Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Weekend 2020


The Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials weekend is widely regarded as an early season pointer towards stars in the making and heralds the start of the Flat season at Newbury racecourse.


The fixture routinely sees classic hopefuls establish their credentials and is a chance to see some of last season’s most exciting juveniles begin their three-year-old campaign.   


The second day of the Spring Trials weekend features three Group 3 contests. The Group 3 Dubai Duty Free Finest Surprise Stakes, run over one and a half miles was won in 2018 by Defoe, who has since gone on to claim the Group 1 Investec Coronation Cup at Epsom and the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot.


The feature race for the fillies is the Group 3 Dubai Duty Free Stakes, run over seven furlongs. The race provided a thrilling finish in 2019 with the David Elsworth-trained Dandhu holding off a strong challenge from previous course and distance winner, Iconic Choice.


An important Classic race trial, the Group 3 Watership Down Stud Greenham Stakes is a key trial for the 2,000 Guineas and has been won by subsequent Group 1 Sussex Stakes winner, Kingman, and the mighty Frankel in recent years.

Dress Code

Guests of Dubai Duty Free are encouraged to wear smart raceday attire.

Gentlemen: Jacket & Tie

Ladies: Formal day wear

(Hats optional)



​Newbury Racecourse, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 7NZ

​Located close to the M4, M3, M40 & M25 motorways and to London Heathrow for international visitors, Newbury Racecourse offers easy access for all racegoers.