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Duke of York Stakes

Group 2 race
Duke of York Stakes
Location York Racecourse
York, England
Inaugurated 1968
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Blue Square
Website York
Race information
Distance 6f (1,207 metres)
Track Turf, straight
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 8 st 11 lb (3yo);
9 st 7 lb (4yo+)
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Penalties
5 lb for Group 1 winners *
3 lb for Group 2 winners *
* since August 31 last year
Purse £100,000 (2009)
1st: £60,545

The Duke of York Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at York over a distance of 6 furlongs (1,207 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in May.

The present Duke of York Stakes was established at York in 1968. At the time of its launch, however, there was no Duke of York (a title usually given to the second son of the British monarch). The leading horses from the race often go on to compete in the following month's Golden Jubilee Stakes.

A different event with the same name was formerly held at Kempton Park. It was a handicap race, and it was run over a distance of 1¼ miles. Winners included Sceptre (1903), Papyrus (1923) and Pharos (1924, 1925). This version of the Duke of York Stakes was discontinued in the late 1950s.

Contents

Records

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Handsome Sailor – 1987, 1988

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • Lester PiggottThe Brianstan (1971), Steel Heart (1975), Thatching (1979), Vorvados (1983)
  • Steve CauthenFlash n' Thunder (1980), Jester (1982), Indian Ridge (1989), Lugana Beach (1990)
  • Michael HillsHandsome Sailor (1988), Owington (1994), Royal Applause (1997), Steenberg (2006)

Leading trainer (6 wins):

  • Barry HillsNoble Mark (1974), Flash n' Thunder (1980), Jester (1982), Handsome Sailor (1987, 1988), Royal Applause (1997)

Winners since 1980

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Time
1980 Flash n' Thunder 3 Steve Cauthen Barry Hills
1981 King of Spain 5 Paul Cook Peter Cundell
1982 Jester 3 Steve Cauthen Barry Hills
1983 Vorvados 6 Lester Piggott Michael Haynes
1984 Gabitat 6 Bob Curant Brian Gubby
1985 Chapel Cottage 4 Philip Robinson Mick Ryan
1986 Grey Desire 6 Kevin Darley Mel Brittain 1:18.23
1987 Handsome Sailor 4 Cash Asmussen Barry Hills 1:12.58
1988 Handsome Sailor 5 Michael Hills Barry Hills 1:12.73
1989 Indian Ridge 4 Steve Cauthen David Elsworth 1:10.17
1990 Lugana Beach 4 Steve Cauthen David Elsworth 1:11.74
1991 Green Line Express 5 Tony Cruz Mohammed Moubarak 1:11.33
1992 Shalford 4 Michael Roberts Richard Hannon 1:08.82
1993 Hamas 4 Willie Carson Peter Walwyn 1:12.22
1994 Owington 3 Michael Hills Geoff Wragg 1:10.23
1995 Lake Coniston 4 Pat Eddery Geoff Lewis 1:11.52
1996 Venture Capitalist 7 Ray Cochrane David Nicholls 1:11.72
1997 Royal Applause 4 Michael Hills Barry Hills 1:12.13
1998 Bollin Joanne 5 Kieren Fallon Tim Easterby 1:10.91
1999 Sampower Star 3 Richard Hughes Richard Hannon 1:12.59
2000 Lend a Hand 5 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 1:10.77
2001 Pipalong 5 Kevin Darley Tim Easterby 1:11.20
2002 Invincible Spirit 5 Michael Kinane John Dunlop 1:09.55
2003 Twilight Blues 4 Pat Smullen Brian Meehan 1:10.79
2004 Monsieur Bond 4 Fergal Lynch Bryan Smart 1:16.39
2005 The Kiddykid 5 Jamie Spencer David Evans 1:15.93
2006 Steenberg 7 Michael Hills Mark Tompkins 1:12.54
2007 Amadeus Wolf 4 Neil Callan Kevin Ryan 1:10.20
2008 Assertive 5 Ryan Moore Richard Hannon 1:10.71
2009 Utmost Respect 5 Paul Hanagan Richard Fahey 1:10.70
2010 Prime Defender 6 Robert Winston Barry Hills 1:11.19

Earlier winners

  • 1968 - Hard Water
  • 1969 - Great Bear
  • 1970 - Fluke
  • 1971 - The Brianstan
  • 1972 - Stilvi
  • 1973 - Abwah
  • 1974 - Noble Mark
  • 1975 - Steel Heart
  • 1976 - Three Legs
  • 1977 - Boldboy
  • 1978 - Private Line
  • 1979 - Thatching


References


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Duke of York Stakes (2009).
  • The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. 1993. p. 44. ISBN 1-873626-15-0. 

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