Irish Oaks

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Irish Oaks
Group 1 race
Location Curragh Racecourse
County Kildare, Ireland
Inaugurated 1895
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Darley
Website Curragh
Race information
Distance 1m 4f (2,414 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Three-year-old fillies
Weight 9 st 0 lb
Purse 400,000 (2014)
1st: €232,000
Irish Oaks
2014
Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves, blue cap Dark blue Dark blue and light green diamonds
Bracelet Tapestry Volume

The Irish Oaks is a Group 1 flat horse race in Ireland open to three-year-old thoroughbred fillies. It is run at the Curragh over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs (2,414 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in July.

It is Ireland's equivalent of the Epsom Oaks, a famous race in England.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1895, and it was originally contested over a mile. It was extended to its present length in 1915.

The field usually includes fillies which ran previously in the Epsom Oaks, and several have won both races. The first was Masaka in 1948, and the most recent was Snow Fairy in 2010.

The leading participants from the Irish Oaks sometimes go on to compete in the following month's Yorkshire Oaks. The last to achieve victory in both events was Blue Bunting in 2011.

Records[edit]

Leading jockey (6 wins):

  • Johnny MurtaghEbadiyla (1997), Winona (1998), Petrushka (2000), Peeping Fawn (2007), Moonstone (2008), Chicquita (2013)

Leading trainer (6 wins):

  • Sir Michael StouteFair Salinia (1978), Colorspin (1986), Unite (1987), Melodist (1988, dead-heat), Pure Grain (1995), Petrushka (2000)

Leading owner since 1960 (4 wins): (includes part ownership)

  • Sheikh MohammedUnite (1987), Diminuendo (1988, dead-heat), Melodist (1988, dead-heat), Alydaress (1989)
  • Susan Magnier - Alexandrova (2006), Peeping Fawn (2007), Moonstone (2008), Bracelet (2014)
  • Michael Tabor - Alexandrova (2006), Peeping Fawn (2007), Moonstone (2008), Bracelet (2014)

Winners since 1970[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1970 Santa Tina Lester Piggott Charlie Milbank S. O'Flaherty 2:34.00
1971 Altesse Royale Geoff Lewis Noel Murless Roger Hue-Williams 2:33.60
1972 Regal Exception Maurice Philipperon John Fellows Robin Scully 2:37.90
1973 Dahlia Bill Pyers Maurice Zilber Nelson Bunker Hunt 2:43.00
1974 Dibidale Willie Carson Barry Hills Nick Robinson 2:36.20
1975 Juliette Marny Lester Piggott Jeremy Tree James Morrison 2:33.10
1976 Lagunette Philippe Paquet François Boutin Marius Berghgracht 2:33.10
1977 Olwyn Kipper Lynch Ron Boss Souren Vanian 2:35.10
1978 Fair Salinia [a] Greville Starkey Michael Stoute Sven Hanson 2:35.20
1979 Godetia Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster 2:33.60
1980 Shoot A Line Willie Carson Dick Hern R. A. Budgett 2:32.55
1981 Blue Wind Wally Swinburn Dermot Weld Diana Firestone 2:35.90
1982 Swiftfoot Willie Carson Dick Hern 2nd Baron Rotherwick 2:33.80
1983 Give Thanks Declan Gillespie Jim Bolger Mrs Ogden White 2:32.30
1984 Princess Pati Pat Shanahan Con Collins Meg Mullion 2:28.60
1985 Helen Street Willie Carson Dick Hern Sobell / Weinstock 2:39.90
1986 Colorspin Pat Eddery Michael Stoute Helena Springfield Ltd 2:40.90
1987 Unite Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute Sheikh Mohammed 2:34.90
1988
(dh)
Diminuendo
Melodist
Steve Cauthen
Walter Swinburn
Henry Cecil
Michael Stoute
Sheikh Mohammed
Sheikh Mohammed
2:36.40
1989 Alydaress Michael Kinane Henry Cecil Sheikh Mohammed 2:31.20
1990 Knight's Baroness Richard Quinn Paul Cole Prince Fahd bin Salman 2:31.70
1991 Possessive Dancer Steve Cauthen Alex Scott Ahmed Al Maktoum 2:31.10
1992 User Friendly George Duffield Clive Brittain Bill Gredley 2:33.70
1993 Wemyss Bight Pat Eddery André Fabre Khalid Abdullah 2:35.80
1994 Bolas Pat Eddery Barry Hills Khalid Abdullah 2:37.60
1995 Pure Grain John Reid Michael Stoute Robert Barnett 2:33.60
1996 Dance Design Michael Kinane Dermot Weld Moyglare Stud Farm 2:29.70
1997 Ebadiyla Johnny Murtagh John Oxx HH Aga Khan IV 2:33.70
1998 Winona Johnny Murtagh John Oxx Lady Clague 2:39.80
1999 Ramruma Kieren Fallon Henry Cecil Prince Fahd bin Salman 2:33.00
2000 Petrushka Johnny Murtagh Sir Michael Stoute Highclere Racing Ltd 2:31.20
2001 Lailani Frankie Dettori Ed Dunlop Maktoum Al Maktoum 2:30.50
2002 Margarula Kevin Manning Jim Bolger Jackie Bolger 2:37.40
2003 Vintage Tipple Frankie Dettori Paddy Mullins Pat O'Donovan 2:28.30
2004 Ouija Board Kieren Fallon Ed Dunlop 19th Earl of Derby 2:28.20
2005 Shawanda Christophe Soumillon Alain de Royer-Dupré HH Aga Khan IV 2:27.10
2006 Alexandrova Kieren Fallon Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor / Smith 2:29.60
2007 Peeping Fawn Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Magnier 2:39.12
2008 Moonstone Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor / Smith 2:34.37
2009 Sariska Jamie Spencer Michael Bell Lady Bamford 2:45.84
2010 Snow Fairy Ryan Moore Ed Dunlop Anamoine Ltd 2:34.87
2011 Blue Bunting Frankie Dettori Mahmood Al Zarooni Godolphin 2:42.97
2012 Great Heavens William Buick John Gosden Lady Rothschild 2:42.92
2013 Chicquita Johnny Murtagh Alain de Royer-Dupré Paul Makin 2:35.01
2014 Bracelet Colm O'Donoghue Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Magnier / Smith 2:33.68

