Goffs National Stakes renamed Goffs Vincent O’Brien Stakes (Group 1)
The former Goffs National Stakes will renamed the Goffs Vincent O’Brien Stakes beginning with the 2012 renewal. Consistently rated as the top two year old race in Europe the Group 1 contest will be held on 15 September and will be sponsored again by Ireland’s premier thoroughbred auctioneers Goffs.
The prestigious race has been associated with the memory of the legendary Vincent O’Brien since 2009, with the O’Brien Family presenting a perpetual trophy to the winning owner. Speaking on behalf of the 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”.
Goffs Chief Executive Henry Beeby added:
“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, this is 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 purchased at Goffs 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.
Paul Hensey, General Manager of the Curragh Racecourse commented
“The Goffs National Stakes has consistently produced European champion two year olds. It is very fitting that Vincent O Brien’s name is now attached to the race as he has enjoyed a great association with it throughout his remarkable training career. We are also delighted to continue our association with Goffs who have been long term sponsors and great supporters of the Curragh racecourse for many years.”
For any further information please contact Joey@Goffs.ie