Royal Hunt Cup

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Royal Hunt Cup
Handicap race
Location Ascot Racecourse
Ascot, England
Inaugurated 1843
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website Ascot
Race information
Distance 1 mile (1,609 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Straight
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight Handicap
Purse £175,000 (2014)
1st: £108,937.50
Royal Hunt Cup
2014
Black, pink seams, pink sleeves, black armlets, pink cap Emerald green and white diabolo, black sleeves, white cap Royal blue, white cap
Field Of Dream Chil The Kite Steeler

The Royal Hunt Cup is a flat handicap horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged three years or older. It is run at Ascot over a distance of 1 mile (1,609 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in June.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1843, and it was originally contested on a right-handed course over 7 furlongs and 166 yards. The inaugural running was won by Knight of the Whistle, with a triple dead-heat for second between Bourra Tomacha, Epaulette and Garry Owen.

The race's distance was shortened to 7 furlongs and 155 yards in 1930, and it was extended to its present length in 1956. It is now run on a straight course, and it usually features a large field.

The Royal Hunt Cup is currently held on the second day of the five-day Royal Ascot meeting. It is one of three perpetual trophies at the meeting, along with the Gold Cup and the Queen's Vase, which can be kept permanently by the winning owners.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Master Vote – 1947, 1948

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Charles WoodThuringian Prince (1875), The Mandarin (1879), Elzevir (1883), Gay Hermit (1887)
  • Lester PiggottSpaniard's Close (1963), Casabianca (1965), Kamundu (1969), Jumping Hill (1976)

Leading trainer (5 wins):

  • James Jewitt – Sweetbread (1882), Elzevir (1883), Shillelagh (1888), Suspender (1892), Knight of the Thistle (1897)

Winners since 1980[edit]

  • Weights given in stones and pounds.
Year Winner Age Weight Jockey Trainer SP Time
1980 Tender Heart 4 9-00 Joe Mercer John Sutcliffe, Jr. 1006.5 13/2
1981 Teamwork 4 8-06 Greville Starkey Guy Harwood 1008 8/1
1982 Buzzards Bay 4 8-12 Joe Mercer Hugh Collingridge 1014 14/1
1983 Mighty Fly 4 9-03 Steve Cauthen David Elsworth 1012 12/1
1984 Hawkley 4 8-06 Tyrone Williams Patrick Haslam 1010 10/1
1985 Come On The Blues 6 8-02 Chris Rutter Clive Brittain 1014 14/1
1986 Patriach 4 7-12 Richard Quinn John Dunlop 1020 20/1 1:39.55
1987 Vague Shot 4 9-05 Steve Cauthen Richard F. Casey 1010 10/1 1:46.53
1988 Governorship 4 9-06 John Reid Charlie Nelson 1033 33/1 1:40.96
1989 True Panache 4 9-04 Pat Eddery Jeremy Tree 1005 5/1 F 1:40.92
1990 Pontenuovo 5 7-07 Gary Bardwell David Elsworth 1050 50/1 1:40.18
1991 Eurolink the Lad 4 8-09 John Reid John Dunlop 1025 25/1 1:42.75
1992 Colour Sergeant 4 7-08 David Harrison Lord Huntingdon 1020 20/1 1:38.07
1993 Imperial Ballet 4 8-12 Pat Eddery Henry Cecil 1020 20/1 1:47.40
1994 Face North 6 8-03 Alan Munro Reg Akehurst 1025 25/1 1:41.46
1995 Realities 5 9-00 Michael Kinane Guy Harwood 1011 11/1 1:40.08
1996 Yeast 4 8-06 Kieren Fallon William Haggas 1008 8/1 F 1:39.39
1997 Red Robbo 4 8-06 Olivier Peslier Reg Akehurst 1016 16/1 1:40.30
1998 Refuse to Lose 4 7-11 Jason Tate James Eustace 1020 20/1 1:43.21
1999 Showboat 5 8-06 Neil Pollard Barry Hills 1014 14/1 1:38.59
2000 Caribbean Monarch 5 8-10 Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute 1005.5 11/2 1:41.91
2001 Surprise Encounter 5 8-09 Frankie Dettori Ed Dunlop 1008 8/1 1:40.27
2002 Norton 5 8-09 Jimmy Fortune Terry Mills 1025 25/1 1:40.31
2003 Macadamia 4 8-13 Dane O'Neill James Fanshawe 1008 8/1 1:39.87
2004 Mine 6 9-05 Richard Quinn James Bethell 1016 16/1 1:40.85
2005 New Seeker [a] 5 9-00 Philip Robinson Clive Cox 1011 11/1 1:37.54
2006 Cesare 5 8-08 Jamie Spencer James Fanshawe 1014 14/1 1:40.62
2007 Royal Oath 4 9-00 Jimmy Fortune John Gosden 1009 9/1 1:39.78
2008 Mr Aviator 4 9-05 Richard Hughes Richard Hannon, Sr. 1025 25/1 1:39.63
2009 Forgotten Voice 4 9-01 Johnny Murtagh Jeremy Noseda 1004 4/1 F 1:40.41
2010 Invisible Man 4 8-09 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 1028 28/1 1:37.16
2011 Julienas 4 8-08 Eddie Ahern Walter Swinburn 1012 12/1 1:38.53
2012 Prince of Johanne 6 9-03 John Fahy Tom Tate 1016 16/1 1:38.24
2013 Belgian Bill 5 8-11 James Doyle George Baker 1033 33/1 1:38.68
2014 Field Of Dream 7 9-01 Adam Kirby Jamie Osborne 1020 20/1 1:37.88

