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Big names target 2019 Classics

November 2, 2018

1st November 2018

Big names target Irish Classics

An impressive list of entries were published today for the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby and Darley Irish Oaks following the first entry stage which closed this week. Both races will have added significance next year as the first to be run in the fully completed Curragh redevelopment.

Aidan O’Brien, who has won the race a record 12 times, has twenty five of the seventy one entries. These include recent Group 1 Vertem Futurity Trophy winner Magna Grecia and Beresford Stakes winner Japan

Goffs Vincent OBrien National Stakes winner Quorto is among ten entries for leading owner Godolphin who have also added Group One winners Royal Marine and Royal Meeting.

Other notable Irish trained entries feature the Kevin Prendergast trained Madhmoon, Guaranteed trained by Jim Bolger, while among the Dermot Weld trained entries are Zuenoon, Tankerville and Rakan. Joseph OBrien, who won the race with Latrobe this year ridden by his brother Donnacha, has five entries in the Group 1 Classic.

The total value of the 12 furlong contest which takes place at the Curragh on Saturday 29th June next year will be 1.5 million euro with prize money distributed to the first eight placed horses with the winner receiving 870,000 euro.

Recent Group 1 winner Iridessa is among fifty seven entries for the Darley Irish Oaks.  Other notable entries include the Aidan OBrien trained pair of Just Wonderful and Chablis

Trainer William Haggis, successful in the race this year with Sea of Class, has entered  Frankellina and Maqsad who are among an impressive list of British trained entries.

Curragh Racing Manager Evan Arkwright commented

We are delighted to see so many high quality entries included in both Group 1 races and it is particularly pleasing to see a significant increase in the number of entries for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby compared to the first entry stage for the 2018 running of the race”


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