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Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial

The Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial is a Group 2 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 May.

The event was established in 1971, and it was originally known as the Nijinsky Stakes. This was in honour of the racehorse Nijinsky, an Irish-trained winner of the English Triple Crown in 1970. The race's title was changed to the Derby Trial Stakes in 1984, at which time it held Group 2 status. It was downgraded to Group 3 class in the early 1990s, but it was promoted back to Group 2 level in 2003. The race serves as a trial for the Epsom Derby and the Irish Derby, and several of its winners have subsequently achieved victory in one or both of those events.


Winners since 1987





1987 Seattle Dancer Cash Asmussen Vincent O'Brien 2:07.90
1988 Kris Kringle John Reid Vincent O'Brien 2:11.20
1989 Phantom Breeze Michael Kinane Dermot Weld 2:09.60
1990 Anvari Basil Marcus Clive Brittain 2:03.40
1991 Runyon Stephen Craine Tommy Stack 2:07.80
1992 St Jovite Christy Roche Jim Bolger 2:10.40
1993 Perfect Imposter Christy Roche Jim Bolger 2:07.90
1994 Artema Michael Kinane Dermot Weld 2:08.90
1995 Humbel Michael Kinane Dermot Weld 2:06.30
1996 Truth or Dare Christy Roche Charles O'Brien 2:05.00
1997 Ashley Park Christy Roche Charles O'Brien 2:15.30
1998 Risk Material Christy Roche Aidan O'Brien 2:06.90
1999 Port Bayou Pat Shanahan Dermot Weld 2:16.00
2000 Sinndar Johnny Murtagh John Oxx 2:04.90
2001 Galileo Seamus Heffernan Aidan O'Brien 2:08.50
2002 High Chaparral Seamus Heffernan Aidan O'Brien 2:03.50
2003 Alamshar Johnny Murtagh John Oxx 2:07.40
2004 Yeats Jamie Spencer Aidan O'Brien 2:10.30
2005 Fracas Jamie Spencer David Wachman 2:16.40
2006 Dylan Thomas Seamus Heffernan Aidan O'Brien 2:07.80
2007 Archipenko Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 2:07.90
2008 Casual Conquest Pat Smullen Dermot Weld 2:05.35
2009 Fame and Glory Seamus Heffernan Aidan O'Brien 2:03.62
2010 Midas Touch Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien 2:02.50

Earlier winners

  • 1971 - Sea Friend
  • 1972 - Boucher
  • 1973 - Ballymore
  • 1974 - Hail the Pirates
  • 1976 - Meneval
  • 1977 - Orchestra
  • 1978 - Slaney Idol
  • 1979 - Noelino
  • 1980 - Ramian
  • 1981 - Young Kildare
  • 1983 - Salmon Leap
  • 1986 - Toca Madera


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial (2009).

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