The British Horseracing Authority have announced that they are to upgrade three Listed races to Group Three status in 2012.
The EBF Pinnacle Stakes at Haydock on June 2, the RSA Thoroughbred Stakes at Goodwood on August 3 and the Atalanta Stakes at Sandown on September 1 are the trio of events that have been upgraded. The reason is that the 2011 victors went on to greater success.
Folk Opera won at Group One level after winning at Haydock in 2008 and subsequent Group One winners Cape Cross (1997) and Court Masterpiece (2003) have been successful at Goodwood.
A number of high-class fillies have taken the Atalanta Stakes and BHA director of racing Ruth Quinn said that each race was deserving of an upgrade.
She said: “The high calibre of past winners speaks for itself as justification for the upgrade of these races.
“All three have produced subsequent Group One winners in recent years and we are delighted they have been recognised by the European Pattern Committee.
“We are very proud of the continuing high standard of the black-type programme in Britain.”