Irish River

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Irish River
Sire Riverman
Grandsire Never Bend
Dam Irish Star
Damsire Klairon
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1976
Country France
Colour Chestnut
Breeder Mrs. Raymond Ades
Owner Mrs. Raymond Ades
Trainer John Cunnington, Jr.
Record 12: 10-0-1
Earnings US$622,739 (equivalent)
Major wins
Prix du Bois (1978)
Prix Morny (1978)
Prix de la Salamandre (1978)
Grand Critérium (1978)
Prix de Fontainebleau (1979)
Poule d'Essai des Poulains (1979)
Prix d'Ispahan (1979)
Prix Jacques Le Marois (1979)
Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (1979)
Last updated on August 11, 2007

Irish River (April 2, 1976 April 25, 2004) was a French Thoroughbred racehorse who won seven Group One races in France during his two-years of racing.

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Racing career

Racing at age two in 1978, Irish River made six starts. After winning his first two races, the colt finished fourth in the July 30th Group Two Prix Robert Papin to winner Pitasia. However, three weeks later he defeated Pitasia in capturing the Group One Prix Morny. At the end of the year he won his fifth race, the prestigious Grand Critérium.

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Stud record

At the end of his racing career Irish River was acquired by John R. Gaines who brought him to stand at stud at his Gainesway Farm in Lexington, Kentucky where his influential sire Riverman had stood.

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At age twenty-eight, Irish River died suddenly of a massive heart attack on April 25, 2004, at Gainesway Farm.

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