The 1783 Doncaster Cup – one of Britain’s oldest horseracing trophies – is expected to sell for between £20,000 and £30,000 at a London auction later this month.
The silver-gilt cup was presented to wealthy Yorkshire landowner and racehorse owner William Garforth when his grey colt, Pacolet, won the Doncaster Stakes on September 25, 1783.
In those days the Doncaster Cup was worth 100 guineas – £105 in modern money – to the winner, an extraordinary sum of money in the late 18th century.
Now, nearly 230 years later, the 1783 cup is up for sale and is set to fetch between £20,000 and £30,000 at Christie’s on May 30.
A Christie’s spokesman said: “The Doncaster Cup, which is run over four miles, dates back to 1766 and is the oldest of all the cup races which have been run continuously since their foundation, the Ascot Gold Cup having only commenced in 1807.”
The 20ins cup is engraved ‘Doncaster Cup 1783’ and bears the names of landowners Thomas Thornhill and Richard Slater Milnes who were the stewards.