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Great Voltigeur Stakes

Group 2 race
Great Voltigeur Stakes
Location York Racecourse
York, England
Inaugurated 1950
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Ladbrokes
Website York
Race information
Distance 1m 4f (2,414 metres)
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-old
colts and geldings
Weight 8 st 12 lb
Penalties
5 lb for Group 1 winners *
3 lb for Group 2 winners *
* since January 1
Purse £140,000 (2009)
1st: £82,964

The Great Voltigeur Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to three-year-old thoroughbred 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 was established in 1950, and it was initially called the Voltigeur Stakes. It was named after Voltigeur, the Yorkshire-trained winner of the Derby and the St. Leger Stakes in 1850. The word "Great" was added to the title in 1957.

The Great Voltigeur Stakes serves as a leading trial for the following month's St. Leger Stakes, and thirteen horses have achieved victory in both races. The first of these was Premonition in 1953, and the most recent was Lucarno in 2007. The event is now held on the opening day of York's four-day Ebor Festival meeting.

Contents

Records

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 (5 wins):

  • Paddy Prendergast – Blue Sail (1954), Ragusa (1963), Ragazzo (1965), Great Host (1967), Hawkberry (1976)
  • Sir Michael StouteElectric (1982), Sacrament (1994), Fantastic Light (1999), Air Marshall (2000), Hard Top (2005)

Winners since 1980

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Time
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 [1] Jimmy Fortune John Gosden 2:41.70
2009 Monitor Closely Jimmy Fortune Peter Chapple-Hyam 2:29.50

1 The 2008 running took place at Goodwood.

Earlier winners

  • 1950 - Castle Rock
  • 1951 - Border Legend
  • 1952 - Childe Harold
  • 1953 - Premonition
  • 1954 - Blue Sail
  • 1955 - Acropolis
  • 1956 - Hornbeam
  • 1957 - Brioche
  • 1959 - Pindari
  • 1961 - Just Great
  • 1962 - Hethersett
  • 1964 - Indiana
  • 1965 - Ragazzo
  • 1966 - Hermes
  • 1967 - Great Host
  • 1968 - Connaught
  • 1969 - Harmony Hall
  • 1970 - Meadowville
  • 1972 - Our Mirage
  • 1973 - Buoy
  • 1975 - Patch
  • 1976 - Hawkberry
  • 1978 - Whitstead
  • 1979 - Noble Saint


References


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Great Voltigeur Stakes (2009).
  • The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. 1993. p. 152. ISBN 1-873626-15-0. 

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