11 runners to line up in GAIN Irish St Leger, while 7 face the starter in Goffs Vincent O'Brien National Stakes

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11 runners to line up in GAIN Irish St Leger, while 7 face the starter in Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes

September 13, 2013

Friday 13th September 2013

11 runners to line up in GAIN Irish St Leger

ROYAL DIAMOND is among the 11 runners to line up in the GAIN Irish St Leger taking place at the Curragh this Sunday, following this morning’s declaration of runners . The Johnny Murtagh trained and ridden performer will attempt to become only the fifth horse to win back to back Irish St Legers having won the race twelve months ago.

Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby runner up Galileo Rock has also been declared for the Group One Classic but also holds an entry in the English equivalent and a decision will be made later today.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien will be represented by Ernest Hemingway and Chamonix. Dermot Weld, who has won the race with both Vinnie Roe and Vintage Crop, has both Pale Mimosa and Voleuse De Coeurs, while John Oxx will run Saddler’s Rock. The strong British trained challenge featured the Godolphin owned Ahzeemah and the much travelled Red Cadeaux trained by Ed Dunlop.

Aidan O’Brien has landed the Group One Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes on eight occasions and the master of Ballydoyle has a strong representation this time around with Friendship, Giovanni Boldini and Wiltshire Boulevard . The race has also attracted the David Wachman-trained Sudirman, recent winner of the Group 1 Keeneland Phoenix Stakes and the unbeaten Toormore trained by Richard Hannon in Britain.

Saturday’s eight race programme at the Curragh features the Lanwades Stud Blandford Stakes with eight fillies lining up for the Group 2 contest including Princess Highway and Alive Alive Oh, while strong British trained challenge features Shirocco Star, Hot Snap and Purr Along who will be ridden by Frankie Dettori.

Notes to editor:

• Saturday. 1st race 1.55pm,
• Sunday 1st race 1.45pm, GAIN Irish St Leger off at 3.50pm, last race 5.25pm, Mike Denver in concert commencing at 5.30pm
• Admission on Saturday is 15 euro Under 25s & Seniors 8 euro, Under 16s (accompanied by an adult) Free
• Admission on Sunday is 20 euro, Under 25s & Seniors 10 euro, Under 16s (accompanied by an adult) Free
• Transport: Trains to Kildare Town with free shuttle to races. Dublin Coach provide race day service (see dublincoach.ie)
• Free car parking
• Sunday features a concert by country music star Mike Denver after racing
• GAIN/Alltech Most Stylish Lady Competition on Sunday with a spectacular VIP trip to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian GamesTM 2014 in Normandy, France next summer for the winner. The fashion judges will include star of stage and screen, TV3s Aisling O’Loughlin, Rebecca Storm, Louise Hogan of the Irish Independent, Farmer’s Journal fashion writer, Emer Lynch, Mary Delaney, GAIN Horse Feeds Sales Manager and Clare Fahey, Alltech Global Equine and Pet Marketing Manager.
• The race day will also feature an attempt to create an Irish record on the race day for the most people to take part in a Line Dance which will be performed on the racetrack in front of the grandstand. Participants are being encouraged to embrace the initiative by dressing country style. There is no age limit to take part and people do not have to have any line dancing experience at all. However, participants must register in advance at www.curragh.ie and the registration closes today, Friday, 13th September.

GAIN Irish St Leger
Paddy Power: 4 Galileo Rock, 5 Ernest Hemingway, 6 Red Cadeaux, Royal Diamond, Pale Mimosa, Voleuse De Coeurs, 7 Ahzeemah, 20 Certerach, Chamonix, Saddlers Rock, 66 Euphrasia

Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes

Paddy Power: 9-4 Giovanni Boldini, Sudirman, 5-2 Toormore, 8 Wilshire Boulevard, 16 Friendship, 25 Fiscal Focus, 33 Sniper

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