Pretty Polly Stakes (Ireland)

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Pretty Polly Stakes
Group 1 race
Location Curragh Racecourse
Co. Kildare, Ireland
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Tsui family
Website Curragh
Race information
Distance 1m 2f (2,012 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Right-handed
Qualification Three-years-old and up
fillies & mares
Weight 8 st 12 lb (3yo);
9 st 10 lb (4yo+)
Purse 250,000 (2015)
1st: €150,250
Pretty Polly Stakes
2016
Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Dark blue, light blue cross sashes, diabolo on sleeves, white cap Royal blue, dark blue seams, royal blue sleeves and cap
Minding Bocca Baciata Lucida

The Pretty Polly 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 the Curragh over a distance of 1 mile and 2 furlongs (2,012 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in late June or early July.

History[edit]

The event is named after Pretty Polly, a successful filly foaled in Ireland in 1901. It was originally restricted to fillies aged three, but it was later opened to older horses. For a period it was classed at Group 2 level, and it was promoted to Group 1 status in 2004.

The Pretty Polly Stakes became part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series in 2009. The winner now earns an automatic invitation to compete in the same year's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.[1] Since 2015 the race has been sponsored by the Tsui family and carries the name of their horse Sea the Stars[2]

The race is currently held on the final day of the Curragh's three-day Irish Derby meeting.

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (2 wins):

Leading jockey since 1950 (3 wins):

  • Liam Ward – Atlantida (1956), Iskereen (1967), Rimark (1968)
  • Bill WilliamsonIcy Look (1961), Hibernia (1963), Pidget (1972)
  • Johnny Roe – Place d'Etoile (1970), Hurry Harriet (1973), Miss Toshiba (1975)
  • Lester PiggottMariel (1971), Godetia (1979), Calandra (1980)
  • Christy RocheAlydar's Best (1985), Fleur Royale (1986), Noora Abu (1989)
  • Michael KinaneMarket Booster (1992), Dance Design (1996, 1997)

Leading trainer since 1950 (7 wins):

  • Vincent O'BrienLittle Mo (1959), Ancasta (1964), Iskereen (1967), Rimark (1968), Godetia (1979), Calandra (1980), Dark Lomond (1988)

Leading owner since 1978 (4 wins) includes joint wins:

  • Susan Magnier - Peeping Fawn (2007), Misty For Me (2011), Diamondsandrubies (2015), Minding (2016)

Winners since 1978[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Owner
Time
1978 Jinkitis 3 Dermot Hogan Stephen Quirke W. Fennin 2:10.00
1979 Godetia 3 Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster 2:04.80
1980 Calandra 3 Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster 2:13.50
1981 Happy Bride 3 Declan Gillespie Jim Bolger Mrs E. McMahon 2:06.90
1982 Prince's Polly 3 Wally Swinburn Dermot Weld Kerry Fitzpatrick
1983 Flame of Tara 3 Declan Gillespie Jim Bolger Patricia O'Kelly 2:05.70
1984 Princess Pati 3 Pat Shanahan Con Collins Meg Mullion 2:12.10
1985 Alydar's Best 3 Christy Roche David O'Brien Alan Clore
1986 Fleur Royale 3 Christy Roche David O'Brien Stavros Niarchos
1987 Bint Pasha 3 Richard Quinn Paul Cole Fahd Salman 2:12.10
1988 Dark Lomond 3 John Reid Vincent O'Brien Stavros Niarchos 2:07.50
1989 Noora Abu 7 Christy Roche Jim Bolger Catherine Shubotham 2:10.20
1990 Game Plan 3 Basil Marcus Clive Brittain Mrs Harold Phillips 2:06.80
1991 Ruby Tiger 4 Richard Quinn Paul Cole Mrs Philip Blacker 2:10.60
1992 Market Booster 3 Michael Kinane Dermot Weld Moyglare Stud Farm 2:00.60
1993 Takarouna 3 Johnny Murtagh John Oxx HH Aga Khan IV 2:06.00
1994 Del Deya 4 Frankie Dettori John Gosden Ahmed Al Maktoum 2:10.70
1995 Flagbird 4 Cash Asmussen Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 2:07.10
1996 Dance Design 3 Michael Kinane Dermot Weld Moyglare Stud Farm 2:04.20
1997 Dance Design 4 Michael Kinane Dermot Weld Moyglare Stud Farm 2:09.00
1998 Alborada 3 George Duffield Sir Mark Prescott Kirsten Rausing 2:25.60
1999 Polaire 3 Declan McDonogh Kevin Prendergast Jim Halligan 2:05.10
2000 Lady Upstage 3 Michael Hills Barry Hills Bunny Roberts 2:07.70
2001 Rebelline 3 Declan McDonogh Kevin Prendergast Lady O'Reilly 2:08.60
2002 Tarfshi 4 Philip Robinson Michael Jarvis Ahmed Al Maktoum 2:04.60
2003 Hanami 3 Christophe Soumillon James Toller G. B. Partnership 2:05.30
2004 Chorist 5 Darryll Holland William Haggas Cheveley Park Stud 2:02.80
2005 Alexander Goldrun 4 Kevin Manning Jim Bolger Miriam O'Callaghan 2:05.70
2006 Alexander Goldrun 5 Kevin Manning Jim Bolger Miriam O'Callaghan 2:04.80
2007 Peeping Fawn 3 Kieren Fallon Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Magnier 2:10.63
2008 Promising Lead 4 Ryan Moore Sir Michael Stoute Khalid Abdullah 2:06.82
2009 Dar Re Mi 4 Jimmy Fortune John Gosden Lord Lloyd-Webber 2:14.04
2010 Chinese White 5 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld Lady O'Reilly 2:03.84
2011 Misty for Me 3 Seamie Heffernan Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Magnier / Smith 2:13.37
2012 Izzi Top 4 William Buick John Gosden Helena Springfield Ltd 2:15.05
2013 Ambivalent 4 Johnny Murtagh Roger Varian Ali Saeed 2:04.83
2014 Thistle Bird 6 George Baker Roger Charlton Lady Rothschild 2:05.58
2015 Diamondsandrubies 3 Seamie Heffernan Aidan O'Brien Roisin Henry & Sue Magnier 2:07.38
2016 Minding 3 Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien Tabor / Magnier / Smith 2:09.94

Earlier winners[edit]

  • 1948: Cobaltic
  • 1949: Circus Lady
  • 1950: Lonely Maid
  • 1951: Ash Plant
  • 1952: Nashua
  • 1953: Northern Gleam
  • 1954: Belle Collette
  • 1955: Free Model
  • 1956: Atlantida
  • 1957: After the Show
  • 1958: Owenello
  • 1959: Little Mo
  • 1960: Young Empress
  • 1961: Icy Look
  • 1962: Tropic Star
  • 1963: Hibernia
  • 1964: Ancasta
  • 1965: Messene
  • 1966: Black Gold
  • 1967: Iskereen
  • 1968: Rimark
  • 1969: Borana
  • 1970: Place d'Etoile
  • 1971: Mariel
  • 1972: Pidget
  • 1973: Hurry Harriet
  • 1974: Northern Gem
  • 1975: Miss Toshiba
  • 1976: Lady Singer
  • 1977: Claire's Slipper

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2011 Breeders' Cup Challenge Schedule" (PDF). breederscup.com. Retrieved 2 January 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Tsui family of Sunderland Holdings to continue sponsorship of Pretty Polly Stakes". The Curragh Racecourse. Retrieved 14 July 2016.