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Pretty Polly Stakes (Ireland)

Group 1 race
Pretty Polly Stakes
Location Curragh Racecourse
Co. Kildare, Ireland
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Audi
Website Curragh
Race information
Distance 1m 2f (2,012 metres)
Track Turf, right-handed
Qualification Three-years-old and up
fillies & mares
Weight 8 st 11 lb (3yo);
9 st 9 lb (4yo+)
Purse 225,000 (2009)
1st: €135,000

The Pretty Polly 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 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 June or early July.

The event is named after Pretty Polly, a highly-successful filly who was foaled in Ireland in 1901. It was originally contested by three-year-old fillies only – the first mare to win was Noora Abu in 1989. For a period the race was classed at Group 2 level, and it was then promoted to its current status, Group 1, in 2004.

The Pretty Polly Stakes became part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series in 2009. The winner of the race now earns an automatic invitation to compete in the same year's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf. [1]

The race is held during the Curragh's three-day Irish Derby Festival meeting. It is presently run on day two, the day before the Irish Derby.

Contents

Records

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Dance Design – 1996, 1997
  • Alexander Goldrun – 2005, 2006

Leading jockey since 1950 (3 wins):

  • Liam Ward – Atlantida (1956), Cranberry Sauce (1967), Rimark (1968)
  • Johnny Roe – Place d'Etoile (1970), Hurry Harriet (1973), Miss Toshiba (1975)
  • Christy RocheAlydar's Best (1985), Fleur Royale (1986), Noora Abu (1989)

Leading trainer since 1950 (7 wins):

  • Vincent O'BrienLittle Mo (1959), Ancasta (1964), Cranberry Sauce (1967), Rimark (1968), Godetia (1979), Calandra (1980), Dark Lomond (1988)

Winners since 1987

Year

Winner

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1987 Bint Pasha 3 Richard Quinn Paul Cole Prince Fahd bin Salman 2:12.10
1988 Dark Lomond 3 John Reid Vincent O'Brien Stavros Niarchos 2:07.50
1989 Noora Abu 7 Christy Roche Jim Bolger Catherine Shubotham 2:10.20
1990 Game Plan 3 Basil Marcus Clive Brittain Mrs Harold Phillips 2:06.80
1991 Ruby Tiger 4 Richard Quinn Paul Cole Mrs Philip Blacker 2:10.60
1992 Market Booster 3 Michael Kinane Dermot Weld Moyglare Stud Farm 2:00.60
1993 Takarouna 3 Johnny Murtagh John Oxx HH Aga Khan IV 2:06.00
1994 Del Deya 4 Frankie Dettori John Gosden Ahmed Al Maktoum 2:10.70
1995 Flagbird 4 Cash Asmussen Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 2:07.10
1996 Dance Design 3 Michael Kinane Dermot Weld Moyglare Stud Farm 2:04.20
1997 Dance Design 4 Michael Kinane Dermot Weld Moyglare Stud Farm 2:09.00
1998 Alborada 3 George Duffield Sir Mark Prescott Kirsten Rausing 2:25.60
1999 Polaire 3 Declan McDonogh Kevin Prendergast Jim Halligan 2:05.10
2000 Lady Upstage 3 Michael Hills Barry Hills Mrs E. Robert 2:07.70
2001 Rebelline 3 Declan McDonogh Kevin Prendergast Lady O'Reilly 2:08.60
2002 Tarfshi 4 Philip Robinson Michael Jarvis Ahmed Al Maktoum 2:04.60
2003 Hanami 3 Christophe Soumillon James Toller G. B. Partnership 2:05.30
2004 Chorist 5 Darryll Holland William Haggas Cheveley Park Stud 2:02.80
2005 Alexander Goldrun 4 Kevin Manning Jim Bolger Miriam O'Callaghan 2:05.70
2006 Alexander Goldrun 5 Kevin Manning Jim Bolger Miriam O'Callaghan 2:04.80
2007 Peeping Fawn 3 Kieren Fallon Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Magnier 2:10.63
2008 Promising Lead 4 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute Khalid Abdullah 2:06.82
2009 Dar Re Mi 4 Jimmy Fortune John Gosden Lord Lloyd-Webber 2:14.04
2010 Chinese White 5 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld Lady O'Reilly 2:03.84

Earlier winners

  • 1948 - Cobaltic
  • 1949 - Circus Lady
  • 1950 - Lonely Maid
  • 1951 - Ash Plant
  • 1952 - Nashua
  • 1953 - Northern Gleam
  • 1954 - Belle Collette
  • 1955 - Free Model
  • 1956 - Atlantida
  • 1957 - After the Show
  • 1958 - Owenello
  • 1959 - Little Mo
  • 1960 - Young Empress
  • 1961 - Icy Look
  • 1962 - Tropic Star
  • 1963 - Hibernia
  • 1964 - Ancasta
  • 1965 - Messene
  • 1966 - Black Gold
  • 1967 - Cranberry Sauce
  • 1968 - Rimark
  • 1969 - Borana
  • 1970 - Place d'Etoile
  • 1971 - Mariel
  • 1972 - Pidget
  • 1973 - Hurry Harriet
  • 1974 - Northern Gem
  • 1975 - Miss Toshiba
  • 1976 - Lady Singer
  • 1977 - Claire's Slipper
  • 1978 - Jinkitis
  • 1979 - Godetia
  • 1980 - Calandra
  • 1981 - Happy Bride
  • 1982 - Prince's Polly
  • 1983 - Flame of Tara
  • 1984 - Princess Pati
  • 1985 - Alydar's Best
  • 1986 - Fleur Royale


References

  1. "Breeders' Cup Challenge". breederscup.com. http://www.breederscup.com/challenge.aspx. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 




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

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