Classic and Group 1 Winners

Glad Rags

1963 by High Hat - Dryad

Glad Rags was one of High Hat's first crop, and a half-sister to Stewards Cup winner Victorina.  She was sold by Airlie Stud for 6,800gns at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale in Newmarket.  Glad Rags was trained by Vincent O'Brien to become Champion 2-y-o filly in 1965 easily winning the Railway Stakes at the Curragh and finishing third in the Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot.

On her three-year-old debut she won the Newmarket 1,000 Guineas Group 1 and finished third in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot having been badly interfered with at the start of the race.

As a broodmare Glad Rags produced 11 foals of which Gorytus, winner of the Champagne Stakes Group 2 and the Acomb Stakes, and Terpsichorist, winner of the Sheepshead Bay Handicap Group 2, were her best progeny.

Glad Rags modern day descendants are the 2012 Belmont Stakes winner and sire Union Rags and Declaration of War, winner of the Queen Anne Stakes and Juddmonte International Stakes in 2013.

"The success of Glad Rags in the One Thousand Guineas was a triumph for her sire, High Hat, who only went to stud in 1962.  It was also a remarkable double for the male line of Hyperion, which produced Kashmir II, winner of the Two Thousand Guineas, as well."
The Sporting Life, Tuesday May 10, 1966


1965 by Klairon - Phoenissa

Lorenzaccio was best known for his victory over the Triple Crown winner Nijinsky in the 1970 running of the Champion Stakes.


Lorenzaccio beating Nijinsky, Hotfoot and Dictus in the Champion Stakes at Newmarket

As a two-year-old, Lorenzaccio won the July Stakes at Newmarket, he also finished second in the Champagne Stakes and the Prix Morny and third in the Prix Robert Papin.  In his second season racing he won the Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly and finished third in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot.  1970 was to be his most successful year when he won the Prix Prince Chevalier and the Prix de Fuilleuse at Saint-Cloud.  He also won the Prix Quincey and the Prix Foy.  After beating Nijinsky in the Champion Stakes at Newmarket he was invited to take part in the Washington D.C. International Stakes at Laurel Park where he finished fifth.  At stud, he was best known as the sire of the outstanding stallion Ahonoora.

"Yesterday as is his habit Lorenzaccio jumped off in front and although Hotfoot drew level with him briefly a furlong out he never, as Geoff Lewis confirmed afterwards, surrendered the lead for a single stride.  Having waited three or four lengths off the pacemaker Piggott moved Nijinsky up outside Hotfoot as the bushes and at that stage, still on the bit just over a length behind the leader, there seemed every reason to hope for the old familiar surge of power.  For perhaps half a dozen strides, when Piggott asked, he did accelerate but that was all.  The legs that conquered all the best three year olds in Europe were rubber now, and little Lorenzaccio stormed away in the sunshine to become to his eternal credit the second and last horse ever to beat Nijinsky."
The Sunday Telegraph, October 18, 1970


Lorenzaccio winning the Prix de la Fouilleuse at Saint-Cloud

Place d'Etoile

1967 by Kythnos - Etoile De France

Place d'Etoile winner of the Pretty Polly Stakes was the grandam of Saraday, the dam of Oscar Schindler who won the Group 1 Irish St Leger twice and was also placed in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.  Other notable descendants of Place d'Etoile include Oaks d'Italia Group 1 winner Paris Royal, Gold Academy a Listed winner who was placed in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Group 1 and the St James Palace Stakes Group 1 and Tiger Royal who won the Group 3 Greenlands Stakes.  Place D'Etoile's daughter Etoile de Paris who won the Athasi Stakes Group 3 and finished third in the Jersey Stakes Group 3 was herself the dam of dual Yorkshire Oaks Group 1 winner Only Royale.

