Irish St. Leger

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Irish St Leger
Group 1 race
Location Curragh Racecourse
Co. Kildare, Ireland
Inaugurated1915
Race type Flat / Thoroughbred
Sponsor Comer Group
Website Curragh
Race information
Distance1m 6f (2,816 metres)
SurfaceTurf
TrackRight-handed
QualificationThree-years-old and up
Weight9 st 1 lb (3yo);
9 st 9 lb (4yo+)
Allowances
3 lb for fillies and mares
Purse€460,000 (2021)
1st: €285,000
Irish St Leger
2021
Owner Kildare Racing Club.svg Owner LLoyd J Williams.svg Owner LECH Racing Limited.svg
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Previous years
2020
Owner Moyglare Stud Farm.svg Owner Sheikh Mohammed Obaid Al Maktoum.svg Owner LLoyd J Williams.svg
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2019
Owner Moyglare Stud Farm.svg Owner Mr Derrick Smith.svg Owner Halo Racing, ATB and Coolmore Partners.svg
Search For A SongKew GardensSouthern France
2018
Owner Mrs John Magnier.svg Owner LLoyd J Williams.svg Owner Mr K Abdulla.svg
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2017
Owner Michael Tabor.svg Owner Te Akau Torcedor.svg Owner Mr Norman Brunskill.svg
Order Of St GeorgeTorcedorMount Moriah
2016
Owner Wicklow Bloodstock Limited.svg Owner Michael Tabor.svg Owner La Grange Partnership.svg
Wicklow BraveOrder Of St GeorgeTrip To Paris
2015
Owner Michael Tabor.svg Owner Mr W A Harrison-Allan.svg Owner Wicklow Bloodstock Limited.svg
Order Of St GeorgeAgent MurphyWicklow Brave
2014
Owner Mr A Black and Owen Promotions Limited.svg Owner Mr Derrick Smith.svg Owner Godolphin.svg
Brown PantherLeading LightEncke
2013
Owner Lady O'Reilly.svg Owner Godolphin.svg Owner Michael O'Flynn.svg
Voleuse De CoeursAhzeemahSaddler's Rock
2012
Owner Andrew Tinkler.svg Owner H H Aga Khan red cap.svg Owner Mr A Black and Owen Promotions Limited.svg
Royal DiamondMassiynBrown Panther
2011
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DuncanJukebox JuryRed Cadeaux
2010-2001
2010
Owner Sir R. Ogden.svg Owner Moyglare Stud Farm.svg Owner Mrs John Magnier.svg
Sans FrontieresProfound BeautyFlying Cross
2009
Owner H H Aga Khan.svg Owner Seasons Holidays.svg Owner Godolphin.svg
AlandiClowanceSchiaparelli
2008
Owner Mr Derrick Smith.svg Owner Mr Derrick Smith white cap.svg Owner Norman Ormiston.svg
SeptimusNew ZealandRed Moloney
2007
Owner Mrs John Magnier.svg Owner Mrs John Magnier 2nd.svg Owner Iona Equine Syndicate.svg
YeatsScorpionMores Wells
2006
Owner H H Aga Khan.svg Owner Mrs John Magnier.svg Owner Mrs F A Veasey.svg
KastoriaYeatsThe Whistling Teal
2005
Owner Mr R H Hall.svg Owner Mrs F A Veasey.svg Owner Seamus Sheridan.svg
Collier HillThe Whistling TealVinnie Roe
2004
Owner Seamus Sheridan.svg Owner Mrs John Magnier.svg Owner Mr Saeed Suhail.svg
Vinnie RoeBrian BoruFirst Charter
2003
Owner Seamus Sheridan.svg Owner Ballymacoll Stud.svg Owner Mrs John Magnier.svg
Vinnie RoeGamutPowerscourt
2002
Owner Seamus Sheridan.svg Owner Lady Clague.svg Owner Mrs John Magnier.svg
Vinnie RoePuginBallingarry
2001
Owner Seamus Sheridan.svg Owner Neil Jones.svg Owner Godolphin.svg
Vinnie RoeMillenaryMarienbard
2000-1991
2000
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Arctic OwlYavana's PaceMutafaweq
1999
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Kayf TaraYavana's PaceSilver Patriarch
1998
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Kayf TaraSilver PatriarchDelilah
1997
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Oscar SchindlerPersian PunchWhitewater Affair
1996
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Oscar SchindlerKey ChangeSacrament
1995
Owner Sir Martyn Arbib.svg Owner Godolphin.svg Owner Oliver Lehane.svg
Strategic ChoiceMoonaxOscar Schindler
1994
Owner Dr Michael Smurfit.svg Owner H H Aga Khan.svg Owner Fittocks Stud.svg
Vintage CropRaysekaKithanga
1993
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Vintage CropAssessorForesee
1992
Owner Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum.svg Owner Sir Martyn Arbib.svg Owner Yoshio Asakawa.svg
MashaallahSnurgeDrum Taps
1991
Owner Mr George Strawbridge.svg Owner Sheikh Mohammed.svg Owner H H Aga Khan.svg
TurgeonPatriciaZafadola
1990-1988
1990
Owner HRH Prince Fahd Salman.svg Owner Lord Halifax.svg Owner Maktoum Al Maktoum.svg
Ibn BeyMr PintipsBraashee
1989
Owner J-F Malle.svg Owner Mr Paul Green.svg Owner Sheikh Mohammed.svg
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1988
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The Irish St Leger is a Group 1 flat horse race in Ireland open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at the Curragh over a distance of 1 mile and 6 furlongs (2,816 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

