Nunthorpe Stakes

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Nunthorpe Stakes
Group 1 race
LocationYork Racecourse
York, England
Inaugurated1922
Race typeFlat
SponsorCoolmore
WebsiteYork
Race information
Distance5f (1,006 metres)
SurfaceTurf
TrackStraight
QualificationTwo-years-old and up
Weight8 st 1 lb (2yo);
9 st 9 lb (3yo);
9 st 11 lb (4yo+)
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Purse£350,000 (2018)
1st: £198,485
Nunthorpe Stakes
2018
Yellow, red triple diamond, armlets and cap Red, red cap, white spots Royal blue
Alpha Delphini Mabs Cross Blue Point

The Nunthorpe Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged two years or older. It is run at York over a distance of 5 furlongs (1,006 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in August.

History[edit]

The event is named after Nunthorpe, an area of York. The first version, a low-grade selling race, was established in 1903. The present version began in 1922, and the inaugural running was won by Two Step.

The race was sponsored by William Hill from 1976 to 1989, and during this period it was known as the William Hill Sprint Championship. It has had several different sponsors since then, and the latest is Coolmore Stud, which started supporting the event in 2007.

The Nunthorpe Stakes became part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series in 2011. The winner of the race now earns an automatic invitation to compete in the same year's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.[1]

The event is one of a limited number of races in which two-year-old horses can compete against their elders. The first juvenile to win was High Treason in 1953, and the most recent was Kingsgate Native in 2007. It is also the only Group 1 race in Great Britain open to two-year-old geldings.

The Nunthorpe Stakes is currently held on the third day of York's four-day Ebor Festival meeting.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (3 wins):

  • Tag End – 1928, 1929, 1930
  • Sharpo1980, 1981, 1982

Leading jockey (7 wins):

  • Lester PiggottRight Boy (1958, 1959), Matatina (1963), Caterina (1966), Tower Walk (1969), Swing Easy (1971), Solinus (1978)

Leading trainer (5 wins):

  • Ossie Bell – Highborn II (1926, 1927), Greenore (1932), Concerto (1933), Ipsden (1937)

Leading owner (3 wins):

  • Sir Hugo Cunliffe-OwenHighborn II (1926, 1927), Concerto (1933)
  • Jack JoelTag End (1928, 1929, 1930)
  • Monica Sheriffe – Sharpo (1980, 1981, 1982)

