The Diamond Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Ireland which is open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Dundalk over a distance of 1 mile, 2 furlongs and 150 yards (2,149 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late September or early October.
The event was formerly classed at Listed level, and it used to be contested on turf over 1 mile and 2 furlongs. For a period it was held at Phoenix Park, and it was transferred to the Curragh in 1991. The race was formerly restricted to fillies and mares, but it was opened to male horses in 2001. It was staged at Fairyhouse in 2006 and 2007.
The Diamond Stakes moved to its present home, Dundalk, in 2008. It is now run on a Polytrack surface, and its distance has been extended by 150 yards. The race was promoted to Group 3 status in 2009. It is the first non-turf event in Ireland to be classed at this level.
Winners since 1988
|Turf before 2008|
|1988||Karaferya||3||John Reid||Sir Michael Stoute||2:02.40|
|1989||Bex||3||Willie Carson||Robert Armstrong||2:04.60|
|1990||Santella Bell||3||Warren O'Connor||Michael O'Brien||2:07.20|
|1991||Elfaslah||3||Richard Hills||Harry Thomson Jones||2:16.10|
|1992||Misako-Togo||3||Michael Kinane||Dermot Weld||2:11.10|
|1993||Eurostorm||3||Pat Gilson||Con Collins||2:18.30|
|1994||Ballykett Nancy||3||Kevin Manning||Jim Bolger||2:20.40|
|1995||Viaticum||3||Joanna Morgan||Noel Meade||2:09.60|
|1996||French Ballerina||3||Michael Kinane||Pat Flynn||2:14.20|
|1997||Red Affair||3||Pat Shanahan||John Oxx||2:07.80|
|1998||Darina||3||Kevin Manning||Jim Bolger||2:18.40|
|1999||Remuria||3||Niall McCullagh||John Oxx||2:23.90|
|2000||Dolydille||4||Kevin Manning||Jim Bolger||2:18.10|
|2001||Jammaal||4||Pat Smullen||Dermot Weld||2:13.90|
|2002||Miss Honorine||3||Johnny Murtagh||John Oxx||2:08.10|
|2003||Napper Tandy||3||Kevin Manning||Jim Bolger||2:04.00|
|2004||Mikado||3||Colm O'Donoghue||Aidan O'Brien||2:11.40|
|2005||The Carbon Unit||3||Wayne Lordan||Con Collins||2:13.90|
|2006||Mountain||3||Kieren Fallon||Aidan O'Brien||2:15.00|
|2007||Arch Rebel||6||Fran Berry||Noel Meade||2:04.86|
|Polytrack after 2007|
|2008||Muhannak||4||Pat Smullen||Ralph Beckett||2:11.63|
|2009||Mastercraftsman||3||Johnny Murtagh||Aidan O'Brien||2:12.18|
- horseracingintfed.com – International Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Diamond Stakes (2009).
- rte.ie/sport – Two Group 3 events added to schedule.