The Curragh stage a packed programme of racing this weekend featuring the Goffs Million on Saturday and Friends of the Curragh Irish Cesarewitch on Sunday, while the Taste of Kildare will be an exciting addition for racegoers to enjoy over both days.
19 two-year-olds will line up in the Goffs Million, Europe’s richest race for juveniles, following the declaration of runners this morning, including 11 representing British based trainers.
Bossy Parker (Johnny Murtagh), Hellsing (Ger Lyons), Queen of Ours (Willie McCreery) and Hiawatha (Aidan O’Brien) are among the home trained team, while Galeron (Charlie Hills), Frequent Flyer (Andrew Balding), He’s A Monster (Archie Watson), Killybegs Warrior (Mark and Charlie Johnston), Ramazan (Richard Fahey), Wahaaj (Patrick Owens), New Endeavour (Roger Varian) and Magical Sunset (Richard Hannon) feature among the overseas trained challenge.
The Alan Smurfit Memorial Beresford Stakes also features on Saturday and the Group 2 contest, won by Luxembourg last year, has attracted 7 runners including Continuous and Adelaide River trained by Aidan O’Brien who has won the race an unprecedented 21 times. Other contenders are Crypto Force, Pivotal Trigger, Lakota Seven, Roaring Gallagher and Young Ireland.
Betting partner of the weekend William Hill will sponsor eight races over both days including the valuable William Hill Joe McGrath Premier Handicap on Saturday with 16 going to post for the valuable contest over 5 furlongs including Urban Beat, Laugh A Minute, Gordon Bennett and Master Matt
There are 23 runners in the William Hill Lengthen Your odds Maiden, 10 in the Barberstown Castle Nursery, 25 in the Tipperary Crystal Apprentice Handicap, 23 in the William Hill Pick Your Winners Handicap and 11 in the opening William Hill Free or 4 Irish EBF Maiden at 1.05pm
Declared runners Saturday
Sunday declarations close 10am Friday
Latest odds courtesy of William Hill, betting partner of the Curragh Autumn Festival
12/1 Bossy Parker, Killybegs Warrior, He's A Monster, Wahaaj
14/1 Magical Sunset, The Franchise
18/1 New Endeavour, Galeron, Ramazan
22/1 Queen of Ours
33/1 Frequent Flyer
80/1 Gifted Angel
125/1 Lashes, Expressova
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Link to market to follow
Following 7mm of rain overnight and currently raining:
Round: Good to Yielding
Racing on middle track. Stalls in centre for all sprints
Rain to clear from midday possibility of light showers tomorrow, dry thereafter
Taste of Kildare takes place as part of the weekend over both days, the ultimate racing and culinary experience with the racecourse transformed into a foodie heaven with racegoers being offered the opportunity to taste some of Kildare’s best food.
Where to watch
Racing TV – all races
ITV – live coverage of the Alan Smurfit Memorial Beresford Stakes and Goffs Million
TG4 – live coverage of races 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 on Saturday
Adult admission €20 (€15 on line) – includes racing and Taste of Kildare
Under 18s free accompanied by an adult