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Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival

Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival

The Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival will take place behind closed doors as per the latest Government guidelines on Covid-19*

Friday 12th June 2020

The opening day of the 2020 season at the Curragh and the First Classic race day of the season with Europe's top colts competing for classic race glory in the Group 1, Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas.

Saturday 13th June 2020

Day 2 of the Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival  promises to be an exciting day of racing and features some of the best 3 year old fillies with classic aspirationsin the Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas, Group 1

Friday 12th June (e): Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival

*Closed to the public*

4. 10    The Tally Ho Stud Maiden IEBF 2yo Maiden
4. 40    Maiden IEBF
5. 10    Equine Medirecord Handicap
5. 40    Anglesey Lodge Equine Hospital  Handicap
6. 10    Coolmore Ten Sovereigns Gallinule Stakes, Group 3
6. 40    Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas, Group 1
7. 10     Paddy Power Irish Lincolnshire
7. 40    Coolmore Magna Grecia Mooresbridge Stakes, Group 2

Saturday 13th June (e): Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival

4.15    EquiNectar Handicap
4.45    The Tally Ho Stud Maiden IEBF 2yo Maiden
5.15    Maiden IEBF
5.45    Platinum Bloodstock & Eyrefield House Stud Handicap
6.15    Ragusa Irish Stallions Farms Handicap
6.45    Coolmore Calyx Gladness Stakes, Group 3
7.15    Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas, Group 1
7.45    Lanwades Stud Stakes, Group 2

2019 Winner
Horse - MAGICAL
Trainer -  Aidan O’Brien
Jockey - Ryan Moore
Owner - Smith/Magnier/Tabor
Prize Money - €400,000
Conditions - 4 Year old+
Distance - 1 mile 2 furlongs 110 yards

The race was established in 1962 and originally called the Ballymoss
Stakes with the first two runnings staged at Tipperary. In 1984 the race
was renamed the Rogers Gold Cup and since 1993 it has been known
as the Tattersalls Gold Cup. It has held Group 1 status for the last 20
years and has been restricted to older horses since 1985.

Three horses have won the race twice and the most recent to do so was
Al Kazeem who won in 2013 and 2015 having spent 2014 at stud. So
You Think was successful in 2011 when he went off at 1/7 and 2012
while Yankee Gold won in 1976 and 1977. Just three horses took part in 2006 when the previous year’s Arc de Triomphe winner Hurricane Run made the journey from France to defeat the top class international racemare Alexander Goldrun. A number of odds on chances have been beaten in this race over the last 30 years. The subsequent Arc de Triomphe winner Dylan Thomas was beaten at 1/2 when second in 2007 while Dr Massini refused to race when going off a 4/7 chance for the 1997 edition of this race.

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 8 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)

2019 Winner
Horse - Phoenix of Spain 4/9F
Trainer - Charles Hills
Jockey - Jamie. P. Spencer
Owner - Tony Wechsler & Ann Plummer 
Prize Money - €400,000
Conditions - 3 year old only entire colt & fillies
Distance - 1 MILE

The Irish 2000 Guineas was established in 1921 but it was not until not 1969 that Right Tack became the first horse to complete the English-Irish 2000 Guineas double. In all nine colts have won both races, the most recent being Churchhill in 2017.

English and Irish 2000 Guineas winners:
1969 Right Tack 
1987 Don’t Forget Me
1990 Tirol            
1992 Rodrigo de Triano
2002 Rock Of Gibraltar   
2007 Cockney Rebel
2008 Henrythenavigator
2015 Gleneagles
2017 Churchill

There have been 29 English-trained winners of the race with one from France
(Spinning World) and one from America (Fourstars Allstar).

The 1935 winner Museum remains the longest priced winner in the race’s history at 100/1 while there have been two 33/1 winners in Ballymore (1972) and Northern Treasure (1976). Meanwhile the James Toller-trained Bachelor Duke was a maiden when winning this race in 2004.
2019 winner Phoenix of Spain now stands at the Irish National Stud.

LEADING RIDERS (since 1999)
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 10 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).