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It is Ireland's equivalent of the St Leger Stakes, a famous race in England (although unlike the English race, it is open to both horses above age three and geldings).

History

The event was established in 1915, and it was originally restricted to three-year-olds. The first horse to win both the English and Irish St Legers was Royal Lancer in 1922.

The first Irish St. Leger winner to complete a Triple Crown (having previously won the Irish 2,000 Guineas and the Irish Derby) was Museum in 1935. The only subsequent horse to win all three races was Windsor Slipper in 1942.

The Irish St Leger became an open-age race in 1983, and there have been several repeat winners since then. The most successful has been Vinnie Roe, with four consecutive victories from 2001 to 2004.

The leading horses from the Irish St Leger sometimes go on to compete in the Melbourne Cup. The race has been sponsored by the Comer Group since 2014. It takes place on the second day of Irish Champions Weekend.

Records

Most successful horse (4 wins):

Leading jockey (7 wins):

Leading trainer (9 wins):

Leading owner since 1960 (5 wins) (includes part ownership):

Winners since 1972

YearWinnerAgeJockeyTrainerOwnerTime
1972 Pidget 3 T. P. Burns Kevin Prendergast Norman Frank Butler 3:06.60
1973 Conor Pass 3Paul JarmanKevin PrendergastRita Moore3:14.20
1974 Mistigri 3 Christy Roche Paddy Prendergast Rory More O'Ferrall3:10.00
1975 Caucasus 3 Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien Jane Engelhard 3:02.40
1976 Meneval 3 Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien Mrs George Getty II 3:02.10
1977 Transworld 3Tommy Murphy Vincent O'Brien Simon Fraser 3:30.60
1978 M-Lolshan 3 Brian Taylor Ryan Price Essa Alkhalifa3:04.10
1979 Niniski 3 Willie Carson Dick Hern Lady Beaverbrook 3:11.70
1980 Gonzales 3Raymond Carroll Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster 3:23.60
1981 Protection Racket 3 Brian Taylor Jeremy Hindley Serge Fradkoff3:06.00
1982 Touching Wood 3Paul Cook Harry Thomson Jones Maktoum Al Maktoum 3:10.20
1983 Mountain Lodge 4Declan Gillespie John Dunlop 3rd Earl of Halifax 3:15.90
1984 Opale 4 Darrel McHargue Alec StewartSnailwell Stud3:08.80
1985 Leading Counsel 3 Pat Eddery Vincent O'Brien Robert Sangster 3:15.80
1986 Authaal 3 Christy Roche David O'Brien Sheikh Mohammed 3:04.80
1987 Eurobird 3 Cash Asmussen John Oxx Gerald Jennings3:18.70
1988 Dark Lomond 3Declan Gillespie Vincent O'Brien Stavros Niarchos 3:15.00
1989 Petite Ile 3Ron Quinton John Oxx Jean-François Malle3:05.00
