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The Darley Yorkshire Oaks

3.35pm York

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  • Distance 1m 4f
  • Class 1
  • Group 1
  • Prize money £350,000

History

The Darley Yorkshire Oaks is the final QIPCO British Champions Series Fillies & Mares race before the finale on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot in October.

The Group 1 race, for fillies and mares aged three years or older, is run at York over 1 mile 4 furlongs (2,400 metres) and is part of the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival.The race was established in 1849 for three-year-old fillies, but opened to older fillies and mares in 1991. Today, it often features horses which ran in the Investec Oaks, the third Classic of the season.

Enable won the Darley Yorkshire Oaks in 2017 during an epic season when she won five successive Group 1 races and she reclaimed her crown in 2019.

Current leading jockey: Frankie Dettori, 4 wins (19948, 2011, 2017, 2019)
Current leading trainer: Sir Michael Stoute, 9 wins (1978, 1985-6, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2002-4)

Previous winners

Year Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Prize money

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Weather

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Snowfall just too good in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks

Star filly lights up the Knavesmire with an effortless performance to further enhance her reputation.

Aidan O’Brien looks to have racing’s next superstar in his ranks – as Snowfall made light work of the Darley Yorkshire Oaks.

Having demolished her rivals in both the Cazoo Oaks and the Irish Oaks, O’Brien’s filly was sent out a heavy favourite for Darley Yorkshire Oaks. And she certainly did not disappoint.

 

Ryan Moore kept Snowfall at the back, ridden quietly throughout the race. Stable companion La Joconde ensuring there was a good gallop throughout the race under Hollie Doyle. Turning the corner the runners came back to stands, and push came to shove on La Joconde, with Wonderful Tonight beginning to make her move.

Gasps from the York crowd rang out, as Snowfall, with consumate ease breezed her way through the field. In a matter of moments she was upside and past Wonderful Tonight – seemingly in third gear.

Ryan Moore then nudged her to press on and put the race to bed before easing her way to the line with all the dangers long behind her.

It was a special performance from a filly who looks set to go on to big things.

After the race Aidan O’Brien was in buoyant mood as he spoke about the next stage in the filly’s career, he said: “She’s gone very laid-back, putting on weight and starting to thrive. She’s ready for the autumn. She could have another race before the Arc, if the lads want to do that.”

Results

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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,
York
YO23 1EX

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