The Blandford Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Ireland which is open to thoroughbred fillies and mares aged three years or older. It is run at the Curragh over a distance of 1 mile and 2 furlongs (2,012 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.
The event is named after the Irish-bred racehorse Blandford, a leading sire in the 1930s. It was formerly open to horses of either gender, and for a period it was contested over 1 mile and 4 furlongs. In the early 1990s it was classed at Group 2 level, and it was held in mid October.
The distance of the Blandford Stakes was cut to 1 mile and 3 furlongs in 1994. It was relegated to Group 3 level and brought forward to September in 1999. It was restricted to fillies and mares in 2001, and at the same time it was shortened to 1 mile and 2 furlongs. The race was promoted back to Group 2 status in 2004.
Winners since 1987
|1987||Eurobird||3||Cash Asmussen||John Oxx||2:46.90|
|1988||Kris Kringle||3||John Reid||Vincent O'Brien||2:45.60|
|1989||Indian Queen||4||Declan Gillespie||Lord Huntingdon||2:40.70|
|1990||Sesame||5||Gary Hind||David Morley||2:37.30|
|1991||Topanoora||4||Christy Roche||Jim Bolger||2:41.40|
|1992||Andros Bay||3||Lester Piggott||Vincent O'Brien||2:37.50|
|1993||Foresee||3||Johnny Murtagh||John Oxx||2:45.70|
|1994||Royal Ballerina||4||Warren O'Connor||Michael Kauntze||2:25.50|
|1995||Humbel||3||Michael Kinane||Dermot Weld||2:25.60|
|1996||Predappio||3||Pat Shanahan||John Oxx||2:30.30|
|1997||Quws||3||Stephen Craine||Kevin Prendergast||2:32.90|
|1998||Lisieux Rose||3||Pat Shanahan||Dermot Weld||2:31.90|
|1999||Insatiable||6||Michael Kinane||Sir Michael Stoute||2:31.50|
|2000||Chiang Mai||3||Michael Kinane||Aidan O'Brien||2:27.20|
|2001||Dearly||3||Fran Berry||John Oxx||2:11.20|
|2002||Irresistible Jewel||3||Pat Smullen||Dermot Weld||2:08.70|
|2003||Chorist||4||Darryll Holland||William Haggas||2:02.60|
|2004||Monturani||5||Ted Durcan||Geoff Wragg||2:05.40|
|2005||Red Bloom||4||Kieren Fallon||Sir Michael Stoute||2:05.10|
|2006||Red Bloom||5||Jamie Spencer||Sir Michael Stoute||2:05.70|
|2007||Four Sins||3||Michael Kinane||John Oxx||2:09.34|
|2008||Katiyra||3||Michael Kinane||John Oxx||2:14.30|
|2009||Chinese White||4||Pat Smullen||Dermot Weld||2:17.35|
- galopp-sieger.de – Blandford Stakes.
- horseracingintfed.com – International Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Blandford Stakes (2009).
- pedigreequery.com – Blandford Stakes – Curragh.