Sapphire Stakes (Ireland)
The Sapphire 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 5 furlongs (1,006 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late June or early July.
The event was introduced with Listed status in 2001, and it was originally called the Richard H. Faught Memorial Stakes. In its second year it was held on the day of the FIFA World Cup Final, and it was titled the FIFA World Cup Stakes. Thereafter it continued with its original name until 2008, when it was promoted to Group 3 level and given its current title. The Sapphire Stakes is part of the Curragh's three-day Irish Derby Festival meeting. It is presently run on day three, the same day as the Irish Derby.
|2001||Repertory||8||Fergus Sweeney||Malcolm Saunders||0:59.40|
|2002||Tiger Royal||6||Pat Shanahan||Dermot Weld||0:59.80|
|2003||Deportivo||3||Johnny Murtagh||Roger Charlton||0:59.70|
|2004||Osterhase||5||Fran Berry||John Mulhern||0:57.30|
|2005||Benbaun||4||Kieren Fallon||Mark Wallace||0:57.40|
|2006||Dandy Man||3||Pat Shanahan||Con Collins||0:58.40|
|2007||Snaefell||3||Johnny Murtagh||Michael Halford||1:02.90|
|2008||Tax Free||6||Adrian Nicholls||David Nicholls||0:59.03|
|2009||Benbaun||8||Pat Smullen||Kevin Ryan||1:00.03|
|2010||Glamorous Spirit||4||Kieren Fallon||Ron Harris||0:57.85|
- galopp-sieger.de – Sapphire Stakes.
- horseracingintfed.com – International Federation of Horseracing Authorities – Sapphire Stakes (2009).