Ballysax Stakes

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Ballysax Stakes
Group 3 race
Location Leopardstown
Co. Dublin, Ireland
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website Leopardstown
Race information
Distance 1m 2f (2,012 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds
Weight 9 st 3 lb
3 lb for fillies
5 lb for G1 / G2 winners
3 lb for G3 winners
Purse €60,000 (2018)
1st: €35,400
Ballysax Stakes
Dark blue Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, white cap Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap
Nelson Delano Roosevelt The Pentagon

The Ballysax Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Ireland open to three-year-old thoroughbreds. It is run over a distance of 1 mile and 2 furlongs (2,012 metres) at Leopardstown in April.


The event was formerly held at the Curragh, and it used to be classed at Listed level. It was transferred to Leopardstown in 1993, and promoted to Group 3 status in 2003. The 2014 running was held at Navan as the normal Leopardstown fixture was judged to be too early in the season to serve as a trial race for the European classics.[1]

The Ballysax Stakes is currently run in memory of Patrick W. McGrath (died 2001). McGrath served as chairman of the Racing Board (a precursor of Horse Racing Ireland), which purchased Leopardstown Racecourse in 1967. The race serves as trial race for various European classics and the most recent winner to go on to a classic victory was Harzand, winner of the Epsom Derby in 2016.


Leading jockey since 1986 (6 wins):

  • Michael KinaneCheering News (1990), Humbel (1995), Casey Tibbs (1997), Cupid (1999), Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002)

Leading trainer since 1986 (8 wins):

  • Aidan O'BrienCupid (1999), Galileo (2001), High Chaparral (2002), Balestrini (2003), Yeats (2004), Fame and Glory (2009), Battle of Marengo (2013), Nelson (2018)

Winners since 1986[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
1986 Imperial Falcon Pat Eddery Vincent O'Brien 2:18.30
1987 Ancient Times Cash Asmussen Vincent O'Brien 2:10.80
1988 Saxon Cottage Ron Quinton John Oxx 2:16.40
1989 Upward Trend Christy Roche Jim Bolger 2:19.10
1990 Cheering News Michael Kinane Dermot Weld 2:08.60
1991 Jet Ski Lady Christy Roche Jim Bolger 2:11.90
1992 Ebaziya Johnny Murtagh John Oxx 2:21.50
1993 Shandon Lake Kevin Manning Jim Bolger 2:12.20
1994 Cajarian Johnny Murtagh John Oxx 2:12.30
1995 Humbel Michael Kinane Dermot Weld 2:13.80
1996 Key Change Dermot Hogan John Oxx 2:14.20
1997 Casey Tibbs Michael Kinane Dermot Weld 2:06.40
1998 Aislo Fran Berry Declan Gillespie 2:24.20
1999 Cupid Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 2:07.50
2000 Grand Finale Pat Smullen Dermot Weld 2:19.70
2001 Galileo Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 2:20.10
2002 High Chaparral Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 2:05.90
2003 Balestrini Tom Queally Aidan O'Brien 2:05.90
2004 Yeats Jamie Spencer Aidan O'Brien 2:23.40
2005 Bobs Pride Pat Smullen Dermot Weld 2:18.50
2006 Rhythm'n Roots Kevin Manning Jim Bolger 2:05.90
2007 Mores Wells Declan McDonogh Kevin Prendergast 2:05.50
2008 Moiqen Declan McDonogh Kevin Prendergast 2:13.66
2009 Fame and Glory Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien 2:07.49
2010 Puncher Clynch Kevin Manning Jim Bolger 2:08.16
2011 Banimpire Kevin Manning Jim Bolger 2:04.73
2012 Light Heavy Kevin Manning Jim Bolger 2:08.04
2013 Battle of Marengo Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien 2:16.58
2014 Fascinating Rock [a] Pat Smullen Dermot Weld 2:16.89
2015 Success Days Shane Foley Ken Condon 2:23.87
2016 Harzand Pat Smullen Dermot Weld 2:19.11
2017 Rekindling Wayne Lordan Joseph O'Brien 2:08.88
2018 Nelson Donnacha O'Brien Aidan O'Brien 2:26.58

a The 2014 running took place at Navan.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ O'Connor, Brian (8 April 2014). "Ballysax shifts to Navan for renewal". Irish Times. Retrieved 11 April 2014.