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Acomb Stakes History

The Acomb Stakes is a Group Three race run at York over seven furlongs for two-year-old horses.

Initially run as a Listed contest it was promoted to its current Group Three status in 2006 and is now an integral part of York's Ebor Festival that takes place in August and is one of the major races on the opening day of the Yorkshire extravaganza.

Trainers often use the Acomb Stakes as a stepping stone for future Group One contests and some have been known to go on to Classic glory the following year.  In 1999 the Sir Michael Stoute-trained King's Best was a two-length winner of the Acomb Stakes before winning the English 2000 Guineas in 2000 beating the mighty Giant's Causeway.

Stoute holds the best recent record for the race and the Freemason Lodge handler has bagged this race four times in the last 25 years with Comfy bagging his last victory in 2001 with Kieren Fallon on board.

Royal Palace was an emphatic winner of the Acomb Stakes in 1966 and the Jim Joel-trained runner then went on to Classic glory in the 1967 2000 Guineas and Epsom Derby, whilst notching up wins in the Eclipse Stakes, King George Vi & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Coronation Stakes in 1968.

So, it just shows that this contest can unearth some futures superstars who go on to much greater things later in life.

Recent Winners of Acomb Stakes

  • 2000 - Hemingway
  • 2001 - Comfy
  • 2002 - Bourbonnais
  • 2003 - Rule of Law
  • 2004 - Elliots World
  • 2005 - Palace Episode
  • 2006 - Big Timer
  • 2007 - Fast Company
  • 2008 - No Race
  • 2009 - Elusive Pimpernel
  • 2010 - Waiter's Dream
  • 2011 - Entifaadha
  • 2012 - Dundonnell
  • 2013 - Treaty Of Paris
  • 2014 - Dutch Connection