YORK

  Badges through the decades

Brief History

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Racing is know to have taken place at York, just outside Micklegate Bar.

1530

Earliest evidence of racing taking place near York at the Clifton Ings course in the Forest of Galtres. A silver bell was the prize for Oswald Wyllesthorpe in defeating William Mallory.

1633

Racing, by now, is taking place at Acomb Moor, and Charles I attended with his acquaintance Sir Henry Slingsby.

1714

Queen anne wins a race at York with Star.

1731

Racing takes place on the Knavesmire for the first time on 11th August and lasts for 6 days.

1739

The success of Smallhopes in the King's Plate was overshadowed by the hanging of Dick Turpin on 20th August.

1755

The grandstand is opened at the Summer meeting. It was the brainchild of Lord Rockingham, who organised the sale of 250 5 shares which entitled holders to a free entry badge for the next 100 years.

1767

The famous Gimcrack Club is founded, named after the grey who won 26 races but never managed a victory at York.

1770

The great Eclipse wins 2 races at York.

1789

Royal visitors to York when The Prince of Wales and The Duke of York attend. A race is named after the latter.

1825

The Great Yorkshire Stakes is run for the first time.

1839

York suffers a decline in popularity when only 8 horses are entered for the meeting on 16th May. The decline started when public hangings were no longer part of the racing programme.

1843

The Ebor, then known as The Great Ebor, was run for the first time and was won by Pagan.

1846

The Gimcrack Stakes is run for the first time, but it is over 100 years later before the winning owner is invited to make a speech at the Gimcrack dinner. The first winner was Ellerdale, ridden by Tommy Lye and trained by Tom Dawson.

1851

Probably the most famous match of all time took place on 13th May, witnessed by a crowd in excess of 100,000. Voltigeur had won the Derby and St Leger in 1850. The Flying Dutchman had won the Derby and St Leger in 1849. The two had met in the Doncaster Cup and Voltigeur had prevailed. Voltigeur carried 8st, while The Flying Dutchman carried 8st 8 1/2 lbs and it was sweet revenge for The Flying Dutchman, winning by a length.

1856

Blink Bonny wins the Gimcrack before sge goes on to gain the Oaks and Derby one year later.

1866

A famous, and important time in York and racings history, with the Clerk of the Course being threatened with a fine for every minute a race goes off late.

1867

Earliest evidence of jump racing taking place on the Knavesmire in April.

1870

The Gimcrack Stakes becomes a 6 furlong race.

1875

James Melrose becomes Chairman of the Tork Race Committee and the Melrose Stakes marks the contribution he made to the development of York as a centre of racing excellence.

1885

The last recorded evidence of National Hunt racing taking place at York.

1925

Gordon Richards rides his first Ebor winner on Chapeau.

1934

Bahram wins the Gimcrack and goes on to gain the Triple Crown a year later.

1939-45

Racing ceases and York is used as a prisoner of war camp.

 

 

 

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1945

Racing resumes on 4th September and Chamossaire wins the substitute St Leger on 5th September, Dante having been scratched.

1950

The Great Voltigeur is run for the first time, commemorating the great horse, although it never won a race at York.

1965

The new stands, designed by the same architect who designed Newbury grandstand, are opened by Lord Halifax.

1972

Queen Elizabeth II graces York with her presence on 15th August and witnesses the defeat of Brigadier Gerard by Roberto.

1979

Sea Pigeon, much loved by the Yorkshire crown, wins the Ebor in the hands of Jonjo O'Neill, prevailing by only a short head from Donegal Prince.

1988

Judmonte take over the sponsorship of the International.

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