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Trainer Michael Winters targets Tote Irish Cesarewitch this Sunday

October 4, 2016

4th October 2016

Trainer Michael Winters targets valuable Tote Irish Cesarewitch at Curragh this Sunday

Curragh stages Exhibition at races to celebrate past, present and future of racecourse

A highly competitive field of 30 runners remain in contention for this Sunday’s €100,000 Tote Cesarewitch at the Curragh as the season draws to a close at Irish racing’s headquarters.

Recent Manguard Plus Amateur Derby winner Theos Well is set for a quick return to the Curragh and trainer Mick Winters is hopeful of a good showing from the eight-year-old.

“We were expecting a big run the last day at the Curragh and he’s a horse who is definitely better on a big galloping track. He’s a horse who doesn’t take a lot of work. It’s a big ask going into this race with the quality of the opposition but it’s great to be in it anyway and the owners are really looking forward to it,” Winters said.

Galway Festival winner Swamp Fox will be bidding to win on his third consecutive start for trainer Joe Murphy, while last year’s winning trainer Willie Mullins may rely on the three-year-old Laws Of Spin in attempt to win the race for a second year running.

The Tote Irish Cesarewitch most recently went for export when Brian Ellison sent over Montefeltro in 2013 and five British-trained runners currently stand their ground. The weights are currently topped by the Niall Madden-trained Travertine.

Paddy Power, offical partner to the Curragh Racecourse: 6 Swamp Fox, 8 Pyromaniac, 10 Golden Spear, 12 Buonarroti, Slunovrat, Theos Well, Artful Artist, 14 Magic Circle, Sea Of Heaven, Cradle Mountain, Alton Bay, Rashaan, Magnolia Rose, Prickly, Automated, Water Sprite, 16 Jennies Jewel, Eshtiaal, Moonmeister, Kashmiri Sunset, Laws Of Spin, 20 Shrewd, Benkei, Hidden Universe, 25 Soul Searcher, Papas Way, Udogo, Synopsis, 33 Travertine, Modem

Also on Sunday’s card the listed Eimer Hannon Waterford Testimonial Stakes could see Group 1 winners G Force and Gordon Lord Byron take each other on while the listed Brown Panther Stakes may mark a seasonal debut for Aidan O’Brien’s Group 1 winning juvenile, Johannes Vermeer who hasn’t race since claiming the Criterium International almost a year ago. Jim Bolger also holds a strong hand in the finale with Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby third Stellar Mass among the entries with stable companion Parish Hall, who was also a Group 1 winner as a two-year-old.

The Curragh Racecourse will stage a fascinating exhibition to coincide with their final race days of 2016 which will celebrate the end of an important era in the history of the racecourse and the start of a very exciting time as the new Curragh development becomes a reality.

The exhibition, sponsored by Dr Michael Smurfit, the Rogers Family and Friarstown Stud owned by Bahraini businessman Khalid Rahim, will focus on the historic past and the exciting future of the racecourse giving everyone a unique opportunity to view memorabilia and artefacts never seen in public before, while also showcasing the plans for the new Curragh.

The exhibition will open at the races on Sunday 9th October and Monday 10th October and will stay open for the general public from 10am to 4pm until Friday 14th October to coincide with the Go Racing in Kildare Festival Week.

The All Ireland winning Kildare Ladies Intermediate Football team will be guests of honour at the races on Sunday and will bring their winning trophy to display.

Notes to editor

Full list of declared runners available –

Ground: Good to Yielding

Admission both days

  • Adult 15 euro
  • Seniors & U16s 8 euro
  • U16s Free with paying adult


  • Free car parking
  • Trains to Kildare Town with free shuttle bus to races
  • Dublin Coach service to races – see

For further information or if you require media passes please contact

Evan Arkwright, Commercial Manager, The Curragh Racecourse




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