Blandford Stakes

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Blandford Stakes
Group 2 race
Location Curragh Racecourse
Co. Kildare, Ireland
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Moyglare Stud
Website Curragh
Race information
Distance 1m 2f (2,012 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Three-years-old and up
fillies and mares
Weight 9 st 0 lb (3yo);
9 st 7 lb (4yo+)
Penalties
3 lb for Group 1 winners *
* since January 1
Purse €200,000 (2014)
1st: €120,000
Blandford Stakes
2014
Royal Blue, White epaulets, striped cap Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Claret, gold braid, claret sleeves and cap
Tarfasha Chicquita Roheryn

The Blandford Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Ireland open to thoroughbred fillies and mares aged three years or older. It is run at the Curragh over a distance of 1 mile and 2 furlongs (2,012 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

History[edit]

The event is named after Blandford, a successful sire in the 1930s. It was formerly open to horses of either gender, and used to be contested over 1 mile and 4 furlongs.

The race was held in mid-October during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Its distance was shortened by a furlong in 1994. It was relegated from Group 2 to Group 3 level in 1999, and from this point it took place in mid-September.

The Blandford Stakes was cut to its present length and restricted to fillies and mares in 2001. It regained Group 2 status in 2004. It is currently part of the Irish Champions Weekend meeting.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse since 1947 (2 wins):

  • Nemain – 1985, 1986
  • Red Bloom – 2005, 2006

Leading jockey since 1950 (5 wins):

  • Liam Ward – Beau Sire (1950), Do Well (1951), Jongleur (1956), Wenona (1968), Riboprince (1970)
  • Michael KinaneHumbel (1995), Insatiable (1999), Chiang Mai (2000), Four Sins (2007), Katiyra (2008)

Leading trainer since 1950 (15 wins):

  • Vincent O'BrienLittle Mo (1959), Silver Moon (1961), Donato (1965), Wenona (1968), Riboprince (1970), Wenceslas (1971), Manitoulin (1972), Richard Grenville (1974), King Pellinore (1975), Gonzales (1980), Magesterial (1981), Lords (1982), South Atlantic (1983), Kris Kringle (1988), Andros Bay (1992)


Winners since 1980[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Time
1980 Gonzales 3 Tommy Murphy Vincent O'Brien 2:40.30
1981 Magesterial 4 Pat Eddery Vincent O'Brien 2:34.50
1982 Lords 3 Pat Eddery Vincent O'Brien 2:32.00
1983 South Atlantic 3 Pat Eddery Vincent O'Brien 2:31.30
1984 Arctic Lord 4 Christy Roche David O'Brien 2:38.40
1985 Nemain 3 Christy Roche David O'Brien 2:42.80
1986 Nemain 4 Christy Roche David O'Brien 2:41.30
1987 Eurobird 3 Cash Asmussen John Oxx 2:46.90
1988 Kris Kringle 3 John Reid Vincent O'Brien 2:45.60
1989 Indian Queen 4 Declan Gillespie William Hastings-Bass 2:40.70
1990 Sesame 5 Gary Hind David Morley 2:37.30
1991 Topanoora 4 Christy Roche Jim Bolger 2:41.40
1992 Andros Bay 3 Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien 2:37.50
1993 Foresee 3 Johnny Murtagh John Oxx 2:45.70
1994 Royal Ballerina 4 Warren O'Connor Michael Kauntze 2:25.50
1995 Humbel 3 Michael Kinane Dermot Weld 2:25.60
1996 Predappio 3 Pat Shanahan John Oxx 2:30.30
1997 Quws 3 Stephen Craine Kevin Prendergast 2:32.90
1998 Lisieux Rose 3 Pat Shanahan Dermot Weld 2:31.90
1999 Insatiable 6 Michael Kinane Sir Michael Stoute 2:31.50
2000 Chiang Mai 3 Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 2:27.20
2001 Dearly 3 Fran Berry John Oxx 2:11.20
2002 Irresistible Jewel 3 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld 2:08.70
2003 Chorist 4 Darryll Holland William Haggas 2:02.60
2004 Monturani 5 Ted Durcan Geoff Wragg 2:05.40
2005 Red Bloom 4 Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute 2:05.10
2006 Red Bloom 5 Jamie Spencer Sir Michael Stoute 2:05.70
2007 Four Sins 3 Michael Kinane John Oxx 2:09.34
2008 Katiyra 3 Michael Kinane John Oxx 2:14.30
2009 Chinese White 4 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld 2:17.35
2010 Eleanora Duse 3 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute 2:10.69
2011 Manieree 3 Niall McCullagh John Oxx 2:12.00
2012 Up 3 Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien 2:03.00
2013 Belle de Crecy 4 Johnny Murtagh Johnny Murtagh 2:04.75
2014 Tarfasha 3 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld 2:04.67

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1947: Esprit de France
  • 1948: Wild Johnnie
  • 1949: Pink Larkspur
  • 1950: Beau Sire
  • 1951: Do Well
  • 1952: Thirteen of Diamonds
  • 1953: Ardent Lover
  • 1954: Northern Gleam
  • 1955: Nile Bird
  • 1956: Jongleur
  • 1957: Roistar
  • 1958: Royal Highway
  • 1959: Little Mo
  • 1960: Hunch
  • 1961: Silver Moon *
  • 1962: Sicilian Prince
  • 1963: Feemoss
  • 1964: Biscayne
  • 1965: Donato
  • 1966: Royal Display
  • 1967: Dominion Day
  • 1968: Wenona
  • 1969: Barrons Court
  • 1970: Riboprince
  • 1971: Wenceslas
  • 1972: Manitoulin
  • 1973: Miss Therese
  • 1974: Richard Grenville
  • 1975: King Pellinore
  • 1976: Northern Treasure
  • 1977: Panamint
  • 1978: Valley Forge
  • 1979: Bohemian Grove

* The 1961 winner Silver Moon was later renamed Silver Dollar.

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