The Weatherbys Hamilton
Stayers’ Million

Following the extraordinary exploits of Stradivarius last year, we were delighted to stage the renewal of the Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers’ Million in 2019 and looked to bring even more attention and excitement to the Stayers’ division.

On his way to scooping the £1 Million prize in 2018, Bjorn Nielsen’s son of Sea The Stars achieved something remarkable and shone the brightest of lights on the merits of the Stayers with his courage, durability and will to win. In 2019 Stradivarius has gone on to prove himself as one of the really great Stayers of any era, winning the same sequence of four races and thus scooping his second Million.

From the outset, our key objective has been to celebrate, support and promote the staying horse – an animal that has defined the European thoroughbred for the last three hundred years. In 2018 and 2019 it has resoundingly achieved all of these objectives and more.

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Building on the success of WHSM in 2019

In 2019 the Weatherbys Hamilton Stayers' Million was enhanced with the introduction of four qualifying races in Dubai, Germany, France and Ireland to supplement the four British qualifiers which remained as they were last year.

Consequently, the WHSM was to be awarded to the connections of a horse that first won one or more of eight elite staying races staged between March and May:

  • Dubai Gold Cup sponsored by Al Tayer Motors (Dubai) – March 30th (Winner: Cross Counter)
  • Vintage Crop Stakes (Navan) – April 28th (Winner: Master of Reality)
  • Longines Sagaro Stakes (Ascot) – May 1st (Winner: Dee Ex Bee)
  • Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes (Chester) – May 9th (Winner: Morando)
  • Comer Group International Oleander-Rennen (Berlin-Hoppegarten) – May 12th (Winner: Raa Atoll)
  • Yorkshire Cup (York) – May 17th (Winner: Stradivarius)
  • Matchbook Henry II Stakes (Sandown Park) – May 23rd (Winner: Dee Ex Bee)
  • Prix Vicomtesse Vigier (ParisLongchamp) – May 26th (Winner: Called To The Bar)

If one of these horses could then go on, as Stradivarius had done so memorably in 2018, to win the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot (June 20th), the Qatar Goodwood Cup at the Qatar Goodwood Festival (July 30th) and the Weatherbys Hamilton Lonsdale Cup at York’s Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival (August 23rd), its connections would win the £1 million prize. As history will now relate, Stradivarius has repeated the feat in 2019 and won his second Stayers' Million with another magnificent sequence of wins.

As in 2018, the £1 million is split between Stradivarius' connections, with 70% awarded to the owner and 30% divided equally between the trainer, stable staff, breeder and jockey.