Entries for Group 2 contests on Darley Irish Oaks Weekend revealed
June 8, 2017
Entries for some of the chief supporting races on Darley Irish Oaks weekend were revealed today and Aidan O’Brien’s speedster Caravaggio heads the line up for the Group 2 Qatar Airways Sapphire Stakes.
The unbeaten three-year-old is set to be one of the stars at Royal Ascot next weekend and after being described by O’Brien as “the fastest horse” he has ever seen, Caravaggio could well drop back to five-furlongs and take on last weeks Epsom Dash winner, Caspian Prince.
Multiple Group 2 winner Muthmir is also a fascinating inclusion in the race for William Haggas, while last seasons Derrinstown Flying Five winner, Ardhoomey represents trainer Ger Lyons and O’Brien has also included the high class filly Acapulco.
One of the most popular flat horses in training, Gordon Lord Byron, may be set for a return to the scene of his latest triumph as he is one of 50 entries in the Group 2 Friarstown Stud Minstrel Stakes on Sunday July 16.
The 16-time winner may face some promising three-year-olds with Michael Halford’s Ambassadorial and the Ger Lyons-trained Glastonbury Song amongst the acceptors.
Last months Lanwades Stud Stakes winner Creggs Pipes is another who could be in line for a return to the Curragh as she features in the Group 2 Kilboy Estate Stakes which has attracted 10 British-based entries including Owen Burrows’ Talaayeb.
Entries for Qatar Airways Sapphire Stakes HERE
Entries for Friarstown Stud Minstrel Stakes & Kilboy Estate Stakes HERE