Named for the nearby River Dee and staged during Chester’s incredibly popular three-day May Festival, the Dee Stakes is not only a high-quality Listed race in its own right but it also acts as a key trial for The Derby at Epsom on the first Saturday in June.
The midweek race is for three-year-old colts and geldings only and is run over a trip of just a shade over one mile, two furlongs. As Chester is a very tight track, these middle-distance three-year-olds it is thought need plenty of balance and it’s this point that makes the race a good warm-up for Epsom.
The prize fund is set at more than £75,000 and the race attracts some of the better Classic hopes not just from British yards, but also from Aidan O’Brien over in Ireland too. Previous winners include Oath and Kris Kin, both subsequent Derby winners, as well as Magician, Cliffs Of Moher and Circus Maximus.