Triptych – the first filly to win the Irish 2,000 Guineas! (1985)

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    What a star.

    Triptych was a brilliant nine-time Group One winner who won 18 races from 41 starts in her racing career. She was placed no less than another 19 times – all but one of them again in Group One races – and amassed more than £1.5m in worldwide prize-money earnings.

    Triptych’s first big success arrived in the 1984 Prix Marcel Boussac when trained by David Smaga in France, but she moved to David O’Brien in Ireland for her second season. Triptych became the first filly to score in the Irish 2,000 Guineas at the Curragh, while she was subsequently runner-up to Oh So Sharp in the Oaks at Epsom.

    At the age of four, Triptych went on to win the Champion Stakes before joining Patrick Biancone. She was then placed in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot, Eclipse Stakes at Sandown and the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp.

    Triptych won the Coronation Cup in 1987 (and followed up in 1988), while other huge prizes that season included the Group One Prix Ganay, Champion Stakes, Irish Champion Stakes and the Juddmonte International. Champion Stakes (both English and Irish versions) and International Stakes.

    The brilliant mare was sent to race in the United States afterwards and made one start at Churchill Downs in Kentucky before being retired to the paddocks in November 1988.


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