ALWASMIYAH PRETTY POLLY STAKES (GROUP 1)
This race is named after the peerless Irish-bred Pretty Polly (1901-1931) who won 22 of her 24 career starts. At one point in her career she won 15 races in succession and in 1904 she became only the fifth filly to win the British Fillies Triple Crown which came into being in 1814. Her legacy as a broodmare was also substantial to say the least and was felt long after she passed away in 1931.
The Pretty Polly Stakes was first run in 1947 and was restricted to three-year-olds until 1985. From 1971 until 2003 it held Group 2 status and thereafter it has been as a Group 1. 20 runnings of the race have been won by English-trained fillies.
The 1951 winner Ash Plant and Jinkitis in 1978 have the distinction of being the longest priced winners in the history of the race at 25/1. The 2016 winner Minding is the shortest priced winner in the race’s history having gone off at 1/5 to account for her four rivals.
LEADING RIDER (since 1999)
SEAMIE HEFFERNAN with 3 wins: Misty For Me (2011), Diamondsandrubies (2015) & Magical (2020).
LEADING TRAINERS (since 1999)
AIDAN O’BRIEN with 5 wins: Peeping Fawn (2007), Misty For Me
(2011), Diamondsandrubies (2015), Minding (2016) & Magical (2020).