Battaash, Siskin and Summer Romance among strong entries for
Curragh’s trio of Group 1s
Royal Ascot winner Watch Me, dual Guineas winner Hermosa and
last year’s victor Laurens head a strong entry for the Group 1 Coolmore Fastnet
Rock Matron Stakes at Leopardstown on the opening day of Longines Irish
The contest is the first of six Group 1 races on Longines
Irish Champions Weekend which takes place at Leopardstown and the Curragh on
Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15.
Trained by Francis Graffard, Watch Me got the better of the
Aidan O'Brien-trained Hermosa, already successful in the 1,000 Guineas at both
Newmarket and the Curragh this season, to win the Group 1 Coronation Stakes at
Royal Ascot. She is one of four French-trained entries for the race and could
be joined by her unbeaten stable companion Bowled Over, the Jean-Claude
Rouget-trained French Oaks runner-up Commes and Pascal Bary’s Obligate, herself
unbeaten in three starts.
There are 13 British-trained entries with last year’s winner
Laurens leading the way for trainer Karl Burke. William Haggas has made seven
entries including Move Swiftly, winner of the Group 2 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes
at Royal Ascot, the Curragh Group 2 winner Beshaayir and One Master, behind
Beshaayir in the Lanwades Stud Stakes at the Curragh and then third to Lord
Glitters in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.
In addition to Hermosa, Aidan O'Brien has made ten other
entries including dual Group 1 winner Magical, narrow Epsom Oaks runner-up Pink
Dogwood and I Can Fly. Skitter Scatter, winner of the Group 1 Moyglare Stud
Stakes on Longines Irish Champions Weekend last year has been entered by John
Oxx while Iridessa, last year’s Group 1 Fillies’ Mile winner at Newmarket and successful
in last Friday’s Group 1 Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh, is one
of two entries from Joseph O'Brien.
Pat Keogh, Chief Executive of Leopardstown Racecourse, said:
“We’re delighted to see the quality of entries for the Coolmore Fastnet Rock
Matron Stakes, which is a testament to its calibre as the highest rated fillies
and mares’ race in the world for the past two years. We are very pleased to see
a strong overseas contingent with almost half the entries coming from Britain
and France. Longines Irish Champions Weekend has firmly established itself as a
major international event.”
For the second year, the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes
is being run as a Group 1 and a strong British-trained challenge is headed by
Battaash, Soldier’s Call and Mabs Cross which finished second, third and fourth
behind the now-retired Blue Point in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.
There is a total of 19 British-trained entries among the 40 in the race and another
possible in the raiding party is the Commonwealth Cup third Hello Youmzain.
Commonwealth Cup runner-up Forever In Dreams has been
entered by Aidan Fogarty while Aidan O'Brien has Ten Sovereigns, Le Brivido and
Sergei Prokofiev among his early team of eight. The ever-improving Soffia has
been entered by Edward Lynam who won the race with Sole Power in 2015.
Saturday’s impressive Group 2 GAIN Railway Stakes winner
Siskin heads the entries for the Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes. He is
unbeaten in three runs for Ger Lyons who has also put his Leopardstown winner
Justifier in the race.
Aidan O'Brien dominates the entries and among the Ballydoyle
contingent of 40 is the Coventry Stakes winner Arizona, Chesham Stakes
runner-up Lope Y Fernandez and dual winner Pistoletto. O’Brien’s entries also
include a number of un-raced colts including Mogul, a full-brother to the
recent Royal Ascot winner Japan, Nobel Prize which is a full-brother to both
Highland Reel and Idaho, and Vatican City, a full-brother to Gleneagles,
Marvellous and Happily.
There are 23 British-trained entries among a total entry of
86 and they include the Coventry Stakes second and third, Threat, trained by
Richard Hannon and the Archie Watson-trained Guildsman.
The Roger Varian-trained Daahyeh, successful in the Albany
Stakes at Royal Ascot, and the impressive Newmarket winner Summer Romance,
trained by Charlie Appleby, are among nine British-trained entries among the 79
horses in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes. Final Song, third in the Queen Mary
Stakes, has been entered by trainer Saeed bin Suroor while the home team
includes the Ken Condon-trained Albany Stakes runner-up Celtic Beauty.
Aidan O'Brien has a strong squad to choose from and high up
in the pecking order must be Etoile which made a winning debut in the Group 3 Coolmore
Stud Irish EBF Fillies Sprint Stakes at Naas. Jessica Harrington also has a strong
team engaged with last Friday’s Group 2 Airlie Stud Stakes winner Albigna a
possible along with maiden winners Windracer and Cayenne Pepper.
Evan Arkwright, Racing Manager of the Curragh racecourse,
commented: “It is important that the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five, as the only all-age
Group 1 sprint in Ireland, attracts some of the fastest horses in Europe and
with entries this year including Battaash, Forever In Dreams, Hit The Bid, Ten
Sovereigns and Mabs Cross, we have the potential to stage a memorable race. The
Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes and Moyglare Stud Stakes continue to
attract the very best juveniles, and will carry record prize-money to further
enhance the quality and competitiveness of both races.”
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