Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes

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Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes
Listed race
LocationLeopardstown
Co. Dublin, Ireland
Race typeFlat / Thoroughbred
SponsorBallylinch Stud
WebsiteLeopardstown
Race information
Distance7 furlongs (1,408 metres)
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationThree-year-old
colts and geldings
Weight9 st 3 lb
Penalties
3 lb for G1 / G2 winners
Purse€50,000 (2019)
1st: €29,500
2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes
2018
Dark blue Emerald green, pink sash, white sleeves, pink cap pink
Gustav Klimt Imaging Kenya

The Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes is a Listed flat horse race in Ireland open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and geldings. It is run over a distance of 7 furlongs (1,408 metres) at Leopardstown in March or April.

History[edit]

The event was formerly staged at Phoenix Park under the title 2,000 Guineas Trial. It was originally contested over 7 furlongs, and for a period it held Group 3 status. It was downgraded to Listed level in 1987.

The race was transferred to Leopardstown in 1991. It was extended to a mile in 1994. It regained Group 3 status in 2005, and reverted to Listed class in 2013.[1] The race was reduced in distance to 7 furlongs again in 2018.

The event can serve as a trial for various colts' Classics in Europe. The last winner to achieve victory in the Irish 2,000 Guineas was Saffron Walden in 1999. The last to win the 2,000 Guineas was Refuse to Bend in 2003.

Records[edit]

Leading jockey since 1986 (6 wins):

  • Michael KinaneLotus Pool (1990), Two-Twenty-Two (1998), Saffron Walden (1999), Bach (2000), Century City (2002), Alayan (2005)

Leading trainer since 1986 (8 wins):

  • Aidan O'Brien - Saffren Walden (1999), Bach (2000), Century City (2002), Furmer's Green (2012), Black Sea (2016), Orderofthegarter (2017), Gustav Klimt (2018), Never No More (2019)

Winners since 1986[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Time
1986 Toca Madera Stephen Craine Liam Browne
1987 Island Reef Gabriel Curran Kevin Prendergast 1:27.30
1988 Caerwent John Reid Vincent O'Brien 1:31.80
1989 Sagamore David Parnell Kevin Prendergast 1:30.80
1990 Lotus Pool Michael Kinane Dermot Weld 1:36.50
1991 Bufalino Willie Supple Jim Bolger 1:31.30
1992 Portico Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien 1:33.40
1993 Massyar Richard Hughes John Oxx 1:31.40
1994 Manntari Johnny Murtagh John Oxx 1:44.90
1995 Adjareli Johnny Murtagh John Oxx 1:44.60
1996 Deed of Love Kevin Manning Jim Bolger 1:46.30
1997 Lil's Boy Kevin Manning Jim Bolger 1:40.60
1998 Two-Twenty-Two Michael Kinane Dermot Weld 1:50.60
1999 Saffron Walden Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 1:39.00
2000 Bach Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 1:49.50
2001 Dr Brendler Fran Berry John Hayden 1:53.60
2002 Century City Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien 1:38.70
2003 Refuse to Bend Pat Smullen Dermot Weld 1:39.20
2004 Grey Swallow Pat Smullen Dermot Weld 1:51.60
2005 Alayan Michael Kinane John Oxx 1:51.70
2006 Yasoodd Chris Catlin Mick Channon 1:45.60
2007 Creachadoir Kevin Manning Jim Bolger 1:40.20
2008 Famous Name Pat Smullen Dermot Weld 1:43.95
2009 Recharge Chris Hayes Kevin Prendergast 1:40.65
2010 Noll Wallop Wayne Lordan Tommy Stack 1:47.15
2011 Dunboyne Express [a] Declan McDonogh Kevin Prendergast 1:41.36
2012 Furner's Green Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien 1:41.97
2013 Fort Knox Johnny Murtagh Tommy Carmody 1:48.51
2014 Go For Goal Pat Smullen Dermot Weld 1:44.88
2015 Zawraq Pat Smullen Dermot Weld 1:52.25
2016 Black Sea Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien 1:52.35
2017 Orderofthegarter Seamie Heffernan Aidan O'Brien 1:41.06
2018 Gustav Klimt Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien 1:38.60
2019 Never No More Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien 1:32.01
  1. ^ The 2011 winner Dunboyne Express was later exported to Hong Kong and renamed Dan Excel

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eight races upgraded by European Pattern Committee". the-racehorse.com. 5 March 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2013.