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International Stakes

Group 1 race
International Stakes
Location York Racecourse
York, England
Inaugurated 1972
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Juddmonte
Website York
Race information
Distance 1m 2f 88y (2,092 m)
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 8 st 11 lb (3yo);
9 st 5 lb (4yo+)
3 lb for fillies and mares
1 lb for S. Hemisphere 4yo
Purse £600,000 (2009)
1st: £340,620

The International Stakes, also known as the "Juddmonte International", is a Group 1 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 1 mile, 2 furlongs and 88 yards (2,092 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in August.



The event was devised by Major Leslie Petch, a former Clerk of the Course at York. It was first run in 1972, but by this time Petch had resigned from his position due to ill health. The race was originally sponsored by Benson and Hedges, and for the early part of its history it was called the Benson and Hedges Gold Cup. The inaugural running was won by Roberto, that year's Derby winner. The second-placed horse was Brigadier Gerard – this was his only defeat in a career of eighteen races.

The sponsorship of Benson and Hedges continued until 1985, and for the following two years the race was backed by the bloodstock company Matchmaker. Its title during this period was the "Matchmaker International". The current sponsor, Juddmonte Farms, began supporting the event in 1989. It is now familiarly known as the "Juddmonte International".

The International Stakes is presently held on the opening day of York's four-day Ebor Festival meeting. It is the venue's richest race of the season.


Sea The Stars won the International Stakes in 2009

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Ezzoud – 1993, 1994

Leading jockey (5 wins):

  • Lester PiggottDahlia (1974, 1975), Hawaiian Sound (1978), Commanche Run (1985), Rodrigo de Triano (1992)
  • Frankie DettoriHalling (1996), Singspiel (1997), Sakhee (2001), Sulamani (2004), Authorized (2007)

Leading trainer (5 wins):

  • Sir Michael StouteShardari (1986), Ezzoud (1993, 1994), Singspiel (1997), Notnowcato (2006)

Leading owner (4 wins):

  • Robert SangsterHawaiian Sound (1978), Assert (1982), Caerleon (1983), Rodrigo de Triano (1992)
  • GodolphinHalling (1995, 1996), Sakhee (2001), Sulamani (2004)








1972 Roberto 3 Braulio Baeza Vincent O'Brien John W. Galbreath 2:07.10
1973 Moulton 4 Geoff Lewis Harry Wragg Budgie Moller 2:20.40
1974 Dahlia 4 Lester Piggott Maurice Zilber Nelson Bunker Hunt 2:09.40
1975 Dahlia 5 Lester Piggott Maurice Zilber Nelson Bunker Hunt 2:10.93
1976 Wollow 3 Gianfranco Dettori Henry Cecil Carlo d'Alessio 2:11.61
1977 Relkino 4 Willie Carson Dick Hern Lady Beaverbrook 2:09.24
1978 Hawaiian Sound 3 Lester Piggott Barry Hills Robert Sangster 2:09.75
1979 Troy 3 Willie Carson Dick Hern Sobell / Weinstock 2:06.40
1980 Master Willie 3 Philip Waldron Henry Candy William Barnett 2:13.30
1981 Beldale Flutter 3 Pat Eddery Michael Jarvis A. J. Kelly 2:13.28
1982 Assert 3 Pat Eddery David O'Brien Robert Sangster 2:09.09
1983 Caerleon 3 Pat Eddery Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster 2:16.35
1984 Cormorant Wood 4 Steve Cauthen Barry Hills Bobby McAlpine 2:09.87
1985 Commanche Run 4 Lester Piggott Luca Cumani Ivan W. Allan 2:18.79
1986 Shardari 4 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute HH Aga Khan IV 2:08.28
1987 Triptych 5 Steve Cauthen Patrick Biancone Alan Clore 2:15.53
1988 Shady Heights [1] 4 Willie Carson Robert Armstrong George Tong 2:06.35
1989 Ile de Chypre 4 Tony Clark Guy Harwood Athos Christodoulou 2:06.91
1990 In the Groove 3 Steve Cauthen David Elsworth Brian Cooper 2:08.77
1991 Terimon 5 Michael Roberts Clive Brittain Lady Beaverbrook 2:16.18
1992 Rodrigo de Triano 3 Lester Piggott Peter Chapple-Hyam Robert Sangster 2:07.19
1993 Ezzoud 4 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute Maktoum Al Maktoum 2:12.16
1994 Ezzoud 5 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute Maktoum Al Maktoum 2:08.85
1995 Halling 4 Walter Swinburn Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 2:06.42
1996 Halling 5 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 2:06.88
1997 Singspiel 5 Frankie Dettori Michael Stoute Sheikh Mohammed 2:12.10
1998 One So Wonderful 4 Pat Eddery Luca Cumani Helena Springfield Ltd 2:06.46
1999 Royal Anthem 4 Gary Stevens Henry Cecil Thoroughbred Corp. 2:06.91
2000 Giant's Causeway 3 Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor 2:09.30
2001 Sakhee 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 2:08.27
2002 Nayef 4 Richard Hills Marcus Tregoning Hamdan Al Maktoum 2:08.74
2003 Falbrav 5 Darryll Holland Luca Cumani Sc. Rencati / Yoshida 2:06.84
2004 Sulamani 5 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 2:11.82
2005 Electrocutionist 4 Michael Kinane Valfredo Valiani Earle I. Mack 2:07.47
2006 Notnowcato 4 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute A. & D. de Rothschild 2:12.32
2007 Authorized 3 Frankie Dettori Peter Chapple-Hyam Al Homaizi / Al Sagar 2:11.82
2008 Duke of Marmalade [2] 4 Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor 2:01.53
2009 Sea the Stars 3 Michael Kinane John Oxx Christopher Tsui 2:05.29

1 Persian Heights finished first in 1988, but he was relegated to third place following a Stewards' Inquiry.
2 The 2008 running took place at Newmarket over 1 mile and 2 furlongs.


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – International Stakes (2009).
  • The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. 1993. p. 149. ISBN 1-873626-15-0. 

See also

  • Recurring events established in 1972 – this race is included under its original title, Benson and Hedges Gold Cup.


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