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2021 Fixtures

March
Sunday 21st March
Sunday, 21st

Sunday 21st March

The first race day of the 2021 season.

PADDY POWER IRISH LINCOLNSHIRE (PREMIER HANDICAP)

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April
Saturday 17th April
Saturday, 17th

Saturday 17th April

ALLEGED STAKES(GROUP 3)

The Alleged Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Ireland open to Thoroughbreds aged four years or older. It is run over a distance of 1 mile and 2 furlongs (2,012 metres) at the Curragh.
The race was first run in 2003. The race is named in honour of Alleged who was trained by Vincent O'Brien to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in 1977 and 1978. The 2017 running commemorated the centenary of O'Brien's birth. It was upgraded from Listed status to Group 3 in 2017.

LEADING RIDER (since 2000)
RYAN MOORE with 2 wins: Capri (2018) & Magical (2019).
FRAN BERRY with 2 wins: Baron De'L (2009), Air Pilot (2017). 
PAT SMULLEN with 2 wins: Unaccompanied (2011), Zhukova (2016).
KEVEN MANNING with 2 wins: Parish Hall (2013), Parish Hall 
(2015).
JOHNNY MURTAGH with 2 wins: Sublimity (2005), Arch Rebel 
(2006).


LEADING TRAINER (since 2000)
AIDAN O’BRIEN with 5 wins: Black Sam Bellamy (2003), Brian Boru (2004), Dylan Thomas (2007), Capri (2018) & Magical (2019).


GLADNESS STAKES (GROUP 3)

The event is named after Gladness, a successful Irish-trained racehorse in the 1950s. It was established in 1963, and was initially contested over 1 mile and 2 furlongs. It was shortened to a mile in 1964, and cut to its present length in 1970 of 7 furlongs.
For a period the Gladness Stakes held Listed status and was promoted to Group 3 level in 1987.
 

LEADING RIDER (since 1999)
DECLAN MCDONOGH with 3 wins: Rebelline (2002), Mustameet (2005) & Mustameet (2007). 
 

LEADING TRAINER (since 1999)
KEVIN PRENDERGAST with 3 wins: Rebelline (2002), Mustameet (2005) & Mustameet (2007). 
DERMOT WELD with 3 wins: Two-Twenty-Two (1999), Mad About You (2009) & Imaging (2019). 

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May
Monday 3rd May
Monday, 03rd

Monday 3rd May

COOLMORE MOORESBRIDGE STAKES (GROUP 2)

The Mooresbridge Stakes takes its name from Moore’s Bridge which is a local landmark close to the racecourse on the Curragh plain. The race, which is open to horses aged four-years-old and upwards, held Listed status until it was promoted to Group 3 level in 2003. In 2017 the race was promoted to Group 2 status. 
The only horse to have won consecutive renewals of the race is Nysaean who was sent out by Richard Hannon snr to win the race in 2003 and 2004. 
The Mooresbridge is a key trial for the Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup in late May  and Rebelline (2002), Fame And Glory (2010), Fascinating Rock (2015), So You Think (2011) and Magical (2019) have all won both races. 
The race tends to be won by those towards the head of the market although Windsor Palace did spring a 66/1 shock in 2012 when he defeated his odds on stablemate St Nicholas Abbey. 
 

LEADING RIDER (since 1999)
PAT SMULLEN with 4 wins: Muakaad (2001), Cairdeas (2005), Regime (2008) & Fascinating Rock (2015)

LEADING TRAINER (since 1999)
AIDAN O’BRIEN with 11 wins: Urban Ocean (2000), Septimus 
(2007), Fame And Glory (2010), So You Think (2011), Windsor Palace (2012), Camelot (2013), Magician (2014), Found (2016), Minding (2017) & Cliffs Of Moher (2018), Magical (2019).
 

COOLMORE ATHASI STAKES (GROUP 3)

The Athasi Stakes is named after one of the great broodmares from the early part of the last century whose progeny included Trigo - winner of the English Derby and St Leger in 1929. After holding Group 3 status from 1973-1986, it was then run as a Listed race before regaining Group 3 status in 2003. 
For a period the Athasi was restricted to three-year-olds but it was opened to four-year-olds in 1993 and since 2001 older mares have also been eligible to run in the race. 
In the last 50 years just three fillies have been able to complete the Athasi-Irish 1000 Guineas double, the most recent being Ridgewood Pearl in 1995. Miralla in 1975 and Wenduyne in 1969 were the other fillies to win both races in the last 50 years. 
Jim Bolger’s Prima Luce is the longest priced winner in the history of the Athasi after striking art 33/1 in 2008. 

LEADING RIDER (since 1999)
JOHNNY MURTAGH  with 4 wins: Jazz Princess (2006), Emily Blake (2009), Emiyna (2011) & Viztoria (2013)

LEADING TRAINERS (since 1999)
DERMOT WELD  with 3 wins: Cool Clarity (2001), Rum Charger 
(2002) & Flying Jib (2014)
MICHAEL HALFORD with 3 wins: Jazz Princess (2006), Eastern Appeal (2007) & Rehana (2017)
 

COOLMORE TETRARCH STAKES (LISTED)

The event is named after The Tetrarch, a legendary Irish racehorse and sire foaled in 1911.
For a period the Tetrarch Stakes held Group 3 status. It was downgraded to Listed level in 2011.
The Tetrarch Stakes can serve as a trial for the Irish 2,000 Guineas. The last horse to win both races was Awtaad in 2016.
 

