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14 entries for Juddmonte Beresford Stakes this Sunday

September 20, 2011

THE Juddmonte Beresford Stakes is the centrepiece of the Curragh’s Irish Pony Club Family Raceday this Sunday 25th September.

Aidan O’Brien has landed this prestigious Group Two prize on no less than ten occasions – his most recent success coming with St Nicholas Abbey in 2009 – and the Ballydoyle-based trainer has nine of the 14 entries left in Sunday’s contest.

Astrology, comfortable winner of a decent Leopardstown maiden last month on his racecourse debut, showed the benefit of that experience when staying on really well in the closing stages to take third place behind Dragon Pulse and Parish Hall in a Group Two contest at this venue later the same month. Along with Athens, Secretary Of State and Wrote, he gives O’Brien a serious chance of bringing up win number eleven.

Parish Hall kept on really well to take second spot behind Dragon Pulse in the above mentioned race here and his trainer Jim Bolger, who is also represented here by Whip Rule, will be hopeful that the son of Teofilo can go one better. Akeed Mofeed, which landed a Leopardstown maiden in taking style earlier this month, has been put in as the 6/4 market leader by bookmakers Paddy Power. The John Oxx-trained colt is clearly a horse with a big future ahead of him, a comment that also applies to Dermot Weld’s representative Blue White Fire.

Paddy Power, official Bookmaker to the Curragh Racecourse: 6-4 Akeed Mofeed, 6 Furner’s Green, 7 David Livingston, Parish Hall, 8 Astrology, 12 Athens Star, Tenth Star, Wrote, 16 Choir, 20 Blue White Fire, Hit The Jackpot, Secretary Of State, Vault, 25 Whip Rule

Coral Wave moves up a grade following her impressive all the way success in the Listed Flame Of Tara EBF Stakes at this venue just over a week ago when she lines up in the Group Three C L Weld Park Stakes. The Paddy Prendergast juvenile is one of 12 fillies to stand their ground in the seven furlong race which has also attracted Madhmoonah, Angel Bright, Lady Wingshot, Princess Sinead and Devotion.

The Irish Stallion Farms Joe McGrath EBF Premier Handicap has attracted an entry of 28 horses and has a very tricky look to it, while a maximum of 15 runners will face the starter in the Irish Pony Club Raceday Trophy

A packed program of family entertainment during the afternoon will provide the Pony Club with the opportunity to highlight their various activities, while one of the most exciting aspects of the initiative is a Jockey Skills Training Course, which will take place at the world renowned Racing Academy and Centre of Education in Kildare Town for 10 Pony Club members aged between 13 and 15 years from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th September with the overall winner receiving one week’s work experience with County Kildare based trainer Michael Halford.

Admission €15 Under 16s free

The first of seven races at the Curragh on Sunday commences at 2.10 pm and the ground is currently yielding on the round course and yielding to soft on the straight course.

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