The Curragh to honour Joanna Morgan
March 5, 2015
The Curragh Racecourse will name a race to honour the remarkable career of Joanna Morgan who recently retired as a trainer. The Joanna Morgan Lifetime Achievement Handicap will feature as one of seven races on the opening day of the Curragh season on Sunday 29th March.
As a trainer, she enjoyed great success at the Curragh including the Group race victories of One Won One in the Group 3 Phoenix Stakes and Obama Rule in the Group 3 Dance Design Stakes, while Moran Gra’s win in both the Irish Cambridgeshire and Dubai Duty Free Premier Handicap on Irish Derby Day were other highlights for her at the County Kildare venue.
Morgan also had extensive success as a jockey and made history as the first lady to ride in an Irish Classic when partnering Riot Helmet in the 1976 Irish Derby. Among her big race successes at the Curragh were Yankee’s Princess in the Irish Lincolnshire, Royal Hobbit in the Waterford Testimonial Stakes and Stackallen Stakes, Baby Brew in the Rockingham Handicap, The Bower in the Irish Cambridgeshire. Viaticum in the Diamond Stakes and Another Sky Lark in the Smurfit Paribas Bank Premier Handicap
In 1979 she became the first lady to ride a big-race Flat winner in Britain or Ireland when landing the Madrid Handicap in 1979 on Frosty Stare for trainer Seamus McGrath. The following year, she became the first lady rider to be placed in an English or Irish Classic when El Cito finished third in the Irish St Leger.
Paul Hensey, Curragh Racecourse General Manager commented: “We are delighted to honour the career of Joanna Morgan, she has been a great friend of the Curragh since she moved to Ireland in the 1970s and it is appropriate for us to honour her achievements which included so many great successes as both a jockey and trainer here. I hope plenty of people will come racing to wish her well.”