LEADING RIDER (since 2013)
CHRIS HAYES with 3 wins: Sruthan (2013), Awtaad (2016) & Shelir (2019).

LEADING TRAINER (since 2013)
DERMOT WELD with 4 wins: Alkasser (2014), Tombelaine (2015), Imaging (2018) & Shelir (2019).

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Saturday 22nd May - Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival
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Saturday 22nd May - Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival

The Irish 2,000 Guineas is the first Irish Classic of the flat season. It is run over one mile and is confined to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies only.

2020 Winner - Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas
Horse: Siskin
Owner: K Abdullah
Trainer: G M Lyons
Jockey: C T Keane

LEADING JOCKEY
JOSEPH O’BRIEN with 3 wins:
Roderic O’Connor (2011), Power (2012) & Magician (2013) 
JOHNNY MURTAGH with 3 wins
Black Minnaloushe (2001), Henrythenavigator (2008) & Mastercraftsman (2009)

LEADING TRAINER (since 1999)
AIDAN O’BRIEN with 11 wins: Saffron Walden (1999), Black Minnaloushe (2001), Rock Of Gibraltar (2002), Henrythenavigator (2008), Mastercraftsman (2009), Roderic O’Connor (2011), Power (2012), Magician (2013), Gleneagles (2015), Churchill (2017), & Peaceful (2020)

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Sunday 23rd May - Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival
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Sunday 23rd May - Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival

2020 Winner - Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas
Horse: Peaceful
Owner: Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Mrs John Magnier
Trainer: A P O'Brien
Jockey: J A Heffernan

LEADING RIDERS (since 1990)
RYAN MOORE with 3 wins: Marvellous (2014), Winter (2017) & Hermosa (2019)
SEAMIE HEFFERNAN with 3 wins: Imagine (2001), Halfway To Heaven (2008) and Misty For Me (2011)

LEADING TRAINER (since 1990)
AIDAN O’BRIEN with 9 wins: Classic Park (1997), Imagine (2001), Yesterday (2003), Halfway To Heaven (2008), Misty For Me (2011), Marvellous (2014) & Winter (2017), Hermosa (2019) & Peaceful (2020)

2020 Winner - Tattersalls Gold Cup, Group 1
Horse - Magical
Trainer - A P O'Brien
Jockey - W M Lordan
Owner - Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Mrs John Magnier

LEADING RIDER (since 1999)
PAT SMULLEN with 3 wins: Grey Swallow (2005), Casual Conquest (2009) & Fascinating Rock (2016)
JAMES DOYLE with 3 wins: Al Kazeem (2013), Noble Mission (2014) & Al Kazeem (2015)
JOHNNY MURTAGH with 3 wins: Notnowcato (2007), Duke of Marmalade (2008) & Fame and Glory (2010)

LEADING TRAINER (since 1999)
AIDAN O’BRIEN with 9 wins:
Black Sam Bellamy (2003), Powerscourt (2004), Duke Of Marmalade (2008), Fame And Glory (2010), So You Think (2011 & 2012) & Lancaster Bomber (2018), Magical (2019), Magical (2020)

HEIDER FAMILY STABLES GALLINULE STAKES (GROUP 3)

This race is named after the Irish-based sire Gallinule who became the first English champion sire to spend his entire stud career in Ireland. His progeny included the ‘mare of the century’ Pretty Polly and six Irish Derby winners in seven years.
The Gallinule was restricted to three-year-olds from its first running in 1947 until 1992. From 1994 until 2004 older horses were eligible to compete in the race but since then it has been restricted to the classic generation. After being run as a Group 2 for a period, the Gallinule has held Group 3 status since 1998 and it has been held at the Curragh every year apart from the 2001 and 2002 runnings which were staged at Leopardstown. 
Latrobe, who finished second to Platinum Warrior in the 2018 race, became the first Irish Derby winner to contest the Gallinule since Assert all the way back in 1982. The subsequent Cox Plate winner Adelaide, the now Australian-based Group 1 winner Homesman, the English St Leger hero Leading Light are notable recent winners of the race while Brief Truce won the Gallinule before landing the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.


LEADING RIDER (since 1999)
JOHNNY MURTAGH  with 4 wins: Exaltation (2001), Hebridean 
(2008), Grand Ducal (2009) & Jan Vermeer (2010)

LEADING TRAINERS (since 1999)
AIDAN O’BRIEN  with 15 wins: Urban Ocean (1999), Glyndebourne (2000), Della Francesa (2002), Meath (2004), Puerto Rico (2006), Alexander Of Hales (2007), Hebridean (2008), Grand Ducal 
(2009), Jan Vermeer (2010), Alexander Pope (2011), Leading Light 
(2013), Adelaide (2014), Beacon Rock (2016) & Homesman (2017), Constantinople (2019).

