Phoenix Stakes

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Phoenix Stakes
Group 1 race
LocationCurragh Racecourse
County Kildare, Ireland
Inaugurated1902
Race typeFlat / Thoroughbred
SponsorKeeneland
WebsiteCurragh
Race information
Distance6f (1,207 metres)
SurfaceTurf
TrackStraight
QualificationTwo-year-olds
excluding geldings
Weight9 st 3 lb
Allowances
3 lb for fillies
Purse€300,000 (2019)
1st: €171,000
Phoenix Stakes
2019
Emerald green, pink sash, white sleeves, pink cap Dark green, light green yoke, light green armlet, dark green cap Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap
Siskin Monarch Of Egypt Royal Lytham

The Phoenix 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 6 furlongs (1,207 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in August.

History[edit]

The event was established in 1902, and it was originally held at Phoenix Park. It used to be called the Phoenix Plate, and was informally known as "the 1500". It was initially contested over 5 furlongs.

The race was renamed the Phoenix Stakes in 1956. It was given Group 2 status in 1971, and promoted to Group 1 level in 1979.

The Phoenix Stakes was staged at Leopardstown in 1982. It returned to Phoenix Park with a new distance of 6 furlongs in 1983.

Phoenix Park Racecourse closed in 1990, and the event switched to Leopardstown in 1991. It moved to the Curragh in 2002.

Records[edit]

Leading jockey since 1950 (5 wins):

  • Michael KinaneKing Persian (1983), Fasliyev (1999), Minardi (2000), Johannesburg (2001), One Cool Cat (2003)

Leading trainer since 1950 (16 wins):

  • Aidan O'BrienLavery (1998), Fasliyev (1999), Minardi (2000), Johannesburg (2001), Spartacus (2002), One Cool Cat (2003), George Washington (2005), Holy Roman Emperor (2006), Mastercraftsman (2008), Alfred Nobel (2009), Zoffany (2010), Pedro the Great (2012), Dick Whittington (2014), Air Force Blue (2015), Caravaggio (2016), Sioux Nation (2017)

Leading owner since 1981 (18 wins): (includes part ownership)

  • Sue MagnierLavery (1998), Fasliyev (1999), Minardi (2000), Johannesburg (2001), Spartacus (2002), One Cool Cat (2003), Damson (2004), George Washington (2005), Holy Roman Emperor (2006), Mastercraftsman (2008), Alfred Nobel (2009), Zoffany (2010), Pedro the Great (2012), Sudirman (2013), Dick Whittington (2014), Air Force Blue (2015), Caravaggio (2016), Sioux Nation (2017)

Winners since 1979[edit]