a The 2005 running took place at York.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1843: Knight of the Whistle
  • 1844: The Bishop of Romford's Cob
  • 1845: Evenus
  • 1846: Leaconfield
  • 1847: Tragical
  • 1848: Conyngham
  • 1849: Collingwood
  • 1850: Hagley
  • 1851: Sir Charles
  • 1852: Ephesus
  • 1853: The Friar
  • 1854: Brocket
  • 1855: Chalice
  • 1856: Forbidden Fruit
  • 1857: Rosa Bonheur
  • 1858: Hesperithusa
  • 1859: King at Arms
  • 1860: Crater
  • 1861: Buccaneer
  • 1862: Canary
  • 1863: Victor
  • 1864: Gem of the Sea
  • 1865: Gratitude
  • 1866: Attache
  • 1867: Jasper
  • 1868: Satyr
  • 1869: See Saw
  • 1870: Judge
  • 1871: Valuer
  • 1872: Ripponden
  • 1873: Winslow
  • 1874: Lowlander
  • 1875: Thuringian Prince
  • 1876: Hopbloom
  • 1877: Cradle
  • 1878: Julius Caesar
  • 1879: The Mandarin
  • 1880: Strathern
  • 1881: Peter
  • 1882: Sweetbread
  • 1883: Elzevir
  • 1884: Acrostic
  • 1885: Eastern Emperor
  • 1886: Despair
  • 1887: Gay Hermit
  • 1888: Shillelagh
  • 1889: Whitelegs
  • 1890: Morion
  • 1891: Laureate
  • 1892: Suspender
  • 1893: Amandier
  • 1894: Victor Wild
  • 1895: Clorane
  • 1896: Quarrel
  • 1897: Knight of the Thistle
  • 1898: Jaquemart
  • 1899: Refractor
  • 1900: Royal Flush
  • 1901: Stealaway
  • 1902: Solicitor
  • 1903: Kunstler
  • 1904: Csardas
  • 1905: Andover
  • 1906: Dinneford
  • 1907: Lally
  • 1908: Billy the Verger
  • 1909: Dark Ronald
  • 1910: Bachelor's Double
  • 1911: Moscato
  • 1912: Eton Boy
  • 1913: Long Set
  • 1914: Lie-a-bed
  • 1915–18: no race
  • 1919: Irish Elegance
  • 1920: Square Measure
  • 1921: Illuminator
  • 1922: Varzy
  • 1923: Weathervane
  • 1924: Dinkie
  • 1925: Cockpit
  • 1926: Cross Bow
  • 1927: Asterus
  • 1928: Priory Park
  • 1929: Songe
  • 1930: The MacNab
  • 1931: Grand Salute
  • 1932: Totaig
  • 1933: Colorado Kid
  • 1934: Caymanas
  • 1935: Priok
  • 1936: Guinea Gap
  • 1937: Fairplay
  • 1938: Couvert
  • 1939: Caerloptic
  • 1940: no race
  • 1941: Time Step *
  • 1942–44: no race
  • 1945: Battle Hymn
  • 1946: Friar's Fancy
  • 1947: Master Vote
  • 1948: Master Vote
  • 1949: Sterope
  • 1950: Hyperbole
  • 1951: Val d'Assa
  • 1952: Queen of Sheba
  • 1953: Choir Boy
  • 1954: Chivalry
  • 1955: Nicholas Nickleby
  • 1956: Alexander
  • 1957: Retrial
  • 1958: Amos
  • 1959: Faultless Speech
  • 1960: Small Slam
  • 1961: King's Troop
  • 1962: Smartie
  • 1963: Spaniard's Close
  • 1964: Zaleucus
  • 1965: Casabianca
  • 1966: Continuation
  • 1967: Regal Light
  • 1968: Golden Mean
  • 1969: Kamundu
  • 1970: Calpurnius
  • 1971: Picture Boy
  • 1972: Tempest Boy
  • 1973: Camouflage
  • 1974: Old Lucky
  • 1975: Ardoon
  • 1976: Jumping Hill
  • 1977: My Hussar
  • 1978: Fear Naught
  • 1979: Pipedreamer

* The race was run at Newbury in 1941.

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