1990 Ibn Bey 6 Richard Quinn Paul Cole Fahd Salman 3:00.60
1991 Turgeon 5 Tony Cruz Jonathan Pease George Strawbridge 3:05.30
1992 Mashaallah 4 Steve Cauthen John Gosden Ahmed Al Maktoum 3:02.10
1993 Vintage Crop 6 Michael Kinane Dermot Weld Michael Smurfit 3:06.70
1994 Vintage Crop 7 Michael Kinane Dermot Weld Michael Smurfit 3:07.30
1995 Strategic Choice 4 Richard Quinn Paul Cole Martyn Arbib 3:00.90
1996 Oscar Schindler 4Stephen CraineKevin PrendergastOliver Lehane2:59.10
1997 Oscar Schindler 5Stephen CraineKevin PrendergastOliver Lehane3:06.40
1998 Kayf Tara 4 John Reid Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 3:05.70
1999 Kayf Tara 5 Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 3:12.50
2000 Arctic Owl 6 David Harrison James Fanshawe The Owl Society3:02.20
2001 Vinnie Roe 3 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld Seamus Sheridan 2:58.40
2002 Vinnie Roe 4 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld Seamus Sheridan 2:59.00
2003 Vinnie Roe 5 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld Seamus Sheridan 2:58.90
2004 Vinnie Roe 6 Pat Smullen Dermot Weld Seamus Sheridan 3:03.90
2005 Collier Hill 7 Dean McKeown Alan Swinbank Hall / Young3:01.20
2006 Kastoria 5 Michael Kinane John Oxx HH Aga Khan IV 3:01.00
2007 Yeats 6 Kieren Fallon Aidan O'Brien Magnier / Nagle3:03.40
2008 Septimus 5 Seamie Heffernan Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 3:11.97
2009 Alandi 4 Michael Kinane John Oxx HH Aga Khan IV 3:14.82
2010 Sans Frontieres 4 Olivier Peslier Jeremy Noseda Sir Robert Ogden3:10.36
2011
(dh)
Duncan
Jukebox Jury
6
5
Eddie Ahern
Johnny Murtagh
John Gosden
Mark Johnston
Normandie Stud Ltd
Alan Spence
3:08.01
2012 Royal Diamond 6Niall McCullaghTommy Carmody Andrew Tinkler 3:08.47
2013 Voleuse de Coeurs 4 Chris Hayes Dermot Weld Lady O'Reilly 3:00.08
2014 Brown Panther 6Richard Kingscote Tom Dascombe Black & Owen Promotions2:57.15
2015 Order of St George 3 Joseph O'Brien Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 3:03.19
2016Wicklow Brave7 Frankie Dettori Willie Mullins Wicklow Bloodstock3:05.95
2017 Order of St George 5 Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 3:07.82
2018Flag of Honour3 Ryan Moore Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 3:05.72
2019 Search For A Song 3 Chris Hayes Dermot Weld Moyglare Stud Farm 3:03.24
2020 Search For A Song 4Oisin Orr Dermot Weld Moyglare Stud Farm 3:06.50
2021Sonnyboyliston4Ben Coen Johnny Murtagh Kildare Racing Club3:02.05

Earlier winners

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