Yorkshire Oaks

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Yorkshire Oaks
Group 1 race
Location York Racecourse
York, England
Inaugurated 1849
Race type Flat
Sponsor Darley
Website York
Race information
Distance 1m 4f (2,414 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old and up
fillies & mares
Weight 8 st 11 lb (3yo);
9 st 7 lb (4yo+)
Purse £330,000 (2014)
1st: £187,143
Yorkshire Oaks
2014
Dark blue Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap Royal blue
Tapestry Taghrooda Tasaday

The Yorkshire Oaks is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain open to fillies and mares aged three years or older. It is run at York over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs (2,414 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in August.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1849, and it was originally restricted to fillies aged three. The inaugural running was won by Ellen Middleton, owned by the 2nd Earl of Zetland.

The present system of race grading was introduced in 1971, and the Yorkshire Oaks was subsequently classed at Group 1 level. It was opened to older fillies and mares in 1991.

The race has been sponsored by Darley Stud since 2006, and it is currently held on the second day of York's four-day Ebor Festival meeting.

The Yorkshire Oaks often features horses which ran previously in the Epsom Oaks. The first to achieve victory in both races was Brown Duchess in 1861, and the most recent was Alexandrova in 2006.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Only Royale – 1993, 1994
  • Islington – 2002, 2003

Leading jockey (8 wins):

  • Fred ArcherSpinaway (1875), Lady Golightly (1877), Jannette (1878), Wheel of Fortune (1879), Dutch Oven (1882), Britomartis (1883), Clochette (1884), Philosophy (1886)

Leading trainer (9 wins):

  • Mathew DawsonLeonie (1868), Gertrude (1870), Spinaway (1875), Lady Golightly (1877), Jannette (1878), Wheel of Fortune (1879), Dutch Oven (1882), Britomartis (1883), Clochette (1884)
  • Sir Michael StouteFair Salinia (1978), Sally Brown (1985), Untold (1986), Hellenic (1990), Pure Grain (1995), Petrushka (2000), Islington (2002, 2003), Quiff (2004)

Leading owner (7 wins):

  • 6th Viscount Falmouth – Gertrude (1870), Spinaway (1875), Lady Golightly (1877), Jannette (1878), Wheel of Fortune (1879), Dutch Oven (1882), Britomartis (1883)

Winners since 1975[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1973 Mysterious 3 Geoff Lewis Noel Murless George Pope, Jr.
1974 Dibidale 3 Willie Carson Barry Hills Nick Robinson
1975 May Hill 3 Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn Percival Williams
1976 Sarah Siddons 3 Christy Roche Paddy Prendergast J R Mullion
1977 Busaca 3 Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn M Esterhay
1978 Fair Salinia 3 Greville Starkey Michael Stoute Sven Hanson
1979 Connaught Bridge 3 Joe Mercer Henry Cecil H Barker
1980 Shoot A Line 3 Lester Piggott Dick Hern R. A. Budgett 2:36.33
1981 Condessa 3 Declan Gillespie Jim Bolger Paddy Barrett 2:35.32
1982 Awaasif 3 Lester Piggott John Dunlop Sheikh Mohammed 2:30.57
1983 Sun Princess 3 Willie Carson Dick Hern Sir Michael Sobell 2:36.12
1984 Circus Plume 3 Willie Carson John Dunlop Sir Robin McAlpine 2:34.97
1985 Sally Brown 3 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute Bob Cowell 2:37.24
1986 Untold 3 Greville Starkey Michael Stoute Sheikh Mohammed 2:30.37
1987 Bint Pasha 3 Richard Quinn Paul Cole Prince Fahd bin Salman 2:38.45
1988 Diminuendo 3 Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil Sheikh Mohammed 2:25.79
1989 Roseate Tern 3 Willie Carson Dick Hern 7th Earl of Carnarvon 2:31.58
1990 Hellenic 3 Willie Carson Michael Stoute Lord Weinstock 2:28.14
1991 Magnificent Star 3 Tony Cruz Mohammed Moubarak Ecurie Fustok 2:35.92
1992 User Friendly 3 George Duffield Clive Brittain Bill Gredley 2:29.41
1993 Only Royale 4 Ray Cochrane Luca Cumani Giuseppe Sainaghi 2:31.76
1994 Only Royale 5 Frankie Dettori Luca Cumani Giuseppe Sainaghi 2:28.07
1995 Pure Grain 3 John Reid Michael Stoute Robert Barnett 2:28.68
1996 Key Change 3 Johnny Murtagh John Oxx Lady Clague 2:27.56
1997 My Emma 4 Darryll Holland Rae Guest Matthews Breeding 2:30.59
1998 Catchascatchcan 3 Kieren Fallon Henry Cecil Lord Howard de Walden 2:26.06
1999 Ramruma 3 Pat Eddery Henry Cecil Prince Fahd bin Salman 2:29.17
2000 Petrushka 3 Johnny Murtagh Sir Michael Stoute Highclere Racing Ltd 2:29.41
2001 Super Tassa 5 Kevin Darley Valfredo Valiani Valfredo Valiani 2:30.17
2002 Islington 3 Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute Exors of Lord Weinstock 2:26.74
2003 Islington 4 Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute Exors of Lord Weinstock 2:27.44
2004 Quiff 3 Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute Khalid Abdullah 2:38.03
2005 Punctilious 4 Kerrin McEvoy Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 2:28.76
2006 Alexandrova 3 Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor / Smith 2:32.41
2007 Peeping Fawn 3 Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Magnier 2:32.70
2008 Lush Lashes [a] 3 Kevin Manning Jim Bolger Jackie Bolger 2:25.11
2009 Dar Re Mi 4 Jimmy Fortune John Gosden Lord Lloyd-Webber 2:30.98
2010 Midday 4 Tom Queally Henry Cecil Khalid Abdullah 2:30.53
2011 Blue Bunting 3 Frankie Dettori Mahmood Al Zarooni Godolphin 2:35.34
2012 Shareta 4 Christophe Lemaire Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:33.87
2013 The Fugue 4 William Buick John Gosden Lord Lloyd-Webber 2:28.29
2014 Tapestry 3 Aidan O'Brien Ryan Moore Magnier / Tabor / Smith / Flaxman 2:28.59

