Vincent O'Brien National Stakes

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Vincent O'Brien National Stakes
Group 1 race
LocationCurragh Racecourse
County Kildare, Ireland
Inaugurated1849
Race typeFlat / Thoroughbred
SponsorGoffs
WebsiteCurragh
Race information
Distance7f (1,408 metres)
SurfaceTurf
TrackRight-hand elbow
QualificationTwo-year-olds
excluding geldings
Weight9 st 3 lb
Allowances
3 lb for fillies
Purse€350,000 (2018)
1st: €199,500
National Stakes
2020
Red, yellow panel, yellow chevrons on sleeves, red cap Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves, Royal Blue cap Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap
Thunder Moon Wembley St Mark's Basilica
Previous years
2019
Royal blue Dark blue pink
Pinatubo Armory Arizona
2018
Royal blue Dark blue Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap
Quorto Anthony Van Dyck Christmas
2017
White, purple panel, check cap Beige, dark blue cross of lorraine and sleeves, dark blue cap, beige star Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap
Verbal Dexterity Beckford Rostropovich
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
2015
Dark blue Royal blue, dark blue seams, royal blue sleeves, white cap Royal blue, Red cap
Air Force Blue Herald The Dawn Birchwood
2014
Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap Royal blue, dark blue seams, royal blue sleeves and cap Mauve
Gleneagles Toscanini Dutch Connection
2013
Light blue, orange epaulets Pink, emerald green chevron, halved sleeves, quartered cap Dark blue
Toormore Sudirman Giovanni Boldini
2012
Royal blue Royal blue, black and emerald green quartered cap White, purple panel, check cap
Dawn Approach Designs On Rome Leitir Mor
2011
Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap Yellow and purple check, yellow sleeves, purple cap, yellow star Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap
Power Dragon Pulse David Livingston
2010-2001
2010
Pink, black diamonds on sleeves, black diamonds on cap Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap
Pathfork Casamento Zoffany
2009
Yellow, emerald green sleeves, white cap, yellow star Black and white hoops, royal blue cap, white star Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap
Kingsfort Chabal Beethoven
2008
PURPLE, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Yellow, Black epaulets GREEN, red epaulettes, green cap
Mastercraftsman Shaweel Arazan
2007
White, purple stripe, check cap Royal blue Dark blue
New Approach Rio De La Plata Myboycharlie
2006
White, purple stripe, check cap Dark blue GREEN, red epaulettes, green cap
Teofilo Holy Roman Emperor Eyshal
2005
Dark blue Purple, yellow cross of lorraine, yellow cap Grey, dark green spots on sleeves, grey cap, dark green star
George Washington Golden Arrow Heatseeker
2004
Royal blue LIGHT BLUE, brown seams, white and brown striped cap Emerald green, royal blue sleeves, white cap, emerald green spots
Dubawi Berenson Russian Blue
2003
Dark blue Emerald green,white epaulets, halved sleeves, striped cap Orange, emerald green stars
One Cool Cat Wathab Pearl of Love
2002
Royal blue Pink Royal blue
Refuse To Bend Van Nistelrooy Dublin
2001
Dark blue Royal blue, white chevron, light blue cap Dark blue
Hawk Wing Naheef Sholokhov
2000-1991
2000
Dark blue Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap Dark blue
Beckett King's County March King
1999
GREEN, red epaulettes, green cap Royal blue, white epaulets, black cap Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap
Sinndar Murawwi Jammaal
1998
Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap Dark blue
Mus-If Coliseum Festival Hall
1997
Dark blue Dark blue Maroon and gold check, gold sleeves
King Of Kings Celtic Cavalier Mountain Song
1996
Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap Light blue, dark blue armlets, dark blue cap BROWN and YELLOW QUARTERED, yellow sleeves, check cap
Desert King Referendum Azra
1995
Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap Emerald green, royal blue sleeves, white cap, emerald green spots Black, white sleeves, red cap, black star
Danehill Dancer Polaris Flight Force Of Will
1994
Black, white sleeves, red cap, black star GREEN, red epaulettes, green cap Royal blue, white chevron, light blue cap
Definite Article Manashar Desert Style
1993
GREEN, red epaulettes, green cap Emerald green, royal blue sleeves, white cap, emerald green spots Emerald green, royal blue sleeves, white cap, emerald green spots
Manntari City Nights State Performer
1992
Scarlet, white sleeves, scarlet cap, white hoop Royal blue, white epaulets, striped cap GREEN, red epaulettes, green cap
Fatherland Maroof Khoraz
1991
Emerald green, royal blue sleeves, white cap, emerald green spots BROWN and YELLOW QUARTERED, yellow sleeves, check cap Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star
El Prado Nordic Brief Mekong
1990-1988
1990
Black, gold cross and stripe on cap Light blue, dark blue sleeves, dark blue and yellow hooped cap Royal blue, yellow stripe, yellow sleeves, royal blue armlets and star on yellow cap
Heart Of Darkness Malvernico Prodigal Blues
1989
Purple, light blue chevron, light blue cap Scarlet, white sleeves, scarlet cap, white hoop Navy blue, red and light blue hoop and armlets, white cap
Dashing Blade Wedding Bouquet Book The Band
1988
Emerald green, orange sash, white cap White, red epaulets, red sleeves, white armlets, red cap Red, white sleeves, red armlets, quartered cap
Classic Fame Always Valiant Stone Flake
 

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 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
2017 Verbal Dexterity Kevin Manning Jim Bolger Jackie Bolger 1:27.32
2018 Quorto William Buick Charlie Appleby Godolphin 1:24.81
2019 Pinatubo William Buick Charlie Appleby Godolphin 1:21.82
2020 Thunder Moon Declan McDonogh Joseph Patrick O'Brien Chantal Regalado-Gonzalez 1:28.53

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.