Pretty Polly Stakes (Ireland)

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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.

Pretty Polly Stakes
Group 1 race
LocationCurragh Racecourse
County Kildare, Ireland
Race typeFlat / Thoroughbred
SponsorAl Wasmiyah Stud
WebsiteCurragh
Race information
Distance1m 2f (2,012 metres)
SurfaceTurf
TrackRight-handed
QualificationThree-years-old and up
fillies & mares
Weight8 st 12 lb (3yo);
9 st 8lb (4yo+)
Purse300,000 (2022)
1st: €180,000
Pretty Polly Stakes
2023
Dark blue, pink epaulettes, diabolo on sleeves Yellow, royal blue cross of lorraine, royal blue armlet, royal blue cap Dark blue
Via Sistina Stay Alert Above The Curve
Previous years
2022
Emerald green, red chevron, red cap, emerald green diamond Yellow, purple star and star on cap Beige, dark blue cross of lorraine and sleeves, dark blue cap, beige star
La Petite Coco My Astra Thunder Kiss
2021
Maroon, yellow stars on sleeves, maroon cap Dark blue Forest green, white seams on sleeves, red cap
Thundering Nights Santa Barbara Cayenne Pepper
2020-2011
2020
Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Forest green, White horseshoe and doves on back, White Seams and cuffs on Sleeves, Red Cap Dark blue
Magical Cayenne Pepper Fleeting
2019
Red, yellow panel, yellow chevrons on sleeves, red cap Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap
Iridessa Magic Wand Pink Dogwood
2018
Emerald green and red halved, emerald green sleeves and cap Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap
Urban Fox Forever Together Athena
2017
Yellow, black epaulettes, yellow cap Dark blue Emerald green, royal blue cross sashes, royal blue sleeves, quartered cap
Nezwaah Rain Goddess Turret Rocks
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
2015
Dark blue and emerald green check, white sleeves and cap Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap White, large black spots, black cap
Diamondsandrubies Legatissimo Ribbons
2014
Royal blue, yellow chevron hoop, yellow cap Dark blue Claret, gold braid, claret sleeves, claret cap
Thistle Bird Venus de Milo Just The Judge
2013
Grey, maroon triple diamond, white sleeves, grey cap, maroon diamonds Purple, white seams, striped sleeves, purple cap Black, white spots, black sleeves, white cap
Ambivalent Was Shirocco Star
2012
Black, white spots, black sleeves, white cap Black, white slvs, red cap, black star Bronze
Izzi Top Sapphire I'm A Dreamer
2011
Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap Emerald green, pink sash, white sleeves, pink cap Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves, royal blue cap
Misty For Me Midday Chrysanthemum
2010-2001
2010
Black and white hoops, royal blue cap, white star Royal blue White and emerald green hoops, white sleeves and cap
Chinese White Flying Cloud Akdarena
2009
Pink, grey sash Black and white hoops, royal blue cap, white star Bottle green, white cap, lime green star
Dar Re Mi Beach Bunny Look Here
2008
EMERALD GREEN, pink sash, white sleeves, pink cap BLACK, white slvs, red cap, black star YELLOW, Emerald Green sash, Emerald Green sleeves, Emerald Green cap
Promising Lead Mad About You Anna Pavlova
2007
Royal blue, orange disc, striped sleeves and cap Light blue, grey and light blue hooped sleeves, pink cap Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star
Peeping Fawn Speciosa West Wind
2006
White, dark blue diamond, blue sleeves, white armlets, quartered cap Emerald green and white hoops, white sleeves, red cap Red, white sash, royal blue cap
Alexander Goldrun Chelsea Rose Red Bloom
2005
White, dark blue diamond, blue sleeves, white armlets, quartered cap Red, white sash, royal blue cap Green, blue and red sash, red cap
Alexander Goldrun Red Bloom Elopa
2004
Red, white sash, royal blue cap White, dark blue diamond, blue sleeves, white armlets, quartered cap BLUE, pink sleeves., blue and gold quartered cap
Chorist Alexander Goldrun Ivowen
2003
Royal blue and pink diamonds, royal blue sleeves, pink armlets, pink cap EMERALD GREEN and WHITE CHEVRONS, emerald green sleeves, quartered cap Black, white spots, black sleeves, white cap
Hanami Snippets Zee Zee Top
2002
Yellow, black epaulets Black and white hoops, royal blue cap, white star Yellow, black spots, yellow sleeves and cap
Tarfshi Wrong Key Fraulein
2001
Black and white hoops, royal blue cap, white star DARK BLUE, yellow braces and armlet, quartered cap Beige, blue cross of lorraine, blue sleeves, red cap
Rebelline Molomo Golden Apples
2000-1991
2000
Black, red sash, quartered cap Grey, red cross of lorraine, hooped sleeves, quartered cap Dark blue
Lady Upstage Preseli Alluring
1999
Emerald Green, Red hoop, armlets and cap White, Royal Blue hollow box, hooped sleeves, Royal Blue cap Royal blue
Polaire Lady In Waiting Calando
1998
White, emerald green hoops, white sleeves and cap BLACK and RED HOOPS, grey sleeves and cap Maroon, grey disc, grey sleeves, maroon armlets, maroon cap
Alborada Attractive Crown Idle Rich
1997
Black, white sleeves, red cap, black star Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star Purple and yellow check, yellow sleeves, purple armlet, quartered cap
Dance Design Chania Caiseal Ros
1996
Black, white sleeves, red cap, black star GREEN, red epaulettes, green cap Orange, maroon disc and cap
Dance Design Zafzala Theano
1995
Royal blue Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star Maroon and blue check, white cap, blue star
Flagbird Russian Snows Ballykett Nancy
1994
Yellow, black epaulets Maroon and blue check, white cap, blue star Blue, yellow disc, white cap, blue star
Del Deya Ballykett Nancy Kayfa
1993
GREEN, red epaulettes, green cap Black, white sleeves, red cap, black star CERISE, sky blue cap with cerise hoop
Takarouna Market Booster Danse Royale
1992
Black, white sleeves, red cap, black star Green, white hoop and sleeves, check cap GREEN, red epaulettes, green cap
Market Booster Ruby Tiger Khanata
1991
Green, white hoop and sleeves, check cap Blue, grey sleeves, yellow armlets and cap Purple and pink diamonds, purple sleeves, quartered cap
Ruby Tiger High Pressure Julie La Rousse
1990-1988
1990
Emerald green and yellow (halved), reversed sleeves, yellow cap Black and white diamonds, hooped sleeves, quartered cap Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star
Game Plan Caerless Writing Braiswick
1989
Pink, light blue cross-belts Orange, maroon disc and cap Black, white sleeves, red cap, black star
Noora Abu Mamaluna Slender Style
1988
Dark blue, light blue cross belts, striped sleeves, white cap Maroon, white sleeves, maroon cap, white star Terra cotta, black seams, collar and cuffs, quartered cap
Dark Lomond Skating Ardglen
 