a The 2008 running took place at Newmarket.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1849: Ellen Middleton
  • 1850: Brightonia
  • 1851: Vivandiere
  • 1852: Adine
  • 1853: Mayfair
  • 1854: Virago
  • 1855: Capucine
  • 1856: Victoria
  • 1857: Tasmania
  • 1858: The Argosy
  • 1859: Bilberry
  • 1860: Stockade
  • 1861: Brown Duchess
  • 1862: Feu de Joie
  • 1863: Miss Armstrong
  • 1864: Gondola
  • 1865: Klarinska
  • 1866: Lady Vane
  • 1867: Ines
  • 1868: Leonie
  • 1869: Toison d'Or
  • 1870: Gertrude
  • 1871: Rebecca
  • 1872: Maid of Perth
  • 1873: Marie Stuart
  • 1874: The Pique
  • 1875: Spinaway
  • 1876: Zee
  • 1877: Lady Golightly
  • 1878: Jannette
  • 1879: Wheel of Fortune
  • 1880: Belfry
  • 1881: Thebais
  • 1882: Dutch Oven
  • 1883: Britomartis
  • 1884: Clochette
  • 1885: St Helena
  • 1886: Philosophy
  • 1887: Reve d'Or
  • 1888: Briar-root
  • 1889: Antibes
  • 1890: Ponza
  • 1891: Charm
  • 1892: Gantlet
  • 1893: Siffleuse
  • 1894: Spring Ray
  • 1895: Nighean
  • 1896: Helm
  • 1897: Fortalice
  • 1898: Fairmile
  • 1899: Victoria May
  • 1900: La Roche
  • 1901: Santa Brigida
  • 1902: Ice-maiden
  • 1903: Hammerkop
  • 1904: Bitters
  • 1905: Costly Lady
  • 1906: Catnap
  • 1907: Order of Merit
  • 1908: Siberia
  • 1909: Collet Monte
  • 1910: Winkipop
  • 1911: Alice
  • 1912–18: no race
  • 1919: Mademoiselle Foch
  • 1920: Inflorescence
  • 1921: Love in Idleness
  • 1922: Sister-in-Law
  • 1923: Splendid Jay
  • 1924: Blue Ice
  • 1925: Brodick Bay
  • 1926: Doushka
  • 1927: Gioconda
  • 1928: Rye Water
  • 1929: Flittemere
  • 1930: Glorious Devon
  • 1931: Rackety Lassie
  • 1932: Nash Light / Will o' the Wisp *
  • 1933: Star of England
  • 1934: Dalmary
  • 1935: Trigo Verde
  • 1936: Silversol
  • 1937: Sculpture
  • 1938: Joyce W
  • 1939: Night Shift
  • 1940–45: no race
  • 1946: Live Letters
  • 1947: Ladycross
  • 1948: Angelola
  • 1949: Unknown Quantity
  • 1950: Above Board
  • 1951: Sea Parrot
  • 1952: Frieze
  • 1953: Kerkeb
  • 1954: Feevagh
  • 1955: Ark Royal
  • 1956: Indian Twilight
  • 1957: Almeria
  • 1958: None Nicer
  • 1959: Petite Etoile
  • 1960: Lynchris
  • 1961: Tenacity
  • 1962: West Side Story
  • 1963: Outcrop
  • 1964: Homeward Bound
  • 1965: Mabel
  • 1966: Parthian Glance
  • 1967: Palatch
  • 1968: Exchange
  • 1969: Frontier Goddess
  • 1970: Lupe
  • 1971: Fleet Wahine
  • 1972: Attica Meli

* The 1932 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

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