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June
Wednesday 2nd June
Wednesday, 02nd

Wednesday 2nd June

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SKY BET ORBY STAKES (LISTED)
BALLYOGAN STAKES (GROUP 3)

The Ballyogan Stakes was formerly run over five furlongs at Leopardstown’s now defunct sprint track. From 2002 to 2004 it was run at Cork and since 2004 it has been run as a fillies and mares Group 3 over six furlongs. From 2005 through to 2014 the race returned 
to Leopardstown but since 2015 it has been staged at The Curragh, although in 2020 it moved to Naas due to a rescheduling of fixtures due to Covid 19. Since the race became a fillies only event it has gone to English-trained runners on six occasions. 
 

LEADING RIDERS (since 2004)
PAT SMULLEN  with 2 wins: Yomalo (2006) & Majestic Queen (2014).
WAYNE LORDAN  with 2 wins: Liscanna (2007) and Fire Lily (2012).

LEADING TRAINER (since 2004)
DAVID WACHMAN with 2 wins: Liscanna (2007) and Fire Lily (2012).

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Friday 25th June - Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival
Friday, 25th

Friday 25th June - Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival

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Saturday 26th June - Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival
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Saturday 26th June - Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival

DUBAI DUTY FREE IRISH DERBY(GROUP 1)

The highlight of the Irish flat racing season, Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby is one of the great race days in global horse racing.

The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Weekend is three days of top quality racing showcasing the best that Ireland has to offer. The iconic festival is one of Ireland's biggest social and sporting occasions, a whirl of music, dancing, fashion and racing that attracts some of the world's top horses and jockeys. 

Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby History

The Irish Derby is the third and most important Irish Classic and Group 1 of the Flat season. Run over a distance of one mile and four furlongs at the Curragh, it is open to three-year-old colts and fillies. Many horses which have previously contested the 2,000 Guineas in Ireland, England and France and the English and French Derbies traditionally come to the Curragh for the Irish Derby.

LEADING RIDER (since 1990)

SEAMIE HEFFERNAN with 4 wins: Soldier of Fortune (2007), Frozen Fire (2008), Capri (2017) & Santiago (2020)

JOHNNY MURTAGH with 4 wins: Sinndar (2000), Alamshar (2003), Fame And Glory (2009) & Cape Blanco (2010)

LEADING TRAINER (since 1990)

AIDAN O’BRIEN with 13 wins: Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002), Dylan Thomas (2006), Soldier Of Fortune (2007), Frozen Fire (2008), Fame And Glory (2009), Cape Blanco (2010), Treasure Beach (2011), Camelot (2012), Australia (2014), Capri (2017), Sovereign (2019) & Santiago 2020) 

2020 Winner

Horse Santiago

TRainer A.P. O'Brien

Rider S. Heffernan

Owner Smith/Magnier/Tabor

 
GAIN RAILWAY STAKES(GROUP 2)
The Railway Stakes is one of the oldest two-year-old races in the country having first been run in 1851. From 1973 through to 2002 
it held Group 3 status and since then it has been run as a Group 2 contest. It is the premier domestic trial for the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes run in August and since 2005 6 horses have won both races – George Washington (2005), Holy Roman Emperor (2006), Mastercraftsman 
(2008), Alfred Nobel (2009), Sudirman 2013 and Siskin (2019).  
 
LEADING RIDERS (since 2000)
MICHAEL KINANE with 3 wins: Rock Of Gibraltar (2001), Hold That Tiger (2002) & Antonius Pius
RYAN MOORE with 3 wins: Formosina (2010), Painted Cliffs (2015) & Van Beethoven (2018)
 
LEADING TRAINERS (since 2000)
AIDAN O’BRIEN with 11 wins: Honours List (2000), Rock Of Gibraltar (2001), Hold That Tiger (2002), Antonius Pius (2003), George Washington (2005), Holy Roman Emperor (2006), Lizard Island (2007), Mastercraftsman (2008), Alfred Nobel (2009), Painted Cliffs (2015) & Van Beethoven (2018).

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Sunday 27th June - Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival
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Sunday 27th June - Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival

ALWASMIYAH PRETTY POLLY STAKES (GROUP 1)

This race is named after the peerless Irish-bred Pretty Polly (1901-1931) who won 22 of her 24 career starts. At one point in her career she won 15 races in succession and in 1904 she became only the fifth filly to win the British Fillies Triple Crown which came into being in 1814. Her legacy as a broodmare was also substantial to say the least and was felt long after she passed away in 1931.
The Pretty Polly Stakes was first run in 1947 and was restricted to three-year-olds until 1985. From 1971 until 2003 it held Group 2 status and thereafter it has been as a Group 1. 20 runnings of the race have been won by English-trained fillies. 
The 1951 winner Ash Plant and Jinkitis in 1978 have the distinction of being the longest priced winners in the history of the race at 25/1. The 2016 winner Minding is the shortest priced winner in the race’s history having gone off at 1/5 to account for her four rivals.  

