Gordon Richards Stakes Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Classic Trial Day)

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Contested over a distance of 1m2f is the Gordon Richards Stakes which is scheduled to take place at Sandown during the Classic Trial Day. Below we have detailed past winners along with both trainer and jockey records in the race and see which trends have been set based on past winners of the Gordon Richards Stakes.

Gordon Richards Stakes Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends (Classic Trial Day)
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2025 Gordon Richards Stakes Preview

Established in 1963, the Gordon Richards Stakes is a Group 3 flat race that is run at Sandown in late April, the race is open to runners who are four or older and is run over one mile, one furlong and two hundred and nine yards.

The race is named in honour of jockey Sir Gordon Richards who was champion flat jockey twenty-six times and received a knighthood in 1953.

Gordon Richards Stakes Information:

We also have a dedicated Sandown 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 Sandown Racecourse section for links to these.

How competitive is the Gordon Richards Stakes market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2022 when the race had an over-round of 106%. The race in 2004 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 120%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Gordon Richards Stakes, the over-round has been 112%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £112 which is bet.

Gordon Richards 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 Gordon Richards Stakes next time out then you would have backed a total of 5 winners. Backing all 18 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -5.13. Remember to bookmark the racing tips page so you can get easy access to the OLBG racing picks daily.

When looking over the past 20 renewals, a time of 2:05.37 was set by Adayar in 2023, which is the quickest time over that period, the runner was trained by Charlie Appleby and ridden by William Buick. The slowest winning time was set in 2012 when Colombian won in a time of 2:24.60, booked to ride was William Buick by the trainer John Gosden.

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

  1. Adayar (2:05.37) in 2023
  2. Crystal Ocean (2:07.80) in 2019
  3. Kings Gambit (2:08.01) in 2011

Gordon Richards Stakes Past Winners

Here are the Gordon Richards 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 Gordon Richards Stakes as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

Race Notes: The 2023 renewal was abandoned due to unsafe ground and rescheduled at Newmarket during the Guineas Festival.

YearHorse (Drawn)Info
2024
2:10.15
Okeechobee (GB)
5yo 9-2 (2 of 7) 100/30
Ryan Moore
Harry Charlton (GB)
2023
2:05.37
Adayar (IRE)
5yo 9-2 (6 of 5) 5/6F
William Buick
Charlie Appleby (GB)
2022
2:12.59
Mostahdaf (IRE)
4yo 9-3 (1 of 3) 1/2F
Jim Crowley
John & Thady Gosden (GB)
2021
2:13.56
Waldkonig (GB)
4yo 9-0 (3 of 7) 6/4F
Frankie Dettori
John & Thady Gosden (GB)
2019
2:07.80
Crystal Ocean (GB)
5yo 9-0 (5 of 7) 5/6F
Ryan Moore
Sir Michael Stoute (GB)
2018
2:11.48
Crystal Ocean (GB)
4yo 9-0 (2 of 6) 1/1F
Ryan Moore
Sir Michael Stoute (GB)
2017
2:14.16
Ulysses (IRE)
4yo 9-0 (6 of 8) 3/1
Andrea Atzeni
Sir Michael Stoute (GB)
2016
2:13.14
My Dream Boat (IRE)
4yo 9-3 (1 of 7) 8/1
Adam Kirby
Clive Cox (GB)
2015
2:10.25
Western Hymn (GB)
4yo 9-0 (1 of 5) 7/2
Frankie Dettori
John Gosden (GB)
2014
2:15.89
Noble Mission (GB)
5yo 9-0 (5 of 5) 4/1
James Doyle
Lady Cecil (GB)

Where have the winning runners come from?

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

  • GB: 20 winners with an additional 22 placings from 130 runners
  • IRE: 0 winners with an additional 2 placings from 3 runners
  • FR: 0 winners with an additional 0 placings from 1 runner

Gordon Richards Stakes Trainer Statistics

The leading trainer in the Gordon Richards Stakes over the last 20 renewals is Sir Michael Stoute who has won the race six times with those six winners coming from Ask (2008), Tartan Bearer (2009), Glass Harmonium (2010), Ulysses (2017) and Crystal Ocean (2018 & 2019). Other trainers who have recorded multiple wins in the Gordon Richards Stakes are John Gosden (3 wins) and John & Thady Gosden (2 wins).

Here are some of the top Gordon Richards 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
Sir Michael Stoute17-6-8+0.55-2.26
John Gosden7-3-5+6.16+3.59
John & Thady Gosden3-2-2+1.00-0.06
Brian Meehan5-1-1-1.25-2.28
Roger Charlton5-1-1-1.75-2.59
Clive Cox4-1-4+5.00+6.00
Charlie Appleby3-1-1-1.17-1.48
Amanda Perrett2-1-1+13.00+7.40
Tom Tate1-1-1+5.00+3.13
Harry Charlton1-1-1+3.33+2.08

Gordon Richards Stakes Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey in the Gordon Richards Stakes over the last 20 renewals is Ryan Moore who has won the race six times with those six winners coming from Ask (2008), Tartan Bearer (2009), Glass Harmonium (2010), Crystal Ocean (2018 & 2019) and Okeechobee (2024). Other jockeys who have recorded multiple wins in the Gordon Richards Stakes are Frankie Dettori (3 wins), William Buick (2 wins) and James Doyle (2 wins).

Here are some of the top Gordon Richards 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 Moore16-6-9+1.88-0.10
Frankie Dettori8-3-5+2.75+1.25
William Buick6-2-3+0.16+0.10
James Doyle5-2-3+3.25+1.91
Andrea Atzeni5-1-2-1.00+3.30
Jim Crowley5-1-2-3.50-3.22
Adam Kirby3-1-3+6.00+4.50
Jamie Spencer3-1-1+3.00+1.13
Tom Queally4-0-1-4.00-3.13
Oisin Murphy2-0-1-2.00-0.56

Gordon Richards Stakes Trend Analysis

The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners had 2 career starts over further, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-21.

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

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

The courses that have produced the most winners of the Gordon Richards Stakes are Newmarket (Rowley) and Ascot, there has been a total number of 3 winners from each of those courses.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 20 winners from a total of 131 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 0 winners from a total of 3 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, these are the stallions whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the Gordon Richards Stakes:

  • Galileo (3 Wins)
  • Frankel (2 Wins)
  • Sadlers Wells (2 Wins)
  • Sea The Stars (2 Wins)

These are the stallions whose offspring have not produced a winner of the Gordon Richards Stakes despite multiple attempts:

  • Cape Cross (0 Wins from 5 runners)
  • Dansili (0 Wins from 5 runners)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Weightless in 2005, winning for Amanda Perrett at odds of 14/1 under the guidance of Johnny Murtagh. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there have been 8 winning favourites in the race. Ahead of the 2025 Gordon Richards Stakes why not head over to the best racing tipster page to see what the tipsters are backing today?

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Article Contributor Information

We are blessed with an excellent team of specialists and experts at OLBG. Contributing to creating and maintaining this Gordon Richards 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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