The Doncaster Cup
is a Group 2 flat horse race
in Great Britain
which is open to thoroughbreds
aged three years or older. It is run at Doncaster
over a distance of 2 miles and 2 furlongs (3,621 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.
The event was established in 1766, and it was originally called the Doncaster Gold Cup. It is the venue's oldest surviving race – it pre-dates the St. Leger Stakes
by ten years. It was initially held at Cantley Common, and it moved to its present location in 1776.
During the early part of its history the race was contested over 4 miles. This was shortened to 2 miles and 5 furlongs in 1825. The first period over its current distance began in 1891. It was cut by a furlong in 1908, and then restored to 2 miles and 2 furlongs in 1927.
The present system of race grading was launched in 1971, and for a time the Doncaster Cup was classed at Group 3 level. It was promoted to Group 2 status in 2003.
The Doncaster Cup is one of Britain's leading events for "stayers" – those horses which specialise in racing over long distances. It is the final leg of the Stayers' Triple Crown
, preceded by the Gold Cup
and the Goodwood Cup
. The race is now held on day three of Doncaster's four-day St. Leger Festival.
- Note: The jockeys and trainers of some of the early winners are unknown.
Most successful horse (4 wins):