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Matron Stakes (Ireland)

Group 1 race
Matron Stakes
Location Leopardstown
Co. Dublin, Ireland
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Coolmore
Website Leopardstown
Race information
Distance 1 mile (1,609 metres)
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old and up
fillies & mares
Weight 8 st 12 lb (3yo);
9 st 3 lb (4yo+)
Purse 215,000 (2009)
1st: €139,750

The Matron Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in Ireland which is open to thoroughbred fillies and mares aged three years or older. It is run at Leopardstown over a distance of 1 mile (1,609 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

The event was formerly called the Gilltown Stud Stakes, and it used to be held at the Curragh. For a period it was classed at Group 3 level. Its title was changed to the Matron Stakes in the mid 1980s.

The race was transferred to its present venue, Leopardstown, in 2002. It was promoted to Group 2 status in 2003, and to the highest level, Group 1, in 2004. Since then it has been sponsored by Coolmore Stud, and its full title now includes the name of Fusaichi Pegasus, a Coolmore stallion.



Most successful horse since 1980:

  • no horse has won this race more than once since 1980

Leading jockey since 1980 (2 wins):

  • Kevin Manning – Dazzling Park (1999), Lush Lashes (2008)

Leading trainer since 1980 (4 wins):

  • John DunlopMary Mitsu (1982), Llyn Gwynant (1988), Cloud of Dust (1992), Iftiraas (2000)

Winners since 1986







1986 Grey Goddess 3 Stephen Craine Edward O'Grady
1987 Pixie Erin 3 Michael Hills Barry Hills 1:43.50
1988 Llyn Gwynant 3 Willie Carson John Dunlop J. Macdonald-Buchanan 1:44.50
1989 Upward Trend 3 Christy Roche Jim Bolger Paul Green 1:39.10
1990 Spring Daffodil 3 Declan Gillespie Augustine Leahy Golden Vale Syndicate 1:38.90
1991 Kooyonga 3 Warren O'Connor Michael Kauntze Mitsuo Haga 1:41.30
1992 Cloud of Dust 3 Michael Roberts John Dunlop Peggy Kwoh 1:44.50
1993 Chanzi 3 Michael Roberts John Oxx Sheikh Mohammed 1:42.00
1994 Eternal Reve 3 Michael Kinane François Boutin Sheikh Mohammed 1:41.60
1995 Timarida 3 Johnny Murtagh John Oxx HH Aga Khan IV 1:38.10
1996 Donna Viola 4 John Reid Chris Wall Kieran D. Scott 1:39.90
1997 Clerio 3 Michael Kinane Henri-Alex Pantall Sheikh Mohammed 1:42.10
1998 Tadwiga 3 Richard Hughes Richard Hannon Stonethorn Stud 1:41.30
1999 Dazzling Park 3 Kevin Manning Jim Bolger Mrs Seamus Burns 1:39.00
2000 Iftiraas 3 George Duffield John Dunlop Kuwait Racing 1:39.60
2001 Independence 3 Frankie Dettori Ed Dunlop Cliveden Stud 1:39.20
2002 Dress to Thrill 3 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld Moyglare Stud Farm 1:40.10
2003 Favourable Terms 3 Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:39.90
2004 Soviet Song 4 Johnny Murtagh James Fanshawe Elite Racing Club 1:36.80
2005 Attraction 4 Kevin Darley Mark Johnston Duke of Roxburghe 1:38.90
2006 Red Evie 3 Jamie Spencer Michael Bell Neill / Bell 1:38.70
2007 Echelon 5 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute Cheveley Park Stud 1:39.52
2008 Lush Lashes 3 Kevin Manning Jim Bolger Jackie Bolger 1:40.73
2009 Rainbow View 3 Jimmy Fortune John Gosden George Strawbridge 1:39.89

Earlier winners

  • 1980 - Calandra
  • 1981 - Tumblella
  • 1982 - Mary Mitsu
  • 1983 - Mighty Fly
  • 1984 - Clare Bridge
  • 1985 - Only


See also


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