Midnight Court

1971 by The Magistrate - Midnight Fox

As a seven year old owned by Olive Jackson, trained by Fred Winter and ridden by John Francome, Midnight Court won the 1978 Cheltenham Gold Cup.  Just a few months previously Capt. Tim Rogers had been presented with the top award at the Irish Bloodstock Breeders Association as leading breeder of winners on the flat.  Midnight Court who was bred at Airlie, was not sold as a yearling but left at Airlie to develop.  Toss Taaffe saw him at Airlie and bought him.  After winning a bumper he was sold to Fred Winter.


1971 by Petingo - Border Bounty


Pitcairn winning the Hungerford Stakes at Newbury

Pitcairn who was bred at Airlie Stud was sold as a yearling for IR£3,200 at Ballsbridge.  He was the sire of successful racehorse, sire and broodmare sire Ela-Mana-Mou.

"Ela-Mana-Mou's success in the Group 2 Prince of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot must have been particularly pleasing for leading Irish stallion owner and promoter Captain Tim Rogers.  Rogers has half shares in two other top-class European four-year-olds - Le Marmot and Northern Baby - but Ela-Mana-Mou is by Pitcairn whom he bred."
Sporting Chronicle Tuesday June 24, 1980


1975 by Busted - Censorship

Although Sorbus did not win a Group 1 she was controversially disqualified from the 1978 Irish Oaks Gr.1 when trained by John Oxx, she also finished second in the Irish 1000 Guineas Gr.1, the Irish St. Leger Gr.1 and the Yorkshire Oaks Gr.1.  Tim Rogers bought her dam Censorship in America, principally for her pedigree, she was a daughter of the brilliant 1953 Cheveley Park Stakes winner Sixpence.  The Sorbus family has produced many high class winners over the past thirty years including Beat Hollow and Oasis Dream and more recently Kingman.

"The 1978 Irish Guinness Oaks will be remembered long after it deserves to be for two reasons, both controversial, the finish and the outcome of the resulting Stewards Inquiry.  The Stewards, after nearly a half-hour deliberation decided that the winner on the racecourse, Sorbus, had crossed the runner-up Fair Salinia, and so had interfered with her chances and they reversed their placings.  When the announcement was made there was a hostile reaction from a section of the crowd around the Curragh weigh-room.  Mr. Gerald Jennings and John Oxx, owner and trainer respectively, of Sorbus, have since lodged an appeal with the Senior Stewards of the Turf Club.

Having seen the patrol films, head-on and side view, I can only record had I been officiating my vote would have been to leave the original placings stand.  That is, however, not to say that the Stewards were wrong for it was a most difficult case and open to interpretation."
The Irish Field Saturday July 22, 1978


1983 by Ela-Mana-Mou - Silk Blend

The Airlie bred Almaarad won several top races including the Aral Pokal Group 1, Hardwicke Stakes Group 2, General Accident Jockey Club Stakes Group 2, Grand Prix de Deauville and Curragh Cup.  He was also the winner of the Cox Plate Group 1 in Australia where he was the winner of three races from four starts.  He was the highest rated horse in the Austalia/New Zealand Classifications for 1989 - 1990.

"John Dunlop's many international top-level triumphs had never included the Hardwicke Stakes - until yesterday, when Almaarad got him off that particular mark.  Almaarad has made considerable progress in the last 18 months, advancing from the status of useful handicapper to Pattern-race horse in a style which prompted his trainer to say after this success: 'He's a good horse now.'"
Racing Post Saturday 18 June 1988

Distant Relative

1986 by Habitat - Royal Sister

Distant Relative

Distant Relative winning the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood

After finishing third in the Airlie/Coolmore Irish 2,000 Guineas Group 1 and third in the Jersey Stakes Group 3, Distant Relative won three group races in a row starting with the EBF Phoenix International Stakes Group 2, followed by the Gardner Merchant Hungerford Stakes Group 3 and the Beefeater Gin Celebration Mile Group 2.  Later in his career he won the Sussex Stakes Group 1 and the Emirates Prix Du Moulin de Longchamp Group 1.  Following his retirement from racing he was the sire of black type performers such as Bin Rosie (Hungerford Stakes Group 3), Atavus (Stan James Hungerford Stakes Group 3 and the Antec International Criterion Stakes Group 3) and Iftiraas (Dubai Duty Free Stakes Group 3 and Trusted Partner Matron Stakes Group 3).