a Sorbus finished first in 1978, but she was relegated to second place following a stewards' inquiry.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1895: Sapling
  • 1896: Kosmos
  • 1897: Dabchick
  • 1898: Sabine Queen
  • 1899: Irish Ivy
  • 1900: May Race
  • 1901: Royal Mantle
  • 1902: Marievale
  • 1903: Mary Lester
  • 1904: Topstone
  • 1905: Blakestown
  • 1906: Juliet
  • 1907: Reina
  • 1908: Queen of Peace
  • 1909: Fredith
  • 1910: Blair Royal
  • 1911: Tullynacree
  • 1912: Shining Way
  • 1913: Athgreany
  • 1914: May Edgar
  • 1915: Latharna
  • 1916: Captive Princess
  • 1917: Golden Maid
  • 1918: Judea
  • 1919: Snow Maiden
  • 1920: Place Royale
  • 1921: The Kiwi
  • 1922: Miss Hazelwood
  • 1923: Becka
  • 1924: Amethystine
  • 1925: Ixia
  • 1926: Resplendent
  • 1927: Cinq a Sept
  • 1928: Haintonette
  • 1929: Soloptic
  • 1930: Theresina
  • 1931: Nitsichin
  • 1932: Santaria
  • 1933: Salar
  • 1934: Foxcroft
  • 1935: Smokeless
  • 1936: Silversol
  • 1937: Sol Speranza
  • 1938: Conversation Piece
  • 1939: Superbe
  • 1940: Queen of Shiraz
  • 1941: Uvira
  • 1942: Majideh
  • 1943: Suntop
  • 1944: Avoca
  • 1945: Admirable
  • 1946: Linaria
  • 1947: Desert Drive
  • 1948: Masaka
  • 1949: Circus Lady
  • 1950: Corejada
  • 1951: Djebellica
  • 1952: Five Spots
  • 1953: Noory
  • 1954: Pantomime Queen
  • 1955: Agar's Plough
  • 1956: Garden State
  • 1957: Silken Glider
  • 1958: Amante
  • 1959: Discorea
  • 1960: Lynchris
  • 1961: Ambergris
  • 1962: French Cream
  • 1963: Hibernia
  • 1964: Ancasta
  • 1965: Aurabella
  • 1966: Merry Mate
  • 1967: Pampalina
  • 1968: Celina
  • 1969: Gaia

See also[edit]

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