Debutante Stakes (Ireland)

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Debutante Stakes
Group 2 race
Location Curragh Racecourse
Co. Kildare, Ireland
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Breast Cancer Research
Website Curragh
Race information
Distance 7f (1,408 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Right-hand elbow
Qualification Two-year-old fillies
Weight 9 st 0 lb
Penalties
5 lb for Group 1 winners
3 lb for Group 2 winners
Purse 100,000 (2014)
1st: €65,000
Debutante Stakes
2016
Dark blue Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Red, yellow panel, yellow chevrons on sleeves, red cap
Rhododendron Hydrangea Intricately

The Debutante Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Ireland open to two-year-old thoroughbred fillies. It is run at the Curragh over a distance of 7 furlongs (1,408 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in August.

History[edit]

The event was formerly held at Phoenix Park, and it used to be contested over 6 furlongs. For a period it was classed at Group 3 level. It was transferred to the Curragh and relegated to Listed status in 1991. It was moved to Leopardstown and extended to 7 furlongs in 1994.

The Debutante Stakes returned to the Curragh in 2000, and it regained Group 3 status in 2001. It was promoted to Group 2 level in 2004, and it continued at the Curragh until 2005.

In recent years, the venue of the race has switched between Leopardstown (2006, 2008–09) and the Curragh (2007, 2010–15).

Records[edit]

Leading jockey since 1986 (4 wins):

  • Michael KinanePolar Bird (1989), Low Key Affair (1993), Dance Design (1995), Necklace (2003)

Leading trainer since 1986 (11 wins):

  • Aidan O'BrienGlounthaune Garden (1994), Family Tradition (1996), Photogenic (1997), Necklace (2003), Silk and Scarlet (2004), Rumplestiltskin (2005), Lillie Langtry (2009), Maybe (2011), Tapestry (2013), Ballydoyle (2015), Rhododendron (2016)


Winners since 1986[edit]

Year
Winner
Jockey
Trainer
Time
1986 Down Again Pat Eddery John Oxx
1987 Fairy Gold Cash Asmussen Vincent O'Brien 1:14.40
1988 Pass the Peace Richard Quinn Paul Cole 1:11.50
1989 Polar Bird Michael Kinane Barry Hills 1:10.80
1990 Capricciosa John Reid Vincent O'Brien 1:09.30
1991 Miznah Christy Roche Jim Bolger 1:12.60
1992 Alalja John Egan Pat Flynn 1:15.80
1993 Low Key Affair Michael Kinane Dermot Weld 1:16.50
1994 Glounthaune Garden Christy Roche Aidan O'Brien 1:30.20
1995 Dance Design Michael Kinane Dermot Weld 1:31.90
1996 Family Tradition Christy Roche Aidan O'Brien 1:34.70
1997 Photogenic Seamie Heffernan Aidan O'Brien 1:34.30
1998 Edabiya Johnny Murtagh John Oxx 1:33.70
1999 Preseli Eddie Ahern Michael Grassick 1:31.40
2000 Affianced Kevin Manning Jim Bolger 1:28.50
2001 Saranac Lake Pat Smullen Dermot Weld 1:27.50
2002 Rainbows for All Wayne Smith Kevin Prendergast 1:28.70
2003 Necklace Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 1:25.00
2004 Silk and Scarlet Jamie Spencer Aidan O'Brien 1:25.40
2005 Rumplestiltskin Kieren Fallon Aidan O'Brien 1:27.90
2006 Gaudeamus Kevin Manning Jim Bolger 1:31.90
2007 Campfire Glow Pat Smullen Dermot Weld 1:33.18
2008 Again Johnny Murtagh David Wachman 1:33.15
2009 Lillie Langtry Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien 1:29.63
2010 Laughing Lashes Fran Berry Jessica Harrington 1:24.49
2011 Maybe Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien 1:27.43
2012 My Special J's Colm O'Donoghue John Patrick Shanahan 1:34.61
2013 Tapestry Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien 1:22.89
2014 Raydara Shane Foley Michael Halford 1:25.68
2015 Ballydoyle Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien 1:24.71
2016 Rhododendron Seamie Heffernan Aidan O'Brien 1:27.06

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