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Gallinule Stakes

The Gallinule Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Ireland which is open to three-year-old thoroughbreds. 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 late May.

The event is named after Gallinule, the Irish-based sire of Pretty Polly, a successful filly in the early 1900s. For most of its history the Gallinule Stakes has been restricted to three-year-olds, and it formerly held Group 2 status. It was opened to older horses in 1994, and it was downgraded to Group 3 level in 1998. The race was switched to Leopardstown for the 2001 and 2002 runnings, and it returned to the Curragh in 2003. It reverted to being an event for three-year-olds only in 2004.

Winners since 1986






1986 Welsh Fantasy 3 Pat Shanahan Con Collins 2:16.20
1987 Seattle Dancer 3 Cash Asmussen Vincent O'Brien 2:09.20
1988 Project Manager 3 Kevin Manning Jim Bolger 2:07.10
1989 Porter Rhodes 3 Paul Eddery Henry Cecil 2:07.50
1990 Missionary Ridge 3 Michael Hills Barry Hills 2:04.20
1991 Sportsworld 3 Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien 2:06.60
1992 Brief Truce 3 Michael Kinane Dermot Weld 2:09.00
1993 Massyar 3 Michael Kinane John Oxx 2:11.10
1994 Right Win 4 Lester Piggott Richard Hannon 2:19.90
1995 Shemaran 3 Johnny Murtagh John Oxx 2:12.80
1996 Needle Gun 6 Michael Roberts Clive Brittain 2:06.00
1997 Johan Cruyff 3 Kevin Manning Aidan O'Brien 2:11.90
1998 Quws 4 Stephen Craine Kevin Prendergast 2:07.70
1999 Urban Ocean 3 Seamus Heffernan Aidan O'Brien 2:14.40
2000 Glyndebourne 3 Seamus Heffernan Aidan O'Brien 2:12.20
2001 Exaltation 3 Johnny Murtagh John Oxx 2:11.00
2002 Della Francesca 3 Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 2:12.50
2003 Nysaean 4 Jimmy Fortune Richard Hannon 2:10.30
2004 Meath 3 Jamie Spencer Aidan O'Brien 2:10.90
2005 Im Spartacus 3 Jamie Spencer David Flood 2:12.70
2006 Puerto Rico 3 Kieren Fallon Aidan O'Brien 2:20.20
2007 Alexander of Hales 3 Seamus Heffernan Aidan O'Brien 2:09.60
2008 Hebridean 3 Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien 2:12.05
2009 Grand Ducal 3 Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien 2:19.71
2010 Jan Vermeer 3 Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien 2:11.38


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

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