Irish 2000 Guineas Winners

NEWMARKET, ENGLAND - APRIL 19: Sir Michael Stoute looks on at Newmarket Racecourse on April 19 2007, in Newmarket, England. (Photo by Julian Herbert/Getty Images)2008 was the second consectutive year of doubles for the 2000 Guineas horse races.  Henrythenavigator, trained by top Irish horse racing trainer Aidan O’Brien, repeated his terrific Newmarket performance to beat the favourite – New Approach – and claim a double by winning the Irish 2,000 Guineas.

Johnny Murtagh and Henrythenavigator pulled in a length and three quarters ahead of New Approach for an easy victory at Curragh Racecourse.

In 2007, Cockney Rebel – trained by Geoff Huffer and ridden by Olivier Peslier – scooped a 2000 Guineas double, winning the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and going on to win the Irish 2000 Guineas at the Curragh. For more on the 2007 results, see 2007 Irish 2000 Guineas.

In 2002, Rock of Gibraltar also secured a double 2000 Guineas win.

The previous year, George Washington won the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket and was touted as a favourite for the Irish race, but hopes of a double were dashed by the Jeremy Noseda-trained Araafa.

Top trainer Aidan O’Brien holds the record for the most wins in the Irish 2000 Guineas – his horses have won the race a total of five times, in 1997, 1999, 2001,2002 and 2008.

Irish 2000 Guineas Winners since 2000

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time

2000 Bachir Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:39.8
2001 Black Minnaloushe Johnny Murtagh Aidan O’Brien Sue Magnier 1:41.4
2002 Rock of Gibraltar Michael Kinane Aidan O’Brien Sir Alex Ferguson 1:47.3
2003 Indian Haven John Egan Paul D’Arcy P. Gleeson, J. Smith, L. Conway 1:41.5
2004 Bachelor Duke Seb Sanders James Toller Exors of 11th Duke of Devonshire 1:40.0
2005 Dubawi Frankie Dettori Saeed bin Suroor Godolphin 1:41.6
2006 Araafa Alan Munro Jeremy Noseda Saleh Al Homaizi & Imad Al Sagar 1:49.8
2007 Cockney Rebel Olivier Peslier Geoff Huffer Phil Cunningham 1:36.
2008 Henrythenavigator Johnny Murtagh Aidan O’Brien Sue Magnier 1:39.63

Irish 2000 Guineas Winners from 1985 to 2000

Year

Winner

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time

1985 Triptych Christy Roche David O’Brien Alan Clore 1:42.1
1986 Flash of Steel Michael Kinane Dermot Weld Bertram Firestone 1:53.4
1987 Don’t Forget Me Willie Carson Richard Hannon James Horgan 1:38.0
1988 Prince of Birds Declan Gillespie Vincent O’Brien Robert Sangster 1:39.0
1989 Shaadi Walter Swinburn Michael Stoute Sheikh Mohammed 1:37.5
1990 Tirol Pat Eddery Richard Hannon John Horgan 1:39.2
1991 Fourstars Allstar Mike Smith Leo O’Brien Richard Bomze & Philip DiLeo 1:38.6
1992 Rodrigo de Triano Lester Piggott Peter Chapple-Hyam Robert Sangster 1:41.7
1993 Barathea Michael Roberts Luca Cumani Sheikh Mohammed 1:43.0
1994 Turtle Island John Reid Peter Chapple-Hyam Robert Sangster 1:50.1
1995 Spectrum John Reid Peter Chapple-Hyam Lord Weinstock 1:40.3
1996 Spinning World Cash Asmussen Jonathan Pease Niarchos Family 1:38.8
1997 Desert King Christy Roche Aidan O’Brien Michael Tabor 1:38.3
1998 Desert Prince Olivier Peslier David Loder Lucayan Stud 1:35.8
1999 Saffron Walden Olivier Peslier Aidan O’Brien Sue Magnier 1:38.

Early Irish 2000 Guineas Winners

1921 – Soldennis

1922 – Spike Island

1923 – Soldumeno

1924 – Grand Joy

1925 – St. Donagh

1926 – Embargo

1927 – Fourth Hand

1928 – Baytown

1929 – Salisbury

1930 – Glannarg

1931 – Double Arch

1932 – Lindley

1933 – Canteener

1934 – Cariff

1935 – Museum

1936 – Hocus Pocus

1937 – Phideas

1938 – Nearchus

1939 – Cornfield

1940 – Teasel

1941 – Khosro

1942 – Windsor Slipper

1943 – The Phoenix

1944 – Good Morning / Slide On*

1945 – Stalino

1946 – Claro

1947 – Grand Weather

1948 – Beau Sabreur

1949 – Solonaway

1950 – Mighty Ocean

1951 – Signal Box

1952 – D. C. M.

1953 – Sea Charger

1954 – Arctic Wind

1955 – Hugh Lupus

1956 – Lucero

1957 – Jack Ketch

1958 – Hard Ridden

1959 – El Toro/p>

1960 – Kythnos

1961 – Light Year

1962 – Arctic Storm

1963 – Linacre

1964 – Santa Claus

1965 – Green Banner

1966 – Paveh

1967 – Atherstone Wood

1968 – Mistigo

1969 – Right Tack

1970 – Decies

1971 – King’s Company

1972 – Ballymore

1973 – Sharp Edge

1974 – Furry Glen

1975 – Grundy

1976 – Northern Treasure

1977 – Pampapaul

1978 – Jaazeiro

1979 – Dickens Hill

1980 – Nikoli

1981 – Kings Lake

1982 – Dara Monarch

1983 – Wassl

1984 – Sadler’s Wells

* The 1944 race was a dead heat – there were joint winners.

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