History

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.[citation needed]

The Pretty Polly Stakes was part of the Breeders' Cup Challenge series from 2009 to 2012. The winner earned an automatic invitation to compete in the same year's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.

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

Records

Most successful horse (2 wins):

Leading jockey since 1950 (3 wins):

  • Liam WardAtlantida (1956), Iskereen (1967), Rimark (1968)
  • Bill WilliamsonIcy Look (1961), Hibernia (1963), Pidget (1972)
  • Johnny RoePlace 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)
  • Seamie Heffernan - Misty For Me (2011), Diamondsandrubies (2015), Magical (2020)

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 (5 wins) includes joint wins:

  • Susan Magnier - Peeping Fawn (2007), Misty For Me (2011), Diamondsandrubies (2015), Minding (2016), Magical (2020)

Winners since 1978

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
2017 Nezwaah 4 Andrea Atzeni Roger Varian Ahmed Al Maktoum 2:06.19
2018 Urban Fox 4 Daniel Tudhope William Haggas Barnane Stud Ltd 2:06.98
2019 Iridessa 3 Wayne Lordan Joseph O'Brien Chantal Regalado-Gonzalez 2:06.46
2020 Magical 5 Seamie Heffernan Aidan O'Brien Smith / Magnier / Tabor 2:12.29
2021 Thundering Nights 4 Shane Crosse Joseph O'Brien Shapoor Mistry 2:08.72
2022 La Petite Coco 4 Billy Lee Paddy Twomey Team Valor 2:13.86
2023 Via Sistina 5 Jamie Spencer George Boughey Mrs R G Hillen 2:06.17

Earlier winners

  • 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

References