Hello, this is my first post on this forum and I want to start with a historic question:
Are the Mill Reef Stakes the successor of the former Imperial (Produce) Stakes?
As much as I know so far, the Mill Reef Stakes were first run in 1973 (Newbury), the Imperial Stakes were run for the last time in 1970 (Kempton Park). Both races were/are for 2yo over 6f in Mid September.
Thank you so far! Please, what is/was the difference between an ordinary stakes race and a "produce stakes" race?
I found this in an old Ruff’s Guide to the Turf-volume:
National Stakes (Sandown), run as National Breeders’ Produce Stakes from 1889 to 1959 (Kempton Park), this race is/was for 2yo, too, run over 5f.
Thank you for this explanation. This seems to be an ancient, but appropriate mode to raise high prize-money. The most traditional, still existing German race – the "Union-Rennen" at Cologne – was first run in 1834 and the earliest race conditions demanded entries for horses in utero, too.
The auction-races seem to be a modern version of "yearling races".