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Ballysax Stakes

Group 3 race
Ballysax Stakes
Location Leopardstown
Co. Dublin, Ireland
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website Leopardstown
Race information
Distance 1m 2f (2,012 metres)
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight 9 st 1 lb
3 lb for fillies
5 lb for G1 / G2 winners
3 lb for G3 winners
Purse 50,000 (2010)
1st: €32,500

The Ballysax Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Ireland which is open to three-year-old Thoroughbreds. It is run at Leopardstown over a distance of 1 mile and 2 furlongs (2,012 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in April.

The event was formerly held at the Curragh, and it used to be classed at Listed level. It was transferred to Leopardstown in 1993, and it was promoted to Group 3 status in 2003.

The Ballysax Stakes is now run in memory of Patrick W. McGrath (died 2001), a former chairman of the Racing Board (a precursor of Horse Racing Ireland), which purchased Leopardstown Racecourse in 1967.



Leading jockey since 1986 (6 wins):

  • Michael KinaneCheering News (1990), Humbel (1995), Casey Tibbs (1997), Cupid (1999), Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002)

Leading trainer since 1986 (6 wins):

  • Aidan O'BrienCupid (1999), Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002), Balestrini (2003), Yeats (2004), Fame and Glory (2009)

Winners since 1986





1986 Imperial Falcon Pat Eddery Vincent O'Brien 2:18.30
1987 Ancient Times Cash Asmussen Vincent O'Brien 2:10.80
1988 Saxon Cottage Ron Quinton John Oxx 2:16.40
1989 Upward Trend Christy Roche Jim Bolger 2:19.10
1990 Cheering News Michael Kinane Dermot Weld 2:08.60
1991 Jet Ski Lady Christy Roche Jim Bolger 2:11.90
1992 Ebaziya Johnny Murtagh John Oxx 2:21.50
1993 Shandon Lake Kevin Manning Jim Bolger 2:12.20
1994 Cajarian Johnny Murtagh John Oxx 2:12.30
1995 Humbel Michael Kinane Dermot Weld 2:13.80
1996 Key Change D. Hogan John Oxx 2:14.20
1997 Casey Tibbs Michael Kinane Dermot Weld 2:06.40
1998 Aislo Fran Berry Declan Gillespie 2:24.20
1999 Cupid Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 2:07.50
2000 Grand Finale Pat Smullen Dermot Weld 2:19.70
2001 Galileo Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 2:20.10
2002 High Chaparral Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 2:05.90
2003 Balestrini Tom Queally Aidan O'Brien 2:05.90
2004 Yeats Jamie Spencer Aidan O'Brien 2:23.40
2005 Bobs Pride Pat Smullen Dermot Weld 2:18.50
2006 Rhythm'n Roots Kevin Manning Jim Bolger 2:05.90
2007 Mores Wells Declan McDonogh Kevin Prendergast 2:05.50
2008 Moiqen Declan McDonogh Kevin Prendergast 2:13.66
2009 Fame and Glory Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien 2:07.49
2010 Puncher Clynch Kevin Manning Jim Bolger 2:08.16

See also


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Ballysax Stakes (2010).


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