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Irish River

Irish River
Sire Riverman
Dam Irish Star
Grandsire Never Bend
Damsire Klairon
Gender Stallion
Foaled 1976
Country France
Color Chestnut
Breeder Mrs. Raymond Ades
Owner Mrs. Raymond Ades
Trainer John Cunnington, Jr.
Record 12: 10-0-1
Earnings US$622,739 (equivalent)
Irish River is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Irish Star by Riverman. He was born around 1976 in France, and was bred by Mrs. Raymond Ades.
Major wins
Prix du Bois (1978)
Prix Morny (1978)
Prix de la Salamandre (1978)
Grand Critérium (1978)
Prix de Fontainebleau (1979)
Poule d'Essai des Poulains (1979)
Prix d'Ispahan (1979)
Prix Jacques Le Marois (1979)
Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (1979)
French Champion 2-Yr-Old Colt (1978)
French Champion Miler (1979)
French Horse Racing Hall of Fame
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on August 11, 2007

Irish River (April 2, 1976 - April 25, 2004) was an French Thoroughbred racehorse who won seven Group One races in France during his two-years of racing.

Bred and raced by Mrs. Raymond Ades, he was out of the mare Irish Star. His sire was the influential Riverman, a grandson of the extremely important stallion, Nearco.

Racing at age two in 1978, Irish River made six starts under French trainer John Cunnington, Jr. After winning his first two races, the colt finished fourth in the July 30th Group Two Prix Robert Papin to winner Pitasia. However, three weeks later he defeated Pitasia in capturing the Group One Prix Morny. At the end of the year he won his fifth race, the prestigious Grand Critérium and earned 1978 French Champion 2-Yr-Old Colt honors.

In the 1979 season, three-year-old Irish River duplicated his previous year's record by again winning five of his six starts. His only loss was a third-place finish in the Prix Lupin. The 1979 French Champion Miler, Irish River ended his brilliant career as a winner of seven Group One races and would later have his career performances recognized by being selected by France Galop as a member of the French Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

As a sire

At the end of his racing career Irish River was acquired by John R. Gaines who brought him to stand at stud at his Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Kentucky where his influential sire Riverman had stood.

Beginning in 1980, Irish River had a successful twenty-two-year career as a stallion. Due to declining fertility, he was pensioned in 2001 having sired 87 stakes winners including:

  • Or Vision (1983) - multiple stakes winning Filly in France as well as a multiple stakes producer
  • River Bay (1993) - millionaire multiple stakes winner in France and the United States
  • Natalie Too (1994) - 1997 Champion three-year-old filly in Peru
  • Irish Prize (1996) - millionaire multiple stakes winner

Successful as a broodmare sire, Irish River is the damsire of notable runners such as:

At age twenty-eight, Irish River died suddenly of a massive heart attack on April 25, 2004 at Gainesway Farm.



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