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Desmond Stakes

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Race type  Flat / Thoroughbred
Website  Leopardstown
Surface  Turf
Sponsor  Invesco
Distance  1 mile (1,609 metres)
Location  Leopardstown Co. Dublin, Ireland

The Desmond Stakes is a Group 3 flat horse race in Ireland open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run at Leopardstown over a distance of 1 mile (1,609 metres), and it is scheduled to take place each year in August.


The event is named after Desmond, a champion sire in 1913. It was formerly held at the Curragh, and it used to be known as the Desmond Plate.

The race was transferred to Leopardstown in 2002. It has continued at this venue with one exception, a temporary return to the Curragh in 2009.


Most successful horse since 1946 (2 wins):

  • Spring Offensive – 1946, 1947
  • White Gloves – 1966, 1967
  • Rarity – 1970, 1971
  • Leading jockey since 1950 (8 wins):

  • Christy Roche – Rarity (1971), Mistigri (1975), More So (1978), Anfield (1982), Teleprompter (1984), Totem (1988), Star of Gdansk (1991), Second Empire (1998)
  • Leading trainer since 1950 (12 wins):

  • Vincent O'Brien – Restless Knight (1964), Reindeer (1969), Boucher (1972), Hail the Pirates (1973), Sir Penfro (1974), Niebo (1976), Be My Guest (1977), Belted Earl (1981), Sunstart (1985), Wise Counsellor (1986), Entitled (1987), Via Borghese (1992)
  • Winners since 1976

    a Heart Lake finished first in 1994, but he was relegated to last place following a stewards' inquiry.
    b Ivory Frontier and Timarida were first and second in 1995, but the race was awarded to the third-placed horse.


    Desmond Stakes Wikipedia

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