Curragh Group 1 renamed

Updated: May 17, 2012

The Goffs National Stakes, which takes place at the Curragh in mid September has been renamed as the Goffs Vincent O’Brien Stakes.

One of the most recognized Group 1′s in the calendar, the National Stakes has a roll of honour that reads like a who’s who of top class two year olds throughout the years, with the majority trained by the legendary Dr. Vincent O’Brien.

Speaking on behalf of the O’Brien family, MV Magnier commented:

“We were delighted to hear that the National Stakes is to be renamed in Vincent’s honour. He won it no less than 15 times with the likes of Sir Ivor, Roberto and El Gran Senor so it couldn’t be more appropriate. It’s also great news that Goffs are to continue their sponsorship of the race”.

Henry Beeby, Goffs Chief Executive, also commented, saying “It is an honour for Goffs to be associated with a race bearing the name of the legendary Vincent O’Brien. We are delighted to demonstrate our support of Irish racing at the highest level through the sponsorship of this world class Group 1 race.

“The calibre of the Goffs Vincent O’Brien Stakes and its timing in mid September is a perfect fit for Goffs, offering a fantastic platform for our promotion of the Orby Sale”.

First run in 1849, the National Stakes is one of Ireland’s premier race for two year olds has been won by some true racing greats in the past including Sir Ivor and Santa Clause.

Past victors include Danehill Dancer and Desert King along with New Approach and Kingsfort in more recent years. Other recent winners include Teofilo, George Washington and Sinndar, while last year’s thrilling renewal went to Power from the Ballydoyle stable.

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