Yorkshire Cup (horse race)

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Yorkshire Cup
Group 2 race
Location York Racecourse
York, England
Inaugurated 1927
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Betway
Website York
Race information
Distance 1m 6f (2,816 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Four-years-old and up
Weight 9 st 0 lb
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Penalties
4 lb for Group 1 winners *
* since 31 August last year
Purse £160,000 (2016)
1st: £90,736
Yorkshire Cup
2016
Royal blue, red epaulets, dark blue cap Orange, black epaulets Orange and yellow check, orange sleeves, yellow cap
Clever Cookie Curbyourenthusiasm Second Step

The Yorkshire Cup is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged four years or older. It is run over a distance of 1 mile and 6 furlongs (2,816 metres) at York in May.

History[edit]

Formerly a weight-for-age race, the event was revived as a handicap in 1927.[1] It was originally contested over 2 miles. The first running was won by Templestowe.[2]

The Yorkshire Cup was abandoned from 1940 to 1944. A substitute called the Yorkshire Autumn Cup, for horses aged three or older, was staged in 1945.

The event became a conditions race after the war.[3] It temporarily reverted to a handicap in 1951. That year's edition was titled the Yorkshire Stayers' Handicap.[4] Its previous format was restored in 1952.[5]

The race continued with its original distance until 1965.[6] It was cut to 1¾ miles in 1966.[7] It was given Group 2 status in 1971.

The Yorkshire Cup became part of the British Champions Series in 2011.[8] It is now the first race in the long-distance division, which concludes with the British Champions Long Distance Cup in October.

The race is currently held on the final day of York's three-day Dante Festival meeting. It is run the day after the Dante Stakes.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (2 wins):

Leading jockey (8 wins):

  • Lester PiggottPandofell (1961), Aunt Edith (1966), Knockroe (1972), Bruni (1976), Bright Finish (1977), Noble Saint (1980), Ardross (1981, 1982)

Leading trainer (7 wins):

  • Cecil Boyd-RochfortThe Scout II (1931), Kingstone (1945), Premonition (1954), Dickens (1960), Sagacity (1962), Raise You Ten (1964), Apprentice (1965)

