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Renaissance Stakes

The Renaissance 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 6 furlongs (1,207 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

The event was formerly known as the MacDonagh Boland Stakes. It used to be contested over 7 furlongs, and for a period it was classed at Listed level. It was promoted to Group 3 status in 1998, and cut to 6 furlongs in 2001.

The title of the race was changed to the Ridgewood Pearl Stakes in 2003. This was in honour of Ridgewood Pearl, a highly successful Irish-trained filly. It was renamed the Renaissance Stakes when a different race — the present Ridgewood Pearl Stakes — was launched in 2004.

Winners since 1987






1987 King's College 3 Cash Asmussen Vincent O'Brien 1:19.60
1988 Lady Eileen 3 David Parnell Kevin Prendergast 1:31.10
1989 Pirouette 3 Stephen Craine Tommy Stack 1:26.70
1990 Daarik 3 W. F. Harris Harry Thomson Jones 1:25.80
1991 Ballyloop 3 Christy Roche Jim Bolger 1:22.80
1992 Norwich 5 Steve Cauthen Barry Hills 1:29.20
1993 Millie's Choice 4 Willie Supple Kevin Prendergast 1:36.40
1994 Mysterious Ways 4 Christy Roche Vincent O'Brien 1:28.60
1995 Wizard King 4 Richard Quinn Sir Mark Prescott 1:23.10
1996 Wandering Thoughts 7 Niall McCullagh Pat Flynn 1:26.50
1997 Wizard King 6 Pat Shanahan Sir Mark Prescott 1:30.10
1998 Ramooz 5 John Reid Ben Hanbury 1:28.20
1999 Major Force 3 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld 1:33.40
2000 Social Harmony 6 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld 1:28.90
2001 Invincible Spirit 4 Pat Eddery John Dunlop 1:08.10
2002 Polar Way 3 Johnny Murtagh Amanda Perrett 1:11.70
2003 Fayr Jag 4 Kevin Darley Tim Easterby 1:12.30
2004 Royal Millennium 6 Ted Durcan Mick Channon 1:13.10
2005 Noelani 3 Christophe Soumillon John Oxx 1:11.70
2006 Beauty Bright 3 Seamus Heffernan Aidan O'Brien 1:14.20
2007 Benbaun 6 Pat Smullen Mark Wallace 1:09.97
2008 Rock of Rochelle 3 Robert Burke Andrew Kinsella 1:18.38
2009 Snaefell 5 Fran Berry Michael Halford 1:15.91


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

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