List of Irish flat horse races

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A list of notable flat horse races which take place annually in Ireland, under the authority of Horse Racing Ireland, including all conditions races which currently hold Group 1, 2 or 3 status in the European Pattern.

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The distances of the races are expressed in miles, furlongs and yards.

Group 1

MonthRace NameRacecourseDistanceAge/Sex2021 winner
May Irish 2,000 Guineas Curragh 1m3yo c&f Mac Swiney
May Tattersalls Gold Cup Curragh 1m 2f 110y4yo+ Helvic Dream
May Irish 1,000 Guineas Curragh 1m3yo f Empress Josephine
June Pretty Polly Stakes Curragh 1m 2f3yo+ f Thundering Nights
June Irish Derby Curragh 1m 4f3yo c&f Hurricane Lane
July Irish Oaks Curragh 1m 4f3yo f Snowfall
July / Aug Phoenix Stakes Curragh 6f2yo c&f Ebro River
September Matron Stakes Leopardstown 1m3yo+ f No Speak Alexander
September Irish Champion Stakes Leopardstown 1m 2f3yo+ St Mark's Basilica
September Moyglare Stud Stakes Curragh 7f2yo fDiscoveries
September Vincent O'Brien National Stakes Curragh 7f2yo c&fNative Trail
September Irish St. Leger Curragh 1m 6f3yo+Sonnyboyliston
September Flying Five Stakes Curragh 5f3yo+Romantic Proposal

Group 2

MonthRace NameRacecourseDistanceAge/Sex2021 winner
May Mooresbridge Stakes Curragh 1m 2f4yo+ Broome
May Ridgewood Pearl Stakes Curragh 1m4yo+ fEpona Plays
June / July Railway Stakes Curragh 6f2yoGo Bears Go
June / July Balanchine Stakes Curragh 6f2yo fVelocidad
June / July Curragh Cup Curragh 1m 6f3yo+Amhran Na Bhfiann
June / July Sapphire Stakes Curragh 5f3yo+Mooneista
July Kilboy Estate Stakes Curragh 1m 1f3yo+ fInsinuendo
July Minstrel Stakes Curragh 7f3yo+ Order of Australia
August Debutante Stakes Curragh 7f2yo fAgartha
August Futurity Stakes Curragh 7f2yoPoint Lonsdale
September Clipper Boomerang Mile Leopardstown 1m3yo+Real Appeal
September Blandford Stakes Curragh 1m 2f3yo+ fLa Petite Coco
Sept / Oct Beresford Stakes Curragh 1m2yo

Group 3

MonthRace NameRacecourseDistanceAge/Sex2021 winner
March Park Express Stakes Curragh 1m3yo+ fEpona Plays
March / April Leopardstown 1,000 Guineas Trial Stakes Leopardstown 7f3yo fKeeper of Time
April Ballysax Stakes Leopardstown 1m 2f3yoBolshoi Ballet
April Alleged Stakes Curragh 1m 2f 4yo+ Broome
April Gladness Stakes Curragh 7f4yo+Lancaster House
April Vintage Crop Stakes Navan 1m 6f3yo+Baron Samedi
May Athasi Stakes Curragh 7f3yo+ fNo Speak Alexander
May Blue Wind Stakes Naas 1m 2f3yo+ fInsinuendo
May Irish 1,000 Guineas Trial Leopardstown 1m3yo f Joan of Arc
May Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Leopardstown 1m 2f3yoBolshoi Ballet
May Amethyst Stakes Leopardstown 1m3yo+Maker of Kings
May Lacken Stakes Naas 6f3yoA Case Of You
May Fillies' Sprint Stakes Naas 6f 2yo fHermana Estrella
May Greenlands Stakes Curragh 6f3yo+Gustavus Weston
May Gallinule Stakes Curragh 1m 2f3yoEarlswood
June Ballyogan Stakes Curragh 6f3yo+ fSonaiyla
June Munster Oaks Cork 1m 4f3yo+ fThunder Kiss
May Ballycorus Stakes Leopardstown 7f3yo+Real Appeal
June / July International Stakes Curragh 1m 2f3yo+Cadillac
June / July Brownstown Stakes Fairyhouse 7f3yo+ fPearls Galore
July Stannera Stakes Leopardstown 1m 6f3yo+ fBelieve In Love
July Silver Flash Stakes Leopardstown 7f2yo fAgartha
July Anglesey Stakes Curragh 6f 63y2yoBeauty Inspire
July Tyros Stakes Leopardstown 7f2yoPoint Lonsdale
July Meld Stakes Leopardstown 1m 1f3yo+ Japan
July / Aug Give Thanks Stakes Cork 1m 4f3yo+ fLa Petite Coco
August Ballyroan Stakes Leopardstown 1m 4f3yo+ Tarnawa
August Phoenix Sprint Stakes Curragh 6f3yo+Gustavus Weston
August Desmond Stakes Leopardstown 1m3yo+Create Belief
August Fairy Bridge Stakes Tipperary 7f 100y3yo+ fPearls Galore
August Royal Whip Stakes Curragh 1m 2f3yo+Earlswood
August Irish St Leger Trial Stakes Curragh 1m 6f3yo+ Twilight Payment
August Flame Of Tara Stakes Curragh 1m2yo fMagical Lagoon
Aug / Sept Round Tower Stakes Curragh 6f2yoSacred Bridge
Aug / Sept Snow Fairy Stakes Curragh 1m 1f3yo+ fAcanella
September Juvenile Turf Stakes Leopardstown 1m2yoAtomic Jones
September Paddy Power Stakes Leopardstown 1m 4f3yo+Camorra
September Denny Cordell Lavarack Fillies Stakes Gowran Park 1m 1f 100y3yo+ fAstadash
September Loughbrown Stakes Curragh 2m3yo+
Sept / Oct Weld Park Stakes Curragh 7f2yo f
September Renaissance Stakes Curragh 6f3yo+
Sept / Oct Diamond Stakes Dundalk 1m 2f 150y3yo+
October Concorde Stakes Tipperary 7f 100y3yo+
October Killavullan Stakes Leopardstown 7f2yo
October Eyrefield Stakes Leopardstown 1m 1f2yo