"Distant Relative came from last to first to gain the first Group 1 success of his career in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood yesterday.  For a horse who moves so appallingly in his slower paces and about whom trainer Barry Hills says riding him "is like going down a road in a car with no tyres" he has not done badly, as this was his seventh win from 15 starts and he has now collected £355,224 in the process."
Racing Post Thursday 2 August 1990


1989 by Niniski - Dingle Bay

Assessor was an easy winner of a Kempton maiden on his racecourse debut as a 2-y-o.  He finished third to subsequent dual classic winner Rodrigo De Triano on his second start in the Washington Singer Stakes Listed, he was to end the season finishing third in the Racing Post Trophy Group 1.  As a 3-y-o he won the Maxims Club Derby Trial Stakes Group 3 and the Prix Royal Oak Group 1.  Later in his career he landed the Polo Mints Yorkshire Cup Group 2, the Doncaster Cup Group 3, the Ciga Prix Du Cadran Group 1 and the St. Leger Italiano Group 3.

Following his racing career he stood at La Roche-sur-Yon in France and the French National Stud.  Assessor was the sire of many successful national hunt horses including My Way De Solzen and Reve De Sivola.

"Richard Hannon kept smiling as the rain kept falling at Doncaster yesterday after having taken his score for the meeting to five thanks to a big-race double with Assessor and Swing Low.  Every drop of water that fell on Town Moor was manna from heaven for Assessor, who took advantage of the soft ground to win the Group 3 Doncaster Cup."
Racing Post Friday 10 September 1993


1991 by Niniski - Vaison La Romaine

Vialli won the Grosser International Hertie Preis Von Deutschaland Group 2 before finishing third in the Furstenberg Rennen Group 3, he then finished third in the Gran Premio D'Italia Group 1 and second in the Kelt Capital Stakes Group 1, following this he finished third in the BMW Cox Plate Group 1.  Later in his career he won the Japan Racing Association Classic Group 1, finished second in the Whakanui Stakes Group 1 and also finished second in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup Group 1.

Storm Trooper

1993 by Diesis - Stormette

Storm Trooper

Storm Trooper got off the mark as a 2-y-o in a Nottingham maiden before finishing second in the Anglo African Holdings Autumn Stakes Listed.  On his 3-y-o racecourse debut he took the Feilden Stakes Listed and later in the year finished third in the Westminster Taxi Insurance Gordon Stakes Group 3 and the Winter Hill Stakes Group 3.  Later in his career he won the Hollywood Turf Handicap Group 1.

As a stallion Storm Trooper was the sire of two Pune Derby winners in Artois and Aquillo.

"Pat Eddery yesterday outlined why he has opted to ride Storm Trooper in Saturday week's Pertemps 2,000 Guineas instead of Greenham winner Danehill Dancer.  The prospect of fast ground and a belief that Storm Trooper will improve for last Thursday's victory in the Feilden Stakes are the main reasons Eddery will partner Henry Cecil's son of Diesis."
Racing Post Tuesday April 23 1996


1997 by Unfuwain - Ballet Shoes

Petrushka winning the Kildangan Stud Irish Oaks Group 1

Petrushka winning the Kildangan Stud Irish Oaks Group 1

Petrushka won a 2-y-o maiden on her only start in her first racing season.  On her 3-y-o debut she won the Shadwell Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes Group 3 and then finished third in the Sagitta 1000 Guineas Stakes Group 1 before finishing fourth in the Vodafone Oaks Group 1.  Following this she won three Group 1 races in a row starting with the Kildangan Stud Irish Oaks Group 1 before winning the Aston Upthorpe Yorkshire Oaks Group 1 and the Prix de l'Opera-Hotel du Lac Barriere Group 1.

