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Doncaster Cup

Group 2 race
Doncaster Cup
Location Doncaster Racecourse
Doncaster, England
Inaugurated 1766
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor DFS
Website Doncaster
Race information
Distance 2m 2f (3,621 metres)
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 8 st 1 lb (3yo);
9 st 1 lb (4yo+)
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Penalties
5 lb for Group 1 winners *
3 lb for Group 2 winners *
* since February 28
Purse £100,000 (2009)
1st: £56,770

The Doncaster Cup is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Doncaster over a distance of 2 miles and 2 furlongs (3,621 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

Contents

History

The event was established in 1766, and it was originally called the Doncaster Gold Cup. It is the venue's oldest surviving race – it pre-dates the St. Leger Stakes by ten years [1]. It was initially held at Cantley Common, and it moved to its present location in 1776.

During the early part of its history the race was contested over 4 miles. This was shortened to 2 miles and 5 furlongs in 1825. The first period over its current distance began in 1891. It was cut by a furlong in 1908, and then restored to 2 miles and 2 furlongs in 1927.

The present system of race grading was launched in 1971, and for a time the Doncaster Cup was classed at Group 3 level. It was promoted to Group 2 status in 2003.

The Doncaster Cup is one of Britain's leading events for "stayers" – those horses which specialise in racing over long distances. It is the final leg of the Stayers' Triple Crown, preceded by the Gold Cup and the Goodwood Cup. The race is now held on day three of Doncaster's four-day St. Leger Festival.

Records

  • Note: The jockeys and trainers of some of the early winners are unknown.

Most successful horse (4 wins):


Leading jockey (8 wins):

  • Joe MercerNick La Rocca (1953, dead-heat), Grey of Falloden (1964), The Accuser (1968), Biskrah (1972), Sea Anchor (1976), Buckskin (1978), Le Moss (1979, 1980)

Leading trainer (7 wins):

  • Cecil Boyd-RochfortAlcazar (1934), Black Devil (1935), Osborne (1954), Atlas (1956), Agreement (1958, 1959), Raise You Ten (1963)
  • Henry CecilBuckskin (1978), Le Moss (1979, 1980), Ardross (1982), Kneller (1988), Great Marquess (1991), Canon Can (1997)

Winners since 1976

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Time
1976 Sea Anchor 4 Joe Mercer Dick Hern
1977 Shangamuzo 4 Pat Eddery Gavin Hunter
1978 Buckskin 5 Joe Mercer Henry Cecil
1979 Le Moss 4 Joe Mercer Henry Cecil
1980 Le Moss 5 Joe Mercer Henry Cecil
1981 Protection Racket 3 John Lowe Jeremy Hindley 3:52.70
1982 Ardross 6 Lester Piggott Henry Cecil
1983 Karadar 5 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute
1984 Wagoner 4 Tony Ives Peter Walwyn
1985 Spicy Story 4 Steve Cauthen Ian Balding
1986 Longboat [1] 5 Willie Carson Dick Hern 3:56.85
1987 Buckley 4 Ray Cochrane Luca Cumani 3:59.17
1988 Kneller 3 Pat Eddery Henry Cecil 3:53.77
1989 Weld 3 Willie Carson William Jarvis 4:00.10
1990 Al Maheb 4 Michael Roberts Alec Stewart 4:01.05
1991 Great Marquess 4 Pat Eddery Henry Cecil 3:56.03
1992 Further Flight 6 Michael Hills Barry Hills 3:55.60
1993 Assessor 4 Richard Quinn Richard Hannon 4:03.84
1994 Arcadian Heights 6 Frankie Dettori Geoff Wragg 3:57.32
1995 Double Trigger 4 Jason Weaver Mark Johnston 3:58.74
1996 Double Trigger 5 Frankie Dettori Mark Johnston 3:53.00
1997 Canon Can 4 Kieren Fallon Henry Cecil 3:52.17
1998 Double Trigger 7 Darryll Holland Mark Johnston 3:55.92
1999 Far Cry 4 Kevin Darley Martin Pipe 3:56.01
2000 Enzeli 5 Johnny Murtagh John Oxx 3:52.90
2001 Alleluia 3 Jamie Mackay Sir Mark Prescott 3:58.16
2002 Boreas 7 Jamie Spencer Luca Cumani 3:50.29
2003 Persian Punch 10 Martin Dwyer David Elsworth 3:56.67

2004

Millenary (DH) 7 Richard Quinn John Dunlop 3:51.86

2004

Kasthari (DH) 5 Johnny Murtagh Howard Johnson 3:51.86
2005 Millenary 8 Richard Quinn John Dunlop 3:51.15
2006 Sergeant Cecil [2] 7 Frankie Dettori Rod Millman 3:58.37
2007 Septimus 4 Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien 3:48.41
2008 Honolulu 4 Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien 4:03.40
2009 Askar Tau 4 Ryan Moore Marcus Tregoning 3:54.15

1 Petrizzo finished first in 1986, but he was relegated to second place following a Stewards' Inquiry.
2 The 2006 running took place at York.

