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Flying Five Stakes

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History

ROMANTIC PROPOSAL winning the Flying Five Stakes.
ROMANTIC PROPOSAL winning the Flying Five Stakes. Picture: Pat Healy Photography

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 €300,000 in 2021.
Notable winners of the Flying Five Stakes include Glass Slippers (2020), 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 2021 Flying Five Stakes was won by Romantic Proposal from A Case Of You and Glass Slippers.
Racing and Sports

Previous Flying Five Stakes Winners

Date Horse Jockey WT Trainer BP
ROMANTIC PROPOSAL (IRE) 5M
RAVEN'S PASS (USA) - PLAYWITHMYHEART (GB) DIKTAT (GB)
CHRIS HAYES 58.5 EDWARD LYNAM 13
GLASS SLIPPERS (GB) 4F
DREAM AHEAD (USA) - NIGHT GYPSY (GB) MIND GAMES (GB)
TOM EAVES 58.5 K A RYAN 2
FAIRYLAND (IRE) 3F
KODIAC (GB) - QUEENOFTHEFAIRIES (GB) PIVOTAL (GB)
RYAN MOORE 57.0 A P O'BRIEN 1
HAVANA GREY (GB) 3C
HAVANA GOLD (IRE) - BLANC DE CHINE (IRE) DARK ANGEL (IRE)
RICHARD KINGSCOTE 58.5 K R BURKE 6
CARAVAGGIO (USA) 3C
SCAT DADDY (USA) - MEKKO HOKTE (USA) HOLY BULL (USA)
RYAN MOORE 58.5 A P O'BRIEN 8
ARDHOOMEY (IRE) 4G
DARK ANGEL (IRE) - MOY JOY (IRE) ORPEN (USA)
C T KEANE 59.0 G M LYONS 6
SOLE POWER (GB) 8G
KYLLACHY (GB) - DEMERGER (USA) DISTANT VIEW (USA)
CHRIS HAYES 60.5 EDWARD LYNAM 10
STEPPER POINT (GB) 5G
KYLLACHY (GB) - SACRE COEUR (GB) COMPTON PLACE (GB)
MARTIN DWYER 59.0 W R MUIR 6
DUTCH MASTERPIECE (GB) 3G
DUTCH ART (GB) - THE TERRIER (GB) FOXHOUND (USA)
J P O'BRIEN 58.5 GARY MOORE 13
MY GIRL ANNA (IRE) 5M
ORPEN (USA) - KOOYONG (IRE) COLLEGE CHAPEL (GB)
R P CLEARY 58.0 MS MARIA KELLY 1
AMOUR PROPRE (GB) 5G
PARIS HOUSE (GB) - MISS PRIM (GB) CASE LAW (GB)
DANE O'NEILL 58.5 H CANDY 4
ASTROPHYSICAL JET (GB) 3F
DUBAWI (IRE) - COMMON KNOWLEDGE (GB) RAINBOW QUEST (USA)
GRAHAM GIBBONS 56.0 E S MCMAHON 2
REVERENCE (GB) 8G
MARK OF ESTEEM (IRE) - IMPERIAL BAILIWICK (IRE) IMPERIAL FRONTIER (USA)
WILLIAM SUPPLE 58.5 E J ALSTON 7
LOOK BUSY (IRE) 3F
DANETIME (IRE) - UNFORTUNATE (GB) KOMAITE (USA)
SLADE O'HARA 56.5 A BERRY 5
BENBAUN (IRE) 6G
STRAVINSKY (USA) - ESCAPE TO VICTORY (GB) SALSE (USA)
P SMULLEN 59.5 M J WALLACE 8
BENBAUN (IRE) 5G
STRAVINSKY (USA) - ESCAPE TO VICTORY (GB) SALSE (USA)
P SMULLEN 58.5 M J WALLACE 4
BENBAUN (IRE) 4G
STRAVINSKY (USA) - ESCAPE TO VICTORY (GB) SALSE (USA)
J P SPENCER 57.5 M J WALLACE 2
RINGMOOR DOWN (GB) 5M
PIVOTAL (GB) - FLOPPIE (FR) LAW SOCIETY (USA)
M KINANE 57.5 D W P ARBUTHNOT 7
DEPORTIVO (GB) 3C
NIGHT SHIFT (USA) - VALENCIA (GB) KENMARE (FR)
R HUGHES 57.5 R CHARLTON 2
DANEHURST (GB) 4M
DANEHILL (USA) - MISWAKI BELLE (USA) MISWAKI (USA)
GEORGE DUFFIELD 60.0 SIR MARK PRESCOTT 4

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