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Great Voltigeur Stakes History

The Great Voltigeur Stakes is a Group Two race run over one mile, four furlongs for three-year-old colts and geldings.  Traditionally run on the opening day of York's Ebor Festival the Great Voltigeur is often used as a stepping stone for the St Leger in September.

A perfect springboard for the Doncaster Classic, the Great Voltigeur has become the primary trial for the St Leger and several have ventured on from Knavesmire to their fellow Yorkshire track.

Established in 1950, the Great Voltigeur has attracted quality fields from its outset and since Premonition managed to win this and the St Leger in 1953 a massive 13 horses have done the double.

Lucarno in 2007, was the last horse to manage the feat for John Gosden and Jimmy Fortune and that kick-started Fortune's excellent recent record in the race as Lucarno was the start of three consecutive wins for the jockey as he piloted Centennial and Monitor Closely to glory in 2008 and 2009.

However, there is one man who towers above everyone in the leading jockeys table and yet again the great Lester Piggott leads the way.  First winning in 1959 aboard Pindari Piggott notched nine wins throughout his illustrious career in horse racing.

Recent Winners of Great Voltigeur Stakes

  • 2000 - Air Marshall
  • 2001 - Milan
  • 2002 - Bandari
  • 2003 - Powerscourt
  • 2004 - Rule of Law
  • 2005 - Hard Top
  • 2006 - Youmzain
  • 2007 - Lucarno
  • 2008 - Centennial
  • 2009 - Monitor Closely
  • 2010 - Rewilding
  • 2011 - Sea Moon
  • 2012 - Thought Worthy
  • 2013 - Telescope
  • 2014 - Postponed