Matron Stakes (Ireland)

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Matron Stakes
Group 1 race
LocationLeopardstown
Co. Dublin, Ireland
Race typeFlat / Thoroughbred
SponsorCoolmore
WebsiteLeopardstown
Race information
Distance1 mile (1,609 metres)
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationThree-years-old and up
fillies and mares
Weight9 st 0 lb (3yo);
9 st 5 lb (4yo+)
Purse€350,000 (2018)
1st: €206,500
Matron Stakes
2019
Red, yellow panel, yellow chevrons on sleeves, red cap Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves, Royal Blue cap
Iridessa Hermosa Just Wonderful

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 (4 wins):

  • Tabor / Derrick Smith / Magnier - Lillie Langtry (2010), Legatissimo (2015), Alice Springs (2016), Hydrangea (2017)

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
2017 Hydrangea 3 Wayne Lordan Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Smith / Magnier 1:41.89
2018 Laurens 3 Daniel Tudhope Karl Burke John Dance 1:39.23
2019 Iridessa 3 Wayne Lordan Joseph Patrick O'Brien Mrs C Regaldo Onzalez 1:38.31

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]

References[edit]

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