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Debutante Stakes (Ireland)

The Debutante Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Ireland which is open to two-year-old thoroughbred fillies. It is run at Leopardstown over a distance of 7 furlongs (1,408 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in August.

The event was formerly held at Phoenix Park, and it used to be contested over 6 furlongs. At the beginning of the 1990s it was classed as a Group 3 race. It was transferred to the Curragh in 1991, and at the same time it was relegated to Listed level. The race moved to Leopardstown in 1994, and at this point its distance was extended to 7 furlongs.

The Debutante Stakes returned to the Curragh in 2000, and it regained Group 3 status in 2001. It was promoted to Group 2 level in 2004. It continued at the Curragh until 2005, and since then it has been switched between that venue (2007) and Leopardstown (2006, 2008–09).

Winners since 1987





1987 Fairy Gold Cash Asmussen Vincent O'Brien 1:14.40
1988 Pass the Peace Richard Quinn Paul Cole 1:11.50
1989 Polar Bird Michael Kinane Barry Hills 1:10.80
1990 Capricciosa John Reid Vincent O'Brien 1:09.30
1991 Miznah Christy Roche Jim Bolger 1:12.60
1992 Alalja John Egan Pat Flynn 1:15.80
1993 Low Key Affair Michael Kinane Dermot Weld 1:16.50
1994 Glounthaune Garden Christy Roche Aidan O'Brien 1:30.20
1995 Dance Design Michael Kinane Dermot Weld 1:31.90
1996 Family Tradition Christy Roche Aidan O'Brien 1:34.70
1997 Photogenic Seamus Heffernan Aidan O'Brien 1:34.30
1998 Edabiya Johnny Murtagh John Oxx 1:33.70
1999 Preseli Eddie Ahern Michael Grassick 1:31.40
2000 Affianced Kevin Manning Jim Bolger 1:28.50
2001 Saranac Lake Pat Smullen Dermot Weld 1:27.50
2002 Rainbows for All Wayne Smith Kevin Prendergast 1:28.70
2003 Necklace Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 1:25.00
2004 Silk and Scarlet Jamie Spencer Aidan O'Brien 1:25.40
2005 Rumplestiltskin Kieren Fallon Aidan O'Brien 1:27.90
2006 Gaudeamus Kevin Manning Jim Bolger 1:31.90
2007 Campfire Glow Pat Smullen Dermot Weld 1:33.18
2008 Again Johnny Murtagh David Wachman 1:33.15
2009 Lillie Langtry Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien 1:29.63


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Debutante Stakes (2009).

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