Irish Group 2 Horse Races

Irish Group 2 races are fiercely run horse racing events by some of the best racehorses in Ireland.

Irish Group 2 horse races are one tier off the highest-rated horse racing events in Ireland. The group two horse racing events are a test of class with all thoroughbreds running off level weights unless receiving weight allowance for a 3yo racing against older horses or carrying a penalty for previous success.

The best-rated horse racing trainers and jockeys fight out in group two races throughout the year in Ireland.

In our Irish group two horse racing guide, we will list everything you need to know about the biggest and best group 2 horse races in Ireland.

What does Group 2 mean in horse racing?

The term Group 2 in horse racing is used for the second-highest tier of horse races in the world.

While they are not considered as important as the Group 1 races, Group 2 races are also rated as class 1 events.

The best horse racing thoroughbreds need to achieve an official rating of 110 plus to compete in the quality group two races.

International contenders compete in the competitive Irish group two races to try and get their black-type status.

All Irish Group Two Horse Races

Here is a list of all the group 2 races in Ireland:

Race Name Racecourse Distance Age Month
Mooresbridge Stakes Curragh 1m 2f 4yo+ May
Ridgewood Pearl Stakes Curragh 1m 4yo+ f May
Railway Stakes Curragh 6f 2yo June
Balanchine Stakes Curragh 6f 2yo f June
Curragh Cup Curragh 1m 6f 3yo+ June
Sapphire Stakes Curragh 5f 3yo+ June
Kilboy Estate Stakes Curragh 1m 1f 3yo+ f July
Minstrel Stakes Curragh 7f 3yo+ July
Debutante Stakes Curragh 7f 2yo f August
Futurity Stakes Curragh 7f 2yo August
Clipper Boomerang Mile Leopardstown 1m 3yo+ September
Blandford Stakes Curragh 1m 2f 3yo+ f September
Beresford Stakes Curragh 1m 2yo Sept

Guide To All Irish Group Two Horse Races

Here is a guide to all the Group Two Races in Ireland:

Mooresbridge Stakes

The Mooresbridge Stakes is a Group Two horse race run at Curragh Racecourse over a 1-mile 2 furlongs distance taking place at the start of the Flat season in May. The race is open to horses aged four years old and older and attracts a competitive field at the first major Group Two prize.

For more information, check out our full guide to the Mooresbridge Stakes Group 2 racing event in Ireland.

Ridgewood Pearl Stakes

The Ridgewood Pearl Stakes, also known as the Lanwades Stud Stakes, is a Group 2 flat horse event held in Ireland for four-year-old thoroughbred fillies and mares. It takes held every year in May in the Curragh over a distance of one mile.

For more information, check out our full guide to the Ridgewood Pearl Stakes Group 2 racing fixture in Ireland.

Railway Stakes

The Railway Stakes, held at Ascot Racecourse in Perth in late November, is an Australian Group 1 Thoroughbred horse race run under handicap circumstances over a distance of 1600 metres.

For more information, check out our full guide to the Railway Stakes Group 2 racing event in Ireland.

Balanchine Stakes

The Balanchine Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse event held in Ireland for two-year-old thoroughbred fillies. It is held annually at the Curragh over a distance of 6 furlongs (1,207 metres) and takes place in late June or early July.

For more information, check out our full guide to the Balanchine Stakes Group 2 racing fixture in Ireland.

Curragh Cup

The Curragh Cup is a Group 2 flat horse event held in Ireland for thoroughbred horses aged three and higher. It is held annually at the Curragh over a distance of 1 mile and 6 furlongs and takes place in late June or early July.

For more information, check out our full guide to the Curragh Cup Group 2 racing fixture in Ireland.

Sapphire Stakes

The Sapphire Stakes is an Irish Group 2 flat horse event for thoroughbreds aged three and up. It is held at the Curragh over a distance of 5 furlongs (1,006 metres) and takes place every year in July.

For more information, check out our full guide to the Sapphire Stakes Group 2 racing event in Ireland.

Kilboy Estate Stakes

The Kilboy Estate Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse event in Ireland open to three-year-old thoroughbred fillies and mares. In July, it is run at the Curragh over a course of 1 mile and 1 furlong (1,811 metres).

For more information, check out our full guide to the Kilboy Estate Stakes Group 2 race in Ireland.

Minstrel Stakes

The Minstrel Stakes is an Irish Group 2 flat horse event for thoroughbreds aged three and up. It takes held every year in July at the Curragh over a distance of 7 furlongs.

For more information, check out our full guide to the Minstrel Stakes Group 2 race in Ireland.

Debutante Stakes

The Debutante Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse event for two-year-old thoroughbred fillies held in Ireland. It is held at the Curragh over a distance of 7 furlongs (1,408 metres) and takes place every year in August.

For more information, check out our full guide to the Debutante Stakes Group 2 race in Ireland.

Futurity Stakes

The Futurity Stakes is a two-year-old thoroughbred flat horse event held in Ireland. The race is held every year in August at the Curragh over a distance of 7 furlongs (1,408 metres).

For more information, check out our full guide to the Futurity Stakes Group 2 race in Ireland.

Clipper Boomerang Mile

The Clipper Boomerang Mile is a Group 2 flat horse event for horses aged 3 and over. The fixture is held every September at Leopardstown with a distance of 1 mile.

For more information, check out our full guide to the Clipper Boomerang Mile Group 2 race in Ireland.

Blandford Stakes

The Blandford Stakes is a Group 2 flat horse event in Ireland open to three-year-old thoroughbred fillies and mares. It is held at the Curragh over a distance of 1 mile and 2 furlongs and takes place every year in September.

For more information, check out our full guide to the Blandford Stakes Group 2 race in Ireland.

Beresford Stakes

The Beresford Stakes is a two-year-old thoroughbred flat horse event held in Ireland. It takes place every year in September or October at the Curragh over a mile course.

For more information, check out our full guide to the Beresford Stakes Group 2 race in Ireland.

Summary

The Irish group 2 flat races are run over various distances varying from 5 furlongs up to 2-mile events.

Punters enjoy placing bets on the Irish Group Two events because it is some of the top-rated racehorses in the world battling it out.

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Some Irish group two flat horse racing events are for specific age groups and weight allowance can be applied if 3yo horses are running against older.

In group two events fillies can also receive a weight allowance when running against colts or geldings.

And something to bear in mind is if you win a previous group 2 race you can carry a weight penalty if competing in another group two event.

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