LEADING RIDER (since 1999)
SEAMIE HEFFERNAN with 3 wins: Misty For Me (2011), Diamondsandrubies (2015) & Magical (2020).

LEADING TRAINERS (since 1999)
AIDAN O’BRIEN with 5 wins: Peeping Fawn (2007), Misty For Me 
(2011), Diamondsandrubies (2015), Minding (2016) & Magical (2020).

AIRLIE STUD STAKES (GROUP 2)

This race was inaugurated in 2005 as a Listed race over seven furlongs. After two runnings its distance was shortened to six furlongs and in 2011 it attained Group 3 status. This was the 5th running as a Group 2 race following a vintage renewal in 2019 when the subsequently Group 1 winner Albigna landed the race.
 
Leading rider (since 2005)
Ryan Moore with 4 wins: Most Beautiful (2015), Roly Poly (2016), Clemmie (2017) & So Perfect (2018)
 
Leading trainer (since 2005)
Aidan O’Brien with 6 wins: Listen (2007), Bye Bye Birdie (2013), I Am Beautiful (2014), Roly Poly (2016), Clemmie (2017) & So Perfect (2018).


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July
Saturday 17th July - Juddmonte Irish Oaks
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Saturday 17th July - Juddmonte Irish Oaks

Juddmonte Irish Oaks SATURDAY 17TH JULY 2021

The Juddmonte Irish Oaks was inaugurated in 1895 and it was run over a mile until 1915 at which point it settled at its current distance  English trained fillies have an especially strong record in the Irish Oaks and have been victorious on 49 occasions. The first horse to complete the Epsom-Irish Oaks double was Masaka in 1948. A total of 14 fillies have won both races and they are as follows:

1948 Masaka 1971 Altesse Royale 1975 Juliet Marney 1978 Fair Salinia 1981 Blue Wind 1987 Unite 1988 Diminuendo* (dead heated with Melodist) 1992 User Friendly 1999 Ramruma 2004 Ouija Board  2006 Alexandrova  2009 Sariska  2010 Snow Fairy  2017 Enable


LEADING RIDER (since 1999)

FRANKIE DETTORI with 5 wins: Lailani (2001), Vitnage Tipple (2003), Blue Bunting (2011) & Enable (2017)  Star Catcher (2019) 

LEADING TRAINER (since 1999)

AIDAN O’BRIEN with 5 wins: Alexandrova (2006), Peeping Fawn (2007), Moonstone (2008), Bracelet (2014) & Seventh Heaven (2016) 

2020 Highlights of the Juddmonte Irish Oaks

2020 Winner  - Juddmonte Irish Oaks, Group 1

Horse - Even So

Owner - Mrs John Magnier

Trainer - G M Lyons

Jockey - C T Keane

2020 Winner - Kilboy Estate Stakes, Group 2

Horse - Lemista

Owner - Peter M Brant

Trained - G M Lyons

Jockey - C T Keane

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Sunday 18th July
Sunday, 18th

Sunday 18th July

LADIES DERBY

KILBOY ESTATE STAKES (GROUP 2)

This fillies only event was established in 2004 and has been supported by its founding sponsor since then. It was promoted from Listed level to Group 3 status in 2011 and since 2013 it has been run as a Group 2. Alexander Tango (2007), Tannery (2012), Dank (2013) and Magical (2018) have all won this race en route to subsequent Group/Grade 1 success.  

LEADING RIDER (since 2004)
RYAN MOORE with 4 wins: Latin Love (2010), Dank (2013), Mango Diva (2014) & Magical (2018)

LEADING TRAINERS (since 2004)
AIDAN O’BRIEN with 3 wins: Wedding Vow (2015), Elizabeth Browning (2017) & Magical (2018)
DAVID WACHMAN with 3 wins: Navajo Moon (2008), Latin Love (2010) & Tannery (2012)

THE ROMANISED MINSTREL STAKES (GROUP 2)

The Minstrel Stakes has been run at the Curragh since 1991. From 1996 onwards it has held Group 3 status and inn 2001 it was cut back to its present distance of seven furlongs. Since 2007 it has been open to horses aged three years and older and since 2016 the race has held Group 2 status.

LEADING RIDERS (since 2000)
BILLY LEE with 3 wins: Gordon Lord Byran (2016), Romanised (2019) & Romanised (2020).

LEADING TRAINERS (since 2000)
AIDAN O’BRIEN with 4 wins: King Charlemagne (2001), Air Chief Marshal (2010), Darwinn (2013) & Spirit Of Valor (2017)

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August
Sunday 8th August
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Sunday 8th August

KEENELAND PHOENIX STAKES (GROUP 1)

First staged in 1902, this race was run over five furlongs until 1983 when it was increased in distance to six furlongs. Since 1979 it has held Group 1 status and during that time it has been held at three tracks. After the closure of the Phoenix Park in 1990, the race switched to Leopardstown but since 2002 it has taken place at the Curragh. 
Mac’s Imp (1990), Fasliyev (1999) and Caravaggio (2016) are the only horses to have won the Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot before going on to win this race which is traditionally the first Group 1 of the year for two-year-olds in Europe. 

