County Of Origin: Kildare
Date of licence: 1979
First winner: Orchestra, Phoenix Park, March 31, 1979
Significant horses (selected): Sea The Stars, Eurobird, Kastoria, Azamour, Alamshar, Sinndar, Enzeli, Edabiya, Winona, Namid, Ebadiyla, Key Change, Timarida, Ridgewood Pearl, Heart Lake, Manntari, George Augustus, Petite Ile, Orchestra, Saddler's Rock, Alandi,
Assoc. jockeys: Ronan Whelan, Niall McCullagh, Colm O'Donoghue
Did you know: John Oxx began training in 1979 and secured his first success with the five-year-old Orchestra which won the Rank Cup at the Phoenix Park on March 31, 1979. Oxx is one of Ireland’s most respected and successful
trainers, gaining a reputation for his unrivalled patience with his horses as
well as being renowned for his gentlemanly demeanour. He gained his first Group 1 and his first Classic success when Eurobird won the Irish St Leger at the Curragh in 1987.
Oxx was Ireland’s champion trainer in 1995, the year that European Champion three-year-old filly Ridgewood Pearl reigned supreme in the colours of her locally-based breeders, Sean and Ann Coughlan. Ridgewood Pearl won the Irish 1,000 Guineas, Coronation Stakes, Prix Du Moulin and Breeders' Cup Mile during that terrific season that saw her win at the highest level in four different countries.
Five years later, he trained the brilliant Sinndar to become the first horse to win the Epsom Derby, the Irish Derby and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe in the same year. The likes of Manntari, Timarida, Ebadiyla, Alamshar, Azamour, Kastoria and Alandi were winners at Group 1 level for Oxx who famously enjoyed the best of times with the legendary Sea The Stars.
In 2009, Sea The Stars gave his trainer his first win in the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket and was to record six consecutive Group 1 triumphs that year. Success followed in the Epsom Derby, the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown, the Juddmonte International Stakes at York, the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown and the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp. Sea The Stars is the only horse to complete the 2,000 Guineas, Epsom Derby and Prix de l’Arc treble.
Budweiser Irish Derby (Group 1) (Alamshar - J.P. Murtagh - 2003)
Budweiser Irish Derby (Group 1) (Sinndar - J.P. Murtagh - 2000)
Baileys Irish Champion Stakes (Group 1) (Azamour - M.J. Kinane - 2004)
Tattersalls Millions Irish Champion Stks (Group 1) (Sea The Stars - M.J. Kinane - 2009)
Irish Field St. Leger (Group 1) (Kastoria - M.J. Kinane - 2006)
The Irish Field St.Leger (Group 1) (Alandi - M.J. Kinane - 2009)
Aga Khan Studs National Stakes (Group 1) (Sinndar - J.P. Murtagh - 1999)
Kildangan Stud Irish Oaks (Group 1) (Winona - J.P. Murtagh - 1998)
Moyglare Stud Stakes (Group 1) (Edabiya - J.P. Murtagh - 1998)
Juddmonte Beresford Stakes (Group 2) (Azamour - J.P. Murtagh - 2003)
Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial Stakes (Group 2) (Alamshar - J.P. Murtagh - 2003)
Tote Exacta H'cap (D'Anjou (GB) - J.P. Murtagh - 2001)
Juddmonte Beresford Stakes (Group 2) (Sea The Stars - M.J. Kinane - 2008)
Irish National Stud Blandford Stakes (Group 2) (Katiyra - M.J. Kinane - 2008)
Irish National Stud Blandford Stakes (Group 2) (Four Sins (GER) - M.J. Kinane - 2007)
Goffs International Stakes (Group 2) (Sea Dart (USA) - J.P. Murtagh - 2003)
Galileo EBF Futurity Stakes (Group 2) (Arazan - M.J. Kinane - 2008)
Aga Khan Studs Blandford Stakes (Group 3) (Dearly (GB) - F.M. Berry - 2001)
Ir.Stallion Farms EBF Autumn(Fillies)Hcp (Masiyma - M.J. Kinane - 2008)
Jordan Estate Agents EBF (Fillies) H'cap (Sharleez - M.J. Kinane - 2008)
*Statistics are up to close of business the previous day. Prize-money is allocated within 1 week of the race date (allow 1 week for Prize-money).
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