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Nunthorpe Stakes

Group 1 race
Nunthorpe Stakes
Location York Racecourse
York, England
Inaugurated 1922
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Coolmore
Website York
Race information
Distance 5f (1,006 metres)
Track Turf, straight
Qualification Two-years-old and up
Weight 8 st 1 lb (2yo);
9 st 9 lb (3yo);
9 st 11 lb (4yo+)
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Purse £240,000 (2009)
1st: £136,248

The Nunthorpe Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in Great Britain which is open to thoroughbreds aged two years or older. It is run at York over a distance of 5 furlongs (1,006 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in August.

The event is named after Nunthorpe, an area of York which is located to the north of the racecourse. The first version of the Nunthorpe Stakes was established in 1903, but this was a low-grade selling race (an event in which the winning horse is put up for auction). The present version, a conditions race, began in 1922.

The race was sponsored by William Hill from 1976 to 1989, and during this period it was known as the "William Hill Sprint Championship". It reverted to its original title in 1990, and since then it has had several different sponsors. It is currently backed by Coolmore Stud. The event is now held on the final day of York's four-day Ebor Festival meeting.

The Nunthorpe Stakes is one of a limited number of races in which two-year-old horses can compete against their elders. The first juvenile to win was High Treason in 1953, and the most recent was Kingsgate Native in 2007.

Contents

Records

Most successful horse (3 wins):

  • Tag End – 1928, 1929, 1930

Leading jockey (7 wins):

  • Lester PiggottRight Boy (1958, 1959), Matatina (1963), Caterina (1966), Tower Walk (1969), Swing Easy (1971), Solinus (1978)

Leading trainer (5 wins):

  • Ossie Bell – Highborn II (1926, 1927), Greenore (1932), Concerto (1933), Ipsden (1937)

Leading owner (3 wins):

  • Sir Hugo Cunliffe-Owen – Highborn II (1926, 1927), Concerto (1933)
  • Jack Joel – Tag End (1928, 1929, 1930)
  • Monica Sheriffe – Sharpo (1980, 1981, 1982)

Winners since 1980

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1980 Sharpo 3 Pat Eddery Jeremy Tree Monica Sheriffe 1:01.20
1981 Sharpo 4 Pat Eddery Jeremy Tree Monica Sheriffe 1:00.86
1982 Sharpo 5 Steve Cauthen Jeremy Tree Monica Sheriffe 0:58.68
1983 Habibti 3 Willie Carson John Dunlop Mohamed Mutawa 0:57.99
1984 Committed 4 Brent Thomson Dermot Weld Robert Sangster 0:57.24
1985 Never So Bold 5 Steve Cauthen Robert Armstrong Edward Kessly 0:59.81
1986 Last Tycoon 3 Yves Saint-Martin Robert Collet Richard C. Strauss 0:57.47
1987 Ajdal 3 Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute Sheikh Mohammed 0:58.48
1988 Handsome Sailor 5 Michael Hills Barry Hills Robert Sangster 0:58.73
1989 Cadeaux Genereux 4 Pat Eddery Alex Scott Maktoum Al Maktoum 0:57.67
1990 Dayjur 3 Willie Carson Dick Hern Hamdan Al Maktoum 0:56.16
1991 Sheikh Albadou 3 Pat Eddery Alex Scott Hilal Salem 0:58.21
1992 Lyric Fantasy 2 Michael Roberts Richard Hannon 7th Earl of Carnarvon 0:57.39
1993 Lochsong 5 Frankie Dettori Ian Balding Jeff Smith 0:58.12
1994 Piccolo [1] 3 John Reid Mick Channon John Mitchell & Partners 0:57.61
1995 So Factual 5 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 0:57.47
1996 Pivotal 3 George Duffield Sir Mark Prescott Cheveley Park Stud 0:56.53

1997

Coastal Bluff (DH) 5 Kevin Darley David Barron Contrac Promotions Ltd 0:59.58

1997

Ya Malak (DH) 6 Alex Greaves David Nicholls Mrs D. E. Sharp 0:59.58
1998 Lochangel 4 Frankie Dettori Ian Balding Jeff Smith 0:56.83
1999 Stravinsky 3 Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor 0:59.33
2000 Nuclear Debate 5 Gérald Mossé John Hammond Bob Chester 0:57.83
2001 Mozart 3 Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Magnier 0:57.27
2002 Kyllachy 4 Jamie Spencer Henry Candy Thurloe / Cheveley Park 0:58.10
2003 Oasis Dream 3 Richard Hughes John Gosden Khalid Abdullah 0:56.20
2004 Bahamian Pirate 9 Seb Sanders David Nicholls Lucayan Stud 0:59.89
2005 La Cucaracha 4 Michael Hills Barry Hills Guy Reed 0:56.82
2006 Reverence 5 Kevin Darley Eric Alston G. & L. Middlebrook 1:00.68
2007 Kingsgate Native 2 Jimmy Quinn John Best John Mayne 0:58.14
2008 Borderlescott [2] 6 Pat Cosgrave Robin Bastiman Edgar / Donaldson 0:56.09
2009 Borderlescott 7 Neil Callan Robin Bastiman Edgar / Donaldson 0:57.50

1 Blue Siren finished first in 1994, but she was relegated to second place following a Stewards' Inquiry.
2 The 2008 running took place at Newmarket.

Earlier winners

  • 1922 - Two Step
  • 1923 - Golden Boss
  • 1925 - Diomedes
  • 1926 - Highborn II
  • 1927 - Highborn II
  • 1928 - Tag End
  • 1929 - Tag End
  • 1930 - Tag End
  • 1931 - Portlaw
  • 1932 - Greenore
  • 1933 - Concerto
  • 1934 - Gold Bridge
  • 1935 - Shalfleet
  • 1936 - Bellacose
  • 1937 - Ipsden
  • 1938 - Mickey the Greek
  • 1939 - Portobello
  • 1940–41 - no race
  • 1942 - Linklater
  • 1943 - Linklater
  • 1944 - Sugar Palm
  • 1945 - Golden Cloud
  • 1946 - The Bug
  • 1947 - Como
  • 1948 - Careless Nora
  • 1951 - Royal Serenade
  • 1952 - Royal Serenade
  • 1953 - High Treason
  • 1954 - My Beau
  • 1955 - Royal Palm
  • 1956 - Ennis
  • 1957 - Gratitude
  • 1960 - Bleep-Bleep
  • 1961 - Floribunda
  • 1962 - Gay Mairi
  • 1963 - Matatina
  • 1964 - Althrey Don
  • 1965 - Polyfoto
  • 1966 - Caterina
  • 1967 - Forlorn River
  • 1968 - So Blessed
  • 1969 - Tower Walk
  • 1970 - Huntercombe
  • 1971 - Swing Easy
  • 1972 - Deep Diver
  • 1973 - Sandford Lad
  • 1974 - Blue Cashmere
  • 1975 - Bay Express
  • 1976 - Lochnager
  • 1977 - Haveroid
  • 1978 - Solinus
  • 1979 - Ahonoora

* The race was run at Newmarket during the period 1942–44.

References


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Nunthorpe Stakes (2009).
  • The Breedon Book of Horse Racing Records. Breedon Books. 1993. p. 158. ISBN 1-873626-15-0. 

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