Earlier winners

  • 1766 - Charlotte
  • 1767 - Meaburn
  • 1768 - Laura
  • 1769 - Tantrum
  • 1770 - Liberty
  • 1771 - Mark
  • 1772 - Mark
  • 1773 - Forester
  • 1774 - Juniper
  • 1775 - Juniper
  • 1776 - Tuberose
  • 1777 - Pilot
  • 1778 - Phocion
  • 1779 - Magnum Bonum
  • 1780 - Duchess
  • 1781 - Crookshanks
  • 1782 - Crookshanks
  • 1783 - Faith
  • 1784 - Phoenomenon
  • 1785 - Alexander
  • 1786 - Fairy
  • 1787 - Stargazer
  • 1788 - Bustler
  • 1789 - Tot
  • 1790 - Abba Thulle
  • 1791 - Young Traveller
  • 1792 - Overton
  • 1793 - Oberon
  • 1794 - Beningbrough
  • 1795 - Hambletonian
  • 1796 - Hambletonian
  • 1797 - Stamford
  • 1798 - Stamford
  • 1799 - Cockfighter
  • 1800 - Dion
  • 1801 - Chance
  • 1802 - Alonzo
  • 1803 - Remembrancer
  • 1804 - Sir Oliver
  • 1805 - Caleb Quotem
  • 1806 - colt by Hambletonian
  • 1807 - Scud
  • 1808 - Laurel Leaf
  • 1809 - Whitenose
  • 1810 - Trophonius
  • 1811 - Grimalkin
  • 1812 - Slender Billy
  • 1813 - Viscount
  • 1814 - Tramp
  • 1815 - Catton
  • 1816 - Filho da Puta
  • 1817 - Fulford
  • 1818 - Rasping
  • 1819 - Otho
  • 1820 - The Juggler
  • 1821 - Consul
  • 1822 - Euphrates
  • 1823 - Figaro
  • 1824 - Mercutio
  • 1825 - Lottery
  • 1826 - Fleur de Lis
  • 1827 - Mulatto
  • 1828 - Laurel
  • 1829 - Voltaire
  • 1830 - Retriever
  • 1831 - The Saddler
  • 1832 - Galopade
  • 1833 - Rockingham
  • 1834 - Tomboy
  • 1838 - Don John
  • 1839 - Charles the Twelfth
  • 1843 - Alice Hawthorn
  • 1844 - Alice Hawthorn
  • 1846 - The Hero
  • 1847 - War Eagle
  • 1848 - Chanticleer
  • 1849 - Canezou
  • 1850 - Voltigeur
  • 1851 - The Ban
  • 1852 - Teddington
  • 1853 - Hungerford
  • 1854 - Virago
  • 1855 - Rataplan
  • 1856 - Fandango
  • 1857 - Vedette
  • 1858 - Vedette
  • 1859 - Newcastle
  • 1860 - Sabreur
  • 1861 - Kettledrum
  • 1862 - Tim Whiffler
  • 1863 - Macaroni
  • 1864 - General Peel
  • 1865 - Ackworth
  • 1866 - Rama
  • 1867 - Achievement
  • 1868 - Mandrake
  • 1869 - Good Hope
  • 1870 - Sornette
  • 1871 - Shannon
  • 1872 - Dutch Skater
  • 1873 - Uhlan
  • 1874 - Lily Agnes
  • 1875 - Fraulein
  • 1876 - Craig Millar
  • 1878 - Pageant
  • 1879 - Isonomy
  • 1880 - Dresden China
  • 1881 - Petronel
  • 1882 - Retreat
  • 1883 - Thebais
  • 1884 - Louis d'Or
  • 1885 - Hambledon
  • 1886 - The Bard
  • 1887 - Carlton
  • 1888 - Grafton
  • 1889 - Claymore
  • 1890 - Tyrant
  • 1891 - Queen's Birthday
  • 1892 - Chesterfield
  • 1893 - Prisoner
  • 1894 - Sweet Duchess
  • 1895 - Kilsallaghan
  • 1896 - Laodamia
  • 1897 - Winkfield's Pride
  • 1898 - Pinfold
  • 1899 - Calveley
  • 1900 - King's Courier
  • 1901 - Merry Gal / Sidus *
  • 1902 - William the Third
  • 1903 - Wavelet's Pride
  • 1904 - Robert le Diable
  • 1905 - Bachelor's Button
  • 1906 - Velocity
  • 1907 - Velocity
  • 1908 - Radium
  • 1909 - Amadis
  • 1910 - Bronzino
  • 1911 - Lemberg
  • 1913 - Long Set
  • 1914 - Willbrook
  • 1915–18 - no race
  • 1919 - Haki
  • 1920 - Buchan
  • 1921 - Flamboyant
  • 1922 - Devizes
  • 1923 - Silurian
  • 1924 - Santorb
  • 1925 - St. Germans
  • 1926 - Bongrace
  • 1927 - Bythorne
  • 1928 - Pons Asinorum
  • 1929 - Athford
  • 1931 - Singapore
  • 1932 - Foxhunter
  • 1933 - Colorado Kid
  • 1934 - Alcazar
  • 1935 - Black Devil
  • 1936 - Buckleigh
  • 1937 - Haulfryn
  • 1938 - Epigram
  • 1939–45 - no race
  • 1947 - Trimbush
  • 1948 - Auralia
  • 1950 - Aldborough
  • 1951 - Fast Fox
  • 1952 - Aquino
  • 1953 - Nick La Rocca / Souepi *
  • 1954 - Osborne
  • 1955 - Entente Cordiale
  • 1956 - Atlas
  • 1957 - French Beige
  • 1958 - Agreement
  • 1959 - Agreement
  • 1960 - Exar
  • 1961 - Pandofell
  • 1962 - Bonnard
  • 1963 - Raise You Ten
  • 1964 - Grey of Falloden
  • 1965 - Prince Hansel
  • 1966 - Piaco
  • 1967 - Crozier
  • 1968 - The Accuser
  • 1969 - Canterbury
  • 1970 - Magna Carta
  • 1971 - Rock Roi
  • 1972 - Biskrah
  • 1973 - Attica Meli
  • 1974 - Proverb
  • 1975 - Crash Course

* The 1901 and 1953 races were dead-heats and have joint winners.

References




  • The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. 1993. p. 169. ISBN 1-873626-15-0. 

See also

  • Recurring events established in 1766 – this race is included under its original title, Doncaster Gold Cup.



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