|Group 3 race|
Co. Dublin, Ireland
|Race type||Flat / Thoroughbred|
|Distance||1m 2f (2,012 metres)|
|Weight||9 st 1 lb|
3 lb for fillies
5 lb for G1 / G2 winners
3 lb for G3 winners
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 Kinane – Cheering News (1990), Humbel (1995), Casey Tibbs (1997), Cupid (1999), Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002)
Leading trainer since 1986 (6 wins):
- Aidan O'Brien – Cupid (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|
- galopp-sieger.de – Ballysax Stakes.
- horseracingintfed.com – International Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Ballysax Stakes (2010).
- pedigreequery.com – Ballysax Stakes – Leopardstown.