LEADING RIDER (since 1999)
MICHAEL KINANE with 4 wins: Fasliyev (1999), Minardi (2000), Johannesburg (2001) & One Cool Cat (2003)

LEADING TRAINER (since 1999)
AIDAN O’BRIEN with 15 wins: Fasliyev (1999), Minardi (2000), Johannesburg (2001), Spartacus (2002), One Cool Cat (2003), George Washington (2005), Holy Roman Emperor (2006), Mastercraftsman 
(2008), Alfred Nobel (2009), Zoffany (2010), Pedro The Great (2012), Dick Whittington (2014), Air Force Blue (2015), Caravaggio (2016) & Sioux Nation (2017). 

RATHASKER STUD PHOENIX SPRINT (GROUP 3)

Formerly staged at the Phoenix Park and then Leopardstown, this race has moved to the Curragh since 2002 although it did return to Leopardstown for one year in 2008 due to the abandonment of the Curragh fixture where it was due to be staged. 


LEADING RIDERS (since 2000)
JOHNNY MURTAGH with two wins: Bahamian Pirate (2001) & Deacon Blues (2011)
WAYNE LORDAN with two wins: Fire Lily (2012) and Slade Power (2013)

LEADING TRAINERS (since 2000)
MICHAEL HALFORD with three wins: Snaefell (2008 and 2010) annd Toscanini (2016)

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Friday 13th August
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Friday 13th August

ROYAL WHIP (GROUP 3)

2020 marked the 200th running of the Royal Whip which is believed to be Ireland’s oldest continuously run horse race. The race was established in 1821 and was named after its accompanying prize, a gold handed whip which was presented by King George IV. This original prize was replaced by another whip which was presented by King William  IV in 1830. 
The race’s original prize fund of 100 guineas remained unchanged until 1954 although its distance and conditions changed several times over the 100 years that followed its first running. Since 1995 the race has been run over its current distance of a mile and a quarter and it has been run as a Group 3 since 2013 following a period at Group 2 level.
Ironically one of the joint longest priced winners in the race’s history is Alleged who struck at 33/1 in 1977 before going on to become one of the great champions of the last 100 years. The other 33/1 winner of the race was the Jim Bolger-trained My Hollow in 1980.

LEADING RIDERS (since 2000)
SEAMIE HEFFERNAN with 3 wins: Hall of Mirrors (2014), Found 
(2015) & Armory (2020).
JOHNNY MURTAGH with 3 wins: Takali (2000), King Of Rome 
(2008) and Fame And Glory (2010).
PAT SMULLEN with 3 wins: Casual Conquest (2009), Famous Name (2012) and Shamreen (2017).

LEADING TRAINER (since 2000)
AIDAN O’BRIEN with 9 wins: Bach (2001), High Chaparral (2003), Solskjaer (2004), Eagle Mountain (2007), King Of Rome (2008), Fame And Glory (2010), Hall Of Mirrors (2014), Found (2015) & Armory 
(2020).

COMER GROUP  INTERNATIONAL ST LEGER TRIAL (GROUP 3)

This race is registered as the Ballycullen Stakes and has been staged at Leopardstown, the Curragh and Fairyhouse before settling back at the Curragh from 2010 onwards. Since 1995, when the race was won by Vintage Crop, it has been run over its current distance of a mile and three quarters. Flag Of Honour (2018), Order Of St George (2017 and 2015) and Alandi have all won this trial before going on to land the Irish St Leger itself the following month.


LEADING RIDERS (since 2000)
SEAMIE HEFFERNAN with 3 wins: Tusculum (2006), Order of St. George (2015) & Delphi (2020).
JOHNNY MURTAGH with 3 wins: Katiykha (2000), Pugin (2002) & Royal Diamond (2013).
DECLAN MCDONOGH with 3 wins: Right Key (2005), Red Moloney (2007) & Rajik (2010)


LEADING TRAINER (since 2000)
AIDAN O’BRIEN with 8 wins: Tusculum (2006), Leading Light (2014), Order Of St George (2015, 2016 and 2017) & Flag Of Honour (2018), Southern France (2019) & Delphi (2020).

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Saturday 21st August
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Saturday 21st August

DEBUTANTE STAKES (GROUP 2)

The Debutante is the fillies equivalent of the Futurity Stakes and it has held Group 2 status since 2004. Since its distance was changed from six to seven furlongs 25 years ago it has had spells at Leopardstown and the Curragh and it has been staged at the Curragh every year since 2010. It is the key trial for September’s Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes while eleven of the last 20 winners have gone on to win at Group 1 level.


LEADING RIDER (since 2000)
JOSEPH O’BRIEN with 3 wins: Maybe (2011), Tapestry (2013) & Ballydoyle (2015)

LEADING TRAINER (since 2000)
AIDAN O’BRIEN with 9 wins: Necklace (2003), Silk And Scarlet 
(2004), Rumplestiltskin (2005), Lillie Langtry (2009), Maybe (2011), Tapestry (2013), Ballydoyle (2015), Rhododendron (2016) & Magical (2017).

