National Stakes renamed to honour Vincent O’Brien

Ireland’s premier event for two-year-olds has been rebranded the G1 Vincent O’Brien Stakes.  Run since 1849 at the Curragh, the race was formerly known as the National Stakes.

O’Brien dominated the National Stakes during an illustrious training career.  “We were delighted to hear it’s to be renamed in Vincent’s honour,” his grandson M. V. Magnier said.  “He won it 15 times with the likes of Sir Ivor, Roberto and El Gran Senor.”

Goffs has announced it will continue sponsoring the race.  “It is an honor for Goffs to be associated with a race bearing the name of the legendary Vincent O’Brien,” Goffs CEO Henry Beeby said.  “We are delighted to demonstrate our support of Irish racing through the sponsorship of this world class Group 1 race.”

Irish racing honours the man widely regarded as
the most influential trainer of the 20th Century