Irish 2,000 Guineas

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Irish 2,000 Guineas
Group 1 race
Location Curragh Racecourse
Co. Kildare, Ireland
Inaugurated 1921
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Tattersalls
Website Curragh
Race information
Distance 1 mile (1,609 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
excluding geldings
Weight 9 st 0 lb
Allowances
3 lb for fillies
Purse 300,000 (2014)
1st: €174,000
Irish 2,000 Guineas
2014
Emerald green, pink sash, white sleeves, pink cap Dark blue and white stripes, purple sleeves, purple and white striped cap Royal blue,white epaulettes,light and dark blue striped cap
Kingman Shifting Power Mustajeeb

The Irish 2,000 Guineas is a Group 1 flat horse race in Ireland open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run at the Curragh over a distance of 1 mile (1,609 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in May.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1921, a year before the launch of the Irish 1,000 Guineas. The inaugural running was won by Soldennis.

It is Ireland's equivalent of the 2,000 Guineas, and in recent years it has taken place three weeks after that race. The field usually includes horses which previously contested the English version, and seven have achieved victory in both events. The first was Right Tack in 1969, and the most recent was Henrythenavigator in 2008.

The leading horses from the Irish 2,000 Guineas often go on to compete in the following month's St. James's Palace Stakes. The last to win both races was Canford Cliffs in 2010.

Records[edit]

Leading jockey (5 wins):

  • Tommy Burns, Sr. – Soldennis (1921), Soldumeno (1923), Cornfield (1939), Grand Weather (1947), Beau Sabreur (1948)
  • Martin Quirke – Salisbury (1929), Glannarg (1930), Museum (1935), Nearchus (1938), Khosro (1941)

Leading trainer (9 wins):

  • Aidan O'BrienDesert King (1997), Saffron Walden (1999), Black Minnaloushe (2001), Rock of Gibraltar (2002), Henrythenavigator (2008), Mastercraftsman (2009), Roderic O'Connor (2011), Power (2012), Magician (2013)

Leading owner since 1950 (8 wins): (includes part ownership)

  • Sue MagnierSaffron Walden (1999), Black Minnaloushe (2001), Rock of Gibraltar (2002), Henrythenavigator (2008), Mastercraftsman (2009), Roderic O'Connor (2011), Power (2012), Magician (2013)


