Classic weekend of action in store at the Curragh
May 26, 2017
Aidan O’Brien will bid to land an Irish Guineas double for a fifth time this weekend as Churchill and Winter lead his team bound for the Curragh on Saturday and Sunday.
The English 2,000 Guineas winner, Churchill, will face five rivals in Saturday’s Tattersalls Irish 2,000 Guineas in which O’Brien also runs Lancaster Bomber and Spirit Of Valor, while Winter, successful for O’Brien at Newmarket earlier this month, heads a field of eight for Sunday’s Tattersalls Irish 1,000 Guineas.
Winter will be joined by Asking, Hydrangea and Roly Poly in Sunday’s feature race which has also attracted Joseph O’Brien’s Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Intricately.
Jim Bolger’s 1,000 Guineas Trial winner, Bean Feasa has also been declared alongside the Mick Halford-trained Rehana, while the 1,000 Guineas field is made up by impressive maiden winner Aneen for veteran trainer Kevin Prendergast.
Decorated Knight will contest Sunday’s Group 1 Tattersalls Gold Cup as trainer Roger Charlton bids to win the prestigious 10-furlong contest for a third time following Al Kazeem’s success in 2013 and 2015.
Aidan O’Brien will look to win the Tattersalls Gold Cup for the first time since So You Think claimed back to back renewals in 2011 and 2012 and the Ballydoyle trainer has declared Deauville, Johannes Vermeer and the filly Somehow.
Ken Condon’s stable star, Success Days, has also been declared in the eight-runner field, with Jim Bolger’s Moonlight Magic a notable inclusion, while Joseph O’Brien’s Reckless Gold and the Harry Roger-trained Gentil J complete the field.
Jessica Harrington’s Red Label will look for a second win of the season when lining up in the Group 3 Airlie Stud Gallinule Stakes also on Sunday, while declarations are also through for the remainder of Saturday’s card at the Curragh where high class filly Acapulco will make her second start for Aidan O’Brien in the Weatherbys Ireland Greenlands Stakes.
The Cold Move Irish EBF Marble Hill Stakes has a stellar roll of honour and Godolphin trainer Charlie Appleby has booked the services of champion jockey Pat Smullen for Ascot winner Aqabah, while he’ll also be represented in the race by Gold Town, the mount of Christophe Soumillon.
Aidan O’Brien will look to enhance his record in the Marble Hill by running Sioux Nation, Mount Wellington and U S Navy Flag, while Leopardstown winner Brother Bear lines up for Jessica Harrington and Ger Lyons will saddle Would Be King in the six-furlong listed contest.
Mick Channon will attempt to land another Curragh winner when he sends over Opal Tiara for the Group 2 Lanwades Stud Stakes which has also attracted British interest from James Fanshawe who has declared Zest for the fillies contest headed by Turret Rocks and Creggs Pipes.
Derek McGrath CEO of the Curragh said: “We are looking forward to a fantastic weekend of racing at the Curragh and are delighted to see such high quality entries for our first Classic Weekend of the season. The track and facilities are in excellent order and we have a variety of off track entertainment throughout the weekend so would encourage everyone to come along, tickets can be purchased at the gate.”
Racing on Saturday and Sunday at the Curragh will begin at 1.50pm both days.
Saturday 27th May Entries HERE
Sunday 28th May Entries HERE
Going Report Issued 8.00am 26th May: The ground at the Curragh is currently Good to Firm on both courses. Dry today, rain forecast Saturday a.m. heavy at times. Stalls in centre of track for Marble Hill Stakes and Greenland Stakes.
For more information contact: Kate O’Sullivan, Curragh Racecourse firstname.lastname@example.org or 045 441 205
Notes to the Editor:
Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival – 27th & 28th May 2017
On Saturday the first race is off at 1.50pm with the feature Tattersalls Irish 2000 Guineas off at 4.10pm. Stay on for the Après Racing party featuring 90s tribute band Reality Bites, while the Munster V Scarlets Guinness PRO 12 final will be shown on screens kicking off at 6.15pm.
Sunday’s first race goes to post at 1.50pm with the Tattersalls Irish 1000 Guineas off at 3.25pm. The Killashee Irish Tatler Style Icon competition for ladies and men will be one of the highlights of the day off track with judges including actress Aoibhin Garrihy, 2FM presenter Eoghan McDermott, publisher and entrepreneur Norah Casey, Alexander Fitzgerald of Irish Tatler Man and Ciara McElligott representing Killashee.
Winner of the Killashee Irish Tatler Style Icon (female) will receive a fantastic prize of a two night luxury stay for two at the magnificent four star Killashee Hotel including breakfast on both mornings, champagne afternoon tea, dinner in Turners Restaurant, treatments in the award winning Killashee spa as well as a shopping spree worth €1,500. The Killashee Irish Tatler Man Style Icon will win a weekend break for the winner plus a guest at Killashee Hotel including two nights bed & breakfast, dinner on one evening and tickets to the Irish Oaks at The Curragh on 15th July as well as a €500 shopping voucher.
Adult admission tickets cost €20. There are concessions for under 25’s and seniors, while under 16’s receive complimentary admission when accompanied by an adult. Guarantee your place by booking in advance at www.curragh.ie
There is free car parking at the Curragh Racecourse and trains from Dublin to Kildare Town with a free shuttle bus to races. Dublin Coach also provide a service on race days (see dublincoach.ie). See www.curragh.ie for details of all admission and dining packages or call (045) – 441 205.