Other races

MonthRace NameRacecourseStatusDistanceAge/Sex2021 winner
March Patton Stakes Dundalk Listed1m 3yoMy Generation
March Devoy Stakes Naas Listed1m 4yo+ Broome
April Cork Stakes Cork Listed6f 3yo+Laugh A Minute
April Noblesse Stakes Leopardstown Listed1m 4f 4yo+ fMoll
April Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes Leopardstown Listed7f 3yo Poetic Flare
April Heritage Stakes Leopardstown Listed1m 4yo+Lope Y Fernandez
April Committed Stakes Navan Listed5f 164y 3yoMeasure of Magic
April Salsabil Stakes Navan Listed1m 2f 3yo fRocky Sky
April Woodlands Stakes Naas Listed5f 3yo+Mooneista
April Victor McCalmont Memorial Stakes Gowran Park Listed1m 1f 100y3yo+ fToo Soon To Panic
May Polonia Stakes Naas Listed5½f 3yo+ fMeasure of Magic
May Vintage Tipple Stakes Gowran Park Listed1m 6f 4yo+ fMighty Blue
May First Flier Stakes Curragh Listed5f 2yoCastle Star
May Tetrarch Stakes Curragh Listed7f 3yoLunar Space
May Saval Beg Stakes Leopardstown Listed1m 6f 4yo+Emperor of the Sun
May Sole Power Sprint Stakes Curragh Listed5f 4yo+Logo Hunter
May Yeats Stakes Navan Listed1m 5f 3yoSir Lucan
May Owenstown Stud Stakes Naas Listed7f 3yo+Snapraeterea
May Marble Hill Stakes Curragh Listed6f 2yoCastle Star
June Orby Stakes Curragh Listed1m 2f 3yo+Reve De Vol
June Nijinsky Stakes Leopardstown Listed1m 4f 3yoFernando Vichi
June Glencairn Stakes Leopardstown Listed1m 3yo+Magnanimous
June Midsummer Sprint Stakes Cork Listed5f 3yo+Logo Hunter
June Naas Oaks Trial Naas Listed1m 2f 3yo fWillow
June Celebration Stakes Curragh Listed1m 3yo+Fourhometwo
June Belgrave Stakes Curragh Listed6f 3yo+Romantic Proposal
June Ulster Derby Down Royal Handicap1m 4f 190y3yo+Iowa
July Her Majesty's Plate Down Royal Listed1m 6f4yo+Master of Reality
July Lenebane Stakes Roscommon Listed1m 4f 3yo+Layfayette
July Tipperary Stakes Tipperary Listed5f 2yoSacred Bridge
July Cairn Rouge Stakes Killarney Listed1m 100y3yo+ fMehnah
July Sweet Mimosa Stakes Naas Listed6f 3yo+ fWren's Breath
July Corrib Fillies Stakes Galway Listed7f 3yo+ fGaltee Mist
August Platinum Stakes Cork Listed1m 3yo+Snapraeterea
August El Gran Senor Stakes Tipperary Listed7f 100y2yoSeisai
August Vinnie Roe Stakes Leopardstown Listed1m 6f 3yoInterpretation
August Abergwaun Stakes Tipperary Listed5f 3yo+Master Matt
August Hurry Harriet Stakes Gowran Park Listed1m 1f 100y3yo+ fSolene Lilyette
August Ruby Stakes Killarney Listed1m 100y3yo+Horoscope
August Curragh Stakes Curragh Listed5f 2yoHead Mistress
September Oyster Stakes Galway Listed1m 4f 3yo+ fHaparanda
September Listowel Stakes Listowel Listed1m 1f 3yo+Visualisation
September Ingabelle Stakes Leopardstown Listed7f 2yoPanama Red
September Blenheim Stakes Fairyhouse Listed6f 2yo
October Martin Molony Stakes Limerick Listed1m 4f 110y4yo+Sonnyboyliston
October Star Appeal Stakes Dundalk Listed7f 2yo
October Finale Stakes Curragh Listed1m 4f 3yo+
October Staffordstown Stud Stakes Curragh Listed1m 2yo f
October Testimonial Stakes Curragh Listed6f 3yo+
October Legacy Stakes Navan Listed5f 182y2yo
October Carlingford Stakes Dundalk Listed1m 2f 150y3yo+
October Navigation Stakes Cork Listed1m 100y3yo+
October Bluebell Stakes Naas Listed1m 4f 3yo+ f
October Garnet Stakes Naas Listed1m 3yo+ f
October Mercury Stakes Dundalk Listed5f 2yo+
October Trigo Stakes Leopardstown Listed1m 2f 3yo+
October Knockaire Stakes Leopardstown Listed7f 3yo+
October Cooley Fillies Stakes Dundalk Listed1m 3yo+ f