"Airlie, one of the most famous names in Irish bloodstock for several decades, was to the fore again on Sunday when Petrushka ran away with the Irish Oaks.  The Unfuwain filly had plenty to live up to, having been bred by the Rogers family, who have also been responsible for Chief Singer, Distant Relative, Lorenzaccio, Pitcairn and White Muzzle, plus the influential fillies Elfaslah (dam of, Almutawakel), Glad Rags and Sorbus."
Racing Post July 2000

"Petrushka, disappointing in the Sagitta 1,000 Guineas and unlucky in the Vodafone Oaks, finally showed what a brilliant filly she is by destroying the opposition in the Kildangan Stud Irish Oaks at The Curragh yesterday."
Racing Post 17 July 2000


1997 by In The Wings - Minnie Habit

Kutub was a comfortable winner at Longchamp on his only start as a 2-y-o.  He was the winner of the Prix Noailles Group 2 on his first racecourse appearance as a 3-y-o, and then finished second in the Prix Lupin Group 1.  Later in his career he won the Grosser Dallmayr-Preis Group 1, the Deutsche Post Euro Express Preis von Europa Group 1 and the Gran Premio del Jockey Club Group 1.

Following his racing career he stood at Haras Du Thenney in France and Clongiffen Stud in Ireland before moving to Batsford Stud in England.


Margarula opened her account in a nursery at Thurles and followed this up by winning a handicap at Cork.  As a 3-y-o she finished fourth in the Pretty Polly Stakes Group 2 before winning the Darley Irish Oaks Group 1 at the Curragh.

"Margarula, who provided 19-year-old David Moran with his third success and his last as a 10lb claimer when taking the 12 furlong handicap, is likely to be upgraded next time, according to Bolger."
Racing Post 13 May 2002

"Margarula sprang a 33-1 shock and became the longest priced winner in the history of the Irish Oaks when beating the Aidan O'Brien trained Quarter Moon by a length at The Curragh yesterday."
Racing Post 15 July 2002

Bachelor Duke

2001 by Miswaki - Gossamer

Bachelor Duke finished third to Milk It Mick in his first attempt at Group 3 level in the Somerville Tattersall Stakes at Newmarket in his first racing season.  As a 3-y-o he was a staying on winner of the Boylesports Irish 2,000 Guineas Group 1 at the Curragh, beating Azamour into second place.

As a stallion Bachelor Duke shuttled between Ballylinch Stud in Co. Kilkenny and The Oaks Stud in New Zealand from 2005 to 2009 before moving full time to the Oaks Stud.

"What the betting, and most observers saw as a two horse race turned out to be anything but at The Curragh yesterday when 12-1 shot Bachelor Duke swept to victory in the Irish 2,000 Guineas, providing trainer James Toller and jockey Seb Sanders with their first Classic success."
Racing Post 23 May 2004

Chelsea Rose

2002 by Desert King - Cinnamon Rose

Chelsea Rose Moyglare Stud StakesChelsea Rose was an easy winner of a Leopardstown 2-y-o maiden on her racecourse debut.  In her second start she finished third in the Robert H. Griffin Debutante Stakes Group 2, and then went on to win the Moyglare Stud Stakes Group 1.  Later in her career she won the Jockey Club of Turkey Silver Stakes Listed, the Ballyroan Stakes Listed and the Dance Design Stakes Listed.  She was unlucky not to land another Group 1 when just failing to catch Alexander Goldrun in the Audi Pretty Polly Stakes Group 1.  She also finished second in the Royal Whip Stakes Group 2 and finished third in the Premio Lydia Tesio Group 1.

"Chelsea Rose rolled back the years for veteran Curragh trainer Con Collins and 41 year old Pat Shanahan at the Curragh when grabbing Group 1 glory in the Moyglare Stud Stakes.  For Collins it was a first Group 1 win since Princess Pati, also ridden by Shanahan, landed the Irish Oaks 20 years ago."
Racing Post 6 September 2004


2003 by Galileo - Alleluia

Allegretto won a 3-y-o maiden in June and three weeks later was the easy winner of the bet365 Lancashire Oaks Group 2.  She went on to finish third in the Darley Yorkshire Oaks Group 1.  Later in her career she took the Henry II Stakes Group 2, the ABN Amro Goodwood Cup Group 2, the Prix Royal-Oak Principaute de Monaco Group 1 and the Goffs/DBS Park Hill Stakes Group 2.

