Sunday 26th June - Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival | The Curragh Racecourse
Sunday 26th June - Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival

Sunday 26th June - Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival

1.30 Barronstown Stud IEBF Maiden

2.00 Airlie Stud Stakes (Group 2) 

2.30 Sherry FitzGerald Country Homes Handicap

3.05 Paddy Power Rockingham Handicap

3.40 Alwasmiyah Pretty Polly Stakes (Group 1)

4.10 Comer Group International Curragh Cup

4.45 Ragusa IEBF Handicap

5.20 Finlay Volvo IEBF Maiden

*Race times are subject to change


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).

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

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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