Racing Post – Fact File: Dante Stakes

Video from Racing Post. The Dante Stakes is a 1m2f 56y Group 2 race run at York in May

It is confined to three-year-old colts and fillies and is often considered a Derby trial

It has a total purse of £165,000 (2018), with £93,572 going to the winner

The race is named after the horse Dante, the last Northern-trained horse to win the Derby

He won when the race was run at Newmarket in 1945

The first running of the Dante was won by Bald Eagle in 1958

The Dante was run as a Group 3 race until it was upgraded in 1980

Ten horses have won the Dante en route to the Derby

The first being St Paddy (1960) and then followed up by…

Shirley Heights (1978), Shahrastani (1986), Reference Point (1987), Erhaab (1994), Benny The Dip (1997), North Light (2004), Motivator (2005), Authorized (2007)

And most recently, Golden Horn (2015)

Pat Eddery holds the record of leading jockey in the Dante with six wins

He won aboard: Beldale Flutter (1981), Hot Touch (1983), Damister (1985), Red Glow (1988), Sanglamore (1990), Tenby (1993)

Sir Henry Cecil holds the record for leading trainer

He saddled the winner seven times: Approval (1970), Lyphard’s Wish (1979), Hello Gorgeous (1980), Simply Great (1982), Claude Monet (1984), Reference Point (1987), Tenby (1993)

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