COOLMORE GALILEO IRISH EBF FUTURITY STAKES (GROUP 2)

The Futurity is one of Ireland’s premier two-year-old colt’s races. It has held Group 2 status for the last 18 years and has been run over its current trip of seven furlongs since 1997. It is Ireland’s premier prep race for the Group 1 National Stakes which takes place over the same course and distance the following month and eleven of the last 20 Futurity winners have gone on to win at least once at Group 1 level including 2002 winner Mac Swiney.


LEADING RIDER (since 2000)
KEVIN MANNING with 4 wins: Teofilo (2006), New Approach (2007, Herald The Dawn (2015) & Mac Swiney (2020).

LEADING TRAINER (since 2000)
AIDAN O’BRIEN with 11 wins: Hawk Wing (2001), Van Nistelrooy 
(2002), Oratorio (2004), Horatio Nelson (2005), Cape Blanco 
(2009), War Command (2013), Gleneagles (2015), Churchill (2016), Rostropovich (2017) & Anthony Van Dyck (2018), Armory (2019).

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Friday 27th August
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Friday 27th August

HEIDER FAMILY STABLES ROUND TOWER STAKES (GROUP 3)

The Round Tower Stakes was promoted to its current distance of six furlongs in 1991 and since 2004 it has held Group 3 status. Over the last decade the race has emerged as a notable pointer for several of the major end of season Group 1s. Lightening Pearl won this race before going to capture the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket in 2011 while the 2018 winner Ten Sovereigns won the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes on his next start. The 2017 winner US Navy Flag is probably the most notable winner in the race’s history as he went on to land that year’s Middle Park and Dewhurst Stakes before adding the July Cup to his haul as a three-year-old. 

LEADING RIDER (since 2000)
KEVIN MANNING with 5 wins: Abigail Pett (2005), Maoineach 
(2008), Leitir Mor (2012), Smash Williams (2015) & New Treasure 
(2020).

LEADING TRAINER (since 2000)
AIDAN O’BRIEN with 6 wins: Cherokee (2004), Great White 
Eagle (2013), Intelligence Cross (2016), US Navy Flag (2017) & Ten Sovereigns (2018), Lope Y Fernandez (2019).

FLAME OF TARA STAKES (GROUP 3)

This race is named after Jim Bolger and Pat O’Kelly’s 1983 Coronation Stakes heroine Flame Of Tara who went on to become a broodmare of major renown having bred the Irish Derby winner Salsabil and the Group 1 winner Marju. The race was first run in 2003 and it has been staged over a mile since 2008. In 2016 it was upgraded to Group 3 status. 

LEADING RIDER (since 2008)
FRAN BERRY with 4 wins: Dreamtheimpossible (2008), Corcovada 
(2009), Chrysanthemum (2010) & Jack Naylor (2014).

LEADING TRAINERS (since 2008)
DAVID WACHMAN with 2 wins: Dreamtheimpossible (2008) & Chrysanthemum (2010).
AIDAN O’BRIEN with 3 wins: Kind Of Magic (2015), Just Wonderful (2018) & Divinely (2020).
MRS. J. HARRINGTON with 2 wins: Jack Naylor (2014) & Cayenne Pepper (2019).


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SNOW FAIRY STAKES (GROUP 3)

This race was established in 2005 and was promoted to Group 3 status in 2009. Initially it was run as the Dance Design Stakes in honour of Moyglare Stud’s 1996 Irish Oaks winner but for the last three years it has been run in honour of the brilliant international racemare Snow Fairy who won the Irish Oaks in 2010 and the Irish Champion Stakes in 2012. 
 

LEADING RIDERS (since 2005)
JOSEPH O’BRIEN with 2 wins: Up (2012) & Say (2013).
PAT SMULLEN with 2 wins: Chinese White (2009) & Carla Bianca (2014).
FRAN BERRY with 2 wins: Bible Belt (2011) & Bocca Bociata (2015).
RYAN MOORE with 2 wins: Rain Goddess (2017) & Goddess (2019).
 

LEADING TRAINER (since 2005)
AIDAN O’BRIEN with 4 wins: Up (2012), Say (2013), Somehow 
(2016), Rain Goddess (2017) and Goddess (2019).

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Sunday 12th September - Longines Irish Champions Weekend, Day 2
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Sunday 12th September - Longines Irish Champions Weekend, Day 2

DERRINSTOWN STUD FLYING FIVE (GROUP 1)

Formerly based at the Phoenix Park and then Leopardstown, the Flying Five has been run at the Curragh since 2002. For the second time in its history it was upgraded to Group 2 status in 2015 and in 2018 it became a Group 1. For a period two-year-olds were permitted to take part in this race but they have been excluded since 2003. The race produced a trio of dual winners in the 1990s – Flowing, Tropical and Tedburrow – but none can match the exploits of the English raider Benbaun who won three consecutive renewals of the race from 2005 to 2007. The race is also notable as it provided Aidan O’Brien with his initial Group 1 success on the flat when Desert King prevailed in 1996. The race is part of the Breeders Cup “Win and You’re In” initiative with 2020 winner Glass Slipper subsequently winning the Breeders Cup Turf Sprint in 2020.

