Vincent O'Brien National Stakes

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Vincent O'Brien National Stakes
Group 1 race
Location Curragh Racecourse
County Kildare, Ireland
Inaugurated 1849
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Goffs
Website Curragh
Race information
Distance 7f (1,408 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Right-hand elbow
Qualification Two-year-olds
excluding geldings
Weight 9 st 3 lb
Allowances
3 lb for fillies
Purse €350,000 (2016)
1st: €210,000
National Stakes
2016
Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap Silver, gold braid, maroon cap, gold tassel Red, yellow stars, halved sleeves, yellow star on cap
Churchill Mehmas Lockheed

The Vincent O'Brien National Stakes is a Group 1 flat horse race in Ireland open to two-year-old thoroughbred colts and fillies. It is run at the Curragh over a distance of 7 furlongs (1,408 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1849, and it was originally called the National Produce Stakes and then the National Stakes. The inaugural running was won by Chatterbox.

For a period the National Stakes was classed at Group 2 level, and it was promoted to Group 1 in 1985. It was extended from 7 furlongs to a mile in 1997, but its former distance was restored in 2000.

The race became known as the Vincent O'Brien National Stakes in 2009, in memory of the successful trainer Vincent O'Brien (1917–2009).[1] It reverted to its previous title in 2011 but was renamed the Vincent O'Brien Stakes in 2012. In 2014 the title reverted to the Vincent O'Brien National Stakes and it became part of the Irish Champions Weekend fixture.

The National Stakes was formerly part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series, with the winner earning an automatic invitation to compete in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. It was removed from the series in 2012.

Records[edit]

Leading jockey since 1947 (4 wins):

  • Lester PiggottCellini (1973), Sir Wimborne (1975), El Prado (1991), Fatherland (1992)
  • Michael KinaneDefinite Article (1994), Mus-If (1998), Hawk Wing (2001), One Cool Cat (2003)

Leading trainer since 1947 (15 wins):

  • Vincent O'BrienSir Ivor (1967), Roberto (1971), Chamozzle (1972), Cellini (1973), Sir Wimborne (1975), Monteverdi (1979), Storm Bird (1980), Glenstal (1982), El Gran Senor (1983), Law Society (1984), Tate Gallery (1985), Caerwent (1987), Classic Fame (1988), El Prado (1991), Fatherland (1992)

Leading owner since 1976 (11 wins): (includes part ownership)

  • Michael TaborDanehill Dancer (1995), Desert King (1996), King of Kings (1997), Beckett (2000), One Cool Cat (2003), George Washington (2005), Mastercraftsman (2008), Power (2011), Gleneagles (2014), Air Force Blue (2015), Churchill (2016)

