Dante Stakes

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Dante Stakes
Group 2 race
Location York Racecourse
York, England
Inaugurated 1958
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Betfred
Website York
Race information
Distance 1m 2f 88y (2,092 m)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight 9 st 0 lb
Allowances
3 lb for fillies
Penalties
3 lb for G1 win this year
Purse £150,000 (2014)
1st: £85,065
Dante Stakes
2014
Light green and dark green diamonds Claret, gold braid, claret sleeves, claret cap, gold tassel Royal blue
The Grey Gatsby Arod True Story

The Dante Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain open to three-year-old horses. It is run over a distance of 1 mile, 2 furlongs and 88 yards (2,092 metres) at York in May.

History[edit]

The event is named after Dante, the Yorkshire-trained winner of the Derby substitute at Newmarket in 1945. Established in 1958, it serves as a major trial for the Derby.[1] The first running was won by Bald Eagle.

The present race grading system was introduced in 1971, and the Dante Stakes initially held Group 3 status.[2] It was promoted to Group 2 level in 1980.[3]

In total, nine winners of the race have achieved victory in the Derby. The first was St Paddy in 1960, and the most recent was Authorized in 2007. The last participant to win the Derby was Workforce, the runner-up in 2010. The 2014 Dante Stakes winner, The Grey Gatsby, subsequently won France's equivalent of the Derby, the Prix du Jockey-Club.

The Dante Stakes is currently staged on the second day of York's three-day Dante Festival meeting.

Records[edit]

Leading jockey (6 wins):

  • Pat EdderyBeldale Flutter (1981), Hot Touch (1983), Damister (1985), Red Glow (1988), Sanglamore (1990), Tenby (1993)

Leading trainer (7 wins):

  • Henry CecilApproval (1970), Lyphard's Wish (1979), Hello Gorgeous (1980), Simply Great (1982), Claude Monet (1984), Reference Point (1987), Tenby (1993)


Winners[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
1958 Bald Eagle Harry Carr Cecil Boyd-Rochfort 2:23.80
1959 Dickens Harry Carr Cecil Boyd-Rochfort 2:12.60
1960 St Paddy Lester Piggott Noel Murless 2:14.80
1961 Gallant Knight Eph Smith Ted Leader 2:24.20
1962 Lucky Brief Brian Connorton Snowy Gray
1963 Merchant Venturer Greville Starkey John Oxley 2:18.40
1964 Sweet Moss Lester Piggott Noel Murless
1965 Ballymarais Bill Pyers Snowy Gray 2:23.60
1966 Hermes Greville Starkey John Oxley
1967 Gay Garland Ron Hutchinson Harry Wragg 2:25.60
1968 Lucky Finish Brian Taylor Harvey Leader
1969 Activator Taffy Thomas Geoffrey Barling
1970 Approval Greville Starkey Henry Cecil 2:11.40
1971 Fair World Jimmy Lindley George Todd 2:11.00
1972 Rheingold Ernie Johnson Barry Hills
1973 Owen Dudley Geoff Lewis Noel Murless
1974 Honoured Guest Geoff Lewis Noel Murless
1975 Hobnob Willie Carson Harry Wragg
1976 Trasi's Son Edward Hide Martin Tate 2:18.10
1977 Lucky Sovereign Taffy Thomas Harry Wragg 2:16.70
1978 Shirley Heights Greville Starkey John Dunlop 2:10.84
1979 Lyphard's Wish Joe Mercer Henry Cecil
1980 Hello Gorgeous Joe Mercer Henry Cecil 2:10.10
1981 Beldale Flutter Pat Eddery Michael Jarvis 2:19.10
1982 Simply Great Lester Piggott Henry Cecil
1983 Hot Touch Pat Eddery Geoff Wragg 2:18.10
1984 Claude Monet Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 2:08.55
1985 Damister Pat Eddery Jeremy Tree 2:17.23
1986 Shahrastani Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 2:11.72
1987 Reference Point Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 2:08.25
1988 Red Glow Pat Eddery Geoff Wragg 2:11.95
1989 Torjoun Ray Cochrane Luca Cumani 2:06.98
1990 Sanglamore Pat Eddery Roger Charlton 2:09.18
1991 Environment Friend George Duffield James Fanshawe 2:12.42
1992 Alnasr Alwasheek Steve Cauthen Michael Stoute 2:08.71
1993 Tenby Pat Eddery Henry Cecil 2:12.36
1994 Erhaab Willie Carson John Dunlop 2:06.18
1995 Classic Cliche Walter Swinburn Saeed bin Suroor 2:10.63
1996 Glory of Dancer Olivier Peslier Paul Kelleway 2:12.40
1997 Benny the Dip Olivier Peslier John Gosden 2:11.97
1998 Saratoga Springs Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 2:11.57
1999 Salford Express Richard Quinn David Elsworth 2:16.36
2000 Sakhee Richard Hills John Dunlop 2:07.81
2001 Dilshaan Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute 2:10.69
2002 Moon Ballad Jamie Spencer Saeed bin Suroor 2:07.06
2003 Magistretti Kevin Darley Neville Callaghan 2:09.48
2004 North Light Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute 2:15.69
2005 Motivator Johnny Murtagh Michael Bell 2:16.17
2006 Septimus Kieren Fallon Aidan O'Brien 2:17.55
2007 Authorized Frankie Dettori Peter Chapple-Hyam 2:11.54
2008 Tartan Bearer Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute 2:09.50
2009 Black Bear Island Colm O'Donoghue Aidan O'Brien 2:11.64
2010 Cape Blanco Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien 2:06.70
2011 Carlton House Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute 2:13.49
2012 Bonfire Jimmy Fortune Andrew Balding 2:10.52
2013 Libertarian William Buick Elaine Burke 2:10.59
2014 The Grey Gatsby Ryan Moore Kevin Ryan 2:08.99

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bald Eagle Can Return to Favour for Derby". Glasgow Herald. 21 May 1958. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "1979 Dante Stakes". Glasgow Herald. 16 May 1979. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Pattern Wins". sirhenrycecil.com. Retrieved 28 April 2013.