Irish 2,000 Guineas

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Irish 2,000 Guineas
Group 1 race
LocationCurragh Racecourse
Co. Kildare, Ireland
Inaugurated1921
Race typeFlat / Thoroughbred
SponsorTattersalls
WebsiteCurragh
Race information
Distance1 mile (1,609 metres)
SurfaceTurf
TrackRight-handed
QualificationThree-year-olds
excluding geldings
Weight9 st 2 lb
Allowances
3 lb for fillies
Purse400,000 (2021)
1st: €228,000
Irish 2,000 Guineas
2021
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Previous years
2020
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2019
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2018
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2017
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2016
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2015
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2014
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2013
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2012
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2011
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2010-2001
2010
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2009
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2008
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2007
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2006
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2005
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2004
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2003
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2002
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Rock Of Gibraltar Century City Della Francesca
2001
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2000-1991
2000
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Bachir Giant's Causeway Cape Town
1999
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Saffron Walden Enrique Orpen
1998
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1997
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1996
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1995
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1994
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1993
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1992
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1991
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1990-1988
1990
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1989
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1988
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The Irish 2,000 Guineas is a Group 1 flat horse race in Ireland open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run at the Curragh over a distance of 1 mile (1,609 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in May.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1921, a year before the launch of the Irish 1,000 Guineas. The inaugural running was won by Soldennis.[citation needed]

It is Ireland's equivalent of the 2,000 Guineas, and in recent years it has taken place three weeks after that race. The field usually includes horses which previously contested the English version, and nine have achieved victory in both events. The first was Right Tack in 1969, and the most recent was Churchill in 2017.[citation needed]

The leading horses from the Irish 2,000 Guineas often go on to compete in the following month's St. James's Palace Stakes. The most recent to win both races was Gleneagles in 2015.[citation needed]

Records[edit]

Leading jockey (5 wins):

  • Tommy Burns, Sr. – Soldennis (1921), Soldumeno (1923), Cornfield (1939), Grand Weather (1947), Beau Sabreur (1948)
  • Martin Quirke – Salisbury (1929), Glannarg (1930), Museum (1935), Nearchus (1938), Khosro (1941)

Leading trainer (11 wins):

  • Aidan O'BrienDesert King (1997), Saffron Walden (1999), Black Minnaloushe (2001), Rock of Gibraltar (2002), Henrythenavigator (2008), Mastercraftsman (2009), Roderic O'Connor (2011), Power (2012), Magician (2013), Gleneagles (2015), Churchill (2017)

Leading owner since 1950 (10 wins): (includes part ownership)

  • Sue MagnierSaffron Walden (1999), Black Minnaloushe (2001), Rock of Gibraltar (2002), Henrythenavigator (2008), Mastercraftsman (2009), Roderic O'Connor (2011), Power (2012), Magician (2013), Gleneagles (2015), Churchill (2017)