"Allegretto came with a late run to seize the Goodwood Cup and seal a successful day for jockey Ryan Moore.  The filly, sent off at 8-1, swooped in the final strides to snatch victory from 10-1 shot Veracity, who had taken up the running in the last furlong.  Jamie Spencer looked to be cruising on Geordieland as the leaders hit the last two furlongs, but the 6-4 favourite faded and Finalmente took third place.  Moore's win was his third of the day at Goodwood, and he later made it four.  The winner was from the stable of Sir Michael Stoute, who also trained the first of Moore's winners on Thursday, Hi Calypso.  The jockey said: 'They went very fast and I always thought I would pick them off as they were coming back to us and she stays very well.  I thought she had a bit to find with Geordieland and a few others beforehand, but this is her third Group Two win now.'"

Intense Focus

2006 by Giant's Causeway - Daneleta

Intense Focus finished two and a half lengths behind Mastercraftsman in a Curragh maiden on his 2-y-o racecourse debut, and three weeks later won a 2-y-o maiden at the same venue.  He then went on to finish second in the Coventry Stakes Group 2 and third in the One 51 Railway Stakes Group 2.  Later in the season he finished third in the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere (Grand Criterium) Group 1 and finished the season winning the Darley Dewhurst Stakes Group 1.


2006 Colt by Efisio - Goldthroat

Zafisio opened his account in a 2-y-o maiden at Ayr before winning the Bluebay Stardom Stakes Listed at Goodwood.  After finishing fourth in the Prix de Conde Group 3 he went on to land the Criterium International Group 1.  Later in his career he finished second in the Mehl-Mulhens-Rennen (German 2000 Guineas) Group 2 and won the Prix Perth Group 3 and Hessen Pokal Group 3.


2007 Colt by War Chant - Princess Kris

Kingsfort was the easy winner of a Curragh maiden on Derby weekend on his racecourse debut and followed this up by winning the Vincent O'Brien National Stakes Group 1.  He was bought by Godolphin at the end of his 2-y-o career.

Skitter Scatter

2016 Filly by Scat Daddy - Dane Street


Skitter Scatter broke her maiden tag with a battling display in a Dundalk maiden in early April.  Following two placed efforts at Listed and Group 3 level she won the Jockey Club of Turkey Silver Flash Stakes Group 3 at Leopardstown followed by a comfortable victory in the Debutante Stakes Group 2 at the Curragh and ended her 2-y-o campaign with a decisive win in the Moyglare Stud Stakes Group 1 at the Curragh.

Fifty Stars

2015 h. by Sea The Stars - Swizzle Stick


Fifty Stars showed a lot of promise from an early stage of his racing career as despite being bred in northern hemisphere time which made him a few months younger than his southern hemisphere opponents he duly obliged at first time of asking by winning the Murrihy Demolitions Maiden Plate at Warrnambool, Australia on 29th March 2018 and then went on to win his next three starts, making him unbeaten as a 3-y-o.  Later in his career he went on to land the TAB Australian Cup Gr.1, the Blamey Stakes Gr.2 (twice), the Ajax Stakes Gr.2 and the Araza Sandown Stakes Gr.3.  He was also stakes placed several times including finishing second in the Kennedy Cantala Gr.1 and the Seppelt Mackinnon Stakes Gr.1.

Red Lark

2017 f. by Epaulette - Firecrest


Red Lark started her racing career in Ireland where she was placed as a 2-y-o in a Dundalk Nursery Handicap.  She was sold to race in America at the end of her 2-y-o career where she went on to win the Del Mar Oaks Gr.1.  She was also placed in the Wilshire Stakes Gr.3 and the Santa Anita Stakes Gr.3.

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