Strong overseas challenge for Curragh this Sunday following declaration of runners
September 11, 2015
Strong Overseas Challenge for Day Two of Longines Irish Champions Weekend
Brown Panther, Order Of St George, Kingfisher, Forgotten Rules and Agent Murphy Head Field In Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger
Last year’s impressive winner Brown Panther makes his eagerly awaited return to action in the Palmerstown House Estate Irish St Leger, the final Irish Classic of the season and highlight on the second day of Longines Irish Champions Weekend at the Curragh on Sunday.
The Tom Dascombe-trained seven-year-old heads a field of 11, which includes fellow British challengers Agent Murphy, Gospel Choir and Second Step. The home challenge is headed by the Aidan O’Brien-trained Order Of St George and Kingfisher while Forgotten Rules is bidding to give Dermot Weld his eighth win in the race.
Aidan O’Brien said, “We are really looking forward to the weekend and we have declared both Kingfisher and Order Of St George for the Irish St Leger on Sunday. Order Of St George also has the option of Doncaster and it will just depend on where the ground is more suitable for him. Kingfisher had a nice break after the Ascot Gold Cup prior to running in the St Leger Trial at the Curragh last month and we hope, and think, that he has come forward a good bit for that last run.”
The Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes has attracted 10 runners with overseas raiders Blue Bayou and Great Page taking on a strong home team headed by Ballydoyle, Tanaza and Now Or Never.
Seven are set to go to post for the Group 1 Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes with Aidan O’Brien responsible for three runners; Air Force Blue, Air Vice Marshal and Painted Cliffs. He is bidding to win the race for the tenth time but his team is up against Jessica Harrington’s Final Frontier who is unbeaten in two starts and the Jim Bolger-trained Herald The Dawn.
The Derrinstown Stud Flying Five Stakes is being run as a Group 2 for the first time and sees Eddie Lynam’s Sole Power and Moviesta and Evanna McCutcheon’s recent Beverley winner Maarek lining up against a strong raiding party comprising of six runners, including Line Of Reason and Take Cover.
The other Group 2 on the top-class programme is the Moyglare “Jewels” Blandford Stakes which sees nine horses clash. Five-time winner Carla Bianca represents the sponsors and perhaps she has most to fear from the likes of Bocca Baciata, Tapestry, Ribbons and the Alain de Royer-Dupre’s Kataniya.
The Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sale Stakes boasts the largest field of the day and 30 two-year-olds, 16 of them from Britain, line up for this €250,000 event.
The Irish Stallion Farms EBF ‘Bold Lad’ Handicap is another sprint race on the card and 22 will face the starter here while Longines Irish Champions Weekend draws to a close with the Irish Stallion Farms EBF “Northfields” Handicap which has also attracted 22 runners.
Paul Hensey, General Manager of the Curragh Racecourse, said, “We’re delighted with the final declarations. There are overseas representations in each of the eight races and in total we have 40 overseas runners, which emphasises the significant international appeal of Longines Irish Champions Weekend. We’re looking forward to what promises to be a fantastic day’s racing, in addition to the many ancillary activities such as the Longines Prize for Elegance, the Moyglare Kids Zone, Kildare Foodscape Festival and the Parade of Champions featuring five champion hurdlers including Hurricane Fly.”
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