LEADING RIDER (since 1999)
MICHAEL KINANE with 2 wins: Ishiguru (2001) & Ringmoor Down (2004).
PAT SMULLEN with 2 wins: Benbaun (2006 & 2007).
WILLIE SUPPLE with 2 wins: Tedburrow (1999) & Reverence (2009).

LEADING TRAINER (since 1999)
AIDAN O'BRIEN with 3 wins: Ishiguru (2001) & Caravaggio (2017, Fairyland (2019).
MARK WALLACE GB with 3wins: Benbaun (2005-2007).


MOYGLARE STUD STAKES (GROUP 1)

The first running of the Moyglare Stud Stakes took place in 1973 and the race was staged over six furlongs until 1991 after which it transitioned to its current trip of seven furlongs. Since 1983 it has held Group 1 status and it is the only Group 1 race for two-year-old fillies in Ireland.  
A number of Moyglare winners have gone to make their mark in the following season’s classics and these include Minding, Sky Lantern, Misty For Me, Again, Tarascon and Sayyedati. The Moyglare gave Joseph O’Brien his first Group 1 victory as a trainer and his brother Donnacha a first Group 1 winner as a jockey when Intricately succeeded in 2016. Intricately also has the distinction of being the race’s longest priced winner. 

LEADING RIDER (since 1990)
SEAMUS HEFFERNAN with 2 wins: Misty For Me (2010) & Minding (2015).
DONNACHA. P. O'BRIEN with 2 wins: Intricately (2016) & Happily (2017).

LEADING TRAINERS (since 1990)
AIDAN O’BRIEN with 9 wins: Sequoyah (2000), Quarter Moon 
(2001), Necklace (2003) Rumplestiltskin (2005), Misty For Me (2010), Maybe (2011), Minding (2015) & Happily (2017), Love (2019).


GOFFS VINCENT O'BRIEN NATIONAL STAKES (GROUP 1)

The National Stakes was established in 1849 and was run as the Great National Produce Stakes in its first year. From 1850 to 1959 it was then known as the National Produce Stakes and since then it has been registered as the National Stakes. Since 1985 the race has held Group 1 status and from 1959 it has been run over seven furlongs apart from the period 1997-99. 
The race is Ireland’s premier two-year-old colt’s event and since 
1996 it has been won by twelve subsequent classic winners – Desert King (1996), King Of Kings (1997), Sinndar (1999), Refuse To Bend (2002), Dubawi (2004), George Washington (2005), New Approach 
(2007), Mastercraftsman (2008), Power (2011), Dawn Approach (2012), Gleneagles (2014), Churchill (2016).
The race is also notable as it provided Aidan O’Brien with his initial Group 1 success on the flat when Desert King prevailed inn 1996. 

LEADING RIDER (since 1990)
KEVIN MANNING with 4 wins: Teofilo (2006), New Approach 
(2007), Dawn Approach (2012) & Verbal Dexterity (2017).
MICHAEL KINANE with 4 wins: Definite Article (1994), Mus-If 
(1998), Hawk Wing (2001) and One Cool Cat (2003).

LEADING TRAINERS (since 1990)
AIDAN O’BRIEN with 9 wins: Beckett (2000), Hawk Wing (2001), One Cool Cat (2003) George Washington (2005), Mastercraftsman 
(2008), Power (2011), Gleneagles (2014), Air Force Blue (2015) & Churchill (2016).


COMER GROUP INTERNATIONAL IRISH ST LEGER (GROUP 1)

The Irish St Leger was established in 1915 and was initially restricted to three-year-olds. It was only in 1983 that it was opened up to older horses. Only two horses Museum (1935) and Windsor Slipper (1942) have won the Irish 2000 Guineas, the Irish Derby and the Irish St Leger. 
The great Vintage Crop remains the only horse to have followed up a victory in the Irish St Leger by landing the Melbourne Cup. A unquie feat which he achieved in 1993. The 1990 winner Ibn Bey almost carved out his own piece of racing history as he followed his victory at the Curragh with a remarkable bid for the Breeders Cup Classic in which he finished second to Unbridled. 
Since being opened up to older horses the Irish St Leger has produced five multiple winners with Vinnie Roe being by far the most successful with four successive wins between 2001 and 2004. 

LEADING RIDERS (since 1999)
PAT SMULLEN with 4 wins: Vinnie Roe (2001-2004).
MICHAEL KINANE with 4 wins: Vintage Crop (1993 and 1994), Kastoria (2006) & Alandi (2009).

LEADING TRAINER (since 1999)
DERMOT WELD with 7 wins: Vinnie Roe (2001-2004) & Voleuse De Coeurs (2013) & Search for a Song (2019 & 2020).


MOYGLARE JEWELS BLANDFORD STAKES (GROUP 3)

This race is named in honour of one of the finest stallions of the first part of the twentieth century. Blandford only ran four times but did win the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes as a three-year-old. Despite passing away at the age of 16, Blandford sired four English Derby winners including the unbeaten Triple Crown winner of 1935 Bahram. From 2001 onwards the Blandford was restricted to fillies and mares and it has been as a Group 2 since 2004. 

