of 6) 1/4F
William Buick
Charlie Appleby (GB)
2021
1:38.79
Master Of The Seas (IRE)
3yo 9-0 (3 of 10) 11/4F
William Buick
Charlie Appleby (GB)
2019
1:37.89
Skardu (GB)
3yo 9-0 (1 of 8) 3/1
James Doyle
William Haggas (GB)
2018
1:38.15
Masar (IRE)
3yo 9-0 (3 of 6) 7/2
William Buick
Charlie Appleby (GB)
2017
1:35.15
Eminent (IRE)
3yo 9-0 (4 of 7) 8/1
Jim Crowley
Martyn Meade (GB)
2016
1:44.01
Stormy Antarctic (GB)
3yo 9-0 (3 of 6) 9/2
George Baker
Ed Walker (GB)
2015
1:38.86
Kool Kompany (IRE)
3yo 9-3 (5 of 7) 14/1
Richard Hughes
Richard Hannon (GB)
2014
1:35.42
Toormore (IRE)
3yo 9-3 (1 of 6) 1/1F
Ryan Moore
Richard Hannon (GB)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the Craven Stakes have been based:

  • GB: 19 winners with an additional 26 placings from 136 runners
  • IRE: 1 winner with an additional 1 placing from 11 runners
  • FR: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 1 runner

Craven Stakes Trainer Statistics

There are two leading trainers in the Craven Stakes over the last 20 renewals with both Richard Hannon and Charlie Appleby who have both won the race three times. Richard Hannon winners have been with Toormore (2014), Kool Kompany (2015) and Haatem (2024). Charlie Appleby winners have been with Masar (2018), Master Of The Seas (2021) and Native Trail (2022).

Here are some of the top Craven Stakes trainer statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

TrainerR-W-PWinEW
Richard Hannon9-3-3+17.50+8.69
Charlie Appleby8-3-4+1.50-0.10
Sir Michael Stoute6-1-2-3.75-3.30
Brian Meehan4-1-2-2.33-1.48
Martyn Meade2-1-1+7.00+4.00
William Haggas2-1-2+2.00+1.64
J S Bolger1-1-1+12.00+7.20
K R Burke1-1-1+8.00+5.00
Ed Walker1-1-1+4.50+2.81
Ed Dunlop1-1-1+0.73+0.46

Craven Stakes Jockey Statistics

There are two leading jockeys in the Craven Stakes over the last 20 renewals with both Ryan Moore and William Buick who have both won the race three times. Ryan Moore winners have been with Elusive Pimpernel (2010), Trumpet Major (2012) and Toormore (2014). William Buick winners have been with Masar (2018), Master Of The Seas (2021) and Native Trail (2022).

Here are some of the top Craven Stakes jockey statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

JockeyR-W-PWinEW
Ryan Moore14-3-6-4.59-1.52
William Buick9-3-4+0.50-0.90
Jamie Spencer10-1-3-8.33-2.98
James Doyle6-1-2-2.00-1.30
Sean Levey4-1-1+5.50+2.31
Jim Crowley3-1-1+6.00+3.00
Kevin Stott1-1-1+8.00+5.00
Kerrin McEvoy1-1-1+1.25+0.75
Frankie Dettori7-0-3-7.00-3.68
Silvestre De Sousa4-0-1-4.00-0.30

Craven Stakes Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +23.89 is when runners had a highest class run of Class 1 (G1). The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners ran in a Class 5 last time out, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-22.

Here are the most recent winning draws along with the further placings in brackets:

  • 2024: Winner in 2 (6) [7 Runners]
  • 2023: Winner in 7 (6) [7 Runners]
  • 2022: Winner in 5 (4) [6 Runners]
  • 2021: Winner in 3 (2,6) [10 Runners]
  • 2019: Winner in 1 (5,2) [8 Runners]

The course which has produced the most winners of the Craven Stakes is Newmarket (Rowley), there has been a total number of 11 winners of this race who ran at Newmarket (Rowley) last time out. The next best course which has produced the second most winners is Doncaster, there has been a total number of 4 winners of this race who ran at Doncaster last time out.

Looking over the past renewals, there is only one stallion whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the Craven Stakes, that stallion Arakan has produced 2 winners (2014,2012).

Looking over the past renewals, there is only one stallion whose offspring have been disappointed with multiple attempts but no wins in the Craven Stakes, that stallion is Lope De Vega who has failed to produce a winner from 5 runners.

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Kool Kompany in 2015, winning for Richard Hannon at odds of 14/1 under the guidance of Richard Hughes. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there have been 8 winning favourites in the race. Whilst we wait for the 2025 Craven Stakes remember you can get daily racing predictions from the top racing tipsters on the best racing tipsters page.

Article Contributor Information

We are blessed with an excellent team of specialists and experts at OLBG. Contributing to creating and maintaining this Craven Stakes Preview are at hand, Andy and James. They both work on the Horse racing tips team team looking after the tipsters and managing the tips settlement, whilst also creating and managing all of the horse racing event previews for Flat Racing.

James Banting

James Banting

Tipster competition assistant

James Banting, a passionate horse racing enthusiast and aficionado, brings a wealth of experience to OLBG, having attended numerous race meetings over the years. His background working with the Jockey Club provides him with a unique insider's perspective on the industry.
Andy Powell

Andy Powell

Content editor

Andy, a seasoned horse racing expert with over 15 years of experience, possesses a comprehensive understanding of the sport, from delving into complex statistical data for flat racing in the UK and Ireland to crafting insightful flat racing blogs for OLBG.

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