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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


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

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