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The Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes

3.00pm York

  • Distance 5f
  • Class 1
  • Group 1
  • Prize money £350,000


This Group 1 sprint event may not have the most evocative of names – Nunthorpe is an area of York, to the north of the racecourse – but it has plenty going for it. For starters, it is one of a limited number of races in which two-year-olds can compete against their elders. It has also produced some dramatic races.

Take the 2010 running. It was won by ‘no-hoper’ Sole Power, at 100-1. To complete a good day for the bookmakers, the third horse home was Piccadilly Filly – also unfancied at 100-1. The previous two runnings went to the popular northern-trained sprinter, Bordlerlescott, star of Robin Bastiman’s small stable. Sole Power won it again in 2014, this time as favourite.

The race, over five furlongs (1,000 metres) and staged on the third day of the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival, has another thing going for it. It is currently sponsored by the prestigious Coolmore Stud.

Current leading jockey: Frankie Dettori, 3 wins (1993, 1995, 1998)
Current leading trainer: Aidan O’Brien, 2 wins (1999, 2001)

Previous winners

Year Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Prize money




No/Draw Horse/Jockey Age Form/Type BHA Rating Weight Trainer Odds


Battaash fights his way to second successive win in the Coolmore Nunthorpe

Battaash showed true Champion qualities as he battled both the elements and a worthy adversary in Que Amoro to successfully defend the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes title.

The sprinting sensation had blown everyone and everything away this season, and in truth was yet to be properly challenged on a racecourse in 2020. It was a different story today at a rain-soaked York as he was forced to engage in a battle down the Knavesmire.

It had looked to be going similarly to his two previous victories this season, with the Hamden Al Maktoum-owned sprinter cruising up to head the pace-setting Que Amoro with two furlongs left to run. It appeared as if that was that until Que Amoro began to dig in and it was clear she was not going down without a fight.

A battle then ensued in the final stages, and as admirably as Que Amoro fought, Battaash always seemed to find an answer. Holding that rival at bay as the line came, giving Jim Crowley an incredible four-timer on the day.


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The Course

The city of York and its racecourse have a long and colourful history, involving – among others - the Vikings, the Romans, Pope John Paul II, highwayman Dick Turpin, and the Princess Royal.

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  • Course Intro

There’s no official record of the Vikings racing horses at York – they apparently preferred sacking and pillaging – but the Romans certainly did, during the reign of Emperor Severus 2,000 years ago. Severus, indeed, breathed his final breath in ‘Eboracum’ – that’s Roman for York. So did Turpin. He was hanged at the Knavesmire racecourse site in 1739. Pope John Paul II enjoyed a friendlier reception, lauded by 200,000 pilgrims at an open-air mass in 1982, while Princess Anne also enjoyed huge support when winning the Queen Mother’s Cup on Insular in 1988.

The North Yorkshire track, voted Racecourse of the Year in 2003, continues to attract the crowds today, with around 350,000 flocking through the gates each year. York comes into its own during the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival in August, the meeting boasting such races as the Juddmonte International Stakes, part of the QIPCO British Champions Series, and the totesport Ebor Handicap. Lester Piggott won the Ebor Handicap a record five times – the first in 1958 and the last 25 years later, in 1983.

Getting there

Tadcaster Rd York,
YO23 1EX

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