Galway Plate

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Galway Plate
Grade A race
Location Galway Races,
Galway, Ireland
Inaugurated 1869
Race type Steeplechase
Sponsor Tote Ireland
Website Galway Races
Race information
Distance 2 miles 6 and a half furlongs (4,778 metres)
Surface Turf
Qualification Four-years-old and up
Weight Handicap
Purse 220,000 (2016)
1st: €129,800
www.thetote.com Galway Plate
2016
Maroon, white star and armlet, emerald green cap Purple, yellow chevron, yellow cap Pink, light green spots, pink sleeves and cap
Lord Scoundrel Alelchi Inois Ballycasey

The Galway Plate is a National Hunt chase in Ireland which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run at Galway over a distance of 2 miles 6 and a half furlongs (4,778 metres), and during its running there are fourteen fences to be jumped. It is a handicap race, and it is scheduled to take place each year in late July or early August.

The event is held during the seven-day Galway Festival meeting. It was established in 1869, and the inaugural running was won by Absentee. The most successful horse in the race's history is Tipperary Boy, who won three times – in 1899, 1901 and 1902. It was formerly contested over 2 miles and 5 furlongs, but this was extended to 2 miles and 6 furlongs in 1992 and extended by a further half a furlong to the present distance in 2015. The Galway Plate was sponsored by William Hill from 2006 to 2010 and by Tote Ireland since 2011.

Anne Collen was the first lady trainer winning the plate with Randoss in the 1987 Galway Plate National Hunt Chase. Her sister, Sarah Collen, was also the first lady jockey to win the Galway Plate aboard Bold Flyer in 1989.

Winners since 1988[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Weight
Jockey
Trainer
1988 Afford a King 8 09-10 Padge Gill Tony Mullins
1989 Bold Flyer 6 09-07 Sarah Collen Jim Dreaper
1990 Kiichi 5 11-03 Brendan Sheridan Dermot Weld
1991 Firions Law 6 10-08 Mickey Flynn Victor Bowens
1992 The Gooser 9 10-11 Adrian Maguire Paddy Mullins
1993 General Idea 8 12-00 Adrian Maguire Dermot Weld
1994 Feathered Gale 7 09-11 Francis Woods Arthur Moore
1995 Life of a Lord 9 11-08 Trevor Horgan Aidan O'Brien
1996 Life of a Lord 10 12-00 Charlie Swan Aidan O'Brien
1997 Stroll Home 7 09-12 Paul Carberry Jimmy Mangan
1998 Amlah 6 09-13 Brendan Powell Philip Hobbs
1999 Moscow Express 7 11-04 Ruby Walsh Frances Crowley
2000 Dovaly 7 09-13 Tom Rudd Michael O'Brien
2001 Grimes 8 10-01 Conor O'Dwyer Christy Roche
2002 Rockholm Boy 9 10-05 Keith Hadnett Michael Hourigan
2003 Nearly a Moose 7 10-01 Robbie Power Paddy Mullins
2004 Ansar 8 10-12 David Casey Dermot Weld
2005 Ansar 9 11-11 Denis O'Regan Dermot Weld
2006 Far From Trouble 7 10-04 Roger Loughran Christy Roche
2007 Sir Frederick 7 09-10 Kevin Coleman Liam Burke
2008 Oslot 6 10-13 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2009 Ballyholland [1] 8 10-09 Andrew McNamara Colin McBratney
2010 Finger Onthe Pulse 9 10-12 Tony McCoy Tom Taaffe
2011 Blazing Tempo 7 10-04 Paul Townend Willie Mullins
2012 Bob Lingo 10 10-03 Mark Walsh Thomas Mullins
2013 Carlingford Lough 7 10-07 Tony McCoy John Kiely
2014 Road To Riches 7 10-11 Shane Shortall Noel Meade
2015 Shanahan's Turn 7 10-10 Johnny Burke Henry de Bromhead
2016 Lord Scoundrel 7 10-02 Donagh Meyler Gordon Elliott

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1869 - Absentee
  • 1872 - Belle
  • 1879 - Liberator
  • 1882 - Sugar Plum
  • 1891 - Queen of the May
  • 1897 - Drogheda
  • 1899 - Tipperary Boy
  • 1901 - Tipperary Boy
  • 1902 - Tipperary Boy
  • 1906 - Royal Tara
  • 1910 - Ashbrooke
  • 1913 - George B
  • 1915 - Hill of Camas
  • 1917 - Privit
  • 1934 - Reviewer
  • 1945 - Grecian Victory
  • 1950 - Derrinstown
  • 1951 - St Kathleen II
  • 1952 - Alberoni
  • 1953 - Gallant Wolf
  • 1954 - Amber Point
  • 1955 - Umm
  • 1956 - Amber Point
  • 1957 - Knight Errant
  • 1958 - Hopeful Colleen
  • 1959 - Highfield Lad
  • 1960 - Sparkling Flame
  • 1961 - Clipador
  • 1962 - Carraroe
  • 1963 - Blunts Cross
  • 1964 - Ross Sea
  • 1965 - Ross Sea
  • 1966 - Cappawhite
  • 1967 - Royal Day
  • 1968 - Terossian
  • 1969 - Royal Day
  • 1970 - Lisnaree
  • 1971 - Sarejay Day
  • 1972 - Persian Lark
  • 1973 - Leap Frog
  • 1974 - Bunclody Tiger
  • 1975 - Our Albert
  • 1976 - O'Leary
  • 1977 - Spittin' Image
  • 1978 - Shining Flame
  • 1979 - Hindhope
  • 1980 - Sir Barry
  • 1981 - Rugged Lucy
  • 1982 - The Lady's Master
  • 1983 - Hamers Flame
  • 1984 - Master Player
  • 1985 - Chow Mein
  • 1986 - Boro Quarter
  • 1987 - Randoss

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ballyholland powers to Galway Plate glory". RTÉ Sport. 2009-07-29. Retrieved 2009-07-30.