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Nunthorpe Stakes History

The Nunthorpe Stakes is a Group One race run over five furlongs at York's Ebor Festival for horses aged two years or older.

Established in 1903, the Nunthorpe is one of the only races that allows two-year-olds to take on their elders and the juveniles have occasionally been successful on the Knavesmire.  High Treason was the first to manage the feat in 1953 and more recently Kingsgate Native was a one-and-three-quarter length winner of the 2007 renewal.

Over the minimum distance the Nunthorpe Stakes is all about speed and some of the top speedsters in training will look to win the valuable prize and use it as a stepping stone to the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock Park the following month.

Sharpo was a phenomenon in the early 1980s as he notched up three successive wins in the Nunthorpe for trainer Jeremy Tree.  Since then back-to-back victories have been a rarity, but Borderlescott managed the feat in 2008 and 2009.

Robin Bastiman's stable star defied his years and at the age of seven edged out Benbaun by a neck in the 2009 race.

Other notable winners of the Nunthorpe Stakes are Pivotal, who won for Sir Mark Prescott in 1996 and Oasis Dream, who won for John Gosden in 2003.

In 2010 there was a major shock in the race as Edward Lynam's Sole Power won the race at odds of 100/1.  The three-year-old stormed away from short-priced favourite Starspangledbanner in the closing stages to provide the biggest shock in Nunthorpe history.

Recent Winners of Nunthorpe Stakes

  • 2000 - Nuclear Debate
  • 2001 - Mozart
  • 2002 - Kyllachy
  • 2003 - Oasis Dream
  • 2004 - Bahamian Pirate
  • 2005 - La Cucaracha
  • 2006 - Reverence
  • 2007 - Kingsgate Native
  • 2008 - Borderlescott
  • 2009 - Borderlescott
  • 2010 - Sole Power
  • 2011 - Margot Did
  • 2012 - Ortensia
  • 2013 - Jwala
  • 2014 - Sole Power