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Flying Five Stakes

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FAIRYLAND winning the Flying Five Stakes at Curragh in Kildare, Ireland.
FAIRYLAND winning the Flying Five Stakes at Curragh in Kildare, Ireland. Picture: (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

The Flying Five Stakes is a Group 1 race run under Weight For Age conditions for three year olds and up at the Curragh conducted by the Curragh Racecourse for Horse Racing Ireland.
The Flying Five Stakes is run over the five furlongs as the name suggests. It is the only Group 1 sprint for older horses in Ireland.
Two year olds used to be able to run in it but from 2003 it became a 3yo and up event.
The race used to be held at Phoenix Park but moved to Leopardstown in 1991. It was moved once more to the Curragh in 2002.
After being a Listed race it went to Group 3 in 1998 and Group 2 in 2002. Then in 2004 it was back to Group 3.
The Flying Five Stakes was run a month earlier in the past but switched with the Renaissance Stakes and joined the Irish St Leger, Moyglare Stud Stakes and National Stakes as Group 1s on Irish Champions weekend.
As a result in 2015 it was Group 2 again before going to Group 1 in 2018.
One of the best winners of the Flying Five was just last year as Caravaggio scored as a 3yo. He'd won the Commonwealth Cup earlier in the preparation.
Benbaun won the race three times in 2005, 2006 and 2007. He was a highly consistent international traveller over a long period of time and notably missed Takeover Target by a nose in the King's Stand in 2006.
Most wins as a jockey was with Michael Kinane with six victories. Dermot Weld has won it five times as a trainer.
The Flying Five Stakes was worth €400,000 in 2019.
Notable winners of the Flying Five Stakes include Caravaggio (2017), Sole Power (2015), Reverence (2009), Benbaun (2005/2006/2007), Ishiguru (2001), Tedburrow (1998/1999), Tropical (1993/1994), Flowing (1991/1992), Handsome Sailor (1989) and Committed (1985).
The 2019 Flying Five Stakes was won by Fairyland from So Perfect and Invincible Army.
Racing and Sports

Previous Flying Five Stakes Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
FAIRYLAND (IRE) 3F
KODIAC (GB) - QUEENOFTHEFAIRIES (GB) PIVOTAL (GB)
RYAN MOORE57.0A P O'BRIEN1
HAVANA GREY (GB) 3C
HAVANA GOLD (IRE) - BLANC DE CHINE (IRE) DARK ANGEL (IRE)
RICHARD KINGSCOTE58.5K R BURKE6
CARAVAGGIO (USA) 3C
SCAT DADDY (USA) - MEKKO HOKTE (USA) HOLY BULL (USA)
RYAN MOORE58.5A P O'BRIEN8
ARDHOOMEY (IRE) 4G
DARK ANGEL (IRE) - MOY JOY (IRE) ORPEN (USA)
C T KEANE59.0G M LYONS6
SOLE POWER (GB) 8G
KYLLACHY (GB) - DEMERGER (USA) DISTANT VIEW (USA)
CHRIS HAYES60.5EDWARD LYNAM10
STEPPER POINT (GB) 5G
KYLLACHY (GB) - SACRE COEUR (GB) COMPTON PLACE (GB)
MARTIN DWYER59.0W R MUIR6
DUTCH MASTERPIECE (GB) 3G
DUTCH ART (GB) - THE TERRIER (GB) FOXHOUND (USA)
J P O'BRIEN58.5GARY MOORE13
MY GIRL ANNA (IRE) 5M
ORPEN (USA) - KOOYONG (IRE) COLLEGE CHAPEL (GB)
R P CLEARY58.0MS MARIA KELLY1
AMOUR PROPRE (GB) 5G
PARIS HOUSE (GB) - MISS PRIM (GB) CASE LAW (GB)
DANE O'NEILL58.5H CANDY4
ASTROPHYSICAL JET (GB) 3F
DUBAWI (IRE) - COMMON KNOWLEDGE (GB) RAINBOW QUEST (USA)
GRAHAM GIBBONS56.0E S MCMAHON2
REVERENCE (GB) 8G
MARK OF ESTEEM (IRE) - IMPERIAL BAILIWICK (IRE) IMPERIAL FRONTIER (USA)
WILLIAM SUPPLE58.5E J ALSTON7
LOOK BUSY (IRE) 3F
DANETIME (IRE) - UNFORTUNATE (GB) KOMAITE (USA)
SLADE O'HARA56.5A BERRY5
BENBAUN (IRE) 6G
STRAVINSKY (USA) - ESCAPE TO VICTORY (GB) SALSE (USA)
P SMULLEN59.5M J WALLACE8
BENBAUN (IRE) 5G
STRAVINSKY (USA) - ESCAPE TO VICTORY (GB) SALSE (USA)
P SMULLEN58.5M J WALLACE4
BENBAUN (IRE) 4G
STRAVINSKY (USA) - ESCAPE TO VICTORY (GB) SALSE (USA)
J P SPENCER57.5M J WALLACE2
RINGMOOR DOWN (GB) 5M
PIVOTAL (GB) - FLOPPIE (FR) LAW SOCIETY (USA)
M KINANE57.5D W P ARBUTHNOT7
DEPORTIVO (GB) 3C
NIGHT SHIFT (USA) - VALENCIA (GB) KENMARE (FR)
R HUGHES57.5R CHARLTON2
DANEHURST (GB) 4M
DANEHILL (USA) - MISWAKI BELLE (USA) MISWAKI (USA)
GEORGE DUFFIELD60.0SIR MARK PRESCOTT4

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