Gladness Stakes

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Gladness Stakes
Group 3 race
Location Curragh Racecourse
Co. Kildare, Ireland
Inaugurated 1963
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Website Curragh
Race information
Distance 7f (1,408 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Right-hand elbow
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 8 st 7 lb (3yo);
9 st 7 lb (4yo+)
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Penalties
5 lb for G1 / G2 winners *
3 lb for G3 winners *
* since 1 May last year
Purse €62,500 (2016)
1st: €36,875
Gladness Stakes
2016
Black, pink seams, pink cap, black diamond White, purple panel, check cap Black, white slvs, red cap, black star
Onenightidreamed Flight Risk Joailliere

The Gladness Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Ireland open to horses aged three years or older. It is run over a distance of 7 furlongs (1,408 metres) at the Curragh in April.

History[edit]

The event is named after Gladness, a successful Irish-trained racehorse in the 1950s. It was established in 1963, and was initially contested over 1 mile and 2 furlongs. It was shortened to a mile in 1964, and cut to its present length in 1970.

For a period the Gladness Stakes held Listed status. It used to be open to horses aged three or older. It was promoted to Group 3 level in 1987, and closed to three-year-olds in 2004. It was re-opened to three-year-olds from 2014.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (2 wins):

  • Mustameet – 2005, 2007

Leading jockey (4 wins):

  • George McGrath – Signa Infesta (1968), Rocked (1969), Pardner (1972), Rare April (1977)

Leading trainer (8 wins):

  • Vincent O'BrienNijinsky (1970), Minsky (1971), Dapper (1973), Apalachee (1974), Night Alert (1980), Lomond (1983), El Gran Senor (1984), Great Lakes (1990)

Winners since 1981[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Time
1981 Prince Echo 3 Stephen Craine Liam Browne
1982 Kilian 4 Raymond Carroll David O'Brien
1983 Lomond 3 Pat Eddery Vincent O'Brien
1984 El Gran Senor 3 Pat Eddery Vincent O'Brien
1985 Caparison 5 Donal Manning Mick O'Toole
1986 Lidhame 4 Gabriel Curran Kevin Prendergast 1:30.10
1987 Grey Goddess 4 Stephen Craine Edward O'Grady 1:34.20
1988 Careafolie 3 Michael Kinane Dermot Weld 1:31.00
1989 Rose Reef 5 Ron Quinton John Oxx 1:36.90
1990 Great Lakes 4 John Reid Vincent O'Brien 1:25.10
1991 Mr Brooks 4 Pat Shanahan Kevin Connolly 1:31.10
1992 Bezelle 3 Pat Shanahan Con Collins 1:32.60
1993 no race
1994 Ridgewood Ben 3 Michael Kinane John Oxx 1:36.30
1995 Bin Ajwaad 5 Pat Eddery Ben Hanbury 1:28.90
1996 Idris 6 Kevin Manning Jim Bolger 1:28.70
1997 Cool Edge 6 Nigel Day Mark Tompkins 1:25.80
1998 Muchea 4 Richard Hughes Mick Channon 1:37.20
1999 Two-Twenty-Two 4 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld 1:28.80
2000 Giant's Causeway 3 Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 1:30.10
2001 Softly Tread 3 Pat Shanahan Con Collins 1:38.30
2002 Rebelline 4 Declan McDonogh Kevin Prendergast 1:31.70
2003 Millennium Force 5 Chris Catlin Mick Channon 1:24.00
2004 Monsieur Bond 4 Fergal Lynch Bryan Smart 1:28.50
2005 Mustameet 4 Declan McDonogh Kevin Prendergast 1:32.50
2006 Common World 7 Fran Berry Tom Hogan 1:35.90
2007 Mustameet 6 Declan McDonogh Kevin Prendergast 1:24.20
2008 Jumbajukiba 5 Fran Berry Jessica Harrington 1:36.61
2009 Mad About You 4 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld 1:27.59
2010 Kargali 5 Johnny Murtagh Luke Comer 1:33.03
2011 Lolly for Dolly 4 Wayne Lordan Tommy Stack 1:30.95
2012 Excelebration 4 Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien 1:31.37
2013 Custom Cut 4 Ronan Whelan George Kent 1:32.92
2014 Sruthan 4 Chris Hayes Paul Deegan 1:28.40
2015 Flight Risk 4 Kevin Manning Jim Bolger 1:29.46
2016 Onenightidreamed 5 Wayne Lordan Tommy Stack 1:37.50
2017 Diamond Fields[a] 4 Chris Hayes Fozzy Stack 1:30.05

a The 2017 race took place at Naas due to redevelopment work at The Curragh.[1]

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1963: Christmas Island
  • 1964: Khalkis
  • 1965: Western Wind
  • 1966: Not So Cold
  • 1967: Sparrow Hawk
  • 1968: Signa Infesta
  • 1969: Rocked
  • 1970: Nijinsky
  • 1971: Minsky
  • 1972: Pardner
  • 1973: Dapper
  • 1974: Apalachee
  • 1975: It's Freezing
  • 1976: Sovereign Dice
  • 1977: Rare April
  • 1978: Icelandic
  • 1979: Secret of Success
  • 1980: Night Alert

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2017 Fixture List Announced". Horse Racing Ireland. Retrieved 18 April 2017.