Year Winner Jockey Trainer Owner Time
1979 Smokey Lady Wally Swinburn Dermot Weld
1980 Swan Princess Taffy Thomas Brian Swift
1981 Achieved Pat Eddery Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster 0:57.70
1982 Sweet Emma Gabriel Curran Kevin Prendergast Jackie Ward Ramos 1:00.20
1983 King Persian Michael Kinane Liam Browne Seamus McAleer 1:11.70
1984 Aviance Declan Gillespie David O'Brien Robert Sangster 1:08.60
1985 Roaring Riva Ray Cochrane Ray Laing Billy Gaff 1:14.40
1986 Minstrella John Reid Charlie Nelson Ned Evans 1:13.20
1987 Digamist Pat Eddery Jeremy Tree Khalid Abdullah 1:11.40
1988 Superpower Walter Swinburn Bill O'Gorman Mrs Poh-Lian Yong 1:11.95
1989 Pharaoh's Delight Ray Cochrane Peter Hudson Al-Deera Bloodstock Ltd 1:11.60
1990 Mac's Imp Alan Munro Bill O'Gorman Tamdown Ltd 1:09.90
1991 Bradawn Breever Rodney Griffiths Kevin Prendergast M. A. Murray 1:13.30
1992 Pips Pride Frankie Dettori Richard Hannon Sr. Mrs V. S. Grant 1:13.00
1993 Turtle Island John Reid Peter Chapple-Hyam Robert Sangster 1:14.40
1994 Eva Luna Kevin Manning Jim Bolger Catherine Shubotham 1:14.00
1995 Danehill Dancer Pat Eddery Neville Callaghan Michael Tabor 1:14.60
1996 Mantovani Conor Everard Jim Bolger Jackie Bolger 1:13.60
1997 Princely Heir Jason Weaver Mark Johnston Maktoum Al Maktoum 1:11.80
1998 Lavery Walter Swinburn Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Magnier 1:11.10
1999 Fasliyev Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Magnier 1:17.10
2000 Minardi Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Magnier 1:12.20
2001 Johannesburg Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Magnier 1:13.20
2002 Spartacus Colm O'Donoghue Aidan O'Brien Sue Magnier 1:15.10
2003 One Cool Cat Michael Kinane Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor 1:11.40
2004 Damson Kieren Fallon David Wachman Magnier / Tabor 1:13.20
2005 George Washington Kieren Fallon Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Tabor / Smith 1:12.70
2006 Holy Roman Emperor Kieren Fallon Aidan O'Brien Sue Magnier 1:11.00
2007 Saoirse Abu Kevin Manning Jim Bolger Ennistown Stud / Bolger 1:18.89
2008 Mastercraftsman Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 1:13.30
2009 Alfred Nobel Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 1:20.32
2010 Zoffany Johnny Murtagh Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Smith / Magnier 1:11.29
2011 La Collina Declan McDonogh Kevin Prendergast Joerg Vasicek 1:13.30
2012 Pedro the Great Seamie Heffernan Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 1:19.05
2013 Sudirman Wayne Lordan David Wachman Mrs Fitri Hay & Sue Magnier 1:09.35
2014 Dick Whittington Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Smith / Magnier 1:14.55
2015 Air Force Blue Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Smith / Magnier 1:11.88
2016 Caravaggio Seamie Heffernan Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Smith / Magnier 1:11.79
2017 Sioux Nation Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Smith / Magnier 1:11.72
2018 Advertise Frankie Dettori Martyn Meade Phoenix Thoroughbred Ltd 1 1:12.29
2019 Siskin Colin Keane Ger Lyons Khalid Abdullah 1:17.14

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1902: Bushey Belle
  • 1903: Cape Solitaire
  • 1904: Abelard
  • 1905: Athleague
  • 1906: Lalla Rookh
  • 1907: Americus Girl
  • 1908: Glenesky
  • 1909: Lady Edgar
  • 1910: Clonbern
  • 1911: Far and Wide
  • 1912: Happy Fanny
  • 1913: Courier Belle
  • 1914: St Cuimin
  • 1915: Vera Cruz
  • 1916: The Banshee
  • 1917: Bonnie Dance
  • 1918: Gilded Vanity
  • 1919: Blue Dun
  • 1920: Double Tip
  • 1921: Bridgemount
  • 1922: Rabona
  • 1923: Dawson City
  • 1924: Pons Asinorum
  • 1925: Allets
  • 1926: Archway
  • 1927: Athford
  • 1928: Trigo
  • 1929: Confetti
  • 1930: Galapas
  • 1931: The Greek
  • 1932: Cedarhurst
  • 1933: His Reverence
  • 1934: Smokeless
  • 1935: Dancing Comet
  • 1936: Phideas
  • 1937: Knight's Caprice
  • 1938: New Comet
  • 1939: Eyrefield
  • 1940: Enchantress
  • 1941: Fair Crystal
  • 1942: The Phoenix
  • 1943: Arctic Sun
  • 1944: Lady's View
  • 1945: Momentum
  • 1946: Lady Kells
  • 1947: The Web
  • 1948: Ballywillwill
  • 1949: Abadan
  • 1950: Gold Cup
  • 1951: Windy City
  • 1952: Royal Duchy
  • 1953: Sixpence
  • 1954: My Beau
  • 1955: Sarissa
  • 1956: Refined
  • 1957: Vestogan
  • 1958: Getaway
  • 1959: Gigi
  • 1960: Kathy Too
  • 1961: Prince Poppa
  • 1962: Irish Chorus
  • 1963: Right Strath
  • 1964: Adriatic Star
  • 1965: Current Coin *
  • 1966: Jadeite
  • 1967: Fatima's Gift
  • 1968: Lord John
  • 1969: Pianissimo
  • 1970: Areola
  • 1971: Celtic Twilight
  • 1972: Marble Arch
  • 1973: Noble Mark
  • 1974: Lady Seymour
  • 1975: National Wish
  • 1976: Cloonlara
  • 1977: Perla
  • 1978: Kilijaro

* Red Taffy finished first in 1965, but he was disqualified.

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