Great Voltigeur Stakes

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Great Voltigeur Stakes
Group 2 race
Location York Racecourse
York, England
Inaugurated 1950
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Betway
Website York
Race information
Distance 1m 4f (2,414 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-old
colts and geldings
Weight 9 st 0 lb
5 lb for Group 1 winners *
3 lb for Group 2 winners *
* since January 1, 2016
Purse £160,000 (2016)
1st: £90,736
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The Great Voltigeur Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain open to three-year-old colts and geldings. 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.


The event is named after Voltigeur, the Yorkshire-trained winner of the Derby and St Leger in 1850. It was established in 1950, and it was initially called the Voltigeur Stakes. The word "Great" was added to the title in 1957.

The Great Voltigeur Stakes serves as a trial for the following month's St Leger, and thirteen horses have achieved victory in both races. The first was Premonition in 1953, and the most recent was Lucarno in 2007. The last participant to subsequently win the St Leger was Encke, third in 2012.

The event is currently held on the opening day of York's four-day Ebor Festival meeting.


Leading jockey (9 wins):

  • Lester PiggottPindari (1959), St Paddy (1960), Ragazzo (1965), Meadowville (1970), Athens Wood (1971), Our Mirage (1972), Alleged (1977), Noble Saint (1979), Prince Bee (1980)

Leading trainer (7 wins):

  • Sir Michael StouteElectric (1982), Sacrament (1994), Fantastic Light (1999), Air Marshall (2000), Hard Top (2005), Sea Moon (2011), Telescope (2013)


Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
1950 Castle Rock Bill Rickaby Jack Jarvis
1951 Border Legend Billy Nevett Richard Peacock
1952 Childe Harold J Brace Bill Dutton
1953 Premonition Harry Carr Cecil Boyd-Rochfort
1954 Blue Sail Bill Rickaby Paddy Prendergast
1955 Acropolis Doug Smith George Colling
1956 Hornbeam Joe Mercer Robert Colling
1957 Brioche Edgar Britt Charles Elsey
1958 Alcide Harry Carr Cecil Boyd-Rochfort
1959 Pindari Lester Piggott Noel Murless
1960 St Paddy Lester Piggott Noel Murless
1961 Just Great Scobie Breasley Staff Ingham
1962 Hethersett Frankie Durr Dick Hern
1963 Ragusa Garnet Bougoure Paddy Prendergast
1964 Indiana Jimmy Lindley Jack Watts
1965 Ragazzo Lester Piggott Paddy Prendergast
1966 Hermes Greville Starkey John Oxley
1967 Great Host Bill Williamson Paddy Prendergast
1968 Connaught Sandy Barclay Noel Murless
1969 Harmony Hall * Bill Williamson Gordon Smyth
1970 Meadowville Lester Piggott Michael Jarvis
1971 Athens Wood Lester Piggott Harry Thomson Jones
1972 Our Mirage Lester Piggott Barry Hills
1973 Buoy Joe Mercer Dick Hern
1974 Bustino Joe Mercer Dick Hern
1975 Patch Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn
1976 Hawkberry Christy Roche Paddy Prendergast
1977 Alleged Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien
1978 Whitstead Brian Taylor Ryan Price
1979 Noble Saint Lester Piggott Robert Armstrong
1980 Prince Bee Lester Piggott Dick Hern
1981 Glint of Gold John Matthias Ian Balding 2:35.80
1982 Electric Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute
1983 Seymour Hicks Willie Carson John Dunlop 2:34.00
1984 Rainbow Quest Pat Eddery Jeremy Tree 2:28.80
1985 Damister Pat Eddery Jeremy Tree 2:42.35
1986 Nisnas Richard Quinn Paul Cole 2:32.14
1987 Reference Point Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 2:41.09
1988 Sheriff's Star Tony Ives Lady Herries 2:26.30
1989 Zalazl Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 2:30.61
1990 Belmez Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 2:30.29
1991 Corrupt Pat Eddery Neville Callaghan 2:34.16
1992 Bonny Scot Frankie Dettori Luca Cumani 2:30.22
1993 Bob's Return Philip Robinson Mark Tompkins 2:31.49
1994 Sacrament Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute 2:28.24
1995 Pentire Michael Hills Geoff Wragg 2:29.86
1996 Dushyantor Pat Eddery Henry Cecil 2:30.64
1997 Stowaway Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 2:33.23
1998 Sea Wave Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 2:25.12
1999 Fantastic Light Gary Stevens Sir Michael Stoute 2:29.05
2000 Air Marshall Johnny Murtagh Sir Michael Stoute 2:33.01
2001 Milan Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 2:29.32
2002 Bandari Richard Hills Mark Johnston 2:28.80
2003 Powerscourt Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 2:27.81
2004 Rule of Law Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 2:37.10
2005 Hard Top Michael Kinane Sir Michael Stoute 2:32.04
2006 Youmzain Richard Hughes Mick Channon 2:34.93
2007 Lucarno Jimmy Fortune John Gosden 2:33.07
2008 Centennial [a] Jimmy Fortune John Gosden 2:41.70
2009 Monitor Closely Jimmy Fortune Peter Chapple-Hyam 2:29.50
2010 Rewilding Frankie Dettori Mahmood Al Zarooni 2:28.93
2011 Sea Moon Richard Hughes Sir Michael Stoute 2:34.94
2012 Thought Worthy William Buick John Gosden 2:35.96
2013 Telescope Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute 2:29.32
2014 Postponed Andrea Atzeni Luca Cumani 2:27.29
2015 Storm The Stars Pat Cosgrave William Haggas 2:30.30
2016 Idaho Seamie Heffernan Aidan O'Brien 2:29.41

a The 2008 running took place at Goodwood. * Intermezzo finished first in 1969, but he was relegated to fourth place following a stewards' inquiry.

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