Winners since 1969[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1969 Right Tack Geoff Lewis John Sutcliffe, Jr. Jim Brown 1:48.60
1970 Decies Lester Piggott Bernard van Cutsem Nelson Bunker Hunt 1:38.30
1971 King's Company Freddy Head Willie Robinson Bertram Firestone 1:37.50
1972 Ballymore Christy Roche Paddy Prendergast Meg Mullion 1:47.70
1973 Sharp Edge Joe Mercer Dick Hern Jakie Astor 1:45.80
1974 Furry Glen George McGrath Seamus McGrath P. McGrath 1:48.00
1975 Grundy Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn Carlo Vittadini 1:47.20
1976 Northern Treasure Gabriel Curran Kevin Prendergast A. D. Brennan 1:42.80
1977 Pampapaul Gianfranco Dettori Stuart Murless Hans Paul 1:41.90
1978 Jaazeiro Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster 1:39.35
1979 Dickens Hill Tony Murray Mick O'Toole Mrs Jean-Pierre Binet 1:50.60
1980 Nikoli Christy Roche Paddy Prendergast 3rd Earl of Iveagh 1:40.00
1981 Kings Lake Pat Eddery Vincent O'Brien Mrs Jean-Pierre Binet 1:47.70
1982 Dara Monarch Michael Kinane Liam Browne Mrs Liam Browne 1:41.80
1983 Wassl Tony Murray John Dunlop Ahmed Al Maktoum 1:52.00
1984 Sadler's Wells George McGrath Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster 1:38.20
1985 Triptych Christy Roche David O'Brien Alan Clore 1:42.10
1986 Flash of Steel Michael Kinane Dermot Weld Bertram Firestone 1:53.40
1987 Don't Forget Me Willie Carson Richard Hannon, Sr. James Horgan 1:38.00
1988 Prince of Birds Declan Gillespie Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster 1:39.00
1989 Shaadi Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute Sheikh Mohammed 1:37.50
1990 Tirol Pat Eddery Richard Hannon, Sr. John Horgan 1:39.20
1991 Fourstars Allstar Mike Smith Leo O'Brien Bomze / DiLeo 1:38.60
1992 Rodrigo de Triano Lester Piggott Peter Chapple-Hyam Robert Sangster 1:41.70
1993 Barathea Michael Roberts Luca Cumani Sheikh Mohammed 1:43.00
1994 Turtle Island John Reid Peter Chapple-Hyam Robert Sangster 1:50.10
1995 Spectrum John Reid Peter Chapple-Hyam Lord Weinstock 1:40.30
1996 Spinning World Cash Asmussen Jonathan Pease Niarchos Family 1:38.80
1997 Desert King Christy Roche Aidan O'Brien Michael Tabor 1:38.30
1998 Desert Prince Olivier Peslier David Loder Lucayan Stud 1:35.80
1999 Saffron Walden Olivier Peslier Aidan O'Brien Sue Magnier 1:38.10
2000 Bachir Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:39.80
2001 Black Minnaloushe Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Sue Magnier 1:41.40
2002 Rock of Gibraltar Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Ferguson / Magnier 1:47.30
2003 Indian Haven John Egan Paul D'Arcy Gleeson / Smith / Conway 1:41.50
2004 Bachelor Duke Seb Sanders James Toller Exors of Duke of Devonshire 1:40.00
2005 Dubawi Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:41.60
2006 Araafa Alan Munro Jeremy Noseda Al Homaizi / Al Sagar 1:49.80
2007 Cockney Rebel Olivier Peslier Geoff Huffer Phil Cunningham 1:36.10
2008 Henrythenavigator Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Sue Magnier 1:39.63
2009 Mastercraftsman Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 1:48.16
2010 Canford Cliffs Richard Hughes Richard Hannon, Sr. Heffer / Roy / Instance 1:37.64
2011 Roderic O'Connor Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor et al. 1:37.88
2012 Power Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor et al. 1:39.04
2013 Magician Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor et al. 1:36.81
2014 Kingman James Doyle John Gosden Khalid Abdullah 1:47.29

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1921: Soldennis
  • 1922: Spike Island
  • 1923: Soldumeno
  • 1924: Grand Joy
  • 1925: St Donagh
  • 1926: Embargo
  • 1927: Fourth Hand
  • 1928: Baytown
  • 1929: Salisbury
  • 1930: Glannarg
  • 1931: Double Arch
  • 1932: Lindley
  • 1933: Canteener
  • 1934: Cariff
  • 1935: Museum
  • 1936: Hocus Pocus
  • 1937: Phideas
  • 1938: Nearchus
  • 1939: Cornfield
  • 1940: Teasel
  • 1941: Khosro
  • 1942: Windsor Slipper
  • 1943: The Phoenix
  • 1944: Good Morning / Slide On 1
  • 1945: Stalino
  • 1946: Claro
  • 1947: Grand Weather
  • 1948: Beau Sabreur
  • 1949: Solonaway
  • 1950: Mighty Ocean
  • 1951: Signal Box
  • 1952: D C M
  • 1953: Sea Charger
  • 1954: Arctic Wind
  • 1955: Hugh Lupus
  • 1956: Lucero
  • 1957: Jack Ketch
  • 1958: Hard Ridden
  • 1959: El Toro
  • 1960: Kythnos
  • 1961: Light Year
  • 1962: Arctic Storm
  • 1963: Linacre
  • 1964: Santa Claus
  • 1965: Green Banner
  • 1966: Paveh
  • 1967: Atherstone Wood 2
  • 1968: Mistigo

1 The 1944 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.
2 Kingfisher finished first in 1967, but he was relegated to second place after a stewards' inquiry.

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