International Stakes (Ireland)

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International Stakes
Group 3 race
LocationCurragh Racecourse
County Kildare, Ireland
Race typeFlat / Thoroughbred
SponsorFinlay Volvo
WebsiteCurragh
Race information
Distance1m 2f (2,012 metres)
SurfaceTurf
TrackRight-handed
QualificationThree-years-old and up
Weight8 st 12 lb (3yo);
9 st 8 lb (4yo+)
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Penalties
5 lb for G1 / G2 winners *
3 lb for G3 winners *
* since 1 August last year
Purse65,000 (2018)
1st: €38,350
International Stakes
2019
Dark blue, white armlet, white cap Dark blue Emerald green, pink sash, white sleeves, pink cap
Buckhurst Blenheim Palace Georgeville

The International Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Ireland open to thoroughbreds 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 late June or early July.

History[edit]

The event was originally held at Phoenix Park, and it was formerly known as the Whitehall Stakes. It was initially contested over 1 mile and 1 furlong, and for a period it was classed at Group 2 level. It was cut to 1 mile in 1986, and it was transferred to the Curragh in 1991.

The distance was extended by a furlong in 1999, and it reverted to its previous length in 2002. The race was restricted to three-year-olds in 2003, and it was downgraded to Group 3 status the following year. It was re-opened to older horses in 2006, and the race returned to 1 mile and 1 furlong in 2007. It was increased to 1 mile and 2 furlongs in 2010.

The International Stakes is currently held on the final day of the Curragh's three-day Irish Derby meeting.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse since 1950 (3 wins):

  • Famous Name – 2009, 2011, 2012

Leading jockey since 1950 (6 wins):

  • George McGrath – Ballyciptic (1965), Bluerullah (1966), Signa Infesta (1967), Lovely Kate (1970), Bog Road (1973, dead-heat), Furry Glen (1974)

Leading trainer since 1950 (11 wins):

  • Vincent O'BrienEl Toro (1959), Onandaga (1969), Grenfall (1971), Nantequos (1976), Stradavinsky (1978), Muscovite (1980), Magesterial (1981), Punctilio (1982), Salmon Leap (1983), Fair Judgment (1987), Caerwent (1988)

Winners since 1980[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Time
1980 Muscovite 3 Tommy Murphy Vincent O'Brien
1981 Magesterial 4 Pat Eddery Vincent O'Brien
1982 Punctilio 3 Pat Eddery Vincent O'Brien
1983 Salmon Leap 3 Pat Eddery Vincent O'Brien
1984 Teleprompter 4 Brian Rouse Bill Watts
1985 Teleprompter 5 Tony Ives Bill Watts
1986 Sarab 5 Pat Eddery Paul Cole
1987 Fair Judgment 3 Cash Asmussen Vincent O'Brien
1988 Caerwent 3 John Reid Vincent O'Brien 1:38.27
1989 Distant Relative 3 Michael Hills Barry Hills 1:36.60
1990 Zoman 3 Richard Quinn Paul Cole 1:39.70
1991 Mukaddamah 3 Willie Carson Peter Walwyn 1:37.30
1992 Sikeston 6 Michael Roberts Clive Brittain 1:37.00
1993 Ivory Frontier [a] 3 Christy Roche Jim Bolger 1:39.00
1994 Alflora 5 Michael Roberts Clive Brittain 1:38.50
1995 Darnay 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 1:36.40
1996 Gothenberg 3 Jason Weaver Mark Johnston 1:34.80
1997 Alhaarth 4 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor 1:39.00
1998 Burden of Proof 6 Johnny Murtagh Charles O'Brien 1:44.00
1999 Great Dane 4 Kieren Fallon Henry Cecil 1:52.20
2000 Alrassaam 4 Philip Robinson Michael Jarvis 1:52.90
2001 Distant Music 4 Richard Hughes Barry Hills 1:53.10
2002 Century City 3 Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 1:46.00
2003 Sea Dart 3 Johnny Murtagh John Oxx 1:39.80
2004 Red Feather 3 Niall McCullagh Edward Lynam 1:41.00
2005 Moonlight Dance 3 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld 1:38.40
2006 Mustameet 5 Declan McDonogh Kevin Prendergast 1:39.30
2007 Decado 4 Declan McDonogh Kevin Prendergast 2:01.25
2008 Plan 3 Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien 1:56.86
2009 Famous Name 4 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld 1:57.43
2010 Precious Gem 4 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld 2:05.94
2011 Famous Name 6 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld 2:15.41
2012 Famous Name 7 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld 2:14.49
2013 Flying the Flag 3 Seamie Heffernan Aidan O'Brien 2:04.09
2014 Mekong River 3 Seamie Heffernan Aidan O'Brien 2:06.30
2015 Air Pilot 6 Ryan Moore Ralph Beckett 2:22.14
2016 Sir Isaac Newton 4 Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien 2:12.25
2017 Johannes Vermeer 4 Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien 2:10.30
2018 Yucatan 4 Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien 2:09.12
2019 Buckhurst 3 Wayne Lordan Joseph O'Brien 2:07.74

a Alflora finished first in 1993, but he was relegated to second place following a stewards' inquiry.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1950: Eastern City
  • 1951: Evian
  • 1952: Solar
  • 1953: Prince of Fairfield
  • 1954: Coral Slipper
  • 1955: Tara
  • 1956: Beau Chevalet
  • 1957: Owenello
  • 1958: Jack Ketch
  • 1959: El Toro
  • 1960: Dante's Hope
  • 1961: Bally Vimy
  • 1962: Gay Challenger
  • 1963: Linacre
  • 1964: Deep Lavender
  • 1965: Ballyciptic
  • 1966: Bluerullah
  • 1967: Signa Infesta
  • 1968: Warren
  • 1969: Onandaga
  • 1970: Lovely Kate
  • 1971: Grenfall
  • 1972: Bunkered
  • 1973: Barclay Joy / Bog Road *
  • 1974: Furry Glen
  • 1975: Hurry Harriet
  • 1976: Nantequos
  • 1977: Aristocracy
  • 1978: Stradavinsky
  • 1979: Orchestra

* The 1973 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners.

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