Irish St. Leger

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Irish St Leger
Group 1 race
Location Curragh Racecourse
Co. Kildare, Ireland
Inaugurated 1915
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Comer Group
Website Curragh
Race information
Distance 1m 6f (2,816 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Three-years-old and up
Weight 9 st 0 lb (3yo);
9 st 11 lb (4yo+)
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Purse €400,000 (2016)
1st: €240,000
Irish St Leger
2016
Purple, orange seams, orange star on cap Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap Dark blue, red epaulettes, red armlet, red cap
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The Irish St Leger is a Group 1 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 6 furlongs (2,816 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

It is Ireland's equivalent of the St Leger Stakes, a famous race in England (although unlike the English race, it is open to both horses above age three and geldings).

History[edit]

The event was established in 1915, and it was originally restricted to three-year-olds. The first horse to win both the English and Irish St Legers was Royal Lancer in 1922.

The first Irish St. Leger winner to complete a Triple Crown (having previously won the Irish 2,000 Guineas and the Irish Derby) was Museum in 1935. The only subsequent horse to win all three races was Windsor Slipper in 1942.

The Irish St Leger became an open-age race in 1983, and there have been several repeat winners since then. The most successful has been Vinnie Roe, with four consecutive victories from 2001 to 2004.

The leading horses from the Irish St Leger sometimes go on to compete in the Melbourne Cup. The race has been sponsored by the Comer Group since 2014 and carries the name of their Palmerstown House Estate. It takes place on the second day of Irish Champions Weekend.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (4 wins):

Leading jockey (7 wins):

  • Morny Wing – Kirk-Alloway (1920), O'Dempsey (1923), Sol de Terre (1930), Ochiltree (1938), Windsor Slipper (1942), Spam (1945), Esprit de France (1947)

Leading trainer (9 wins):

  • Vincent O'BrienBarclay (1959), White Gloves (1966), Reindeer (1969), Caucasus (1975), Meneval (1976), Transworld (1977), Gonzales (1980), Leading Counsel (1985), Dark Lomond (1988)

Leading owner since 1960 (4 wins):