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Time
1927 Templestowe 5 Tommy Weston Robert Colling
1928 Royal Pom 4 George Baines Ronald Farquharson
1929 The Consul 4 Willie Stephenson William Rose Jarvis
1930 The Bastard [a] 4 Harry Wragg Jack Jarvis
1931 The Scout II 4 Joe Childs Cecil Boyd-Rochfort
1932 Trimdon 6 Joe Childs Joseph Lawson
1933 Orpen 5 Dick Perryman Frank Butters
1934 Within-the-Law 5 W. Wells J. Cannon
1935 Felicitation 5 Freddie Fox Frank Butters
1936 Valerius 5 Tommy Weston Joseph Lawson
1937 Silversol 4 Billy Nevett Matthew Peacock
1938 Suzerain 5 Bill Rickaby Ted Leader
1939 Finis 4 Harry Wragg Ossie Bell
1940 no race 1940–44
1945 Kingstone 3 Doug Smith Cecil Boyd-Rochfort
1946 Stirling Castle 4 Eph Smith Joseph Lawson
1947 No Orchids 4 Harry Blackshaw M. Everitt
1948 Whiteway 4 Bill Evans Norman Bertie
1949 Woodburn 4 Bill Rickaby Charles Elsey
1950 Miraculous Atom 6 Billy Nevett Sam Hall
1951 Orderly Ann 5 A. Carson Tommy Shedden
1952 Eastern Emperor 4 Bill Rickaby Jack Jarvis
1953 Childe Harold 4 Jack Brace Bill Dutton
1954 Premonition 4 Harry Carr Cecil Boyd-Rochfort
1955 By Thunder! 4 Wally Swinburn Sam Armstrong
1956 Romany Air 5 Bill Rickaby Reginald Day
1957 Souverlone 4 Joe Sime Harry Peacock
1958 Brioche 4 Edgar Britt Charles Elsey
1959 Cutter 4 Manny Mercer John Oxley 3:59.60
1960 Dickens 4 Harry Carr Cecil Boyd-Rochfort 3:28.00
1961 Pandofell 4 Lester Piggott Freddie Maxwell
1962 Sagacity 4 Harry Carr Cecil Boyd-Rochfort 3:43.30
1963 Honour Bound 5 Doug Smith Fred Rimell
1964 Raise You Ten 4 Harry Carr Cecil Boyd-Rochfort
1965 Apprentice 5 Stan Clayton Cecil Boyd-Rochfort 3:36.00
1966 Aunt Edith 4 Lester Piggott Noel Murless 3:21.60
1967 Salvo 4 Ron Hutchinson Harry Wragg 3:19.00
1968 Sweet Story 6 Jimmy Etherington Dick Peacock
1969 Quartette 5 Russ Maddock Tommy Gosling
1970 Rangong 5 Sandy Barclay Noel Murless
1971 Alto Volante 4 Brian Taylor Freddie Maxwell 3:00.50
1972 Knockroe 4 Lester Piggott Peter Nelson
1973 Celtic Cone 6 Greville Starkey Frank Cundell 2:58.20
1974 Buoy 4 Joe Mercer Dick Hern 2:56.40
1975 Riboson 4 Joe Mercer Dick Hern 3:06.70
1976 Bruni 4 Lester Piggott Ryan Price 3:06.40
1977 Bright Finish 4 Lester Piggott Jeremy Tree 3:05.90
1978 Smuggler 5 Willie Carson Dick Hern 2:56.30
1979 Pragmatic 4 John Reid Fulke Johnson Houghton 3:07.90
1980 Noble Saint 4 Lester Piggott Robert Armstrong 2:56.00
1981 Ardross 5 Lester Piggott Henry Cecil 3:08.30
1982 Ardross 6 Lester Piggott Henry Cecil
1983 Line Slinger 4 Edward Hide Bill Elsey 3:19.40
1984 Band 4 Willie Carson Dick Hern 2:57.20
1985 Ilium 4 Richard Hills Harry Thomson Jones 3:05.40
1986 Eastern Mystic 4 Pat Eddery Luca Cumani 3:12.26
1987 Verd-Antique 4 Steve Cauthen Henry Cecil 3:08.89
1988 Moon Madness 5 Pat Eddery John Dunlop 3:00.51
1989 Mountain Kingdom 5 Steve Cauthen Clive Brittain 2:52.92
1990 Braashee 4 Michael Roberts Alec Stewart 2:56.79
1991 Arzanni 4 Frankie Dettori Luca Cumani 2:57.94
1992 Rock Hopper 5 Pat Eddery Michael Stoute 2:59.91
1993 Assessor 4 Richard Quinn Richard Hannon, Sr. 2:59.23
1994 Key to My Heart 4 John Reid Dudley Moffatt 2:55.87
1995 Moonax 4 Pat Eddery Saeed bin Suroor 2:58.89
1996 Classic Cliche 4 Michael Kinane Saeed bin Suroor 2:52.77
1997 Celeric 5 Pat Eddery David Morley 2:59.39
1998 Busy Flight 5 Michael Hills Barry Hills 3:04.02
1999 Churlish Charm 4 Richard Hughes Richard Hannon, Sr. 3:05.61
2000 Kayf Tara 6 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 2:55.06
2001 Marienbard 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 2:57.30
2002 Zindabad 6 Kevin Darley Mark Johnston 2:54.90
2003 Mamool 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 2:52.54
2004 Millenary 7 Richard Quinn John Dunlop 3:01.61
2005 Franklins Gardens 5 Darryll Holland Mark Tompkins 3:02.78
2006 Percussionist 5 Darryll Holland Howard Johnson 3:12.41
2007 Sergeant Cecil 8 Jimmy Fortune Rod Millman 2:59.63
2008 Geordieland 7 Shane Kelly Jamie Osborne 3:02.47
2009 Ask 6 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute 3:05.36
2010 Manifest 4 Tom Queally Henry Cecil 2:58.99
2011 Duncan 6 William Buick John Gosden 2:58.33
2012 Red Cadeaux 6 Tom McLaughlin Ed Dunlop 3:02.89
2013 Glen's Diamond 5 Tony Hamilton Richard Fahey 3:01.39
2014 Gospel Choir 5 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute 3:00.36
2015 Snow Sky 4 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute 2:57.64
2016 Clever Cookie 8 P. J. McDonald Peter Niven 3:01.12

a The 1930 winner The Bastard was later exported to Australia and renamed The Buzzard.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yorkshire Cup Today". Glasgow Herald. 17 May 1927. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "1927 Yorkshire Cup". Glasgow Herald. 18 May 1927. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "1950 Yorkshire Cup". Glasgow Herald. 17 May 1950. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "1951 Yorkshire Stayers' Handicap". Glasgow Herald. 6 June 1951. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "1952 Yorkshire Cup". Glasgow Herald. 21 May 1952. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "1965 Yorkshire Cup". Glasgow Herald. 20 May 1965. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "1966 Yorkshire Cup". Glasgow Herald. 12 May 1966. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "2011 British Champions Series". britishchampionsseries.com. Archived from the original on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2013.