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Chester Races 2009

Chester Racecourse May Festival begins the Chester Races 2009 season


chester-horse-racing from Paulo Camera at Flickr.comChester Racecourse kicks off the Chester Races 2009 season with the notoriously exciting and glamorous May Festival.

The Roodee’s 2009 thirteen race season runs from May through to September. Chester Racecourse is proud to host historically infamous race meetings many of which are trial stages to some of the most significant races of the horseracing year.

Here we detail some of the events of the Chester Races 2009 May Festival.


May 6th is Chester Cup Day and sees the start of the Chester Races 2009 with the first race of the season being the Lily Agnes Stakes.


The race is named after the eminent racemare Lily Agnes, daughter of Polly Agnes, who despite reservations regarding her potential as a racing star, went on to win nineteen races between the ages of two and five; to include the Doncaster Cup and the Great Ebor Handicap.


Lily Agnes, born 1871, was not only a celebrity on the racecourse but went on to be put with prize winning studs Doncaster, a Derby race winner and later his son, Bend Or, an Epsom Derby winner. Both horses were part of the esteemed Duke of Westminster, Hugh Lupus’ Eaton Stud located close to Chester England.


Lily Agnes produced a number of winning racehorses, not least Ormonde who was unbeaten during his racing career and hailed to be the finest racehorse of the nineteenth century.


Just before 3pm on Chester Cup Day, the first day of the Chester Races 2009 season the biggest race of the day will take place.


The Chester Cup 2009 race will award the winner a major prize of £120,000.


The history of the Chester Cup goes back to 1824 when it was called the ‘Tradesmens Cup’; which itself was preceded by the St George’s Day Cup back as far back as 1609.


May 7th, the second day of the May Festival, Chester Races 2009 will be Boodles Ladies Day. The principal race of the day is the Chester Vase which will take place at 2.45pm. Sponsored by Virgin Money the Chester Vase 2009 yields a first prize of £75,000.


The Chester Vase has been held at Chester Racecourse since 1907 and is recognised across the racing community as one of two races held at The Roodee to be one of nine Epsom Derby trial races in the UK. Shergar famously won the Chester Vase in 1981 with Chester Cup’s biggest ever lead of twelve lengths and then went on to conquer the Epsom Derby.


1539 restaurant at Chester Racecourse celebrates its first birthday on St George’s Day this year and is the sponsor of the 4pm Maiden Stakes.


On May 8th Chester Races 2009 will hold the Bet Chronicle City Day to complete the May Festival at the Chester Racecourse.


The Dee Stakes, named in honour of the River Dee, is the second of the Chester races considered to be a trial for the Epsom Derby and will be run at 2.15pm.


The Roodee’s big race of the Bet Chronicle City Day will be held at 2.45pm and is the Ormonde Stakes. Named after Lily Agnes’ victorious son Ormonde, the race is sponsored by Bet Chronicle in the Chester Races 2009 with a first prize of £85,000.




Chester Racecourse Fixtures 2009





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