The Minstrel Stakes is a Group 3 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 7 furlongs (1,408 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in July.
The event is named after The Minstrel, a highly-successful Irish-trained racehorse in 1976 and 1977. It was formerly held in the spring at Phoenix Park, and it used to be restricted to horses aged three. For a period it was classed at Listed level, and its distance was 1 mile.
The Minstrel Stakes was transferred to the Curragh in 1991. Simultaneously it was opened to older horses and switched to July. It was promoted to its present status, Group 3, in 1996. It was cut to 7 furlongs in 2001, and the minimum age of participating horses was raised to four in 2002. Three-year-olds were re-admitted to the race in 2007.
Winners since 1988
|1988||Executive Perk||3||Michael Kinane||Dermot Weld||1:43.20|
|1989||Twilight Agenda||3||Michael Kinane||Dermot Weld||1:49.50|
|1990||Go and Go||3||Michael Kinane||Dermot Weld||1:38.00|
|1991||Rimpa||3||Lester Piggott||Vincent O'Brien||1:35.60|
|1992||Via Borghese||3||Walter Swinburn||Vincent O'Brien||1:40.20|
|1993||Asema||3||Michael Kinane||Dermot Weld||1:41.00|
|1994||Wandering Thoughts||5||Christy Roche||Aidan O'Brien||1:43.30|
|1995||Hushang||5||Johnny Murtagh||John Oxx||1:39.50|
|1996||Restructure||4||Paul Eddery||Julie Cecil||1:37.60|
|1997||Ramooz||4||Kieren Fallon||Ben Hanbury||1:38.80|
|1998||Burden of Proof||6||Johnny Murtagh||Charles O'Brien||1:42.70|
|1999||Ramooz||6||Jimmy Fortune||Ben Hanbury||1:39.10|
|2000||Shibl||3||Stephen Craine||Kevin Prendergast||1:36.90|
|2001||King Charlemagne||3||Michael Kinane||Aidan O'Brien||1:23.80|
|2002||Gateman||5||Keith Dalgleish||Mark Johnston||1:26.40|
|2003||Avorado||5||Kevin Manning||Jim Bolger||1:24.80|
|2004||Trade Fair||4||Richard Hughes||Roger Charlton||1:21.50|
|2005||Caradak||4||Michael Kinane||John Oxx||1:21.20|
|2006||Jedburgh||5||Seb Sanders||John Dunlop||1:28.60|
|2007||Redstone Dancer||5||Pat Shanahan||Sheena Collins||1:32.79|
|2008||Jumbajukiba||5||Fran Berry||Jessica Harrington||1:26.26|
|2009||Three Rocks||4||Kevin Manning||Jim Bolger||1:28.61|
- galopp-sieger.de – Minstrel Stakes.
- horseracingintfed.com – International Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Minstrel Stakes (2009).
- pedigreequery.com – Minstrel Stakes – Curragh.