Discontinued

Last RunRace NameRacecourseDistanceAge/Sex
Sept 2009 Goffs Million Sprint Curragh 6f2yo
Sept 2009 Goffs Million Mile Curragh 1m2yo
Oct 1994 Leopardstown Stakes Leopardstown 7f2yo

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The Zetland Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Great Britain open to two-year-old horses. It is run on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket over a distance of 1 mile and 2 furlongs, and it is scheduled to take place each year in October.

The Leopardstown 2,000 Guineas Trial Stakes is a Listed flat horse race in Ireland open to three-year-old thoroughbred colts and geldings. It is run over a distance of 7 furlongs (1,408 metres) at Leopardstown in March or April.

The Flying Five Stakes 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 5 furlongs, and it is scheduled to take place each year in September during Irish Champions Weekend.

The Curragh Cup is a Group 2 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, and it is scheduled to take place each year in late June or early July.

The Mooresbridge Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Ireland open to thoroughbreds aged four years or older. It is run over a distance of 1 mile and 2 furlongs (2,012 metres) at the Curragh in early May.

The Solonaway Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Ireland open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Leopardstown over a distance of 1 mile, and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

The Minstrel Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Ireland open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at the Curragh over a distance of 7 furlongs, and it is scheduled to take place each year in July.

The Eyrefield Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Ireland open to two-year-old thoroughbreds. It is run at Leopardstown over a distance of 1 mile and 1 furlong, and it is scheduled to take place each year in October or November.

The Curragh Stakes is a Listed flat horse race in Ireland open to two-year-old thoroughbreds. It is run at the Curragh over a distance of 5 furlongs, and it is scheduled to take place each year in August.

The Juvenile Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Ireland open to two-year-old thoroughbreds. It is run over a distance of 1 mile (1,609 metres) at Leopardstown in September.

The City of York Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse race in Great Britain open to horses aged three years or older. It is run at York over a distance of 7 furlongs, and it is scheduled to take place each year in August. It is currently held on the final day of York's four-day Ebor Festival meeting. The race was upgraded to Group 3 level from the 2016 running, having previously been a run as a Listed race. It was upgraded to Group 2 level from the 2019 running.

The Alleged Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Ireland open to thoroughbreds aged four years or older. It is run over a distance of 1 mile and 2 furlongs (2,012 metres) at the Curragh in April.

The Marble Hill Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Ireland open to thoroughbreds aged two years only. It is run at the Curragh over a distance of 6 furlongs, and it is scheduled to take place each year in May.

The Her Majesty's Plate is a Listed flat horse race in Ireland open to thoroughbreds aged four years or older. It is run at the Down Royal over a distance of 1 mile and 6 furlongs, and it is scheduled to take place each year in July.

The Challenge Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Ireland open to fillies and mares aged three years or older. It is run at Leopardstown over a distance of 1 mile and 6 furlongs, and it is scheduled to take place each year in July.

The Loughbrown Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Ireland open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at the Curragh over a distance of 2 miles, and it is scheduled to take place each year in September.

The Mercury Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Ireland open to thoroughbreds aged two years or older. It is run at Dundalk over a distance of 5 furlongs, and it is scheduled to take place each year in October.

The Brontë Cup Fillies' Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Great Britain open to fillies and mares aged four years or older. It is run at York over a distance of 1 mile, 5 furlongs and 188 yards, and is scheduled to take place each year in late May.

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