LEADING RIDER (since 2001)
PAT SMULLEN with 5 wins: Irresistible Jewel (2002), Chinese White (2009), Tarfasha (2014) & Shamreen (2016 and 2017).

LEADING TRAINERS (since 2001)
DERMOT WELD with 7 wins: Irresistible Jewel (2002), Chinese White (2009), Tarfasha (2014), Shamreen (2016 and 2017) & Eziyra (2018), Tarnawa (2019). 

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RENAISSANCE STAKES (GROUP 3)

This race was formerly known as the MacDonagh Boland Stakes and it was upgraded to Group 3 level in 1998 before having its distance reduced from seven to six furlongs in 2001. Since 2016 it has occupied a late September date. 

LEADING RIDER (since 2000)
JOHNNY MURTAGH  with 3 wins: Polar Way (2002) & Betwitched (2010 and 2011).

LEADING TRAINERS (since 2000)
AIDAN O’BRIEN with 2 wins: Beauty Bright (2006) & The Happy Prince (2017).
KARL BURKE with 2 wins: Quiet Reflection (2017) & Unfortunately (2018).
CHARLES O’BRIEN with 2 wins: Bewitched (2010 & 2011).
MICHAEL HALFORD with 2 wins: Snaefell ( 2009)Russian Soul 
(2013). 

ALAN SMURFIT MEMORIAL BERESFORD STAKES (GROUP 2)

The Beresford is the final Group 2 for two-year-olds in Ireland each season. It has regained and held Group 2 status since 2003  and it has produced a host of top class performers over the last 20 years. Since 2000 it was has been won by nine subsequent Group 1 winners which include the English classic winners Saxon Warrior and Sea The Stars, the Irish Derby winners Alamshar and Capri and the outstanding middle distance runner Azamour. 


LEADING RIDERS (since 2000)
SEAMUS HEFFERNAN with 4 wins: High Definition (2020), Japan (2018), David Livingston (2011) & Septimus (2005).
JOSEPH O’BRIEN with 3 wins: Battle Of Marengo (2012), Geoffrey Chaucer (2013) & Ol’ Man River (2014). 
JOHNNY MURTAGH with 3 wins: Alamshar (2002), Azamour (2003) & St Nicholas Abbey (2009).
MICHAEL KINANE with 3 wins: Turnberry Isle (2000), Castle Gandolfo (2001) & Sea The Stars (2008).

LEADING TRAINER (since 2000)
AIDAN O’BRIEN with 16 wins : Turnberry Isle (2000), Castle Gandolfo (2001), Albert Hall (2004), Septimus (2005), Eagle Mountain (2006), St Nicholas Abbey (2009), David Livingston (2011), Battle Of Marengo (2012), Geoffrey Chaucer (2013), Ol’ Man River (2014), Port Douglas (2015), Capri (2016), Saxon Warrior (2017) & Japan (2018), Innisfree (2019) & High Definition (2020).

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Sunday 26th September
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WELD PARK STAKES (GROUP 3)

The last pattern race for two-year-old fillies in the Irish calendar, this race commemorates Dermot Weld’s parents Charlie and Marguerite and it has been run at the Curragh since 1991. The race has produced a number of subsequently top class fillies and both Imagine and Qualify went on to win the following year’s Epsom Oaks after victory in this race. The likes of Ridgewood Pearl, Alborada and Trusted Partner are other previous winners who have gone on to Group 1 success as three-year-olds. 2018 winner Hermosa went on to land the English and Irish 1000 Guineas.

LEADING RIDER (since 2000)
JOSEPH O’BRIEN with 3 wins: Magical Dream (2012), Qualify (2014) & Coolmore (2015).
DECLAN MCDONOGH with 3 wins: Ugo Fire (2005), Coral Wave (2011) & My Titania (2013). 

LEADING TRAINER (since 2000)
AIDAN O’BRIEN with 5 wins: Imagine (2000), Magical Dream (2012), Qualify (2014), Coolmore (2015) & Hermosa (2018).


COMER GROUP INTERNATIONAL LOUGHBROWN STAKES (GROUP 3)

The current incarnation of the Loughbrown took place in 2013 and in 2017 it was upgraded to Group 3 level. Previously the Loughbrown was run as a three-year-old seven furlong Listed race early in the season but that race transferred to Dundalk and is now known as the Patton Stakes. 

LEADING RIDER (since 2000)
PAT SMULLEN with 2 wins: Silwana (2015) & Renneti (2017)
DECLAN MCDONOGH with 3 wins: Ugo Fire (2005), Coral Wave (2011) & My Titania (2013). 

LEADING TRAINER (since 2000)
AIDAN O’BRIEN with 3 wins: Eye Of The Storm (2013), Cypress Creek (2018) & Dawn Patrol (2020).
DERMOT WELD with 2 wins: Silwana (2015) & Kastasa (2019)

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