Winners since 1975[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1975 Caucasus 3 Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien Jane Engelhard 3:02.40
1976 Meneval 3 Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien Mrs George Getty II 3:02.10
1977 Transworld 3 Tommy Murphy Vincent O'Brien Simon Fraser 3:30.60
1978 M-Lolshan 3 Brian Taylor Ryan Price Essa Alkhalifa 3:04.10
1979 Niniski 3 Willie Carson Dick Hern Lady Beaverbrook 3:11.70
1980 Gonzales 3 Raymond Carroll Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster 3:23.60
1981 Protection Racket 3 Brian Taylor Jeremy Hindley Serge Fradkoff 3:06.00
1982 Touching Wood 3 Paul Cook Harry Thomson Jones Maktoum Al Maktoum 3:10.20
1983 Mountain Lodge 4 Declan Gillespie John Dunlop 3rd Earl of Halifax 3:15.90
1984 Opale 4 Darrel McHargue Alec Stewart Snailwell Stud 3:08.80
1985 Leading Counsel 3 Pat Eddery Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster 3:15.80
1986 Authaal 3 Christy Roche David O'Brien Sheikh Mohammed 3:04.80
1987 Eurobird 3 Cash Asmussen John Oxx Gerald Jennings 3:18.70
1988 Dark Lomond 3 Declan Gillespie Vincent O'Brien Stavros Niarchos 3:15.00
1989 Petite Ile 3 Ron Quinton John Oxx Jean-François Malle 3:05.00
1990 Ibn Bey 6 Richard Quinn Paul Cole Fahd Salman 3:00.60
1991 Turgeon 5 Tony Cruz Jonathan Pease George Strawbridge 3:05.30
1992 Mashaallah 4 Steve Cauthen John Gosden Ahmed Al Maktoum 3:02.10
1993 Vintage Crop 6 Michael Kinane Dermot Weld Michael Smurfit 3:06.70
1994 Vintage Crop 7 Michael Kinane Dermot Weld Michael Smurfit 3:07.30
1995 Strategic Choice 4 Richard Quinn Paul Cole Martyn Arbib 3:00.90
1996 Oscar Schindler 4 Stephen Craine Kevin Prendergast Oliver Lehane 2:59.10
1997 Oscar Schindler 5 Stephen Craine Kevin Prendergast Oliver Lehane 3:06.40
1998 Kayf Tara 4 John Reid Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 3:05.70
1999 Kayf Tara 5 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 3:12.50
2000 Arctic Owl 6 David Harrison James Fanshawe The Owl Society 3:02.20
2001 Vinnie Roe 3 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld Seamus Sheridan 2:58.40
2002 Vinnie Roe 4 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld Seamus Sheridan 2:59.00
2003 Vinnie Roe 5 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld Seamus Sheridan 2:58.90
2004 Vinnie Roe 6 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld Seamus Sheridan 3:03.90
2005 Collier Hill 7 Dean McKeown Alan Swinbank Hall / Young 3:01.20
2006 Kastoria 5 Michael Kinane John Oxx HH Aga Khan IV 3:01.00
2007 Yeats 6 Kieren Fallon Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Nagle 3:03.40
2008 Septimus 5 Seamie Heffernan Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 3:11.97
2009 Alandi 4 Michael Kinane John Oxx HH Aga Khan IV 3:14.82
2010 Sans Frontieres 4 Olivier Peslier Jeremy Noseda Sir Robert Ogden 3:10.36
2011
(dh)
Duncan
Jukebox Jury
6
5
Eddie Ahern
Johnny Murtagh
John Gosden
Mark Johnston
Normandie Stud Ltd
Alan Spence
3:08.01
2012 Royal Diamond 6 Niall McCullagh Tommy Carmody Andrew Tinkler 3:08.47
2013 Voleuse de Coeurs 4 Chris Hayes Dermot Weld Lady O'Reilly 3:00.08
2014 Brown Panther 6 Richard Kingscote Tom Dascombe Black & Owen Promotions 2:57.15
2015 Order of St George 3 Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 3:03.19
2016 Wicklow Brave 7 Frankie Dettori Willie Mullins Wicklow Bloodstock 3:05.95

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1915: La Paloma
  • 1916: Captive Princess
  • 1917: Double Scotch
  • 1918: Dionysos
  • 1919: Cheap Popularity
  • 1920: Kirk-Alloway
  • 1921: Kircubbin
  • 1922: Royal Lancer
  • 1923: O'Dempsey
  • 1924: Zodiac
  • 1925: Spelthorne
  • 1926: Sunny View
  • 1927: Ballyvoy
  • 1928: Law Suit
  • 1929: Trigo
  • 1930: Sol de Terre
  • 1931: Beaudelaire
  • 1932: Hill Song
  • 1933: Harinero
  • 1934: Primero
  • 1935: Museum
  • 1936: Battle Song
  • 1937: Owenstown
  • 1938: Ochiltree
  • 1939: Skoiter
  • 1940: Harvest Feast
  • 1941: Etoile de Lyons
  • 1942: Windsor Slipper
  • 1943: Solferino
  • 1944: Water Street
  • 1945: Spam
  • 1946: Cassock
  • 1947: Esprit de France
  • 1948: Beau Sabreur
  • 1949: Brown Rover
  • 1950: Morning Madam
  • 1951: Do Well
  • 1952: Judicate
  • 1953: Sea Charger
  • 1954: Zarathustra
  • 1955: Diamond Slipper
  • 1956: Magnetic North
  • 1957: Ommeyad
  • 1958: Royal Highway
  • 1959: Barclay
  • 1960: Lynchris
  • 1961: Vimadee
  • 1962: Arctic Vale
  • 1963: Christmas Island
  • 1964: Biscayne
  • 1965: Craighouse
  • 1966: White Gloves
  • 1967: Dan Kano
  • 1968: Giolla Mear
  • 1969: Reindeer
  • 1970: Allangrange
  • 1971: Parnell
  • 1972: Pidget
  • 1973: Conor Pass
  • 1974: Mistigri

See also[edit]

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