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Irish St Leger Stakes

Ireland | FEATURE RACE GUIDE

History

SEARCH FOR A SONG winning the Irish St. Leger at Curragh in Kildare, Ireland.
SEARCH FOR A SONG winning the Irish St. Leger at Curragh in Kildare, Ireland. Picture: (Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

The Irish St Leger 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 Irish St Leger is run over the 14 furlongs. It was first run in 1915 and was won by La Paloma.
As opposed to the English version, the Irish St Leger is eligible for geldings and also horses above three year old. It had been for the classic generation only until 1983.
The form out of the race has gone on to be Melbourne Cup form.
1986 winner Authaal came to Australia to be trained by Colin Hayes and won a Queen Elizabeth in Sydney and an Underwood Stakes in Melbourne.
In the first of his two victories, Vintage Crop won in 1993. He would head to Flemington that November and change the Melbourne Cup forever.
The great Vinnie Roe won four straight runnings from 2001. He would go on to run in three Melbourne Cups for Dermot Weld getting closest in 2004 when second to Makybe Diva.
Since the race becoming available for older horses, only one 3yo in the last 20 years had won it being Order Of St George in 2015 before Flag Of Honour did it in 2018 and then Search For A Song won as a filly.
Most wins as a jockey was with Morny Wing with seven victories while Vincent O'Brien and Dermot Weld won it nine times as a trainer.
The Irish St Leger was worth €400,000 in 2020.
Notable winners of the Irish St Leger include Search For A Song (2019/2020), Flag Of Honour (2018), Order Of St George (2015/2017), Brown Panther (2014), Septemis (2008), Yeats (2007), Vinnie Roe (2001/2002/2003/2004), Kayf Tara (1998/1999), Oscar Schindler (1996/1997), Vintage Crop (1993/1994), Authaal (1986), Touching Wood (1982), Pidget (1972), Zarathustra (1954) and Trigo (1929).
The 2020 Irish St Leger was won by Search For A Song from Fujaira Prince and Twilight Payment.


Racing and Sports

Previous Irish St Leger Stakes Winners

DateHorseJockeyWTTrainerBP
SEARCH FOR A SONG (IRE) 4F
GALILEO (IRE) - POLISHED GEM (IRE) DANEHILL (USA)
O J ORR61.0D K WELD7
SEARCH FOR A SONG (IRE) 3F
GALILEO (IRE) - POLISHED GEM (IRE) DANEHILL (USA)
CHRIS HAYES56.0D K WELD8
FLAG OF HONOUR (IRE) 3C
GALILEO (IRE) - HAWALA (IRE) WARNING (GB)
RYAN MOORE57.5A P O'BRIEN5
ORDER OF ST GEORGE (IRE) 5H
GALILEO (IRE) - ANOTHER STORM (USA) GONE WEST (USA)
RYAN MOORE61.5A P O'BRIEN5
WICKLOW BRAVE (GB) 7G
BEAT HOLLOW (GB) - MORAINE (GB) RAINBOW QUEST (USA)
L DETTORI62.0WILLIEM PETER MULLINS2
ORDER OF ST GEORGE (IRE) 3C
GALILEO (IRE) - ANOTHER STORM (USA) GONE WEST (USA)
J P O'BRIEN57.0A P O'BRIEN9
BROWN PANTHER (GB) 6H
SHIROCCO (GER) - TREBLE HEIGHTS (IRE) UNFUWAIN (USA)
RICHARD KINGSCOTE62.0TOM DASCOMBE5
VOLEUSE DE COEURS (IRE) 4M
TEOFILO (IRE) - VADORGA (GB) GRAND LODGE (USA)
CHRIS HAYES61.0D K WELD6
ROYAL DIAMOND (IRE) 6G
KING'S BEST (USA) - IRRESISTIBLE JEWEL (IRE) DANEHILL (USA)
N G MCCULLAGH62.0THOMAS CARMODY9
DUNCAN (GB) 6M
DALAKHANI (IRE) - DOLORES (GB) DANEHILL (USA)
E AHERN62.0JOHN GOSDEN3
JUKEBOX JURY (IRE) 5H
MONTJEU (IRE) - MARE AUX FEES (GB) KENMARE (FR)
J MURTAGH62.0M JOHNSTON1
SANS FRONTIERES (IRE) 4H
GALILEO (IRE) - LLIA (GB) SHIRLEY HEIGHTS (GB)
O PESLIER62.0J NOSEDA3
ALANDI (IRE) 4H
GALILEO (IRE) - ALIYA (IRE) DARSHAAN (GB)
M KINANE62.5JOHN M OXX8
SEPTIMUS (IRE) 5H
SADLER'S WELLS (USA) - CALADIRA (GB) DARSHAAN (GB)
J A HEFFERNAN62.5A P O'BRIEN5
YEATS (IRE) 6H
SADLER'S WELLS (USA) - LYNDONVILLE (IRE) TOP VILLE (GB)
K FALLON62.5A P O'BRIEN4
KASTORIA (IRE) 5M
SELKIRK (USA) -
M KINANE60.5JOHN M OXX8
COLLIER HILL (GB) 7G
DR DEVIOUS (IRE) - POLAR QUEEN (GB) POLISH PRECEDENT (USA)
DEAN MCKEOWN61.0G A SWINBANK5
VINNIE ROE (IRE) 6H
DEFINITE ARTICLE (GB) - KAYU (GB) TAP ON WOOD (GB)
P SMULLEN61.0D K WELD5
VINNIE ROE (IRE) 5H
DEFINITE ARTICLE (GB) - KAYU (GB) TAP ON WOOD (GB)
P SMULLEN61.5D K WELD4
VINNIE ROE (IRE) 4H
DEFINITE ARTICLE (GB) - KAYU (GB) TAP ON WOOD (GB)
P SMULLEN61.5D K WELD7
VINNIE ROE (IRE) 3C
DEFINITE ARTICLE (GB) - KAYU (GB) TAP ON WOOD (GB)
P SMULLEN56.5D K WELD1
ARCTIC OWL (GB) 6G
MOST WELCOME (GB) - SHORT RATIONS (GB) AHONOORA'S PRIDE (AUS)
DAVID HARRISON61.0JAMES FANSHAWE8