Winners since 1976[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1976 Pampapaul John Corr Stuart Murless Hans Paul 1:26.00
1977 Diamonds Are Trump Wally Swinburn Dermot Weld Bertram Firestone 1:26.30
1978 Tap On Wood Ernie Johnson Barry Hills Tony Shead 1:28.00
1979 Monteverdi Raymond Carroll Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster 1:30.50
1980 Storm Bird Tommy Murphy Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster 1:28.10
1981 Day Is Done Wally Swinburn Dermot Weld Bertram Firestone 1:28.20
1982 Glenstal Vincent Rossiter Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster 1:29.00
1983 El Gran Senor Pat Eddery Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster 1:28.10
1984 Law Society Pat Eddery Vincent O'Brien Stavros Niarchos 1:26.30
1985 Tate Gallery Cash Asmussen Vincent O'Brien Stavros Niarchos 1:28.80
1986 Lockton Michael Hills Jeremy Hindley Alan Gibson 1:25.70
1987 Caerwent Cash Asmussen Vincent O'Brien Sir Edmund Loder 1:32.20
1988 Classic Fame John Reid Vincent O'Brien Classic Thoroughbred plc 1:28.00
1989 Dashing Blade John Matthias Ian Balding Jeff Smith 1:25.20
1990 Heart of Darkness Pat Shanahan Ian Balding Paul Mellon 1:23.10
1991 El Prado Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster 1:24.40
1992 Fatherland Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien Jacqueline O'Brien 1:33.70
1993 Manntari Johnny Murtagh John Oxx HH Aga Khan IV 1:29.70
1994 Definite Article Michael Kinane Dermot Weld Moyglare Stud Farm 1:31.10
1995 Danehill Dancer Pat Eddery Neville Callaghan Michael Tabor 1:24.10
1996 Desert King Walter Swinburn Aidan O'Brien Michael Tabor 1:25.70
1997 King of Kings Christy Roche Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor 1:43.30
1998 Mus-If Michael Kinane Dermot Weld Hamdan Al Maktoum 1:41.50
1999 Sinndar Johnny Murtagh John Oxx HH Aga Khan IV 1:46.20
2000 Beckett Seamie Heffernan Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor 1:29.80
2001 Hawk Wing Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Sue Magnier 1:20.90
2002 Refuse to Bend Pat Smullen Dermot Weld Moyglare Stud Farm 1:26.00
2003 One Cool Cat Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor 1:23.10
2004 Dubawi Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:24.80
2005 George Washington Kieren Fallon Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor / Smith 1:23.70
2006 Teofilo Kevin Manning Jim Bolger Jackie Bolger 1:26.40
2007 New Approach Kevin Manning Jim Bolger Bolger / Sheikh Moh'd 1:23.51
2008 Mastercraftsman Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 1:37.59
2009 Kingsfort Declan McDonogh Kevin Prendergast Norman Ormiston 1:33.63
2010 Pathfork Fran Berry Jessica Harrington Silverton Hill Partnership 1:27.95
2011 Power Seamie Heffernan Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Smith / Magnier 1:27.74
2012 Dawn Approach Kevin Manning Jim Bolger Godolphin Racing 1:25.50
2013 Toormore Richard Hughes Richard Hannon Sr. Middleham Park Racing IX & James Pak 1:22.67
2014 Gleneagles Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Smith / Magnier 1:25.29
2015 Air Force Blue Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Smith / Magnier 1:29.89
2016 Churchill Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Smith / Magnier 1:28.28

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1849: Chatterbox
  • 1850: Third of May
  • 1851: Barbarian
  • 1852: The Deformed
  • 1853: Knight of St George
  • 1855: Citron
  • 1857: Barbary
  • 1858: Mount Zion
  • 1859: Good Boy
  • 1869: The Tyrconnell
  • 1870: Maid of Athens
  • 1871: Prodigal
  • 1872: Queen of the Bees
  • 1877: Inamorata
  • 1880: Barcaldine
  • 1886: Gallinule
  • 1891: Red Prince
  • 1895: Chit Chat
  • 1897: Sirenia
  • 1900: St Helena
  • 1901: Bachelor's Button
  • 1906: Silver Fowl
  • 1907: Americus Girl
  • 1909: Kilbroney
  • 1912: Royal Weaver
  • 1914: Offaly
  • 1915: Ayn Hali
  • 1918: Grand Parade
  • 1920: Soldennis
  • 1923: Vesington Star
  • 1927: Athford
  • 1928: Soloptic
  • 1929: Ballyferis
  • 1933: Cariff
  • 1944: Solid Pact
  • 1947: Morning Wings
  • 1948: Tribal Song
  • 1949: First View
  • 1950: Star Wire
  • 1951: Blue Butterfly
  • 1952: Sea Charger
  • 1953: Calvero
  • 1954: Panaslipper
  • 1955: Black Patch
  • 1956: El Minzah
  • 1957: Talmud
  • 1958: Babu
  • 1959: His Story
  • 1960: Paris Princess
  • 1961: Mystery
  • 1962: Partholon
  • 1963: Santa Claus
  • 1964: Prominer
  • 1965: Reubens
  • 1966: House Proud
  • 1967: Sir Ivor
  • 1968: Thataboy
  • 1969: Decies
  • 1970: King's Company
  • 1971: Roberto
  • 1972: Chamozzle
  • 1973: Cellini
  • 1974: Reap the Wind
  • 1975: Sir Wimborne

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Curragh to honour O'Brien". RTÉ Sport. 23 July 2009. Retrieved 19 September 2009.