Matron Stakes (Ireland)

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Matron Stakes
Group 1 race
Location Leopardstown
Co. Dublin, Ireland
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Coolmore
Website Leopardstown
Race information
Distance 1 mile (1,609 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-years-old and up
fillies and mares
Weight 9 st 0 lb (3yo);
9 st 5 lb (4yo+)
Purse €300,000 (2016)
1st: €210fH,000
Matron Stakes
2016
Dark blue Red, white sash, royal blue cap Silver, gold braid, maroon cap, gold tassel
Alice Springs Persuasive Qemah

The Matron Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in Ireland open to thoroughbred fillies and mares aged three years or older. It is run at Leopardstown over a distance of 1 mile (1,609 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

History[edit]

The event was formerly known as the Gilltown Stud Stakes, and it used to be held at the Curragh. For a period it was classed at Group 3 level. It was renamed the Matron Stakes in the mid 1980s.

The race was transferred to Leopardstown in 2002. It was promoted to Group 2 status in 2003, and to Group 1 in 2004. It is now sponsored by Coolmore Stud, and its full title includes the name of Fastnet Rock, a Coolmore stallion. In 2014 it was moved back a week in September to become part of a new Irish Champions Weekend fixture.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse since 1980:

  • no horse has won this race more than once since 1980

Leading jockey since 1980 (3 wins):

  • Johnny MurtaghTimarida (1995), Soviet Song (2004), Lillie Langtry (2010)

Leading trainer since 1980 (4 wins):

  • John DunlopMary Mitsu (1982), Llyn Gwynant (1988), Cloud of Dust (1992), Iftiraas (2000)

Leading owner since 1986 (3 wins):

Winners since 1986[edit]

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1986 Grey Goddess 3 Stephen Craine Edward O'Grady Mrs K. Watts
1987 Pixie Erin 3 Michael Hills Barry Hills Robert Sangster 1:43.50
1988 Llyn Gwynant 3 Willie Carson John Dunlop J. Macdonald-Buchanan 1:44.50
1989 Upward Trend 3 Christy Roche Jim Bolger Paul Green 1:39.10
1990 Spring Daffodil 3 Declan Gillespie Augustine Leahy Golden Vale Syndicate 1:38.90
1991 Kooyonga 3 Warren O'Connor Michael Kauntze Mitsuo Haga 1:41.30
1992 Cloud of Dust 3 Michael Roberts John Dunlop Peggy Kwoh 1:44.50
1993 Chanzi 3 Michael Roberts John Oxx Sheikh Mohammed 1:42.00
1994 Eternal Reve 3 Michael Kinane François Boutin Sheikh Mohammed 1:41.60
1995 Timarida 3 Johnny Murtagh John Oxx HH Aga Khan IV 1:38.10
1996 Donna Viola 4 John Reid Chris Wall Kieran Scott 1:39.90
1997 Clerio 3 Michael Kinane Henri-Alex Pantall Sheikh Mohammed 1:42.10
1998 Tadwiga 3 Richard Hughes Richard Hannon Sr. Stonethorn Stud Farms 1:41.30
1999 Dazzling Park 3 Kevin Manning Jim Bolger Mrs Seamus Burns 1:39.00
2000 Iftiraas 3 George Duffield John Dunlop Kuwait Racing Syndicate 1:39.60
2001 Independence 3 Frankie Dettori Ed Dunlop Cliveden Stud 1:39.20
2002 Dress to Thrill 3 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld Moyglare Stud Farm 1:40.10
2003 Favourable Terms 3 Kieren Fallon Sir Michael Stoute Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:39.90
2004 Soviet Song 4 Johnny Murtagh James Fanshawe Elite Racing Club 1:36.80
2005 Attraction 4 Kevin Darley Mark Johnston 10th Duke of Roxburghe 1:38.90
2006 Red Evie 3 Jamie Spencer Michael Bell Neill / Bell 1:38.70
2007 Echelon 5 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute Cheveley Park Stud 1:39.52
2008 Lush Lashes 3 Kevin Manning Jim Bolger Jackie Bolger 1:40.73
2009 Rainbow View 3 Jimmy Fortune John Gosden George Strawbridge 1:39.89
2010 Lillie Langtry 3 Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Smith / Magnier 1:39.68
2011 Emulous 4 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld Khalid Abdullah 1:38.47
2012 Chachamaidee [a] 5 Tom Queally Henry Cecil R. A. H. Evans 1:37.58
2013 La Collina 4 Chris Hayes Kevin Prendergast Joerg Vasicek 1:39.00
2014 Fiesolana 5 Billy Lee Willie McCreery Flaxman Stables 1:38.16
2015 Legatissimo 3 Wayne Lordan David Wachman Tabor / Smith / Magnier 1:39.95
2016 Alice Springs 3 Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Smith / Magnier 1:42.08

a Duntle finished first in 2012, but she was relegated to second place following a stewards' inquiry.

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1980: Calandra
  • 1981: Tumblella
  • 1982: Mary Mitsu
  • 1983: Mighty Fly
  • 1984: Clare Bridge
  • 1985: Only

See also[edit]

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