Winners since 1958[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1958 Right Boy 4 Lester Piggott Bill Dutton Geoffrey Gilbert
1959 Right Boy 5 Lester Piggott Pat Rohan David Wills
1960 Bleep-Bleep 4 Harry Carr Harry Cottrill Mrs M Turner
1961 Floribunda 3 Ron Hutchinson Paddy Prendergast Meg Mullion
1962 Gay Mairi 3 Scobie Breasley H Whiteman A Macdonald
1963 Matatina 3 Lester Piggott Sam Armstrong Mrs R Wilson
1964 Althrey Don 3 R Maddock Pat Rohan J Done
1965 Polyfoto 3 J Wilson E Reavey Mrs C Reavey
1966 Caterina 3 Lester Piggott Sam Armstrong R F Scully
1967 Forlorn River 5 Bruce Raymond Arthur Stephenson Mrs W A Richardson
1968 So Blessed 3 Frankie Durr Michael Jarvis David Robinson
1969 Tower Walk 3 Lester Piggott Geoffrey Barling V W Hardy
1970 Huntercombe 3 Sandy Barclay Arthur Budgett H Renshaw
1971 Swing Easy 3 Lester Piggott Jeremy Tree John Hay Whitney
1972 Deep Diver 3 Bill Williamson Paul Davey David Robinson
1973 Sandford Lad 3 Tony Murray Ryan Price C Olley
1974 Blue Cashmere 4 Edward Hide Michael Stoute R Clifford-Turner
1975 Bay Express 4 Willie Carson Peter Nelson P Miller
1976 Lochnager 4 Edward Hide Mick Easterby Charles Spence
1977 Haveroid 3 Edward Hide Neil Adam T Newton
1978 Solinus 3 Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien Danny Schwartz
1979 Ahonoora 4 Greville Starkey Frankie Durr Essa Alkhalifa
1980 Sharpo 3 Pat Eddery Jeremy Tree Monica Sheriffe 1:01.20
1981 Sharpo 4 Pat Eddery Jeremy Tree Monica Sheriffe 1:00.86
1982 Sharpo 5 Steve Cauthen Jeremy Tree Monica Sheriffe 0:58.68
1983 Habibti 3 Willie Carson John Dunlop Mohamed Mutawa 0:57.99
1984 Committed 4 Brent Thomson Dermot Weld Robert Sangster 0:57.24
1985 Never So Bold 5 Steve Cauthen Robert Armstrong Edward Kessly 0:59.81
1986 Last Tycoon 3 Yves Saint-Martin Robert Collet Richard C. Strauss 0:57.47
1987 Ajdal 3 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute Sheikh Mohammed 0:58.48
1988 Handsome Sailor 5 Michael Hills Barry Hills Robert Sangster 0:58.73
1989 Cadeaux Genereux 4 Pat Eddery Alex Scott Maktoum Al Maktoum 0:57.67
1990 Dayjur 3 Willie Carson Dick Hern Hamdan Al Maktoum 0:56.16
1991 Sheikh Albadou 3 Pat Eddery Alex Scott Hilal Salem 0:58.21
1992 Lyric Fantasy 2 Michael Roberts Richard Hannon Sr. 7th Earl of Carnarvon 0:57.39
1993 Lochsong 5 Frankie Dettori Ian Balding Jeff Smith 0:58.12
1994 Piccolo [a] 3 John Reid Mick Channon John Mitchell & Partners 0:57.61
1995 So Factual 5 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 0:57.47
1996 Pivotal 3 George Duffield Sir Mark Prescott Cheveley Park Stud 0:56.53
1997
(dh)
Coastal Bluff
Ya Malak
5
6
Kevin Darley
Alex Greaves
David Barron
David Nicholls
Mrs David Sharp
Contrac / Consultco
0:59.58
1998 Lochangel 4 Frankie Dettori Ian Balding Jeff Smith 0:56.83
1999 Stravinsky 3 Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor 0:59.33
2000 Nuclear Debate 5 Gérald Mossé John Hammond Bob Chester 0:57.83
2001 Mozart 3 Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Magnier 0:57.27
2002 Kyllachy 4 Jamie Spencer Henry Candy Thurloe / Cheveley Park 0:58.10
2003 Oasis Dream 3 Richard Hughes John Gosden Khalid Abdullah 0:56.20
2004 Bahamian Pirate 9 Seb Sanders David Nicholls Lucayan Stud 0:59.89
2005 La Cucaracha 4 Michael Hills Barry Hills Guy Reed 0:56.82
2006 Reverence 5 Kevin Darley Eric Alston G. & L. Middlebrook 1:00.68
2007 Kingsgate Native 2 Jimmy Quinn John Best John Mayne 0:58.14
2008 Borderlescott [b] 6 Pat Cosgrave Robin Bastiman Edgar / Donaldson 0:56.09
2009 Borderlescott 7 Neil Callan Robin Bastiman Edgar / Donaldson 0:57.50
2010 Sole Power 3 Wayne Lordan Edward Lynam Sabena Power 0:57.14
2011 Margot Did 3 Hayley Turner Michael Bell Redman / Philipps 0:58.66
2012 Ortensia 7 William Buick Paul Messara Fraser / Fraser / Ridley 0:57.62
2013 Jwala 4 Steve Drowne Robert Cowell Manor Stud / Hoare 0:57.34
2014 Sole Power 7 Richard Hughes Edward Lynam Sabena Power 0:57.92
2015 Mecca's Angel 4 Paul Mulrennan Michael Dods David T J Metcalfe 0:57.24
2016 Mecca's Angel 5 Paul Mulrennan Michael Dods David T J Metcalfe 0:56.24
2017 Marsha 4 Luke Morris Sir Mark Prescott Elite Racing Club 0:57.97
2018 Alpha Delphini 7 Graham Lee Bryan Smart Alpha Delphini Partnership 0:57.18

a Blue Siren finished first in 1994, but she was relegated to second place following a stewards' inquiry.
b The 2008 running took place at Newmarket.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1922: Two Step
  • 1923: Golden Boss
  • 1924: Mumtaz Mahal
  • 1925: Diomedes
  • 1926: Highborn II
  • 1927: Highborn II
  • 1928: Tag End
  • 1929: Tag End
  • 1930: Tag End
  • 1931: Portlaw
  • 1932: Greenore
  • 1933: Concerto
  • 1934: Gold Bridge
  • 1935: Shalfleet
  • 1936: Bellacose
  • 1937: Ipsden
  • 1938: Mickey the Greek
  • 1939: Portobello
  • 1940–41: no race
  • 1942: Linklater
  • 1943: Linklater
  • 1944: Sugar Palm
  • 1945: Golden Cloud
  • 1946: The Bug
  • 1947: Como
  • 1948: Careless Nora
  • 1949: Abernant
  • 1950: Abernant
  • 1951: Royal Serenade
  • 1952: Royal Serenade
  • 1953: High Treason
  • 1954: My Beau
  • 1955: Royal Palm
  • 1956: Ennis
  • 1957: Gratitude

* The race was run at Newmarket during the period 1942–44.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2011 Breeders' Cup Challenge Schedule" (PDF). breederscup.com. Retrieved 2 January 2012.