This race was last run in 2006 and may be re-introduced in the future.
- For three-year-old fillies only. One mile and two furlongs. First run 1972 (Note: race distance 1m 4f 1981-83). Last run as a Listed race.
This Oaks trial was named after the great Lupe, who won the Oaks in 1970 and Coronation Cup in 1971, both at Epsom Downs.
She was undefeated in this country in her three seasons of racing (her only career loss was in the 1970 Prix Vermeille at Longchamp), though she never ran at Goodwood. The first Lupe Stakes winner was the Ryan Price-trained Star Ship who added the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Lancashire Oaks to her tally later that year the Queen’s Height Of Fashion was victorious in 1982 and gained wider fame as the dam of 2,000 Guineas and Derby winner Nashwan, as well as the top-class Nayef and Unfuwain, and the granddam of 2009 1,000 Guineas winner Ghanaati.
Love Divine was successful for trainer Henry Cecil in 2000 and she went on to win the Oaks at Epsom the following month. The David Elsworth-trained Something Exciting justified favouritism in the 2005 renewal and, two weeks later, finished second in the Oaks. There was a dead-heat in 2006 between Soft Centre and Rising Cross. On her next start, the John Best-trained Rising Cross was runner-up to Alexandrova in the Oaks and subsequently won the Group Two Park Hill Stakes at Doncaster.
John Dunlop has been the most successful trainer with five wins and registered a remarkable sequence of four successive victories between 1992 and 1995.
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