Winners since 1965[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1965 Green Banner N. Brennan K. Kerr B. Kerr
1966 Paveh T. P. Burns T. Ainsworth P. Widener
1967 Atherstone Wood[a] Buster Parnell Stephen Quirke S. O'Flaherty
1968 Mistigo Buster Parnell Stephen Quirke F. Feeney
1969 Right Tack Geoff Lewis John Sutcliffe, Jr. Jim Brown 1:48.60
1970 Decies Lester Piggott Bernard van Cutsem Nelson Bunker Hunt 1:38.30
1971 King's Company Freddy Head Willie Robinson Bertram Firestone 1:37.50
1972 Ballymore Christy Roche Paddy Prendergast Meg Mullion 1:47.70
1973 Sharp Edge Joe Mercer Dick Hern Jakie Astor 1:45.80
1974 Furry Glen George McGrath Seamus McGrath P. McGrath 1:48.00
1975 Grundy Pat Eddery Peter Walwyn Carlo Vittadini 1:47.20
1976 Northern Treasure Gabriel Curran Kevin Prendergast A. D. Brennan 1:42.80
1977 Pampapaul Gianfranco Dettori Stuart Murless Hans Paul 1:41.90
1978 Jaazeiro Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster 1:39.35
1979 Dickens Hill Tony Murray Mick O'Toole Mrs Jean-Pierre Binet 1:50.60
1980 Nikoli Christy Roche Paddy Prendergast 3rd Earl of Iveagh 1:40.00
1981 Kings Lake Pat Eddery Vincent O'Brien Mrs Jean-Pierre Binet 1:47.70
1982 Dara Monarch Michael Kinane Liam Browne Mrs Liam Browne 1:41.80
1983 Wassl Tony Murray John Dunlop Ahmed Al Maktoum 1:52.00
1984 Sadler's Wells George McGrath Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster 1:38.20
1985 Triptych Christy Roche David O'Brien Alan Clore 1:42.10
1986 Flash of Steel Michael Kinane Dermot Weld Bertram Firestone 1:53.40
1987 Don't Forget Me Willie Carson Richard Hannon Sr. James Horgan 1:38.00
1988 Prince of Birds Declan Gillespie Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster 1:39.00
1989 Shaadi Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute Sheikh Mohammed 1:37.50
1990 Tirol Pat Eddery Richard Hannon Sr. John Horgan 1:39.20
1991 Fourstars Allstar Mike Smith Leo O'Brien Bomze / DiLeo 1:38.60
1992 Rodrigo de Triano Lester Piggott Peter Chapple-Hyam Robert Sangster 1:41.70
1993 Barathea Michael Roberts Luca Cumani Sheikh Mohammed 1:43.00
1994 Turtle Island John Reid Peter Chapple-Hyam Robert Sangster 1:50.10
1995 Spectrum John Reid Peter Chapple-Hyam Lord Weinstock 1:40.30
1996 Spinning World Cash Asmussen Jonathan Pease Niarchos Family 1:38.80
1997 Desert King Christy Roche Aidan O'Brien Michael Tabor 1:38.30
1998 Desert Prince Olivier Peslier David Loder Lucayan Stud 1:35.80
1999 Saffron Walden Olivier Peslier Aidan O'Brien Sue Magnier 1:38.10
2000 Bachir Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:39.80
2001 Black Minnaloushe Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Sue Magnier 1:41.40
2002 Rock of Gibraltar Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Ferguson / Magnier 1:47.30
2003 Indian Haven John Egan Paul D'Arcy Gleeson / Smith / Conway 1:41.50
2004 Bachelor Duke Seb Sanders James Toller Exors of Duke of Devonshire 1:40.00
2005 Dubawi Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:41.60
2006 Araafa Alan Munro Jeremy Noseda Al Homaizi / Al Sagar 1:49.80
2007 Cockney Rebel Olivier Peslier Geoff Huffer Phil Cunningham 1:36.10
2008 Henrythenavigator Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Sue Magnier 1:39.63
2009 Mastercraftsman Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 1:48.16
2010 Canford Cliffs Richard Hughes Richard Hannon Sr. Heffer / Roy / Instance 1:37.64
2011 Roderic O'Connor Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor et al. 1:37.88
2012 Power Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor et al. 1:39.04
2013 Magician Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor et al. 1:36.81
2014 Kingman James Doyle John Gosden Khalid Abdullah 1:47.29
2015 Gleneagles Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor et al. 1:39.30
2016 Awtaad Chris Hayes Kevin Prendergast Hamdan Al Maktoum 1:45.26
2017 Churchill Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor et al. 1:40.46
2018 Romanised Shane Foley Ken Condon Robert Ng 1:38.93
2019 Phoenix of Spain Jamie Spencer Charles Hills Tony Wechsler & Ann Plummer 1:36.52
2020 Siskin[b] Colin Keane Ger Lyons Khalid Abdullah 1:38.49
2021 Mac Swiney Rory Cleary Jim Bolger Jackie Bolger 1:41.32
  1. ^ Kingfisher finished first in 1967, but he was relegated to second place after a stewards' inquiry
  2. ^ The 2020 race was run in June due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Republic of Ireland

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1921: Soldennis
  • 1922: Spike Island
  • 1923: Soldumeno
  • 1924: Grand Joy
  • 1925: St Donagh
  • 1926: Embargo
  • 1927: Fourth Hand
  • 1928: Baytown
  • 1929: Salisbury
  • 1930: Glannarg
  • 1931: Double Arch
  • 1932: Lindley
  • 1933: Canteener
  • 1934: Cariff
  • 1935: Museum
  • 1936: Hocus Pocus
  • 1937: Phideas
  • 1938: Nearchus
  • 1939: Cornfield
  • 1940: Teasel
  • 1941: Khosro
  • 1942: Windsor Slipper
  • 1943: The Phoenix
  • 1944: Good Morning / Slide On [a]
  • 1945: Stalino
  • 1946: Claro
  • 1947: Grand Weather
  • 1948: Beau Sabreur
  • 1949: Solonaway
  • 1950: Mighty Ocean
  • 1951: Signal Box
  • 1952: D C M
  • 1953: Sea Charger
  • 1954: Arctic Wind
  • 1955: Hugh Lupus
  • 1956: Lucero
  • 1957: Jack Ketch
  • 1958: Hard Ridden
  • 1959: El Toro
  • 1960: Kythnos
  • 1961: Light Year
  • 1962: Arctic Storm
  • 1963: Linacre
  • 1964: Santa Claus
  1. ^ The 1944 race was a dead-heat and has joint winners

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Paris-Turf:
    • "1978"., "1979"., "1980"., "1981"., "1983"., "1984"., "1985"., "1986"., "1987".
  • Racing Post: