Impressive entries for 2017 Irish Derby and Irish Oaks
November 3, 2016
3rd November 2016
2017 Irish Derby and Irish Oaks attract impressive entries
The first entry stage for both the Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby and Darley Irish Oaks closed Wednesday 2nd November with impressive entries for both Group One Classics which will take place at the Curragh next summer.
Top two year old Churchill is one of the stars who have been entered for the 2017 Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby taking place on Saturday 1st July. He is amongst an impressive number of entries made by champion trained Aidan O’Brien, who has landed Ireland’s most valuable race eleven times. His notable entries include Capri, Cliffs of Moher, The Anvil, War Decree, War Secretary and Yucatan
Waldgeist, recent winner of the Group One Criterium De Saint Cloud, is the sole French trained entry with trainer Andre Fabre mentioning the 1.5 million euro contest as a target for the son of Galileo who could attempt to become the first French trained winner since Hurricane Run landed the race in 2005.
Racing Post Trophy winner Rivet heads a strong list of British entries with the William Haggis trained performance being joined by the unbeaten Syphax trained by Kevin Ryan, impressive Newbury winner Temple Church trained by Hughie Morrison and the Godolphin trained quartet of Best Solution, Reach High, Wolf Country and Youmkin.
Dermot Weld, trainer of this year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby winner Harzand, has a number of notable entries including impressive Leopardstown Maiden winner Titus, together with Rich History, Solo Saxophone and Haripour.
Other home trained entries include the Jim Bolger trained trio of recent Leopardstown winner Dubai Sands, Zorion and Clongowes, while Brutal trained by Ger Lyons, Eagle Spirit trained by Joseph OBrien, Grandee trained by Jessica Harrington, Saltonstall trained by Michael Halford and Time Dee trained by Paul Deegan are also amongst the 69 entries.
A total of 65 fillies have been entered for the 2017 Darley Irish Oaks taking place on Saturday 15th July.
Aidan OBrien, who trained Seventh Heaven to win the Group One classic this year, has another strong list of entries headed by Group One Fillies Mile winner Rhododendron, while his son Joseph has entered Moyglare Stud Stakes heroine Intricately.
Impressive Curragh Maiden winner Aneen trained by Kevin Prendergast, the Dermot Weld trained Eziyra and Mijaazy, together with impressive Curragh winner Vociferous Marina trained by Jim Bolger are other notable Irish trained entries.
Strong entries from Britain include the Charlie Appleby trained Prix Marcel Boussac winner Wuheida, John Gosden’s unbeaten Coronet and his Newmarket Maiden winner Astronomy’s Choice, impressive maiden winners Camerone and Crimson Rock both trained by Ralph Beckett, multiple winner Urban Fox and Horseplay trained by Andrew Balding.
Pollatine trained by Phillipe Decouz is the sole French trained entry in the 400,000 euro contest