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Irish St. Leger

Group 1 race
Irish St. Leger
Location Curragh Racecourse
Co. Kildare, Ireland
Inaugurated 1915
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Irish Field
Website Curragh
Race information
Distance 1m 6f (2,816 metres)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 9 st 0 lb (3yo);
9 st 11 lb (4yo+)
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Purse 275,000 (2009)
1st: €160,050

The Irish St. Leger is a Group 1 flat horse race in Ireland which is open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at the Curragh over a distance of 1 mile and 6 furlongs (2,816 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

The event was established in 1915, and it was originally restricted to three-year-old horses only. It was modelled on the St. Leger Stakes in England, and the first horse to win both races was Royal Lancer in 1922. The first winner of the Irish Triple Crown (which comprises the Irish 2,000 Guineas, the Irish Derby and the Irish St. Leger) was Museum in 1935.

The Irish St. Leger was opened to horses aged four or older in 1983. Since then there have been several repeat winners, and the most successful is Vinnie Roe, who recorded his fourth victory in 2004. The leading horses from the race in recent years have often gone on to compete in the Melbourne Cup.

Contents

Records

Most successful horse (4 wins):

  • Vinnie Roe – 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

Leading jockey (7 wins):

  • Morny Wing – Kirk-Alloway (1920), O'Dempsey (1923), Sol de Terre (1930), Ochiltree (1938), Windsor Slipper (1942), Spam (1945), Esprit de France (1947)

Leading trainer (9 wins):

  • Vincent O'BrienBarclay (1959), White Gloves (1966), Reindeer (1969), Caucasus (1975), Meneval (1976), Transworld (1977), Gonzales (1980), Leading Counsel (1985), Dark Lomond (1988)

Winners since 1975

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1975 Caucasus 3 Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien Jane Engelhard 3:02.40
1976 Meneval 3 Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien Mrs G. Getty II 3:02.10
1977 Transworld 3 Tommy Murphy Vincent O'Brien Simon Fraser 3:30.60
1978 M-Lolshan 3 Brian Taylor Ryan Price E. Al Khalifa 3:04.10
1979 Niniski 3 Willie Carson Dick Hern Lady Beaverbrook 3:11.70
1980 Gonzales 3 Raymond Carroll Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster 3:23.60
1981 Protection Racket 3 Brian Taylor Jeremy Hindley Serge Fradkoff 3:06.00
1982 Touching Wood 3 Paul Cook Harry Thomson Jones Maktoum Al Maktoum 3:10.20
1983 Mountain Lodge 4 Declan Gillespie John Dunlop 3rd Earl of Halifax 3:15.90
1984 Opale 4 Darrel McHargue Alec Stewart Snailwell Stud 3:08.80
1985 Leading Counsel 3 Pat Eddery Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster 3:15.80
1986 Authaal 3 Christy Roche David O'Brien Sheikh Mohammed 3:04.80
1987 Eurobird 3 Cash Asmussen John Oxx Gerald Jennings 3:18.70
1988 Dark Lomond 3 Declan Gillespie Vincent O'Brien Stavros Niarchos 3:15.00
1989 Petite Ile 3 Ron Quinton John Oxx Jean-François Malle 3:05.00
1990 Ibn Bey 6 Richard Quinn Paul Cole Prince Fahd bin Salman 3:00.60
1991 Turgeon 5 Tony Cruz Jonathan Pease George Strawbridge 3:05.30
1992 Mashaallah 4 Steve Cauthen John Gosden Ahmed Al Maktoum 3:02.10
1993 Vintage Crop 6 Michael Kinane Dermot Weld Michael Smurfit 3:06.70
1994 Vintage Crop 7 Michael Kinane Dermot Weld Michael Smurfit 3:07.30
1995 Strategic Choice 4 Richard Quinn Paul Cole Martyn Arbib 3:00.90
1996 Oscar Schindler 4 Stephen Craine Kevin Prendergast Oliver Lehane 2:59.10
1997 Oscar Schindler 5 Stephen Craine Kevin Prendergast Oliver Lehane 3:06.40
1998 Kayf Tara 4 John Reid Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 3:05.70
1999 Kayf Tara 5 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 3:12.50
2000 Arctic Owl 6 David Harrison James Fanshawe The Owl Society 3:02.20
2001 Vinnie Roe 3 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld Seamus Sheridan 2:58.40
2002 Vinnie Roe 4 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld Seamus Sheridan 2:59.00
2003 Vinnie Roe 5 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld Seamus Sheridan 2:58.90
2004 Vinnie Roe 6 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld Seamus Sheridan 3:03.90
2005 Collier Hill 7 Dean McKeown Alan Swinbank Hall / Young 3:01.20
2006 Kastoria 5 Michael Kinane John Oxx HH Aga Khan IV 3:01.00
2007 Yeats 6 Kieren Fallon Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Nagle 3:03.40
2008 Septimus 5 Seamus Heffernan Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 3:11.97
2009 Alandi 4 Michael Kinane John Oxx HH Aga Khan IV 3:14.82

Earlier winners

  • 1915 - La Paloma
  • 1916 - Captive Princess
  • 1917 - Double Scotch
  • 1918 - Dionysos
  • 1919 - Cheap Popularity
  • 1920 - Kirk-Alloway
  • 1921 - Kircubbin
  • 1922 - Royal Lancer
  • 1923 - O'Dempsey
  • 1924 - Zodiac
  • 1925 - Spelthorne
  • 1926 - Sunny View
  • 1927 - Ballyvoy
  • 1928 - Law Suit
  • 1930 - Sol de Terre
  • 1931 - Beaudelaire
  • 1932 - Hill Song
  • 1933 - Harinero
  • 1934 - Primero
  • 1935 - Museum
  • 1936 - Battle Song
  • 1937 - Owenstown
  • 1938 - Ochiltree
  • 1939 - Skoiter
  • 1940 - Harvest Feast
  • 1941 - Etoile de Lyons
  • 1942 - Windsor Slipper
  • 1943 - Solferino
  • 1944 - Water Street
  • 1945 - Spam
  • 1946 - Cassock
  • 1947 - Esprit de France
  • 1948 - Beau Sabreur
  • 1949 - Brown Rover
  • 1950 - Morning Madam
  • 1951 - Do Well
  • 1952 - Judicate
  • 1953 - Sea Charger
  • 1955 - Diamond Slipper
  • 1956 - Magnetic North
  • 1957 - Ommeyad
  • 1958 - Royal Highway
  • 1959 - Barclay
  • 1960 - Lynchris
  • 1961 - Vimadee
  • 1962 - Arctic Vale
  • 1963 - Christmas Island
  • 1964 - Biscayne
  • 1965 - Craighouse
  • 1966 - White Gloves
  • 1967 - Dan Kano
  • 1968 - Giolla Mear
  • 1969 - Reindeer
  • 1970 - Allangrange
  • 1971 - Parnell
  • 1972 - Pidget
  • 1973 - Conor Pass
  • 1974 - Mistigri


References


  • horseracingintfed.comInternational Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Irish St. Leger (2009).

See also



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